Its World Heritage Sites has delighted visitors for centuries, also with friendly towns and inspiring desert landscapes. It´s a safe haven in a region of conflict.
From the enchanting starkness of Wadi Rum, to the restless city centre of urban Amman, and the majestic ruins of civilizations once forgotten. Jordan is a unique destination offering breathtaking sights, charming accommodations, and exquisite cuisine. Jordan is home to countless wonders that are sure to leave you in awe.
Pro-Tip: Learn how to dance dabke, it’s a hit at parties, and you will be made an honorary Jordanian.
Jordan has a tradition of welcoming visitors: camel caravans plied the legendary King’s Highway transporting frankincense in exchange for spices while Nabataean tradesmen, Roman legionnaires, Muslim armies and zealous Crusaders all passed through the land, leaving behind impressive monuments. These monuments, including Roman amphitheatres, Crusader castles and Christian mosaics, have fascinated subsequent travellers in search of antiquity and the origins of faith. The tradition of hospitality to visitors remains to this day.
Petra: A World Wonder
Petra, the ancient Nabataean city locked in the heart of Jordan’s sandstone escarpments, is the jewel in the crown of the country’s many antiquities. Ever since explorer Jean Louis Burckhardt brought news of the pink-hued necropolis back to Europe in the 19th century, the walk through the Siq to the Treasury (Petra’s defining monument) has impressed even the most travel-weary of visitors. With sites flung over a vast rocky landscape and a mood that changes with the shifting light of dawn and dusk, this is a highlight that rewards a longer visit.
Click on the image below and take your Lens through time like on this video:
Take a ride through Wadi Rum at sunset, and it’s easy to see why TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) was so drawn to this land of weathered sandstone and reddened dunes. But Jordan’s desert landscapes are not confined to the southeast: they encompass a salt sea at the lowest point on earth, canyons flowing with seasonal water, oases of palm trees and explosions of springtime flowers scattered across arid hills. Minimal planning and only a modest budget are required for an adventure.
Don´t miss this incredible and unique video about Wakeskating in Wadi Hidan, click the image below to see it:
It takes tolerance to host endless waves of incomers, and Jordan has displayed that virtue amply, absorbing thousands of refugees from the Palestinian Territories, Iraq and most recently Syria. Despite contending with this and with large numbers of tourists who are often insensitive to conservative Jordanian values, rural life, in particular, has managed to keep continuity with the traditions of the past. While Jordan faces the challenges of modernisation and growing urbanisation, it remains one of the safest countries in which to gain an impression of the quintessential Middle East.
Eating and Drinking
Mansaf, the national dish of Jordan and the most distinctive Jordanian dish. Mansaf is a traditional dish made of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yoghurt called Jameed and served with rice or bulgur.
Turkish coffee and tea flavoured with mint or sage are almost ubiquitous in Jordan. Arabic coffee is also usually served on more formal occasions. Arak, an aniseed-flavoured spirit is also drunk with food.
The Australian Government provides up to date information on the safety of travelling to various countries, and all travellers should take note of this advice. Liberty Tours recommends that all travellers take out appropriate Travel Insurance to cover the entire duration of their absence from home. Liberty Tours can assist with obtaining Travel Insurance.
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Advice on health risks and vaccination recommendations can also be found using the same link.
What´s the money exchange in Jordan?
The monetary unit in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JD).
AUD 1 = JD 0,56
The easiest way to obtain money in Jordan is to draw it out of an ATM (cash machine) on a credit or debit card ATMs are widely available throughout Jordan.
Do I have to tip in Jordan?
Generally, 10 to 15% service charge is added in hotels and restaurants; extra tips are discretionary. Your guides are not included in this kitty and you may tip them at the end of your tour subject to your satisfaction with and appreciation of the service they have provided. You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however and can suggest that approx. AUD 5-10 per person per day would be appropriate.
Do I need a Visa to go to Jordan?
Visa can be obtained on arrival for Australian citizens, visa fee is JOD 10 (AUD 23).
Do I need a vaccine before entering Jordan?
Most travellers to Jordan will need vaccinations for hepatitis A and typhoid fever, as well as medications for travellers’ diarrhoea. Other immunizations may be necessary depending upon the circumstances of the trip and the medical history of the traveller.
It is safe to go to Jordan?
Jordan is very safe to visit and, despite local dissatisfaction with issues such as Iraqi immigration, the Syrian refugee crisis, unemployment and high inflation, you are unlikely to feel any hint of the turmoil of neighbouring countries. Always look for official advise before travel.
When is the best time of the year to go to Jordan?
High Season (Mar–May)
Low Season (Jun–Aug)
Jordan is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Meant Time. Canberra, Australia is 7 hours ahead Jordan.
220V. Sockets are of European two-pronged round pin variety
Sunni Muslim 92% (official), Christian 6% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), other 2% (several small Shia Muslim and Druze populations)