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Jordan Holidays

Located at the eastern extremity of the Mediterranean, Jordan, and the lands that came before it, have always been a staging post between Europe, Asia and the Middle East. A melting pot of cultures and peoples, religion and history, today Jordan is a custodian of the legacy of the civilisations that once called this desert kingdom home.

A with most nations, when one thinks of Jordan they think of Petra – one of the ancient world’s wealthiest trading cities and today a place that has lost little of its grandeur and magnificence. Laboriously chiselled from the rich red rocks of the Jordanian interior, squeezed almost unimaginably between a series of narrow rock fissures and cracks, Petra truly does need to be seen to be believed and no journey to the country is complete without a visit to one of antiquity’s most important cities.

Aside from Petra, Jordan is also the home of Jerash, considered one of the region’s best preserved Roman sites, the Byzantine church of Mt Nebo, an exquisite 16th century mosaic map in the town of Madaba and the grand 12th century crusader castle of Kerak – all of which are usually incorporated in our Jordan holidays.

Additionally, Jordan is also blessed with a wealth of impressive natural wonders with two of the best known being the Dead Sea – the earth’s lowest point – and the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum made famous by Lawrence of Araba. Further to the south, the country also has a small coastline that abuts the Red Sea and, close to the town of Aqaba, the excellent coral reefs are some of the best preserved in the region.

Your Holiday in Jordan

Your Holiday In Jordan

All of our holidays to Jordan are arranged on a tailor-made basis which means that each itinerary is individually prepared to ensure it fits a client’s exact requirements and interests. So, whether you are looking for a shorter break or a longer time away, a holiday with an emphasis on the country’s historic sites or one which explores the natural scenery, we will ensure that not only your itinerary is unique but also that it is bespoke to you. Our Jordan holidays all include hotel accommodation, guided sightseeing with local English-speaking guides and the use of a private car with driver throughout. The itineraries featured on our website also include international flights, however, you are free to arrange these yourself should you wish. When on holiday you will have the support and assistance of our Jordanian partners as well as our UK office.

Whether largely basing your holiday on one of the tours featured on our website or using them as a building block for a tailored itinerary, we will be delighted to discuss any ideas you may have and adapt the arrangements so that they exactly meet your requirements. Images of Jordan is ideal for the first-time visitor to Jordan and incorporates the key sights of the country including Amman, the wonderfully preserved Greco–Roman city of Jerash, the UNESCO world heritage site of Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. Although following a similar routing with visits to Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea, Jordan – The Hashemite Kingdom is not only a longer journey but also one that provides a deeper exploration of the country. This itinerary also includes the fascinating, and little visited, desert citadels of Qasr al-Hallabat, Qasr Amra, Qasr Kharana and Qasr al-Azraq to the west of Amman as well as the beautiful Dana Nature Reserve with its excellent walking and fabulous views.

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

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.

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Essential Information

Capital: Amman

Main Language: Arabic

Time Zone: GMT + 2

Currency: Dinar (JOD)

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Jordan Holiday Review

Just a quick note to let you know that we returned yesterday, safe and well from a most incredible trip. Everything went like clockwork thanks in no small measure to your excellent organisation.

CP & DP - Jordan - November 2019

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.

Historic sites in Jordan

Historic sites in Jordan

A land of great antiquity, the area that today forms the modern nation of Jordan has, over millennia, played host to the great civilisations of history. Each has left its indelible mark and Jordan is now a custodian to some of the region’s most important historic sites. For many the city of Petra is synonymous with Jordan. Dating back 2000 years this Nabatean capital has retained its monumental splendour and is rightly considered a wonder of the ancient world. By 100AD an increasingly confident Roman state had absorbed much of the region into their empire and, subsequently, there are many classical sites of interest including the city of Jerash, the Roman Theatre and Temple of Hercules in Amman and the little-visited ruins of Umm Qais. Jordan is also home to a number of significant Christian sites including Bethany Beyond the Jordan where Jesus was baptised, St George’s Church in Madaba which houses one of the finest Byzantine mosaics in the Middle East and Mount Nebo with its association with Moses.

Natural scenery of Jordan

With its atmospheric arid deserts, lush wadis, inland seas, rocky heights and ethereal geological formations, Jordan is a country blessed with striking landscapes. The lowest land-based feature on earth the Dead Sea – actually a vast landlocked salt lake – forms part of the Great Rift Valley with its buoyant waters accessible from a number of spa resorts. Further south lies the protected desert of Wadi Rum. The dramatic rock formations, sand dunes, coloured cliffs and varied wildlife are at their visual finest at sunrise and sunset and there is a selection of tented accommodation to allow you to best experience this majestic landscape. Lesser known but equally impressive are the wadis and rugged mountains of the Dana Biosphere Reserve which offer some excellent, if occasionally challenging, walking trails and good birdwatching opportunities. Jordan also shares a small stretch of Red Sea coastline in the far south of the country. Centred on the town of Aqaba, the crystal-clear coastal waters harbour colourful coral reefs and excellent snorkelling and diving.

Natural scenery of Jordan

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