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The shared border and history between Jordan and Israel make them perfect destinations for a combined tour. Both countries were once parts of the Assyrian and Roman empires. To this day, the well-preserved Roman ruins serve as major tourist draws for both countries, from Caesarea in Israel to Jerash and Petra in Jordan. Israel and Jordan are also home to several ancient and historic sites held sacred by three major world religions—Christianity, Islam and Judaism. Beyond their religious importance, the two countries also provide an interesting take on the unique culture and hospitality of the Middle East. If you are looking to book a combined tour, the shoulder seasons of spring and autumn are the best times to visit Jordan and Israel. The weather is at its finest and all the popular tourist sites are open to visitors during these times.
- Brendan Nixon
- The high tourist season for Jordan and Israel: March-May
- Low Season for Jordan and Israel: June to August
- Best Season: March to May, and September to November
- The temperature in the low points of Jordan and Israel typically rises above 40°C in the summer. Top attractions like the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, and the Red Sea are sometimes closed due to high temperatures.
- The diverse flora in north Israel and many parts of Jordan come alive during the spring (March-May). The temperature is cooler, and wildflowers cover the hillsides, making it an excellent time for hiking.
- Winter is generally mild in both Jordan and Israel, with daytime temperatures averaging at 13°C. Nights can be exceptionally chilly though, especially if you plan to sleep in Bedouin tents in Wadi Rum.
- Spring is easily the best time to visit Israel and Jordan. The weather in both countries is warm, and the blooming vegetation makes for picturesque views. However, popular tourist sites like Jerash, Petra, and the Sea of Galilee are crowded with visitors, as this is the peak tourist season.
- If you do not fancy the idea of long queues and crowded sites, consider visiting during autumn (September to early December). Just make sure that your travel dates do not clash with Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur, the two important Jewish festivals that typically take place around this period.
March to May – Spring/ Best Season
March is among the best months to visit Israel and Jordan, as the winter makes way for the spring. By now, the wildflowers in Ajloun forests are in full bloom just as vegetations in both countries become lusher and greener. Purim, a family-friendly Jewish festival, also takes place in Israel in March. It is widely enjoyed by adherents and non-adherents alike. The cool and pleasant spring weather extends into April and May, and so does the influx of tourists. This is an excellent time to explore popular attractions in Jordan, so take a trip to Petra, Jerash, and the historic desert castles. Cool-weather conditions allow tourists to fully explore these sites. The weather in Israel is pleasant and temperate, with little rainfall. You can head to Tel Aviv where the weather is perfect and you can have experience of a lifetime biking across the historic city.
June to August – Summer/ Good Season
The summer months could get quite hot in Jordan and Israel, with the average temperature hovering over 35°C. Although many tourist attractions in the two countries can still be visited, places like the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum are no-go areas. You can get great deals on travel and accommodation if you visit in the summer as this is a low season for both countries.
September to November – Autumn/ Good Season
Temperatures start to drop during autumn as the summer heat tapers down. This period is excellent for outdoor exploration, as the bright colors of autumn light up the landscapes. Do expect some rainfall and bring adequate protective clothing. The nighttime temperature could also reach freezing point, especially in desert areas.
December to February – Winter/ Good Season
December heralds the start of winter in Jordan and Israel. This is when some parts of both countries become very cold. The desert winds also come on strong while the rains make it more difficult to camp out. Interestingly, the Dead Sea and the Red Sea remain temperate during the winter, making December an excellent month to take a combined tour of Jordan and Israel.
The first month of the year is typically the coldest in both countries. The temperature at night can drop below freezing point, and you will need layers of warm clothing if you plan to spend the night in Wadi Rum and some other locations.
The wildflowers in Israel and Jordan bloom in February, and you will see the diverse flora on designated flower trails in Galilee. The temperatures start to rise steadily as winter recedes, making February one of the best times of year to visit Israel and Jordan.
- Casual clothing will serve you through the shoulder seasons in Jordan and Israel. If you are visiting religious sites, you will be required to cover up more. Women must wear head covers when entering mosques and other religious sites such as the Dome of the Rock and Temple Mount.
- The weather in both countries can be somewhat erratic during winter. Cold mornings, sunny afternoons, and chilly nights are common. Remember to bring clothes so that you can layer up or peel off as necessary.
- Do not forget to pack your swimsuit when visiting Jordan and Israel. Both countries boast diverse swimming options including the Mediterranean Sea, Jordan River, Dead Sea, and Sea of Galilee.