The cozy city of Aqaba along the Red Sea Shores. Not only a great destination when you want to simply relax at the beach, but also to get a real taste of local Jordanian life. Not sure what to do in Aqaba? Here are 11 things to do while you’re staying in Aqaba:

  1. Stroll along the Public Beach. Head towards the public beach and simply enjoy seeing the locals having fun. Walk along the public beach from the Royal Yacht club until the Jordanian flag. Take a seat at one of the many local cafe’s, order a lemon and mint drink or sisha and watch the show. Not only you’ll find lots of families enjoying the beach and attempting a swim, you’ll also see young Arabs trying to show off in their boats, going incredibly fast with the latest Arabic hits on full blast from their sub-woofers.
What to do in Aqaba

2.  Take a picture at the Arab Revolt Square to proof that you were there. There’s a big #LoveAqaba sign. From this square, below the big Jordanian Flag, you’ll find locals hanging out, children playing football or other games and fisherman along the coastal line. From here you also are next to the Aqaba Castle which is another ‘what to do in Aqaba”.

What to do in Aqaba

3. Eat fish like the locals do. Continue your stroll along the beach (facing the beach just continue to your left) to find a really local piece of Aqaba than not many know. Take a seat at the Aqaba House, a local restaurant serving nice fish-dishes. Sit down in relaxing chairs and beautiful tents, literally on the beach.

What to do in Aqaba
Fish soup at the Aqaba House Restaurant
What to do in Aqaba
Eating fish on the beach

4. Visit Souk By the Sea. On Friday Evenings you can find Souk By the Sea in the touristic area of Aqaba. What to do in Aqaba? Shopping for numerous of hand-made items such as olive oil soaps, jewelry and local produce. Great souvenirs to take home!

What to do in Aqaba
Souk by the Sea

5. Hang out on a private beach. Next to the 5* hotels and resorts that are directly located at the beach, there are 3 private beaches in Aqaba. The closest beach to the city center is Ayla. Here you’ll find the B12 beach-club, with soft sandy beaches, lazy chairs, hammocks, cabana’s and even a track to go water-skiing or wake-boarding. They regularly organize events in the weekends – check out their Facebook page for more information. The second option is Tala Bay. It’s nice but doesn’t offer that much facilities as the other two. Another option is to visit Berenice Beachclub. Here you’ll find pools, beach, a jetty from where different boat-trips depart, a dive center and other water sports. You can arrange shuttles and entry tickets at the reception of your hotel in Aqaba.

Berenice Beachclub

6. Get lost down town. On the opposite side of the public beach area you’ll find many souvenirshops. Buy your sisha for at home, eat knafa’a or baklava at one from one of the bakeries, visit the mosque and buy spices you can only find in the Middle East such as Sumac or the delicious Za’tar.

7. Play golf at Ayla Oasis. A beautiful golf course includes an 18-hole par-72 championship course, a nine-hole par-three practice course. It’s running on waste water from the city of Aqaba. At their Golf Academy you can also take lessons to know the fine art of playing golf. The 18-hole course, designed by the legendary Greg Norman, is the largest in the Levant region and one of the finest in the Middle East!

Golf in Ayla

8. Help out in the morning at the Local animal shelter. Their small team is completely depending on donations and volunteers. With over 100 dogs to feed and take care for, they have not enough time on their hands.  They don’t have enough people to get the jobs done and are in desperate need of people who want help out and give some love to the dogs in the Animal shelter. Another great “What to do in Aqaba”!

9. Visit the Aqaba Aquarium if you’re not keen on going into the water yourself, or if you just want to see what’s swimming in the Red Sea. The renovated Aquarium is located in the direction of Tala Bay and just behind the harbor. It’s not huge but has beautiful aquariums full of fish. They also have numerous projects in regrowing corals. It’s a very nice excursion with small children.

10. Go on a boat trip. Go local on a glass bottom boat from the public beach area and use it as a water taxi to get yourself dropped of at the south beach area. Take a ride in the Neptune glass bottom boat. Experience an all out and loud Arab disco party and delicious food on the Sun and fun boat or go on the Aladin Yacht during a sunset dinner cruise.

 

11. Go diving or snorkeling. One of the most relaxing, meditative and yet exciting things you can do in Aqaba. Most of the dive and snorkel sites of Aqaba are in relative shallow waters and accessible by beach. The dive sites are concentrated around the South beach area, which is on about a 20-30 minute drive from the town. Local dive centers will take you on either a boat trip or by car to directly access the dive sites. Jordan is unknown as a dive destination yet has so many to offer when it comes to underwater life and dive possibilities. Find out more on what to look out for when going diving in this separate blogpost here.

 

What to do in Aqaba?

Here you have it.  Do you have any tips and recommendations? Leave them down in the comments below! 

Whether you experience a little discomfort or end up with serious trouble… A gluten allergy is always difficult when it comes to traveling abroad. How do you explain your condition to locals? And what can you eat? Learn all about going gluten free in Jordan! 

Maglooba - the upside down one-pot gluten free Jordanian dish!
Maglooba – the upside down one-pot gluten free Jordanian dish!

Gluten free in Jordan

Gluten allergies are not really known in Jordan. It’s better known in the bigger cities such as Amman, where there more and more gluten free menu’s and food are on offer. If you go to the high end restaurants and 5* hotels you will find professionals who know everything about gluten, cross contamination and how to avoid that last one.

But most of the locals don’t know what it is, let stand ever heard about it. Therefore we provide everyone with a gluten allergy, with a document that explains a gluten allergy  in Arabic what you can and can’t eat. You can also show it to the locals when going to any restaurant. We also always communicate your food preferences and allergies to the hotels and restaurants when you pre-book your meals.

Maglooba - Jordanian gluten free dish
Maglooba – Jordanian gluten free dish

Gluten free dishes

It might surprise you but there are many dishes in Jordan that are gluten free! Think about the delicious local mezzes with dips such as hummus*, baba ganouch*, Dawali (Rice stuffed grape leaves) or Makdoosh (garlic and hazelnut stuffed baby aubergines). Another great gluten free starter is Lentil soup, a nice full soup with loads of protein but especially taste.

There is no such thing as gluten free bread in Jordan. You can buy it at select amount of selling points and in Amman only. For example at Crumz or at the “Beat tha wheat shop’ in Cozmo 7th circle. If you’re don’t have the opportunity to go here, it’s better to bring your own gluten free crackers or bread and dip away; going gluten free in Jordan!

Be careful though, some of these dishes contain *tahini (sesame paste), which may be processed in a factory that also processes wheat.

Makdoush : stuffed baby aubergines - Gluten free in Jordan
Makdoush : stuffed baby aubergines – Gluten free in Jordan

Gluten free main courses

You can eat a variety of main courses. Jordan is rich in one-pot rice dishes such as Maglooba. It’s a one-pot upside down rice dish, with veggies, potatoes, chicken, sprinkled with roasted peanuts and parsley. Or go for the traditional Zarb Dinner, the famous Bedouin dish that’s prepared under the ground. It consists of roasted chicken and a variety of roasted vegetables. But also dishes such as Bamia and Mlokhia are incredibly delicious and gluten free. Bamia is made out of okra’s in tomato sauce. Mlokhia is a kind of spinach soup full of garlic. Both are traditionally eaten together with rice.

Dishes to watch out for, they contain gluten:

  • Fattoush salad. Part of this salad is deep-fried bread.
  • Foul: Although this dish is made of beans, they often come from cans before being processed into this dish.
  • Tabouleh: Parsley salad that contains couscous.
  • Any pastry or other types of bread.

Please note that you always should be very careful with what you eat. The above list is just a small one; the Arabic cuisine contains many many dishes and varieties of them, making it impossible to list all of the Arabic dishes that contain gluten.

NOT GLUTEN FREE - Tabouleh salad - parsley salad with couscous. Watch out!
NOT GLUTEN FREE – Tabouleh salad – parsley salad with couscous. Watch out!

Other allergies

Also when you have other allergies, you can come to Jordan. Our travel consultants live in the country and can help you with an advise on what (not) to eat and give you a proper advise on food in Jordan. We also create wonderful itineraries that meet all of your wishes! Contact us any time and we’re more than happy to help.

 

Generous meals in Beit al Baraka
Generous meals in Beit al Baraka
A typical Arabic breakfast – do you know what’s gluten free?

 

A special thanks goes to Mariangela, our favorite Chef in Jordan and Italian Chef the Cuisine of Hilton Dead Sea for the extra tips and tricks about going gluten free in Jordan! 

 

 

Looking for a new destination for your New year’ resolution on taking care of yourself? If you’re looking for some great adventures to a special destination, we got you covered! Recently we were featured in this fantastic article on the Telegraph UK. It covers 10 destinations to find peace and quiet around the world. Our unique Horse Wisdom Retreat we offer in Little Petra is one of them. 

Jordan: a place for your next horse wisdom retreat

Jordan is a fantastic country, where we daily learn from the local customs. For example from the Bedouins, who love to live in the moment. Something we tend to forget in our daily lives. Being your authentic self, or just enjoying the moment without the continue updates from social networks or work. Just with a cup of tea, slowly brewed on the camp fire.

During the horse wisdom retreat in Little Petra

The authenticity of the Bedouins, living in the moment and getting back to who you really are. All of this is combined in our horse wisdom retreat. Host Sandra Jelly is a great coach and certified yoga teacher. Together with her horses she guides you to on a quest to find your true self.

You can experience the horse wisdom retreat during this round-trip to Jordan. Or as an extension to your own itinerary with this 3 day workshop. During this mini retreat you increase wellness & get inspiration while on a breathtaking in Jordan; Little Petra.  You enjoy yoga, but also meditation & horse coaching, which will all invite you to connect from the heart and embrace the moment.

Sandra, coach during horse wisdom retreat in Little Petra Jordan
Sandra, coach during horse wisdom retreat in Little Petra Jordan

Our horse wisdom retreat is mentioned in the Telegraph UK by Travel Journalist Emma Thompson:  “Take your Namaste to the next level and try horse meditation. In this version of equine-assisted therapy, the horses intuitively mirror your state of being to offer powerful insights into your hidden behaviour. This three-day retreat at Little Petra combines yoga sessions with excursions to Wadi Rum and private Bedouin camps inside Petra. Massages, horse rides and stargazing are also on offer. It’s hard to say neigh…”

You can find the full article here.

 

Namaste! 

Hubbly bubbly, Sisha, hookah or in Arabic: “Argilah”, the water-pipe is a common tool to smoke different flavors of tobacco in Jordan. What is it and where can you smoke the best Sisha in Jordan? 

Preparing the Sisha

How do you prepare the best sisha? Learn from the locals in Jordan and use the following tips and tricks:

  • Fire up! Get some coals from your BBQ or put some on the fire. In the meanwhile you can continue with prepping your pipe.
  • Fill the bottle with cool water. You can also add ice-cubes, slices of lemon or some mint to the water for an extra fresh taste.
  • Fill the head of the Sisha with the tobacco of your taste. Put a piece of foil on top and prick small holes in there so the air can go through.
  • Make sure all pieces are well connected. Put some small coals on top of the foil and suck the air through the tube. You’ll see smoke coming into the bottle above the water.
  • While smoking, sometimes it becomes ‘very heavy’. Instead of leaving it, you can go another round by taking the head off and blow in it from the other side.
  • If you’re sitting outside, you can protect the coals from blowing off by either wrapping some foil around the head of the water-pipe or use the little wind-shield that came with the sisha.
  • Drink a small cup of Turkish coffee along with your sisha like a real pro.

For this blog we went out and captured the process with a how-to photoguide:

 

Buying a sisha in Jordan

There are many shops to buy your sisha in Jordan. If you are looking to take this souvenir home, consider buying a full set so you can enjoy it at home. A complete set contains:

  • The sisha itself
  • A good tube and some plastic mouth pieces if you are planning to share it with others
  • Spare parts such as rubbers and ceramic top-pieces
  • Tobacco – keep in mind the regulations of your home country (or next destination) to prevent hassle at the airport!
  • The big tweezers to handle hot coals.
  • A rag to clean it after use
  • A small metal basket so you can burn your coals on the fire.
  • A bag that fits the sisha and all parts exactly, perfect when you want to take it to the beach or on a picnic!

Another tip to clean the tube: put a bit of water inside and sling it while holding both ends. Blow out the water and there you go, ready for the next round!

Shop for tabacco and sisha in Jordan – Picture by Marre

Types of tobacco

The most common enjoyed flavor is double apple. You’ll find it available everywhere. But there’s also the Zaglool – a cigar like taste where the coals are put directly on top of the tobacco (without foil.) But there’s a range of other flavors as well. The tobacco shop can even mix your favorite flavors. Some popular combinations are lemon and mint or watermelon that tastes like sweet sweet bubblegum. But you can also go for something more tropical, for example with a combination of coconut, mango and peach flavor.

"tombac" sisha in Jordan - Photo by Carmen Scholten
“tombac” sisha in Jordan – Photo by Carmen Scholten

Where to smoke a sisha in Jordan:

Almost everyone has a sisha at home in Jordan. In most restaurants in Jordan the water-pipe is part of the menu. But also Bedouins in the most remote places can prepare it for you. In Papaya Restaurant in Aqaba (Pizza street) you will find a beautifully crafted sisha with different and unique flavors.  Sisha Way in Amman – the name already says it, serves different kind of sisha’s. Or visit [email protected], LEMON Jordan or just hop in where-ever you see other people smoking their sisha’s!

Looking for a customized program with visits to beautiful places, good restaurants and the highlights of Jordan? Contact our Jordan destination experts for a custom-made trip! 

Disclaimer: don’t smoke tobacco if you are too young to do so, or if you have an addictive personality. It can become a first step to smoking real cigarettes! 

 

Do you have a sisha yourself? Did we miss any tips and tricks? Comment below! 

 

The Rea Sea is truly an aquatic wonderland that is enjoyed by beginners and advanced divers of all ages. The best place to immerse yourself in the heart of the Red Sea is via the small coastal town of Aqaba. Identified by its expansive white, stony coastline and crystal clear waters; Aqaba is the gateway to a multitude of breathtaking dive spots and snorkel sites. You reach them right from the shore which leaves you with unforgettable memories of your time in Jordan.

What to expect in Aqaba?

Dive Center South beach
Dive instructors at South Beach Resort

Located in Jordan’s south, Aqaba is a 3,5hr drive from Amman. It is dotted with over 20 various resorts and dive centers that offer SCUBA and snorkelling services. Starting from downtown Aqaba and stretching to South Beach and Tala Bay, your opportunities for dive certifications, wreck, shore and boat dives, and discovery adventures are endless. The rule in Jordan however is simple: you get what you pay for. This means you pay a large sum for a 5 star PADI dive resort experience, or a lower price for a standard service. But be warned: not all dive centers in Aqaba operate according to international dive standards.

Signs of a reputable and safe dive center

Open Water dive course Aqaba PADI
Audience during a open water course

Key signs of a safe and reputable dive operation include:

  • Always providing an official dive instructor or divemaster to go in the water with you
  • Equipment is not less than two years old and is free of damage and holes
  • The dive package is inclusive off all essential gear, such as a wetsuit, boots, fins, a sealed mask, a regulator, BCD, and a full tank of oxygen
  • Investigation of your medical disclosure statement to insure that you are fit and safe to dive

Dive sites in Aqaba

Cedar Pride Wreck diving Aqaba
Cedar Pride Wreck Diving Aqaba

Aqaba has only recently caught the attention of international tourists so the diving sites are relatively quiet and open to explore. With the position of Aqaba nestled in the north-east corner of the Red Sea, the waters are calm and shallow all year around. It makes of the dive sites accessible from the shore. This makes Aqaba an ideal haven for beginners and kids keen to take their first dive down under!

The Seven Sisters and Japanese Gardens sites are two shore dives that comprise of beautiful reefs where coral and fish are in abundance. For experienced divers, the Cedar Pride Wreck is one of the most popular sites in Aqaba. Resting 26 meters below the surface, the old 78 meter long Lebanese freighter is still largely intact. Its deck is  now colonised by various hard and soft corals and smothered by urchins, shrimps, crabs and fish. For a drop off, the Power Station has a very lively coral plateau sloping from 12 to 20 meters. Here you see moray eels and coral pinnacles.

Coral reefs

Diver in Aqaba
Diver in Aqaba

Because of the geographic location in the Gulf of Aqaba and the shallow waters, coral reefs tend to grow fast in Jordan. A great place to visit is the Marine Park for a different ‘underwater garden’ experience. Corals from the harbor are relocated in the Japanese Gardens. Here you recognize the pieces on the tags that are still on there.

A place to relax and rejuvenate

Excursion to Petra during dive holiday Jordan
Camel at the Monastery Jordan

So what if Aqaba’s 20 underwater sites appeal to your family but diving is not your thing? Next to relaxing at the beach or swimming pool, there is a good amount of excursions to make from Aqaba, including sites like the World Wonder Petra, and UNESCO heritage Wadi Rum desert.

There really is something for everyone in Jordan!

Do you want more information? Feel free to contact me with questions or to get you an offer for a diving holiday at the Red Sea.

In 2017, In2Jordan was thrilled to host National Geographic Traveller writer, Emma Thomson, at our Horse Wisdom Retreat in Little Petra. Now, Emma has shared her experience, led by In2Jordan’s resident equine coach, Sandra Jelly. 

Enjoy her article, which was originally published on National Geographic Traveller: http://www.natgeotraveller.co.uk/destinations/middle-east/jordan/petra-horse-meditation/ 

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Getting up close and personal with horses proves emotional in Little Petra, as they deliver a dose of equine enlightenment

When I was told we’d be trying horse meditation, I immediately thought of the film, The Horse Whisperer, and conjured up images of me cantering across the desert, hair flowing in the breeze, accompanied by a denim-shirted Robert Redford. Luckily for us, Sandra Jelly — described as ‘the horse whisperer of Petra’ — is far prettier, with a pair of cobalt-blue eyes, wide white smile and the jangle of rings and bracelets. Horse Wisdom

She gave up her advertising career in Amsterdam after she saw an advert in a magazine about horseback riding in Petra, Jordan. “I thought — that’s my call! So, I took a sabbatical and, with the last of my money, I bought Gamar (a brown mare), some riding boots and a set of paintbrushes.” Eight years on and Sandra now resides here, offering yoga and horse meditation classes to travellers to help them reconnect with nature and themselves.

A small group of us sit cross-legged on the floor of a Bedouin tent, nestled near the Wadi Baad’ja mountain range, behind Little Petra. We’re in a rich farming valley, surrounded by fields of alfalfa, barley and olive trees. The gentle wind flaps the fabric walls, as flies dance around the rim of the teapot. Three horses are corralled in a simple sandy paddock in front of us. “The grey gelding is Nour, he’s a bossy little man,” remarks Sandra, rather proudly. “Then there are the two mares, Gamar and Remaz, and the foal Zahir over in the corner.”

“Pick a horse you feel you resonate with and approach it without the purpose of interacting — just sense their energy.” We all look a bit confused. “It’s just like observing a candle, you focus the mind but don’t touch it,” she explains. So, I hop over the simple fence and stand with my eyes closed. Nour moseys over and starts nipping at my sleeve and arm. “Ah, that’s a sign you’re emanating masculine energy,” comments Sandra. “The horses reflect your inner feelings. For example, they’ll rear if we’re holding anger.” It’s starting to make sense: I always wear my ‘in charge’ hat when travelling on my own.

About 10 minutes later, we form a meditation circle in the paddock. “Leave room so the horses can weave in and out,” instructs Sandra. Immediately, Nour comes over and starts nibbling my trousers and playfully chomping my arm. I close my eyes and try to let go of my ‘masculine’ feelings and embrace my nurturing side. I feel something unlock inside me and the minute I do, Remaz — one of the mares — wanders straight up and starts nuzzling me affectionately. I’m so shocked by the immediacy of her reaction and sense of sisterly caring that, quite out of the blue, my eyes brim with tears.

“Horses are in their true nature, whereas we get separated from it. They guide us back to our authentic bodies and help us to become fully present,” whispers Sandra. She’s taught me more than Robert Redford ever could.

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From skydiving to SCUBA diving, horse-back riding to walking and 4×4 driving; this country caters for all types of adventures. Find out which adventures in Jordan you can experience.  

Writer: Carmen Scholten

Are you the type of person who enjoys a two-day break on the beach before starting to grow restless for an adventure? Or perhaps you’re the type who seeks out exciting travel destinations to pursue activities that offer a challenge in new environments and terrains? Whatever your travel style, Jordan offers adventures for everyone with an adventurous spirit and a daring soul.

At In2Jordan, we know that the sky is (literally) the limit for some of our guests. So here are seven different adventures to help build the foundations of your next Jordan holiday. And the best thing is: for every adventure we have a dedicated travel consultant who helps you to plan your trip!

Adventure one: Horseback riding from Petra to Wadi Rum

When one thinks of crossing the desert on horse-back, a mental image of Lawrence of Arabia is usually close to follow. However this nomadic style of transport has been favoured by the Bedouin tribes for centuries. Now it is still a viable and fun way for visitors to explore the vast desert landscapes.

For horse-lovers and explorers alike, a classic trek from the ancient city of Petra to the desolate environment of Wadi Rum is a must. Previously this journey was selected as best horseback riding holiday around the world! Discover the south of Jordan on horse-back where the natural environment is breathtakingly beautiful and rugged. From Petra you will ride with local experienced Bedouin guides on active horses – AKA, horses who carry the blood Arabic stallions – in the direction of the desert. Throughout the tour you will see the landscape transform as you journey through mountains and valleys along the way to the red desert of Wadi Rum. A Bedouin chef joins you for a traditional lunch on location, which is synonymous with famous Bedouin hospitality. A journey through these vast, echoing and colorful deserts is a true paradise making a horse-back riding holiday an adventure of a lifetime.

Click here for 4 and 6 day riding tour options

Adventure two: Skydiving above Wadi Rum or the Dead Sea

Adventure in Jordan - visit Wadi Rum
Wadi Rum

SkyDiveJordan – part of the The Royal Aero Sports Club of Jordan – offers a couple of skydiving experience each year for those who seek the adrenaline that comes with jumping out of aeroplanes. There is no standard schedule, but previous tours offered sky-dives above the Dead Sea and the Wadi Rum desert.

Check out the website for more information:

https://web.facebook.com/RoyalAeroSportsClubofJordan

Adventure three: Camping and canyoning in Wadi Araba

Adventure in Jordan - camping in the desert
Campfire in Wadi Araba

The Siq in Petra is not the only canyon in Jordan. Deeper in the desert, revealing expansions lead to the lowest point on earth: The Dead Sea. The flow of nature water from the desert wadi’s results in incredible oasis’ and canyons that become an awesome playground for thrill seekers. From a walk through streaming water to abseiling with a professional team of guides: all is possible. Wadi Al Hasa is one location where you can spend the night under the stars from a tent, and spend the days hiking through the Wadi Araba desert.

Adventure four: Walk the Jordan Trail

Adventure in Jordan ; hike the Jordan Trail
Hiking the Jordan Trail

Also known as the Abraham Path, The Jordan Trail is a walking route that runs from Um Qais in the most northern part in Jordan, all the way to Aqaba in the south. A few fanatic walkers have walked the full 650 kilometre trail over 40 days. However hiking shorter day or multi day options is also possible. Along the path, hikers will come across small villages where traditional hospitality will keep you well rested and fed. Ancient olive trees as old as Roman times will often line the path while leading you to natural springs as you journey through arid desert and sprawling grassland terrains. Walk through the Great Rift Valley. Or walk straight through the desert combined with the main highlights of Jordan such as Petra and the Dead Sea. It will have every box on your must-see list ticked before heading home.

Click here for more info on the Jordan Great Outdoors itinerary

Adventure five: Petra 2.0

Hiking adventure in Petra, Jordan
Camel at the Monastery in Petra

For real Petra fans there is a wide range of possibilities to discover the ancient city and its surrounds. Walk various routes to enter the site. Like walking the backroad with expansive views over Wadi Araba. Walk through the Sig to reveal the great Treasury, you are guaranteed amazed at every turn. Climb to the Monastery, Petra’s biggest monument; venture up to Jabal Haroon where you’ll find a tomb in honour of Aaron, the brother of Moses; scramble up the Um al Biyara or Jabal Khubta mountains for a birds-eye view of the desert landscape. Or walk via the Nabatean inscriptions to the place where ancient springs, water and orchids still grow inside Petra. Leave no stone unturned before leaving this wonder of the world.

Check this itinerary for your Petra 2.0 adventure

Adventure six: 4×4 jeep tour in Wadi Rum

Adventure in Jordan - Wadi Rum
Jeeptour in Wadi Rum

Why just skirt the edges of the Wadi Rum desert when you can experience a 4×4 jeep safari? This adventure will take you along the best places of this UNESCO heritage. Or get dropped off at the foot of the highest mountains in Jordan. Scramble up for views of surrounding countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Palestine. A stay in the unique desert white spots which cut you off from the interest and mobile reception will give you a true sense of peace and relaxation as you enjoy the array of stars in the unlit sky.

Adventure seven: Diving in the Red Sea

Diving adventure in Jordan
Diving at the Red Sea

In the very south of Jordan, close to the border of Saudi Arabia, lies the small town of Aqaba. Boasting 25 kilometers of expansive white, stony coastline and crystal clear waters, Aqaba is the gateway to the ultimate underwater experience in the Red Sea. With a whopping 22 dive and snorkel sites, many of which are accessible from the shallow shore; Aqaba is the ultimate destination for both beginner and experienced divers. For beginners exploring the shallow reefs offer abundant sights of fish, coral and marine critters. Such as crabs, sea urchins and shrimp. For more experienced divers, deep dive wrecks such as the Cedar Pride provide views of rare fan-corals, eels and larger fish in deeper seas.

Click here for more information on package options. 

The great thing for you is that all of our travel consultants have first hand experience in these adventures! What else would you expect from these bunch of girls that are living and working inside Jordan? For more information, send your inquiry to [email protected] and we will get in touch with you.

Vamoos, In2Jordan’s travel app is now available for customers via the app store, and compatible with Android and iPhone tablets and mobile devices.

 

Writer: Carmen Scholten

Ready, steady, click, and complete! That’s how easy it is to immerse yourself in your Jordanian adventure, before and during your visit, with the new In2Jordan travel app, Vamoos.

Developed by a UK company, Vamoos is designed to let you access all your travel information on your mobile device even without having a data signal. In2Jordan is proud to be the first company to take advantage of the app’s specialist travel services across the Middle East. All in the pursuit of making your holiday as seamless as possible.

We couldn’t be more excited to help you and your travel mates count down the days until your holiday. Easily check the weather so you know which clothes to pack; and, place all your essential travel documents in one convenient place so you’re ready to go.

Responsible traveling

Responsible traveling is high on our priority list. As part of this, we build itineraries that allow you to spend as much time with local communities as possible so you can learn their ancient culture from the grassroots. We also aim to reduce our environmental footprint by digitising many tourism paper-based processes, making them accessible and available 24/7. Enter the new Vamoos app that houses all your travel essentials on your phone.

How it works

First things first, our In2Jordan destination experts work closely with you to create a customised itinerary to develop a holiday that fits all your needs. Then we invite you to download Vamoos via the App store on your phone, which is compatible with Android and iOS mobile devices. In2Jordan will provide you with a unique code to enter. This code transports you to a wholly personalized experience where you will find all the necessary information about your holiday, already conveniently entered by your In2Jordan expert.

Key information that you will find on the app, includes:

  • Your itinerary and a count-down to your departure date
  • A map with all the locations you will visit
  • A general overview of local customs, language tips, and additional excursions that might be useful during your visit
  • Your transport and accommodation vouchers
  • A weather tab that displays the temperature of the locations you will visit
  • A tab that allows you to share pictures and messages within the group you travel with

 

The only thing we would advise you to do is to keep the contact information of your travel consultant somewhere else, in case you lose your phone!

Get ready for your Jordan holiday in no-time! Take a look here for more inspiration on unique accommodations or for the latest testimonials from our guests.

Are you someone who likes to go away from the mass or off the beaten track? With overnight stays at the following accommodations, you will not only get to beautiful places, you might even stay the night with people from your own country!
Already have in mind what you want to do during your trip in Jordan? Send us an email and we’ll work out a price for your itinerary!

Boutique hotel in Amman

The La Locanda Boutique hotel in Amman is located in Jabal al Weibdeh, the new place to be with the hipsters of Amman. The hotel has a modern set up and the design of every room is inspired by important musicians from the Arabic World. It’s centrally located and with a walk you’ll be right at the amphi theater and Jabal Amman with the temple of Hercules.

In between Pilgrims

Something completely different is the Russian Pelgrimage house. This resthouse is built on the border between Jordan and Israel, where you stay the night in the middle of Pelgrims from all over the world. It’s located in the area of Bethany beyond the Jordan, close to the place where John the Baptist baptized Jesus in the Jordan river. From here it’s just a small drive towards the Dead Sea or to the border when you make a combination tour between Israel/ Palestine and Jordan.

For nature lovers

For the fans of nature the Sherhabil Ecpark is a good idea. This park has different kinds of bungalows and even the possibility to camp with your own tent. In the park you can make nice walks, hang around the Ziglab Dam or use the Zipline to get from one side to the other. Last time I was there, I saw chameleons in the bushes, local women cooked our meal and we spoke with the mayor who came to explain to us about the park.

Overnight stays with locals in the North of Jordan

By staying the night in a home stay, you always have a nice chat, you get to know the culture and the locals can show you beautiful places. For example you can stay at a farm in the Ajloun area North of Jordan. From here you can walk beautifully along the Jordan Trail, visit local initiatives such as the Soap or Biscuit house or even climb and abseil from the steep rocks in the area.

Bed and Breakfasts

And last but not least: if you’d like to hang around with one of our travel consultants, you can also stay at their B&B’s! Stay with Jolanda from Holland in her Petra Fig Tree villa or with Patricia from Belgium in Petra Bed and Breakfast.