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When it comes to travelling to Jordan, Petra is undoubtedly a popular drawcard. However, this beautiful country has so much more to offer travellers than just this one archaeological site. From breathtaking landscapes to cultural experiences and relaxation in the desert, Jordan is a must-see destination.


Here’s a suggested 14-day itinerary that takes you through some of the highlights of the country.


Day 1-2

Arrival in Amman


Upon arrival in Amman, pick up your rental car to give you the freedom to explore the city at your leisure. However, if you’re not comfortable driving, public transport options are available. Spend a couple of days exploring the city’s rich history, culture and cuisine.


Day 3-4

Relax at the Dead Sea


Drive down to the Dead Sea, or take a bus from the Mujaharin bus station to Rame and then grab a taxi to your accommodation. Spend a couple of days indulging in luxury and relaxing by the beach. Make sure to experience a mud massage and wash it off in the Dead Sea.


Day 5

Explore Dana


Drive down to Dana or take a taxi and make sure you arrive before dark to enjoy the scenic route passing by giant rocky mountains and deep valleys. Dana Biosphere Nature Reserve has great trekking routes if you have time, and the village of Dana itself is a charming stopover on the way to Petra.


Day 6-8

Discover Petra


Drive further south to Wadi Musa, the location closest to Petra. The city offers an array of accommodation options, so make sure to book a place that has parking available. Before heading to Petra, make sure to stop at Little Petra to experience a smaller version of the famous temple. Once you’re ready to explore Petra, enter through the visitors centre. Consider purchasing a 2-day pass to fully appreciate the vast archaeological site.


Day 9-10

Camp in Wadi Rum


Leave Petra and drive further south to Wadi Rum. You’ll need to park on the edge of the desert in the car park, and then your camping hosts should come to pick you up and take you to the campsite. Enjoy the peace of the desert, the orange lands, the desert wind, and the starry nights. Your hosts may also offer desert tours and sandboarding.


Day 11-12:

Snorkel in Aqaba


Leave the desert behind and head to Aqaba for some time by the sea. Aqaba is a great spot for snorkelling, so make sure to bring your gear. Don’t forget to indulge in some fresh seafood as well.


Day 13-14

Return to Amman


Drive back to Amman for your flight home. If you have time, take a day trip to Jerash to see the well-preserved Greek and Roman architecture. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something more adventurous, consider seeing Jordan by bike or trekking with Nomadikt. The tours are also available in English, if you're interested, send me or them a message!


 

Tour or Explore?


Verdict: depends!

If you're a solo traveller, this itinerary, travelling on the roads alone, would definitely be an adventure! If you're going with friends, I'd definitely recommend it.

However, if you're travelling solo, and aren't comfortable driving, you'd might want to consider a tour like WeRoad or Flashpack, as there aren't quite as many opportunities to stay in hostels and meet other people outside of Amman.


 

Jordan is a beautiful country with so much to offer travellers over 30. Whether you’re seeking relaxation, adventure, culture or scenery, Jordan has it all. With this suggested itinerary, you’ll be able to experience some of the country’s highlights and make memories that will last a lifetime.



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