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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.
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....
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.
The trip was excellent and very well run, we have no complaints it was exactly as we expected.The guide was knowledgable and courteous, it ran on time and accommodation was fine.We have no complaints and have now booked again to go to India.
The trip was as above and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, all destinations were as expected and lived up to our expectations.We went with the idea of visiting Turkey and especially Gallipoli which achieved our goals.The historical part of thetrip was very well done and memmorable.
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)
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.
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