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Packing List Jordan


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Naturally you will take with you everyday items of toiletries and clothing. Just keep in mind, Jordan is a Muslim country and conservatively dressing is recommended, guideline is to cover shoulders and knees. The following checklist should help you packing other essentials. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your luggage to a minimum.

Basics:
◊ Valid Passport.
◊ Airline Ticket.
◊ Money and credit card.
◊ Travel insurance.
◊ Itinerary with contact of Petra Nights Tours.
◊ First Aid Kit.
◊ Walking shoes, especially for Petra.
◊ Bag or daypack.
◊ Swimwear.
◊ Camera with batteries/charger.
◊ Hat or scarf as protection against sun and wind.
◊ Sunglasses and sun protection.
◊ Adapter.
◊ Notepad and pen.
For longer outdoor activities like trekking and camping additionally:
◊ Hiking boots.
◊ Water bottles.
◊ Covering clothes for sun protection.
◊ Warm jacket or sweater for cooler nights.
◊ Lightweight windproof jacket.
◊ Small towel.
◊ Insect repellent.
◊ Antibacterial handwash.
◊ Trekking poles.
◊ Sewing kit.
◊ Small padlock for your trek bag.
◊ Alarm clock.
◊ Torch.
◊ Plastic bags (not to be left in Jordan).
◊ Toilet paper.
◊ Lighter/matches for burning toilet paper.

Museum Of Popular Tradition


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Located in the eastern section of the Roman Theater in Amman, this museum displays the traditional costumes of Jordanians, including embroidery and antique jewelry, as well as domestic utensils. It also houses a collection of mosaics from some Byzantine churches in Jordan.

Opening hours: 8.00-16.00 in winter, 8.00-18.30 in summer
Opening Days: daily except Tuesday
Entrance Fee: Included in the 1 JOD fee for the Roman Theatre Amman

Museum of Popular Tradition Dresses Maan

Museum of Popular Tradition Dresses Maan

Head Dresses

Head Dresses

Is it safe to travel to Jordan?


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Is it safe to travel to Jordan?

 

Jordan has the reputation to be a very safe and secure country by global and regional standards, and despite regional turmoil, Jordan remains one of the safest countries to visit in the Middle East. It is not only safe, it is also welcoming. This is the rule all over Jordan including Petra and Wadi Rum desert. If you intend to explore Petra’s upper parts, off the main trails, it is certainly necessary to hire a guide. A visit to Wadi Rum is the best way to experience the Bedouin culture, well know for the hospitality of desert dwellers, here applies the same rule, for excursions deep in the desert a guide is a must. On the contrary to the desert the capital Amman is characterized by bustle and often chaotic traffic, you have to be cautious when crossing streets, because pedestrian crossings are very rare.  

Most of the Jordanians speak English quiet well, and are willing to help if assistance is needed. Visitors will feel safe and comfortable, in a small group or as solo traveler. The comments we receive from our clients are only positive, emphasizing that the Jordanians are friendly and hospitable people. Visitors are respected as guests and Jordanians are proud to show the attractions Jordan has to offer. Moreover, the country relies on the tourism industry for revenues, so the government takes safety of tourist seriously.

In the course of the Arab Spring demonstrations are occurring, most likely after Friday noon prayers, especially in downtown Amman and in other towns like Irbid, Zarqa, Karak, Tafileh, Ma’an. Demonstrations are mostly peaceful, but like everywhere common sense shall be the rule. As a traveler you should avoid all protests and large gatherings of people.

The vast majority of tourist visit Jordan safely and trouble free. The level of crime is low and not a serious risk although in crowded places visitors could be the target of pickpockets or petty thieves. Travelers should be more guarded in these areas and in all tourist locations in Jordan to lessen the likelihood of becoming a victim of petty thefts. We recommend, like everywhere in the world, keep important documents, credit cards and bags in sight at all times when making a purchase.

For additional safety information you can check on various forums the opinion from travelers recently been in Jordan, or look at your own government’s travel advice before you go.

Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Border Crossing


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The Allenby Bridge, also known as King Hussein Bridge, is one of 3 border crossings between Jordan and Israel/Palestine. The Allenby Bridge connects with the West Bank and this side is controlled by Israeli authorities. Just as note, Israeli citizens are not allowed to use the bridge.

The crossing is open every day, closed on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) and Eid Al Adha (Muslim Feast of Sacrifice) only. For the Jordan side applies: from Sunday to Thursday you have to be latest at 18:00, on Fridays and Saturdays latest at 10:30 am at the border. However, the opening hours are not guaranteed as sometimes the border closes earlier without notice. Especially if you plan to arrive in the afternoon it is to recommend to check the opening time with the authorities (Tel: 00962 5 358 1030).

Passenger procedure includes in both terminals a security check, payment of the departure tax, passport control, customs and to board the shuttle bus, operating between the terminals. Usually the shuttle bus leaves every hour, sometimes more irregular, so be prepared for waiting time. The shuttle bus from the Jordan terminal costs 3 JOD per person and 1.25 JOD per luggage. The Jordanian departure is 10 JOD (circa 14 USD) per person and the departure tax at the Israeli terminal is NIS 167 (ca 52 USD) per person. The taxes are paid in local currency, and you can find exchange shops in both terminals. The Allenby/King Hussein Bridge offers a faster VIP service, which is about 100 USD per person.

Because several countries refuse the entry if the passport shows an Israeli stamp, it is possible to avoid the stamp as follows: just ask already on the Jordan side not to stamp your passport, as it is known, the Allenby Bridge is the crossing between Jordan and Palestine/Israel. Inside the Israeli terminal you do the same. You have to fill a form and together with your passport hand it over to the immigration officer, who will stamp the form instead.

Important note for visitors arriving Jordan via the Allenby Bridge: it is not possible to obtain the Jordanian visa at the Allenby Bridge, so you need it in advance from your country of residence.

In general, be prepared for waiting time in the Israeli terminal due to the security checks, and in some cases to be questioned by the immigration officers for the purpose of your visit. We are thankful for any advice from travelers who recently used this crossing.

Entrance Gate to the Allenby Bridge from Jordan Side

Entrance Gate to the Allenby Bridge from Jordan Side

Ajloun Forest Reserve Jordan


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Ajloun Forest Reserve

At the week end we decided to visit the Ajloun Forest Reserve, about 80 kms north of Amman. We took the old Amman road, and the ride is already an experience. First passing by several garden centers, later, closer to Jerash, you find in this season vendors along the road, selling fruits of the region – apricots, grapes and cherries are farmed here – plus nuts, raisins, herbals and the chickpea plant. Naturally we had several stops en route to buy some tasty snacks.

Fruits of Jerash Region

Fruits of Jerash

Chickpea Plant Jerash Jordan

Chickpea can be eaten cold, important ingredient for falafel and hummus.

Jerash

From Jerash we drove towards Ajloun  with scenic views over the landscape and to the Islamic Castle Ajloun. We followed carefully the Ajloun Reserve signs, and drove along small roads to finally get there. The reserve is located in the Ajloun Highlands, consists of 13 km2 hilly countryside dominated by open woodlands of oak and pistachio trees, and is home of the endangered roe deer. It is a quiet unusual landscape in Jordan, the greenery makes it a popular spot for picknickers and hikers.

Left on the hill Ajloun Castle

Left on the hill Ajloun Castle

Ajloun Jordan

Ajloun Reserve was established in 1987 to help conserve the Evergreen Oak Forest ecosystem. The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN), a non-governmental organization, is in charge of the reserve. Beside the conservation of the forest the RSCN wants to provide a new source of employment for families in this area. The so called Ajloun Houses are part of the socioeconomic program. The houses are located in the villages Orjan and Rasun, and you can learn about soap making, Arabic calligraphy and baking from local women.

Ajloun Reserve

To Ajloun Reserve

At the Soap House in Orjan visitors can follow the steps of the soap-making process. They use only local ingredients like lavender, geranium, mint, pomegranate and pure olive oil to make these soaps. The Biscuit House in Orjan creates with natural, locally produced ingredients Tasali Jordanian delights. At a small café enjoy reserve views and  taste the cookies with a cup of tea. The House of Calligraphy in Rasun village wants to educate visitors about Islamic and Arabic culture. There is a brief introduction about Arabic calligraphy, and visitors are instructed to write them own name in Arabic.

Nature Shop at Ajloun Reserve

Nature Shop at Ajloun Reserve

Nature Shop at Ajloun Visitor Centre

Nature Shop at Ajloun Visitor Centre, handmade Orjan Soap.

Best way to experience Ajloun Forest Reserve is to hike, at present there are 7 trails to choose from. The longer trails are only possible if you hire an English speaking guide from the Visitor Centre. Advance booking is certainly necessary. The trails are are shortly listed here and start all from the Visitor Centre:

·   Roe Deer Trail (guided or self guided, easy, 2 kms). Circular trail with great views and the sight of an old stone winepress.

·   Soap House Trail (guided or self fuided, moderate, 6-7 kms). Hike through wood with oak, pistacio and oriental strawberry to the Soap House in Orjan.

·   The Houses Trail (guided, moderate 6-7 kms). Trail takes you to the 3 handicraft  workshops, the Soap and Biscuit House in Orjan and the House of Calligraphy in Rasun.

·   Orjan Village Trail (guided, moderate, 12 kms). Hike to the Soap House, continue through wooded valleys to green orchards of Orjan village. Enjoy traditional meal in an orchard.

·   Rockrose Trail (guided, moderate, 8 kms). The trail passes through thick woodlands, orchards, farms and villages. Views of West Bank, Syria and Jordan countryside. There are steep scrambles en route.

·   The Prophet’s Trail (guided, moderate, 8.5 kms).  Walk through orchards, forets and meadows to Mar Elias, the ruins of one of Jordan’s oldest churches, dedicated to Prophet Elijah. Picnic lunch included.

·   Ajloun CastleTrail (guided, difficult, 18 kms). The same route like Prophet’s Trail, then continue uphill to Ajloun Castle.

The reserve is a tranqil and relaxing area, you hear only the sounds of nature. When we had been there we did not see and hera any other visitors. It is spossible to spend the night at the reserve. Open throughout the whole year are 5 cabins with private facilities.  From April to end of October you can sleep at a tented bungalow, able to accommodate maximum 4 persons per bungalow. Shower and toilets are shared and located at the Visitor Center, in short walking distance.  Breakfast is included, and certainly you can enjoy lunch or dinner at the reserves’ restaurant. In case you spend the night there or hike in the reserve bear in mind to bring comfortable shoes and clothes, drinking water, backpack, flashlight, binoculars, ID/passport.

Cabin at Ajloun

Cabin at Ajloun

Tented Bungalow

Tented Bungalow in Ajloun Reserve

 

Royal Automobile Museum


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ROYAL AUTO MUSEUM

Located at the largest park in Amman, popularly known as King Hussein Park, is the Royal Automobile Museum. It was build to house the unique and large car collection used by the late King Hussein Bin Talal for official or private purposes. The 5210m museum has an entrance hall for the reception and orientation, library, auditorium with four exhibition halls. At the back of the main building you can find the mechanical service area. There’s a wide passage that will lead you to the four halls of different shapes and sizes where motorcycles and cars are exhibited telling the story of King Hussein eventful journey.

The Museum is open from 10:00am to 07:00pm from Wednesday to Monday and is closed on Tuesdays and on the holidays listed below:

  • Ramadan Holiday
  • First day of Eid il Fitr
  • The day before Eid il Adha
  • The first day of Adha Holiday
  • New Years Day
Royal Automobile

The Royal Automobile Museum

FAQs for Cruise Passengers in Aqaba


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A) Where I meet the Petra Nights Tours representative?

Our representative waits with the Petra Nights Tours signage close to the cruise exit door.

B) What is the driving distance from Aqaba Port to Petra?

You drive about 2 hours from Aqaba Port to Petra. If your tour includes also Wadi Rum, the drive from Petra to Wadi Rum is about 1.5 hours, and from Wadi Rum to Aqaba Port it takes another 45 minutes.

C) How large are the distances within Petra Archaeological Site?

The standard tour from entrance of Petra to the Siq, the Treasury, along the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs to Qasr Al Bint is about 3.5 kms, and you have to walk the same distance back to the entrance. Due to the volume of walking and uneven ground, this tour’s not suitable for people with walking difficulties. There’s a lengthy walk, however you don’t have to complete the whole trek. Comfortable footwear is essential.

D) There are any means of transportation inside Petra?

Motorized vehicles are not allowed inside Petra. Each Petra ticket includes a short horse ride about 700 meters from the entrance to the beginning of the Siq with a horse boy. The number of horses is limited. So there is no guarantee a horse is for all visitors available, especially on cruise excursion days, when many travelers arrive at the same time.

For elderly and handicapped visitors exists the possibility to rent a horse drawn carriage from the entrance to the Treasury and back. Each carriage can take maximum 2 passengers, and the rate is 20 Jordanian Dinar = 30 USD for this distance. The carriage from the entrance to the restaurant area and back is about 60 USD.  There are only 10-12 horse drawn carriages in Petra, so availability cannot be guaranteed. Please inform us in advance to increase the possibility of reserving one carriage for you. Kindly note that the horse handlers expect a good tip.

Camel and donkey rides can also be rented from the Treasury on, but this has to be negotiated directly with the owners.

E) Do I have a guide during the tour?

For up to 6 passengers we offer an English speaking spot guide, you meet him in Petra. For the rest of the tour our English speaking escort will accompany you and assists you with everything. 7 and more passengers or other languages than English require an escorting guide from and to Aqaba Port, which is more expensive than the spot guides in Petra, because the guide spends more time with you.

F) Can I combine Petra and Wadi Rum in one day?

This depends on when your cruise docks and departs from Aqaba Port and the season. In wintertime for example sunset is about 17:00, and the Petra and Wadi Rum combination takes 10 hours.

G) Will I be allowed to explore the area on my own?

Yes, you will be allowed to explore Petra and Wadi Rum on your own, provided that you comply with the given time suggested to you by your escort. This is to ensure that you don’t have to worry in missing your ship.

H) At which restaurant do we take the lunch?

If your booking includes a lunch meal, it is usually booked at a restaurant close to Petra Archaeological site. You will enjoy buffet with a selection of international and Arabic cuisine. In some cases, when Petra is combined with a Wadi Rum excursion, we suggest a lunch box to save time. Excursions to Dead Sea include the lunch with the beach use at one of the Dead Sea Hotels.

I) Should I tip my guide and driver?

Tips and gratuities are not included on the tour cost. It is strictly optional and at your discretion. However, Jordan has a strong tipping culture and the personnel may expect a tip from you.

J) What I have to bring?

Comfortable shoes, camera, sun protection, if yo go to the Dead Sea swimming suit, rubber soles swimming shoes and a towel.

K) Why you require an advance payment?

When you book a tour with us, we spend time and effort for your arrangements. This includes for example a special permission to pick you from Aqaba Port, the reservation of driver and guide, who are just waiting for you on this day. So we have to make sure you are taking the tour by requiring an advance payment of minimum 25% of the total amount. This can be done by credit card payment or bank transfer.

L) Why you need passport and credit card copy?

Credit card (front page) and passport copy of the credit card holder are required by the credit card companies as fraud reduction measure, and we cannot process the payment without these documents.

In case you decide to pay cash upon arrival, we need the passport copy of the credit card holder and the front page of the credit card as scam/fraud prevention. Occasionally we receive faked bookings, and the copies shall protect our business from out-of-pocket payments. If you choose to wire money on our bank account passport and credit card copies are not requested.

M) Will you refund my money if I miss my tour because the ship is late or cannot make it into port?

Yes. You will receive a full refund for your tour if you cannot make a tour departure due to a ship delay or a missed port call.

2 Nights and 3 Days Brief Tour in Jordan


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Package One: Jordan in Brief Tour

Day 1: Arrival Amman Airport - Amman Hotel

Upon arrival to Queen Alia Airport our representative will meet and assist you through the customs and immigration procedures. Transfer about 40 minutes to Amman, the capital of the country, stretching over 19 hills. Short round to get an impression of this modern city, before your escort takes you to your hotel, check in, remainder of the day free.

Day 2: Petra Visit – Amman Hotel (B)

Breakfast, 07:30 pick up from the hotel lobby and drive 2.5 hours via the Desert Highway to the rock city Petra, Jordan’s main attraction and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra was established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe settling in the area. With a sophisticated water supply and distribution system the city could prosper and the Nabateans founded a commercial empire that extended into Syria and controlled the main caravan routes at that time. Meet your private guide at the Visitor Centre and start the tour on horse back or on foot to the Siq, the narrow canyon with some votive niches. At the end of this gorge you will see the most beautiful monument of Petra, the Treasury, also known as Al Khazneh. Continue along the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh’s Castle. Free time on your own before you return in the afternoon to your Amman hotel for overnight.

Day 3: Amman Hotel – Amman Airport (B)
Breakfast, latest check out 12:00 noon, transfer to QAI Airport to say farewell and board your flight.

Legend:

B=Breakfast

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Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

3 Nights and 4 Days Discover Jordan


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Package Two: Discover Jordan Tours

Day 1: Amman Airport- Amman Hotel
Our representative welcomes you with a signage at Amman Airport, assists you through immigration and customs and matches with your escort. Transfer about 30 minutes to your Amman Hotel, check in, remainder of the day free.

Day 2: Amman City Tour - Dead Sea Beach - Petra Hotel (B)
Start the day with a city tour in Jordan’s capital. Amman, already mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon, is a bustling modern city. The historical places are located in downtown, where we visit the Citadel with remains from the Roman to the early Islamic period. Then we have a round in the Archaeological Museum. We stroll via the Souq, where you get an idea of everyday life, to the Roman Theatre from 2nd century with 6000 seats. From here it is a one hours’ drive to the Dead Sea, where you have free time at the lowest point on earth. Continue southwards, overnight Petra hotel.

Day 3: Petra visit – Amman Hotel (B)
After breakfast to the red rose city Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. With the guide pass the canyon, the so called Siq, to see the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Continue via the Street of Facades to the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh’s Castle. The guide says farewell to you at the restaurant area; free time to explore Petra on your own. In the afternoon return to your Amman hotel.

Day 4: Amman Hotel – Jerash – Amman Airport (B)
Check out from hotel and drive to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. Visit the spectacular forum, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis. Transfer to Amman Airport for your departure.

Legend:

B=Breakfast

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Dead Sea Jordan Floating

Dead Sea Jordan Floating

Petra

Petra Jordan

The Roman Street in Jerash

4 Nights and 5 Days Jordan Highlights


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Package Three: Jordan Highlights Tour

Day 1: Arrival Amman Airport – Amman Hotel
Upon arrival to Queen Alia Airport our representative will meet and assist you through the customs and immigration procedures. 40 minutes transfer to the hotel in Amman for overnight.

Day 2: Amman Hotel – Umm Qais – Jerash – Amman Hotel (B)
In the morning we drive two hours from Amman to Gadara (Umm Qais), which belonged to the famous decapolis, a union of 10 cities, founded by Alexander the Great. Here you have an overwhelming view over the north Jordan Valley, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. We leave to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. Visit Oval Plaza, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis. Back to Amman for overnight.

Day 3: Amman Hotel – Madaba – Mt Nebo – Dead Sea Beach – Petra Hotel (B)
After breakfast we drive to Madaba, to see the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St. George’s church. We head to Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the promised land before he died. You visit the old monastery and overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and parts of the Holy Land. Then onto the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, where you have leisure time and the chance to float on water. Continue to Petra for overnight.

Day 4: Petra Hotel – Petra Visit – Amman Hotel (B)
Today visit the red rose city Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and founded a commercial empire. You can start the trip on horse back or by foot to the canyon, the so called Siq, and then walk with your guide to the most beautiful monument: the Treasury, to the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh’s Castle. Free time on your own, in the afternoon return to hotel in Amman for overnight.

Day 5: Amman Hotel – Amman Airport (B) 
Breakfast, latest check out 12:00 noon, transfer to Amman Airport to say farewell and board your flight.

*Breakfast included*

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Madaba Tours Jordan

Madaba Tours Jordan

Madaba -Mount Nebo -Dead Sea

Madaba -Mount Nebo -Dead Sea

Petra 02

Petra

5 Nights and 6 Days Adventure in Jordan


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Package Four: Badia Safari Jeep Tour

Day 1: Arrival Amman - Amman Airport
Upon arrival at Amman Airport our representative welcomes you, assists you through immigration and matches with your driver. Then transfer for ca. 30 minutes to your hotel in Amman for overnight.

Day 2: Amman Hotel – Petra visit – Amman Hotel (B)

Early breakfast, then we drive 2.5 hrs via the Desert Highway to Petra, the must see for every Jordan visitor. A local guide will give you a short introduction of this unique place and walks with you via the Siq, a narrow gorge, to the most beautiful monument, the Treasury. From here you explore the area by yourself, taking you to the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs or climbing up the more than 800 stairs to the Monastery El Deir with amazing views to Wadi Araba. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Desert Safari: Petra – Little Petra – Wadi Feynan – Wadi Araba (B, L, D)
In the morning we board the 4×4 Jeeps and start journey to Wadi Araba. First area we pass is the bizarre landscape of Little Petra, after that Wadi Feynan, once important for copper mining and production. We continue to Wadi Araba, where Bedouin tribes still living in a traditional way. We stay at private camp in the night. Lunch box en route, dinner at camp. 

Day 4: Desert Safari: Wadi Araba – Humaima – Diseh (B, L, D)
Today we continue offroad to Humaima in the beautiful Hisma desert. This was a small Nabatean settlement, where the Romans built later a fort, in the 7th century it was home to the Islamic Abbasid Dynasty. Since several years excavations are going on here. We continue to Diseh for dinner & overnight at camp.

Day 5: Desert Safari: Diseh – Kharazah – Wadi Rum (B, L, D)

After breakfast we set off to Wadi Rum, one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the world. This vast, silent landscape is featured by ancient riverbeds, coloured sand dunes and rugged mountains. We pass the Kharazah rock bridge and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, a rock formation named after the book by Lawrence of Arabia. Dinner & overnight at camp.

Day 6: Wadi Rum – Aqaba hotel (B)
We leave the desert behind and drive to the Red Sea resort Aqaba where our service ends at hotel, we booked for you. This gives you the opportunity to choose some days at the Red Sea, discover more of Jordan or continue by ferry to Egypt.

Legends: 
B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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Petra

Petra

Wadi Arava

Wadi Arava

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum

6 Nights and 7 Days Honeymoon to Jordan


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Package Five: Honeymoon Tour

Day 1: Arrival Amman Airport – Hammamat Ma’in Hotel
Upon arrival at Amman Airport, our representative welcomes you with a sign board at the immigration area, assists you through immigration and customs. Direct transfer about 1 hour to Hammamat Ma’in hotel, check in, remainder of the day free.

Day 2: Hammamat Ma’in – Amman City Tour – Hammamat Ma’in Hotel (B)
After breakfast we drive to the capital Amman. On Citadel hill see the remains from the Roman till the Islamic Period, and pay a visit to the Archaeological Museum and the Roman Theatre nearby. You will also have some time to take a glimpse at the most diverse part of the city as you walk along the Souq and Rainbow Street. Back at your hotel, free afternoon.

Day 3: Hammamat Ma’in – Mt Nebo – Madaba – Kerak – Petra Hotel (B)
Today drive to Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died. You visit the old monastery and overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem. After we proceed to Madaba, where to find the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St. George’s church. Driving along the famous ancient caravan route the King’s Way, we have a short stop in Wadi Al-Mujib, a great wide valley with magnificent geological formation. In Kerak visit the famous Crusader castle built in 1132/34 by King Baldwin I. of Jerusalem. Continue to Petra hotel, check in and overnight.

Day 4: Petra Visit – Wadi Rum sunset jeep tour – Petra Hotel (B, D)
Breakfast, hen visit the red rose city Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. With the guide pass the canyon, the so called Siq, to see the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Continue via the Street of Facades to the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh’s Castle. After that, free time to explore Petra on your own. In the afternoon 1.5 hrs drive to Wadi Rum desert, one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the world. Get a glimpse of this vast area with its sand dunes, rock inscriptions, mountains and canyons during a jeep tour. After experience the sunset, dinner at a Bedouin styled camp, with another impressing view, the starry desert sky. Transfer back to your Petra hotel for overnight.

Day 5: Petra Hotel – Dana Nature Reserve – Dead Sea Hotel (B, L)
Leisurely morning, before our journey takes you to Dana Nature Reserve Jordan’s largest reserve with a diverse flora and fauna, consisting of mountains and wadis. From the village, inhabited since more than 400 years by Bedouins we start a short hike about 2 hours. After traditional lunch meal, proceed to the Dead Sea, check in at your hotel.

Day 6: Dead Sea at Leisure (B)
Free day at the Dead Sea. Like many visitors in the earlier times including King Herod, the Great Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, experience the unique area, characterized by high annual temperatures, low humidity and highest content of minerals and salts in the water. Float on salty waters and enjoy the amenities of your hotel. Overnight Dead Sea.

Day 7: Dead Sea Hotel – Amman Airport (B)
Check out time is at 12:00. Then we will transfer you to Amman’s Queen Ahlia International Airport for your departure.

Legends:

B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner

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Ma'in

Swimming pool

Wadi Rum

7 Nights and 8 Days Luxury Jordan Tours


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Package Six: Splendor of Jordan Tour

Day 1: Amman Airport – Amman Hotel 
Our representative welcomes you with a signage at Amman Airport, assists you through immigration and customs and matches with your escort. Transfer about 30 minutes to your Amman Hotel, check in, remainder of the day free.

Day 2: Amman City Tour – Jerash – Amman Hotel (B, D) 
In the morning sightseeing of Amman, already mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon. Visit the Citadel hill with the Archaeological Museum, housing an excellent collection like several Dead Sea Scrolls. We stroll via the Souq, where you get an idea of everyday life, to the Roman Theatre from 2nd century with 6000 seats. Visit to the Royal Car Museum, housing the classic car collect ion of late King Hussein. We leave to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. Visit the spectacular forum, Roman colonnaded street, the Nymphaeum and the Temple of Artemis. Dinner, and overnight Amman hotel.

Day 3: Amman Hotel – Mt Nebo – Madaba – Kerak – Petra Hotel (B)
After breakfast drive to Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed at the Promised Land before he died. You visit the old monastery and overlook the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and Jerusalem. After we proceed to Madaba, where to find the famous mosaic 6th century map of Palestine in St. George’s church. Driving along the famous ancient caravan route the King’s Way, we have a short stop in Wadi Al-Mujib, a great wide valley with magnificent geological formation. In Kerak visit the famous Crusader castle built in 1132/34 by King Baldwin I. of Jerusalem. Continue to Petra hotel, check in and overnight.

Day 4: Petra visit – Dinner at Petra Kitchen – Petra Hotel (B, D)
After breakfast to the red rose city Petra, the biggest attraction of Jordan. Petra was first established around the 6th century B.C. by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundation of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. With the guide pass the canyon, the so called Siq, to see the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Continue via the Street of Facades to the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh’s Castle. After that, free time to explore Petra on your own. In the evening cook and eat your dinner at the Petra Kitchen, learning the secrets of the Jordanian/Arabic cuisine and preparing your meal alongside local women, under the supervision of a trained chef. Overnight Petra hotel.

Day 5: Petra Hotel – Wadi Rum – Aqaba Hotel (B)
In the morning we drive 1.5 hours southwards to the protected area of Wadi Rum, one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the world. Here still Bedouins live in a traditional way, and by 4×4 Jeep tour you discover canyons, sand dunes and Nabatean rock inscriptions. Then continue 45 minutes to Aqaba at the Red Sea to your hotel, check in, remainder of the day free.

Day 6: Aqaba at leisure (B)
Breakfast at hotel, rest of the day free to enjoy the amenities of your hotel and beach life in Aqaba.

Day 7: Aqaba Hotel – Dana Nature Reserve – Dead Sea Hotel (B)
Today our journey takes us to Dana Nature Reserve, Jordan’s largest reserve with a diverse flora and fauna, consisting of mountains and wadis. From the village, inhabited since more than 400 years by Bedouins we start a short hike about 2-3 hours. Continue to the Dead Sea, flanked by mountains and the rolling hills of Jerusalem. Check in at your hotel, and experience to float effortlessly in the salty water at the lowest point on earth.

Day 8: Dead Sea Hotel – Amman Airport (B)
Breakfast, latest check out 12:00, according to departure time transfer to Amman Airport to say farewell.

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B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner

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8 Nights and 9 Days Jordan Family Holidays


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Package Seven: Sun & Adventure Tour

Day 1: Arrival Amman

At Amman Airport our representative welcomes you and assists you through immigration. He will match with your driver, who transfers you then for ca. 30 minutes to your hotel in Amman and helps you with the check-in. The rest of the day is free.

Day 2: Explore the capital (B)

After breakfast start your day with a private city tour of Amman. On the Citadel you will see remains from 3 different periods and have a panorama view over the capital. In the traditional area of downtown we have a look at the Roman Theater from 2nd century before we head to the modern parts of the city. We visit the Royal Automobile Museum (Tuesdays closed) exhibiting classic cars of the late King Hussein are exhibited. Another option in the same area is the visit of the Children’s Museum, the only one of its kind in the whole Middle East. After an exciting day return to your hotel.

Day 3: Jerash – Dead Sea – Amman (B)

In the morning we drive ca. 50 km in the north to Jerash. This is the best preserved Roman provincial city in the whole Middle East. You enter the historical place via Hadrian’s Arch, continue to Oval Plaza, the Roman Colonnaded Street. The Roman lifestyle gets alive during the Roman Army & Chariot Show (Tuesdays closed), where you can see racing chariots and fighting gladiators in an original setting. We end the day with leisure time at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, where you can float on salty waters. Back to your hotel in Amman.

Day 4: Amman – Kerak – Petra (B)

Today we leave in southern direction to Petra, which will be drive from up to 3 hours. En route we visit the Crusader castle Kerak, perched on a rocky hill with impressing underground halls and corridors. From here we continue to your hotel in Petra where the rest of the day is free.

Day 5: Petra visit – Wadi Rum (B, D)

Breakfast, then start the visit of the rock city Petra. If you like to you can take a short horse ride or walk to the narrow gorge, the Siq, from where you go on to the beautiful Treasury. From there you can continue to the Street of Facades and the Royal Tombs. In the afternoon we drive 1.5 hrs to Wadi Rum, one of the most impressing desert landscapes in the world. After the amazing sunset you will have dinner at a Bedouin styled camp, where you spend also the night in tents. You make the magnificent experience of the starry desert sky.

Day 6: Wadi Rum adventure – Aqaba (B)

After breakfast explore the area – following the footsteps of Lawerence of Arabia – famous by 4×4 adventurous Jeep tour, stopping at Nabatean rock inscriptions and sand dunes. There is also the option of trying a ride on a camel, the “ship of the desert”. After that we leave the desert behind and hit the road to Aqaba at the Red Sea, for check in at your hotel.

Day 7-8: Aqaba at leisure (B)

You have two leisure days in Aqaba, Jordan’s only seaport. Relax at the beach or try one of the water activities to discover the varied marine life like snorkelling or a glass bottom boat ride. Overnight at hotels.

Day 9: Aqaba – Amman Airport (B)

Breakfast, then transfer transfer for 3.5 hrs to Amman Airport to say farewell and board your flight.

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B = Breakfast  L = Lunch  D = Dinner

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9 Nights and 10 Days The Royal Tour


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Package Eight: The Royal Tour

Day 1: Arrival Amman (D)
Upon arrival at Amman Airport our representative welcomes you with a signage, assists you through immigration and matches with tour leader. Then transfer to Amman hotel, check in, the rest of the day is free. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Amman City Tour (B, L, D)
Start the day with a city tour in Jordan’s capital. Amman, already mentioned in the Bible as Rabbath Ammon, is a bustling modern city. The historical places are located in downtown, where we visit the Citadel with remains from the Roman to the early Islamic period. Then we have a round in the Archaeological Museum, housing an excellent collection like several Dead Sea Scrolls. We stroll via the Souq, where you get an idea of everyday life, to the Roman Theatre from 2nd century with 6000 seats. If you like to, you can visit here the Museum of Popular Tradition and the Folklore Museum. After lunch you can choose to visit of the Royal Automobile Museum, exhibiting the classic car collection of the late King Hussein and being the first museum of its kind in the Middle East. Or spend time at Darat Al Funun, the “Home of the Arts”, housed in 3 traditional buildings, focusing on art, architechture and archaeology. Dinner and overnight Amman hotel.

Day 3: Amman – Jerash – Ajloun – Amman (B, L, D)
Breakfast, then we head 50 km in the north to Jerash, the well preserved Roman provincial city. You enter the Decapolis city via Hadrian’s Arch, see the Oval Plaza, the Cardo, the Nymphaeum, the Artemis Temple and remains of early Christian churches. From here we drive to the Islamic Castle Ajloun built by Sultan Salah ad-Din to protect the pilgrim routes to Mecca. Back to Amman hotel. Dinner will be at the Arabic Restaurant Kan Zaman, housed in a traditional building from the early 20th century.

Day 4: Amman – Bethany – Madaba – Mt. Nebo – Amman (B, L, D)
Today we drive to Bethany beyond Jordan. Here Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River. You will see several baptism pools, remains from early Christian churches and a new golden-roofed church. From here we drive to the mosaic town Madaba, the biblical Medeba. View the mosaic map of 6th century from the Holy Land in the floor of the orthodox St. George’ Church. More masterpieces of mosaic art you can find in the Archaeological Park and we will visit a mosaic school. Next stop of the day is Mt. Nebo, the place where Prophet Moses gazed after 40 years in the desert at the Promised Land and died here. His death is commemorated by an early Christian church. From Mt. Nebo you have a panorama view over the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea and parts of the Holy Land. Back to Amman for dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Amman – Kerak – Dana (B, L, D)
Today we leave Amman and drive along the King’s Way, an old caravan route, to Dana Nature Reserve. En route we have a stop at Wadi Al Mujib, known as Jordan’s Grand Canyon, a wide valley with astonishing geological formation. We visit the Crusader castle Kerak built in the 12th century by the Lord of Transjordan. From here it is not far away to Dana Nature Reserve. You stay for overnight at the Guest House in the more than 400 years old village.

Day 6: Dana hike – Petra (B, L, D)
Dana is the largest nature reserve and part of the eco tourism in Jordan. The reserve is composed of mountains and valleys and has an astonishing rich fauna and flora. In the morning we start with a hike – depending from your fitness level easy or moderate – to discover the diverse nature and the impressing scenery. In the afternoon we make our way to the hotel in Petra, check in, dinner and overnight.

Day 7: Petra visit (B, L, D)
After breakfast we start visiting the rock city Petra, built by the Nabatean Arabs more than 2000 years ago. The city reflects the power and freedom of this ancient culture gaining wealth through the caravan trade. From the Visitor Center we walk to the Siq, a narrow gorge, which opens after more than 1 km the view on the beautiful Treasury. Along the Street of Facades we go to the Theatre, the Royal Tombs and Qasr Al Bint. The young at heart can climb on their own the more than 800 stairs to the Monastery El Deir from where you have views over Wadi Arava. Dinner and overnight at Petra hotel.

Day 8: Petra – Wadi Rum – Petra (B, L, D)
In the morning we visit the Brooke Animal Clinic caring about hundreds of horses and donkeys, which are working in Petra for the tourism industry. On site you can hear and see what the charity is doing to improve the life of the working animals. Around noon we drive 1.5 hours to Wadi Rum, one of the most impressive desert landscapes in the world. After lunch in one of the Bedouin camps there, you will see more of the area with its mountains and sand dunes by a 4×4 Jeep tour. Return to Petra hotel.

Day 9: Petra – Dead Sea (B, L, D)

After breakfast we head 2.5 hours to the lowest point on earth the Dead Sea. Check in at your hotel and have the rest of the day at leisure at this unique place. 420 meters below sea level float on the saline water, relax at the beach, or try the beauty benefits of the black mud on its shores. Lunch, dinner & overnight at hotel.

Day 10: Dead Sea – Amman Airport (B)
Breakfast, dependent from flight time transfer to Amman Airport to say farewell and board your flight.

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Petra

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