Most of the travelers who visit Jordan for tourism choose the regular 5 Days itinerary which covers Petra , Jerash , the Dead Sea & Wadi Rum on a touch and go basis !!
It usually happens that after the travellers start their tour and get to know more about the attractions of Jordan, they end up with a feeling of regret on not having enough time to do justice to all there is to see. This feeling unfortunately gets magnified when they do a half day tour of Petra or spend only 2 hours at Wadi Rum, hence skimming over only the main sights .
Jordan is a small country in size ( 90.000 km² ) but can be a very big country if you count it's attractions. With more than 1000 archeological, historical & natural sites, many archeologists and travelers actually consider Jordan as an open air museum. Starting from from 8000 BC, through the bronze & Iron ages, these sites tell stories of how Jordan has always been the heart of the region and the bridge between many empires; Pharaohs, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantic & Muslims . Those nations left unbelievable monuments and attractions as a witness of their majesty and culture.
On the other hand the natural sites are no less in importance. The Rift Valley created unique geographical zones in Jordan, with high green mountains, colorful gorges in the desert and valleys, and of course the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea.
Back to planning your travel itinerary, the smartness is not on how many places you visit but how much time you spend to enjoy every single place !
One of the unique things about a Jordan holiday is the ability to travel from place to other in short of time given the small size of the country. This means that you do not have to checkout and check in to different hotels in different cities through your visit. Staying at a Dead sea hotel for example will allow you to make many daily excursions during the day time and return to you hotel by afternoon which allows you to enjoy the beach morning and afternoon times. The following sites can be Visited From Dead Sea hotel With the enjoyment of the sea itself .
Umm Qais (Biblical Gadara) , Saladin Castle in Ajlun (Crusaders), Roman City of Jerash, Desert Castles (Islamic & UNESCO) , 7 Sleepers Den (Christian & Islamic), Bethany (Biblical), Mt.Nebo (Biblical) , Madaba Churches (Biblical) , Mecharus (Biblical), Um Rasass (Biblical & UNESCO), Amman City tour, Main Water falls (Natural), Billa (Greek), Jordan Valley (Natural), Lots Cave (Biblical) & Wadi Mujib (Adventure) .
What next ??
Now we need to checkout and travel to Petra or Aqaba in the South . While you enjoy the famous Red sea resorts in Aqaba you can do lots of daily excursions from here too: Wadi rum (Nature ,Ecco & Adventure) , Petra (7 world Wonder), little Petra, Shobak Castle
(Crusader Montréal) & Dana (Biosphere Reserve), of course not ignoring the activities and water sports in Aqaba itself with many fine and clear blue water and colourful coral sites.
Is 5 days enough to cover all that ? The answer is yours.