02.07.2024
2 min.

Nestled between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley, Amman stands as a testament to the region’s rich history and its contemporary vibrancy. Amman’s history dates back to the Neolithic period, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. It has witnessed the rise and fall of several civilizations, each leaving its indelible mark on the city.  

The Roman Amphitheatre 

One of Amman’s most iconic landmarks is the Roman Amphitheatre. Built during the reign of Antonius Pius in the 2nd century AD, this grand structure could seat up to 6,000 spectators and is still in use today for cultural events and performances. Its impressive architecture and acoustics are a testament to the engineering expertise of the Romans. 

The Citadel 

The Citadel, or Jabal al-Qal’a, is a historical treasure that crowns one of Amman’s highest hills. This ancient site offers a panoramic view of the city and is home to several significant archaeological finds. The Temple of Hercules, dating back to the Roman period, is a reminder of the city’s ancient glory. The Umayyad Palace, with its intricate designs and grand domes, showcases the Islamic architectural influence. The Citadel also features a Byzantine Church, further highlighting the city’s historical richness. Walking through the Citadel, visitors can feel the echoes of the past and gain a deeper appreciation for Amman’s historical significance. 

Modern Amman 

While Amman is built in history, it is also a bustling metropolis that embodies modernity. The cityscape is dotted with contemporary buildings, chic cafes, and luxurious hotels. The Rainbow Street in the heart of Amman is a vibrant spot for tourists and locals alike, offering a plethora of restaurants, galleries, and boutiques. This street is particularly lively during the weekends, where you can experience the local culture and cuisine. 

Culinary Delights 

Amman is a gastronomic paradise. The city’s culinary scene is a rich mosaic of traditional Jordanian dishes and international cuisine. A visit to Amman is incomplete without savoring Mansaf, the national dish made of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt and served with rice. The bustling markets, such as Souk Jara, offer an array of spices, sweets, and street food that reflect the diverse flavors of the region. 

Cultural Fusion and Innovation 

Amman is also a city of innovation and cultural fusion. The Abdali Boulevard is a testament to this, with its state-of-the-art architecture, shopping centers, and business hubs. The Boulevard is a symbol of Amman’s growth and its aspiration to become a leading city in the Middle East. It hosts various cultural festivals, art exhibitions, and music concerts, bringing together people from different walks of life. 

Embracing Tradition and Modernity 

What sets Amman apart is its ability to embrace both its rich heritage and its modern identity. The city’s cultural institutions, such as the Jordan Museum and the Royal Automobile Museum, provide a deeper understanding of Jordan’s history and advancements. At the same time, the emerging art scene, exemplified by places like Darat al Funun, showcases contemporary Jordanian art and attracts artists from around the world. 

Amman is a city of contrasts and harmony, where ancient ruins stand proudly alongside modern skyscrapers. It is a place where the past and the present coexist, offering a unique experience to its visitors.  

Silvia P
Silvia P
2023-09-10
Fantastic tour with an Italian speaking guide We received an excellent service and support from zamantours. Our Italian-speaking guide, Abdullah, was outstanding: he gave us precise and comprehensive information about places and culture, he was highly flexible in the program and tireless in his work. He has been a reference for us throughout our trip. Also Yusef, the driver, was kind and flexible. All the personnel were always punctual and professional.
Paula S
Paula S
2023-07-27
Amazing experience It was a wonderful experience. Petra is an awesome place, breathless sunset at the Wadi Run desert, there are many archeological sites and significant religious places of the Bible.Floating on the Dead Sea was just incredible. Thanks to Ahmed, our tour guide, he's really professional and kind, with a great sense of humor and Samir, excelent and safety driver, both of them are the best advicers in Jordan.
Alberto D
Alberto D
2023-07-01
Best experience in Jordan We enjoyed one week touring Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. The sites were extraordinary, the guide Fadl very competent and the driver Samir very kind. Hotels were first class, people always very friendly. Food very appreciated.
Maclain N
Maclain N
2023-06-13
Skip the Petra by Night experience. Don’t be tricked into doing Petra by night. We saw it last night on 6/12/23 The production value is horrible and the show is really short. Basically by the time you hike down the show is over within 30 min and it is not lit well. The city of Petra is amazing by day and the donkey ride to the monastery was the an incredible experience but I would NOT recommend the night experience.
Deepan P
Deepan P
2023-06-04
1-week trip to Jordan Excellent organization, accomodation, and meals. Our driver Hisham is very knowledgeable, great communication and attitude that made our trip memorable. Hisham is a very safe driver, took us often on interesting side routes, and made extra effort to show as much of Jordan as he could in the time we had. He is punctual, and checked on our accomodations and visits. Hisham cares deeply about Jordan and his guests
John Moorcraft
John Moorcraft
2023-04-18
Family Holiday with 5yr old expertly delivered. We booked our holiday for our five year old through Zaman and couldn’t have been happier. Everything around booking was painless and easy. All airport procedures were a breeze and they fast track you through immigration. We were out of the airport with all luggage within 15mins of landing! Our driver, Sayall, was outstanding with my daughter and ensured she was the focal point of the whole trip. First class. I would strongly recommend the Hilton in the Dead Sea if you have young children. Very friendly and great swimming pool. The Labdmark Hotel in Amman also good for kids and 100pct do the children’s museum. Our kid loved camel riding in Wadi Rum and found Petra fascinating (she climbed up to the high place of sacrifice). She enjoyed snorkelling as well. I’d caution against the Intercontinental in Aqaba. The policies there on swimming pool access work against 5-10yr olds. I’d look elsewhere there given the pricing structure. Overall, if you want to go to Jordan (and you should) and you want to travel with young children then Zaman will have you sorted. Top agency and it really worked for us.
fabrizio g
fabrizio g
2023-04-06
Grazie Sam! Grazie Mohammad Saleem ci hai guidato attraverso la Giordania con professionalità competenza simpatia sempre molto attento alle nostre esigenze. Lo abbiamo molto apprezzato
Cheri R
Cheri R
2023-03-05
Terrific value, tremendous fun Samanta of ZamanTours, whom we accessed through KimKim, was honestly fantastic. She planned our itinerary around our dates and requests, got us luxury hotels and meals, and best of all--arranged for driver/guide Hamdi Das. We were able to contact her anytime and she was immediately responsive (we made an error and she was able to help us rectify it--cheerfully!). All communications were clear and easy--fantastic Hamdi accompanied us to every entrance (even hotels) and made sure there was never a problem. We had 6 terrific days in Jordan, and are so completely happy. On our flight home, we talked with others who had used a luxury tour group and our experiences were hugely better --at half their price! We highly recommend Samanta at Zaman Tours and Hamdi, guide/driver-extraodinaire.
Carmelo L
Carmelo L
2023-03-05
Amazing tour of Jordan Dear Zamantours, We would thank you for the quality of the service provided us during our travel in Jordan. We were very happy for the assistance we got at the Airport and especially for the professional driver Mr. J. Al Z. who has safely and kindly driven us for the entire week across Jordan A special thanks for our tourist guide Mr.M. Al-S. that made an excellent job explaining us a lot of things about Jordan History and beeing available for each of our need. Thank a lot for your great work Kind regards Carmelo & Fiorella
Peter Tass
Peter Tass
2023-02-23
Petra once in a lifetime tour Zayed was extremely helpful. Beautiful waiter. He attended to us all the time. And the cocktails were very well priced.