12 days in Jordan Itinerary

12 days in Jordan Itinerary

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12 days in Jordan Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly + Drive:  18​h 15​min
1
Petra - Wadi Musa
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Aqaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Wadi Rum
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
4
Amman
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Karak
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Petra - Wadi Musa

Petra - Wadi Musa ©
Visitors flock to Wadi Musa to witness the rose colored rock-carved temples and tombs of Petra, the famous ancient city and World Heritage Site.
Change things up with a short trip to Dana Nature Reserve in Dana (about 1h 10 min away). Spend the 14th (Mon) exploring ancient history at Petra. There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Al-Beidha - Little Petra, deepen your understanding at Petra Kitchen, delve into the distant past at The Great Temple, and step into the grandiose world of Shobak Castle.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Petra - Wadi Musa online itinerary maker .

Cape Town, South Africa to Petra - Wadi Musa is an approximately 18.5-hour combination of flight and car. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to drive to Aqaba.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Dana Nature Reserve
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Petra ©
Petra
Al-Beidha - Little Petra ©
Al-Beidha - Little Petra
Dana Nature Reserve ©
Dana Nature Reserve

2
nights
Aqaba

Jordan's only coastal and port city, Aqaba offers a wide range of water-related activities offshore to accompany its mix of historic buildings back on land.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): make a trip to Sharif Hussein Bin Ali and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On your second day here, get outside with Berenice Beach Club, then view the masterpieces at Arts of Sham Countries Art Gallery, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Wadi Araba Desert.

To see ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Aqaba vacation maker site .

You can drive from Petra - Wadi Musa to Aqaba in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In October in Aqaba, expect temperatures between 39°C during the day and 25°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Aqaba

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Wadi Araba Desert ©
Wadi Araba Desert
Berenice Beach Club ©
Berenice Beach Club

1
night
Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum ©
Tourism in Wadi Rum revolves around UNESCO-protected desert scenery and spectacular limestone rock formations following a dry river bed, which in World War I served as the headquarters of a British-inspired Arab revolt against the Ottomans.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Wadi Rum tour itinerary site .

Drive from Aqaba to Wadi Rum in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Amman.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Parks Nature
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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area

3
nights
Amman

Amman ©
Jordan's capital city, Amman spreads across 19 hills and includes many distinct districts, each with their own historical and cultural marvels.
Change things up with these side-trips from Amman: Madaba (Madaba Mosaic Map & Mount Nebo) and Jerash Ruins (in Jerash). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at The Citadel, see the interesting displays at Royal Automobile Museum, contemplate the long history of Roman Amphitheater, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

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Drive from Wadi Rum to Amman in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus. October in Amman sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Karak.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trips

Madaba, Jerash Ruins
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Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
The Citadel ©
The Citadel
Roman Amphitheater ©
Roman Amphitheater

2
nights
Karak

Karak ©
Al-Karak, also known as just Karak or Kerak, is a city in Jordan known for its Crusader castle, the Kerak Castle. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): head outdoors with Wadi al-Mujib and then step into the grandiose world of Kerak Castle.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Karak vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Amman to Karak takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Karak when traveling from Amman in October, with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Karak

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerak de Moab Castle
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Kerak de Moab Castle ©
Kerak de Moab Castle

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