Opening Doors to Jordan’s Rich Past and More.
As we recently discovered, Jordan is a sparkling jewel among nations. From a historic, cultural and culinary standpoint, it hits all the high notes for me. And the people are among the most friendly and kind you’ll find anywhere. Now, in case I was too subtle, I strongly suggest you plan a visit, and see for yourself. When you do, don’t forget to insure you optimize your experience by purchasing a Jordan Pass before you go.
By purchasing a Jordan Pass for a single price, you will gain access to nearly 40 UNESCO World Heritage sites, fascinating museums, castles and other portals to Jordan’s unique culture and history.
Before departing for Jordan, we downloaded and printed our Jordan Passes, and immediately saved 40 JDs (approximately $60) for the cost of our visa to enter the country. If you stay in Jordan for a minimum of three nights and four days – anything less makes no sense anyway – your Jordan Pass will cover the cost of the visa. By the time we arrived in Amman, we had already seen a more than 50 per cent return on the cost of our passes, and that was before we had even set foot in one historic site.
Where Our Jordan Pass Took Us
We spent a remarkable week in Jordan, traipsing through ancient ruins, medieval castles, desert landscapes, museums and more. Our Jordan Passes gave us access to some of the most stunningly beautiful, historically fascinating and just plain mind-boggling venues in the world. Here is some of what we saw:
The Citadel in Amman: Perched upon the highest hill In Amman, This site displays structures and artifacts from the Roman, Byzantine and Muslim periods. A guide isn’t necessary, but we hired one, and didn’t regret it.
Jerash: This Roman city was discovered 70 years ago beneath a sandy-covered plain. We spent hours wandering through this incredible outdoor museum gaping at the ruins of ancient structures, and marveling that they were there at all. If we return, a guide could certainly fill in a lot of blanks for us.
Madaba: This town is host to some of the most stunning mosaics in the world. Our Jordan Pass gave us access to all but one of the venues.
The Greek Orthodox Church charged 1 JD, but it was more than worth it to see the magnificent mosaic map inside.
Petra: One of Jordan’s most famous archeological sites, it is the sight everyone comes to see, and for good reason. We spent three days absorbed in Petra’s breath-taking beauty and historical wonders.
We had a superb guide with us the entire time, and I recommend you hire one as well. A professional guide will give you insights and information you won’t find on the internet or in guide books.
Wadi Rum: Our venture into the desert began with our admission to the one road that runs into this area (covered by Jordan Pass). We spent a night in a Bedouin camp – not covered by the Jordan Pass, but well worth what we paid. The three traditional and delicious meals we enjoyed were just what the doctor ordered after two treks into the desert, bouncing around in the back of a pickup truck, and gazing at extraordinary rock formations and a magnificent sunset.
We used our Jordan Passes to visit several more sites, and there are many more we want to visit on our next trip.
How to Get Your Jordan Pass
You can purchase your Jordan Pass on a secure website from the comfort of your home. The pass will then be Emailed to you. Print it out, and make sure you don’t leave home without it.
The Jordan Pass is available at three price levels. All three passes are identical, but vary in cost depending on the number of days you plan to spend at Petra. Each Jordan pass includes free entry to over 40 attractions within Jordan and free downloadable digital brochures. If you download your Jordan Pass prior to entering the country, and stay at least three nights and four days, your tourist entry visa fees will be waved.
- The Jordan Wanderer costs 70 JD ($99), and includes one-day admission to Petra.
- The Jordan Explorer costs 75 JD (1$06), and includes two-day admission to Petra.
- The Jordan Expert costs 80 JD ($113), and includes three-day admission to Petra.
Since children under 12 are admitted free to most historic sites and museums in Jordan, purchasing a Jordan Pass for your children may not be necessary.
When you arrive at the airport in Amman, show your Jordan Pass at the conveniently located visa office, and your visa fees will be waived.
Your unactivated Jordan Pass will be valid for 12 months after purchase. Upon entering your first site or attraction, your pass is scanned and activated and then it is valid for use within two weeks. You can use your Jordan Pass for a single admission to each venue (except Petra, see above), and you will need to show your ID or passport upon entry.
We traveled with the Jordan Expert, and were delighted with how much we were able to see and do for a single price. Since we barely scratched the surface of all it had to offer, we won’t hesitate to take Jordan Passes with us on our next visit.
More details on the Jordan Pass, how to purchase it and how to use it can be found on the Jordan Pass website.