“Jordan has a strange, haunting beauty and a sense of timelessness. Dotted with the ruins of empires once great, it is the last resort of yesterday in the world of tomorrow. I love every inch of it.”
- His Majesty King Hussein I
Prepare to be amazed by a country full of treasures. A land famous for its history of great cultures and ancient civilizations, and a place blessed in natural beauty. From stunning mountain landscapes and prehistoric ruins, to spectacular deserts and corralled-filled seas, Jordan will attract and captivate you.
Jordan is Home to the Roman city of Jerash and the incredible ‘Rose Red City’ of Petra; one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and one of the most marvelous sights you will ever see. Discover the breathtaking desert of Wadi Rum and enjoy the therapeutic waters of the lowest place on Earth, the Dead Sea. Discover the liveliness of vibrant Amman; a multicultural city that offers a unique mix of old and new, traditional and modern.
A trip to Jordan involves a lot of wonderful things. Distinct Middle Eastern flavors combined with endless options of places to go to and things to see and do, make it the ideal travel destination. Get to know the Jordanian people, who are famed for their hospitality, kindness and warmth. Eat delicious Mediterranean food or sip mint tea at a cozy street side café. Whatever kind of vacation you desire, whether historical or cultural, action and adventure packed or just simply relaxation and rejuvenation, Jordan has it all.
“I have found in my experience that expediency, whether it is practical or not, is an unreliable guide for behavior. Human behavior must be guided by a higher principle. Practicality has its place but only within a framework of values, which all men of good will share.”
- His Majesty The Late King Hussein
The current leader of The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is His Majesty King Abdulla ll, who assumed his constitutional powers as monarch in February 1999, following the death of his father the Late King Hussein Bin Talal.
Jordan is a constitutional monarchy. The monarch is the head of state, the chief executive, and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The King exercises his executive authority through the Council of Ministers. The cabinet, meanwhile, is responsible before the elected House of Deputies, which, along with the Senate, constitutes the legislative branch of the government. The judicial branch is a totally independent branch. Information courtesy of www.kinghussein.gov.jo
Magnificent sights, luxury hotels, street side cafés, friendly people and delicious food are just some of the reasons why a trip to Jordan is an unforgettable experience. Here some really good reasons to travel to Jordan:
Jordan has some of the most amazing attractions in the world. The Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Arab Empires all left their marks and handprints across the country. Visit the Greco- Roman town of Jerash or immerse yourself in discovering the incredible ‘rose red city’ of Petra. See the ancient monuments left behind by Nabatean tradesman, Muslim armies and crusaders. Explore ancient temples and castles, Christian mosaics and churches, Roman amphitheaters and much more.
Jordan has diverse landscapes that are all naturally gorgeous. From mountains and hills, to valleys, deserts and beaches, you will see natural surroundings everywhere. Whether you choose to visit the stunning Mount Nebo or explore the desert canyons of Wadi Rum, float in the salty Dead Sea, or go diving in the clear waters of Aqaba's Red Sea, Jordan does not fall short on beauty.
Jordan has one of the best ecolodges in the world, the Feynan Ecolodge, built in the stunning Dana Biosphere Reserve. As a leader in Sustainable travel in the Middle East, Jordan has ten protected areas in the country with several extraordinary ecolodge accommodation options to choose from.
Jordan has some of the finest spas, resorts and hotels that offer relaxing and therapeutic experiences for travelers who want to unwind, decompress and enjoy some super health benefits. The Dead Sea is Jordan’s star attraction for relaxation and health, as its therapeutic waters contain high levels of naturally occurring minerals that cannot be found in any other body of water in the world. Visitors to the Dead Sea can choose from a selection of top hotels that all have their own beautiful private beaches and health spas, all providing various holistic options such as mud baths, detoxifying treatments, revitalizing mineral facials and massages, among many others. Another luxury wellness escape not to be missed is the lovely hotel’ at Ma’In Waterfalls. Located at 264m below sea level in one of the most captivating desert oases in the world, the hot spring waterfalls of Ma’in have many natural rejuvenating and soothing advantages.
Great food is always a good reason to visit any country. As the culinary capital, Amman offers visitors some of the finest cuisine options and a varied selection of different restaurants and cafés. Opt for appetizing Mediterranean dishes like hummus, baba ghanoj, falafel and shawarma or try the unmissable and notorious national dish of ‘Mansaf’. Whatever you choose, be sure to always finish your meals with a glass of peppermint tea and a plate of delectable Arabic sugary deserts. Wine lovers can enjoy tasty glasses of wine at affordable prices that are made locally at Jordan’s finest vineyards.
One of the great things about Jordan is that travelers can see the country in a short period of time. Even if you have a limited time frame for your trip, you can still get to see a lot, as getting around is easy and affordable and distances are short. General services are of good quality and offer good value for money and visa formalities are simple, all making a trip to Jordan even more enjoyable and worthwhile.
Jordanians are known for being warm and friendly people, and their hospitality, which is rooted in old nomadic Bedouin culture, has become part of everyday life. Visitors are often delighted and pleasantly surprised when they receive invitations from locals to enjoy a cup of tea or a meal together. Most Jordanians speak proficient levels of English which makes getting to know them even easier and more enjoyable.
The vibrant capital city offers visitors boundless options of activities and things to do. You can walk through one of Amman’s famous vegetable and food markets or explore a local museum. If you would like to shop for pottery items, silver and gold jewelry, handicrafts, shisha pipes and gifts, then you will love the treasures that await you at one of the many traditional bazaars or ‘Souks’ in downtown Amman. Get to know the famous pedestrian ‘Rainbow Street’ that has tempting eateries and cafes all around. Visit the Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts in Jabal ElWebdeh and get to know more about the art scene in Amman, or stop at an Orthodox or Coptic Church or an old Jordanian mosque.
Amman also offers visitors night life experiences, as you can choose to party at a trendy club, visit a lounge bar or have a quiet drink at a traditional English pub. If you enjoy western style shopping malls, then the city has several malls that offer international brands, family eateries and coffee shops, cinema complexes and more.
Jordan has a history that is rich and fascinating, having hosted some of the most ancient and great civilizations in the world. The Country was and still is considered a treasured land, due to its strategic geographical position that connects Asia, Africa and Europe. The Persians, Romans, Nabateans, Assyrians, Babylonians, Hittites, Egyptians, Greeks and Crusaders all traded, constructed cities and launched wars in Jordan, leaving behind a variety of unique cultural and ethnic influences. In the 16th century, Jordan succumbed to the rule of the Ottoman Empire, and remained under its power until World War I when it was occupied by the British, and then placed under the rule of King Abdullah I Bin al-Hussein.
The Jordanian currency is the Jordanian Dinar(JOD), divided to 100 Piasters (Girsh) and 1000 Fils, a U.S. $ is almost 0.71 Jordanian Dinars (J.D.) Exchange offices and banks are available in all cities abundantly ; credit cards and U.S. dollar are accepted in many places.
The electrical system is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two-prong wall plugs. US travelers will require a transformer, offered by most hotels.
Jordan is three hours ahead of GMT during winter and summer (GMT+3), so you will need to set your watch according to the local time during your visit to Jordan.
Telephone services within Jordan are well- organized and dependable. Arabic and English telephone directories are widely available and international calls can be made from public and private phones,
Fax services can be found at most hotels and telegrams can be sent from post offices. Internet access is available at most hotels and internet cafes.
Even though Jordan is mostly a desert country, the majority of the sites and population are located in the western part of the kingdom, which is mountainous between 700 and 1000 meters above sea level. Being close to the Mediterranean Sea, the weather is cold and wet in the winter and dry and hot in the summer.
Jordan’s official language is Arabic, However, English is frequently spoken within the country.
The state religion is Islam, as indicated in the constitution. The majority of the population is Sunni Muslims followed by Christians.
Although Jordan is a liberal country, it is always recommended to dress conservatively. When visiting any religious site, shoulders must be covered and shorts are not allowed. In the summer season, the mid-day sun tends to be quite hot, so it is advisable for visitors to wear protective clothing such as hats or head scarfs. Sunglasses and a high protection sunscreen are also highly recommended. Many Tours involve walking long distances and sometimes on uneven terrain, therefore, comfortable walking shoes are best.
Tipping is never required but always appreciated, especially by guides and drivers. In hotels and restaurants, a 10% to 15% service charge may be added to the bill.
For Non-restricted nationalities, individual travelers can obtain a visa upon arrival at the Kingdom for a fee of 40 Jordanian Dinars.
If you book your travel plans through a travel agent and you are staying more than 2 consecutive nights in Jordan, we might be able to arrange it for you, at no cost.
Please note the above is subject to change according to government regulations. Please contact us for the updated information.