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Andy Nurse

I truly enjoy supporting travel to Jordan: a country of remarkable hospitality, history, and landscapes. From being offered tea countless times, to a meal with a local family, to Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea-- Jordan has something incredible to offer. Given the often broad-brush painted over the region, when you come here and experience the amazing sites and people, your perspective is bound to be altered. Mine certainly has, and that transformation is my favorite part.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

""We specialize in adventure and experiential tours of the Middle East, particularly Jordan and Israel Palestine, offering hiking, biking and experiential sightseeing tours. Our experienced guides will take you off the beaten path, to see the real highlights of the region, meeting the people, experiencing the hospitality and tasting the delights of the Middle East.

We aim to be the best inbound tour operator in the region, offering you the perfect trip, tailored to your specific requirements at affordable prices, with excellent customer service.

We know you’ll love our trips, because they are all the result of our own adventures around the region, sharing all the authentic treasures we have found and love. All the Experience Jordan team love exploring and we’re here to help you create the perfect tour for your needs, whether it’s sightseeing, hiking, cycling or family adventures. Do you want to stay with a local family, camp out under the stars in the desert, learn to cook Arabic food, explore the markets, ride a camel, engage with the people and even learn some Arabic greetings? Our international team has travelled the world, so we know what it’s like to be travellers, so we aim to give you outstanding service and include the best practices we’ve learned global into our trips.

As part of our commitment to the people of Jordan, we continue to pioneer new tours and experiences to create jobs and generate income for our local partners throughout the country, both in Amman, but also in the rural communities and Bedouin families across Jordan.""

How did you get involved in travel?

"While in college I did an 8-week international development program in Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. While there, I realized the development work we were doing had limited impact, but the experience for me was life changing. Living in homestays in a developing country, learning a language on the ground, hiking, and other off-the-beaten path adventures were tremendously valuable experiences– and importantly value that could be (and was) capitalized to benefit the local communities. In Nicaragua, I learned through experience the mutual benefit of community-based tourism. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I first moved to Jordan with a just a backpack and an interview promise, crossing my fingers that things would work out. The interview with Experience Jordan went well and I was given an amazing first assignment: a 10-day cycling and camping trip from the north to the south of the country to develop the Jordan Bike Trail (http://jordanbiketrail.com/)."

Featured trips & expertise

Golden Triangle & Dead Sea - 5 Days

Grab your camera and your sense of adventure and make your way around Jordan's famous southern sites. From the red city of Petra to the desert wilderness of Wadi Rum to the Red Sea port city of Aqaba, this tour offers a taste of everything the south has to offer!

Petra
Explore Jordan, Israel, and the West Bank - 5 Days

On this trip, you'll explore the ancient city of Petra deep among red-sandstone mountains of southern Jordan. You'll wander through 4,000 years of history in the Old City of Jerusalem, and even cross from Israel into the West Bank to visit Bethlehem and the site of Jesus' birth.

Petra
Jordan and Israel Adventure - 3 Days

From exploring Roman ruins outside Amman to sleeping under desert stars in a Bedouin camp, three days touring the highlights of Jordan and Israel is just enough time to fall in love with this part of the Middle East. You'll also wander through the bazaars of Jerusalem, peer into one of the Wonders of the World at Petra, and discover the incredible Wadi Rum by Jeep.

Dana Biosphere Reserve - Start of the Dana to Petra Trek
Trekking the Jordan Trail – 9 Days

Experience Jordanian hospitality and rural life on an adventurous trek through the deserts and wadis of this Middle Eastern gem. Descend through Wadi Dana and the biodiverse Dana Biosphere Reserve, hike through Siq Canyon, and take a 4WD tour of UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum. At night you'll sleep under the stars in Bedouin wilderness camps.

Jordan: Frequently Asked Questions

While most people visiting Jordan are familiar with Petra, there is much more in Jordan to see and do — from hiking oak forests in the north, to enjoying a sunset dinner at a rooftop restaurant in Amman, to snorkeling in the Red Sea in the south. Traveling to a new destination raises a lot of questions. Here are some answers to help you properly prepare for your Jordan journey.

Two Weeks, Two Ways: How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan

Two weeks is a perfect amount of time for a taste of all that Jordan has to offer. From the vibrant capital city to otherworldly deserts and the refreshing Red Sea - not to mention the endless ancient ruins along the way - it's easy to fill your itinerary with exciting adventures and relaxing escapes. Need some inspiration? Read on for two distinct options for an unforgettable 14-day journey.

Recent trip reviews for Andy

Jordan, Jordan - Apr 11 - Apr 16, 2018

Traveler: Justin T. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

Great support by Andy. Local guide, Waleed, had very in-depth knowledge and was able to show us exactly what we were looking for.

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Justin. I was happy to support your trip to Jordan and I am very pleased to hear that you liked your guide Waleed.

Jennifer

Content research trip - writer & editor for kimkim, Jordan - Mar 19 - Mar 31, 2018

Traveler: Jennifer K. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

I'm the Head of Content at kimkim, and booked the first half of my recent trip to Jordan with Andy from Experience Jordan. A major goal of my trip was research for original article ideas, and my criteria was challenging. Andy did an amazing job of curating unique activities in Amman and throughout Northern Jordan that lived up to my "off the beaten path" standards.

Two favorite memories come to mind from my trip. I loved the hike that Andy arranged in the Ayoun area of Northern Jordan,... read more

I'm the Head of Content at kimkim, and booked the first half of my recent trip to Jordan with Andy from Experience Jordan. A major goal of my trip was research for original article ideas, and my criteria was challenging. Andy did an amazing job of curating unique activities in Amman and throughout Northern Jordan that lived up to my "off the beaten path" standards.

Two favorite memories come to mind from my trip. I loved the hike that Andy arranged in the Ayoun area of Northern Jordan, complete with a local guide and home-cooked Jordanian lunch. The day before my hike, the length of the hike had to be shortened significantly to accommodate a meeting I had later that afternoon. Andy was able to quickly make the change and worked with the hiking guide to find a shorter route that was still beautiful and enjoyable.

Andy also booked a tour of the winery facility at Eagle Distilleries, the oldest distillery in Jordan. It was so special to chat with the winery director, who was so passionate about his work, and to sample some of the best wines made in Jordan. These tours are now available to the public, and getting a sneak peek was a treat!

Thank you so much Andy for your incredible flexibility and responsiveness during my trip (and for making my border crossings from Israel so seamless)!!

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Jennifer!

I really enjoyed meeting you in Jordan. Your pictures look amazing, you can really see how green northern Jordan is around March and April.

Wine and foodie tours are definitely something that we growing and will be happy to provide those experiences to customers. Additionally, I was very happy to hear your talk about how great Jordan is a great tourist destination and that you would like your parents to have an extended visit one day. I believe Jordan really is spectacular, and I look forward to promoting tourism to Jordan more with you.

Angelica

Experience jordan tour - 8 days, Jordan - Apr 7 - Apr 15, 2018

Traveler: Angelica F. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

Everything on this trip was great except for the mishap with the Visa situation upon our arrival and the pick up from the airport. Also, our last hotel was changed and the hotel didn't have a double bed option in the non-smoking room. My roomate and i had to share a bed.

Hazel

Experience jordan tour - 8 days, Jordan - Apr 7 - Apr 15, 2018

Traveler: Hazel O. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

I have been wanting to go to Jordan and have done a lot of research and comparison between different tour operators. I have also considered just renting a car and doing it on my own since I want the experience to be as intimate as possible and not be stuck with a big tour group. Thankfully, I came across Kimkim's 8 days Experience Jordan Tour which offered the type of itinerary I was looking for and also offered a fair price as a private tour. The communication platform of Kimkim worked... read more

I have been wanting to go to Jordan and have done a lot of research and comparison between different tour operators. I have also considered just renting a car and doing it on my own since I want the experience to be as intimate as possible and not be stuck with a big tour group. Thankfully, I came across Kimkim's 8 days Experience Jordan Tour which offered the type of itinerary I was looking for and also offered a fair price as a private tour. The communication platform of Kimkim worked great for our group and Andy Nurse, our tour specialist was able to answer all our questions and concerns on a timely manner. He was the one responsible to set up our tour and was very patient with all the changes and adjustments we made until the last minute. Joost Schreve and Alex Buri also came to our rescue to make sure our needs were attended to. They all worked well as a team.

There were 8 of us in our group and everyone came back home safely and full of amazing memories and adventures created during our tour of Jordan. We were also happy with our tour guide, Abdallah As'ad, who gave us an insight about Jordan's culture & history through out our tour. He was easy going, patient, knowledgable, accommodating and a great company to be with.

As far as the negative side, the only hiccup I have experienced was during our arrival at the airport. The 4 of us out of the 8 in the group arrived a day earlier at the airport. The representative who was supposed to meet us and process our visas failed to show up. It was late at night so we got a bit frantic not knowing if we were going to get picked up or not. We waited for about 20 minutes just incase they were running late before we decided that we needed to get a hold of somebody from the company. Fortunately, we were able to call the main office based out of California and with the time difference, the office was open at that time and that was when Alex Buri stepped in to help us out. He got a hold of Andy for us and got things straightened out from there. The airport representative never made it so we got instructed to buy our own visas which later got reimbursed by the company. It set us back almost an hour until we got picked up by our driver to take us to our hotel. The rest of our group who arrived the following day had no issues with their airport transport.

Overall, I recommend Kimkim and I would chose to book again with them for future travels.

BTW, since we arrived a day early, we were able to do an extra activity by having Kimkim arrange our R/T transfer to Wadi Mujib Resereve. We did the Siq trail Hike and I highly recommend this thrilling activity if you are looking for something different to do while in Amman. The book Lonely Planet quoted one of the reserve ranger describe this hike as "Petra with water".

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Hazel for the great review! I am really happy that you had a great time. Abdalalah As'ad is one of the best guides, so I was really excited that I was able to reserve him for your trip. That is one of the benefits of booking early, like you did!

Apologies for the first day airport mixup, we had a problem with one of the three dates written on one of your group's manifest for the government that caused the issue. My sincere apologies, and we tried to do our best to resolve the... read more

Thank you Hazel for the great review! I am really happy that you had a great time. Abdalalah As'ad is one of the best guides, so I was really excited that I was able to reserve him for your trip. That is one of the benefits of booking early, like you did!

Apologies for the first day airport mixup, we had a problem with one of the three dates written on one of your group's manifest for the government that caused the issue. My sincere apologies, and we tried to do our best to resolve the matter. Alex and Joost are great associates who were able to help all the way from the other side of the world.

I think it was really smart of the four of you who arrived early to do the Wadi Mujib Sig trail as a day trip from Amman. It really is a great adventurous water hike that is easy to do as a day trip from the capital. That is one place where your planning came in handy! It was a pleasure hosting you in Jordan and I wish you the best on your next adventure!

Jordan, Jordan - Apr 11 - Apr 16, 2018

Traveler: Auey D. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

There were a few bumps along the road with the reservations and requests for activities that didn't go through e.g. we were placed into a different hotel than the one we had requested and weren't notified; we only found out when we got to the hotel and had to call Andy ourselves. Granted, the hotel was a much nicer one than he one we had requested but "I changed the booking I just didn't tell you" isn't what passes for an apology or a suitable notification.
For the dive in the Red Sea, we... read more

There were a few bumps along the road with the reservations and requests for activities that didn't go through e.g. we were placed into a different hotel than the one we had requested and weren't notified; we only found out when we got to the hotel and had to call Andy ourselves. Granted, the hotel was a much nicer one than he one we had requested but "I changed the booking I just didn't tell you" isn't what passes for an apology or a suitable notification.
For the dive in the Red Sea, we asked for 2 dives and we paid for the 2 dived each but when we got onto the boat we were told that we were only to do 1 dive because thats what they were notified.

Our freelance tour guide, Walid, along with the bus driver who was provided by the Agency helped a lot in getting us around and giving us information and knowledge on the places we were to, and gave us insider trips to get us the best deals.

However, I think we could've done without the bus driver smoking on the bus every time we got off. It was nauseating every time we came back onto the bus.

Ultimately, it was an amazing experience visiting that part of the world for the very first time, it wouldn't be an adventure if we didn't have any obstacles.

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Auey, I am happy to hear that it was an amazing experience.

The diving experience was never finalized or added to the trip costs. But I added it "on the house" as the guide told me your group wanted to dive and we had talked about diving before. Even if I did not charge for it, and we did not agree on how many dive, I wanted your group to have a great experience so I was happy to cover it for you.

I have noted the complaint about the bus driver smoking, and will alert my boss about it.... read more

Hi Auey, I am happy to hear that it was an amazing experience.

The diving experience was never finalized or added to the trip costs. But I added it "on the house" as the guide told me your group wanted to dive and we had talked about diving before. Even if I did not charge for it, and we did not agree on how many dive, I wanted your group to have a great experience so I was happy to cover it for you.

I have noted the complaint about the bus driver smoking, and will alert my boss about it. Overall, I'm glad to hear that Waleed helped a lot and that it was an amazing experience. Safe travels!

Jordan, Jordan - Apr 11 - Apr 16, 2018

Traveler: Ploy U. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

Our group had an amazing time in Jordan! Despite some minor miscommunication at the beginning of our trip with Andy, our local specialist, about some accommodation details, it was overall a pretty smooth experience and he was able to help us with the problems we had. We very much enjoyed our time with our local guide, Waleed, who was very accommodating and had ample knowledge about Jordan's history and traditions, all of which we very much enjoyed hearing about.

We spent a total of 5 days... read more

Our group had an amazing time in Jordan! Despite some minor miscommunication at the beginning of our trip with Andy, our local specialist, about some accommodation details, it was overall a pretty smooth experience and he was able to help us with the problems we had. We very much enjoyed our time with our local guide, Waleed, who was very accommodating and had ample knowledge about Jordan's history and traditions, all of which we very much enjoyed hearing about.

We spent a total of 5 days there and we felt that was enough to see everything without having to rush, although more time to relax at the Dead Sea at the end of our trip could have been the cherry on top. Petra is truly a world wonder and we spent about 7 hours exploring, which for the average traveler, I think is plenty of time. But, if you are very interested in ancient history and want to do more of the hiking trails, perhaps an extra day in Petra would be good. I wouldn't necessarily recommend the Petra by Night experience because it is quite a long walk and you don't get to see much in the dark -- but it might be worth it to some people. We also went to Aqaba, which is worth a boat trip if you are into snorkeling/scuba diving but otherwise, there isn't much to do in the city. Wadi Rum is also a very cool spot, but if you stay at one of the campsites, I would recommend trying to get there a bit on the earlier side to explore the grounds -- but that and the desert jeep tour warrants about a full day at most.

The meet-and-assist step at the airport both upon our arrival and departure was highly convenient, although it would have perhaps been useful to know what to expect about the visa process prior to our arrival.

The only downside was our bus. The driver was very nice but he had the habit of smoking in the car (albeit, when we were not there) which made long bus rides very uncomfortable because of the smell. The driving was sometimes erratic but I think that can be partially attributed to the slightly bumpy roads!

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi ploy thanks for your review. Waleed and I were in communication throughout the trip, trying to make sure things run as smoothly as possible. It is great to hear that you really enjoyed his guiding and that Alaa our airport representative was very helpful.

For buses in Jordan unfortunately Jett is really our only option at the moment. So we do not have much control over the driver. But I have noted your feedback and we will think about ways to improve it.

Best wishes!

John

Experience jordan tour - 8 days, Jordan - Apr 7 - Apr 15, 2018

Traveler: John P. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

The trip was simply amazing.. The online scheduling department, the driver and the guide were all top notch. I could not have hoped for a better experience. Honestly, what a great country, experience and team that are at Kimkim... Thank you to all of you for all of your effort.

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi John, thank you for the review! I am really glad that you enjoyed your time in Jordan. I am also really happy that you came away from the experience thinking Jordan was a great country. The toughest thing we face is the reputation of being in the middle east, so the more travelers especially American travelers, that visit the country and come away with a positive experience the better! I really believe that travel helps makes the world a better place, so thanks for contributing to that.

sheldon

Petra and jordan, Jordan - Apr 4 - Apr 6, 2018

Traveler: sheldon k. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

Our trip to Jordan was just as expected. We were met at every stop exactly on time. The guides and drivers spoke english well enough to explain our needs and to hold an enjoyable conversation on some long drives. The cars used were new and comfortable. The hotels, camp, and spa were excellent with the exception of occasionally poor hot water for showers. We had a great time and felt safe and well cared for throughout our tip. I would suggest that the company issue a list of contact numbers when they send out the written itinerary before the trip.

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

I am very happy that you had a great time in Jordan! I have noted the contact information: As much as possible we try to send the number of the airport representative, driver, guide, and tour operator. I will make sure to communicate these numbers for more of my groups.

Most importantly, I am glad to hear you felt safe and well taken care of by our team. Thanks for the feedback and review and I hope you enjoy your next adventure!

Wayne

Jordan, Jordan - Mar 29 - Apr 3, 2018

Traveler: Wayne L. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

Overall Andy and our the local guide and driver were excellent. They were responsive and designed a bespoke trip for us , managed all the logistics well and really knew Jordan.

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Wayne, I am happy that you enjoyed your trip in Jordan!

Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Mar 27 - Apr 3, 2018

Traveler: Atanu N. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

Our Jordan trip for 8 days covering Amman, Jerash, Mount Nebo, Petra,Wadi Rum, Aquaba and Dead Sea has been excellent. The trip was well organised by Andy Nurse and we had hassle free trip with the driver and car provided to us. The driver Khalid Hdaib was great , friendly and always ready to help.
The whole package organised by Andy Nurse was good value for money.

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Atanu, it was a pleasure hosting you in Jordan. I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the trip, your driver, and that the trip was hassle free.

Best wishes!

Dana to petra trek - hiking from dana to petra in jordan - 9 days, Jordan - Jan 1 - Jan 11, 2018

Traveler: Cynthia M. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

Ibrahim in Jordan was a fantastic guide and Mohammed was a great driver. They worked well together. We like our history so Jerash was fabulous. The hike through Dana Valley also was a highlight as was Jerusalem. Re the design of the trip, the only dud day was the trip to the Dead Sea. The hotel where we had lunch was depressing and the beach was ugly and cordoned off with barb wire.

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Cynthia!

I will reach out to Ibrahim and Mohammed to convey your appreciation. Also, given your feedback, I will no longer suggest that hotel for lunch and entrance to the Dead Sea for our guests.

Lastly, thanks for everything. It was a pleasure to organize this trip for you and your two daughters.

Dominic

Jordan trip, Jordan - Oct 14 - Oct 21, 2017

Traveler: Dominic M. - Local specialist: Andy Nurse

We booked quite late, but some of the things between Kim Kim, Experience Jordan, and the driver were not so clear; although things were always resolved quickly.

Good advice on the trip, and how to best allocate time.

Andy Nurse, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thanks Dominic! It was a joy hosting you and your wife in Jordan.