In the very north of Jordan lies the beautiful historical Umm Qais. Only a few kilometres past the city of Irbid, you will encounter the green meadows of Umm Qais stretching as far as the eye can see, interrupted only by its Byzantine timeless ruins. For such a trip, you only need a packed picnic and an early morning rise.
In just an hour north by car, you will find yourself at the towering mountains of Ajlun, with much to see. Start off by visiting the tall-standing Ajlun castle which dominates the hilltop, not forgetting to check out the museum included in the sight. Walk down to the Ajlun Woodland Reserve and enjoy the breathtaking wildlife Ajlun is famous for.
Waking up to a sunny morning in Amman means that a trip to the Colonnaded Street of Jerash is a must. Jerash spreads out on a hill with colourful nature all around. When walking the Colonnaded Street, you will feel the sheer thrill of how many great rulers have passed over it on their horses. Jerash is a uniquely established Byzantine city, and you will feel it coming to life as soon as you set foot in it.
Mount Nebo is the famous religious elevated ridge located in Madaba, and it is said in the Hebrew Bible that it is the place where Moses first saw the Holy Land. The precise spot where Moses stood is marked by his giant staff protruding out of the ground. From there you can take look around you at the breathtaking view of Palestine, Lake Tiberias, the Dead Sea and the Jordan River. Make sure to visit the church of St. George and admire the exquisite art of mosaic drawing that Madaba is famous for.
An early rise in the morning, with your packed suitcase ready, and you are off to one of Jordan‘s lowest and most beloved attractions, the Dead Sea. It is best to attempt this trip in the spring or the latest months of summer, for the heat will be almost unbearable in the mid-summer days. It is not advised, neither for locals nor tourists, to visit the public beach, for it is sadly not very clean or comfortable. However, head out to your favourite hotel and pay an entrance fee, and you can then swim at the hotel’s pool, and take advantage of food vouchers to use at all times of day.
In Petra, a lot can be done and seen in one day, but to thoroughly explore this city, an overnight stay is highly recommended. Nevertheless, planning a day trip to Petra is an experience to look forward to. A very early rise is required for this one in order to catch up the jaw-dropping view of the city’s shifting colours from sunrise until sundown. Be prepared and take lots of drinking water, towels, a scarf, sunscreen and comfy shoes with you for all the walking and climbing that awaits you.