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Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman April 9th 2024

This day actually started with a continuation of the day before. Our flight left Heathrow in the early evening, but that meant, with the two hour time difference, that we did not actually arrive in Amman until 1.30 in the morning. Definitely not the most sociable of times to arrive in a new country. Thankfully, we were being met at the airport and we were surprised to discover that meant being met before we went through immigration. We had understood that the visas were being arranged for us on arrival and we were wondering how they were planning on doing that, so all became clear. That said, it was very disconcerting when someone we had only just met took our passports and disappeared, apparently to go and get an additional stamp. All was good. He then ... read more
Flight Beer
Inside The Blue Mosque

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman June 21st 2023

On June 19 we left our Glamping compound for the dreaded long day in a bus. There comes a day in every tour that no matter where you are going there is one terrible day spent traveling. If you recall, we started our tour in Amman in the north of Jordan and traveled ever south to Petra. We had many stops along the way so the travel was not bad...but the reverse was not so much. We were in Petra and our evening destination was the Dead Sea Resort hotel (Holiday Inn) for 7 of us; while the rest of the travelers were heading to Amman to board flights home, or to continue with another tour. Many continuing on were Aussies! Australians have a thing that their country is so far away, about 24 hours to ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Jerash June 16th 2023

Let's start tonight with a little comment on Touring Etiquette, shall we? Touring is very different from vacationing. With a vacation, you are in charge. You can do what you want when you want and for how long. You travel how you want and, basically, you are in total control. Not so in touring. When you are on a tour you are part of a whole, meaning if you are late, or you get lost or you want to stay longer someplace, you are disrupting everyone else on the tour. Your actions have consequences not only for you but for everyone else. If you are part of a tour, LISTEN to your tour guide. BE PUNCTUAL (meaning showing up at the bus or for a meal 5 minutes before time. PAY ATTENTION to directions from your ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman June 15th 2023

Today we leave Israel and head to Aman for our final 6 days of touring. Out of the original 25 travelers, we were reduced to 6 traveling on to Jordan. We arrived at the hotel lobby before 9 AM expecting to see Khadar, who said he would introduce us to our new driver. Well, no Khadar and no new driver. By 9:15 we were a little concerned. One of our members spied a large white van sitting outside all morning and she decided to see if that was our van....It was! We were off to a bit of a rocky start. It was about 90 minutes to the border with Jordan and that went well, that is until we got to the crossing. No one had prepared us for exactly what we were supposed to do. ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman January 14th 2023

We have been back just over three weeks, but my mind keeps wandering back to the epic landscapes and vivid history of our family trip to Jordan and Egypt. Over 16 days, we completed a whirlwind tour of both countries seeing many of the most famous sights and leaving us eager to return and see more of both countries in the future. On a bright note, Riley did really well on the trip with almost no other kids to interact with! He made friends with our fellow tourists over the two weeks. After a gruelling 24 hour set of flights from Vancouver to Calgary to Frankfurt to Amman, we arrived late in the day on January 7, were greeted by a local guide and taken to our hotel. The next morning, we were up bright and ... read more
Richard at Jerash
Southern Theatre at Jerash
Temple of Hercules at Jerash

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman November 19th 2022

With the travel day, 3 hour time change and late-night bedtime, it seemed like a short night. I snuck out to breakfast, as Ken was still blissfully dreaming The breakfast area overlooked the pool with a very large selection of arabic (hummus, labneh, grilled vegis, freshly grilled flatbreads with cheese and herbs, etc) and western (eggs, bacon, etc). Ken wandered down and we enjoyed a leisurely breakfast, slowly getting into the day. Our plan today was to taxi to the Citadel, and then wander to the Roman Theater and on to the souq (marketplace). Eventually we got going, and soon we were entering the Citadel with our Jordan Pass. Note to anyone visiting, get the Jordan Pass before includes the visa and access to most of the major historical sites in Jordan. Very worthwhile! The ... read more
Exploring the Ruins of the Citadel
Entrance to the Citadel

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman November 18th 2022

One of the benefits of living in Ireland is the close proximity to Europe, Africa and the Middle East. And, for this trip we decided to take advantage of that and explore Jordan. While I have been to the region many times for work and actually living in Saudi Arabia for 2 years, Ken has had limited exposure. As Jordan is considered one of the safest, and has some amazing sites this was the perfect way to introduce him to the wonderful hospitality, great food and see some cool things in the process. Ken was thrilled that I actually booked flights that did not leave at 6am, which always means we have to be out the door at 345a. A reasonable 1140a flight meant normal sleeping and some time to enjoy coffee before starting the journey. ... read more

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman June 14th 2022

Bye bye Egypt and good morning to Jordan. I love Jordan. It's a first for Tanya, but my third visit in a country I wouldn't mind to live in one day. People here are just magic. Small country, great people! We landed pretty early in Amman, and for once in the Middle East, I'm renting a car for the few days we are here. They drive on the right, which even being European, I'm actually not that used need to be careful on my own reflexes! Driving in Jordan is super easy, except in super busy Amman. At least they drive better than in Cairo here! We first drive to drop the bags at the new W. Place is really cool! We have landed once again one of the top suites, so it's kind of ... read more
The little terrace of our little room with view on the Dead Sea...
Tanya floating...
Driving the East shore of the Dead Sea....

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman November 29th 2021

Hi again, We got back from Jordan over a week ago, but it has been pretty hectic, and we led a walk on Saturday so wanted to get that out of the way before I could concentrate on the final bit of the Jordan blog. Watching the news emerge about the new covid variant makes us appreciate how lucky we were to fit in a trip. 200 pounds now added to the cost of our Christmas trip, for day 2 Covid tests, to the UK!! We also had two nights in Madrid to allow me to see the Prado Museum. Madrid was chilly and autumnal and every time we go, I think we need to stay longer as there is so much to see. The Prado was interesting if a bit old-fashioned and full of religious ... read more
Little Petra Roman fresco
Yep I climbed to the top !
No caption needed !!

Middle East » Jordan » North » Amman November 19th 2021

Hi, So last time we had just arrived in Wadi Mass, the town that services Petra. We stayed at the Petra Guest House and I was expecting something small but it had been the Crowne Plaza. It was a nice place with lovely friendly genuine staff. We were up for breakfast at 6.15am and what a difference from the chaos of the Dead Sea. Our guide Ahmed arrived at 7 and we set off for Petra, full of excitement it is 50 Jordanian Dinar entrance fee which is about 50€ or £53 so we wanted to make the most of it. We knew it was going to be a long day and as you set off walking towards the valley you have no sense of what is ahead, the track is flat and uninteresting. You then ... read more
The donkey trail
Ampitheatre carved out of the rock
The Treasury

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