Most likely people envision Jordan as a country within sight of `the Promised Land`, the land the Romans mightly conquered, the land Lawrence of Arabia fell in love with, the land of Crusades-era castles which still dot the sandy landscape. It`s the land of the nomadic Bedouins, who live from the land and who view camels as transportation and friend. Even though much of Jordan is covered in desert, the plants and animals that call this country home are sights to witness, in particular during the `desert bloom` at the beginning of May. Jordan is known for its thermal springs and its Turkish-style baths, a great way to unwind if you go on a hike (and Jordan is known for its many great trails). Make sure you buy authentic Jordanian souvenirs; no matter what you pick, these unique gifts (handicrafts, mosaics, even painted ostrich eggs!) have become an industry unto themselves and purchases are a big boon for the local economy.
Springtime (March-May) in Jordan brings the warmer temperatures, cooler nights and blooming wildflowers. The beautiful valleys in the region are a bright verdant green and the warm weather, with highs in the 70`s, making this the perfect time of year to explore the country. Hiking, biking, sightseeing, and beaches are all great activities during this time of year with flora and fauna is full effect, especially in the northern regions. Clear blue skies and little rain with pleasant evening temperatures make the springtime a popular time to visit Jordan. For more information, see Best Time to Visit Jordan.
We recommend approximately 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in Amman.
We recommend seeing Jordan by private transfer. When you book a vacation package with Tripmasters, most packages that feature destinations in Jordan offer these types of transfers. Let a trusted driver take you from Amman to the Dead Sea, Red Sea, Petra and more in air-conditioned, late-model comfort.
The currency of Jordan is the Jordanian dinar. U.S. dollars are not accepted. Please have the correct currency on hand or be prepared to exchange your dollars for dinars upon arrival. Currency exchange desks can be found at many locations throughout the country. For more information, see Tipping in Jordan.
Arabic is the official language of the Kingdom of Jordan. English is taught in schools and fluency is considered a mark of prestige, as English is required for most white-collar jobs in the Kingdom, meaning the likelihood is higher that English speakers make more money and have more opportunities to go abroad. (The Queen Dowager of Jordan, Queen Noor, who many Jordanians look up to, was born and raised in the U.S. and speaks English as a first language.)
You will not run into problems in tourist areas finding people who speak English, and signs and menus in tourists areas will have English translations. Be prepared to learn basic Arabic phrases like hello/goodbye, please/thank you, and the numbers from 1-10. To say `Do you speak English`, say `Hal tatahadath al'injilizia?`