Jordan tours provide a rich mix of attractions for today's traveller, with more variety and beautiful scenery than you may expect. The country's main highlight, and one of the world's must visit places, is of course the fascinating hidden city of Petra, which we always allow plenty of time to explore. Close by are the towering cliffs and rock formations set amidst the desert at Wadi Rum, and also the spectacular coral reefs and fish of the Red Sea at Aqaba. Contrasting completely is the Dead Sea, in which swimming is a strange, surreal experience, and one not to be missed. Other highlights include the extensive Roman ruins at Jerash and mosaics at Madaba, the crusader castles at Kerak and Shobak, and the Baptism site at Bethany.
As well as its rich history and ancient monuments from several different ancient civilisations, Jordan also has some beautiful countryside, and we always like to include a drive up the scenic King's Highway between Petra and Amman, crossing the massively deep Wadi Mujib en-route. The forested hills north of Amman, close to Jerash and Ajloun Castle are also well worth a visit and time exploring. We also like to take our travellers into the desert to see the less visited 'Desert Castles' and desert nature reserves, and to Dana Nature Reserve near Petra.
Several of our tours that cover Jordan also take in time in Egypt or Israel, and we can tailor-make itineraries for you to fit any budget, accommodation level and personal interests.
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Despite turmoil in its neighbouring countries, Jordan is an exceptionally safe country to visit and one of the safest places to visit in the region. In fact, the local government puts a lot of effort into making visitors feel safe through high-profile security and police presence in regions that are popular with tourists.
Yes, certain vaccinations are needed when travelling to Jordan. some vaccines are recommended or required for Jordan.
The CDC (Centre for Disease Control and Prevention) and WHO (World Heath Organisation) recommend the following vaccinations for Jordan: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, yellow fever, rabies, anthrax, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella , Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.
Prevention and common sense is the key to staying healthy when travelling abroad, and mosquito bites are quite normal inJordan – there is a possibility it can spread can spread dengue fever but not malaria.
Its best to pack a good mosquito repellent, and gloves and warm socks for the chilly desert nights.
The best time to visit Jordan is, to some degree, dependent on what you plan to do when travelling to Jordan.
However, the best month to visit Jordan is either in April or May when most of the rain has cleared up and temperatures haven’t yet hit the sizzling highs of the summer.
This depends entirely on where all you plan to go in Jordan. The country has a reputation as being one of the more expensive countries in the region.
Keep in mind that everything around Petra costs at least 50% more than in other parts of the country, so tourists who only go there will think Jordan is very expensive indeed.
Many locals cover hair up with headscarves or hoodies, so be aware that if you have long hair, it might attract attention however you won’t be frowned upon for not wearing a head scarf.
Generally women cover their legs, arms and chest whereas short skirts and shorts are considered to be disrespectful and provocative.
You can comfortably see Petra in a day - everyone has different levels of historic site tolerance. You could spend five to six hours exploring, or twice that time – but even so, a day gives you plenty of time to see and experience all the major historic sites.
Your Visa can be obtained upon arrival and will cost a total of 40 JOD. However, you will need to get in contact with the closest Jordanian Embassy in order to obtain a visa before you arrive.
Please note that as per the new rules, any travellers who has been in China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran within the last two weeks will not be issued a visa upon arrival to Jordan.
For one week in Jordan, it has been estimated that you will need about $2,365 USD to cover all of your costs – airfare, transportation, accommodation, food and drink, and activities.
However, this can easily be cut down especially if you eat more street food, stay in budget accommodation, and pass on guides for the attractions.
Alternatively, look at what budget worthy Jordan tours we have to offer here.
People who are travelling from Bahrain, Egypt, Hong Kong, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Syria, United Arab Emirates, Vatican, and Yemen do not require a visa for entry. However, everyone else needs a visa – most nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival.
Please note that any travellers who has been in China, Italy, South Korea, and Iran within the last two weeks will not be issued a visa upon arrival to Jordan.
No, you may not go inside the Treasury, but there's nothing really to see – its just an empty chamber.
The Nabataeans, who carved the ancient city of Petra into the cliffs in the 1st century AD, were much more focused on the facade.
Petra is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Petra is also called the 'Rose City' because of the colour of the stone from which it is carved.
Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears at the end of the Siq – it was used in the final sequence of the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade."
It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.
Anthony has been amazing throughout my planning of my tour. He has been very quick in replying to my emails and always answering with everything I wanted to know.
I look forward to hopefully planning my next trip through him next year!
There was a lot of communication from the beginning. The encounters staff was very responsive and the tour guide was great and very accommodating. Encounters was also able to help me with last minute changes to my itinerary while I was on the trip.
I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....
Ant provided excellent service. He always responded as quickly as he could, attending to the questions I had for him. He was also very patient and pleasant. I depended on his knowledge and service to make the trip.
I liked the service and the tour guide & driver on the tour. They were professional and provided very good service. I thought 1-2 hotels on the trip were not quite 4-star. It also happened that this group of people was always late for schedule and our walk pace was too slow. It really needs the guide to make people on schedule and be punctual for the activity. Overall I think the time management of this tour needs improvement.
My contact with Encounters representative was a pleasure, she answered my questions promptly, provided a quotation and changed it quickly when different flights were preferred. Both by e-mail and phone the response was very timely.
Dial Code: +962
Area: 89 342 km²
Elevation: The lowest point in Jordan is the Dead Sea at -408 m (-1,338 ft.) | The highest point in Jordan is Jabal Umm ad Dami at 1,854m (6,083 ft.)
Population: 9,913,459 (2018)
Governemnt: Constitutional monarchy
Language: Arabic, Modern Standard Arabic
Jordan is a sovereign Arab State in Western Asia and is officially called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Jordan is situated on the East Bank of the Jordan River (which it is
named after) and bordered by Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Israel and Palestine. The Dead Sea lies along the western borders and a Red Sea shoreline is on the southwest of the country. The capital of Jordan is Amman, the most populous city and the country's cultural, political and economic centre.
This almost-landlocked country that is relatively small has a population of almost 10 million people, which makes it the 11th-most populous Arab country. The dominant religion Sunni Islam is practised by 95% of the population and coexists with an indigenous Christian minority.
Despite its turbulent region setting, Jordan remains stable and at peace with its surrounding countries. Even during the Arab Spring in 2010, it was hardly affected. Since 1948, Jordan has accepted refugees from its neighbours.
Throughout the Middle East, Jordan is regarded as one of the most progressive countries. Although it has one of the smallest economies in the region it is growing at a fast rate and continues to attract foreign investors as a result of its skilled workforce. This country is a safe and major tourist destination that also entices medical tourists, based on its developed medical sector. The climate in Jordan is heavily influenced by the country's location between the Arabian Desert and the eastern Mediterranean area.
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