12 days in Jordan Itinerary

12 days in Jordan Itinerary

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12 days in Jordan Itinerary

Start: Amman
Drive:  3​h 45​min
1
Aqaba
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Petra - Wadi Musa
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Dana
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Amman
— 5 nights
End: Amman

3
nights
Aqaba

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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Waterskiing & Jetskiing and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Aqaba to go to Wadi Rum and see Wadi Rum Protected Area, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Sharif Hussein Bin Ali, view the masterpieces at Arts of Sham Countries Art Gallery, step into the grandiose world of Aqaba Castle, and enjoy the sand and surf at City Beach.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aqaba vacation planner .

Amman to Aqaba is an approximately 4-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Amman in September: high temperatures in Aqaba hover around 44°C and lows are around 30°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Petra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Aqaba

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Wadi Rum
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Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Horseback Riding Tours

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.
On the 20th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Petra, then deepen your understanding at Petra Kitchen, and then delve into the distant past at Byzantine Church. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Al-Beidha - Little Petra, delve into the distant past at Obelisk Tomb, delve into the distant past at Street of Facades, then delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares, then take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at The Great Temple.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Petra - Wadi Musa trip planner .

You can drive from Aqaba to Petra - Wadi Musa in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Dana.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Museums
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Petra ©
Petra
Petra Kitchen ©
Petra Kitchen
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church

1
night
Dana

Dana ©
Dana is a village near the town of Tafilah, in central-western Jordan. On the 22nd (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Wadi Ghuweir and then stroll through Dana Nature Reserve.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Dana trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Petra - Wadi Musa to Dana takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Petra - Wadi Musa to Dana, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Amman.

Things to do in Dana

Parks Trails Wildlife
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Dana Nature Reserve ©
Dana Nature Reserve

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Wadi al-Mujib and Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad). Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Amman: Jerash Ruins (in Jerash) and Madaba (Umm ar-Rasas, Madaba Archaeological Park, & more). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Mujib Nature Reserve, see the interesting displays at The Jordan Museum, wander the streets of Jabal Al Lweibdeh, and look for gifts at Nadia Dajani Jewellery.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Amman online route planner .

Traveling by car from Dana to Amman takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dana to Amman due to the time zone difference. September in Amman sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 22°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Amman

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Madaba, Wadi al-Mujib, Mujib Nature Reserve, Jerash Ruins, Ajlun Castle (Qala'at ar-Rabad)
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Wadi al-Mujib ©
Wadi al-Mujib
Al Balad – Downtown Amman ©
Al Balad – Downtown Amman
The Jordan Museum ©
The Jordan Museum

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