Jordan tourism had its boom when the rock city Petra was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the world. This behaves now an unique cause to choose Jordan as a travel destination for any visitors that they have something world worth here to visit during their lifetime. In further to this, Jordan has something more to include when we categorize the trip and types in order for the visitors to realize that Jordan has it all to meet any interest. Like for instance Special Interests tours are always not the same as usual, its something extraordinary.
We would like to classify the types, in further to assist on easy understanding for Jordan visit can be an ultimate choice for any traveler. Therefore we arrange tours with focus on certain topics. Find here some examples, you can combine with Jordan's attraction like Petra, the Dead Sea, Jerash and Wadi Rum and many more.
In Jordan are a lot of rare species of birds to see (in total 374) as the kingdom is located at the crossroads of migrating birds from Europe, Asia and Africa. Therefore best travel time for bird watchers are spring and winter. In Jordan are existing 17 Important Bird Areas, where you can see Squacco Herons, Egrets and Marsh Harriers, Temminck's Horned Lark, Desert Lark, Hoopoe Lark, Desert Wheatear and Trumpeter Finch; in winter also Cranes and Imperial Eagles and Thick-billed Lark. In Wadi Rum, Mujib and Petra the one can watch Griffon Vulture, Bonelli's Eagle, Blackstart, Scrub Warbler and Sinai Rosefinch; at Dead Sea area and in Wadi Araba the Sand Partridge, Bar-tailed Lark, Dunn's Lark, Little Green Bee-eater, Blackstart and Arabian Babbler.
The Bedouins are the people who inhabited Jordan since thousand of years. Only a very small percentage can still be regarded as nomads, many have chosen to settle in one place. Those Bedouins who still practice the traditional lifestyle live in long, black tents made of goat and hair cloth, known as beit al-sha'ar, or "house of hair". Bedouins are most famous for their hospitality. To get a feeling for this life spend some time in Wadi Rum, Dana, Wadi Arava, where some of them still live the traditional way. Ride a camel, hike with a Bedouin guide or spend a night camping with a Bedouin meal.
In Jordan you find a rich cultural heritage of handicrafts, rooted in basic living requirements. Weaving for tents and rugs, silver jewelry and embroidery to display tribal affiliations and status. It includes costumes, accessories, crafts and home implements from Palestine and Jordan spanning the last one hundred twenty-five years.
Jordanian crafts include beautiful handmade glass, handy earthenware vessels, and uniquely crafted silver jewelry.
Participation in a handicraft workshop is a unique way to acquire new skills. Touring a selection of handicraft centers, whether your interest is in the production itself or simply in acquiring a unique hand-crafted momento.
Creative new designs are using the country’s resources of silver, copper and semi precious stones in uniquely Jordanian pieces.
Mosaics are an especially suitable branch of Jordan’s handicraft heritage. The country’s intriguing geology gave early artisans access to stone colors. Madaba, home to the world’s largest collection of ancient mosaics, is the leader in this revived art.
“Madrasati” - My School intends to renovate Jordan’s public schools and improve the learning environment. Build a partnership between community members and public and private institutions, to upgrade at least 500 of the Kingdom’s public schools.
The Theodor Schneller School Amman was founded in 1959 as a shelter for orphans. The guiding principle of Theodor Schneller Schools in the region is to combine a shelter for orphans with appropriate educational facilities. Thus in Amman, the shelter has its own school and vocational training workshops.
Theodor Schneller School in Amman serves marginalized, underprivileged and orphaned, boys of the Jordanian community, as well as many boys from a Palestinian refugee camp. Boys are accepted according to the following criteria: Loss of one or both parents, boys from socially troubled homes, and those who are needy and underprivileged. Students are Christian and Muslim. The Schneller School emphasizes tolerance and mutual understanding and respect.
Brooke Hospital Petra:
Our animal health centre in Petra is the focus of Brooke’s activity in Jordan. With only one mobile team, it is the smallest of Brooke’s operations, yet it provides vital treatment for many hundreds of horses and donkeys working in the area.
The Brooke currently provides a daily clinic, a 24-hour emergency service and a mobile clinic which visits Petra, Bedoul and Wadi Musa several times a week.
Brooke also works with the animal owners, local farriers and government vets, providing training and support on animal welfare issues. The goal of the Brooke’s programme in Jordan is to ensure measurable improvements are made in the welfare of working horses and mules.
The Nabatean rock city Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and enchants visitors around the globe. Petra, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture, is one of three Jordanian sites listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. Half-built, half-carved into the rock, surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges, it counts among the world's most famous archaeological sites.
Umm Ar Rasas:
The UNESCO World Heritage Site Umm Ar Rasas is worth a visit due to the Byzantine mosaic floor of the Church of St Stephen. sThe archeological site contains ruins from the Roman, Byzantine, and early Muslim civilizations. The majority of the site has not been excavated. Among the portions excavated so far include a military camp, and several churches. Interesting to see is a 15 meter high Byzantine tower, built by early Christian monks. Two square towers are probably the only remains of the stylites practice, ascetic monks who spent time in isolation atop a column or tower. Umm Ar Rasas is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Qasr Al Amra:
Qasr Amra is the most charming of the desert castles due to its fresco paintings. Built by caliph Walid I as a bathhouse, it consists of three different chambers and a hydraulic structure for the water supply. The most impressing are the early Islamic frescoe paintings with varied iconographic themes depicting hunting and bathing scenes, musicians and dancers. They represent the formative stage of Islamic art and therefore Qasr Amra is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The World’s largest spa! The warm, soothing, salty water itself - ten times saltier than sea water, is rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium and bromine.
The health effects of this special area was known since antiquity, it was one of the first spas in the world. Herod the Great, king of Judaea, already used it in the 1st century BC as health treatment, as well as the Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra. The Nabateans discovered the value of bitumen extracted from the Dead Sea an needed by the Egyptian pharaohs for embalming mummies. Today the Dead Sea is an attraction for health and leisure tourism. Several hotels with spa and fitness facilities are gathered at Sweimeh. Public beaches also providing showers and restaurant to enjoy some hours at the lowest spot on earth.
Hammamat Ma'in is another favored spot, with a hot waterfall, thermal springs, and a full complement of resort facilities. Lying 264-meters below sea level, making it a destination of choice for those seeking the perfect retreat to relax and be pampered whilst enjoying the therapeutic benefits of Ma’In hot spring waterfalls., where people have come for thermal treatments or simply to enjoy a hot soak, since the days of Rome..
Hot Air Ballooning Wadi Rum:
A unique experience in WadiRum that will make you feel you are in a different planet. The beautiful moonlike landscape is absolutely breathtaking. Feel the joy on Hot Air Balloon begining at dawn (5:00am summer 6: 30 winter) lasts up to an hour and a half (depending on conditions - minimum 45minutes). This required to be pre booked like atleast a day before if the weather permits.
Tandem jumping is the easiest way to get an introduction to skydiving with minimal training. It takes approximately one hour from start to finish for your first parachute jump. Tandem parachuting is done from 10,000 feet and takes place at Aqaba or Wadi Rum. The whole event should normally take no more than 1 hour. This is a weather dependant sport and if weather conditions are not acceptable, the jump will not take place.
On your tandem jump, you will be hooked to a highly qualified instructor for the entire skydive. You will exit at an altitude of 10,000 feet, followed by a 30 second freefall. At 5,000 feet, your instructor will deploy the parachute, and you will then begin the peaceful parachute decent and enjoy the beautiful views.
It's an experience you will never forget.
Enjoy the pilot experience in Wadi Rum which takes 1 passenger at a time. Passengers are taken on a tour of Wadi Rum for various times of their choice, from a 10 minute flight or for up to an hour.
With this lightweight aircraft you will cruise at speeds of 80 to 90 km/h at altitudes of 1000-1200 meters which is ideal to take superb photos of the beautiful rock formations and sand dunes.
Although flying is considered an extreme sport, you do NOT need extra insurance in order to try a microlight flight in Wadi Rum.
This activity is also a weather dependant!
Horse and Camel Riding:
An authentic and special experience to explore parts of Jordan is a trip on horse or camel back. In general horse and camel rides are possible in southern Jordan:
within the desert of Wadi Rum,
between Petra and Wadi Rum,
from Wadi Rum to Aqaba.
Usually we combine theses tours with attractions in Jordan or after the ride with some days for leisure at the Red Sea (see the suggested tour below).
Needless to say but during your trip in the desert we provide you with all meals and you will sleep in camps. The group will be escorted by Bedouins incl. a cook caring for traditional meals. During the rides your luggage, the camping equipment, food, beverage and horse or camel supplies are transferred by jeeps. Depending on terrain and weather we ride 5 to 6 hours a day. 2.5 to 3 hours we ride in the morning and after a copious lunch break 2 to 3 hours in the afternoon. In that time you are expected to care for your camel respectively your horse. And don’t worry about the hygiene, we provide you with water for showering every day. Useful for your desert stay are a sleeping-bag, a hat, sunglasses, sun cream, easy trekking shoes, covering clothes, a rucksack and a torch. Bear in mind warm clothes as the night can become cold in the desert.
Horse or Camel?
The Arabian horses are strong and well cared. You have to be an experienced rider and be able to control the horse. In contrast to a horse no training is necessary to ride a camel. The experienced Bedouin guides in Wadi Rum provide reliable and friendly camels. Short treks for some hours up to longer treks, lasting several days, can be arranged.
Petra by Night:
Its quite popular to say, Petra would not be complete unless you experience the event Petra by Night: This event is one of the highlights of Petra! A magical way to see by candlelight and explore the old city which is now become a world wonder. This amazing experience is done 3 nights per week (all Mondays, Wednesday and Thursdays) and which is generally advised as travel tip that it is not to be missed. This fabulous event starts at 08:30pm (pn every Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays) and lasts for 2 hours or more. This magnificent, explore by walking experience starts from the Visitors centre, the entire Siq (trail or hike through Petra) and Treasury are lit with over 1000 candles to bring the major attraction due to the spectacular view it has. Your evening starts with a stroll down the Siq in complete silence to take in the incredible sights around you. Once you arrive at the Treasury (the world wonder), you will be requested to be seated on a never before unique experience such as on mats and listen to the traditional Jordanian music played by the local Bedouins. It will make you excited, just when you think the music is complete, and where you see a musician with his flute appears out of the dark Treasury, making his way through the candles to stand before the crowds.