About JORDAN HOLIDAYS
Jordan is a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts, rich in historical sites, unique landscapes and cultural experiences. From the fertile Jordan Valley to remote desert canyons, visitors can explore splendid desert castles and Roman ruins, gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum, or bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea.
Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city where modern commercial centres rub shoulders with traditional coffee shops and artisan workshops. The ancient city of Jerash is acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world, and Jordan’s desert castles, beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture, are fascinating.
Petra, the ‘rose-red city’, a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. Less than an hour’s drive away, Wadi Rum is the largest and most magnifi cent of Jordan’s desert landscapes, with monolithic mountains (‘jabal’), towering above a small Bedouin Village.
The Dead Sea lies in the Jordan Valley and sits at the earth’s lowest point at 418m below sea level and falling. Relax and float in the saline waters, or try the healing powers of the mud floor minerals in a Spa.
Jordan by Matthew Teller
About AMMAN HOLIDAYS
The Capital of Jordan, Amman is a city of contrasts situated between the desert and the lush Jordan valley. The commercial heart of the city is modern with a selection of restaurants, bars and shops, whilst the old city next to it has traditional coffee shops and tiny artisans’ workshops. At night there is plenty to do with a choice of restaurants and nightclubs. Amman fascinates the visitor and is one of the oldest continuously occupied cities in the world.
Aqaba & Tala Bay
About AQABA & TALA BAY HOLIDAYS
With its wealth of other attractions, Jordan’s splendid Red Sea resort is a great base from which to explore the places of interest in southern Jordan. Many feel Aqaba’s greatest asset is the Red Sea itself, where you can experience some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world. The temperate climate and gentle water currents have created a perfect environment for the growth of corals and a teeming plethora of marine life. Here you can swim with friendly sea turtles and dolphins as they dart amongst the schools of brightly coloured fish.
Dead Sea & Ma'In
About DEAD SEA & MA'IN HOLIDAYS
The Jordan Rift Valley is a dramatic beautiful landscape, which at the Dead Sea is over 400m below sea level and is without doubt one of the most amazing places in the world. Once the waters reach the Dead Sea, they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense rich cocktail of salts and minerals. The Dead Sea is fl anked by mountains to the east and the hills of Jerusalem to the west, giving it an almost alien beauty. The area is believed to have been home to fi ve Biblical cities, namely Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar.
Desert Camps & Lodges
About DESERT HOLIDAYS
Jordan is a fantastic destination for star gazing, which can be enjoyed in many regions such as Feynan, Dana and Wadi Mujib. The most popular place for this activity however is Wadi Rum, which is well catered for with its numerous desert camps.
On most nights, Wadi Rum enjoys clear skies which are emblazoned with hundreds of thousands of stars and constellations, providing a truly magical experience.
In addition, Jordan experiences multiple meteor showers throughout the year. The most famous of these is the Perseids Meteor Shower, which can be seen even with a bright moon in the sky and often produces up to 60 meteors per hour. The Perseids Meteor Shower occurs during July and August and was first recorded over 2000 years ago. Some Catholics refer to the Perseids as the ‘Tears of St. Lawrence’.
About PETRA HOLIDAYS
The entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge over 1 km in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring 80 metre high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colours and rock formations are dazzling and as you reach the end of the Siq, you will catch your fi rst breath-taking glimpse of Al Khazneh (The Treasury). Petra is a legacy of the Nabataeans who settled in south Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The kingdom endured for centuries until Roman Emperor Trajan annexed the kingdom and by the 16th century, Petra was completely lost to the West and remained so for almost 300 years. In 1812 a Swiss traveller named Johann Lugwig Burckhart re-discovered it after persuading his guide to take him to the site of the rumoured lost city.
Getting There JORDAN
London Heathrow to Amman operate daily, seat pitch approx 33’’, luggage allowance 20kgs.
- Benefits include separate check in area luggage allowance 30kgs and access to lounges, seats with seat pitch approx 82’ or up to 140 degree recline or seats that convert into a flat bed, depending on the aircraft, personal TV screens, a’ la carte meals accompanied by fine wines.
- Business class upgrade fr. £235 each way.
London Gatwick to Amman operates 3 times a week on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday from 27th March 2011, seat pitch approx. 29’’, and luggage allowance 20kgs fr. £34 per bag.
London Heathrow to Amman, Damascus, Cairo and Beirut operates daily, seat pitch approx 32’’, luggage allowance 20kgs.
- Premium check in area , access to departure and arrival lounge, seats that recline into fully flat beds (seat recline depends on individual aircraft check with us before booking), personal TV screens, choice of excellent cuisine and fine wines.
Business Class Upgrade:
- Amman fr. £479 each way, Damascus fr. £380 each way, Cairo fr. £220 each way, Beirut fr. £330 each way, seat pitch approx 60’’, luggage allowance 30kgs.
Language: Arabic. However English is widely spoken, especially in the cities.
Jordanian Dinar (JD).
Time Difference: GMT +2, and GMT + 3 in summer (April to September).
British citizens require a visa. These can be issued on arrival at a cost of RJ20 per person on presentation of a valid British passport (for an escorted tours the cost is included). Other nationalities should check with the Jordanian Embassy regarding their visa requirements. Please note that although the visa cost is quoted in U$ dollars, this must be paid in Jordanian Dinars (JD).
Visit www.jordanembassy.org.uk/Consul.html / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Passport: A valid 10 year passport is required with a min. 6 months remaining on your passport from the date of arrival back in the UK.
Voltage: 220v - usually 2 pin plug
Religion: The Kingdom of Jordan is a majority Muslim country.
Inc. in air fare cost.
No mandatory vaccinations. Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Polio are recommended.
Bottled water is recommended.
Jordan Tourism Board, The Pod, Bridges Wharf, London SW11 3BE. Tel - 020 7223 1878. www.visitjordan.com
January 1: New Year’s Day
March 22: Arab League Day
May 1: Labour Day
May 25: Independence Day
June 9: King Abdullah’s accession to throne
June 10: Army Day
Ramadan: Around 01 August 2011 for 1 month
November 14: Birthday of late King Hussein
Movable feasts vary with the Islamic lunar calendar.