02.07.2024
2 min.

Jordan a lot more to offer than just the iconic Treasury in Petra. Venture beyond the tourist crowds and discover a treasure of hidden gems waiting to be explored. From historical wonders to breathtaking natural landscapes, this list discovers some of Jordan’s best-kept secrets: 

  • Salt’s city: Explore As-Salt’s soul on the Harmony Trail, a walk-through history where mosques and churches stand together. Discover the vibrant Al Ain Plaza, the Old Salt Museum, and admire architectural marvels like the Great Mosque. Enjoy lunch at a local’s house as you discover the heart of this welcoming and harmonious city. 
  • Dana Village: Nestled in the Dana Biosphere Reserve, this 500-year-old village offers a glimpse into traditional Jordanian life. Explore narrow alleyways, historical houses, and soak up the panoramic views. 
  • Little Petra (: A smaller, less crowded version of Petra, Little Petra offers a similar experience without the throngs of tourists. Explore the intricate carvings and admire the unique architectural style. 
  • Petra Backway Hike: This hike, starting from Siq al-Barid (Little Petra), offers breathtaking mountain views and a unique perspective of the ancient city’s vastness. Climb the mountain plateau to the Monastery (Ad Deir), passing a Neolithic village along the way. The total route is roughly 13 km and can be challenging, so good physical condition is recommended. Consider hiring a Bedouin guide for their historical insights and guidance through the unmarked paths. 
  • Wadi Bin Hammad: A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, Wadi Bin Hammad has cascading waterfalls, natural pools, and lush greenery. Hike through the gorge, swim in the cool waters, and enjoy the natural beauty. 
  • Pella: Step back in time at the ancient city of Pella. Explore the Greco-Roman ruins, including an amphitheater, temples, and colonnaded streets, and imagine the city’s grandeur back in the day. 
  • Qasr Al Abd in Iraq Al Amir: This well-preserved 2nd century BC Hellenistic palace offers a glimpse of its former glory. Imagine a grand palace on an elevated platform amidst an artificial lake, adorned with life-sized lion reliefs and ornate leopard fountains. Earthquake damage hides some secrets, but recent restorations reveal the ground floor’s two portals, intricate capitals, and decorative elements. Local legend whispers of a star-crossed love story, adding romance and mystery to this architectural wonder. 
  • Shaumari Wildlife Reserve: Witness Jordan’s diverse ecosystems come alive at the Shaumari Wildlife Reserve. Established in 1975 to protect endangered species, this haven near Azraq boasts a thriving population of majestic Arabian Oryx, Somali ostriches, the rare Persian onager, and graceful gazelles. Explore this 22-square-kilometer reserve and play a vital role in preserving Jordan’s wildlife heritage. 
  • Azraq Wetland Reserve: A haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers, Azraq Wetland Reserve is an oasis in the desert. Spot a variety of bird species, explore the marshes, and learn about the region’s delicate ecosystem. 
  • Wadi Mujib: For the adventurous traveler, Wadi Mujib offers a thrilling canyoning experience. Hike through the gorge, rappel down waterfalls, and swim in natural pools. 
  • Wadi Hasa: A hidden gem in southern Jordan, Wadi Hasa is a scenic valley known for its dramatic sandstone cliffs and lush palm groves. Explore the area by jeep, hike through the trails, or simply relax and enjoy the tranquility. 

This is just a taste of the many hidden gems Jordan has to offer. So, escape the masses, explore these off-the-beaten-path destinations, and discover the true magic of Jordan! 

 

Silvia P
Silvia P
2023-09-10
Fantastic tour with an Italian speaking guide We received an excellent service and support from zamantours. Our Italian-speaking guide, Abdullah, was outstanding: he gave us precise and comprehensive information about places and culture, he was highly flexible in the program and tireless in his work. He has been a reference for us throughout our trip. Also Yusef, the driver, was kind and flexible. All the personnel were always punctual and professional.
Paula S
Paula S
2023-07-27
Amazing experience It was a wonderful experience. Petra is an awesome place, breathless sunset at the Wadi Run desert, there are many archeological sites and significant religious places of the Bible.Floating on the Dead Sea was just incredible. Thanks to Ahmed, our tour guide, he's really professional and kind, with a great sense of humor and Samir, excelent and safety driver, both of them are the best advicers in Jordan.
Alberto D
Alberto D
2023-07-01
Best experience in Jordan We enjoyed one week touring Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. The sites were extraordinary, the guide Fadl very competent and the driver Samir very kind. Hotels were first class, people always very friendly. Food very appreciated.
Maclain N
Maclain N
2023-06-13
Skip the Petra by Night experience. Don’t be tricked into doing Petra by night. We saw it last night on 6/12/23 The production value is horrible and the show is really short. Basically by the time you hike down the show is over within 30 min and it is not lit well. The city of Petra is amazing by day and the donkey ride to the monastery was the an incredible experience but I would NOT recommend the night experience.
Deepan P
Deepan P
2023-06-04
1-week trip to Jordan Excellent organization, accomodation, and meals. Our driver Hisham is very knowledgeable, great communication and attitude that made our trip memorable. Hisham is a very safe driver, took us often on interesting side routes, and made extra effort to show as much of Jordan as he could in the time we had. He is punctual, and checked on our accomodations and visits. Hisham cares deeply about Jordan and his guests
John Moorcraft
John Moorcraft
2023-04-18
Family Holiday with 5yr old expertly delivered. We booked our holiday for our five year old through Zaman and couldn’t have been happier. Everything around booking was painless and easy. All airport procedures were a breeze and they fast track you through immigration. We were out of the airport with all luggage within 15mins of landing! Our driver, Sayall, was outstanding with my daughter and ensured she was the focal point of the whole trip. First class. I would strongly recommend the Hilton in the Dead Sea if you have young children. Very friendly and great swimming pool. The Labdmark Hotel in Amman also good for kids and 100pct do the children’s museum. Our kid loved camel riding in Wadi Rum and found Petra fascinating (she climbed up to the high place of sacrifice). She enjoyed snorkelling as well. I’d caution against the Intercontinental in Aqaba. The policies there on swimming pool access work against 5-10yr olds. I’d look elsewhere there given the pricing structure. Overall, if you want to go to Jordan (and you should) and you want to travel with young children then Zaman will have you sorted. Top agency and it really worked for us.
fabrizio g
fabrizio g
2023-04-06
Grazie Sam! Grazie Mohammad Saleem ci hai guidato attraverso la Giordania con professionalità competenza simpatia sempre molto attento alle nostre esigenze. Lo abbiamo molto apprezzato
Cheri R
Cheri R
2023-03-05
Terrific value, tremendous fun Samanta of ZamanTours, whom we accessed through KimKim, was honestly fantastic. She planned our itinerary around our dates and requests, got us luxury hotels and meals, and best of all--arranged for driver/guide Hamdi Das. We were able to contact her anytime and she was immediately responsive (we made an error and she was able to help us rectify it--cheerfully!). All communications were clear and easy--fantastic Hamdi accompanied us to every entrance (even hotels) and made sure there was never a problem. We had 6 terrific days in Jordan, and are so completely happy. On our flight home, we talked with others who had used a luxury tour group and our experiences were hugely better --at half their price! We highly recommend Samanta at Zaman Tours and Hamdi, guide/driver-extraodinaire.
Carmelo L
Carmelo L
2023-03-05
Amazing tour of Jordan Dear Zamantours, We would thank you for the quality of the service provided us during our travel in Jordan. We were very happy for the assistance we got at the Airport and especially for the professional driver Mr. J. Al Z. who has safely and kindly driven us for the entire week across Jordan A special thanks for our tourist guide Mr.M. Al-S. that made an excellent job explaining us a lot of things about Jordan History and beeing available for each of our need. Thank a lot for your great work Kind regards Carmelo & Fiorella
Peter Tass
Peter Tass
2023-02-23
Petra once in a lifetime tour Zayed was extremely helpful. Beautiful waiter. He attended to us all the time. And the cocktails were very well priced.