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Holidays in Jordan   -   Tourist information Jordan.

Governorates in Jordan : Al Balqa', Al Karak, Al Mafraq, Amman, At Tafilah, Az Zarqa, Irbid, Ma'an.

Capital City of Jordan: Amman


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Car Rental Jordan

Car rental

Car Rental Jordan  Sixt   -    
Pick-Up Station / Return Station : Amman Airport and Amman Downtown.

Hotels in Jordan

  Hotels in Jordan [ Booking ]   -   Amman
Kempinski Hotel Amman, Intercontinental Jordan.

 

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

  Jordan Hotel Association

National Parks / Archaeological Parks

  Baptism Archaeological Park
The park on the east bank of the Jordan River, is one of the most significant archaeological and religious discoveries of the past century, it is where Jesus Christ was baptized by John the Baptist who lived and preached in the early 1st Century AD.
The Park includes the area of the baptism of Jesus Christ, and the long-lost settlement of the Bethany beyond the Jordan.
  Madaba Archaeological Park
  Petra Archeological Park
This park not only contains the ancient city of Petra with it's priceless monuments, but all through the park are steep walled canyons with old caravan roads that once moved exotic eastern goods to the Egyptian, Greek and Roman Empires. See Nabataea.net

Travel Agents / Tour Operators

  Kuoni   -   Beach holidays, Escorted Tours, Family holidays & Spa
Jordan highlights :
**  Journey through history and discover the ancient ruins of Jerash and the World Heritage site of Petra
**  Camel ride through the unforgettable desert of Wadi Rum
**  Float effortlessly in the Dead Sea, renowned for its unusually warm, salty, buoyant, mineral rich water
**  Scuba diving amongst the abundant marine life of the Red Sea resort of Aqaba
**  Combine a visit to the ancient sites with a swim, or game of tennis in the afternoon.

  Responsibletravel.com   -   A superb choice of Jordan holidays
From the major sights of Petra & Wadi Rum to off the beaten track options. All the Jordan holidays are from leading companies committed to supporting local people & the environment.

 
Create your perfect trip to Jordan   -   Flight, Hotel and Car

 G Adventures
*   Wonders of Jordan
Never heard of Wadi Rum or the lost city of Petra? You're missing out. These natural and architectural treasures, tucked away in southern Jordan, are but a few of the memorable experiences you'll be telling your friends about long after you've come home. Aided by an expert local guide, this trip takes you from the incredible Romanesque city of Jerash and a dip in the Dead Sea to the hidden rock city of Petra and the magnificent rock formations of Wadi Rum, the "Valley of the Moon." This trip in three words? Timeless, transcendent, tremendous.
*   Highlights of Jordan
Exploring ancient cities and crusader castles, relaxing at the Dead Sea, camping overnight in the desert, visit to Petra.

Thomas Cook



The Rough Guide to Jordan - ISBN 1848360665Travel Guides Jordan / Related Books

The Rough Guide to Jordan   -   Matthew Teller 
The Rough Guide to Jordan is the essential guide to the Middle East's most enticing destination. Detailed accounts of the best attractions Jordan has to offer, along with the clearest Jordan maps and plans, lift the lid on this fascinatingly diverse country. With expert advice and background, explore the world wonder that is Petra, an ancient city carved from rose-red mountain cliffs, roam the sands of Wadi Rum in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, and then relax on golden beaches at Aqaba, Jordan's beautiful Red Sea resort hideaway. You'll find detailed guidance on getting the best out of a visit to Amman, the buzzing Jordanian capital, as well as Crusader castles and stunningly well preserved Roman cities. Float your cares away on the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth, or take in spectacular views over the Dana biosphere reserve. At every point, the Rough Guide steers you in the right direction to find the best hotels in Jordan, recommended Jordan restaurants, cafes and shops across every price range, giving you clear, balanced reviews and honest, first-hand opinions. Explore all corners of Jordan with authoritative background on Jordan's culture and history, the clearest maps of any guide and practical language tips. Make the most of your holiday with The Rough Guide to Jordan.
Paperback: 440 pages; Publisher: Rough Guides; 4 edition (1 Sep 2009); ISBN-10: 1848360665; ISBN-13: 978-1848360662.
Jordan (Lonely Planet Country Guides) - ISBN 1741047382
Jordan (Lonely Planet Country Guides)   -   Jenny Walker 
Nobody knows Jordan like Lonely Planet. Our 7th edition will help you discover the magic of this ancient land - whether it be basking in the sun-drenched glory of Petra, exploring the desert citadels, getting off the beaten track on a camel safari or simply sipping a bittersweet cardamom-flavored coffee.
Paperback: 368 pages; Publisher: Lonely Planet Publications; 7th Revised edition edition (1 May 2009); ISBN-10: 1741047382; ISBN-13: 978-1741047387.

Jordan (Globetrotter Travel Map)
Al-Karak, Amman, Aqaba, As Salt, Jerash, King's Highway, Madaba, Petra, Umm-al-Jimal, Umm Qais and Wadi Rum.
Map of Jordan;  Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd; 2nd Revised edition edition (25 July 2009); Language English; ISBN-10: 1847735371; ISBN-13: 978-1847735379.

  Travelling through the Orient   -   Gustave Flaubert

Transportation / How to travel to Jordan

Jordan borders Syria to the north, Iraq to the north-east, Saudi Arabia to the east and south, and Israel and West Bank to the west. It shares with Israel the coastlines of the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea.

  Queen Alia Airport  [ 40 km south of Amman ]
  Jordan Civil Aviation Authorities
Info about airports in Jordan [ King Hussein, Queen Alia, Marka and Aqaba ]

Map of Jordan (Globetrotter Travel Map) - ISBN 1847735371    -   Flights to Jordan
Book cheap flights to Jordan at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights to Jordan
Price comparison flight tickets Jordan possible.

Daily buses, taxis and "service" cabs link Jordan with Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel and the West Bank and Gaza.
Government and private buses operate within and between major cities

A twice daily passenger and car ferry service links Jordan's port of Aqaba with the Red Sea port of Nuweibe' in Egypt

  Online Map of Jordan [ Uni Texas - Perry-Castaņeda Library - Map Collection ]


Links 

  Jordan Tourism Board North America

  Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in Jordan
Tourism Information Guide, Tourism Sites [ Natural Sites, Medical Sites, Religious Sites ], Jordan Maps [Tourism Map, Holy Sites, Amman Map, Aqaba Map, Natural Map, Water Map [, The Baptism Site, Downloads [ Maps, Hotel Specifications, - Photogallery ], News and Events, Tourism Services Providers Guide [ Air Lines, Car Rental, Hotels and Travel Agencies ], Related Links, Halla Line.

  Amman   -   Capital City of Jordan   -   former Philadelphia in the Roman Empire
The Citadel, a hill with the ruins of the Temple of Hercules crowns the city, located next to it is the museum, rich with artifacts dating back to the earliest settlement in the region, at the foot of the Citadel is the 5,000 seat Roman theater.
Amman is a busy commercial and administrative center with many international hotels, restaurants, entertainment facilities as well as modern facilities for sporting events, conventions and conferences. It is a city of contrasts, a mixture of the ancient and the modern.

  Ajlun
A short journey west of Jerash , here is Qala'at Ar Rabad , a remarkable 12th Century A.D. castle on an awesome mountain top,. It was build in 1184 by Izzedine Usama, one of the generals of the Arab leader Salah ed Din (Saladin).
  Aqaba
Aqaba is warm, sunny, it is where the fantasy, sun and sea meet ringed by mountains that change in color as the sun shines. Aqaba boasts some of the world's best scuba diving by day or night. The Royal Diving Center , for water sports their offers, snorkeling, water skiing, wind surfing, fishing and a variety of other water sports to the enthusiasts.
Of special interest among the ancient and medieval archaeological sites are the early Islamic city called Ayla, Aqaba fort (16th Century), and a very fine museum, the original home of Sheriff Hussien bin Ali, great great grandfather of King Abdullah 2.
  Dead Sea
The lowest spot on earth, some 400 meters below sea level, 55 kilometer drive from Amman.
It is an ideal place for travelers in search of relaxation and therapy, it is also a magically serene and quiet place. A few international hotels are built on its shores offering unique Spas renowned worldwide for treatment of skin ailments.
  Desert Castles
The ancient hunting lodges of Qasr Amra, Azraq, Hallabat, shobak, Kharanah, and Mushatta are unique historic ruins featuring castles, forts, towers, baths, farming estates, caravan inns and fortifications.
  Jerash   -   City of Columns
Only a 25 minutes drive north of Amman, is the Greco Roman City of Jerash (Gerasa in ancient times), also known as the Pompeii of the East.
Jerash is considered the best preserved and most complete city of the Decapolis, a confederation of ten Roman cities dating from the 1st Century B.C.
Today's visitors may wander among the original temples, theaters, plazas, baths and colonnaded streets, all enclosed within the remaining city walls.
Nightly sound and light shows through the summer months, and the annual "Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts" is held each July, bringing the ancient community alive for today's visitor.
  Kerak
Kerak is distinguished by its fine crusader castle built in the 12th century on the remains of earlier citadels.
  Madaba  -  town of mosaics
Only 30 kilometers south of Amman. Best known for its Byzantine wonderful mosaic churches, the mosaic map of Palestine, located in the Saint-George church that depicts all of Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Sinai and the delta of the Nile. In addition, there are other mosaic floors preserved throughout the town, as well as a local museum.
  Petra
Petra was first established sometime around the 6th century BC, by the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. Despite successive attempts by the Seleucid king Antigonus, the Roman emperor Pompey and Herod the Great to bring Petra under the control of their respective empires, Petra remained largely in Nabataean hands until around 100AD, when the Romans took over. It was still inhabited during the Byzantine period, when the former Roman empire moved its focus east to Constantinople, but declined in importance thereafter. The Crusaders constructed a fort there in the 12th century, but soon withdrew, leaving Petra to the local people until the early 19th century, when it was visited by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.
  Süd Shuneh
  Um Qais
Known in antiquity as Gadara, overlooking the northern Jordan Valley, the Sea of Galilee [ Lake Tiberias ], the Yarmouk River and the Golan Heights.
  Wadi Mousa
  Wadi Araba
  Wadi Rum  -  Moon Valley
Trek or climb a mauve hued valley of mesmerizing beauty, try hot air ballooning over the hills and canyons, trek deep into the enchanting landscape in four wheel drive vehicles, or join two or three day desert safaris on camel back, Feel the romance of the Arabian desert in the spring time ... or any time, and spend a night under the stars in a Bedouin tent, at Wadi Rum in Jordan.
Wadi Rum resembles a moon scope offering ancient valleys and towering weathered Sandstone Mountains rising out of white and pink colored sands

  Darat al Funun   -   Khalid Shoman Foundation
With its Arts, Architecture, Archaeology, Darat al Funun speaks of an enduring ancient legacy of urbanism, architecture and cultural identity that is now being enriched by a modern flowering of the visual arts.
  Dead See Marathon   -   Ultra-marathon - extreme sports
  Jordan River Foundation
The Jordan River Foundation's ultimate vision is to empower society, especially women and children, and in turn improve the quality of life to secure a better future for all Jordanians.
  King Abdullah II   -   royal family Jordan
  King Hoessein   -   memories of a remarkable king  -  Father of modern Jordan
  News from Jordan   -   Jordan Times   -   independent Jordan daily
  Umm el-Jimal  -  amazingly preserved Byzantine / Early Islamic town
An extensive rural settlement constructed of black basalt in the lava lands east of Mafraq, a seventy-minute drive northeast of Amman
  University of Jordan

Cuisine  -  Jordanian Cooking

  Jordanian Cuisine
The cuisines of Jordan come in a huge variety. Some of the cuisines in the cuisine of Jordan are Arabic and most of them are European.

Jordan: The Land and the Table  -   Cecil Hourani
Paperback 192 pages (August 1, 2003);  Publisher: Prospect Books;  Language: English;  ISBN: 1903018269
Recipes and Remembrances from an Eastern Mediterranean Kitchen: A Culinary Journey Through Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan   -  by Sonia Uvezian
First-rate cookbook that provides a wide spectrum of authentic and easy-to-follow recipes that make use of healthful and readily available ingredients. Both the narrative and illustrations are fascinating, and there are also some wonderful menu suggestions.

History of Jordan

Independant 25 May 1946 (from League of Nations mandate under British administration)

  Jordan's History   -   Wikipedia
Its history began around 2000 B.C., when Semitic Amorites settled around the Jordan River in the area called Canaan. Subsequent invaders and settlers included Hittites, Egyptians, Israelites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Arab Muslims, Christian Crusaders, Mameluks, Ottoman Turks, and, finally, the British. At the end of World War I, the territory now comprising Israel, Jordan, the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and Jerusalem was awarded to the United Kingdom by the League of Nations as the mandate for Palestine and Transjordan...
Jordan: Past and Present: Petra, Jerash, Amman  -   E. Borgia
Hardcover 76 pages (January 2003);  Publisher: Oxford University Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 888162124X
  'Ain Gazal Excavation Reports
'Ain Ghazal is a Neolithic site located near Amman, Jordan. It is currently being excavated by an American -Jordanian team directed by Gary O. Rollefson Director, the 'Ain Ghazal Research Institute and Zeidan Kafafi, the University of Yarmouk at Irbid, Jordan.
  Fransiscan Archeological Institute

Music, Arts & Culture, Events

The culture and traditions of present day Jordan have been influenced by invaders and settlers like Hittites, Egyptians, Israelites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arab Muslims, Christian Crusaders, Mameluks, Ottoman Turks and of course the British colonizers.

  Music of Jordan   -   strong Bedouin influence

  Culture of Jordan
The culture of Jordan is based on Arab and Islamic elements with significant Western influence. 

One Thousand and One Arabian Nights: One Thousand and One Arabian Nights (Oxford Story Collections) 
Rosamund Fowler (Illustrator)
An original version of the "Arabian Nights" stories from award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean. In order to delay her inevitable execution, Queen Shaharazad tells her murdering husband, King Shahryar, a wonderfully exciting story every night. The King is used to a new wife every day, only to put her to death the following day, but finds himself so intrigued in the magical stories Shaharazad tells, he can't bring himself to kill her. Night after night she tells her wonderful stories until the King starts to realize that he won't be able to live without them.
Paperback 288 pages (July 15, 1999);  Publisher: Oxford University Press;  Language: English;  ISBN: 0192750135


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