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Your informational guide

For questions, comments of concerns, please email Kati at katih@tourismcares.org

You will receive a final updated itinerary and information via email on February 9. 


The Jordan Tourism Board will be providing transfers to and from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) to the host hotels. Arrival transfers will be available on Thursday, February 22 and Friday, February 23 to the Amman Marriott. Departure transfers from the Petra Marriott will depart on Wednesday, February 28. If you are arriving or departing outside of these set days please email Kati at Tourism Cares. If you are taking the post tour please review the post tour section regarding return transfers.  Please be sure that Tourism Cares has your correct arrival and departure times.

The Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) is an approximately 30-40 minute drive from the Amman Marriott depending on traffic. The Petra Marriott is approximately 3 hours from the Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). Transfers from Petra to the Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) airport will depart at least six hours in advance of your flight to ensure your have enough time to check-in. An email with your transfer details will be sent to you next month.

If you do not require transfers to or from the Queen Alia International Airport please be sure to email Kati.

Tourism Cares will be covering your hotel rooms on the night of February 23rd to the morning of February 28th. If you require additional room nights, please read below and note that Tourism Cares does not have a special pre or post departure rate.

Arriving Early to the Amman Marriott?

If you are arriving to the Amman Marriott Hotel  on the night of February 22nd please book an additional hotel room night and send your confirmation to Kati directly.

Departing Late the Evening of February 28 or Early Morning March 1?

If you have a flight in the early morning of March 1 (before 5am) please note that your transfer to the airport will depart approximately 6 hours before your flight. Tourism Cares will work to get you a late check out at 3PM at the Petra Marriott Hotel.  You may want to book an additional room night if you prefer a room throughout the enitre day. If you do book an extra night, please email your confirmation number to Kati.

If you are flying out later in the day on March 1 (after 5am) there will be a late morning/ early afternoon transfer from the Petra Marriott to the Amman Marriott. Please make a reservation at the Amman Marriott for the night of February 28 and confirm this departure with Kati

You will be greeted by a JTB representative with a sign who will assist you with obtaining a Jordanian visa at Queen Alia International Airport upon arrival in Amman. This representative will escort you through the immigration and customs process and take you to meet the guide and driver. Please make sure that Tourism Cares has your most up to date passport information.

Weather will be pleasant overall, but can be unpredictable. Weather in Amman and the north will range between 45 and 55 Fahrenheit, while at the Dead Sea and Aqaba will range between 65 and 75 Fahrenheit.

Overnight in Dana & Wadi Rum will be cool at night (60’s), so you are advised to bring a light jacket for layering when camping especially in Dana and Wadi Rum. Please check weather.com for the 10-day forecast before your departure.

The entire Tourism Cares event is business casual or casual depending on the day. On days that we are touring sites and social enterprises please wear something comfortable as there may be some level of hiking involved. For the volunteer day please wear clothing you do not mind getting dirty. Hard work often means getting messy. For the keynote lunch and following sessions at the Dead Sea please dress business casual.

Even though Jordan is primarily a Muslim country, the freedom of all religions is protected. Some traditional Muslim and Christian women choose to wear clothing that covers their arms, legs and/or hair, however, this is by choice only and no one is subject to these customs, but very revealing clothing is never appropriate and conservative dress is advisable for both men and women in the old part of Amman (downtown) and in smaller cities. Otherwise, you are free to dress as you are accustomed.  

Telephone & fax charges are NOT covered by Tourism Cares. Please check with your telephone service provider to see if you can make/receive cellular calls on your telephone from Jordan (roaming rates will vary).  For some carriers, it is as simple as requesting activation of the international service feature. Telephone calling cards and local carrier SIM cards are also easily available for purchase. Please advise family and business associates to call you instead.  Internet service is readily available and provided throughout the trip and at most hotels in case you wish to communicate by e-mail, the least expensive method.  

The local currency is the Jordanian Dinar, symbol JD, which is often called the “jaydee”. Currently, the exchange rate is 1.00JD = US$1.41. 

All major credit cards and US dollars are widely accepted although some, not all, stores may charge you a 3-5% service fee if paying for your shopping with a credit card.  Most local kiosks and souvenir stalls will only accept local/US currency. ATM machines are available throughout Amman and major cities, and in some hotels should you need to use them. Currency Exchange services are also available throughout the country.    

The electrical system in Jordan is based on 220 AC volts, 50 cycles. The most commonly used electrical outlets in Jordan are: Type C Electrical Outlet; Type F Electrical Outlet; Type G Electrical Outlet. Visitors from North America will need a converter and adapter. 

Please ensure that you walk with enough batteries and memory cards for your cameras and any equipment you may need. 

When traveling to any foreign country, health officials advise that you be careful about drinking water from an unknown source, since this may be disruptive to one’s digestive system. Bottled water is readily available and is highly recommended. 

Please carry all prescription medications in your hand luggage along with your passport, ticket and other important belongings. Some recommended over-the-counter medications/aids are: Immodium Aspirin/Tylenol/Ibuprofen Cold/Allergy medications

We would appreciate information about any physical limitations, disabilities, or food allergies in advance.   

Jordanians are very hospitable and welcoming people and are generally open to taking photographs, however, before taking photos or filming any individual please make sure to ask their permission first, especially women. 

  • Passport
  • A small bag to carry personal items with you on the bus trips
  • Clothing and shoes you do not mind getting dirty during the volunteer project
  • Comfortable, rubber-soled walking shoes
  • Swimsuit if you want to enjoy a dip in any of the hotel pools
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Raincoat/ umbrella
  • Medications
  • Chargers and adapter

  • Personal Expenditures
  • Transfers or hotel rooms booked outside of the trip and post trip schedule
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Luggage Fees
  • Telephone & fax use
  • Souvenirs
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry

 

On those days that we are out exploring Jordan delegates will be broken down into three separate tracks with different focuses: Environment, Heritage and Social Impact. Each track will visit separate social enterprises based in the track’s focus.  Following these site visits the entire group will have the opportunity to come together and share their experiences in the evening. Your track and the sites you will be visiting will be confirmed in a later email. Tracks are assigned based on the preferences you marked when you registered. Please note that all guests will be paired with their accompanying guests.

More information on our volunteer program will be sent in future communications, but delegates can expect a 3 hour volunteer program at Petra (a once in a lifetime opportunity!). Assignments will be sent in advance. Work projects at the moment include tree planting and trail restoration.

Very special thanks to our hosts, Jordan Tourism Board, for arranging our post-tour!

Pickup on February 28

Those delegates taking the post trip will be picked up at the Petra Marriott Hotel to begin the next part of the adventure! Pickup time will be sent out in a future email. 

Airport Transfers

The Jordan Tourism Board will be providing transfers to the Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) from the final night hotel. If you are departing later then Sunday, March 4 please note that your airport transfer will be your responsibility.  

Hotel Arrangements

Tourism Cares will notify you when the hotels for the post trip are confirmed. If you need to book and additional night at the hotel please email Kati.

Optional Services that are NOT covered during the trip

  • Personal Expenditures
  • Transfers or hotel rooms booked outside of the trip and post trip schedule
  • Gratuities (at your discretion)
  • Luggage Fees
  • Telephone & fax use
  • Souvenirs
  • Spa treatments
  • Laundry