A LAND OF MESMERISING BEAUTY AND CONTRASTS
For many people Jordan begins and ends with the magical ancient Nabataean city of Petra. And it’s true, Petra is without doubt one of the Middle East’s most spectacular, must-see sights, battling it out with Machu Picchu or Angkor Wat for the title of the world’s most dramatic ‘lost city’. However, there is so much more to Jordan. It is a land of mesmerising beauty and spectacular contrast. From the fertile and ever changing Jordan Valley to the awe-inspiring remote desert there is so much to see and do – ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, desert citadels and powerful biblical sites: the brook where Jesus was baptised, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist and the mountain top where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land. Biblical scenes are not just consigned to the past in Jordan; you’ll see plenty of men wearing full-flowing robes and leading herds of livestock across the timeless desert. But it’s not all crusty ruins. Jordan’s capital Amman is a modern, culturally diverse Arab city which is light years away from the typical clichés of Middle Eastern exoticism.
The country also presents some of the wildest adventures in the region, as well as an incredibly varied backdrop ranging from the red desert sands of Wadi Rum to the blues of the coral-filled Gulf of Aqaba; from rich palm-filled wadis to the lifeless and therapeutic Dead Sea. Adventure lovers can partake in horse riding, 4×4 safaris, rock climbing, canyoning and hiking. For those seeking relaxation then the Dead Sea and the coast around Aqaba will provide you with the environment and facilities to do just that. Ultimately it’s the sensual delights of daily life in the Middle East that you’ll hanker for longest after you return home; the taste of cardamom coffee or the smell of a richly scented nargileh (water pipe); the intoxicating swirl of Arabic pop sliding out of an Amman doorway and the deafening silence of the desert.
Jordanians are a passionate and proud people and the country truly welcomes visitors with open arms. Despite being squeezed between the hotspots of Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Israel & the Palestinian Territories, Jordan is probably the safest and most stable country in the region. Regardless of your nationality, you’ll be greeted with nothing but courtesy and hospitality in this gem of a country.
Jordan is basically a year-round destination and has a hot, dry climate characterised by long, hot summers and short, cool winters. In high summer (June-August), whilst it does get hot, many areas do not get excessive heat, although the desert region can get temperatures up to 40°C. Many parts of the county, including Petra, are elevated which gives them lower temperatures in summer but winters can be very cold, with rain and even snow. The Jordan Valley region and the Red Sea coast around Aqaba remain pleasantly warm during winter (December-February). Rainfall occurs in many areas across the country on higher ground between October and March.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Jordan can be experienced year-round as even in the height of summer (June-August) the key areas do not get excessively hot, mainly due to the moderating influence of altitude. The exceptions are areas in the Jordan Valley and the Red Sea coast around Aqaba which can get extremely hot in summer but experience a pleasantly warm climate during winter (December-February). Higher altitude areas such as Petra can get cold during winter and on occasion do receive snowfall.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey back from Jordan. British passport holders require a visa to enter into Jordan, which can be obtained upon arrival. The cost is currently JD40 (approx £35) for a single-entry visa and JD60 (approx £50) for a multiple-entry visa.
WHERE TO STAY