your stay in the capital of the Hashemite kingdom of Jordan, Amman, it's
safe, friendly and up to date. No more than five hours' drive from anywhere
in the country, it is a convenient pace to base your tour.
Gleaming white buildings in contemporary styles coexist with turn of the
century villas, and trendy boutiques compete with richly colorful bazaars.
A varied cuisine awaits you, as much as the Savory sweets and mezuzah of
traditional Arabic restaurants. Add to this energetic mix the mystique
of old Amman the Citadel and its defensive walls, the magnificent Roman
Theater - and you have a tourist destination of unmatched appeal.
is the modern and ancient capital of Jordan, formerly the Ammonite capital
city of Rabbath-Ammon, and later the Geraeco Roman city called Philadelphia.
Originally spread over seven hills like Rome, Ammon now covers at least
nineteen hills. It is a city of contrasts, a mixture of ancient and modern.
Often referred to as "the white city" Amman's houses are built on many
hillsides, and form a great canvas of overlapping beiges, ochres and whites.
The outstanding whiteness is the result of the white stones of the country
used in construction rough hewn, smooth or lightly veined, and even polished
The city, with its population of over a million, is crowned by the Citadel,
a hill with the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, and a museum with artifacts
dating back to the earliest settlement in the region some 700,000 years
ago. At the foot of the Citadel is the 5,000 seat Roman theater.
Still rapidly growing, Amman is a busy commercial and administrative center
with many fine hotels, night clubs and discos as well as modern facilities
for sporting events, conventions and conferences. There is a wide spectrum
of restaurants to meet every taste, offering choices of food ranging from
Arabic through a variety of international specialties and fast food.
Experienced travel agents are on hand in all the hotels to handle every
conceivable travel need. Amman's Queen Alia International Airport is located
south of the city and is served by taxi and bus transportation.