28.07.2020
4 min.

Travelling to Jordan
Here are a few travel tips from a British perspective
By Jean-Marc Flambert.

Jordan is a magnificent country with so much to offer. I visited Jordan for the first time in February 2020, and realized that there is so much to see and do. I have researched and found that many companies just do the highlights tour – Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. Don’t tick box your way through Jordan, mix the big sites with the exclusive experiences and slow down to take it all in.

  • Eat with a Jordanian family: I was so honored to be able to part take in a traditional “Mansaf” meal. A rice and goat dish, served on a common platter where everyone eats from the same plate. May be harder to experience in a post-Covid era, but the experience of sharing a meal with a Jordanian family has to be a highlight. The Jordanian people are so hospitable and welcoming.Tip:take a few packs of tea to be able to offer a gift to the host.
  • Add 45 minutes to every excursion: visit to be able to stop and talk to people. They are very friendly and one of the strongest attractions of visiting Jordan is being able to engage with her wonderful people and hear their stories. Tip : Stop to watch the world go by – ideally sipping a cup of Jordanian Arabic coffee.
  • Take a note book with you and write down all of the wonderful food you eat. The language makes can make it hard to remember and pronounce correctly when you want to re-order it at another restaurant.Tip : taking a picture of the menu is an option.
  • Sunrise – I enjoy sunsets at the end of a day, but rarely get up to watch the sunrise. I cannot put into words how special my sunrise at Wadi Rum was. Luckily, I was at one of those camps that meant the distance from my room to the vantage point was less than 30 metres ! Tip : Arrive 15 mins before sunrise as it all happens so fasts.
  • Stay in each location for minimum of 2 nights – I know there is pressure on wallet and holiday entitlement to do more in less time, but I don’t recommend it.
  • Get a balanced view of Jordan – so make sure you learn about the food, culture, history, nature (waterfalls, flora and fauna) and religion. It is easy to get distracted by the history and miss some of the other aspects.

Like with every holiday, your time and budget has an upper limit. Speak to a travel expert to make sure that you maximize based on your preferences. Jordan offers you so much. Unless you have unlimited time and money, you need to pre-plan your trip. It is impossible to create a “Top Things list” without considering your target audience. So, I am assuming that you are a family of four – your children are 8 to 12 years, and part of your holiday purpose is to bound as a family.

Petra by Night – yes, you must visit Pet By Jean-Marc Flambert

  1. Petra by Night – This experience this offered 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday) and involves candles, a local musician and storytelling. You enter the Siq (winding passage way, at times 3 metres wide and with rock going up to 100 feet on either side – created by a movement in a tectonic plate) guided by candle light. Walking along the Siq in silence, holding hands as a family is very spiritual – somehow connected with nature. When you arrive at the Treasury, you can enjoy a performance lit by the flicker of 1,500 candles. Make sure to bring warm clothes, a snack (sugar boost) and a torch (flash light). You may want to have an afternoon nap to charge those batteries.
  2. Petra covers a large area (2,640 acres) – It is not just about the Treasury, but walking along the Siq to get there and then going beyond to explore an entire city. You must take a guide to really get the most out of the experience. Allow for 2 days and invite your driver to pick you up on the other side so that you don’t end up walking back 2 hours on the same track. Start the visit early to avoid the strong sun and the crowds, and bring money to enjoy refreshments along the way. You may be tempted to take a horse and cart to save time, and you can as the animals are well looked after, but walking allows you to appreciate it more. Why not create a check list of places to look out for and invite your children to tick as they go along. (example : camel, horse and cart, water canals along the Siq, Treasury, (perhaps you can create a list for down load).
  3. Wadi Rum is not just another desert. It is the home of Bedouin communities with a unique way of life and a warm and charming outlook despite the harsh environment. Ensure you arrive early to be part of the “Zarb” preparation a few hours before dinner. Wake up 20 mins before sunrise to position yourself to watch the sunrise and explore the desert by horse, camel or in a jeep. Invite someone to take a picture of you and your family looking at the sunrise (from both angles). When you go on safari, take a change of socks, a mask or scarf to block out the flying dust (eyes and nose need protecting). Also take a cardboard box (flat packed) to use as a slide down the sand.
  4. That you are hot enough to want a cool dip. Take a change of clothes (including shoes) and a towel
  5. Aqaba – This port town and beach resort is a must visit. Allows you to relax, rejuvenate mid-way through the door and enjoy some outdoor dining. They will really enjoy the Red Sea after the desert. Be sure to bring enough sun block. If they have not tried before, a great time to learn how to snorkel (perhaps practice a few times in your bath tub before your trip).
  6. Dead Sea – Nothing can prepare a child (or an adult for the experience). It is simply unbelievable and fun. Bring some props with you to take the fun pictures, and have an adult on the shoe with camera capturing the funny moments.
  7. Wadi Al Mujib or Wadi Mukheiris – Jordan is largely dessert, and especially after a visit to Wadi Rum, experiencing the refreshing water is really welcome. Take a picnic with you, so you can stop and watch the water carve the rock millimetre at a time. If you are travelling November to March, you may want to head off at lunch time to ensure it is warm enough to make your child want to jump in the cool refreshing waters.

Thank You!

german.z
german.z
2020-03-21
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mar muerto mucho más que flotar llegas a un resort 5 estrellas con todas las comodidades y luego te sumergis en el agua flotando con el barro de las orillas. el cutis y la piel te quedan increíbles. luego disfruté completo en los hoteles....
arianna_gianola
arianna_gianola
2020-03-10
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Zaman Tour agenzia super affidabile Siamo appena tornati da una settimana in Giordania. Ci siamo affidati a Zaman Tour per il servizio driver. Itinerario e hotel deciso e prenotati da noi. Non abbiamo avuto nessuna difficoltà nella comunicazione e nell'organizzazione. Sempre velocissimi nelle risposte prima della partenza. Il driver che ci ha seguito in tutto il viaggio è stato davvero molto preciso, professionale, parlava un ottimo inglese, bravissimo e cordiale con i bambini. Sembrava una persona di famiglia. Sempre disponibile per ogni esigenza o consiglio. La Giordania è un paese fantastico. Si visita tranquillamente, gente ospitale e cordiale. Davvero ha superato le nostre aspettative. Consiglio a tutti di andare in Giordania con Zaman Tours!
52Elli
52Elli
2019-12-07
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windy/cold our driver was great. He helped us to get the tickets, was at the meeting place on time at the ship and return. Would recommend him again and again.
GunhildAA
GunhildAA
2019-10-17
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magical horse riding with superb service Vi hade en veckas ridning med start i Petra och sedan i Wadi Rum. Hela resan var fantastisk!! aldrig upplevt något liknande. Hashem och hans team tog hand om oss på förträffligt sätt och allt var välordnat och bra, fina hästar, god mat, gott om vatten och en upplevelse som man bär med sig hela livet!!
MissM
MissM
2019-09-29
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Esperienza indimenticabile Abbiamo fatto il tour di 5 giorni da Amman - Petra- Wadi Rum-Mar Morto. È stata un esperienza indimenticabile, la guida locale parlava benissimo italiano e ci ha fornito argomenti interessanti, molto gentile e disponibile. Essendo il nostro gruppo composto da 5 persone , la guida ha potuto organizzare le escursioni in maniera più pratica gestendo meglio il tempo che avevamo a disposizione, grazie a questo abbiamo potuto assistere al tramonto nel deserto e all’escursione in cammello all’alba ( non compresa nel tour). Sono felice di aver fatto questo viaggio, la Giordania è meravigliosa!
Vittoria C
Vittoria C
2019-09-02
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Bravissimi Ho trovato Zaman Tours guardando sul sito della Bit di Milano le Agenzie che avrebbero partecipato per la Giordania. andando sul loro sito, mi è piaciuto molto l'impostazione iniziale per l'organizzazione personale del viaggio, dunque li ho contattati e ho organizzato con loro il nostro viaggio, io e mio marito. La disponibilità, la pazienza, e la competenza di Maiss mi hanno aiutato nell'impostazione del tour, tutto tramite mail, visto che il mio inglese non è al top. ho richiesto torur con driver e guida parlante italiano. Questo è in breve il resoconto: assistenza completa all'arrivo in aereoporto, macchina super confortevole con il driver parlante arabo/ingliese e la guida parlante italiano. La macchina dotata di wifi, aria condizionata, e acqua fresca continua. Gli hotel che ci hanno proposto erano tutti ottimi, con tutti i confort. Nei ristoranti dove siamo stati durante il tour abbiamo mangiato bene, con ottimo rapporto qualità/prezzo. Spendo due parole meritate sulla guida: Nabil, un signore giordano, laureatosi anni fa in Italia, con una passione per il lavoro tale, da farti vivere i luoghi, anche se antichi. Ci ha continuamente assistito, anche durante i giorni liberi. E alla fine è diventato un amico. Ho fatto questo tour: Amman - Jerash- Amman city tour- Desert Castle - Mar Morto con giorno libero - Bethany, Monte Nebo , Madaba - Petra - Petra by night - Wadi Rum, con notte al campo - Aqaba 6 giorni - riassumendo ho trovato Zaman tours, un'agenzia seria e professionale, che dunque consiglio per qualsiasi tipo di tour o visita.
Dianadub
Dianadub
2019-06-06
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Visit a fantastic country with fabulous Zaman tours Highly recommend booking your trip with Zamen tours. We booked a 7 day trip and from the moment we touch down in Jordan our expectations were exceeded. Customer service is really important to them. Jordan is a fabulous safe country that has something for ever one. From Its historic sites, adventure and leisure. Will most definitely be back to Jordan and booking Zaman tours again. This was our itinerary - Jerash Amman city tour - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Shobak - Petra - Little Petra - Wadi Rum Camp, Wadi Rum Jeep Ride, Dead Sea.
Viajero076
Viajero076
2019-04-26
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Un día en el Mar Muerto el Jordán Reservamos por la web una excursión de un día a Bethania y al Mar Muerto (Dead Sea Spa Hotel). Las dudas y consultas por email se contestaron con rapidez. Vehículo espacioso y cómodo, el conductor amable y puntual.
cinzia.t
cinzia.t
2019-01-31
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Efficienti Stiamo organizzando un viaggio in Giordania e ci siamo rivolti a Zaman Tours per avere quotazioni e informazioni per i trasporti e qualche guida. La velocità, gentilezza e precisione con cui questa agenzia risponde alle richieste e ai dubbi (abbiamo parlato con la Sig.ra Anna, che tra l'altro parla un italiano perfetto) è davvero sorprendente. Viaggiamo da sempre, ovunque, in modo autonomo e, da quando aveva sei mesi, anche con nostro figlio, che ora ha 13 anni e francamente nessun tour operator, per quanto capace, mi aveva colpito positivamente tanto da portarmi a scrivere una recensione. Assolutamente consigliata se, come noi, state cercando un consulente con cui confrontarvi e a cui affidare i vostri spostamenti in Giordania.