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Carmen Scholten

My passion are the local people of Jordan and I love to share this with you. The Jordanian culture is a very welcoming and peaceful, which makes that I love to live in this beautiful country. Together with you I'll create a wonderful holiday that fits all of your needs and those of your family or friends. I'm originally from Holland but I've been living in the Middle East and mainly Jordan for 6 years.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I regularly visit different places in Jordan to keep up to date. This means that you can ask my anything about the country or special activities. And if I don't know about it, I have a team of wonderful travel specialists who do. My specialties are diving holidays (Me and my husband also run a dive center in Aqaba), responsible tourism, yoga holidays and hiking holidays. But mostly I create customized itineraries based on your wishes. "

How did you get involved in travel?

"I studied cross cultural management and sustainable entrepreneurship, not knowing that I would end up in tourism in Jordan. After my studies I left for a month long trip to and through the Middle East. That's when I fell in love with Jordan. From day one I've been involved in the travel industry in Jordan. This has resulted in having my own tour company in this surprising country. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I've been brought up traveling around the world. I'll never forget the day I went into the rural areas of Gambia but I'll also never forget that one holiday on where I met my husband! "

Featured trips & expertise

Bedouin camels rest outside the Treasury at Petra
Family Friendly Highlights of Jordan – 8 Days

This well-rounded tour is designed to suit families and has something for everyone. Visit the ruins of Gerasa and stay in a Bedouin camp in the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wadi Rum. See the holy Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics at Madaba and frolic on the beach at Aqaba. Add to this Petra and the Dead Sea and you have the complete highlights of Jordan.

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.

Top 5 Cultural Experiences in Jordan

Visiting Jordan is an adventure in itself, and there is no better way to get to know this fascinating country than by diving into its culture. The Jordanian people are known for their warmth and hospitality, making it easy for visitors to forge connections through food, traditional activities, and alternative modes of exploration. Read on to discover five of our favorite local experiences in Jordan.

Recent trip reviews for Carmen

Jennifer

Content research trip - writer & editor for kimkim, Jordan - Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018

Traveler: Jennifer K. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

I'm the Head of Content at kimkim, and booked part of my recent trip to Jordan with Carmen from In2Jordan. A major goal of my trip was research for original article ideas, and my criteria was pretty challenging. Carmen did an amazing job of curating interesting, unique, and immersive experiences that lived up to my "off the beaten path" standards.

One of my absolute favorite memories is from my time in Wadi Rum, the desert wilderness in southern Jordan. I was originally scheduled for an... read more

I'm the Head of Content at kimkim, and booked part of my recent trip to Jordan with Carmen from In2Jordan. A major goal of my trip was research for original article ideas, and my criteria was pretty challenging. Carmen did an amazing job of curating interesting, unique, and immersive experiences that lived up to my "off the beaten path" standards.

One of my absolute favorite memories is from my time in Wadi Rum, the desert wilderness in southern Jordan. I was originally scheduled for an overnight "digital detox" experience, complete with private yoga sessions and sleeping under the stars (no tent!) in the middle of the beautiful desert. Due to crazy weather and some other unavoidable circumstances, this had to be canceled day-of. Carmen immediately got to work finding alternate options for me, and managed to book one of the very highly coveted bubble tents at Wadi Rum Night Luxury Camp (see photo). This was unforgettable - I felt like I was waking up on Mars!

Thank you to Carmen for being reliable and available during my trip, and quickly coming to my rescue with a fantastic alternative to my original plan!

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jennifer,

Thank you so much for your kind review! Organizing your trip was a challenge at times, but it was a pleasure to do so! We'll keep in touch!

Thank you for having us organizing part of your trip in Jordan!!

Carmen

Jordan: petra & the dead sea - 3 days, Jordan - Apr 19 - Apr 21, 2018

Traveler: Jason G. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

If I were to do this again,

I would want more information up front from the guide about what has been paid for already and what hasn't.

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jason!

Thank you for your 5* review. It's always nice for me to receive feedback on the guides and how to organize things better. I hope I've inspired you to come back to Jordan again!

Thank you for traveling with In2Jordan!

The ultimate guide to wadi rum - jordan's adventure paradise, Jordan - Apr 5 - Apr 12, 2018

Traveler: myriam d. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

Wonderful country and nice people.
We enjoy a lot and our trip was a great experience.
Good organisation, maybe just one driver had been better as a new one every day !
Thank’s a lot !

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Myriam!

Thank you for your kind review. You've surely met a lot of different people on your trip, however we'll do our best to stick to one driver for future customers. Thank you for sharing this with me. I hope we've inspired you to come to discover more of what beautiful Jordan has to offer.

Again thank you for traveling with In2Jordan!

Carmen

Adventure, exploration, Jordan - Mar 11 - Mar 19, 2018

Traveler: Graham I. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

The trip was amazing. Carmen did a great job planning the excursion, she was always available to answer any questions or make last minute accommodations.
Akram was our guide for most of the trip. He was knowledgeable about all the sites we travelled to. Gave us lots of free time to explore. His english is impeccable but most impressive was his driving skills. Couldn't ask for a better guide.
Petra was unbelievable. We were there for 2 nights and 1 full day. If you like hiking I would recommend 2 to 3 days there. A lot more to see then just the treasury.
Overall the trip was 5 stars

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Graham,

Thank you very much for your kind review. It was my pleasure. All the best to you and your brother!

Thank you for traveling with In2Jordan!!

Carmen

Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2018

Traveler: Sarah S. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

I booked this trip as a surprise for my husbands 40th birthday. Carmen was amazing in putting the itinerary together and answering all of my many questions, no question to stupid, ensuring it was a birthday to remember!
From Jerash to the Dead Sea we saw so many amazing sites with our driver Bashar nothing was any trouble!
For the birthday day itself we went to Petra which no words can describe it’s beauty and wonder! Followed by a night under the stars at Wadi Rum.
Even on returning home... read more

I booked this trip as a surprise for my husbands 40th birthday. Carmen was amazing in putting the itinerary together and answering all of my many questions, no question to stupid, ensuring it was a birthday to remember!
From Jerash to the Dead Sea we saw so many amazing sites with our driver Bashar nothing was any trouble!
For the birthday day itself we went to Petra which no words can describe it’s beauty and wonder! Followed by a night under the stars at Wadi Rum.
Even on returning home Carmen and her KimKim team have been amazing as I left my Bose headphones in the car transfer to the airport!!! Carmen had tracked them down and sent them home to me.
First time using KimKim and I’m sure not the last! Fantastic service from everyone!!

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Sarah,

Thank you so much for your kind review! It was my pleasure assisting you with this trip. Fantastic to hear that you've made great memories.

Thank you for traveling with In2Jordan!!

Carmen

Yael

Petra wadi r7m trip, Jordan - Mar 16 - Mar 19, 2018

Traveler: Yael S. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

We just returned from our Petra/Wadi Rum trip and it was an outstanding experience. The entire 4 days were great - filled with many new tastes, mind-blowing sites, and relaxation. Working with Carmen was smooth and easy. Our driver - Mohammad Karajeh - went out of his way offering guidance, coffees, tastes of native foods, etc. He really added touches that made our trip so memorable. My only suggestion might be to offer a range for the tent stay in Wadi Rum...I believe we might have chosen a... read more

We just returned from our Petra/Wadi Rum trip and it was an outstanding experience. The entire 4 days were great - filled with many new tastes, mind-blowing sites, and relaxation. Working with Carmen was smooth and easy. Our driver - Mohammad Karajeh - went out of his way offering guidance, coffees, tastes of native foods, etc. He really added touches that made our trip so memorable. My only suggestion might be to offer a range for the tent stay in Wadi Rum...I believe we might have chosen a place that had hot water. (The place was stunning and this is a minor issue). Last piece of advice: stay 2 days in Petra and 2 in Wadi Rum - so much to take in, so much to see!

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Yael,

Thank you so much for you kind words! It's great to hear that you had a lovely time. The pictures look awesome!!

Thank you for traveling with In2Jordan!

Jordan 2 day trip, Jordan - Mar 16 - Mar 17, 2018

Traveler: Pheroze K. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

The trip planning had up and downs with regard to hotels. Carmen suggested the Movenpick as a 5 star option, but I had already seen that rooms were not available. She then came back with news that rooms were not available and suggested the option of the Hyatt Zamman as a 5 star option. Turns out it was not even a part of the Hyatt chain but just a local hotel claiming to be 5 star but certainly not of international standard. I had to demand WiFi in the room ( arranged finally after being told... read more

The trip planning had up and downs with regard to hotels. Carmen suggested the Movenpick as a 5 star option, but I had already seen that rooms were not available. She then came back with news that rooms were not available and suggested the option of the Hyatt Zamman as a 5 star option. Turns out it was not even a part of the Hyatt chain but just a local hotel claiming to be 5 star but certainly not of international standard. I had to demand WiFi in the room ( arranged finally after being told that WiFi was only in community areas).
The driver and car assigned were good (once one got accustomed to the strong cigarette smell).

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Pheroze,

Thank you for your feedback. We always appreciate the opportunity to upgrade our services. Due to availability, the hotel you stayed in was the best option we could find for you. I would have loved to known about the driver right away so we could have taken action, just like we did when you contacted us about the hotel. We hope you had a lovely time in Jordan and inspired you to get visit this beautiful country another time.

Thank you for traveling with In2Jordan!

Carmen

Gerelyn

Hoping to have a great journey/budget tour, Jordan - Mar 2 - Mar 8, 2018

Traveler: Gerelyn G. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

Thank you to Carmen who facilitated our first trip to Jordan. It eased our apprehensions knowing we have transports and guides to assist us in a foreign land. The recommendations to stay at the Wadi Rum Luxury Night camp, and accesss to the Dead Sea at Dead Sea Spa Hotel —spot on! The Backdoor hike to Petra’s Monastery from little Petra— incredible ! We are also grateful to our guide, Ibrahim whose personality and character, stands out amongst the many we have met.
Thank you again. Hope to be back soon.

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Gerelyn,

Thank you so much for your kind review! It was our pleasure to have you here in Jordan. I've passed on your message to Ibrahim together with some pictures. Looking forward to having you back in the country, showing you even more special places Jordan has to offer.

Thank you for traveling with In2Jordan!

Carmen

Mark

History and culture of petra, amman and environs, Jordan - Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2018

Traveler: Mark N. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

A fantastic trip to Jordan thanks to Carmen’s expertise and knowledge. It was busy but never too hectic as we saw the amazing sites. Wael, our driver and guide was easy going and friendly, as well as very punctual. He put some miles on that car shuttling us from Amman to Wadi Rum and back again! Petra of course had to be a highlight, just magical. I also loved the vastness and beauty of Wadi Rum and our friendly guide, Rashid. I think we may have been running out of energy towards the end,... read more

A fantastic trip to Jordan thanks to Carmen’s expertise and knowledge. It was busy but never too hectic as we saw the amazing sites. Wael, our driver and guide was easy going and friendly, as well as very punctual. He put some miles on that car shuttling us from Amman to Wadi Rum and back again! Petra of course had to be a highlight, just magical. I also loved the vastness and beauty of Wadi Rum and our friendly guide, Rashid. I think we may have been running out of energy towards the end, but I really enjoyed the Amman city tour and the fantastic city of Jerash. All in all just WOW! Thanks so much!
Mark N

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mark,

Thank you so much for your review. It was our pleasure to have you here in Jordan and show you the many things this beautiful country has to offer.

Thank you for traveling with In2Jordan!

Carmen

Vinita

History and culture of petra, amman and environs, Jordan - Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2018

Traveler: Vinita N. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

Mark and I had a great trip thanks to Carmen and the travel team she organized for our time in Jordan. Everything went as planned and the sights and schedule of activities exceeded our expectations.
I will definitely recommend Kimkim to my friends and will be using Kimkim for my upcoming trips.
Thank you very much!

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Vanita,

Thank you for your kind words! It was my utmost pleasure to organize your trip to Jordan!!

Carmen

Thanya

Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Jan 20 - Jan 23, 2018

Traveler: Thanya Y. - Local specialist: Carmen Scholten

My overall experience with the travel arranged for me in Jordan was quite nice.

Plus
- all the drivers arranged for my pick-ups were professional, polite and kind. They made some calls for me on the way to the hotel and so on to make sure everything goes smoothly. I really appriciated that

Minus
- I feel like I didn’t get enough information about Jordan and all the destinations I was going to prior my trip. Carmen created Vamoos app for me for my itenerary, which was great, but I thought... read more

My overall experience with the travel arranged for me in Jordan was quite nice.

Plus
- all the drivers arranged for my pick-ups were professional, polite and kind. They made some calls for me on the way to the hotel and so on to make sure everything goes smoothly. I really appriciated that

Minus
- I feel like I didn’t get enough information about Jordan and all the destinations I was going to prior my trip. Carmen created Vamoos app for me for my itenerary, which was great, but I thought I’d get more personalised information about some interesting places , where to dine, or some local facts I wouldn’t normally get from the internet. Clicking the map didn’t help much, since most of the places on the map don’t have any information. Also the traveling date was wrong, and is still wrong up til now. It’s Febuary in the app.

- on my first day, my visit to Amman beach was pretty disappointing. The facility was not great, shower room broken, no hair dryer, lockers with no lock, and no staff to borrow the lock or lend towels from. Good thing I had my towel with me so I didn’t have to, but i had a hard time showering and drying my hair after the swim, espeically with that much salt on my body and hair. I would have been willing to pay more for better places, like one of those 5 star hotel facilities nearby (Kempinski, movenpick, dead sea spa etc.)

- on my last day, it seemed like my bus ticket from Aqaba to Amman was wrong. I couldn’t read Arabic of course, but my driver was kind enough to check for me at the bus station when he dropped me off, so they changed the new one for me.
And since my bus was at 6 PM and i was dropped off at 10 AM with my luggages, I had to find a place to store those before I could do anything, which was pretty troublesome. At that point I wish I was told or suggested beforehand what to do with my luggages. In the end I mannaged to ask Movenpick hotel to keep them for me, eventhough I wasn’t staying with them.
And I also wish I was given some interesting information about Aqaba, restaurants, cafe and attractions. Since it was a very low season, whatever I tried to do (glass bottom boat tour etc.) everything was unavailable due to too small group of people joining.

I think that’s pretty much my opinion on my trip to Jordan. Thank you Carmen for all the help in planning and everything. Jordan was an amazing country and I loved my experiences there.

Thanya

Carmen Scholten, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Thanya.

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry that not everything was completely to your satisfaction, but please understand that we did all that was possible within your budget. And planning a driver or rental car would surely have made your trip more quick and comfortable, but also too expensive, so we hope you understand our situation. Maybe I've should have informed you better about this, my apologies.

Thank you for traveling with In2Jordan!

Carmen