Jordan tours

Best tours in Jordan

Jordan is an incredibly rewarding destination. From historical ruins in Jerash to desert stays in the sprawling Wadi Rum, there’s much to like about this fascinating country.

  1. Take a ride on the Hejaz Railway
  2. Enjoy a tour around breath-taking Petra
  3. Explore the ruins of Jerash
  4. Go on a tour of the Al Ayoun Trail
  5. Explore the Sharhabil bin Hassneh Ecopark
  6. See the great Wadi Rum

Jordan tours are unforgettable. From exploring the ruins of Petra to glorious ecoparks, this incredible land is a multitude of breath-taking scenes.

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1. Take a ride on the Hejaz Railway

The historic Hejaz Railway running from Damascus to Amman and south into the desert was once a key route across the sand, and was a target for Lawrence of Arabia in the fight against being dominated by Turkey. After featuring in a 90’s TV ad for Extra-Strong Mints, the railway became popular with train buffs wanting nostalgic rides into the desert, and from film crews and tour operators capitalizing on the legend of Lawrence. Five-star package tours to Jordan can include an afternoon ride on a steam-drawn Pullman, with the added “surprise” of a mid-desert Lawrence-style raid on the train by mounted bedouin warriors. Looking for Jordan holiday packages? We deliver a fantastic bunch!

Best for: Railway enthusiasts

Top tip: There is also a museum of the Hejaz Railway to explore too.

2. Enjoy a tour around breath-taking Petra

No visit to Jordan is complete without a tour around Petra, an unforgettably dramatic 2000-year-old city carved from sandstone cliffs. In the Visitor Centre is a tour guide office, where you can hire a professional, accredited guide at fixed prices. A basic 90min tour of the major sights such as the al Siq and the Treasury costs around JD50/person on top of your entrance ticket. To be guided to other sites such as the Monastery; the High Place of Sacrifice; Jabal Haroun; Sabra and Wadi Muthlim cost extra. Check current prices when you visit.

Best for: A tour of one of the most famous Jordan attractions.

Top tip: Petra By Night is an after-dark guided excursion into the ancient city.

3. Explore the ruins of Jerash

Jerash has plenty of attractions such as Jerash Park and Dibeen Forest Reserve, but its ruins are its number one highlight. Hiring a guide to lead you around the ruins can bring a visit to life: these fluent professionals are very knowledgeable, and they wait at the office beside the Visitors’ Centre. Just ask, and you’ll be passed along to the next in line. Expect to pay around JD20 for a tour lasting roughly 1hr 15min.

Best for: Ruins

Top tip: Amman is also home to some fantastic ruins such as the impressive 2000-year-old ancient Roman Theatre.

4. Go on a tour of the Al Ayoun Trail

Three villages in Ajloun’s Al Ayoun municipality (ayoun means springs) which borders the reserve - Rasoun, Orjan and Baoun - have clubbed together to develop a new walking path. The Al Ayoun Trail runs for 12km between all three villages, crossing some beautiful and otherwise unvisited countryside. This community-run tourism is all about developing the guest/host relationship which lies deeply embedded in Arab culture: this is not a nature trail, and though much of it passes through open country, you are also intentionally routed into the villages - in part walking on paved roads. The idea is to book ahead with a guide, to learn about the area, engage with individuals in each village (someone will prepare lunch in their home, someone else may invite you for tea, others may want to show you a particular site), to see and be seen, to stop and be stopped.

Best for: A walking trail through villages

Top tip: The Jordan Trail is a 600km walking route that goes from the umm Qais to the southern coast near Aqaba.

5. Explore the Sharhabil bin Hassneh Ecopark

Sharhabil bin Hassneh Ecopark is an excellent base in the Jordan Valley to explore the lake and mountains around the Ziglab Dam. Short circular walks of the area are between thirty minutes and an hour and a half. They lead you around the protected area, including the 6.3km route around the lake. Guides are available for JD1–4 per person. Longer trails head out to explore further afield.

Best for: The great outdoors of Jordan

Top tip: A 530m-long zipline - the first in Jordan - opened in the ecopark in 2015.

6. See the great Wadi Rum

In short, the best, and most rewarding way to see Wadi Rum independently is to choose a guide in advance and book directly with them. Itineraries can be arranged for anything from a couple of hours to an overnight stay or longer, hosted at the guide’s own campsite out in the desert. They always include transport, accommodation, food and sightseeing. You’re the boss. If you’d prefer to see the desert from the back of a camel - or even a horse - rather than in a 4x4, say so: most guides can oblige, or will pass you on to a specialist. And if you want to be alone, say so: the easy-to-overlook downside of 4x4 excursions, and, to some extent, camel treks, is that neither allows you to soak up the silence and isolation of the desert at your own walking pace. Consider hiring a guide to drive your gear out to a campsite in the desert while you take your time walking there, or you could arrange for a one-way ride by 4x4 or camel out to a particular spot, and then walk back from there. Rum Stars are recommended as a tour group. They’re a team of cheery young guides with good desert knowledge.

Best for: Exploring the desert in Jordan

Top tip: The Northern Badia is another great desert spot. It’s one of the most rewarding places for birdwatching in the country.

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