"Jordan has a long-standing tradition of hospitality and you'll be warmly welcomed to discover a land of ancient cities and stunning desert landscapes"
Visit the Iraq Al Amir Women's Centre
Make a difference at the Iraq Al Amir Women’s Co-op, a community of women who aim to preserve their heritage and provide jobs through their handicrafts. You’ll learn first-hand how they make notebooks from recycled paper and soap from olive oil. You’ll even get to try making your own before enjoying a home cooked meal prepared by the women.
Stroll through the Greco-Roman city at Jerash
Discover the ancient city of Jerash, once an important stop on the incense and spice trade route to the Mediterranean. It was also a favourite city of the Roman emperor Hadrian, and you can explore its towering Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis, 2nd-century Hadrian’s Arch and the almost intact city walls.
Be amazed by the unique ancient city at Petra
Marvel at this archaeological wonder, with rose-red facades carved into the sheer rock face over 2,000 years ago by the Nabataean people. It was one of the world’s first cities and today is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. We’ll begin our exploration through the iconic Siq, with cliffs soaring 80 metres high.
View the Roman amphitheatre and Citadel in Amman
Join our Local Specialists for a tour of Amman to soak up its ancient treasures. We’ll visit the remarkable Roman amphitheatre, likely built in the 2nd century AD, with a massive seating capacity of 6,000. We’ll also explore the Citadel, filled with ruins like the Ummayad Palace and the Temple of Hercules.
Admire the mosaic map of the Holy Land at Madaba
We’ll journey to Mount Nebo, where Moses is buried, and see the incredible Madaba Mosaic Map that covers the floor in the Greek Orthodox Church of Saint George. The Madaba Map depicts the Middle East, and you’ll see the oldest surviving cartographic depiction of the Holy Land and Jerusalem.
Our top 5 things to do in Jordan
A Jordan guided tour with Trafalgar will reveal the country’s ancient wonders, from the city of Petra and the Citadel in Amman, to the Mosaic Map in Madaba.
The Jordan Museum
Located in Amman, the Jordan Museum is one of the best museums in the Middle East. It houses the country’s most significant archaeological treasures, including remains of Petra, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and the ‘Ain Ghazal statues which date back to 7,500 BC and are the oldest-known human statues.
Jordan Folklore Museum
The Jordan Folklore Museum showcases items from Jordanian cultural heritage including handicrafts, mosaics, looms, weapons, the rababa (a Bedouin musical instrument), and costumes like the traditional Circassian dress. You can stop in after exploring the Roman Theatre, as it’s located in the theatre’s entrance.
Aqaba Archaeological Museum
This official archaeological museum houses a collection of Bronze Age artefacts dating back to 4,000 BC. The relics were found near Aqaba and further cement the belief that Aqaba is one of the region’s oldest settlements. You can also find golden coins dating back to the Fatimides and a Quranic inscription from the 9th century.
Best museums in Jordan
Our Jordan escorted tours reveal the country’s vast history through it’s superb museums, from Jordanian cultural artefacts, to the archaeological wonders of The Jordan Museum.
Maqluba is a delicious savory dish made from meat, rice, eggplant and vegetables layered in a pot, which is flipped upside down on a plate when served. The name translates to ‘upside-down’ or ‘flipped over’ and this ancient dish dates back as far as the 13th century.
One of the most popular street foods in Jordan, you’ll often smell the aroma of roasting nuts as you walk through the cities. You’ll find macadamias, pistachios and many other nut varieties, which are dried, roasted, salted or coated in herbs and spices, and sold in markets across the country.
One of the world’s favourite street foods, shawarma is the ultimate Middle Eastern sandwich. It’s made of shavings of spit-roasted meats served in a wrap or pita, with pickles, tabbouleh salad and tangy sauces. Our Local Specialists will show you the best places to try this classic dish.
Best food in Jordan
When you travel Jordan with Trafalgar, we’ll reveal the country’s alluring cuisine, from warm roasted nuts, to the shawarma, one of the world’s favourite sandwiches.
What to pack for Jordan
In Jordan, the standard voltage is 230 V and the power plugs and sockets are of type C, D, F, G and J. The standard frequency is 50 Hz.
You’ll spend hours exploring the countries sights - a visit to Petra alone can involve a day’s worth of walking - so bring a sturdy pair of walking shoes.
When visiting Jordan, you’ll need to wear modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Bring light, loose-fit clothing for the heat and warm layers for chilly desert nights.
A scarf is a handy item for keeping the sun and sand off your face, and for covering your head or shoulders when entering religious sites.
Whether you’re floating in the Dead Sea, or snorkelling the coral reefs of the Red Sea, you’ll want to pack a swimsuit for your Jordan holiday.