6 days in Jordan offer a lot to see. And the best proof is this itinerary that, in that period of time, visits the most symbolic places in the country: Petra, Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Jerash… and many more. Take a look at what’s included and join this adventure that will immerse you in the most fascinating contrasts of this country.
Jordan is a small country but through its historical monuments and natural landscapes, it shows numerous faces to those who come to discover it. And in this 6-day itinerary in Jordan, we will learn how different civilizations have left their mark on the territory.
Of course, we will feel like Nabateans when we visit their spectacular capital: Petra, which they called Raqmu and today we know as the ‘Rose City’. But undoubtedly, there are two distinctions that this destination can be proud of: a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
The Romans followed the Nabateans to a great extent, and they also left their mark in many places in Jordan. But none better than Jerash, the ancient Gerasa, which today has an archaeological and monumental site worthy of the best cities of that empire.
For millennia, the population of Jordan was essentially nomadic, and the Bedouin people (still numerous in the country) continue to preserve many of their traditions. The ideal place to discover it is Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage desert and a place forever linked to T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia).
The Crusaders also made their contribution, and we will see it in this 6-day Jordan itinerary. Specifically, in the Karak Castle, a military construction from the 12th century. However, we will also talk about their rivals and executioners, Saladin’s troops, in this fortress and in the Ajloun Castle.
Christians and Jews will be protagonists in places of great significance such as Madaba, Mount Nebo, and the Dead Sea. And of course, we will immerse ourselves in Arab culture throughout these 6 days in Jordan, whether in the capital Amman or in any other destination of the itinerary.
Amman is the gateway and also the departure point of this circuit, as the main international airport, Queen Alia International Airport, is located here. Therefore, this 6-day and 5-night route in Jordan follows a circular path, as detailed below.
The first day of this circuit is dedicated to arrival and basic operations for settling into the country. At Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, our staff will welcome you at the terminal and provide you with any necessary assistance. Afterward, you will be transferred to your private vehicle that will take you to your hotel in Amman.
The hotel will be located in a central area of the capital, allowing you to have dinner at your leisure in the surrounding area before retiring to your room for rest.
On the second day, the circuit truly kicks off with a day filled with interesting excursions. After breakfast at the hotel, we will head to the first one in northern Jordan.
We will drive to Ajloun Castle, a fortress from the 12th and 13th centuries where we will immerse ourselves in the era of the Crusades and the subsequent defense of the territory by Muslim forces, first by the Ayyubids of Saladin and later by the Mamluks. But what is fascinating is not only its architecture and history, but also the panoramic views it offers of the surroundings: from the top of this castle, visitors can overlook a large part of the Ajloun Nature Reserve, which stands out for its green and Mediterranean landscape.
After this visit, still in the morning, we will head to Jerash: in the heart of this city lies what was once Gerasa, a Roman city that flourished culturally to the point of receiving a visit from Emperor Hadrian. In his honor, an arch was erected, which will be part of the visit, as well as the circus, theaters, the Temple of Aphrodite, and the Oval Plaza, among other places. It is a large archaeological site, but thanks to the excellent state of preservation of the complex, it can also be considered a monumental site.
After the visit to Jerash, we will return to Amman for a self-guided lunch, but knowing that another essential excursion awaits us: the Dead Sea. We will head to this large lake in the afternoon, and each person can decide how to spend the following hours at their leisure. Of course, taking a swim in its waters and rich mineral mud is the main option, but there are also facilities for other relaxing treatments. Whatever the option, just being present in this place will already be a unique experience, as it is the lowest point on Earth, more than 400 meters below sea level.
At the agreed upon time, we will pick you up to return to Amman and drop you off at the hotel, where you can enjoy a well-deserved rest and have dinner at its facilities.
In this 6-day circuit of Jordan, the third day is another intense day of cultural visits. But this time, we will do it in a road trip format, leaving Amman and not returning until two days later.
After breakfast at the hotel, the first visit will be to the capital city of Jordan, Amman, in a panoramic format to briefly explore the most symbolic places of the historic center. And there are many and very ancient, as Amman was an important city centuries before Christ, as well as during the Roman era, known as Philadelphia, leaving us today with great structures such as the Roman Theatre.
The next visit is the city of Madaba, taking us back to the time of the ‘heirs’ of the Roman Empire: the Byzantines. Specifically, to the 6th century, when a Byzantine church (now the Orthodox Church of St. George) was decorated with a mosaic map that has gone down in history: it is the oldest preserved map of the Holy Land, and its beauty and detail are astonishing.
From Madaba, we will travel to the nearby Mount Nebo, a place of great significance for the three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), as it is believed that here the prophet Moses set foot to gaze upon the Promised Land. And our eyes will also behold the same panoramic view that encompasses the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and even Jerusalem if the day is clear. The site, consisting of an observation point, a church, and interpretive spaces, is certainly worth visiting.
Afterwards, our vehicle will hit the road again to cover a greater distance towards the south, with a stop at another elevated location: the castle of Karak, built in the 12th century by the Crusaders of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, although it was soon conquered by the troops under the command of Saladin. It is considered one of the best examples of military fortresses from that period, and we will understand why during our visit, which will be in the afternoon.
And finally, in the last leg of the day, we will arrive at the destination of this journey: Wadi Musa, which is the town located near Petra, as we will be exploring Petra the next day. For now, the hotel will be our place of rest and dinner for the night.
If you want to explore Jordan in 6 days, it’s only fair to dedicate one whole day to Petra, the most famous and fascinating destination in the country. And that’s precisely what we’ll do on this fourth day, after having breakfast at the hotel.
Thanks to the horse carriage service that we have reserved, we will be able to move more quickly and comfortably through the canyons that form this city carved and hidden in the rock. This way, we will effortlessly reach the Treasury, the most famous space known for its beautiful facade, carved by the Nabateans to house the tomb of King Aretas III (1st century BC).
But in reality, there are many other spaces carved directly into the rock, as we will see on the Street of Facades. The Theater is another great construction that speaks to the importance that this city, the capital of the Nabatean empire, once had. And the Colonnaded Street will also help us understand how the Romans helped to enhance it later on. The Monastery Al-Deir, used by the Byzantines, can be a magnificent epilogue to this day of cultural exploration.
Afterwards, we will return to the hotel in Wadi Musa for dinner and to rest after a day filled with intense experiences.
Before returning to Amman, the fifth day has some great surprises in store for us, which we will head to by road right after breakfast at the hotel in Wadi Musa.
The first one is Little Petra, in the nearby Al Beida: this small enclave carved into a rocky canyon surprises with its resemblance to Petra, which it probably served (logistically, agriculturally?) when it was the main city in the area. There are preserved temples, houses, and other spaces carved into the rock, preserved over time because it functioned as a Bedouin settlement.
We will leisurely explore Little Petra in the morning, but in the afternoon, the excitement will be even greater: we will travel to the Wadi Rum desert, which had such an impact on T.E. Lawrence and continues to fascinate its visitors. This lunar landscape, with stone arches and bridges that defy the laws of nature, will be the perfect setting for a 4×4 tour through tracks and dunes.
With the images of this natural reserve still fresh in our minds, we will return to our usual vehicle to begin the journey back to Amman. We will arrive in the capital at the end of the day, with time for dinner at the hotel and to rest on our last night.
Our 6-day Jordan itinerary concludes on this last day, which is dedicated entirely to smoothly leaving the country. Breakfast will be served at the hotel, and at the agreed-upon time, our driver will pick you up for the private transfer to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. We will provide any necessary assistance at the airport and bid farewell at the terminal, with the hope of a future reunion, perhaps to visit other destinations in the country.
This program to discover Jordan in 6 days It consists of quality services with which to enjoy the experience to the fullest. Specifically:
In order to better plan your stay, you should keep in mind that these services are not included in the package: