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Support Local Communities in Northern Jordan

Get off the beaten path in Jordan and explore the beautiful north of the country, supporting local communities and discovering hidden gems along the way!

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AsiaJordan5 days / June 2018

Highs & Lows

Watching the sunset over the stunning Lake Tiberias / Sea of Galilee

You may put on a few pounds from all the home-cooked food!

Itinerary Overview

When planning a trip to Jordan, most travellers make a beeline straight for Petra, but there are plenty of other places to discover, too, in Jordan that are just as stunning and provide further insight into local history, traditions and culture. 

In this itinerary we'll cover the often-forgotten highlights of northern Jordan, which are easy to reach from the capital, Amman. Take in the delights of Jerash,  Pella, Umm Quais and Ajloun, which you can easily add on to the beginning or end of your Jordan trip if you want to explore Petra and the south as well. 

We travelled in summer (very hot), we recommend travelling in Jordan between March - May if you can for the best weather. 

  • 1 Night: Jerash
    Historical ruins
  • 1 Night: Tabqet Fahel
    Homestay experience, Pella ruins (Tabqet Fahel)
  • 2 Nights: Umm Qais
    History, Food, Community Tourism
  • 1 Night: Ajloun
    Nature reserve & history

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    If you have more time on your hands, Pella, Umm Qais and Ajloun are the perfect spots to just relax for a few days - we didn't have as much time as we would have liked.

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    You will need to have your own rental car for this trip or better - a car and driver - as the roads are not so well signposted and are not as good as the highways in other parts of the country.

  • How was the food?

    You'll find the best food at peoples' homes - arrange additional meals at Beit al Baraka (Umm Qais) and Beit al Fannan (Pella) if you can. The Umm Qais Rest House has some of the best views in town of the ruins and lake at Umm Qais which you won't want to miss.

  • Packing tips?

    Depending on the season you're travelling in, the weather can be hot, warm or cold in the north of Jordan. If you're travelling in spring or autumn, pack layers including a warm sweater and jacket, and good shoes/boots for hiking.

  • Transportation Tips?

    You'll need a car for this trip - either a self-drive rental car or a car and driver / taxis.