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ABOUT US: we've been working and living in Jordan since the mid 1990s and we made Jordan our home for many of those years.
The people are warm and friendly, the weather is wonderful and the countryside breath-taking. Share our experience, and be at home in Jordan, even on holiday .
 
BOOK NOW: 
AQABA    DEAD SEA    WADI RUM
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JORDAN TRIP ADVISOR -- ISSA DARAWISH

IssaIssa has a degree in business studies, his father is a professor of Arabic and he's been in the travel business all his working life.
Issa will organise the best deals for hotels, car hire (with free local SIM card), guided tours, rented apartments, flights, taxis and tickets. He will take all the tension from your holiday arrangements, solve all your problems and truly make you feel at home in Jordan.  

To contact Issa phone 00 962 797 583 582; CLICK here for EMAIL -- darawish02 at hotmail dot com  (NB text/sms if no email reply within a day or so) 

WHEN IN JORDAN YOU MUST VISIT:
  
*    Ras al Naqb -- stunning views of the blood red sands of Southern Jordan and fascinating links with the Hijaz railway
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*     the doctor!!  the dentist!!  or an optician!
seriously, the standards are very high and the costs are much, much less than Europe! again email me for details -- see below
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*    Mukawir, where John the Baptist was beheaded, after Salome's 'erotic' dance
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*    Wild Jordan cafe, off Rainbow Street, stunning eco-friendly design and food
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*    Ain Ghazal -- one of the world's oldest Neolithic settlements, where the oldest human statues were found, NE of Amman
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*   Tell us your special places in Jordan!
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Our Dead Sea apartments are strategically located among the Sacred Destinations of Jordan, a short drive from Amman airport -- it's the perfect base for exploring Northern Jordan and enjoying the healthiest bathing and sun-bathing on the planet!
 
Why not stay in the lowest luxury rented aparment in the world? COME FOR A LONG WEEKEND!! -- leave London at lunchtime on Thursday and get back around midnight Sunday -- two nights in a private apartment at the Dead Sea; one night in a luxury bedouin tent in Wadi Rum; SPECIAL OFFERS
 
VISIT JORDAN!!    have a look at this great tourist web-site with lots of information and background on Jordan! then come back here and book your holiday apartment! 

HIJAZ RAILWAY NEWS we have ambitious plans for launching a weekly service from Amman to Ma'an and then, on the new branch, to Wadi Rum and Aqaba. Discussions have begun, very slowly     . . .contact us if you can offer support or want information

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Post your questions and comments here.  We will try to respond within a few days.  We welcome debate and feedback

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Jordan is the perfect holiday destination, close to Europe but a world away. Aqaba, Jerash, Mount Nebo and the promised land, Wadi Rum, the Hijaz railway, the Baptism site, the Dead Sea, Wadi Dana, serious desert, Amman, Petra. A land of spectacular Roman, bibilical and archeological remains; the cradle of our civilization, home to eco-tourism, full of romantic and evocative place-names and more must-visit locations per square-kilometer than anywhere else in the world. Home in on Jordan!
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An oasis of peace and calm

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We are often asked if Jordan is safe for a holiday. To date my answer has always been a firm yes. I am not naive nor would I advise anyone to come who didn't feel it would be safe for them but for everybody else Jordan is a great place to visit. 

Circumstances change but within a fascinating region, Jordan does indeed remain the safest and most relaxing destination. So, if you want to visit the Middle East, if you want to spend time in an Arab country, if you want to enjoy a totally different culture within five or so flying hours of Western Europe, come to Jordan.

And don't just take my word for it. You can and should check with the British Foreign Office (FCO).

 The FCO offer some of the best travelling advice in the world. They are not over-cautious, not over-reacting to every demonstration; they are well-connected, sober and sensible. The advice for Jordan at the moment is not to go near the border with Syria. Makes sense.

For the rest, travellers are provided with the usual precautionary guidance about avoiding large crowds, particularly after Friday prayers. Apparently 88,000 British nationals visited Jordan in 2011 and a total of twenty of them required consular assistance.

There is a paragraph about occasional border closures, about crime which is "generally low" but nevertheless "stay alert and keep your money and valuables secure". Visitors are reminded to respect local traditions, customs and laws, not to eat or drink in public durng Ramadan, and take care when driving at night because of "poor road conditions, stray animals, broken-down vehicles and unmarked road works!"

However, there is no point in pretending that Jordan is Poland or Ibiza. i would argue it is significantly more interesting and memorable but there are different risks, associated with political developments:

"Since the beginning of 2011, protests have taken place in many parts of Jordan on Fridays and, in some cases, on other days of the week. Following a government announcement on 13 November 2012 which increased fuel prices, protests have broken out in several Jordanian cities, with one confirmed death.??

"Rapidly evolving regional developments also continue to have an impact on local public opinion, and occasionally demonstrations may also occur in response to events in Gaza and the West Bank, at refugee camps, university campuses and town centres

"There have also been reports of sporadic gunfire on the Syrian side of the Jordan-Syria border.  For this reason we advise against all but essential travel to within 3km of the Syrian border.? Follow news reports and be alert to regional developments, which might trigger public disturbances. You should take sensible precautions for your personal safety and avoid political gatherings and demonstrations."

On a personal note, after 15 years in Jordan, I have never been threatened or felt alarmed. There is a powerful innate hospitality and friendliness about the ordinary Jordanian, particularly away from Amman, that will not allow them to be anything other than helpful and pleasant. My own approach is always a careful blend of confidence, respect and some warmth.

Anyway, if you have concerns or questions please feel free to email us

(tudor at jemstone dot net) and you can or course check the latest FCO advice for yourself by going to:

www.gov.uk/fco

and again feel able to come back to us if you have any remaining questions.

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SO YOU'VE BEEN TO PETRA, AQABA AND WADI RUM AND YOU THINK YOU'VE 'DONE' JORDAN.
WE WANT TO PERSUADE YOU TO COME BACK!
 
EASYJET makes a second visit very affordable and now we've teamed up with Jordan's leading environmental organisation, RSCN, to offer wonderful value, luxury accommodation, off-the-beaten track in wild Jordan!
 
BEYOND JORDAN'S GOLDEN TRIANGLE OF WORLD-CLASS DESTINATIONS (AQABA, RUM AND PETRA), IS LAYER UPON LAYER OF HISTORY, GEOGRAPHY, RELIGION AND CULTURE UNDERPINNING EVERYTHING WE KNOW AND UNDERSTAND.
JORDAN'S FERTILE TRIANGLE, the "hilly flanks", above the Dead Sea, where, for the first time ever, human beings separated themselves from other creatures!! Here they ceased hunting and gathering; 9,000 years ago these pre-pottery neolithic settlers cultivated the land and created for themselves the time and space to build up surpluses, to specialise, make art, plan, organise and think.  
This happened here in Jordan, at Ain Ghazzal and Al Beidha.
 
JORDAN'S GREEN TRIANGLE, the network of oases criss-crossing the desert and desert-margins that supported and protected the bedouins and seasonal-herders.  Azraq in the East is a true historical oasis; Ajloun is set among the scrubby Mediterranean-type forest of the North; and Dana, suspended on the edge of the escarpment that plunges down through three or four climate zones to the valley way below.
 
JORDAN-VALLEY TRIANGLE, with the DEAD SEA at its heart, stretching from Umm Qais on the border with Syria to Aqaba on the Red Sea and inland, through Mount Nebo and Umm Ar Rassas, containing Mukawir and Bethany beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptised.  Key sites for the Abrahamic religions and the whole region is scattered with hundreds of remains of the early Christians, the Romans, the birth of Islam and the crusader battles.
 
WE CAN ORGANISE seven-nights for two people, with breakfast, for around 500!
that's 70 per night, total price, for a couple.
You start off with two-nights at the Dead Sea (less than an hour from the airport), then choose to visit any or all of:
the Azraq Oasis, the forests of Ajloun, the Dana biosphere, or Saleh's bedouin camp in Wadi Rum.
 
Contact Issa (in the left-hand column) for good-value car-hire, with free local SIM card and 24-hour English-language support.
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EASYJET IS OPENING UP JORDAN FOR INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS.
 
Book your apartment at the Dead Sea and Aqaba by emailing us:  <tudor  at  jemstone.net>

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