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Time Zone
Jordan is two hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time) during winter, and three hours ahead during summer. Summer time starts from last Friday in March till last Thursday of October.

How to Reach Jordan

By Sea
Aqaba is the only port and sea shore of Jordan, with about 26 km. coastal line. Aqaba is located on the northernmost tip of the Red Sea.
On the coast, there are four countries in less than 50 km distance west to east: Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Aqaba port is a very well equipped port for both commercial and leisure travellers. Making available several piers for cruise ships including the service of the catamaran linking Aqaba with Nuweiba in Egypt

By Air

Jordan has two International airports and one city airport in Amman: Amman Queen Alia International Airport as well as Aqaba International Airport including the city airport in Amman that that is usually uses for short legs and domestic flights as well.
Aqaba International Airport specifically is the largest airport in the area, and used a lot for charter flights.

Domestic Schedule Flights
Amman and Aqaba are linked by daily domestic flights, twice a day, mainly in early morning and evening. Some flights depart from the city airport (Marka), while many either depart or pass by the Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, to make it easier for passengers to connect with their international flights.

International Flights
All major international airlines have an office in the city of Amman, and regular flights connecting Jordan to the rest of the world, including: Air France, LH, Austrian Airline, British Airways, KLM, Cyprus Airways, Egypt Air, Emirates Airline, Gulf Air and many other airlines. Of course our local airline Royal Jordanian has international flights to major cities around the world.

Private Charters
The national airline company, Royal Jordanian, together with its partner for domestic and charter flights Royal Wings and Arab Wings can charter planes and even helicopters for the convenience.

Flag description: Three equal horizontal bands of black (top, the Abbassid Caliphate of Islam), white (the Ummayyad Caliphate of Islam), and green (the Fatimid Caliphate of Islam) with a red isosceles triangle (representing the Great Arab Revolt of 1916) based on the hoist side bearing a small white seven-pointed star symbolizing the seven verses of the opening Sura (Al-Fatiha) of the Holy Koran.

Geography of Jordan: Jordan consists of arid plateau in the east irrigated by oasis and seasonal water streams, with highland area in the west of arable land and Mediterranean evergreen forestry. The Great Rift Valley of the Jordan River separates Jordan, the west bank and Israel. The highest point in the country is Jabal Umm al Dami, it is 1,854 m (6,083 ft) above sea level, while the lowest is the Dead Sea -420 m (−1,378 ft). Jordan is part of a region considered to be "the cradle of civilization", the Levant region of the Fertile Crescent.
Major cities include the capital Amman in the northwest, Irbid, Jerash and Zarka, in the north. Madaba, Kerak and Aqaba in the south.

Photography: It is polite to ask permission to take photographs of people and livestock; in some places photography is forbidden.


Weather: Jordan's Mediterranean climate makes travel possible all year, though spring (March to June chilly at night sometimes warm during the day) and autumn (Sept. to early Dec.). The climate depends on which part of the country you are in, as altitude ranges from 400 meters (1,312 feet) below sea level at the Dead Sea, to 1854 meter above sea level at the Wadi Rum Mountains. The climate tends to be dry during summer, while winter andspring are cooler, and during these seasons most of the country's rainfall occurs. July and August are the hottest months of the year where temperature rises to about 32 C. The period between December and February is coolest. Snowfall occurs and temperatures stay around 15 C during the day. Jordan tends to be hot and dry in summer and cooler and wetter in winter- January and February are the wettest months.

The most popular times to visit are spring, especially March, April, May and June; autumn, especially September, October and November: Christmas and New Year.

Clothing: Since Jordan is primarily a Muslim country, very revealing clothing are never appropriate. Walking shorts for men and women are acceptable at tourist sites, but would be out of place in the down town area of major cities. Bathing suits are acceptable in pool and beach areas. Topless sunbathing is prohibited. Even in summer. Modest walking shorts and jeans are acceptable daytime wear. Conservative, unrevealing clothes are best to be used in downtown Amman.

Evenings can be cool so bring clothing that can be layered. If you visit Jordan in winter, you will need to bring a raincoat and warm clothes. Please bring clothes that you can layer for comfort and warmth (especially at night)
 
Please be sure to bring a sweater, warm jacket and comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes, as a fair amount of walking is involved on the tour.

Shopping/credit cards: There will be many opportunities to shop during your trip. All major credit cards are accepted although some, not all, stores may charge you a 3-5% service fee if paying for your shopping with a credit card. ATM machines are available in Amman and other areas should you need to use them.

Tipping: It is customary to tip bathroom attendants, the guide and your driver. It is a good practice when exchanging money at the airport or hotel or you can ask your guide to drop you to any exchange offices on the way.

Electrical System: The electrical system in Jordan is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles and requires two-pronged wall plugs.

Getting around: Taxis are inexpensive and often good way of traveling, over long distances. Roads are good and renting a car is a great way of seeing the country.

Discovery team is 24/7 ready to arrange excursions all around Jordan and the region.

Currency: The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD), which is divided into 100 piasters or 1,000 fils.
The value of the dinar for several years has been stable at approximately 1 JD = 1.42 USD. 1.00 JOD = 1.027 EUR, One JD is worth around 0.88GBP sterling. (January 2012)


Eating and drinking: You will find all kind of cuisines in Jordan but you need to try all the national dishes. Local cuisine includes an array of appetizers called Mezze, such as hummus and tabouleh. The traditional dish is Mansaf, a mix of lamb, rice and yoghurt. Pastries soaked in syrup and pistachios are favorite desserts. Jordan is not a dry country and drinks are served in international hotels and most restaurants.

Drinking Water: When traveling to any foreign country, use bottled water in order not to disrupt your digestive system.

Business Hours / Workweek

 The workweek in Jordan falls Sunday Thursday. Banks, government and most businesses are closed on Saturday. Many businesses and banks are also closed on Thursday afternoon. Banks regularly open from 8.30 a.m. until 15.00 p.m.

Shopping hours are flexible and stores are usually open from 10.00 a.m. until 20.00 p.m. with two hours for some shops lunch break. Mostly the shops are closed totally Fridays except in big malls.

During Ramadan, which involves a month of fasting, most business and government offices work reduced hours but are open.

Time: Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) plus two hours in winter, GMT plus three hours in summer. Seven hours ahead of the United States Eastern standard time. (Summer in Jordan is observed April through October).

Local Customs: Jordanians are famous for their hospitality. Do not be surprised if you are offered tea or coffee when entering a shop or other establishment.

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