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JORDAN TOURS

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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Bustling city of Amman, Roman remains at Jerash, float in the Dead Sea, scenery along the Kings Highway, Madaba & Mt Nebo, imposing crusader...


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Pyramids, Sphinx & Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Coptic & Islamic Cairo; Jerash Roman ruins, Ajloun & Kerak castles, As-Salt, Bethany baptism si...


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is Jordan safe?

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.

What vaccinations do I need for Jordan?

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.

Are there mosquitoes in Jordan?

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.

What is the best month to visit Jordan?

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.

Is Jordan expensive to visit?

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.

What should female tourists wear in Jordan?

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.

Can you see Petra in one day?

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.

Can I get a Jordan visa on arrival?

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.

How much spending money will I need for a week in 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.

Do you need a visa to travel to Jordan?

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.

Can you go inside Petra?

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.

What is Petra famous for?

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.

TOUR REVIEWS

My experience with Encounters was excellent from start to finish. The Tour Guide, Sheriff, was the most passionate, enthusiastic and professional guide I have ever had on a tour and his love for Egypt really made me enjoy my time so much more.

Excellent from the initial planning to every step along the way on the trip! Worry free in every way! Islam, Hussein and Mahmoud were the greatest! Please check out my review on Trip Advisor! FIve stars from this girl!
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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.

I have dealt with Anthony Horrobin on a number of occasions and it is like talking to an old friend on the phone. Anthony is super-efficient and will always go the extra mile to create the perfect trip.

Conscientious in early communication; knowledgeable, humorous and caring tour guides; an exemplary itinerary that was well organized yet flexible; an overall extraordinary experience. I'd recommend them enthusiastically.

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Factfile


Time: GMT+3
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)
Capital: Amman
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.

Highlights

  • The city of Amman – the modern capital of Jordan boasts an assortment of ancient ruins.
  • Desert castles – fortresses built between 660 and 750 CE under the caliphs of the Umayyad dynasty.
  • Jerash Roman ruins – the best-preserved Roman ruins outside of Italy.
  • The Dead Sea – a salt lake more than 400m below sea-level with famous hypersaline waters.
  • Petra – an ancient city built into a cliff and a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Wadi Rum – the largest valley in Jordan and a protected desert wilderness.
  • King’s Highway – a scenic and ancient road running through the desert to the Dead Sea.
  • Mount Nebo – an elevated ridge with panoramic views of the Holy Land.

Tips

  • Dress conservatively when visiting certain sights and bring warm clothes for the cooler evenings.
  • The tap water is not drinkable so rather be safe and buy bottled water.
  • Ask permission to take a photograph of a local, especially when women are present.
  • Table manners are relaxed in Jordan and it is a common custom to eat with your right hand.
  • Politics with Israel is a sensitive subject and it is advised to never discuss it.
  • It is frowned upon to show affection in public, from holding hands to kissing.
  • Avoid the rush hour between 2pm-5pm and choose to walk to destinations during this time.
  • Throughout the month of Ramadan do not eat or drink in public.

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