02.07.2024
2 min.

Captivated by the idea of Jordan but unsure where to start? This comprehensive guide unveils everything you need to know, from essential travel information to fascinating facts that will spark your travel dreams. Go through Jordan’s rich fusion of history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes, and get ready to start an unforgettable adventure!  

Location and Geography: 

  • Situated in the heart of the Middle East, Jordan borders Israel and the West Bank to the west, Syria to the north, Iraq to the east, and Saudi Arabia to the south. 
  • The country offers a diverse landscape, including unique desert plains, fertile valleys, majestic mountains, and the lowest point on Earth – the Dead Sea. The coastline along the Red Sea offers stunning beaches and coral reefs. 

A Fusion of Cultures and History: 

  • Jordan’s rich history stretches back thousands of years, evidenced by the numerous archaeological sites scattered throughout the country. From the ancient Nabataeans who carved Petra to the Roman and Islamic empires that left their mark, Jordan is a living museum waiting to be explored. 
  • The population is predominantly Arab, with a vibrant mix of ethnicities and religions coexisting peacefully. Islam is the dominant religion, but Christianity also has a long history in the region. 

Essential Information for Travelers: 

  • Currency: The Jordanian Dinar (JOD) is the official currency. Most major establishments accept credit cards, but carrying some cash is recommended, especially for smaller shops and taxis. 
  • Visas: Visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. Check with your nearest Jordanian embassy or consulate for current information. 
  • Language: Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken in tourist areas. Learning a few basic Arabic phrases will enhance your experience. 
  • Safety: Jordan is a generally safe country with a low crime rate. However, it’s always wise to exercise caution, especially in crowded areas. 

Fascinating Facts about Jordan: 

  • The Dead Sea, with its incredibly high salt content, allows you to float effortlessly on the water’s surface. 
  • Petra, the ancient city carved into the rose-red sandstone cliffs, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. 
  • Wadi Rum, the vast desert valley with its towering sandstone formations, has been a popular filming location for movies like “Star Wars” and “The Martian.” 
  • Jordan boasts some of the world’s best preserved Roman ruins, including Jerash, a sprawling city with well-preserved temples, theaters, and colonnaded streets. 
  • The traditional dish of Jordan is Mansaf, a hearty meal of lamb cooked in a yogurt sauce served over rice. 

Planning Your Jordanian Adventure: 

  • Best Time to Visit: Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) offer pleasant temperatures. Summers can be scorching, while winters are mild with occasional rain. 
  • What to Pack: Pack comfortable clothing suitable for hot weather, with some light layers for cooler evenings in the desert. A hat, sunscreen, and comfortable shoes are essential. Dress modestly when visiting religious sites. 
  • Things to Do: From exploring ancient ruins and hiking through amazing landscapes to relaxing on the shores of the Dead Sea and snorkeling in the Red Sea, Jordan offers something for everyone. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the warm hospitality of the Jordanian people. 
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.