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A LAND OF MESMERISING BEAUTY AND CONTRASTS


The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is situated in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River, and extends into the historic region of Palestine. The country is bordered by Saudi Arabia to the south and east, Iraq to the north-east, Syria to the north, and Palestine, the Dead Sea and Israel to the west. Over the last few decades Jordan has developed into a modern nation that has enjoyed a remarkable period of peace, stability and economic success.
 
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.

    • Flight Time:Approx. 5 hours
        • Time Difference: GMT +2 hours (Summer +3)
           
            • Language: The official language is Arabic, with English & French widely spoken as well as languages like Turkish, Persian and Armenian
               
                • Currency: Jordanian Dinar
                   
                    • Area: 35,500 sq miles (approx 1.2 times the size of Ireland)
                       
                        • Total coastline: Approx. 150 miles
                           
                            • Population: Approx. 6.5 million
                               
                                • Capital: Amman

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

 

FOUR SEASONS – AMMAN

The Four Seasons Amman is a luxury hotel which is located between Al Sweifiyah residential area and the Shemisani financial district. This luxurious five-star Four Seasons Hotel Amman is a crown jewel in the heart of Jordan’s capital city.
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KEMPINSKI HOTEL AQABA

The Kempinski Hotel Aqaba Red Sea Hotel is a five star luxurious hotel, which is located on the white sandy beach of the Red Sea. This hotel has 16 uniquely designed panoramic rooms and 6 panoramic suites with exceptional panoramic views.
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KEMPINSKI HOTEL ISHTAR

Taprobane Island was originally built in the 1920's by the romantically named but self styled Count de Mauny-Talvande. The Island comprises 2 ½ acres of sheer tropical fantasy with nothing between it and the South Pole.
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MARRIOTT PETRA

The Marriot Petra Hotel is a haven for both comfort and luxury. Guests can enjoy one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient Nabeatean City of Petra carved from the rock over a thousand years ago.
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EVASON MA’IN HOT SPRINGS

Lying 264-meters below sea level, Evason Ma’In Hot Springs is set in dramatic terrain, yet its location is easily accessible and defines the resort and spa experience in the Middle East - making it a destination of choice for those seeking the perfect retreat to relax and be pampered whilst enjoying the therapeutic benefits of Ma’In hot spring waterfalls.
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SUGGESTED ITINERARIES

  

CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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CAPE TOWN, SAFARI & MAURITIUS

This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Jordan. Call us on 01778 382764.