Jordan family holidays

Jordan is one of our favourite countries in the Middle East as it combines all the best parts of the region. There are incredible historic sites, stunning scenery, mouth-wateringly delicious food and wonderfully friendly people. The distances are relatively short so you can do a lot of exciting activities on your Jordan family holiday and still have time to relax at the Red Sea.

Jordan family holidays - exploring Wadi Rum

Building cairns in Wadi Rum

Petra is undoubtedly one of the world’s great historic sites, a whole city carved out of the rock. Older kids will be wowed when they recognise the setting for scenes in the Indiana Jones film ‘The Last Crusade’. Younger kids will enjoy following tiny goat tracks to the hidden corners and finding remote temples carved from the rock. And that’s not all… the Roman ruins at Jerash are some of the best preserved of the old Roman empire.

Nearby the desert at Wadi Rum is spectacular, with huge sandstone outcrops of rock, steep sand dunes and stunning sunsets. The huge canyon at Wadi Mujib offers magnificent vistas and great hiking trails, a popular activity included in many Jordan family holidays. And what better way to re-charge the batteries at the end of the day than a glass of hot, sweet mint tea and a mound of falafel and hummus!

Single parent holidays - travelling through the desert on a Jordan family holiday

Jeep ride into the desert

Why take the kids?

There are loads of reasons to take the children on a family holiday to Jordan. From a purely practical point of view it is a short flight from the UK so there is no jet lag and it is a small country so the driving distances are short. It is also very good value so you can take the whole family away without breaking the bank.

On a more exciting note the kids can ride camels through the desert of Wadi Rum, climbing up the weird and wonderful rock formations before careering back down a sand dune and spending the night in a Bedouin camp in a goat-hair tent. They can don a snorkel and mask and swim in the clear buoyant waters of the Red Sea, home to masses of coral and brightly coloured fish. And they can clamber over the ruins of the little-visited crusader castle at Ajlun before settling down to a picnic lunch with one of the best views in Jordan.

Activities not to miss on Jordan family holidays include:

  1. Explore the awe-inspiring ‘lost’ city of Petra
  2. Scramble over the ruins at the Roman city of Jerash
  3. Ride a camel through the canyons of Wadi Rum like Lawrence of Arabia
  4. Sing Bedouin songs around a camp fire under the desert stars
  5. Cover yourself in mud and wash it off in the Dead Sea
  6. Hike in the Dana Nature Reserve with a donkey as back up
  7. Cycle from Mt Nebo to the Dead Sea – exhilarating, fun and not too taxing

For more family-friendly activities see our Jordan with Kids Top 10 blog.

Jordan family holidays - father and son at the Dead Sea

Take a break at the Dead Sea

Example Jordan family itineraries

All of our itineraries are bespoke which means that they are tailor-made for your own specific family, taking into account the ages of your children, your interests, your budget and so on.

However, to give you an idea of what you could do on a family holiday in Jordan, have a look at our sample itineraries, Highlights of Jordan and Active Jordan (for Teens).

Also check out some of the other places that you might like to visit on your trip and if you need further inspiration, have a look at our Jordan photo gallery.

Lastly, don’t forget to check what the weather will be like at the time that you want to travel. Or simply give us a ring and we’ll be delighted to advise you on the best Jordan family holidays for you.

Jordan family holidays - exploring the Temple of Artemis at Jerash with the kids

Temple of Artemis, Jerash


Call us and we will be happy to provide you with a free-of-charge no obligation itinerary and quotation designed for you.

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