JORDAN

Not sure where to find the country of Jordan on the map? Just remember that Jordan has two seas – “One is Red while the other is Dead.” Known for the rich archaeological remains at Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Jordan has been home to a host of ancient civilizations and cultures -the ancient Canaanites and Semitic peoples; the Babylonian, Persian, Pharaonic Egyptian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Turkish empires.

 

We caught up with Abercrombie & Kent’s Jordan office to learn how to plan the ultimate trip to see all that the historic country has to offer. Here’s what you need to know:

Royal Jordanian Airlines flies direct from several U.S. destinations including Chicago, New York City, Miami, Houston, and Detroit.  Once in Amman, many travellers opt to hire a car to explore the area, though bicycling, buses, and taxis serve as alternate modes of transportation.

From the capital city visitors have a multitude of unique destinations to choose from, each offering intriguing pieces of history and beauty.  Travel back in time as you walk between the red walls of the ancient city of Petra, bob in the rejuvenating waters of the Dead Sea, dive in the deep waters of the Red Sea, wander through the canyons of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, or immerse yourself in the culture of the thousands of small towns that populate the country.

Getting There:

When To Go:

Luckily, Jordan has a dry, moderate climate that makes traveling easy year-round. To avoid the crowds visit during winter and summer.

Too busy to research the logistics? Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent has a number of active and cultural immersion experiences to choose from including in-home cooking and gardening and hot air ballooning over Wadi Rum. Add a little romance to your trip with a night-time stroll through Petra’s ruins, lit by 1,800 candles and serenaded by Bedouin music and storytelling. Visit www.akdmc.com

Hire a Guide:

Not sure where to find the country of Jordan on the map? Just remember that Jordan has two seas – “One is Red while the other is Dead.” Known for the rich archaeological remains at Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, Jordan has been home to a host of ancient civilizations and cultures -the ancient Canaanites and Semitic peoples; the Babylonian, Persian, Pharaonic Egyptian, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman Turkish empires.

We caught up with Abercrombie & Kent’s Jordan office to learn how to plan the ultimate trip to see all that the historic country has to offer. Here’s what you need to know:

Getting There:

Royal Jordanian Airlines flies direct from several U.S. destinations including Chicago, New York City, Miami, Houston, and Detroit.  Once in Amman, many travellers opt to hire a car to explore the area, though bicycling, buses, and taxis serve as alternate modes of transportation.

From the capital city visitors have a multitude of unique destinations to choose from, each offering intriguing pieces of history and beauty.  Travel back in time as you walk between the red walls of the ancient city of Petra, bob in the rejuvenating waters of the Dead Sea, dive in the deep waters of the Red Sea, wander through the canyons of the Mujib Biosphere Reserve, or immerse yourself in the culture of the thousands of small towns that populate the country.

When To Go:

Luckily, Jordan has a dry, moderate climate that makes traveling easy year-round. To avoid the crowds visit during winter and summer.

Hire a Guide:

Too busy to research the logistics? Luxury tour operator Abercrombie & Kent has a number of active and cultural immersion experiences to choose from including in-home cooking and gardening and hot air ballooning over Wadi Rum. Add a little romance to your trip with a night-time stroll through Petra’s ruins, lit by 1,800 candles and serenaded by Bedouin music and storytelling. Visit www.akdmc.com

Support Local Artisans:

While visiting Jordan, be sure to take time to appreciate some of beautiful art that the locals pour their hearts into handcrafting. These artists can be found among the stone streets in all corners of the country, each presenting a remarkable piece of history for visitors to bring back to their respective homes. KÜHL took a closer look at a culture-shaping group of artisans known as the Women’s Cooperative Society. Read more about the work of these Jordanian Women in a story written by Jess McGlothlin for The Outsider by KÜHL at Stepping to the Horizon

What To Wear:

While westerners are not subject to local custom, visitors are advised to dress conservatively. Local tradition requires that women cover their arms, legs, and hair. Shorts are rarely worn by either sex and revealing clothing is never appropriate while in the old part of Amman and outside the cities.

KÜHL’s line of adventure travel clothing helps make packing easier with clothes that do double duty – providing sun protection and wicking on sight-seeing hikes like Petra and washing easily for shopping and dinner at Jara Market. Our top picks are the men’s Airspeed, women’s Glydr, and Men’s Renegade pant.

MEN’S AIRSPEED

Built to protect against the hot sun and stifling air, this shirt provides the ultimate option for Jordan’s extreme climate. Equipped with a zippered security pocket, a built in sunglass cleaner, and lightweight moisture wicking material, the airspeed meets the needs of a traveller.

WOMEN’S GLYDR

Built to protect against the hot sun and stifling air, this shirt provides the ultimate option for Jordan’s extreme climate. Equipped with a zippered security pocket, a built in sunglass cleaner, and lightweight moisture wicking material, the airspeed meets the needs of a traveller.

MEN’S RENEGADE

These pants are designed for rugged use, equipped to provide comfort, style, breathability, and freedom of movement. The Renegade will complement the movements of a traveller and protect them from the elements.