The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, a place which once captivated ancient travelers, continues to enthrall a new generation with it’s eclectic mix of modernity and tradition.From the enchanting starkness of Wadi Rum, to the restless city centre of urban Amman, and the majestic ruins of civilizations once forgotten. Jordan is a unique destination offering breathtaking sights, charming accommodations, and exquisite cuisine. Jordan is home to countless wonders that are sure to leave you in awe.
Pro-Tip: Learn how to dance dabke, it’s a hit at parties, and you will be made an honorary Jordanian. Quietly becoming a premier destination within the region, Jordan has witnessed an emergence of luxury hotels in Amman, Petra, Aqaba and the Dead Sea. Whether you’re looking for the authentic backpacker experience, or the casual refinement of 5 star service, the Hashemite Kingdom is fit for both the aristocrat and the modest.
JUST THE FACTS
To ensure you get the most from your visit to Jordan, it is important to have a few basic facts on hand before you arrive. From currency to transport, from newspapers to business hours, you'll find the information you need by clicking the links below.
Jordan is a primarily Muslim country, although the freedom of all religions is protected. Muslim women’s clothing often covers their arms, legs and hair. Western women are not subject to these customs, but very revealing clothing is never appropriate and conservative dress is advisable for both men and women in the old part of Amman (downtown), and outside cities. Shorts are rarely worn by either sex, and would be out of place in the downtown Amman area.
Visitors with a valid passport may obtain a visa at any Jordanian embassy or consulate abroad. A visa can also be obtained at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport (for unrestricted nationalities) or at any other border crossing except King Hussein Bridge and the ferryboat from Egypt. Visas are valid for one month, but can be extended at any police station.
Credit cards are accepted at hotels, restaurants and larger shops, including American Express, Visa, Diners Club, and MasterCard. Please note that many smaller shops still prefer cash payment in the Jordanian currency, and it’s essential for shopping in the local souks.
The official language of Jordan is Arabic, but English is widely spoken especially in the cities. Many Jordanians have traveled, or have been educated abroad, so French, German, Italian and Spanish are also spoken, but to a lesser extent.When Arabic is written in Jordan using the Latin alphabet, English spelling is applied; however, these spellings can be interpreted in various ways - the spelling, for example, of street addresses can vary widely. For this reason, the sounds of the words are a much better guide than the spelling. Speaking Arabic is easier than you might think; attempting a few basic words will gain you respect from the locals and is a good way to break the ice. The Jordanian people extremely understand and will help you whenever they are able.
Here are a few useful words and phrases to get you started: Arabic numbers are easy to read - in fact, the western numerical system was originally derived from the Arabic system. Unlike the words, Arabic numerals are read from left to right (the same as western numerals).
October – March: Greenwich Mean Time plus 2 hours (G.M.T. + 2).
April – September: Greenwich Mean Time plus 3 hours (G.M.T. + 3).
Jordan is seven hours ahead of US Eastern Time.
Water is a precious resource in Jordan and visitors are encouraged not to waste it. Hotels rated 3 stars and up have their own water filtering systems and their water is considered safe to drink. Elsewhere, bottled water is inexpensive and readily available.
Telephone services within Jordan are efficient and reliable. Directories in Arabic and English are widely available and international calls can be made from public and private phones. Fax services are available at most hotels while telegrams can be sent from post offices. Internet access is widespread via Internet cafes and hotels.
JORDAN CLASSIC TOUR (8 days - 7 nights)
Below you will find a 8 days in Jordan itinerary, that can be easily customized to fit your requirements, if need, please write any specific request in the additional information box by scrolling down the page, or you can fill the customized tour form from the block to your right! We're happy to help and assist you with your Jordan trip.
On this trip, you will have the chance to experience the rich cultural heritage and spectacular scenery that Jordan has to offer.
Your journey will take you to the beautifully preserved city of Jerash that lies to the north; the biblical site of Mount Nebo; Petra (the city carved into sandstone that has been lost to the outside world and recently added to the New Seven Wonders of the World), Wadi Rum; and the magical waters of the Dead Sea.
Upon your arrival, one of our team members will be expecting you (with a sign) at Queen Alia International Airport arrivals hall.
After initial greetings, you will be driven to your designated hotel in Amman (the drive should take no more than 30 minutes).
After check-in at the hotel, we will leave you to rest, relax and freshen up so you can be ready for the next day to embark on your journey.
Day two: Costle of Ajloun –Jerash (ancient Gersa) Amman Highlight:
After breakfast, we start out by heading north where we will visit our first spectacular site, Ajloun Castle. The drive should take around one and a half hours, and we will be covering 73 kilometres (passing the city of Jerash). Something that you will most certainly notice while driving towards Ajloun is how the landscape of Jordan changes from desert in the south, to lush green vegetation made up of pine tree forests and olive groves in the north. This is just one of the many characteristics of Jordan that makes it a wonderfully unique country.
A Brief History of Castle of Ajloun or Qalaat Errabadh (Arabic for “Hilltop Castle”):
Overview of Sites for Ancient Jerash City:
Forum (Oval PlazaAgora)
Temple of Artemis.
Jerash Archaeological Museum:
Things to consider while in Jerash: The Roman Army and Chariot Experience (RACE
Afterwards, you will be driven back to Amman to visit the Citadel. It is found on top of an L-shaped mountain that will give you a breath-taking view of the seven mountains that enfold Amman. This is a very significant site because it has been inhabited for the last 7,000 years.
Day Three – On the way to Petra via the King's Highway
After breakfast, we will drive south, going around Madaba and towards Mount Nebo.
Mount Nebo is where you can stand in Moses’s shoes when he first gazed upon the ‘Promised Land’. The area is located at the summit and where you will undoubtedly feel a surge of calm and peace flow through you. On a clear day, you will be able to see Bethlehem, Jericho and the Holy City of Jerusalem, as well as the Dead Sea. The view is powerful, special, and something you will surely never forget.
Madaba (Saint George Church)
The King's Highway
Day Four – Petra
The Monastery (Al–Dair):
High Places of Sacrifices:
This is another place that is offered that provides the opportunity for both a close look into the faith of the Nabateans priest as it was used for animal sacrifice, and also provides a very spectacular view of the city below. Get yourself ready for 700 steps into the mountain (again donkeys can be hired for those looking for a ride up). Your trek up will begin in the area by the theatre near the Treasury.
Things to consider while in Wadi Musa town/Petra:
Hide Petra night tours:
The journey starts at the visitor centre, with candles lining the way to the Treasury. The candles give the journey a whimsical effect, while the only sound you hear is that of your own breath echoing in the Siq (gorge).
Petra by Night runs three times a week. Tours start at 8:30 pm and finish at 10:00 pm every Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
Day Five – Wadi Rum
After breakfast you will continue your excursion into the majestic Wadi Rum. From Petra, it is around a one and a half hour drive to Wadi Rum along the King’s Highway. You will be taken on a mountain road, up to an elevation of 1,600 metres above sea level where you will be able to observe valleys dotted with Bedouin settlements and their herds of livestock.
Day Six – Aqaba
After breakfast we drive to Aqaba, which is approximately 45 minutes away from Wadi Rum. Today we will be focusing on leisure and relaxing after five days of continuous adventure.
Aqaba is a coastal city best known for its luxurious resort beaches and water sport activities. Situated along the Red Sea, its waters harbour a rich and diverse ecosystem with almost 1,200 species of fish. Roughly 10% of these fish cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Aqaba offers many options in the way of activities, or you can choose to relax at your hotel and enjoy the beach. For those that are looking for more to do you can choose from the list provided below.
Day Seven – Via Wadi Araba – Jordan Valley – Mujib Bridge – Dead Sea
After breakfast we will embark on a four hour drive to the Dead Sea. Driving along, you will observe another side of Jordan and see the diversity of the land around you as we pass by Wadi Araba. Sand dunes will emerge on both sides of the road as we progress towards the fertile land of the Dead Sea. The rich land of the Jordan Valley, which has been plentiful for the last 10,000 years, will start to unfold before you.
We continue our journey by descending quickly towards the lowest point on earth (423 metres below sea level), driving along the Dead Sea Highway we will pass by the Wadi Mujib Bridge, which faces an enormous gorge.
Dead Sea: words can hardly describe this magnificent place, being one of the world's first health resorts for kings like Herod the Great and many others.
Today all you have to do is relax and float on your back, read your favourite magazine and take a selfie for your facebook profile.
Things to consider:
When sun baking at the Dead Sea, it is popular for guests to cover themselves with mud and forget to use any sun protection. The sun's harmful UV rays are filtered due to the high atmospheric pressure in the area, therefore we’d like all our guests to be careful so that they can enjoy their entire experience.
Day Eight – Departure
After breakfast, you will be driven to the airport where we will bid you farewell; a staff member will take your luggage inside for you and wish you a safe and pleasant trip home.