Although many travelers, (mainly due to the length of flights,) combine Jordan with other nearby destinations (Israel, Egypt, Turkey, Dubai, etc,) INSIDER’S PETRA suggests that Jordan has so much diversity in terrain, sites and activities, that it is a perfect ‘stand-alone’ destination.
- In most cases it is not necessary for Americans and many other nationalities to obtain a Jordan visa in advance; it can usually be easily obtained on arrival at the Amman airport or a border crossing (note that currently. when crossing from Israel into Jordan at the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein border crossing that a visa MUST be obtained in advance and cannot be issued at that particular border crossing.) This makes it even easier to make a ‘spur of the moment’ trip to Jordan! Call or email us for more information. Note: be sure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months past the date of your return to your ‘home’ country. This is critical for travel to Jordan and most destinations around the world nowadays.
- While Petra is the most (justifiably!) famous site in southern Jordan, INSIDER’S PETRA recommends that travelers plan enough time in order not to miss the nearby magnificent and historic desert at Wadi Rum (‘Lawrence of Arabia’s desert’) which is easily accessible in a day-trip from Petra.
- JORDAN (and Petra!) is always a pleasant surprise to first-time travelers. The quality of hotels, roads, guides and food is world-class; and the sites are fascinating. Jordan is a staunch ally of the U.S.A. and is a safe, peaceful, welcoming tourist destination. The Jordanian people are proud of their country and their tradition of warmly welcoming visitors!
- INSIDER’S PETRA is able to arrange many special and unique events for travelers in Jordan, including the opportunity to meet locals (and maybe even our friend, ‘the Sheikh!’) We can suggest and assist with opportunities for ‘voluntourism.’ We can also plan special outdoor barbeques featuring local specialties and authentic local entertainment. INSIDER’S PETRA keeps an apartment in Petra that can be used for special ‘meet the locals’ events and informal meetings, cocktail parties and casual receptions.
- The main airport, Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport, is a modern and well-functioning facility with excellent security, a large check-in lobby, and excellent shops and fast-food restaurants. (Airport code: AMM)
- Jordan’s second airport is ‘Aqaba’ (airport code: AQJ,) which is also Jordan’s only sea-port (on the Red Sea). Aqaba’s airport can be used for private jet charters and scheduled flights to Aqaba connect through Amman on Jordan’s modern national air carrier, ‘Royal Jordanian.’ A number of cruise ships schedule port calls at Aqaba and INSIDER’S PETRA can arrange shore excursions for as few as one or groups of hundreds of travelers. Individual travelers and small groups (because of their flexibility as compared to large groups) usually have enough time to enjoy a local lunch and visit BOTH Petra AND splendid Wadi Rum in the same day that their ship is docked. Contact us for more information!
- INSIDER’S PETRA recommends using ‘village-style’ hotels whenever possible in Jordan – they are unique in ‘all the world!’ We can find the best and most interesting accommodations for your trip – contact us for more details!
- Jordan has attractions for most all personal interests and INSIDER’S PETRA can design your travel itinerary around your special interests: Shoppers can be helped in buying truly unique items, such as hand-made mosaic tables and even mosaic floors! Also excellent (and reasonable) Dead Sea beauty and health products, beautiful gold and gemstone jewelry (at prices far more reasonable than in the U.S. and most Western countries – due to the reasonable cost of skilled labor in Jordan), olive-wood carvings, embroidery, lovely hand-made silver jewelry, rugs, camel-hair clothing, etc.
‘Foodies’ can learn to make Jordanian food at ‘Petra Kitchen,’ participate in the annual olive harvest, visit the local soukhs for fresh, unique spices and learn how to barbeque or cook ‘zarb’ (under-the earth-cooking) the ‘Bedouin’ way!
- Archeology and history buffs will be delighted with the authentic sites in Jordan; including Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Um Qais and numerous Crusader Castles!
- Adventure and sports seekers will enjoy horseback riding, Red Sea snorkeling, diving, hiking and camel-trekking.
- Religious visitors will be interested in the many Christian–related and holy sites. Mount Nebo (where Moses was shown the promised land), the St. George church in Madaba (famous for its ancient mosaic floor map of the Holy Land), Bethany Beyond the Jordan (where John the Baptist preached and baptized Jesus Christ) and Aaron’s tomb, high in the mountains above Petra.
- Women visitors will find Jordan a very safe, respectful and welcoming destination. Jordan is perfect for either single women travelers or groups of women traveling together – with fabulous spas, shopping and food opportunities – we can design a perfect ‘women’s retreat’ for you!