Eco Tourism

Jordan Allure Tours & Travel has an excellent ecological awareness. We believe in involving tourists and local communities to share the love for Nature and to teach the coming generations how to conserve their inherited environment. The outcome of your visit to each protected areas helps renovating See more details

Pilgrimage tours

baptism or bethany is a popular site located in Jordan. Here, was the place where Jesus was baptized by John the baptist, an important event in the life of Jesus.the water flows into the Jordan river, eventually flowing into the Dead Sea located more than 100KM to the south. This site is believed by See more details

Classical Tours

Our classical tours consist of our most requested itineraries. These tours cover Jordan’s most conspicuous and famous sites and range from 4 nights up to 12 nights in the Kingdom. These tours can be booked for groups and individual travelers and include transportation in air conditioned, new v See more details

Family Fun

Holidays should be fun for everyone in the family. With a wealth of activities, events and cultural experiences, Jordan is the ideal place to take a family holiday. With its spectacular diversity of activities, events and cultural experiences, Jordan is the ideal place to share experiences you’ll See more details

Extensions Tours

Jordan Allure Tours has excellent partners in Israel, Syria & Egypt and we operate several tours from Israel, Syria & Egypt to Jordan.With our knowledgeable tour guides, local expertise, and our vast experience, we offer top-quality escorted tours to Jordan as well as our famous extension tours, we See more details

Leisure & Wellness

The popularity of the spa vacation has increased worldwide as many people are adopting healthier lifestyles Special Wellness leisure Holiday at the Greatest and largest Natural SPA on Earth, Dead Sea and the natural hot water falls and springs of Ma'in, The Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, it is See more details

Camel & Horse Riding

  Horses and camels play an important part of local tradition in Jordan,Camel and horse riding can be done in many areas in Jordan. In particular, the desert area of Wadi Rum lends itself superbly to trekking by camel and horseback. In Petra you can try a short camel ride or ride by horse back d See more details
   
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Jordan Travel Tips

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The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or “JD”, which is divided into one hundred piasters or one thousand fils. The dinar is pegged to the dollar. The current exchange rate is JD 71 per 100 US$. Although US$ are widely accepted, it is prudent to carry Jordanian dinars while you travel through Jordan

Departure Tax

A departure tax of currently JD 5 per person (around US$ 7.50) is paid at all land borders when departing Jordan. For passengers leaving by air, the departure tax is collected at the time the air ticket is issued. If you are leaving Jordan through a land border it is advisable to keep a JD 5 bill with you at the end of your tour to pay the departure tax.

Time

Jordan is two hours ahead of GMT during winter, and three hours ahead during summer. So do not forget to set your watch according to the local time while you travel to Jordan.

Electricity

The electrical current is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles, and requires rounded two prong wall plugs. Visitors from the US will need a transformer while travelling to Jordan; most hotels will provide one.

Shopping

Traditional handicrafts and more contemporary creative endeavors are found in every corner of the country. Several non-profits include the Jordan River Foundation, Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and Noor al-Hussein Foundation have established or helped local people erect handicraft workshops in rural areas to provide much-needed income and spread the benefits of tourism throughout the country. These crafts include weaving, ceramics, mosaics and the colorful hand embroidery.

Jewelry-making using silver, copper and the locally found semi-precious stones including malachite, garnets and fresh-water pearls is a lively tradition and you’ll find both traditional styles and modern designs. Some of the favored products that are purchased include hand-made soap’s, personal care products made from the unique minerals of the Dead Sea, cold –pressed olive oil, dried organically grown herbs and spices and a variety of noteworthy table wines.

If you are looking for contemporary and modern stores, Jordan offers a plethora of malls that one-stop family shopping destinations where one can purchase many foreign brands (City Mall, Mecca Mall, Abdoun Mall).

Tipping

You'll soon note that tipping is part of the culture when you travel in Jordan, though you should also take into consideration that it is not compulsory and should only be given if good service is received. Although all tourism workers do get paid decent fixed salaries, they use tips to supplement their income. In hotels and restaurants, 10% may be added to the bill, but a tip for the waiter is appropriate. For hotel bellboys and porters, 1 JD, or US$ 1 is customary. In taxis, pay the nearest round figure to the price on the meter. Visitors should consider tipping their guide, driver on tours, hotel staff, and waiters in restaurants.

Ramadan

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During the holy month of Ramadan, muslims abstain from eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours. Many restaurants, especially those not catering to the tourist trade may close for the whole month. Some restaurants only offer a special Iftar meal, which is the “break fast” meal served at sundown.

In Major tourist areas, restaurants are open to serve lunch during the month, but outside dining areas are closed.

There are many enjoyable aspects to visiting a Muslim country during Ramadan. You’ll find that many hotels and restaurants offer special “Ramadan Nights” programs, with special areas decorated in a traditional Oriental style and offer plays, music, story tellers and other entertainment.

In Major hotels, alcohol is served during Ramadan in the bars and restaurants.

Attire

Although Jordan is a modest culture, traditional behavior and dress co-exist easily alongside modern manners. Jeans or long shorts are perfectly acceptable attire for both men and women, especially in the most popular tourist attractions/

When your days program includes visits to mosques, churches or other sacred sites, modest attire is the most respectful.

Cuisine

The cuisine of Jordan is justifiably famous and relies heavily on fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables. The relaxed sociable nature of the culture is reflected in the local habits of making meals leisurely occasions, with a lavish assortment of tasty salads and mezzah’s (appetizers). These are usually served family-style, with diners sampling a variety of dishes with freshly baked bread. Hummus, a staple of the Middle Eastern cuisine, is usually prepared daily – it tastes better here in its native home than anywhere else in the world.

Tasty street food includes sandwiches made with falafel or shawarma (slow-roasted meet); mixed grills, gallayat bandura (pan-fried tomatoes, onions and peppers often prepared with cubes of lam, chicken or egg); kofta (ground beef topped with roasted tomato or tahina sauce); sunniyah (pan-roasted meat or chicken with roasted potatoes, onions and other vegetables; and, maglubah (which literally translates as “upside down”), a dish of rice, chicken and vegetables cooked together and then turned upside down onto a serving try, along with bowls of yoghurt and fresh salad.

The traditional Bedouin feast dish is Mansaf, a dish served on a large tray with steam rice and lam piled atop wafer thin shiraq bread, and flavor with ladles full of a tangy sauce based on yoghurt. To satisfy your sweet tooth, visit one of the Kingdom’s many sweet shops to try an assortment of the tasty hellawiyat, which are freshly baked sweets offering honey and pistachio fillings in a variety of tempting combinations.

Getting Around

If you plan on renting a car and exploring the country on your own, you’ll discover that most of the road signs are printed in both English and Arabic.. Special dark-brown signs are posted to highlight tourist attractions.

Taxis in Amman are bright yellow, whilst taxis in the general Aqaba region are green. These are relatively cheep, however for longer trips it is advisable to negotiate the fare in advance.

 

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