This is our signature Jordan small-group tour, mixing the classic sites of Jerash and Petra with easy forest and canyon walks, a Wadi Rum jeep safari and Bedouin experience, a Dead Sea swim, ruined Desert Castles, and much more.
This family adventure offers the perfect introduction to Jordan, visiting historical sites at Jerash, Petra and Kerak, along with a stay at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, a 4x4 jeep safari and time at the Red and Dead Sea.
Jordan is a country that has been dubbed "an open-air museum" due to its historical heritage - from stunning natural scenery to beautiful coastlines, and not forgetting incredible middle eastern cuisine and friendly locals.
So, the question here isn't why you Jordan should be your next vacation destination but rather why you should visit in April.
April, arguably, is one of the most popular months to visit Jordan - and with good reason - the weather is pleasant, and the semi-arid hills of northern Jordan burst into magnificent, knee-high bloom.
Nationwide, the temperatures are just right--not too hot and too cold. The landscapes are lush and blooming with wildflowers. Plus, two top events occur this month, with Ramadan also falling in April this year.
In April spring has sprung and sunshine spreads over the country - we say goodbye to rainy, wet, and cold days.
Although temperatures differ from place to place. Amman temperature averages 63°F (17°C), with a daily range between 57-77°F (14-25°C). Petra is a bit warmer, averaging 76°F (24°C) for the month, while on the shores of the Red Sea is distinctly toasty at an average of 84°F (29°C).
It's worth noting that after months of rains, even the desert displaying a gorgeous kaleidoscopic of wildflowers. The lush green northern regions are particularly attractive in April.
You'll want to pack light summer clothing, and a shade hat and sunscreen but, also pack a warm jacket if you plan on visiting the mountain areas where temperatures are still cool.
The airfare and hotels are at their most expensive In April because this is one of the most popular times to visit the country. It's best to book flights and reserve accommodations well in advance, especially in the main tourist areas.
Ramadan--the holy month of fasting--falls in April this year and because of this holy month many, if not all, businesses change their hours - for example, restaurants and shops close between 6:30-8:30 pm so that owners and workers can eat.
Also, it's good to note that the pre-sunset rush hour is hectic, especially in Amman, as locals rush home to break the fast with their family.
It will be good to plan ahead as their usually won't be any restaurants open (this usually is the case only in more remote and traditional areas; tourist zones usually aren't so affected).
As a courtesy to those fasting, avoid eating or drinking in public during daylight hours.
Petra- also known as. The Rose City - is Jordan's foremost ancient site. Get there as early as possible (sunrise is probably the best time) and try to spend an entire day exploring the treasure trove of amazing structures that are hidden along hiking trails of various difficulties and distances.
In April as the country revs up for the Jordan Rally - an important off-road car race and challenge draws thousands of visitors. Here you can also expect a few top international drivers to witness 21 drama-filled stages over two days
If you love history, hike to Machaerus, the hilltop stronghold palace and fortress of Herod the Great. Built around 90 BC--before Herod's time--at about 3,300 feet in the eastern hills overlooking the Dead Sea.
Camp under the stars in Wadi Rum. Head to Wadi Rum for overnights in a Bedouin camp or, more à propos, Sun City Camp with its geodesic domes Inspired by the film.
Away from your camp, the desert sky is so unbelievably dark that you'll be able to gasp at the Milky Way galaxy and its billions of stars.
The massive expanse of desert at Wadi Rum has with good reason been featured in many space movies, including The Martian.
Hike the Jordan Trail to Petra - the 400-mile trail from Umm Qais to the Red Sea can be hiked in sections.
The Petra section leads you to Jordan's most iconic World Heritage site in solitude by the back door.
The relatively easy path-less-followed rewards you with a tour bus-free entrée.
Soak in Ma'in Hot Springs. The Hammamat Ma'in thermal mineral springs and waterfalls, about 45 miles (75 km) south of Amman, are referenced in the Bible and according to legend once drew Herod to bathe in the medicinal waters. You'll feel enervated, too, soaking as did the Romans in the mineral-rich pools (each of a different temperature) at the base of the cascades, comprising a lush canyon paradise in the hills above the Dead Sea, at 866 feet (264 m) below sea level.
Amman Dead Sea Ultra Marathon: This annual event draws runners from around the world. The route begins in the high elevations of Amman and descends to the lowest point on Earth.
Amman International Theatre Festival: Theater lovers will love this annual festival to promote theatre and the arts, with performances by troupes from Arabian nations - both Arabic and English.
Amman Jazz Festival: Held during four days each April, it draws international jazz and classical talent.
Ramadan: The dates move back by 11 days every year according to the lunar calendar. The entire Muslim community prays fasts from sunrise to sunset indulge in charity and self-evaluation.
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