Jordan is one of the Middle East's most enchanting countries. Its star attraction is the ancient city of Petra, a cultural treasure set amid craggy mountains and striking desert terrain, which forms the focal point of tailor-made holidays in the country.
But Jordan has much more to tempt visitors. Its impressive landscape contains the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, and the moonlike terrain of Wadi Rum - well known for its connections with Lawrence of Arabia. Then there's the genial modern capital, Amman, with its upmarket hotels, smart restaurants and art galleries.
After canyons, deserts and citadels, the Red Sea coast provides a distinct change of pace. Its beaches fringe warm waters that are home to unspoiled coral reefs that are well suited for snorkelling and diving holidays.
Jordan travel combines four-wheel-drive adventures and camel treks amid shifting Arabian sands and wild wadis. Climbing, hiking and horse riding are other popular activities that can be incorporated into a luxury all-inclusive tour of the Hashemite kingdom.
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The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.
May-September is hot and dry. Rain falls between November - March, and December and January can be very cold with occasional snow.
Events in the Islamic calendar are of great importance. Of these, the month of fasting, Ramadan (dates vary), is of particular significance. The end of Ramadan is marked by Eid al-Fitr, a four or five-day holiday. Secular holidays include Independence Day on 25 May and Labour Day on 1 May.
Middle Eastern in style, with meze to start, followed by kebabs or specialities such as mensaf (stewed lamb in a yoghurt sauce) or musakhan (chicken in olive oil and onion sauce served on Arab bread). Sweets include baklava (pastry filled with nuts or honey). Restrictions on alcohol during Ramadan.
Jordan is a Muslim state and visitors should exercise discretion in dress and behaviour to avoid causing any offence. Jordanians are proud of their Arab culture and hospitality, and visitors are always made to feel very welcome. They are often happy to act as hosts and guides, and keen to inform tourists about their country. Arabic coffee will normally be served continuously during social occasions. To signal that no more is wanted, slightly tilt the cup when handing it back, otherwise it will be refilled. It is polite to ask permission to take photographs of people and livestock, and in some places photography is forbidden.
Amman - Queen Alia International (AMM) 32 km from Amman.
Domestic flights between Amman and Aqaba. JETT bus company, as well as private buses and mini-buses connect most places. No railway. Taxis and car hire available in main towns.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Jordan. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Jordan. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Jordan, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.
The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in Jordan. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0621.
Alison Nicolle - Middle East Specialist
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