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Jordan Holidays

Jordan is a land defined by Petra – one of the ancient world’s wealthiest trading cities. Constructed between rock fissures, Petra has to be witnessed to be believed and no journey to the country is complete without a visit to this rock-cut city. Jordan is also home to Jerash, one of the region’s best preserved Roman sites, the Byzantine church of Mt Nebo, a 16th century mosaic map in the town of Madaba and the 12th century crusader castle of Kerak – all of which are usually incorporated in our Jordan holidays. In addition there is a wealth of impressive natural wonders in Jordan with two of the most famous being the Dead Sea – the earth’s lowest point – and the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Further to the south, Jordan has a coastline on the Red Sea and at the town of Aqaba the excellent coral reefs are some of the best preserved in the region.

Places to visit in Jordan

Located at one of civilisation’s most important crossroads, modern-day Jordan has been blessed with the remnants of these bygone societies. The best known of these is Petra, the extraordinary Nabataean settlement carved into the red-rock canyons of southern Jordan. This ancient city has been beautifully preserved by the desert climate and the approach breathtaking. However, there are number of equally important historic places dotted throughout the country. These include the Roman remains of Jerash, the Saladin-era castle at Ajloun, the crusader fortress at Kerak and the Christian sites of the Jordan Valley and Mt Nebo and Madaba. For those interested in landscapes relax by the Dead Sea, follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia at Wadi Rum or hike the wadis of the Dana Nature Reserve. The Red Sea town of Aqaba has comfortable resort hotels and excellent snorkelling.

When to Visit Jordan

This is a general overview suggesting when to travel in the country.
Please note that this may not directly apply to any specific itinerary or region.

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During the summer, from April to October, Jordan enjoys a long, hot period, when the climate is dry and desert-like. Often, it does not rain at all between June and August, with August being the hottest month, with temperatures between 30°C and 35°C common. The beach areas of Aqaba can be as hot as 40°C in July. During the winter months the weather, on the whole, is pleasantly warm during the day but there can be cold nights with temperatures dropping to 4°C on average. Between December and February the night temperature can even fall below freezing. Most of the annual rainfall occurs in January. Generally the best time to visit Jordan is the spring or autumn but is a possibility for those that do not mind the heat.

Essential Information

Capital: Amman Main Language: Arabic
Time Zone: GMT + 2 Currency: Dinar (JOD)

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Accommodation in Jordan

Jordan has numerous international-standard, luxurious, five-star hotels, particularly in Amman, Aqaba and Petra. Jordan’s Dead Sea hotels boast some of the world's best spa resort complexes and all have excellent facilities and services. Without exception, nearly all hotels in Jordan are larger modern properties and there are very few small traditional properties or homestays. In Wadi Rum it is possible to stay under canvas in the desert in a traditional Bedouin-style camp and accommodation at Dana Nature Reserve is in a small and simple guesthouse.

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