WHO WE ARE
We first became interested in holidays to Jordan when one of our shareholders approached us and asked if we could put together a travel programme, which would feature pilgrimages to Petra for the year 2000, which was the year of prayer for peace in the Middle East and which featured Jordan in general and Petra in particular. We arranged a number of very specialised pilgrimage holidays to Jordan and in particular Petra in 2000 and we are now broadening our choice of holidays throughout Jordan.
We are able to offer a wide range of holidays throughout Jordan, with special emphasis on holidays to Petra and also Eco Tours, featuring holidays to the game reserves and the Dead Sea. These together with diving holidays to Aqaba make us very well placed to provide the prospective traveller to Jordan with their exact requirements.
Our holidays are all tailor-made and although we make itinerary suggestions, almost any variation or special requirement can be met.
We use a Travel Agent in Wadi Mousa at the gate of Petra for all our holidays; indeed Zaman Tours employs only local Bedouin and indigenous guides. All the transfers and tours are in air conditioned minibuses or cars with English speaking guides and drivers.
Perhaps most importantly the holidays are very competitive in price, all of which makes choosing Sam Smith Travel’s Jordan Tours a sensible plan.
Jordan is a land steeped in history. It has been home to some of mankind’s earliest settlements and villages, and relics of many of the world’s great civilizations can still be seen today. As the crossroads of the Middle East, the lands of Jordan and Palestine have served as a strategic nexus connecting Asia, Africa and Europe. Thus, since the dawn of civilization, Jordan’s geography has given it an important role to play as a conduit for trade and communications, connecting east and west, north and south. Jordan continues to play this role today.
Because of its centralized location, the land of Jordan is a geographic prize which changed hands many times throughout antiquity. Parts of Jordan were included in the dominions of ancient Iraq, including the Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Assyrian and Mesopotamian Empires.
For many more ideas and some reccommended itineraries we suggest a visit to our web site at Jordan Tours or visit our Jordanian Agent’s site Zaman Tours.
THE HISTORY OF PETRA
7000- 6000 BC A Neolithic village just North of Petra at Beidha has been unearthed
1200 BC (The Iron Age) Petra was the home of the Edomites who are mentioned so frequently in the Old Testament
600 BC The Nabateans who were a semi-nomadic tribe from Arabia settled in the area. They became rich by levying tolls on the trade caravans for a safe passage. Petra was a key stopping place on the caravan routes which criss-crossed the Middle East at the time
312 BC Alexandra the Great’s Macedonian Empire captured surrounding land and visited the Rock of the ancient Nabateans. Petra then became a route at the centre of their flourishing Empire
63 BC The Romans came into the area but the Nabatean King, Areas III was able to buy them off and remain independent. Rome however exerted influence on the culture, buildings and coinage of the period
106 AD The Romans finally conquered the Nabatean Kingdom and inhabited Petra. A number of the buildings were utilised and altered for Christian use
550AD The Muslim invasion
1100 AD The Crusaders moved in briefly and built the forts, from then until the 19th Century Petra was a forgotten city known only to the Bedouin. These descendents of the Nabateans were not inclined to reveal its existence because they feared that an influence of foreigners would affect their livelihood
1812 AD Petra was re-discovered by Johann Louis Burckhardt
1845 AD Dean Burgeon writes in his famous poem ‘PETRA’