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At Encounters Travel, we understand that everyone is different and that's why we provide a variety of Jordan tours that will suit every preference.

Quintessentially Middle Eastern, the desert country of Jordan was previously only accessible to the most intrepid of explorers. Visitors going on a Petra / Jordan today are now able to discover all aspects of the country, including beautiful desert and mountain scenery, lost cities, spectacular ruins and the delights of the Red Sea. Often evoking images of ancient Biblical times the modern-day country of Jordan is widely regarded as one of the most progressive Middle Eastern countries with the capital city Amman standing at the forefront of this modernisation.

Best Jordan tours for every budget

Journey through this rugged desert country on one of our Jordan group tours as we discover ancient Roman ruins strewn across the sands, enjoy unforgettable desert sunsets and come upon the lost city of Petra and the miraculous Dead Sea.

Join us as we spend the night under the stars in a traditional Bedouin camp and relax and unwind and enjoy the coral reefs in a Red Sea beach resort. We also feature several tours that combine time in Israel or Egypt with a visit to Jordan. Whatever your budget, we have the best Jordan tour for you.

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Duration:

8 Days

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Jordan

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Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 14

Meals:

B- 7, L - 2, D - 2

Highlights:

Desert Castles, Amman city tour, Roman Jerash, Ajloun Castle, Rasoun homestay, Dolmans hike, Madaba mosaics, Mt. Nebo, Dead Sea swim, Dana B...


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$1230(p/p)

$1255

Duration:

7 Days

Country(ies):

Jordan

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Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 32

Meals:

B- 6, L - 1, D - 1

Highlights:

Amman, Bethany Baptism Site, As-Salt Harmony Trail, Jerash Roman ruins, Madaba mosaics, Mt Nebo views, scenic King's Highway, Kerak crusader...


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$965(p/p)

Duration:

16 Days

Country(ies):

Egypt , Jordan

Tour Type:

Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 18

Meals:

B- 15, L - 4, D - 5

Highlights:

Jordan's desert castles, Jerash Roman ruins, Ajloun & Shobak castles, Dead Sea swim, Dana Nature Reserve, Petra tour, Wadi Rum safari & camp...


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$2370(p/p)

Duration:

6 Days

Country(ies):

Jordan

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 32

Meals:

B- 5, L - 0, D - 1

Highlights:

Bustling Amman, Roman ruins at Jerash, Roman mosaics at Madaba, views over Israel from Mt. Nebo, scenic Kings Highway drive, Kerak crusader ...


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$840(p/p)

Duration:

13 Days

Country(ies):

Egypt , Jordan

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 32

Meals:

B- 25, L - 4, D - 5

Highlights:

Hidden Petra, Swim in The Dead Sea, Wadi Rum desert safari, the Pyramids & Sphinx, Huge Karnak Temple complex, Island Philae Temple, The Val...


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$1580(p/p)

Duration:

11 Days

Country(ies):

Israel , Jordan

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 45

Meals:

B- 10, L - 0, D - 9

Highlights:

Tel Aviv, Caesarea, Haifa, Acre, Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Golan Heights, Nazareth, Qumran, Masada fortress, Megiddo, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, o...


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$2750(p/p)

Duration:

8 Days

Country(ies):

Jordan

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 32

Meals:

B- 7, L - 1, D - 1

Highlights:

Amman, Bethany Baptism Site, As-Salt Harmony Trail, Jerash Roman ruins, Madaba mosaics, Mt Nebo views, scenic King's Highway, Kerak crusader...


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$1070(p/p)

Duration:

15 Days

Country(ies):

Egypt , Jordan

Tour Type:

Shoestring

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 32

Meals:

B- 26, L - 5, D - 5

Highlights:

Hidden Petra, Swim in The Dead Sea, Wadi Rum desert safari, the Pyramids & Sphinx, Huge Karnak Temple complex, Island Philae Temple, The Val...


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$1795(p/p)

Duration:

17 Days

Country(ies):

Egypt , Jordan

Tour Type:

Small Group

Group size:

Min: 2 | Max: 18

Meals:

B- 31, L - 10, D - 12

Highlights:

Jordan's desert castles, Jerash Roman ruins, Ajloun & Shobak castles, Dead Sea swim, Dana Nature Reserve, Petra tour, Wadi Rum safari & camp...


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$2650(p/p)

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What major attractions can I see on your Jordan tours?

Petra in Wadi Musa is a city carved in a mountain - the huge rocks are colorful, mostly pink, and the entrance to the ancient city is through a 1.25 km narrow gorge in the mountain – which has been designated as one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' by the for-profit New Open World Corporation.

Other major sites in Petra include the Monastery, the Roman theater, the Royal Tombs, the High Place of Sacrifice. Umm Qais, a town on the site of the ruined Roman city.

Jerash is famous for its ancient Roman architecture, with colonnaded streets, Corinthian arches and outdoor Roman theaters.

What currency is used in Jordan?

The currency is the Jordanian dinar and can be abbreviated as JOD, divided into 1000 fils and 100 piastres (or qirsh). Coins come in denominations 1, 5, and 10 piastres and JOD 0.25 and JOD 0.5. Banknotes are found in 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50 dinar denominations.

Most places in Jordan have limited change so it is important to keep 1 and 5 dinar notes on you when visiting the country.

What type of food can I expect to eat in Jordan?

The traditional breakfast in Jordan is fried eggs, labaneh, cheese, zaatar and olive oil with bread and tea. Manousheh and pastries come in as the second most popular breakfast.

The national dish of Jordan is the mansaf, prepared with jameed, a sun-dried yogurt, a platter layered with crepe-like traditional bread, mounds of glistening rice and chunks of lamb that have been cooked in a sauce made from reconstituted jameed and spices, sprinkled with pine nuts.

While mansaf is the national dish, most people in urban areas only eat it on special occasions. Other popular dishes include Maklouba, stuffed vegetables, freekeh.

What is the Jordan Pass?

The Jordan pass is a sightseeing package that is tailor-made for visitors to the country. It gives pass holders the ability to make the most out of their trip all while saving time, money, and effort it includes your visa plus entry for 1 or more days to popular Jordanian sites such as Petra.

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.

Can you wear shorts in Petra?

Wearing shorts can be regarded as disrespectful so it’s best to steer clear – this rule applies for both men and women.

Its best to opt for light linen or cotton trousers - it can keep you feeling cool and comfortable so just make sure to pack trousers with materials that suit the weather. Always wear t-shirts that cover the top of the arms.

Also, being topless in public is completely unacceptable no matter how hot the weather is.

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.

How many days do you need in Jordan?

We would say, roughly six days - If you have 4 to 6 days for your visit to Jordan, you can comfortably fit in Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea.

You can either focus your time between these three places, or add a few additional destinations such as Aqaba at the shores of Red Sea, or spend some time exploring Amman.

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.

How long is the walk in Petra?

The walk from the entrance of Petra to the Treasury – the iconic facade – is about 2km long. If you walk fast, you can get to the Treasury in roughly 20 minutes but, if you slow down to enjoy the views and take lots of photos, it can take at least 30 minutes.

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.

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.

What is the official language of Jordan?

Most Jordanians speak English, especially in urban area such as Amman and in areas that receive tourists and younger people. French and German are the second and third most popular languages after English.

Although, the national language of Jordan is Arabic, Jordanians speak the Levantine dialect of Arabic which is the same as the Arabic spoken in the Palestinian Territories and similar to that of Syria and Lebanon - the major difference here would be in the accent.

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 dengue fever but not malaria.

Its best to pack a good mosquito repellent, and gloves and warm socks for the chilly desert nights.

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.

TOUR REVIEWS

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

Amazing tour. Any issues we had were addressed in a timely fashion and the resolutions were satisfactory. My only complaint is the driver picking us up was late and none of the cell numbers worked when we tried to call and figure out what to do.

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
We had a wonderful time and great memories. We felt safe the whole time and would recommend this trip to anyone of any age as long as you can walk a lot. They are with you from arrival to departure and any problems that arose the guides would try their best to solve. They also showed remarkable patience for other people in other groups we saw that were acting like idiots.

I purchased my rid tour as part of a group coupon. Is obituary hesitant but my tour was great. The staff at Encounters were professional and helpful. I had a lot of questions but no one made me feel like a pest. Good experience.
I always wanted to go to Morocco and I finally got to go last September. I'm glad I chose this tour group. They were professional and attentive. Good times!

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.

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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
Government: 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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