17 days in Jordan Itinerary

17 days in Jordan Itinerary

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17 days in Jordan Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  26 h
1
Aqaba
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
2
Wadi Rum
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Petra - Wadi Musa
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Amman
— 3 nights
Bus + Taxi:  1 h 45 min
5
Umm Qais
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Dead Sea Region
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  20 h 15 min
End: New York City

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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Arts of Sham Countries Art Gallery and Aqaba Castle. Discover out-of-the-way places like Berenice Beach Club and Neptune Boat. Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Aqaba Archaeological Museum, and stroll through Aqaba Marine Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aqaba day trip tool

New York City, USA to Aqaba is an approximately 26-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Aqaba is 7 hours. Prepare for warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: high temperatures in Aqaba hover around 81°F and lows are around 60°F. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Wadi Rum.

Things to do in Aqaba

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Berenice Beach Club ©
Berenice Beach Club
Neptune Submarine Boat ©
Neptune Submarine Boat
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
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.
On the 6th (Tue), admire nature's extreme beauty at Wadi Rum Protected Area.

For ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Wadi Rum road trip website

Traveling by car from Aqaba to Wadi Rum takes an hour. On the 8th (Thu), you're off toPetra - Wadi Musa.

Things to do in Wadi Rum

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
Wadi Rum Protected Area ©
Wadi Rum Protected Area
Wadi Rum Discovery ©
Wadi Rum Discovery

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Street of Facades and Byzantine Church. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Petra World Heritage Site and Al-Beidha - Little Petra. Change things up with a short trip to Dana Nature Reserve in Dana (about 1h 10 min away). There's still lots to do: take an in-depth tour of Petra Museum, stop by Mosa Spring Gift Shop, steep yourself in history at Petra By Night, and delve into the distant past at Temple of Dushares.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Petra - Wadi Musa trip itinerary tool

Drive from Wadi Rum to Petra - Wadi Musa in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Wadi Rum to Petra - Wadi Musa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to take a bus to Amman.

Things to do in Petra - Wadi Musa

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trip

Dana Nature Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Petra ©
Petra
Byzantine Church ©
Byzantine Church
Dana Nature Reserve ©
Dana Nature Reserve

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.
For shopping fun, head to Al Balad - Downtown Amman or Al Burgan Handicrafts. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jerash Ruins and Roman Amphitheater. Spend the 12th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: see the interesting displays at The Jordan Museum, stop by Nadia Dajani Jewellery, wander the streets of Jabal Al Lweibdeh, and contemplate the long history of The Citadel.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Amman trip itinerary planner

You can take a bus from Petra - Wadi Musa to Amman in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Petra - Wadi Musa to Amman due to the time zone difference. In March, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Umm Qais.

Things to do in Amman

Tours Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Jerash Ruins
Highlights from your plan
Al Balad – Downtown Amman ©
Al Balad – Downtown Amman
Jerash Ruins ©
Jerash Ruins
The Jordan Museum ©
The Jordan Museum

1
night
Umm Qais

Umm Qais ©
Once part of the Decapolis--a group of ten city-states on the eastern edge of the Roman Empire--Umm Qais draws visitors with its ancient ruins and Biblical significance.
On the 15th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Umm Qais Museum, delve into the distant past at Pella, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Arabela Mall.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Umm Qais trip planning site

You can drive from Amman to Umm Qais in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 16th (Fri), you'll travel to Dead Sea Region.

Things to do in Umm Qais

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Pella, Arabela Mall
Highlights from your plan
Umm Qais Museum ©
Umm Qais Museum
Pella ©
Pella
Arabela Mall ©
Arabela Mall

1
night
Dead Sea Region

Dead Sea Region ©
A vacation in Jordan's Dead Sea Region allows you to relax and reinvigorate as you bathe in the beneficial waters of the salt lake, while also having access to historic sights and natural attractions.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): get a new perspective on nature at Dead Sea Museum.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Dead Sea Region online driving holiday planner

Getting from Umm Qais to Dead Sea Region by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Umm Qais in March, plan for a bit cooler nights in Dead Sea Region, with lows around 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Dead Sea Region

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trip

Madaba
Highlights from your plan
O Beach ©
O Beach
La Storia ©
La Storia
Mount Nebo ©
Mount Nebo

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