10 Day Journey to Jordan • The Blonde Overseas

10 day trip to Jordan

With stunning scenery, fascinating archaeological sites, delicious food and almost guaranteed sunshine – Jordan is one of the top destinations in the Middle East.

While you can hit the central spots in a few days, we recommend taking your time in Jordan. It will give you plenty of time to discover some hidden gems and get all the ancient history.

Are you ready to explore? Here is my one-day trip to Jordan!

Jordan Route Overview

  • Day 1-2: Amman

  • Day 3: Jerash & Ajloun

  • Day 4: Dead Sea

  • Day 5: Wadi Rum

  • Day 6: Aqaba

  • Day 7-8: stone

  • Day 9: Dana Biosphere Reserves

  • Day 10: Wadi Mujib

ruins in Amman

Day 1-2: Amman

Fly at Queen Alia International Airport

Fly to the capital of Amman, the heart and soul of the country. Spend your first night taking it easy and go to bed early to cover your lag.

If you have the energy, go out for dinner at Fakhr El-Din. It is one of my favorite restaurants and has an excellent range of local wine.

After a restful night, it's time to explore the vibrant city of Amman! Start your breakfast with a trip to the Acropolis, climbing on the highest hill of Amman.

If you do not want to walk up the steep path, you can rent a taxi to take you to the top.

Once there you can discover the ruins of the past of Jordan. Walk over a Roman temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church and a palace of Umajidan.

Before returning to your hotel, watch the sunset at the King Abdullah II Mosque. It is one of the best things to do in Amman, and is just 10 minutes from the Sufra Restaurant.

Located on the lively Rainbow Street, it is a place with authentic Middle Eastern cuisine, excellent service and homemade décor.

Read more: The ultimate travel guide to Amman

ruins in Jordan

Day 3: Jerash & Ajloun

A day trip from Amman to Yaris and Iulon

Grab one breakfast and go to Jerash. Located 50 minutes north of Amman, you have to rent a car for the day or go with an organized tour.

Once there you can spend hours exploring the ancient Roman ruins. Walk to the older temples and amphitheaters considered some of the best examples of Greco-Roman architecture.

Returning to Amman, stop at Ajloun Castle. Built on the top of Mt Auf in 1184, the castle has a beautiful view of the Jordan Valley below, making it an important strategic fortress against the Crusaders.

It is an interesting visit for the lovers of history who want to learn more about Jordan's hectic past.

Read more: The best time to travel to Jordan

from the Red Sea in Jordan

Day 4: The Dead Sea

Amman to the Dead Sea by car (about 1 hour 30 minutes)

Pack your bags and head on one of Jordan's top landmarks – the Dead Sea It is the lowest point of the Earth, located more than 400 meters below sea level.

The high salinity levels of the sea make the water incredibly dense and helps you to float effortlessly.

On your way to the coast, you can stop by Mount Nebo. It is a biblical site where Moses stood and saw the promised land of Canaan.

Once you reach the Dead Sea, take a bath with metallic mud. Cover your head to the fingers and get all the benefits of care.

A Dead Sea mud mask is known to demonstrate skin elasticity and minimizes pores, wrinkles and lines.

Read more: Floating in the Dead Sea

Wadi Rum in Jordan

Day 5: Wadi Rum

Transfer from the Dead Sea to Wadi Rum (about 4 hours)

The Wadi Rum desert looks like a scene from The Martian. The rocky red rock is the gem of the country's ancient desert and is the perfect place for adventurous travelers.

One of the best ways to explore the massive landscape is with a jeep tour. Starting at 9am and ending at 4 pm, you'll be driving past top landmarks such as Lawrence Springs, Khazali Gorge, Red Dunes, Burdah Arch, Um Frouth Arch and much more!

Finish your day with your stay in a luxurious Bedouin tent. You camp in the heart of the desert and dine in the authentic Romanian "Zarb", a barbecue cooked in a basement oven.

Read more: Red Desert Dreams in Wadi Rum

diving in Jordan

Day 6: Aqaba

By road from Wadi Rum to Aqaba (about 1 hour)

Before traveling in the hinterland, head to the seaside town of Aqaba for a last sea adventure. Akaba is known for world-class diving and beautiful coral reefs filled with wildlife.

If you want to get away from the crowds, plan your diving trip around the South Red Sea. The reefs are in a virgin state and in areas like Marsa Alam. Elphinstone Reef and Abu Dadaab will see sharks, turtles and plenty of colorful marine life.

Read more: Scuba diving in the Red Sea

final guide for the stone

Day 7 & 8: Stone

By car from Aqaba to Petra (about 2 hours)

Stretching over 60 miles, you will need two days to explore the lost city of Petra. It will give you plenty of time to see all the highlights and some of its hidden gems.

The best time to visit Petra is early in the morning or late afternoon. You will avoid crowds and you will beat the hot day of the day.

Stone at night

For a truly magical experience, spend your first night at Petra. Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, you can buy a ticket to visit the Ministry of Finance at night – so time your trip accordingly! You will walk through the candle gorge until you reach the public treasury.

It is lit with over 1,500 candles that turn the ruins into a magical sight.

Read more: The ultimate Petra travel guide

mountain in the Dana Biosphere Reserve in Jordan

Day 9: Reserve of the Dana Biosphere Reserve

By road from Petra to Biosphere Dana Network (About 1 hour 40 minutes)

After five days of exploration in the Jordan desert, it's time to get it easily. After having a great breakfast at your hotel, pack your bags and make your way to the Dana Biosphere Reserve.

Often called Yosemite of Jordan, it hosts over 700 species of plants, 190 bird species, 37 mammals and 36 different species of reptiles.

Spend your afternoon hiking in the desert. You can rent a driver from one of the local Bedouin tribes if you want to know more about the history and the ecology of the reserve.

End your day sitting around a fire in the camp and stargazing. With minimal light pollution, it's the perfect place to test your skills in astrophotography!

Day 10: Wadi Mujib

Wadi Mujib in Jordan

Transfer from the Biosphere Dana reserve to Wadi Mujib (About 3 hours 30 minutes)

Wake up early and head towards beautiful Wadi Mujib. The natural sanctuary is one of Jordan's top attractions and attracts tourists from all over the world.

You have to reach the crowds if you want to access the biosphere for canyoning. Reservations are not allowed and the Reserve operates on the first priority.

As soon as you get there, grab a life jacket and get ready for a whole day of adventure. Drivers will help you through the maze of towering rocks, cascades and fast water.

Do not forget to pack the essentials such as GoPro and a dry bag for anything that is not waterproof.

Read more: What to Pack for a trip to a conservative country

Jordan is an incredible country and one of my top travel destinations! It is filled with incredible natural wonders, rich history and wonderful dining scene.

Follow the one-day trip to Jordan and explore the best that the country can offer!