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Exploring the Essence of Madaba: Ashtar Tours on a Familiarization Journey

Updated: Jan 31

At Ashtar Tours, our passion for exploring, connecting, and creating unforgettable experiences knows no bounds. Recently, we had the pleasure of embarking on a familiarization trip to Madaba, a journey made possible through the collaborative efforts of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH Jordan and the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association (JITOA).


Understanding a Destination

A familiarization trip, or 'fam trip,' is more than just a voyage; it's an opportunity to truly grasp the essence of a destination. It allows tour operators like us to immerse ourselves in the heart of a place, understand its offerings, and build personal connections with local partners.


Unveiling Madaba's Treasures

Our journey in Madaba was a revelation of the treasures this remarkable destination has to offer. We embarked on a multi-sensory adventure that allowed us to experience the very soul of Jordanian culture.


The Art of Mosaic Making

We delved into the art of mosaic making, an integral part of Jordan's cultural heritage. The intricate designs and patterns we encountered were a testament to the skilled hands that have preserved this ancient art form.


Carob House: A Taste of Slow Tourism

One highlight of our trip was the Carob House, a venue that embraces the 'farm to table' gastronomy concept. This innovative approach not only tantalizes the taste buds but also promotes 'slow tourism,' encouraging travelers to savor every moment of their journey.


Kawon Library and Café: A Cultural Oasis

Madaba's famous Kawon Library and Café left a lasting impression. It's not just a place for literary indulgence and coffee but also a community space where you can contribute by dropping off books you no longer need.


Initiatives That Inspire

Our journey also led us to several initiatives and venues that are making a significant impact on Madaba's tourism landscape. From the Hikayet Sitti Home Experience to the Marrah Salameh Cave Restaurant, the Bani Hamida Foundation, Cultural Village, and the Halimeh Sa’aydeh House, each one plays a vital role in enhancing Madaba's appeal as a tourism destination.


A Gratitude to JITOA and GIZ

Ashtar Tours extends its heartfelt gratitude to JITOA and GIZ for making this immersive experience possible. It's through such collaborations and initiatives that we continue to unlock the hidden gems of Jordan, transforming them into captivating travel experiences for all.


This familiarization trip was more than just a journey; it was a voyage of discovery, appreciation, and partnership. It reaffirmed our commitment to crafting authentic, immersive, and sustainable travel experiences, and we look forward to sharing the essence of Madaba with travelers from around the world. As our journey continues, we invite you to join us in exploring the wonders of this remarkable destination, one adventure at a time.

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