Discover Jordan's Nature & Cultural Heritage


Begin your stay in the capital, Amman, known in history as Rabbath-Ammon and in Graeco-Roman times as Philadelphia. No more than five hours drive from anywhere in the country, it is a convenient base for your tour. Your hosts, the Jordanians, are wonderfully gracious and welcoming, and most will surprise you with their excellent English. Business and the arts are thriving, and there are first-rate hotels, restaurants, galleries and shops. Add to this energetic mix the mystique of old Amman, and all your expectations will be surpassed.


Amman consists of an old and more traditional part called “City Centre” or “Downtown” (Balad), and a modem vibrant western style “West Amman”.

High above the city, at the ancient Citadel, study the traces of Amman’s many lives: the regal columns of a Roman temple in silhouette against the sky, the elegant capitals of a Byzantine church, endlessly inventive carvings in the Umayyad Palace, fascinating displays in the Archaeological Museum... and digs and ruins everywhere you step. At the foot of the Citadel, take a seat in the Roman Theatre, a deep-sided bowl carved into the hill and still used for cultural events.


For a glimpse of recent history, take a ride on the Hijaz Railway. This famous train was repeatedly sabotaged by the Arab troops of Emir Faisal and Lawrence of Arabia to defeat the Ottomans. While the days of Lawrence are long gone, the railway retains its sentimental appeal.

In a quieter vein, wander through Abu Bakr al-Siddiq Street (Rainbow St.), with its lovely villas from the 1920s and 1930s. Stroll through shops and Suqs (oriental markets) and find unique treasures to take home. Take in the music that is at the heart of Jordanian culture. Pause in the coffee houses for a game of backgammon, or savour the sweets and mezzeh (appetisers) of traditional Jordanian cuisine.

Above all, as a privileged and honored guest, delight in the friendship of the Jordanian people and the heritage and beauty of their land.