Backpacking Jordan

Hello to all seasoned and aspiring backpackers!

You may have never thought of visiting Jordan, but once you know just what this country has to offer, you won’t be able to resist.

Jordan is a beautiful Middle Eastern country and home to a unique culture, delicious food, and breathtaking scenery.


Important Basics

Official Language ( Arabic )
EnglishArabic
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Capital City

Amman

Form of Government

Constitutional monarchy

Best Time to Visit

March to October

Fun Facts
  • The national flower of Jordan is the black iris.
  • The ruin site of Petra, one of the 7 wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located in Jordan.
  • Olive trees are very common in Jordan.
  • Locals are very friendly. You’ll often hear “Ahlan wa Sahlan!”, which means “welcome!”.

Cities

Petra

Once you arrive in Jordan, it’s best to rent a car to explore the country, which costs about €200 a week. As soon as you’re ready, drive directly to your first stop – Petra.

Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – and for a good reason! It’s a top destination for many travelers, as it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Jordan's most famous historical places. Don’t miss the Treasure Chamber, the Monastery, and the Royal Tombs. This architecture dates back to when Petra was the capital of the Nabataeans.

Spend the day outdoors to explore everything Petra has to offer. Hike through the Siq, a breathtaking gorge, to reach The Treasury, carved into the sandstone mountains. You can also take a guided tour to visit these fascinating paths and historical sites.

Petra is also very lovely at night. Throughout the week you can meet local Bedouins, share stories, and play live music together. Last but not least, make sure to visit the Treasury at night as it is beautifully lit and the route along the Siq is lined with candles.

During your stay in Petra, stay at a hostel for €16 a night in a 6-person dorm.

Amman

Amman, the country’s capital, is located in the north-western part of Jordan and is about a three-hour drive from Petra. Spend a few days here to have enough time to explore.

In the heart of the city lies the old town, known as Al Balad, which is home to many shops and markets. If you want to visit a mosque, check out two of the city’s architectural gems: the King Abdullah Mosque and the Grand Husseini Mosque.

From the Amman Citadel to the Roman Theatre, there are many ancient ruins for you to explore in town. Learn more about the historical background on a guided tour, so you don’t miss out on any of the city’s secrets.

Feeling hungry after all that history? Try some shawarma and sugar cane juice from a local market and fuel up for your next stop: the Royal Automobile Museum. You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy this museum, which houses King Hussein's private collection of antique cars and motorbikes.

Stay at a local hostel in a 6-person dorm for just €16 a night.

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is the perfect day trip from Amman or Madaba. The drive only takes about 1.5 hours, depending on which part of the Dead Sea you want to visit.

This renowned natural phenomenon is absolutely unique, so don’t miss your chance to check it out. It’s located on the northwestern coast of Jordan, with Israel right on the other side of the shore.

The Dead Sea is known for its extremely high salt content. Its water contains ten times as much salt as any ocean, meaning you will literally float on the water. The Dead Sea also has some great mud, which you can put on your skin as an excellent mineral hydration. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea shrinks more each year, so come visit soon!

There are several high-end resorts on the Dead Sea’s coast, but they are quite expensive, so a day trip might be better. You can find more affordable accommodation in a nearby city for about €25 a night for a single room.

Wadi Rum

Another must-see destination on your itinerary is Wadi Rum – about a four-hour drive from Amman. You’ll want to spend at least one day exploring this beautiful desert area, and it’s an experience you will never forget! Wadi’s breathtaking landscape is where pink sand meets sandstone mountains. Not only can you take a camel ride through the hilly dunes, but also learn about Bedouin culture. The ancient ruins scattered throughout the desert are perfect stops on your desert trip. Here, you can see Nabatean petroglyphs and inscriptions.

A guided tour is the best way to see as much as possible in a short time, just be sure not to miss landmarks like the Um Fruth Rock Bridge and the Khazali Canyon.

Sleep in the desert, where a single room costs €18 a night.

Aqaba

Head out of the desert and to the nearby city of Aqaba, just under an hour away, and relax by the sea before you fly home. Aqaba is located in the south of Jordan and is a port city on the Red Sea. If you want to spend some time on the beach during your holiday, it’s the right place to go. Well known for its excellent snorkeling and diving spots in the Aqaba Marine Park, this city is home to over 20 dive sites with living corals and amazing shipwrecks. If you prefer to stay on solid ground, visit historical sites like the Mamluk Fort, the ruins of Ayla, and the Archaeological Museum, which offer an exciting insight into Jordan's past.

 

 The shore has a more touristy vibe with its many restaurants, seaside resorts, snorkeling, and diving tours. If you’re looking for something more authentic, the old town is the perfect place to visit. Visit one of the city’s souks and sample the delicious traditional food.

 You can stay cheaply at a hostel for €15 a night in a dorm.

Unfortunately, it’s time to head home. Return your rented car and let the local shuttle service take you directly to the airport.


Petra

Petra

Once you arrive in Jordan, it’s best to rent a car to explore the country, which costs about €200 a week. As soon as you’re ready, drive directly to your first stop – Petra.

Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – and for a good reason! It’s a top destination for many travelers, as it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Jordan's most famous historical places. Don’t miss the Treasure Chamber, the Monastery, and the Royal Tombs. This architecture dates back to when Petra was the capital of the Nabataeans.

Spend the day outdoors to explore everything Petra has to offer. Hike through the Siq, a breathtaking gorge, to reach The Treasury, carved into the sandstone mountains. You can also take a guided tour to visit these fascinating paths and historical sites.

Petra is also very lovely at night. Throughout the week you can meet local Bedouins, share stories, and play live music together. Last but not least, make sure to visit the Treasury at night as it is beautifully lit and the route along the Siq is lined with candles.

During your stay in Petra, stay at a hostel for €16 a night in a 6-person dorm.

Amman

Amman

Amman, the country’s capital, is located in the north-western part of Jordan and is about a three-hour drive from Petra. Spend a few days here to have enough time to explore.

In the heart of the city lies the old town, known as Al Balad, which is home to many shops and markets. If you want to visit a mosque, check out two of the city’s architectural gems: the King Abdullah Mosque and the Grand Husseini Mosque.

From the Amman Citadel to the Roman Theatre, there are many ancient ruins for you to explore in town. Learn more about the historical background on a guided tour, so you don’t miss out on any of the city’s secrets.

Feeling hungry after all that history? Try some shawarma and sugar cane juice from a local market and fuel up for your next stop: the Royal Automobile Museum. You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy this museum, which houses King Hussein's private collection of antique cars and motorbikes.

Stay at a local hostel in a 6-person dorm for just €16 a night.

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is the perfect day trip from Amman or Madaba. The drive only takes about 1.5 hours, depending on which part of the Dead Sea you want to visit.

This renowned natural phenomenon is absolutely unique, so don’t miss your chance to check it out. It’s located on the northwestern coast of Jordan, with Israel right on the other side of the shore.

The Dead Sea is known for its extremely high salt content. Its water contains ten times as much salt as any ocean, meaning you will literally float on the water. The Dead Sea also has some great mud, which you can put on your skin as an excellent mineral hydration. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea shrinks more each year, so come visit soon!

There are several high-end resorts on the Dead Sea’s coast, but they are quite expensive, so a day trip might be better. You can find more affordable accommodation in a nearby city for about €25 a night for a single room.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

Another must-see destination on your itinerary is Wadi Rum – about a four-hour drive from Amman. You’ll want to spend at least one day exploring this beautiful desert area, and it’s an experience you will never forget! Wadi’s breathtaking landscape is where pink sand meets sandstone mountains. Not only can you take a camel ride through the hilly dunes, but also learn about Bedouin culture. The ancient ruins scattered throughout the desert are perfect stops on your desert trip. Here, you can see Nabatean petroglyphs and inscriptions.

A guided tour is the best way to see as much as possible in a short time, just be sure not to miss landmarks like the Um Fruth Rock Bridge and the Khazali Canyon.

Sleep in the desert, where a single room costs €18 a night.

Aqaba

Aqaba

Head out of the desert and to the nearby city of Aqaba, just under an hour away, and relax by the sea before you fly home. Aqaba is located in the south of Jordan and is a port city on the Red Sea. If you want to spend some time on the beach during your holiday, it’s the right place to go. Well known for its excellent snorkeling and diving spots in the Aqaba Marine Park, this city is home to over 20 dive sites with living corals and amazing shipwrecks. If you prefer to stay on solid ground, visit historical sites like the Mamluk Fort, the ruins of Ayla, and the Archaeological Museum, which offer an exciting insight into Jordan's past.

 

 The shore has a more touristy vibe with its many restaurants, seaside resorts, snorkeling, and diving tours. If you’re looking for something more authentic, the old town is the perfect place to visit. Visit one of the city’s souks and sample the delicious traditional food.

 You can stay cheaply at a hostel for €15 a night in a dorm.

Unfortunately, it’s time to head home. Return your rented car and let the local shuttle service take you directly to the airport.

Jordan Route Map

Itinerary and Stops.

Tag
Route/Station
Transport
€
Unterkunft
€
1. Home – Petra
Home – Petra
Flight+Rental car
50
6-person dorm
16
2. Petra
Petra
-
6-person dorm
16
3. Petra – the Dead Sea – Amman
Petra – the Dead Sea – Amman
Rental car
6-person dorm
16
4. Amman
Amman
-
6-person dorm
16
5. Amman - Wadi Rum
Amman - Wadi Rum
Rental car
Single room
18
6. Wadi Rum- Aqaba
Wadi Rum- Aqaba
Rental car
Dorm
15
7. Aqaba - Home
Aqaba - Home
Flight
50

Total price.

Flights 100,00 €
Transportation 200,00 €
Tours 0,00 €
Accommodation 97,00 €
Total397,00 €

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Dos and Don’ts, Food & Drinks, Costs.

Breakfast

Labneh: This is a strained and creamed yoghurt with a thick consistency. It is often served for breakfast with fruit and syrup.

Soups

Shorbat Adas:  This is Jordanian red lentil soup – a classic that everyone should try.

Main courses

Mezze: This dish is a mixed plate with all kinds of specialities, from hummus to small pieces of bread and meat pies.

Mansaf: Considered by many to be the country’s national dish, it consists of rice, lamb, and a sauce made from yoghurt.

Kofta Kebaba: This lamb meat dish is super spicy./span>

Farooj: This is chicken, usually roasted on spits and skewered, then served with potatoes and salad.

Sayadiya:  This fish dish is a highlight on the coast. The fish, usually cod, is deep-fried and then served with rice and tasty vegetables.

Drinks

Tea: Tea is popular in Jordan, and locals drink it several times a day.

Jordan

The exchange rate for 1 Jordanian Dinar is around 1.35 euros (as of May 2022). See prices for certain products and the cost of living below:

Cost of Living

Food

Free Time

Personal Hygiene

Dos

Bargain: There are so many great things to buy in the Jordanian markets. To get a reasonable price, it’s best to negotiate.

Leave your bikini at home: To all you ladies out there – pack a one-piece swimsuit. Don’t be too revealing here.

Respect the religion: In Jordan, religion is an integral part of the culture. Don't make any critical comments or mention atheism.

Don'ts

Don’t wear shorts: You should always cover your legs. Keep to this unspoken rule, especially in traditional areas.

Don’t show public displays of affection: If you are travelling as a couple in Jordan, you should avoid any PDA and keep your hands to yourself.

Don’t criticize the royal family: This is a topic that you should definitely avoid.

Visa, Visa, Passport & Vaccinations

Passport

Yes

Temporary passport

Yes

National ID

No

Temporary national ID

No

Child’s pass

Yes

Visa

Yes

Vaccine

Robert Koch Instituts

Additional Remarks.

Your travel documents must still be valid for 6 months. Please also inform yourself on the current entry regulations regarding the Corona virus. Current information about this can be found at your country’s Foreign Office.

The team at Backpacker Trail wishes you lots of fun and an unforgettable trip!

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