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 .
Issa 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
* 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
, where John the Baptist was beheaded, after Salome's 'erotic' dance
* Ain Ghazal
-- one of the world's oldest Neolithic settlements, where the oldest human statues were found, NE of Amman
* Tell us your special places in Jordan!
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
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
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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!
Digging deeper for the real Jordan
Fossilised oysters, the size of tea-plates? No problem, dozens of them; on the surface, and not so far from the main road. Ancient sharks' teeth, close to the Iraqi border? not so easy; though maybe they're harder to spot on a very hot day when the sand's shimmering, like it was.
It's not just the trophy hunters who recognise what Jordan's geology has bequethed to the nation. In the words of Ammar Khammash, Wadi Rum itself is the magical landscape where rocks created by fire meet rocks created by water.
The orange-red younger, sedimentary sandstones, sit on a pediment of darker igneous rock, as old as the cooling earth itself. And in between, along the line where they join, water seeps out, and so vegetation, including wild figs, clings and flourishes. Stand between Jebel Rum and Jebel Ishreen just to the south of Rum village and look around -- the junction's clearly visible on both sides.
The dry and dusty science of geology comes alive in Jordan, where the country's fine "bone structure" sticks out of the softer, shapely hillsides, to be admired in its own right. Often, to the south and east, all that's left is this skeleton, stripped bare by the winds and occasional overflowing storm streams; perhaps they washed away the sharks teeth.
My guide and revelator, already identified is a rare and talented polymath. An artist, an architect, a populariser and a thinker. Ammar Khammash produced a series of weekend articles for the Jordan Times, many years ago now, that led to our fruitless search for sharks' and our cornucopia of old oysters. More recently, he provocatively described photographs as modern day fossils! (think about it!)
He also wrote about Wadi Rum in a way that transformed my understanding of a place I already felt was one of the most special I had ever visited. Here's a flavour of it.
Ammar's fossilised oysters are indeed fairly close to the main desert highway, and after heavy rain you can genuinely see dozens of them sitting on the surface, newly washed from their ancient beds.
There are countless such geological surprises. Jordan has a volcano, long since extinct but now part of the scenery on the road from Mukawir to the Dead Sea, infact you drive through middle of it. Sift certain sands in Rum and you'll find handfuls of what we call desert pearls -- just glowing ancient rounded pebbles of no worth, but beautiful. The weird rounded rock formations of Petra and elsewere, like they'd been poured into moulds last week, ready for the new tourist season.
When the bedrock of a nation is so special and you realise that the people have lived and died with it for generations, shaping and being shaped by it, then you start to understand that perhaps it's no accident that humankind chose this ancient land for a first home. Why carry on moving and hunting and gathering when you can settle down among such landscapes and call them home and cultivate a better future.
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.
, 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.
EASYJET IS OPENING UP JORDAN FOR INDEPENDENT TRAVELLERS.
Book your apartment at the Dead Sea and Aqaba by emailing us: <tudor at jemstone.net>