The Jordan Pass: A Pass to Jordan’s Incredible Sites

Jun 9, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Leen Hajjar

Jordan’s “ultimate sightseeing package,” the Jordan Pass offers visitors to Jordan easy and inexpensive access to the kingdom’s most famous tourist attractions as well as to other incredible sites located in different parts of the country.

The Jordan Pass is a tourism package created by the Jordan Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. It offers prepaid entry into over 40 tourist sites across Jordan, a tourist visa if visitors spend at least three nights in the kingdom, and free downloadable brochures of Jordan’s tourist attractions. It also offers three different packages, depending on one’s travel preferences and number of days they wish to spend exploring the Nabatean stone city of Petra.

Screen Shot 2022-04-14 at 5.21.22 PM(Petra, Jordan)

The Jordan Pass is valid for use within 12 months following the date that one purchases it, allowing visitors the flexibility to plan their trip to Jordan at any time during the year. The Jordan Pass “gives pass holders the ability to make the most out of their trip visiting top sights and attractions whilst saving time, money and efforts.”

Here are five destinations, other than Petra, that are included in the Jordan Pass:

1. Wadi Rum
The beautiful desert of Wadi Rum where visitors can camp under the stars at a local Bedouin campsite, or go glamping in a Martian style bubble tent, take a hike on the red-colored sand dunes, or explore historic petroglyphs.

shutterstock_1319299538(Wadi Rum, Jordan)

2. Jerash
The ancient Roman city of Jerash, also known as "Pompei of the Middle East", is filled with fascinating and some of the best-preserved Greco-Roman ruins and architecture.

(Jerash, Jordan)

3. Qasr Al-Azraq
The black desert castle known as Qasr al-Azraq that is located in Jordan’s town of Azraq. It was strategically built by the Romans in the 3rd century AD and used by Umayyads, Ayyubids, and Ottomans on an extremely important desert trade route.

DSC_5759-TIF(Qasr al-Azraq, Jordan)

4. Madaba
Jordan’s city of Madaba is known for its remarkable and historic mosaics, and the Madaba Archaeological Park was established in particular to display some of the archeological remains from Roman times and Byzantine mosaic artwork. See the famed sixth-century “Madaba Map,” the oldest surviving mosaic map of the Holy Land. You will view this stunning world heritage map on the floor of the Orthodox Church of St. George in Madaba . This map was originally part of the floor of a Byzantine church. It is the oldest map of the Holy Land that is still extant. Five other Byzantine churches have been discovered in Madaba, all with nice mosaics. This has led to Madaba’s designation as “the city of mosaics.”

Screen Shot 2022-04-14 at 5.24.14 PM(Madaba Mosaic Map at the St George's Greek Orthodox Church)

5. Umm Qais
The old Decapolis city of Gadara (modern-day Umm Qais), with its sweeping panoramic view overlooking the Sea of Galilee, is the site of Jesus’ miracle of the Gadarene swine and where a rare five-aisled basilica from the 4th Century was recently discovered and excavated.

Umm Qais 2-1(Umm Qais, Jordan)

Leen Hajjar

Written by Leen Hajjar

Leen Hajjar, born and raised in Amman, is JTBNA's blog editor. A recent graduate from Villanova University with a master's degree in Communication, Leen focuses on media analysis, specifically mainstream media’s portrayal of Arabs and the Middle East. Her previous experience as a writer for Al Arabiya English, inspired stories that shed light on the diverse and positive attributes of the Arab world, aiming to provide a more comprehensive representation of the region and its people.

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