Day Trips, Amman
I realize that this is a bit of a cheating or false tip. It is not really a direction to see a specific site outside of Amman, but rather a suggestion that visitors to the capital, or those on long, rigid tours of the holy sites, take some time to discover the natural beauty of the countryside. My route was often circuitous, and it gave me the opportunity to experience the splendours of a country that includes rocky deserts, desolate plains, and brilliantly green groves of old trees. My preferred spots were both the road out to Mt. Nebo and Madaba, and the hills just north of the city of Jerash.
Iraq Al-Ameer Women Cooperative Society
History, Creativity and Hospitality
The Society was found by Noor Al-Hussein Foundation in 1994 with the support of Swiss Government. 10 old houses were renovated to create the vocational village that managed to train 156 women from surrounding villages on handicrafts.
The society was self dependent in 2001 the vocational village aims to maintain and sustain the unique heritage of area and to provide training for members and non- members on different topics
Hand-made fabric workshop
At this workshop, hand-run looms are used to create textiles in different colors, designs and sizes.
The products are used to produce curtains, bed covers, shawls , bags , folk dresses upholstery and many other hand-made and embroideries .
Hand-made paper workshop.
The goal of this workshop is conserve and environment through processing plants residues and turn them to hand-made paper.
Okra, Banana, Reed, Lawn, palm leaves, esparto, and other plants are used to produce different sizes of paper than can used for drawing , printing and writing . Out of the paper , the workshop is producing greeting cards, frames, album, paper bags ..etc
Inspired by the area's history , a showroom was established close to workshop. All the society products are displayed in the showroom where visitors can enjoy shopping in comfortable place.
The tourist center is located in Iraq Al-Ameer village , 20 KM west of Amman.
It was established in 2008 , to attract tourist to visit ancient archeological sites, the natural caves , the spectacular landscape and the running stream.
The center provides recreational services, including well furnished air conditional rooms.
The restaurant provides both local, international Cuisine and seasonal locally fresh fruits.
Clear Soap workshop
At this workshop, the soap is produced in the traditional methods , where only pure olive oil is used. The final products have different shapes and colors.
Pottery and Ceramic workshop.
At this workshop, ceramic and pottery are produced either by wheel or molds.
The workshop can produce different items, such as murals, jugs, vases, frames, dining plates ..ect. Addition to the ability to produce any special orders.
Or contact me Dr.Khalid Shobaky
We went on November 11th 2009, the cost was JD12 each. Our guidebooks stated it was open 24 hours a day but it did close at about 19:30, maybe because of the season. There are showers, changing rooms, pools, on the beach access to the mud bucket was JD 3 :-)
It is very easy use Amman (or Madaba) as a base and do daytrips from there.
I went for daytrips to Salt and Jerash from Amman.
It will also be possible to do to Madaba and the surround (like the Dead Sea) from Amman.
I used public busses for these short trips, which was a very cheap option.
There are just a few tour companies around in Amman. The biggest being Rum Travel www.rumtravel.com for details regarding tours to Petra, Jerash, Karak, and the Dead Sea.
Most travellers seem to hire a car and drive to these tourist spots. All are within an easy drive from Amman.
Petra - three hours driving.
Jerash - 30 minutes
Dead Sea - 45 minutes
Karak - 2 hrs.
The Sheraton Hotel has a car hire office on the ground floor Or you hire a car from Thrifty's office in downtown. www.thrifty.com . The Four Season Hotel can also organise tours.
Roads are well sign posted written in both Arabric and English. English is spoken in Amman.
Taxi's are another option, you can organize a driver from the hotel and set a price before leaving to your destination. See lists below for more info.