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Discover the land of the lost cities across magical Jordan

Follow in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia and discover the magic of Jordan. Coined one of the safest countries in the Middle East, Jordan is a land of historical gems, waiting to be discovered.

From the hidden city of Petra, to the tranquillity of the Dead Sea, Jordan is as beautiful as it is ancient. Visitors come to marvel at one of the world’s 7 wonders and embark upon a mystic adventure, taking in archaeological sites and stunning scenery.

Jordan has a coastline speckled with beach resorts and has a number of nature reserves, where you can spot different types of wildlife.

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Culture and history

In 1921 Jordan was known as The Emirate of Transjordan following the breakdown of the Ottoman Empire and the proclamation of the Balfour Declaration. In 1950, Transjordan and part of Palestine merged together to create what is now the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Its location on the crossroads between Asia, Europe and Africa, has made it a key intercontinental trading spot over the years.

Culturally Jordan has an Arabic and Islamic culture, with some western influence. It enjoys traditional Arabic music and Rural Zajal songs, as well as improvised poetry played with a Rabab and reed pipe. Westernised pop music is also becoming common.

The cuisine celebrates culinary influences from the middle east and the Mediterranean. Meze plates are a popular dish in Jordan.

Things to do

Visitors to Jordan can enjoy an array of excursions, from visits to the hidden city of Petra and historical sites such as Bethany – the baptism site of Jesus, to boat trips on the Dead Sea. Whether you want to explore the archaeological sites of the Arabian desert, or tour the city of Amman, you will see the true beauty of Jordan.

Petra

Known as the Rose Red City, Petra dates back to 300 BC and is Jordan’s most treasured attraction and probably the most famous archaeological site in the world. Hidden in a canyon between sandstone cliffs, it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with narrow passageways, tombs and temples.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum in the south of Jordan is a protected desert wilderness offering breathtaking views of beautiful sandstone rock formations. You can see prehistoric inscriptions and carvings line rocky caverns and steep chasms, such as Khazali Canyon.

Bethany

Bethany is said to be the baptismal site of Jesus Christ. Located on the east bank of the Jordan River, guided tours here will show you around this holy site, known locally as El-Maghtas. You can tour the baptism pools and ancient ruins as well as the Lower Basilica.

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is at salt-lake situated at 400m below sea level – the lowest altitude on earth. It’s high salt content gives a buoyancy that allows swimmers to float. Floating on the Dead Sea is on many a visitor’s agenda as it’s a disappearing wonder.

Flight time

The flight time from London to Amman is just over 5 hours.

Currency

Dinar -

The currency of Jordan is the Jordanian dinar.

Passports and visas

Visitors to Jordan must hold a passport valid for at least 6 months from their return date to the UK. You’ll need a visa to enter Jordan. You can get a single-entry visa valid for 1 month on arrival at the airports or the Sheikh Hussein/North Border crossing at the Jordan/Jordan border.

For more information, visit the GOV.UK website.

Phrases

Hello – Marhabaan

Good morning – Sabah alkhyr

Good afternoon – Tab masayik

Please – Raja'

Thank you – Shukraan

Goodbye – Wadaeaan

Yes – Nem fielaan

No – La

Timezone

Jordan is 3 hours ahead of GMT/UK time.

Electricity

The standard voltage in Jordan is 230 volts. The frequency is 50Hz. You can use UK appliances in Jordan, if your appliances are between 220 V and 240 V.

There are a few different types of plus used in Jordan, including the standard euro plug, the Schuko plug and the British plug. Type C, D, F, G and J are all used and will need the appropriate adapters.

Language

Arabic -

The official language of Jordan is Arabic. The second most spoken language is English. There is a number of Arab dialects widely spoken across the country.

Tipping

Tipping etiquette can vary from place to place. In restaurants a 10% may be added to the bill, but you can still tip on top should you wish to. Tipping taxi drivers is not expected, and you should always agree your rate before you travel if it’s not metered.

Climate

The climate in Jordan is semi-arid. It shares some of the humid, subtropical climate of the Mediterranean and the hot dry climate of the Arabian desert.

Jordan enjoys long, hot summers and short, cool winters. The days are warm, but by night the temperature can drop below zero. The best time to visit is between March and May.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Travellers to Jordan will need to have Hepatitis A and Typhoid vaccinations ahead of travel.

Population and size

The population of Jordan is 9.5 million. 98% of the population are Arabs. Ethnic minorities include Armenians and ‎Circassians.

Jordan covers an area of 89,342 km². Its bordering countries are Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Iraq.

Smoking

Jordan has enlisted some smoke free places, including schools, airports and health centres but many indoor places still allow smoking. The Ministry of Health has allowed a phase-in of the smoking ban in restaurants.