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Utopia Orchid Park – Central Israel
Visit Utopia Orchid Park located in the heart of the Sharon region, an enchanting tropical rain forest with thousands of orchids from around the world, tropical plants, a myriad of animals and even carnivorous plants.
Tomcars Merom Golan - Upper Galilee
Click here to read about the Tomcars Merom Golan, the biggest motor enclosure located in the Upper Galilee. The enclosure offers many activities such as Tomcars, horse riding, hybrid bikes and jeep tours.
Herbert Samuel Hotel - Jerusalem
Click here to read about the Herbert Samuel Hotel, which is located in the heart of Jerusalem and surrounded by historic centers and dynamic cultural institutions.
Naama Ester : Performance Artist - All Over Israel
Click here to read about Naama Ester, a performance artist of traditional and well known Israeli songs.
Special Blacksmith’s workshop – Mattat : Upper Galilee
Click to read about some of the interesting tours in the Upper Galilee, from an ice cream making workshop, to a fascinating tour in the vineyard to a hands on experience workshop in a blacksmiths shop.
Unique Kibbutz Tours – Ramat Rachel: Jerusalem
Choose a tour of interest to you. Agricultural, archeological and farm tours on offer. Click here for further information.
New Boutique Spa Hotel - Sea Life : Naharia
Read about Sea Life, a new prestigious boutique hotel located at the water front of the Nahariya-Achziv shore.
New Sea rooms – Ein Gev Resort: Galilee
Click here to read about the new luxurious rooms in Ein Gev Resort: the Sea Rooms.
Naftali Tours Guides – Effi Yaacobi
Naftali Tours is proud to introduce Effi Yaacobi – Licensed Tour Guide.
New tour - Busters Apple Cider Factory in the Elah Valley
Enjoy a tour of the factory and visitors centre and meet the fascinating family behind the project. Enjoy a tasting of their alcoholic ciders and lemonade alongside delicious cheese and fruit platters.
Changes to Daylight Saving Time in Israel 2016
Israel is moving to Daylight Savings Time on 24 March 2016
The Marzipan Museum
Visit the Marzipan Museum, a unique place which provides a colourful and delicious experience.
Sandboarding and Jeep tours in the Negev Desert
Enjoy private jeep tours in the Israeli desert and sandboarding on the Negev dunes.
Adir Visitor’s centre – Galilee
Enjoy a culinary experience of wine and cheese at the Adir Visitor’s centre where you will get to taste the unique flavors of wine and quality cheeses.
Kibbutz Lotan – where spirit and earth meet
The Eco-Jewish community of Kibbutz Lotan links the spirit and the earth teaching about local food production, natural building from mud and straw, alternative technologies and much more.Click for further details and photos of the tours.
Israeli Folk Dancing workshops: All over Israel
Dance Israel is a unique initiative that offers exciting educational encounters and multi-faceted experiences through Jewish and Israeli folk dance. Click for further info and video.
Bike riding tours in the Judean lowlands
Here are some amazing pictures of our Winter tours (Photos taken by Illan Beagan). Click for more information.
By the rivers of Babylon – Jerusalem
The Bible Lands Museum is proud to present a special exhibition focusing on one of the most significant events in the history of the Jewish people – the Babylonian exile.
New presentation – Mitzpe Hayamim
At the foot of Mount Canaan, only a step away from Rosh Pina, lies Mizpe Hayamim Spa Hotel - which many describe as paradise. Click here for a beautiful 13 page PDF presentation of the hotel and its surroundings.
Weekly Tours – Early Bird Specials
Discounts on selected tours for any departure date in 2016.
De Karina Chocolatier - Golan Heights
The chocolate boutique De Karina located in the Golan Heights is proud to introduce you to our chocolate workshop “chocolate and more”, suitable for both kids and adults.
Accessible tourism in Israel
Naftali Tours now offering services for accessible tourism in Israel. Whether you are coming to Israel for your dream vacation or in search of your Jewish, Christian, or Muslim heritage, we plan it to be in your pace.
Special promotion – Mitzpe Hayamim
Click here for free spa treatment at Mitzpe Hayamim Resort Hotel.
Olea Essence visitors Centre – Galilee
Visit the Olea Essence olive oil press, a unique place in the ancient Jewish city of Qatzrin in the Golan Heights.
Golan Heights Winery : Professional Wine Tour - Galilee
Learn about the Golan Height’s unique terroir, the art of raising grapevines and the history of the Winery.
Naftali Tours Guides – Murray Allon
Naftali Tours is proud to introduce Murray Allon – Licensed Tour Guide.
The cradle of Christianity : A new tour at the Israel Museum - Jerusalem
The Israel Museum invites the Christian community to explore its new and exciting tour: the cradle of Christianity – see in real life what you’ve read in scriptures.
An inspiring moment from Yardenit baptismal site - Galilee
Visit the Yardenit Baptism in the Jordan River site. Here you are able to once again plunge into the atmosphere of spirituality and connect with the Holy Land.
Invitation to The Year of Mercy : Holy Door - Jerusalem
On December 8, 2015, Pope Francis inaugurated the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the Papal Basilica of Saint Peter in the Vatican.
Wine Workshops - All over Israel
Enjoy a time to focus on the beautiful things in life and end your day in the best way with a fun wine workshop.
Ruppin Apartments - Tel Aviv
Enjoy a stay at one of the luxurious apartments in the Ruppin Apartment Hotel located at the heart of Tel Aviv.
Paamonim Apartment Hotel - Jerusalem
The Paamonim hotel is a modern luxurious apartment hotel located at the heart of Jerusalem next to the city’s shopping and entertainment areas, facing the magnificent view of the Old City.
Jewish Orthodox Hospitality – Jerusalem
Learn about the traditional lifestyle. A unique and fascinating opportunity to spend an evening in an orthodox Jewish family home. Click for brochure and video.
Naftali Tours Guides - David Schoenfeld
Naftali Tours is proud to introduce David Schoenfeld - Licensed tour guide.
A Tour and lunch at Nes Ammim Village – Galilee
Enjoy a tour at the Nes Ammim Village and a kosher lunch at the Ness Ammim Restaurant.
Christmas and New Year's Dinners at The American Colony Hotel - Jerusalem
The American Colony Hotel invites you to enjoy a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas buffet & New Year’s Eve dinner and party at the legendary Arabesque restaurant. Click to read PDF brochures.
City of David : New tours in the ancient city - Old Jerusalem
Click to read PDF about a variety of fascinating tours in the ancient city from walking tours, riding on a Segway to an archaeological excavation.
Agricultural Tours in Southern Arava - Jordan Valley
Click to read the PDF about interesting agricultural tours in Southern Arava.
New Jordan Visa Regulations - Arava Border
Arava Border will no longer be giving entry visas to Jordan of all kind January 1st 2016 . Please click to read a brief about the new regulations.
Travel Notes

Jordan Travel Tips

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Geographical Information

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a relatively small country situated at the crossroads of the Middle East. Comprising some 92,300 square kilometers (57,354 squares miles), it is bordered on the north by Syria at the east by Iraq, and by Saudi Arabia on the East and South.
Also, to the south one finds the Gulf of Aqaba and the Red Sea, while Israel and Palestine lie to the west. Jordan’s diverse terrain and landscape belay its actual size, demonstrating a variety usually found only in large countries.
 
Population
5.16 million

Currency
The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, symbol JD.  The Dinar is divided into 100 Piasters (pronounced "pee-aster") or 1000 fils ("fills"). There are 5, 10, 20 & 50 JD notes commonly used, and you will usually see prices written as 4.750, that is 4 JD and 750 fils.  Coins come in the following denominations: 2.5, 5, 10, 25 and 50 piasters; and in 10 fils. It is useful to carry some coins and low denominations since Jordanians rarely carry enough change for larger denominations.
Currency can be exchanged at major banks and at most hotels.  Street moneychangers are best avoided. The Jordanian Central Bank sets exchange rates daily.

Time
From October through March, Jordan is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time; the rest of the year, it is three hours ahead of GMT.  Jordan is seven hours ahead of US Eastern Time.

Business Hours
Most Jordanians work a five and half-day week with Thursday afternoon and all day Friday off, but business and shopping hours are flexible.   Some establishments are open from 09:30 - 13:30 and again from 15:30 - 18:00; others may be open straight through the day, from 08:00 - 20:00.
Government offices are open from 08:00 - 15:00. All businesses and most shops, other than those in the souqs, are closed on Fridays.  Banks are open from 08:00 - 15:30.   Having Friday and Saturday off, airlines, travel agencies and many shops close for the afternoon, although department stores and supermarkets remain open.   Some businesses and shops are closed for part of the day on Sunday. Shopping hours are flexible. Some shops are open from 9:30-13:30 and 15:30-18:00.   Others may be open long hours, from 8:00-20:00.   Shorter hours prevail during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
 
 
Climate
Jordan is blessed with a Mediterranean climate for pleasurable year-round travel.   Amman is sunny and cloudless from May to October, with average temperatures around 23°C. Springtime brings optimal weather, lush with greenery, and autumn equally mild and pleasant.   July and August are hot and dry but not oppressive.  Because of the capital city’s elevation, evenings are cool. Aqaba and the Jordan Valley are ideal winter resorts, with temperature averaging 16-22°C (61-72°F) between November and April.   There is very little rain in the Aqaba area and in the desert.
 
Amman Average Temperatures

J F M A M J J A S O N D
7 8 11 16 20 23 25 25 23 20 14 9


 

 

Aqaba Average Temperatures

J F M A M J J A S O N D
14 16 19 24 28 31 32 32 30 26 21 16

 

 

Clothing
Even in summer, evenings can be cool, so a sweater or shawl is advisable.   Winters can be extremely cold, especially in Amman and the east; you will need a raincoat.   Walking shoes are advisable since Petra and most of the archeological sites are unpaved and sandy.
 
The Royal Tombs at PetraLanguage
A visit to Jordan would provide an ideal opportunity to brush up on your Arabic!  Arabic has been one of the world’s dominant languages for the last 14 centuries.  
 
Over 200 million people in over twenty countries speak this rich and enduring language.   In addition to that of Jordan, Arabic is the official language of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Sudan, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco.  

A Semitic language, Arabic is written from right to left. Arabic numbers are easy to read - indeed, Western numerals are derived from the Arabic system. Unlike the words, Arabic numbers read from left to right.

Religion
The state religion is Islam, as indicated in the Constitution.   The majority of the population (92%) is Sunni Muslim.   Those include other non-Arab minorities such as the Circassians and the Chechen who, towards the end of the last century, fled their homeland in Caucasia.   The rest of Jordan’s population are Arab Christians and Armenians of different denominations whose freedom of worship, opinion and association are guaranteed by the constitution.
 

Distances between Cities - 
 

Electricity
220 V
 
Gratitude
Petra Horse Back Ride Tip is usually USD 4.00 per person. Restaurants tips are around 10% of the total bill. Guide tips are open to the client’s satisfactions and appreciation, yet are expected ($4 per person per day approx. guide) . Bus, Car driver tips are expected ($3 per person per day approx. guide).

Water
It is advised to drink bottled mineral water which is generally served in hotels.
 
Driving       
On the right side
 
Medical Care
Medical care in Jordan is of an international standard and one of the best in the Middle East.

 

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