JORDAN

HASHEMITE KINGDOM OF JORDAN

THE CAPITAL OF JORDAN

 

Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley, a perfect base to delve deep into Jordan as it is no more than a four hour drive from anywhere in the country. As a modern and prosperous city, almost half of Jordan’s population is concentrated in Amman area. There is evidence of the city’s much older past everywhere you turn, you can find modern buildings rubbing shoulders with traditional coffee shops and old souqs. The downtown area is much older and more traditional, with smaller businesses producing and selling everything from intricate gold and silver jewellery, to everyday household items. You can find art galleries, coffee shops and a diversity of artisan shops along Rainbow street, which truly embodies the unique blend of old and new that this city manifest.

This city is an ideal family location, also offering its visitors plenty of lively nightlife, which everything from cultural and theatrical events, to traditional Arabic entertainment, modern restaurants and clubs for kids. Amman is a large cosmopolitan city and offers an extensive range of restaurants, where visitors are encouraged to try some of the diverse and delicious local traditional food.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

 

Jordan Archeological Museum
Children’s Museum
Jordan Museum
Jordan Folklore
Jordan Museum of Popular Traditions
Jordan National Gallery of Fine Arts
Martyrs Memorial and Military Museum
The Royal Automobile Museum
Jordan Hejaz Railway Station
The Citadel

WELCOME TO AMMAN

This is one of the most memorable places in the Holy Land, known as “the city of Mosaics”, and it offers many sites to explore. There is a large collection of historical sites, from the contemporary Greek Orthodox Church of St Georges, vivid 6th century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites, to the Archaeological Park where the Madaba Institute for Mosaic Art and Restoration trains artisans in the art of making, repairing and restoring mosaics.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

 

St George’s Church

Madaba Archaeological Museum

Madaba Folkloric Museum

Madaba Archeological Park

Church of the Apostles

Madaba Institue for Mosaic Art and Restoration.

WELCOME TO MADABA

MOUNT NEBO

 

This is the site where it is believed Moses was buried and the most visited holy site in Jordan. When at the top of the mountain, you can see just as Moses viewed the vast panorama that encompasses the Jordan River Valley,the Dead Sea, Jericho, and Jerusalem, known as the Holy Land. Mount Nebo’s first church was built in the 4th century to mark the site of Moses’s death. It remains a place of pilgrimage for Christians as designated by Pope John Paul 11.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

 

Six tombs from different periods covered beneath the floor of the church.

Moses’ Memorial Church.

The Serpentine Cross just outside the Sanctuary.

WELCOME TO NEBO

BETHANY BEYOND THE JORDAN

 

This is the place identified as the place where Jesus was baptised by John the baptist, making it one of the focal Christian pilgrimage sites. Bethany Beyond The Jordan is located between the Jordan River and Tal Al-Kharrar (St Elijah’s Hill). There is a cave where John was living at the time he baptised Jesus.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

 

St Elijah’s Hill, a designated pilgrimage site which is now the focal point of the baptism.

One of the earliest Christian prayer facilities discovered in the world.

WELCOME TO BETHANY

THE DEAD SEA

 

 

Relax in the gently laying waters and be amazed that you cant sink! This is the largest natural spa on earth, where you can treat yourself to a soothing massage, or the well known healing powers of minerals from sea’s muddy flor to treat skin diseases or simply rejuvinate your skin.

 

MA’IN HOT SPRINGS

 

Since the ancient days of Rome, people have visited the thermal mineral springs of Hammamet Ma’in for a hot soak and thermal treatments. Its located at an exquisite spot, with an excellent spa and resort, offering a wide range of professional and luxurious services such as mud wraps and underwater massages.

 

JORDAN VALLEY

 

This is the lowest point on the face of the earth, receiving its vast waters from a number of incoming rivers, including the River Jordan. This area is believed to be home to five biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zeboiim and Zoar.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

 

Lot’s Sanctuary, one of the most significant archaeological discoveries in Jordan, and its located near modern Ghor Al Safi.

 

A dried pillar of Salt which is said to be the remains of Lot’s wife who disobeyed God’s warning not to look back as they left Sodom.

 

Museum at the Lowest Point on Earth.

 

The Dead Sea

WELCOME TO THE DEAD SEA

DESERT CASTLES

Jordan’s desert castles are beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture. Built with fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings which was inspired by the best Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions that tell countless stories of how they lived during the 8th century. There is one of the best preserved monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, known as Quseir Amra. The black basalt fort at Azraq was the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt and is still in use since the Late Roman times. Other castles of interest include Qasr Al-Hallabat, Qasr Al-Tuba and Qasr Al-Kharraneh.

 

KARAK

Located 900m above sea level and lies inside the walls of the old city, where the battles of Mu’ta, Yarmouk and Tabaqet Fahl took place. Just 25 minutes south of Karak, lies the shrines and tombs of Prophet Mohammad’s vulnerable companions and military leaders that were martyred in Jordan, and its an important destinations for Muslims. The Karak castle is an impressive insight into the architectural military genius of the crusaders, built as a dark maze of stone-vaulted halls and endless passageways.

 

SHAWBAK

The castle is located less than an hour’s drive north of Petra, and was inhabited till the 1950s. It is perched on the side of a mountain, with a grand sweep of fruit trees below. Shawbak castle appears as a natural extension of a dramatic hill, and was built during the crusader times, 890 years ago. At the castle’s entrance, on the eastern elevation, there is a beautiful Arabic tower with the big size letters branded in the Mameluke style.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

Karak Castle

Karak Archaeological Museum

Mazar Islamic Museum

WELCOME TO DESERT CASTLES

Those who love nature will have find lots to enjoy and discover in the nature reserves which are managed by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature (RSCN).

 

AZRAQ WETLAND RESERVE

Azraq is a unique wetland oasis located in the heart of Jordanian Eastern desert, where a wide variety of birds stop and rest during their migration routes between Asia and Africa. Some stay for the winter or breed within the protected areas of the wetland. Its attractions include several natural and ancient-built pools, a seasonally flooded marshland, and a large mudflat known as Qa’a Al-Azraq.

 

SHAWMARI WETLAND RESERVE

The Shawmari Reserve, created by the RSCN as a breeding centre for endangered or locally extinct wildlife. Oryx, ostriches, gazelles and onagers are rebuilding their populations and reasserting their presence in the safe haven. This small, 22sq.km is a protected environment, with some of the rarest species in the Middle East.

 

MUJIB NATURE RESERVE

This is the lowest nature reserve in the world, with a spectacular array of scenery near the East coast of the Dead Sea, and it extends to the Karak and Madaba mountains to the north and south. This reserve with 1300m variation in elevation, combined with the valley’s year-round water, enables Wadi Mujib to present a significant biodiversity that is still being explored and documented today.

 

DANA BIOSPHERE RESERVE

This reserve is composed of a chain of valleys and mountains that extends to the desert’s lowlands of Wadi Araba. Visitors to this area are amazed by the beauty of the Rummana mountain, the timeless serenity of Dana Village and the grandeur of the red and white sandstone cliffs of Wadi Dana. You can stay in the eco-lodges to experience the wilderness, meet the locals and explore the ancient history. Dana supports diverse wildlife that includes a variety of rare species of plants and animals.

 

AJLUN NATURE RESERVE

Ajlun Nature Reserve is an area of hills covered by dense woodlands of evergreen oak, interspersed with pistachio, carob, and strawberry trees. In spring, the woodland floor is carpeted with drifts of multi-coloured anemones, rock-roses, and a host of other wild flowers.

 

DIBEEN FOREST RESERVE

Dibeen forest reserve is the latest nature reserve, covers an area of 60sq.km, of pin-oak habitat. The entire forest of Dibeen is spread over steep slopes of limestone or chalky limestone rock types, always green with trees and a wonderful visit all year round.

JORDAN’S NATURE RESERVES

AJLUN

 

Ajlin castle was built by Saladin’s general in 1184 AD to control the iron mines and counter the progress of the Crusaders by dominating the three routes leading to the Jordan valley and protecting the communication routes between Jordan and Syria. Its a fine example of Islamic architecture dominating a wider sretch of the Jordan valley. Close to Ajlun, is Ankara, a Christian pilgrimage site where Jesus Christ, his mother Mary and his disciples passed through and rested in a nearby cave.

 

UMM QAYS

 

Known in history as a cultural centre, and home to classical several poets and philosophers, including Theodore, founder of rhetorical school in Rome. Perched on a hilltop with black stone basalt, overlooking the Jordan valley and the Sea of Galilee.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

 

The main sites are the ruins of the Roman city, with its western theatre, colonnaded street, mausoleum and baths. The Umm Qays Museum contains artefacts, mosaics and statues.

WELCOME TO AJLUN AND UMM QAYS

This site is one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. It was hidden for centuries in the sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, with paved and colonnaded streets, hit temples, beautiful theatres and city walls pierced by towers and gates.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

 

Hardrian’s Arch

Hippodrome

Collonadded Street

North Theatre

South Theatre

Jerash Archeological Museum

WELCOME TO JERASH

PETRA

 

Petra is Jordan’s greatest tourist attraction, a world wonder and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This vast and unique city is carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabateans who settled there more than 2000 years ago. Petra became widley admired for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels therefore the Roman Emperor Trajan, took over the kingdom.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

 

Petra’s most famous monument

The Siq

Candle lit path to the Khazneh

A modest shrine for Prophet Aaron

Mount Aaron

Petra’s Archelogical Museum

Petra Nabatean Museum

 

ACCOMODATION

There is an extensive range of accommodation to suit all budgets in and around the town of Wadi Musa.

 

DINING

There are several restaurants that serve traditional cuisine as well as hotels that have international restaurants.

 

SHOPPING

Apart from the artisan’s stalls inside the Petra site, there are my shops in Wadi Musa that sell local products such as Nabatean-style pottery, silverware and beaded jewellery.

WELCOME TO PETRA

AQABA

 

Contrasting the rose coloured desert to the North, the indigo coloured deep water lies just offshore in Aqaba, offering Kaleidoscopic marine life within easy reach and an array of fish darting through the ocean. Common species found in the waters include, branch coral, fungi and mantipora. The marine activities include fishing, sailing and snorkelling.

 

WHAT TO SEE:

 

Aqaba Marine Science Station

Aqaba Birds Observatory

Aqaba Archeological Museum

Aqaba Fort

 

ACCOMODATION

 

Aqaba offers a wide range of accommodation from 3 star to 5 star which are well equipped with all facilities. The top hotels are located along the beaches and offer a full range of water-sports and holiday activities, spa and fitness centres, boutiques and beauty shops.

 

DINING

 

Aqaba has a wide range of international and traditional restaurants with delicious meals.

WELCOME TO AQABA

WADI RUM

 

Wadi Rum is on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites under both natural and cultural significance categories. A maze of monitholic rockscapes rises up from the desert floor to heights of 1750m creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces.

 

What to See

 

Visitors can hire a 4 x 4 vehicle, with a guide and drive for two to three hours and explore the sites, alternatively they can hire a camel and a guide. For those looking for an adventure, there are various aero sports activities such as experiencing the breathtaking natural rock formations from a hot air balloon.

 

ACCOMODATION

There are two types of accommodation available in the Wadi Rum area: camping and the bed and breakfast. Campers can choose either the ‘wild campsites, which has no facilities and visitors must bring their own tents and equipment, alternatively they are Bedouin style campsites with all facilities.

 

DINING

 

Because Wadi Rum is a nature reserve, there are no facilities available within the site. However, there are many opportunities to experience our famous hospitality and eat with the locals. There are also shpos and restaurants at the visitors’ centre.

WELCOME TO WADI RUM

VISA REQUIREMENTS

The cost of one entry visa for all nationalities is 40 JD (approximately $56) and can be applied at the port of entry. Multiple entry visas valid for six months costs 120 JD (approximately $170) and can be obtained from the embassy or consulate. Certain nationalities require that an entry visa be obtained prior to travel, therefore check with the Jordanian diplomatic mission in your country prior to travel.

 

FOOD

 

Food is a cornerstone of Jordanian Society, whether you are having mansard with the Bedouins, or exploring the souqs with their aromas of cardamon, cumin and za’tar. If you bump into a a Bedouin in the remotest corner of Wadi Rum, you will talk about food and they will invite you to their tent to eat and drink sweet tea with sage or mint. Do not leave Jordan without experiencing some of the following: mansaf, magloubeh, falafel, shawerma, famous mezza and knafeh.

 

TRANSPORT

 

Taxis are the most convenient form of transportation and they are affordable. The white painted “service taxis” offer transportation between fixed routes and are shared between passengers, and there are private taxis which are yellow in colur and they have meters. Several companies also offer charter buses and regular tours in a fleet of modern, air conditioned coaches. Another option is to rent a car, they accept any driving licence which is valid in your country of origin and has been valid for at least one year. Driving is on the right side of the road, and road signs on the highways are in Arabic and English.

 

ACCOMODATION

 

There is a wide variety of accommodation, from three to five star hotels on the coast to campsite in the desert.

 

CLOTHING

 

A warm top is recommended for the cool summer evenings. Amman and the East are rather cold during winter time, so it is advisable to bring warm coats and raincoats.

Whilst Muslim women’s clothing often covers their legs, arms, and hair, western women are not subject to these customs. However, very revealing clothing is also discouraged and dressing conservatively around the the old part of Amman and outside of the city is advisable for both men and women.

 

GOLD AND SILVER

 

Jordan is famous for its dazzling variety of hand made gold and silver items, which are mostly 24 karat and its generally cheaper than any other country. Look for bargains in more than 50 shops in Amman’s Gold Souq, downtown.

 

RAMADAN

 

Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, the date varies according to the Islamic lunar calendar. During Ramadan, alcohol is not sold, except for larger hotels. Eating and drinking and smoking in public areas is discouraged during the hours of daylight.

 

SHOPPING

 

Jordan presents a lively blend of modern and traditional shopping, from big malls offering the latest trends in fashion and technology to small souqs that sell traditional handicrafts. You can also buy traditional crafts including weaving, embroidery, jewelry, mosaics and pottery.

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