People and culture


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Jordan boasts a rich history, with relics from centuries and millennia past scattered throughout the country. Its landscapes and nature are diverse. Its sites and attractions are numerous. Yet it is the people of Jordan who often make the greatest impression on visitors. Jordanians are well-known for their warm and inviting hospitality that is rooted in a desert culture. Explore this beautiful country and learn about its people through a unique and memorable journey.

 



  • Duration:  9 days / 8 nights
  • Style: people and culture
 

 

  • Tour Departs: daily
  • Arrival / Departure: airport transfers included
  • Transport: private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Accommodation: 8 nights at hotels and 1 night in eco-lodge
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts
  • Guides:  local / licensed
  • Tours:  Amman , Salt , Desert Castle, Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, Feynan, Petra, Aqaba
  • Entrance fees: included.

Day 1: Arrival

VenturAmana - People and Culture - Day 1You arrive in Amman at Queen Alia International Airport, where you finalise your visa and immigration entrance to Jordan, pass the passport registration area and collect your luggage. After that, our driver is waiting for you at the arrivals hall, holding a sign with your name. Our driver takes you to your hotel in Amman for the night.

Accommodation: hotel in Amman

 

Day 2: Amman

VenturAmana - People and Culture - Day 2After breakfast, you head downtown to the bustling core of Jordan’s capital city of Amman. You start off your visit at the Roman Theatre, where the museums give you some insight into local culture. You walk through the colorful and vibrant vegetable market and past the gold souk as you head to the Dukes Diwan. Jordan’s only “Duke” created this space that preserves the city’s architectural heritage and is open to visitors, artists, musicians and everyone who is interested.

In the afternoon you head to Amman’s old capital, the city of Salt, for a walking tour that begins at the Abu Jaber Museum. You can meet some of the locals in the town square and learn how to play the traditional game “mangaleh” over tea. After your visit to Salt, you return to Amman to spend the night at your hotel.

Accommodation: hotel in Amman

Day 3: The Eastern Desert

VenturAmana - People and Culture - Day 3Today, you explore the desert castles as you head east into Jordan’s main desert. On this tour of the desert, you stop at Qasr Amra and Qasr Azraq. The communities in this part of Jordan include Chechens and Druze. You can enjoy a traditional lunch with a family from one of these communities to learn more about their unique culture and life in the desert.

After lunch, you visit Madaba, known as the “City of Mosaics” because of beautiful Byzantine mosaics. Much of Jordan’s Christian community hails from this little city where, as with many other places in Jordan, you can see mosques alongside churches. You can spend the afternoon enjoying a stroll through the streets of Madaba and meet some of the residents. Afterwards, you spend the night in one of Madaba’s many friendly, family-run hotels.

Accommodation: hotel in Madaba

Day 4: Biblical lands

VenturAmana - People and Culture - Day 4In the morning, you visit the church of St. George to see the Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land. Then you head to nearby Dhiban to meet the women of Bani Hamida and learn about their weaving project and the beautiful traditional rugs they make. You can enjoy a home-made lunch with them. After lunch, you wind your way down to the lowest point on earth and spend the night at the Dead Sea.

Accommodation: hotel at the Dead Sea

Day 5: Jordan Valley

VenturAmana - People and Culture - Day 5At noon you head south and stop at Ghor Mazra’a, where you meet the community there, learn how to make traditional Shrak bread and Gallayet Bandoura (a popular local tomato-based dish) and have lunch with the locals. If it is the right season, you can help harvest tomatoes and pick the ones you cook for lunch.

Then, you continue south along the Jordan Valley and on to Feynan where you spend the night at a candle-lit eco-lodge. After dinner you can enjoy tea with a Bedouin family in their tent.

Accommodation: Feynan Eco-lodge at Dana nature reserve

Day 6: Bedouin life

VenturAmana - People and Culture - Day 6You join a Bedouin shepherd for part of his morning goat herding and learn about life in the desert. After lunch you head to Petra.

There, you visit a local Bedouin family and have coffee with them, witnessing a desert ritual that is a key part of Bedouin life, dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: hotel in Petra

Coffee rituals

Serving coffee is an important part of Bedouin culture and is about more than the coffee itself. It is about hospitality, generosity, diplomacy, celebration, and more.

The coffee is freshly ground in front of the guest and cardamom is added. Once it is brewed, it is traditional to serve three cups – one for the soul, one for the sword and one for the guest.

If you do not want a refill shake your cup from side to side to indicate you are finished. Do not put your cup on the floor as this is a sign you have something important to discuss.

Day 7: Nabataean wonder

VenturAmana - People and Culture - Day 7You tour the ancient rose-red city of Petra, which was built by the Nabataeans more than 2000 years ago. On this tour, you learn about the fascinating Nabataean culture and the amazing relics they left behind. In the late afternoon depart for Jordan’s Red Sea port city of Aqaba.

Accommodation: hotel in Aqaba

 

Day 8: A haven by Sea

VenturAmana - People and Culture - Day 8Start your day early to join Aqaba’s fishermen as they bring in the day’s catch and learn about their simple way of life as you enjoy a morning tea on the shore. End your trip with a snorkel, swim or dive in the warm waters of the Gulf of Aqaba, or visit the town and browse through the bustling local market.

Accommodation: hotel in Aqaba

Day 9: Departure

After breakfast, our driver takes you back to Queen Alia International Airport for departure.

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