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Planning a Middle East trip and not sure where you want to go? Been dying to experience the wonders of the Orient but always wondered how to do it in the safest, best manner?

The “Sharq Al Awsat”, the Arabic word for the Middle East, is an increasingly popular destination for tourists. So much so that 50 million tourists are expected to visit the region this year alone. Tourists travel to the Middle East because it offers an experience completely unlike any other region. It’s people are famously hospitable, its natural and man-made landmarks are a gateway to a world lost millennia in the past, and its food is some of the freshest and most mouth-watering on Planet Earth. It’s the perfect mix of history, culture, landscape, and wonder.

In this region, there’s no country that perfectly encapsulates the Middle East like Jordan – a country deeply rich in history and vastly complex in culture. It’s a country that combines everything you would dream about, from the roaring waters of Wadi Mujib to the camels roaming the still desert mountains of Wadi Rum to the amazing Roman and Nabatean ruins to the skyscrapers of Amman. It’s a country that tourists consistently return to and one that expats love to live in.

It’s the perfect tourist country and here in this article we are going to tell you exactly why. Consider this your own personal Jordan travel advisory.

1. Jordan is the perfect place to experience the things that make the Middle East so timeless

The warm hospitality of the Jordanian natives.
The gentleness and yet subtle fierceness of the Bedouin people.
The timeless and majestic wonders of the Wadi Rum desert.
The rich and magical architectural wonders of the ancient civilizations of Petra.

Jordan combines all of these, and offers a majestic and serene experience to the intrepid and adventurous traveler. Whether you’re a young explorer or a family looking for a family vacation, Jordan offers the perfect packages tailored to your individual interests.

Interested in hikes and adventures?

There’s no better place than Jordan. There are hundreds of great trails across Jordan where you can hike across valleys, mountains, deserts, and rivers. Travel to Wadi Mujib and you can follow several hikes and trails that track a flowing river situated between two canyon. Looking for a more challenging hike that will take half a day or more? The sandstone mountains of Wadi Rum offer the perfect strenuous exercise that nevertheless offers amazing scenic rewards. Love the waters? Go snorkeling and coral reef diving in the Red Sea waters of Aqaba.

Interested in relaxing and carefree nights?

Enjoy a romantic getaway in the Wadi Rum desert and spend the night under the stars. Feel the desert winds as you sleep under your blankets in your goat-hair strewn tents. Enjoy your time drinking tea with the local Bedouins. Travel to the capital city of Amman and enjoy the plentiful cafes and restaurants that offer foods of all varieties. Plenty of bars also exist across Amman, meaning it can be the perfect way to wind down an otherwise amazing day. Looking for nightlife? Plenty of live music can be found across restaurants and bars and clubs, meaning you can eat and drink to your heart’s delight while hearing a mix of English and Arabic music.

Spend your day in the Dead Sea. Enjoy floating with your friends in the salty and mineral-rich waters (it feels like you’re levitating) and then end it with pouring the Dead Sea mud all over your body, mud that’s famous for its medicinal and cleansing powers. At the end, travel back to your hotel and swim or rest besides the pool.

Interested in history and culture?

Visit the ancient ruins of Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabatean empire and a famous historic trading city between Morocco and India. It’s been inhabited for thousands of years and is scattered with old temples, stone carvings, and tombs. Once you finish with Petra, visit the 12th-century Crusader castle in Karak and another one built by Saladin’s generals in Ajloun.

Interact and learn the rugged lifestyle of the nomadic Beduin people of Wadi Rum. Here you can find a people who have lived in the desert sands for thousands of years, who appreciate the importance of maintaining natural balance and harmony and know every nook and cranny of the mountain paths. Remarkably hospitable and extremely eager to learn about foreign countries, they will treat you like one of their own.

Later on, laugh and drink and talk with the friendly Jordanians roaming around the cafes and bars of downtown Amman. Try out the water pipe “Argilla” which is a raging cultural trend in Jordan. As happens so regularly, cherish the (likely) chance to be invited into a Jordanian’s house, where they are likely to share with you famous Jordanian tea and the national dish Mansaf. Jordan’s culture is remarkable, and you will love learning not only about how your societies differ but also how much you have in common.

Jordan is a perfect microcosm of the Middle East, in no small part thanks due to its diversity. Travel to the villages and it will feel completely different than the cities. Each city, from Salt to Amman to Ajloun to Irbid also has its own unique feel and character. A day spent in Jerash will feel completely different than a weekend in Amman.

In Jordan, different identities are celebrated. Jordan’s culture and customs change as you shift from area to area. Travel to Wadi Rum and the Bedouins you meet will be living completely different lives than the urbanized residents of Jordan’s capital city of Amman. Meanwhile, villages scattered across Jordan keep strong to local traditions and customs that have been present throughout generations. This diversity distinguishes Jordan and keeps it fresh no matter where you go.

Who are Jordanians? Are you wondering are Jordanians Arabs, or are Jordanians Christians, or are they all Muslims? Well the honest truth is that you will meet people from countless religions and ethnicities. While most Jordanians are Jordan Arabs, you will find plenty of other ethnic minorities such as Kurds, Turkomans, Armenians, Circassians, and Chechens. And while most Jordanians are Muslims, there is a celebrated and active Christian community present throughout the major towns and cities. Come to Amman during Christmas time and you will find that it is oftentimes way more lively and festive than even in Europe and America!

2. Jordan is remarkably safe. It’s the safest country in the Middle East and much safer than even Western countries.

I have been living in Jordan for over a year. In all this time, I have always felt much safer here than in America. If I were to walk in Baltimore or Washington D.C or Philadelphia at night, I would always be keeping one eye behind my back. In Amman, meanwhile, I never even think twice about leaving and walking outside the house during the midnight hours. In many more “touristy” countries, it is highly recommended to always keep a hand on your wallet and an eye on your backpack (and who is behind it). While it certainly won’t hurt in Jordan, things like thefts and robbery just do not happen often.

Imagine you accidentally drop a coin or something in Jordan. In Western countries you might not stop to pick it up even if you realized you had dropped it. In Jordan, I have had people literally running up to me more times than I can count in order to inform me that I accidentally dropped a small coin or other insignificant valuable. It’s a general consensus by the expat community that Jordan (and particularly Amman) is much safer than most Western countries. Jordan safety is actually a big reason why expats choose to live here above other Arab countries. Let me share what my roommate shared with me:

“I think it’s really funny when people ask me is Jordan safe. When I first moved out here, people always in America always used to tell to “stay safe.” Hands down, America is way more dangerous. Jordan is completely safe. The number of times I’ve left my stuff in places (like cafes) and not had to worry about people stealing it, it’s a lot. I worried about that kind of stuff way more in college. Theft is not a thing I’ve had in my mind. Not that it doesn’t happen; it’s a big city. But it’s very rare. “

Of course there are issues. Woman will still face some cat-calls, and there is the occasional albeit rare theft and burglary. But these issues are not unique to Jordan’s travel safety and instead can be found in any country. And for those worried about violence in the Middle East, Jordan is entirely bereft of terrorism and extremism. You cannot find this same level of stability in any other country in the Middle East. Bar none.

3. Jordan is not overcrowded with tourists, meaning you will be able to experience the landscape in its true authentic form.

Almost everyone loves traveling. And no one loves traveling to a place so “touristy” that it loses any sense of authentic charm. If you choose to travel to certain countries like Morocco or Egypt, you will often visit areas that are entirely built around tourism and are artificially created to sustain the tourist industry. Some cities in Morocco, like Chefchauon, are incredibly unique but have the experience diminished by the constant and often-demanding vendors trying to sell you street-ware. It’s also harder to get immersed when you see another American or European every few seconds.

Outside of Petra, you will never find that anywhere in Jordan. It is very common that the vast majority of people you interact and see are the native Jordanians instead of other tourists like you. And while you will often find vendors in the cities welcoming you into their shops, they will almost never be demanding, insisting, and distracting like in many other Arab countries.

When you experience Jordan, you will be experiencing it as the natives experience it. You will be eating real Jordanian food, interacting with real people who probably rarely have the chance to talk with foreigners, and getting the full Jordanian experience. Of course, there are plenty of other foreigners that you will meet and bond with, but this does not detract from the ability to genuinely feel as if you’re experiencing the same world that these Jordanians live in.

Despite this, don’t worry about the language barrier. Curious about what languages do Jordanians speak? If you were wondering do Jordanians speak english, rest assured that most Jordanians speak a basic enough Engilsh to be able to communicate with you about the most important things. They know important keywords that you will use as you are traveling.

There are also healthy expat communities, mainly all concentrated around Amman. If you travel to the downtown, Jabal Amman, or Jabal Al-Weibdeh, you will be able to hang and meet plenty of other foreigners and expats who are traveling and living in Jordan. These areas tend to be populated with many modern cafes and open areas.

When reading this, keep in mind that there is no “one Jordan”. Rather, it is a unique melting pot of different ethnicities, religions, languages, and histories – mixing all of these together across the countless villages, cities, and towns of the country. Each area of Jordan has its own unique character and feel, and it’s very often that tourists have completely different experiences depending on the specific adventures that they choose to take.

If you are traveling to the Middle East, Jordan is the best country you could pick. It is the peak of what the Middle East has to offer. It combines ageless wonders, serene landscapes, exhilarating adventures, a caring and compassionate people, and countless memories that you will remember for decades to come. Perhaps the greatest part about Jordan is that your adventures don’t have to end there: Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, and even Saudi Arabia are all nearby and easy to travel into. Many tourists I talk to all wish they had more time in Jordan traveling. There’s something that the country that deeply resonates with people, that calms and excites the soul, and that captures the imagination. Find out for yourself today.

What are you curious about in Jordan? Let us know!

Silvia P
Silvia P
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.