Amman and Jerash
Jordan's capital Amman gives its visitors the chance to experience a more modern Arab city. Combine this with a visit to the…
Jordan is a remarkably easy and sophisticated country to visit. From the moment you arrive at Amman airport, the system works smoothly and effortlessly. Excellent hotels, good roads and charming guides all go to make any holiday in Jordan a memorable experience.
Jordanian food is delicious and there are enough attractions and sites to visit to make each day a new adventure for adults and children alike. What’s more, it is easily accessible from London.
Jordan’s small size sometimes takes people by surprise. From north to south it is just 150 miles long and so with the good motorway, it is easy to cover the distance quickly. However, like all motorways, its very existence can spoil the opportunity to truly experience all that Jordan has to offer. It is a good idea to take the slow road, known as the Kings Highway, in at least one direction so that you can really take the time to explore some of the crusader castles and biblical sites along the way.
A highlight of any holiday to Jordan is the rose pink Nabataean city of Petra. Although no longer the lost city that was rediscovered by Johann Burckhardt but an incredibly busy site, it is still magnificent and there are ways to avoid the crowds.
Further south lies the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum, home to Bedouin families and ancient rock art before reaching the southernmost city of Aqaba, the gateway to the Red Sea and some wonderful diving opportunities.
Jordan offers incredible experiences that will help us to create a bespoke and memorable journey for you.
Walk to the ancient citadel of Amman, situated high on a hill, boasting 360-degree views of the city and the surrounding area.
Wander the colonnaded streets of Jerash and explore the citadel and amphitheatre.
Head east to explore the early Islamic desert complexes of Qasr Azraq and Qasr Amra.
Visit the magnificently restored Roman amphitheatre containing 6000 seats and dating back to the second century.
Dive and snorkel the waters of the Red Sea.
Head to this desert wilderness to experience Bedouin hospitality.
Take to the skies by hot air balloon for a bird’s eye view of the desert.
Do some trekking in the Dana Valley ending up at the charming Feynan Eco Lodge.
Camp out in Wadi Rum beside T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars.
Book yourself in a for a spa treatment at the Kempinski Ishtar – the largest spa in the Middle East.
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The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
Katie Benden was extremely professional and helpful with all aspects of the trip which was a surprise for my husband. Katie replied to emails and phone calls in a very prompt manner and provided excellent advice and guidance on travelling to Jordan.
Definitely. There are some wonderful treks available in and around Petra and within the Dana and Feynan Valleys. There are walks for all abilities ranging from a few hours to a full day and it is a wonderful way to explore less-visited parts of the country.
There are not many true boutique hotels in Jordan and the choice of accommodation is generally between a 5* international standard hotel or a 3-4* more local option. There are also one or two lovely eco-lodges which can really enhance any holiday to Jordan.
Jordan and Israel make a lovely combination. The border crossing at Allenby bridge, located between Amman and the Dead Sea, connects the West Bank with Jordan.
Expect traditional middle eastern food using lots of meat and poultry. Mansaf is the national dish of Jordan and this is a lamb dish with a sauce of fermented dried yoghurt (sounds unappetising but is delicious!) Ordering a mezze (a selection of small dishes) is a good way to try out a variety of things and these include common appetisers such as hummus and tabbouleh. Desserts tend to be a choice of fresh fruit or wonderfully rich and sweet pastries such as baklava, made from layers of filo pastry, chopped nuts and honey.
It is possible to visit Petra at night on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evening.
The best time to travel to Jordan is from March to June and September to November. The summer months can be extremely hot and believe it or not, the winter months can be very cold with snowfall quite common in higher regions. The Dead Sea and Aqaba, due to their low altitude, maintain a year-round warm climate, so it can be quite a strange experience in the winter coming from temperatures of around 8 degrees centigrade in Amman to up to 20 degrees centigrade on the Dead Sea.
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