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Jordan

Amman Citadel; ancient Jerash; ancient mosaics of Madabala; rock city of Petra; Wadi Rum Desert; Ma'in Hot Springs; amazing reefs of Aqaba; King Abduallah Reef; the Cedar Pride wreck; and Kiwi Reef.

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Jordan, officially called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab state in the Middle East, which is bordered by Syria to the north, by Iraq to the northeast, by Saudi Arabia to the east and south, and Israel and the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) to the west. Jordan shares coastlines of the Dead Sea with Israel and the PNA and the Gulf of Aqaba with Israel, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The capital of the country is Amman. The official language is Arabic.

The national currency is the Jordanian dinar. You can exchange money on arrival at the airport, at most banks (remember that they are closed on Fridays and Saturdays), or in the hotel. Most shops, hotels and restaurants accept cards and travellers cheques, but commission can be rather high.

About 90% of Jordan’s territory is covered with deserts and semi-deserts. The climate is Mediterranean-style with dry, hot summers and mild winters.

Jordan is a country of culture, beauty and striking contrasts. It is an ancient kingdom, but at the same timea modern state, offering great variety of attractions, safety of travelling and traditional hospitality that surprise even experienced tourists.

You can start your journey with Amman, the capital of Jordan. it is the commercial and administrative center of the country with many high-class hotels, restaurants, art galleries and museums. The most popular attraction here is Amman Citadel - the mountain with the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Palace and the Byzantine church. Then you can visit the 4500-year-old Jerash, one of the best preserved ancient Roman cities with stone paved streets and colonnades, temples, theaters, plazas, fountains and swimming pools. In Madaba you can see hundreds of amazing ancient mosaics; in Pella there are interesting ruins of Stone-Bronze Age settlements (about 2000 BC).

Do not forget about the inimitable rock city of Petra, one of the seven new wonders of the world, Wadi Rum Desert with its picturesque rocks and Bedouins; the healing Ma'in Hot Springs, where Roman soldiers treated their ailments; Mount Nebo, from which Moses looked over the Promised Land and where he was buried; and the rich in mineral salts Dead Sea, where you can lie on the water surface without fear of drowning.


Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) the largest airport in Jordan. It is located 30 kilometers from Amman.

King Hussein International Airport (AQJ) located not far from Aqaba.

Shore diving is possible off Aqaba where you will see amazing reefs just at the shoreline. In the Japanese Gardens, besides fancy rocks, stones and corals, you can enjoy watching sea turtles, barracudas, and sergeant majors. The most popular ones are King Abduallah Reef, where you can meet Hawksbill turtles; Blue Coral, whose namespeaks for itself; Rainbow Reef, inhabited by bright lobsters and Moray Eels; and Kiwi Reef, beloved by emperor fish, moral eels, damsel fish, lionfish, and burr fish. In Paradise you will find lots of red soft corals teeming with lionfish, humphead wrasses, octopuses and unicorn fish. Those who like wreck diving can explore the Cedar Pride, intentionally sunk in 1985 and covered with picturesque soft corals; she is lying at a depth of 10-26 meters.

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