Yes. A visa is required when traveling as a tourist from the United States or Canada. A visa can be obtained upon arrival at Amman Queen Alia Airport for $60 USD and is valid for up to 30 days. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after the date you expect to leave Jordan.
The best time to visit Jordan is during April and May. This time of year, most of the rain has cleared up, and it’s not too hot!
September and October can still be hot, but, overall, the weather is comfortable.
The official language in Jordan is Arabic. Your Trip Leader will be fluent and can help you with any translations.
The lighter, the better! If you only have a rolling suitcase, that will work, but if you can get your hands on a more mobile bag, like a large backpack, that would be better. We take all forms of transportation. You'll also want a daypack for your gear, food, and drinks for the day.
Yes! Our Over30Experiences Jordan itinerary includes an extra day in the port city of Aqaba. These waters are an excellent destination for snorkeling, scuba diving, or relaxing. On this trip, you will also have the opportunity to relax on a private beach. This itinerary also includes an upgrade at the desert camp accommodation in Wadi Rum.
Both Bedouin culture and international flavors influence the food, so you’ll discover a variety of dishes to choose from! Most contain meat, vegetables, herbs, and rice or bread. The national dish, mansaf—made of lamb, yogurt, and rice—is a must. You’ll find falafel and hummus aplenty, and olive oil is used in many dishes. Mediterranean and Middle Eastern herbs are also commonly used.
Jordan is an active travel destination. You will be walking a good amount, and the climate can be hot. Be sure to pack accordingly. Here are a few things to note when packing.
Pack breathable clothing. Cotton, nylon, and polyester are good choices. Bring layers for your two nights in the desert. Daytime is warm, but the nights will be chilly. Bring comfortable hiking or walking shoes. Make sure you pack a Universal Adapter to charge your electronics. Jordan operates on a 230V supply voltage and 50Hz.
While you will see many women wearing hijabs in Jordan, there are also plenty of women who do not wear them. You will notice that for the most part (outside of the international bars and restaurants), women dress conservatively, with their chest, shoulders, and legs covered.
Yes, ATMs are available in Jordan. There are fees associated with withdrawals. Be aware that ATMs are less available in smaller towns and rural areas.
The Jordanian dinar (JD).
Yes. 10% is the standard. A 10% service charge is typically added to the bill in restaurants. If you use a taxi service, it is considerate to round up to the closest dinar (JD). It is always appreciated to leave a tip for housekeeping when staying at hotels. 2 JD per night is reasonable.
Tipping is not required but is very much appreciated.
We hire the best local trip leaders to give you the best cultural experience possible. We pay our Trip Leaders well, but your gratuity goes a long way in supporting them, their families, and their communities.
Tipping is a practice deeply entrenched in the travel and tourism industry in all the countries we visit. The amount you tip is up to you, but a general guideline is $3-6 per person daily for excellent service.
It is advisable to drink bottled water when possible. The water in Jordan is technically potable and can be used for things like brushing your teeth, washing fruit and vegtables.
Jordan is one of the few Middle Eastern countries where homosexuality is legal. That said, attitudes can be pretty conservative, and discrimination does occur. All couples, regardless of orientation, should avoid public affection in Jordan as this is extremely frowned upon. The capital city of Amman has gay-friendly venues, and LGBTQ travelers should not be discouraged from traveling to Jordan.
Of course! This trip is your trip, and you don’t have to participate in anything you don’t want to. Just be aware that opting out of included activities will not change the price of the trip.