Jordan, travel

Jordan – Jerash & Ajloun Castle

Back in January, Alicia and I spontaneously bought a flight deal from Toronto to Dubai for 2 weeks and decided to choose another country to go to for 1 week within that time from Dubai. The country we chose in the end was Jordan. I was a bit worried about the safety and travelling around on our own, so we opted for a tour. We chose a 6 day tour through Viator (which was operated by Zaid Travels).  In summary, the tour really did bring us to most of what there was to do and see in Jordan and we ended up getting some additional activities added on to the itinerary too. The only thing that was not so great about this tour was 1) We got put into a bilingual tour probably due to low popularity of the tour itself…and our guide was more so a Spanish guide than English one.  2) Lunch was not included but the tour would bring us to places to eat…however they were either always lunch buffets or on our last day a “home cooked” meal…which all of them always costed 12 JOD, which is like near 24 CAD!!!! That was a huge gripe for us.   Overall I would still recommend it if you are interested in visiting and touring Jordan and want a guide or trip organizer as they planned everything out. You can always request specifically and English guide and pack your own lunch to omit my issues.

Our tour originally consisted of only 6 travelers, us 2 and 4 Mexican aunties. Later on for Petra and Wadi Rum, another 2 Spanish uncles joined us too. Unfortunately due to language barrier we couldn’t befriend them that easily.

First day we went to Jerash to view its ancient ruins – which is one of the most well preserved Roman ruins in the world.

We got a special English speaking local guide that brought us around the ruins who was very knowledgeable and charismatic – we enjoyed Jerash very much and is definitely a place to go if you visit Amman (as it is only about 50km north). I think Jerash was one of my favourite trip moments because there was so much beautiful sights to see. Tourism is quite low in Jordan right now unfortunately for the country, but it made it very easy to take great photos. It was also the first day that we experienced Middle Eastern “Spring” weather…as you can see my attempts to be more conservative failed quickly as the jacket came off.

Later in the afternoon we visited Ajloun Castle, an Islamic fortress built in 1185 and used too defend against Crusaders invasions. After seeing Jerash ruins in the morning it was not as exciting in comparison, nor was it as pretty in architectural design!

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Day 1 turned out much more exciting than we had anticipated so we were very eager and looking forward to the rest of the week in Jordan.

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