ABOUT US: we've been working and living in Jordan since the mid 1990s and we made Jordan our home for many of those years.
The people are warm and friendly, the weather is wonderful and the countryside breath-taking. Share our experience, and be at home in Jordan, even on holiday .

IssaIssa has a degree in business studies, his father is a professor of Arabic and he's been in the travel business all his working life.
Issa will organise the best deals for hotels, car hire (with free local SIM card), guided tours, rented apartments, flights, taxis and tickets. He will take all the tension from your holiday arrangements, solve all your problems and truly make you feel at home in Jordan.  

To contact Issa phone 00 962 797 583 582; CLICK here for EMAIL -- darawish02 at hotmail dot com  (NB text/sms if no email reply within a day or so) 

*    Ras al Naqb -- stunning views of the blood red sands of Southern Jordan and fascinating links with the Hijaz railway
*     the doctor!!  the dentist!!  or an optician!
seriously, the standards are very high and the costs are much, much less than Europe! again email me for details -- see below
*    Mukawir, where John the Baptist was beheaded, after Salome's 'erotic' dance
*    Wild Jordan cafe, off Rainbow Street, stunning eco-friendly design and food
*    Ain Ghazal -- one of the world's oldest Neolithic settlements, where the oldest human statues were found, NE of Amman
*   Tell us your special places in Jordan!

Our Dead Sea apartments are strategically located among the Sacred Destinations of Jordan, a short drive from Amman airport -- it's the perfect base for exploring Northern Jordan and enjoying the healthiest bathing and sun-bathing on the planet!
Why not stay in the lowest luxury rented aparment in the world? COME FOR A LONG WEEKEND!! -- leave London at lunchtime on Thursday and get back around midnight Sunday -- two nights in a private apartment at the Dead Sea; one night in a luxury bedouin tent in Wadi Rum; SPECIAL OFFERS
VISIT JORDAN!!    have a look at this great tourist web-site with lots of information and background on Jordan! then come back here and book your holiday apartment! 

HIJAZ RAILWAY NEWS we have ambitious plans for launching a weekly service from Amman to Ma'an and then, on the new branch, to Wadi Rum and Aqaba. Discussions have begun, very slowly     . . .contact us if you can offer support or want information

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS Post your questions and comments here.  We will try to respond within a few days.  We welcome debate and feedback

NB to deter spammers we sometimes use 'at' not @ in the emails on this page; you will need to replace 'at' with @

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tudor-brendaWe want your ideas and experiences. We'll provide advice and feedback. The result -- a lively, informative and really useful blog!

Now on Facebook as well!

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Let's keep this very simple:

if you would like to share photos and videos about our bedouin friend, Saleh in Wadi Rum then go to:


early on there are some great shots of sand-boarding.

If you want to know more about visiting Jordan, and see more about our apartments on the beach in Aqaba and overlooking the Dead Sea then have a look at:


and if you have questions or comments or photos or videos relating to having a wonderful holiday in Jordan then you can contact me if you want:

tudor at jemstone dot net



Guest Post -- "best holiday ever"

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I've just received this long review from Sarah Shreeves and family, spurred into action by our creation of a Facebook group called Saleh and Wadi Rum.  Their verdict:  "For those of you considering a trip to Jordan, I would urge you to book it - don't let unrest in the region put you off.   We had a really wonderful time and our well-travelled children have voted it best holiday ever."
"We travelled to Jordan from the UK for a two week holiday in April 2012 and had a fabulous time. Our group comprised my family of 2 adults and 3 children aged 7, 11 and 13 and our two adult friends.  I had arranged our own itinerary and booked hotels from the UK via email (all very easy) and Tudor had kindly put us in touch with Issa and Saleh. We had a few email conversations with Issa before we arrived and he met us all as planned at the airport.

Latest holiday Newsletter

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Special offer for your friends -- three nights for the price of two! (see below) THREE FOR TWO OFFER NOW FINISHED!! (until autumn)
Also take the chance to remember what a great time you had in Jordan. Please contribute to this Jordan Holiday Blog Share your experiences, memories and thoughts

Who is Issa? and what can he do for you?

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The simple answer, with a photograph, is in the left-hand column; so more or less whatever you want in Jordan. Beyond that he's a good friend of ours, who's embraced our crazy philosophy that everyone who comes to Jordan should have a fantastic time and become tourism ambassadors for the country. A bit like Saleh in Wadi Rum.

We all like working with visitors who want to get to know the country and its people better. Often they are a bit more adventurous, travelling more independently, with their own ideas and priorities but still wanting good value for money. That's what Issa offers; a personal, individual service with advice and support; car hire, guided tours, reservations, hotels, cultural explanations, across the whole of Jordan!

What follows are comments and feedback sent to us spontaneously. Anyone staying in our Dead Sea apartment meets Issa; he takes them to the apartment, settles them in, answers all their questions and solves their problems.


A far bigger attraction than Petra!

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Seriously. Imagine if the Hijaz Railway was running a steam-engine service twice a week between Amman and Aqaba via Wadi Rum. This is not a pipe-dream. The trains could start within weeks!

The track is there anyway and used for occasional goods trains. There are six working steam locomotives and newly fitted out carriages, as well as the original that took King Abdullah I from Ma'an to Amman, at the birth of the state of Jordan. They are just sitting in the sidings at Marka, in NE Amman.

We have tried to jump start the railway into service. We don't seem to have the muscle!! Jordan's Hijaz Railway stays still and silent, despite its massive tourist potential and incredible history.


An oasis of peace and calm

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We are often asked if Jordan is safe for a holiday. To date my answer has always been a firm yes. I am not naive nor would I advise anyone to come who didn't feel it would be safe for them but for everybody else Jordan is a great place to visit. 

Circumstances change but within a fascinating region, Jordan does indeed remain the safest and most relaxing destination. So, if you want to visit the Middle East, if you want to spend time in an Arab country, if you want to enjoy a totally different culture within five or so flying hours of Western Europe, come to Jordan.

And don't just take my word for it. You can and should check with the British Foreign Office (FCO).

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