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!
Revisit Jordan -- discover the wild side!
And I'm not referring to late-night clubbing. Though I'm told there's a lot more of that than there used to be.
My argument is that however well you know Jordan, there's lots more to explore and enjoy, so come back! We've recently heard about the growing interest in canyoning and certainly climbing is now well supported, since the wall was opened in Amman, near the Harley Davidson garage.
However our growth area is in eco-tourism! With RSCN, we've put together a special deal -- £500 for two people for seven nights in some of the most wonderful locations in the country.
RSCN, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, which also uses the Wild Jordan 'brand', has pioneered tourism in new locations. Ethically these are fantastic; as the tourism itself funds the eco-site that people are paying to visit. The money you spend goes to the local community and to maintaining and developing a local attraction that brings the tourists who bring the money to keep it all going!
The first example of this logic was Wadi Dana, on a dramatic hillside, swooping down from the plateau towards Wadi Araba, the southern extension of the Dead Sea Valley. It spans four climate zones over 1,500 metres and offers tranquillity, sweeping views and an encounter with really wild Jordan. There are workshops creating locally designed and locally made products, (eg silverware and organic foods); walking trails, and a choice of accommodation, including guest-house rooms with balconies suspended over the valley below.
The oasis at Azraq is historically significant; it's set in serious desert, has a fort known to Lawrence of Arabia, and there are wildlife reserves at Shaumari, with ostriches and Arabian oryx, and the oasis wetland with thousands of migrating birds.
Ajloun to the north has different countryside, vegetation and landscapes, with scrub oak and pistachio forests and its own fauna as well, including wild boar, jackals, hyenas, porcupines and the occasional wolf. The accommodation here is in luxury log-cabins, again with local organic breakfasts.
Our package begins with two nights at the Dead Sea (40 minutes from the airport), in a self-catering apartment with a simple breakfast and views across to Jerusalem and Jericho from the balcony. You then have a choice. Any or all of the RSCN locations, for as long as you want! Or you can spend a night or two in Wadi Rum. Mix; and match your own preferences.
Although Jordan's not big, it is quite demanding to tour all three RSCN locations and Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, but quite realistic if you've decided to want to savour the variety that makes Jordan such a great place to visit. On the other hand choosing just one or two locations gives you a chance to relax as well and explore in more depth. We can help you with good value car-hire, or even a car and driver for less than you would expect. We can also advise on times and distances and routes to take, when we know a bit more about you and what you want from a holiday.
If there's a particular theme you'd like to follow on your visit then just let us know and we can put something together specially for you. Bird-watching, religious sites (Christian or Islamic), health and beauty, horse or camel trekking, geology and archaeology, the birth of civilisation, Roman Jordan, the Nabateans or the Hijaz Railway.
I shall be writing about all these and more in the coming months and if there's something else you would like us to research and report then please email or comment here. Meanwhile take advantage (if you're within easy reach of Gatwick) of the good-value easyJet flights to Amman and re-visit Jordan.
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>