Jordan in November
If your family is looking for a change of pace, Jordan could be just what you're after. It offers a wonderful combination of history, adventure and education - appealing to children and grown-ups alike.
In a nutshell
- Will suit: families with children aged eight and above
- Flying time: 5 hours
- Time difference: GMT+3
- Average temperature: 20°C.
- Tourist information: www.visitjordan.com
How to get there
Where to stay
- Laterooms.com has a great choice of hotels in the top tourist areas of Jordan including Dead Sea, Aqaba and Petra.
What to do
- Get muddy and float on the Dead Sea
Kids will love the experience of floating in the Dead Sea. The high salt content makes the water ultra-buoyant, allowing you to float on the surface of the water with no effort (just be careful they don't have any cuts or scrapes as that salt can really sting). Afterwards, get mucky and slather mineral-rich Dead Sea mud over your body - it's not only great fun, but also great for the skin.
- Discover Petra
One of the seven wonders of the world and absolutely not to be missed. Your children can channel Indiana Jones and Tintin as you explore this ancient city. If your itinerary allows, pay a visit to Petra Kitchen, where you'll learn how to make Jordanian food - it's very kid-friendly.
- Camp out under the stars in Wadi Rum
- Visit the Children's Museum and the Royal Automobile Museum in Amman
- Try out water sports like snorkelling in the Red Sea
- Don't miss the opportunity to explore Petra by Night. Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, the awe-inspiring site of Petra is lit by 1,800 candles. Guests are invited to walk through to the Siq to the treasury for an evening of music and storytelling by the local Bedouins.
- When you've finished your cup of Arabic coffee, shake your cup from side to side in order to let your host know that you do not wish to drink more. If you would like more coffee, then simply hold your cup out to the person carrying the coffee pot.
- Do accept when Arabic coffee is offered to you by your host, it's an important cultural symbol of hospitality, simultaneously extended and accepted as an act of reciprocated goodwill.
- Don't feel uncomfortable if your host insists on 'overfeeding' you during a meal, as Arabs traditionally view food as an important symbol of hospitality, generosity, and goodwill - the more the better.
- Many sites are open-air, and there is a lot of walking involved, so shoes should be comfortable and preferably flat-soled.
- Visas are required by all passport holders and can be arranged on arrival.
- You must hold a valid passport to enter Jordan and passports should have a minimum of six months' validity from your date of arrival in Jordan.
What Mumsnetters say about holidays in Jordan
- My most eye-opening and adventurous holiday was in Jordan. Took the children donkey trekking through Petra and camel riding in Wadi Rum. Tried 'swimming' in the Dead Sea. Very safe, cheap and great people. cathers
- You've got the Dead Sea for floating in (and a spa hotel for you, perhaps at the end of your travels) and Petra for real Indiana Jones exploring, the Red Sea for snorkelling, Wadi Rum for off-roading, camel trekking and camping with the Bedouin. There's also a lot of Roman ruins, Crusader castles and Old Testament religious historical sites. A fab place, and the people are so friendly. Backinthebox