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!
Who is Issa? and what can he do for you?
The simple answer, with a photograph, is in the left-hand column; so more or less whatever you want in Jordan. Beyond that he's a good friend of ours, who's embraced our crazy philosophy that everyone who comes to Jordan should have a fantastic time and become tourism ambassadors for the country. A bit like Saleh in Wadi Rum.
We all like working with visitors who want to get to know the country and its people better. Often they are a bit more adventurous, travelling more independently, with their own ideas and priorities but still wanting good value for money. That's what Issa offers; a personal, individual service with advice and support; car hire, guided tours, reservations, hotels, cultural explanations, across the whole of Jordan!
What follows are comments and feedback sent to us spontaneously. Anyone staying in our Dead Sea apartment meets Issa; he takes them to the apartment, settles them in, answers all their questions and solves their problems.
We advise everyone wanting to hire a car in Jordan to get in touch with Issa. We can't guarantee you'll get the very cheapest price but he'll certainly give you extremely good value and the best service! You'll have a free local SIM card with the car; and if you don't have a spare mobile, he'll lend you one of those too; GPS is also available.
Even better, you will get free, 24-hour a day English-language support. Imagine you're stopped by the traffic police (see our earlier post) and you have no idea why -- simple, just phone Issa, tell him who and where you are and hand the phone to the man in uniform. All sorted. I've done it; it works.
You want a day trip to Jerusalem from the Dead Sea; phone Issa. You want a guide to the downtown market in Amman; or the impressive Heritge Museum at Yarmouk University; or wild picnic sites overlooking the Dead Sea; or a great value luxury, 5-star hotel for a night or two -- phone Issa.
Below are a few of the comments from recent visitors, some of them have appeared on Holidaylettings.co.uk and some just wrote to me personally to make sure Issa was aware how important he'd been in making their holidays very special.
"Once more, thanks a lot for helping us get in touch with Issa. He is wonderful and he made the workshop a great success too. After the workshop me and my colleague went with Issa to Wadi Rum, Petra and Aqaba. Wonderful places. You’re lucky to be living there"
" . . . Issa does the management and ground support. We used him to drive us all over Jordan - Dead Sea to Petra - Petra to Wadi Rum- then to Aqaba. He was very professional yet kind and friendly. His prices are really competiitive and so much better than you will get through a travel company or hotel. There were no safety issues at all!'
"I am just sorry I did not take pictures of Issa and his really comfortable car."
" . . .we would highly recommend a local driver (Issa) to take you to local tourist attractions - he is professional, reliable and a really nice guy. We rented a car from Issa and all that worked and for a good price."
"We wanted to explore Northern and Southern Jordan and so we hired a car and driver with Issa - 00 962 797 58 3582. He is very knowledgeable about Jordan and assisted us to plan our stay. Issa was hugely kind, polite and helpful. He went out of his way to show us places of interest and always made sure we were having a wonderful time. Jordan is stunning with so much history and culture. I must admit, we received an excellent service."
PS Issa in English means Jesus! but that has nothing to do with anything!
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>