Day 1: Arrive Amman. Meet and assistance upon arrival, transfer to hotel in Amman.
Day 2: Madaba – Mount Nebo – Kerak – Petra
Drive south via the scenic Kings Highway to Madaba (City of Mosaics). Visit Mount Nebo where Moses viewed the promised Land. The panoramic view encompasses the Jordan River Valley, Dead Sea, Jericho and the Holy Land. Continue South to Kerak. Visit the 12th century crusader castle and proceed to Petra for overnight.
Day 3: Petra
Start the visit with a horse ride from the main gate of Petra to the entrance of the old city. Guided tour of the ancient Nabatean City of Petra, carved out of rose coloured stone. Petra is one of new seven wonders of the world and a UNESCO Heritage Site. Return to Amman for overnight.
Day 4: Transfer to Amman airport for departure
Petra Guest House, Petra
Situated just 100 meters from the gateway to Petra, the three star Petra Guest House is a convenient base from which to explore the ancient Nabatean capital. Each of the 60 rooms has a minibar and satellite television. The main restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining while the Cave Bar is built in a Nabatean cave and provides an atmospheric place to enjoy a drink or snack. Guests can also use the facilities at the Petra Crowne Plaza Resort.
Petra Marriott, Petra
Over looking the dramatic Petra valley and located only 5 minutes drive from the site of Petra, the Petra Marriott has 100 air-conditioned rooms, each with satellite television, telephone and 24 hour room service. Hotel facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, Turkish bath, private cinema and a bar and restaurant. The hotel's outdoor swimming pool is closed annually during the winter season - October to mid May. The hotel will be undertaking a refurbishment of all guest rooms between 12th November 2011 and 15th March 2012. This will be done in two phases, 50 rooms at a time. Work will take place daily from 9am to 5pm and only minimal disruption to guests is anticipated.
Beit Zaman, Petra
Located just 2km from the legendary site of Petra, at the town's entrance of Wadi Mousa, Beit Zaman is a renovated 19th-century village, with winding alleys and streets, that has been transformed into a de luxe resort. The refurbishment of the old village houses has been carried out in keeping with the original architectural style of the region, while providing the luxury and comfort required by today's travellers. Accommodation is spread around the village and all 129 rooms are furnished with authentic local crafts, offering the charm of a bygone era. All rooms feature sitting areas, private bathrooms, air conditioning and heating. Also scattered throughout the village are olive trees, vineyards, figs and citrus trees. The main restaurant offers buffet and a la carte breakfast, lunch and dinner, with two terraces overlooking Petra's rose mountains. The snack bar serves all kinds of refreshing drinks and snacks around the pool and the bar offers a large selection of beverages and cocktails. The shopping arcade is perfect for acquiring traditional Jordanian handicrafts and souvenirs.
Crowne Plaza, Petra
The Crowne Plaza, Petra, is located only a few meters from the main site entrance. It has 178 air-conditioned rooms, each with satellite TV, telephone and 24-hour room service. The hotel has a heated outdoor pool, tennis courts and health club, as well as a bar and three restaurants.
Movenpick Resort, Petra
Located only a few minutes' walk from the entrance to the legendary site of Petra, the Mövenpick Resort features intricate interior design and high standards of service and is one of Petra's most distinguished hotels. The resort's 183 lavishly spacious rooms are tastefully decorated and feature a host of modern amenities including air-conditioning/heating, satellite TV, telephones, tea/coffee making facilities and minibar. All offer a tranquil environment in this ancient city. With seven different dining or entertainment venues there is plenty of choice. The award-winning Al Iwan Restaurant is renowned for its lavishly prepared dinners and Mediterranean culinary delights and for a casual dining atmosphere head to the Al Saraya Restaurant, which offers sumptuous cuisine with a view overlooking the serene pool. Spend your afternoon enjoying your favourite drink at Al Maqa'ad Bar and the Al Ghadeer roof garden is an Ideal location for after-dinner drinks on warmer evenings, offering magnificent views and glorious sunsets.
Al Qasr Metropole Hotel, Amman
The AlQasr Metropole Hotel is located in the Shmeisani district of Amman. With 70 modern, well equipped rooms, several restaurants and a small gymnasium this 4 star property offers excellent value for clients staying in the capital.
This renowned 5-star hotel is located in one of the capital's busiest centers, Shmeissani, with easy access to all historical sites and points of interest. All the rooms are equipped with facilities and amenities for business and leisure travellers alike. The Amman Marriott also offers a variety of dining options to suit all tastes, and a fully equipped health club with indoor and outdoor pools.
Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea, Dead Sea (Jordan)
Holiday Inn Resort Dead Sea overlooks one of the most spectacular natural landscapes and is just 30-40 minutes drive from the capital Amman and the international airport. It is also conveniently located to access local attractions such as Mount Nebo and Petra and the biblical site of Jesus' baptism in the River Jordan is just 5 km from the hotel. Just a two minute walk from the warm therapeutic waters of the Dead Sea, the Holiday Inn is a contemporary Arabesque-style resort with 78 well-appointed rooms and 128 chalets, all featuring a private bathroom, air conditioning, satellite television, mini bar and sea or mountain views from the balcony or terrace. The restaurant serves a buffet breakfast and dinner daily and you can listen to live Cuban music at beachfront bar. There is a choice of comfortable lounges to relax in as well as a luxury spa offering mineral-rich Dead Sea salt treatments. With a trio of interconnecting, palm-fringed swimming pools the resort has the longest swimming pool on the Dead Sea coast.
Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa, Dead Sea (Jordan)
The Jordan Valley Marriott Dead Sea Resort & Spa is a stunning property located on the east shore of the Dead Sea. The hotel has 205 air-conditioned rooms, the majority of which are sea facing, each with satellite television, telephone and 24 hour room service. Hotel facilities include several dining outlets, a large series of swimming pools and an extensive Spa offering a variety of treatments.
Movenpick Dead Sea, Dead Sea
Set on the northern shores of the Dead Sea at the lowest point on Earth, the Movenpick Resort and Spa is approximately 40 minutes from the Queen Alia International Airport. Built in the style of a traditional stone village, the resort features a combination of natural traditional local stone, handcrafted wood, luxurious fabrics and an impressive collection of antiques and artwork. Complete with a river and extensive gardens, it is a tranquil place to relax. Despite the traditional look of the village, all 358 rooms are luxuriously furnished in warm, neutral colours. There are approximately 10 different room categories in either the main building, in the village or on the beachfront with mountain, garden or sea views. All rooms have a balcony or a terrace and standard amenities include air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone, tea/coffee making facilities, mini bar and a safe. In addition to a private beach and two large swimming pools, the resort offers the ZARA Spa - one of the largest and most advanced in the Middle East. Indulge in the legendary therapeutic secrets of the Dead Sea and relax in the indoor Dead Sea flotation pool. There are also eight restaurants and several bars to choose from, each with their own distinctive cuisine and ambience.
Jordan, General Information 01.11.11
The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan lies in the heart of the Middle East. Jordan is bordered by the West Bank and Israel from the west, Syria from the north, Iraq from the northwest, Saudi Arabia from the southeast and Egypt from the southwest.
Jordan is two hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) during winter, and three hours ahead during summer, from May 1st till October 1st. On same time zone as Cyprus.
Local daytime temperatures range as follows for the year (°C)
Visas and Passports
All nationalities require tourist visas for Jordan. A visa can also be obtained at Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, payment must be in local currency. Visas are valid for two weeks but can be extended at any policestation. Passports must be valid at least 6 months beyond date of arrival. It is advisable to keep a photocopy of your passport with you and leave a copy at home.
The official language of Jordan is Arabic. English is widely spoken, especially in the cities in addition to some French.
The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or “JD”, which is divided into 1000 fils. The exchange rate isUS $100.00 is equal to JD73 or EUR100 equal to JD98 approximately.
Tipping is always appreciated. In hotels and restaurants, 10% may be added to the bill, but a small tip for the waiters is a custom, approx JD2. For hotel bellmen and porters JD1, is customary. For airport representative JD7. For the tour escort/guide JD15 per day, a private driver JD10 per day, for a local guide in Jerash JD10 For a local guide in Petra JD15 and if taking the horses JD4 per horse. Wadi rum 4x4 tour guide JD8. In taxis, pay the nearest round figure to the price on the meter.
If you are taking photographs of local people, always ask their permission beforehand. Your guide can assist you in this. Do not take photographs of military installations or airports. Film is readily available in all tourist areas. It is advisable to carry your camera in a dust-proof bag.
The electrical system is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two prong wall plugs. Visitors from the United States of America will need a transformer; most hotels can provide one.
No vaccinations are required for Jordan unless travelers are arriving from infected areas. During your stay, it is preferable to drink only bottled water, although it is alright to shower and brush your teeth using tap water. Health insurance is recommended. There are excellent hospitals in large towns and cities with clinics in many villages.
Dress in Jordan is informal and even major hotels men are seldom required wearing a jacket and tie. Lightweight casual cotton clothing is ideal during the daytime with slightly warmer clothing needed during the winter and for evenings throughout the year. Jordan is predominantly Muslim and visitors are asked to respect the local customs. Women should avoid shorts, miniskirts and low necked dresses in public places such as downtown Amman and in rural areas. Modest dress is particularly important when visiting mosques and churches. Men should wear short or long sleeve shirts and long trousers. Shorts and beachwear should be worn only at the beach or hotel pool areas. In general we suggest not to forget: Comfortable walking shoes, hat or cap, sun lotion, sunglasses, cotton socks, sweater or jacket.