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 almost 8 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
This complete two-week tour of Jordan covers the top cultural highlights as well as the lesser known attractions, like the Karak and Shabouk Crusader castles, the aqua waters of Wadi Mujib, and finally the intricate mosaics of Madaba. You'll start in the capital city of Amman and travel the length of the country from the northwestern point in Umm Qais right down to Aqaba on the northern tip of the Red Sea. Along the way, you'll discover the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, camp in Wadi Rum, and float in the salty Dead Sea.
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.
Amman was built upon hills—so naturally, there are plenty of great vantage points where you can take in the rolling cityscape of Jordan's capital. Here are some of the best spots to watch a sunset, sip a cocktail, or simply enjoy the scenery.
Amman is a perfect pairing of Jordan's ancient history and modern culture, providing endless viewpoints, fantastic Levantine cuisine, and one of the best art scenes in the Middle East. It's a dynamic place to spend a day—follow this itinerary to make the most of your 24 hours.
Seeing the ancient city of Petra tops the must-do list for most of Jordan's visitors. Luckily, the nearby town, hills, and desert offer lodging options to accommodate every taste and budget. Whether you value convenient location, local culture, or a room with a view, this list of excellent places to stay (and a few alternatives) has you covered.
Any trip abroad merits a little souvenir shopping, but Jordan is a destination with especially beautiful and useful offerings. Pick up some luxe skincare products, support a women's weaving initiative, or splurge on a handmade mosaic for your wall and enjoy the lasting memories of your adventure.
Recent trip reviews for Carmen
Ultimate guide to visiting petra - jordan's ancient city, Jordan - Jun 12 - Jun 18, 2019
I don’t even know where to begin. Everything about our experience was fantastic. Our friend was originally visiting Jordan solo when my husband and I decided to tag along. Carmen was so accommodating in switching everything from a single person itinerary to a party of three. Any questions I ever had were answered very quickly.
Our itinerary was well laid out allowing us amble time at each location. We had a rather short trip and while we did move a lot to fit everything in, it never felt... read more
Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - May 15 - May 19, 2019
Overall, we were really pleased with our trip to Jordan. The itinerary suggested by Carmen took into account our interests, while also connecting us with some experiences we wouldn't have thought of on our own.
We really enjoyed meeting Nile, who was our hiking guide in Petra, and enjoyed the iftar with his family. Petra was, of course, a highlight of the trip, but Wadi Rum was also amazing, and floating in the Dead Sea was an incredible experience!
Things that could have been improved: We had a number of different drivers, which was sometimes a bit confusing. The hotels were just okay.
Jerusalem petra , Jordan - Mar 24 - Mar 29, 2019
The guide and car assigned to us for a VIP trip is inferior.
Guide has not taken the time to properly guide.
He was so rushed and quite annoying.
We had an excellent private trip in South America and this one was below standard the guiding etc.
Fortunately Jordan is a great country to visit.
Jordan add on trip, Jordan - Mar 29 - Apr 1, 2019
Ended with a great trip, and really enjoyed the ride with Akram. Thank you so much! Only room for improvement is a little quicker responses and accuracy on the trip details that were discussed needing correcting. Thank you again!
Jerusalem petra , Jordan - Mar 24 - Mar 29, 2019
Carmen has been very helpful ! Although There is a little "hiccup " in the beginning of the planning, but at the end was great!
The guide: Eddie was not being helpful. I think he is not good for the line of work in the hospitality / service works. He might be good for other kind of works. He is impatient, he is annoyed when he has to wait, he doesn't like to take our group picture, he walked all the way in the front while we were enjoying the view , he gave some wrong information about the... read more
Jerusalem petra , Jordan - Mar 24 - Mar 29, 2019
Jordan was very beautiful, enjoyed it very much.
Wish our guide Eddy was more helpful .
He was very knowledgeable, but rather moody.
He gets upset when we were late enjoying Petra.
Jordan in 5 days: amman, jerash, mount nebo, petra, wadi rum, and the dead sea, Jordan - Feb 21 - Feb 25, 2019
Our driver and guide made our trip! They were wonderful and did everything to make us as comfortable as possible. Thank you to Abu and Sami!!! ❤️💪🏻
Petra was amazing. We conquered all with a pregnant group memeber and another member with a broken leg! We would have liked to have more time at Wadi Rum as it is so beautiful but we had to rush to keep to schedule. The Dead Sea was beautiful too even if a little cold!
One thing that would have been helpful for our group was to have known that... read more
Trip to jordan, Jordan - Jan 28 - Feb 3, 2019
My trip to Jordan was one of the best trips I ever had, from the beginning the web side was very easy to get the information I needed, Carmen the specialist in Jordan helped me get the most of my trip planning and informing me of my best options.
In Amman the driver Mustafa who pick me up at the airport and drove me to Petra was very friendly and helpful during the time he was with me I wish he would have been with me all the time.
Over all it was a great trip.
Trip to jordan, Jordan - Jan 26 - Jan 31, 2019
Carmen organized a perfect first trip to Jordan for us, and our driver, Azzam, could not have been a better ambassador for Jordan. We saw and explored wonderous sites and take home with us wonderful memories. The value for money spent was excellent. The hotels were good value with the exception of the Grand Hotel in Madba, which was sub standard. We highly recommend Carmen and KimKIm!
Jordan tour with diving, Jordan - Jan 6 - Jan 18, 2019
We are really glad we booked our trip through KimKim and Carmen. We had a great holiday and enjoyed the interesting experiences Carmen organised that were tailored to our preferences and not just the standard package. We think having an in-country travel agent who is able to network with the local people and find slightly different experiences and accomodation makes a big difference. We particualrly enjoyed our trekking and homestay with Eisa in Ajlun and staying with Gail at the Little... read more
Jordan: petra & the dead sea - 3 days, Jordan - Dec 26 - Dec 31, 2018
We had a fabulous trip. Jordan is very beautiful and the trip enabled us to see its great beauty. Our driver was extremely helpful, had great english and a wonderful love of his country as well as a new and very reliable car. He was willing to give us as much information and colour as we asked for which was plenty. He also tuned in quickly to how we wished to engage as tourists, and happily took us to more out of the way places to eat which we loved. The highlights were Petra and Wadi... read more
Trip to jordan, Jordan - Dec 28 - Jan 4, 2019
Highlights: Wadi Rum, Jerash; Okay-lights: Petra, Dead Sea, the driver, the hotels; Lowlight: Aqaba.
Wadi Rum was by far the main highlight of the trip that absolutely exceeded our expectations. The place is indescribably beautiful, and the Aicha Memories Luxury Camp had the best accommodation and the best food of the entire trip. Jerash was the second favourite – quite surprisingly!
Azzam was an excellent, professional driver. He was particularly courteous towards the end of the trip. He... read more
Jordan: petra & the dead sea - 3 days, Jordan - Nov 28 - Dec 2, 2018
We bought last minute tickets for Jordan, so we did not have time to organize it by ourselves so we decided to pick Carmen as our travel organizer. We only had 3 and a half day and manage to see everything that was our "must do places". Thanks to our driver Azzam, we did not feel tired at all and were enjoying our stay in Jordan to the fullest! Accommodations were also great and near to the everything. Especially we liked our stay in aisha luxury camp where we went stargazing! And the staff... read more
Jordan in 5 days: amman, jerash, mount nebo, petra, wadi rum, and the dead sea, Jordan - Nov 20 - Nov 25, 2018
Carmen did a very impressive service in organizing our trip to Jordan. We had a wonderful stay in Jordan because of all her efforts in catering our suggested itineraries. Thanks a lot Carmen.
Hakam,our dirver is very friendly, goes out of his way to make us both very comfortable during the whole trip. We felt very safe and had a great time seeing the tourist spots in Jordan because of him. He’s such a gentleman and so far he is one of the best driver we’ve known. Thanks Hakam :)
Jordan experience, Jordan - Oct 11 - Oct 19, 2018
Carmen set up a trip of a lifetime for our family. We were impressed with every aspect of our journey. From our driver, hotel rooms, and general itinerary - all of it was superb.
Our driver (Haitham Shaltoot) was way more than just a driver. Immediately upon greeting us at the airport he was asking us our likes and dislikes for food, and what we expected from our visit to Jordan. He became our driver, cultural adviser, and tour guide. Without Haitham our trip would have been great,... read more
Petra and the dead sea, Jordan - Nov 6 - Nov 9, 2018
Everything was great especially our wonderful driver Mohammad who was very informative about the areas we were visiting as well as Jordan in general. We would have liked a bit more time at the dead sea as we arrived at 230 pm and left at 8am the next day. It was a wonderful experience except for our hotel in Petra , the Candles hotel is an absolute dump. We were initially given a room I wouldn't have housed a dog in and the replacement was much better but still way below the standard expected.
Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Oct 28 - Nov 4, 2018
Our family of five tried KimKim.com for the first time to help us plan our one week trip to Jordan.
Carmen showed great flexibility and willingness to adapt to our (changing) requirements until we had an itinerary fitting our wishes and budget.
On site in Jordan, things worked nicely and without hickups with regards to booked activities, over night stays and drivers/guides.
All in all a very good experience!
Trip to jordan, Jordan - Oct 16 - Oct 20, 2018
The trip was a blast. Our driver Amjad was personable and professional. My only critique is that there was not enough time to do this trip properly. If I did it again, I would skip the Wadi Rum and spend more time in the other locations. We spent a long time driving just for a couple of hours touring the Wadi Rum. Otherwise, it is a good overview of some of the spectacular highlights of Jordan.
Trip to jordan, Jordan - Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2018
We weren't sure we were even able to do a tour through Jordan and its most exciting places as short as 3 days, but Carmen planned a great tour for us and catered to all our wishes and needs. She was always quick to answer any questions we had and made alterations to the trip as we needed them. Overall, the trip ended up being absolutely wonderful, one we will certainly never forget! Even days before our tour, Carmen was always there to answer any questions we had!
Our driver was Nedal. He... read more
Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2018
A stand out negative- the Oscar hotel in Petra is not clean and is very tired and smoky. I asked for simple but clean. We ended up moving to the move pick for our second night. I would remove it from your hotel list.
We also had three different drivers all were nice and efficient but better to have one that can tell a few stories. They were very reliable and punctual though.
Otherwise Jordan was fantastic. Thank you.
Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Oct 23 - Oct 27, 2018
We had a wonderful trip organised by Carmen. We were able to see Wadi Rum, Petra and Dead Sea. The whole experience has been breathtaking and it will remain in our memories for a long time. Our driver Mustafa was always prompt and ensured that we were taken to the places of the visit as per our Itinerary. We loved this trip and will recommend to our Friends as well.
Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Oct 14 - Oct 22, 2018
Thoughtfully prepared itinerary.
The driver allocated (Nedal) was helpful & advised on circuit and what to expect. Cover the northern side of Amman and the south but Petra just blew me off. What a site but it was beneficial because we engaged a guide at site.
Also incorporated some experience at Wadi Musa & Wadi Rum in the desert wilderness.
Finished the circuit with Aqaba & Dead Sea. Wish we had spent more time here
Be prepared for an active period if you want to enjoy.
Thank you Kim Kim.
Jordan in 5 days: amman, jerash, mount nebo, petra, wadi rum, and the dead sea, Jordan - Sep 9 - Sep 13, 2018
The planning and help in curating the itinerary was a highlight and was very well done. Jordan is beautiful and I wish I had more time there. Wadi rum was a short stay but exceptional. I will have to return again to do justice to the sites and stars in the desert.
Thanks Carmen and Kim Kim.
Wish you guys the best in what you are trying to achieve. Experiential travel is the way to go!
Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Jul 5 - Jul 15, 2018
What a fabulous trip we had. Carmen planned the trip flawlessly and provided great itinerary suggestions. Our driver Shareef was fantastic and flexible as necessary. Highlights were Petra, Dana reserve (wish we'd stayed 2 nights!), Wadi Rum and Wadi Mujib. The trip was a great mix of culture, historical sites and hikes/canyoning. The Jordanians were ever welcoming and we did not want to leave!
Jordan in 5 days: amman, jerash, mount nebo, petra, wadi rum, and the dead sea, Jordan - May 24 - May 27, 2018
Carmen was great with helping me organise the trip based on my tight timelines.
My original driver Nedal ended up falling ill and was replaced with Ahmed who was lovely. He didn't have as much knowledge as Nedal but was nothing but professional and ensured my safety came first.
Loved the Jordanian hospitality. Amazing place and I look forward to returning, hopefully in the near future
Jordan: petra & the dead sea - 3 days, Jordan - Jun 4 - Jun 7, 2018
Overall the trip was great and all of us think that Petra was the highlight. It was a rush, but that's because we had time constraints and entirely our doing. Carmen is a great planner and was in constant contact & communication before and during the trip. My thanks to her. The guides were good and knowledgeable. Najeeb may have been a little overbearing but overall no complaints. They were punctual and helpful.
The Art Hotel (Downtown) was a great location and good place to stay and get a... read more
Trip to jordan, Jordan - May 5 - May 10, 2018
We are back home after a great trip to Jordan, all thanks to Carmen. Carmen was always kind and quick in responding to our endless questions. She suggested an alternative itinerary to save some transfer time and it worked well for us. She was very accommodating to all our requests and changed the hotels to meet our requirements and budget. Our driver Audi was very cheerful, helpful and a kind person and we had a wonderful time with him. The whole itinerary was well planned, all the pickups... read more
Amman, jerash, petra, wadi rum, aqaba, dead sea, Jordan - Apr 19 - Apr 26, 2018
My experience in Jordan would not have been what it was without my travel specialist, Carmen answering ALL my questions, working around my own plans etc., and just being accommodating! My driver, atef, was unbelievable. He was so gracious and kind and knew all the routes and gems of each place. My Bedouin guide, Ibrahim, who took us through Petra's backdoor to the monastery was wonderful. He was patient, helpful, and an overall great guide who showed us so many cool things along the way. From... read more
Jordan in 5 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Mar 29 - Apr 3, 2018
My trip to Jordan was everything and a bit more from what I have expected :)
Carmen has provided me with an amazing service from the beginning and she was great accommodating all the places I wanted to visit in only 5 days, thank you so much for that!
Amman was very interesting and I really enjoying walking around the Paris Circle and getting lost on Circles 1 and 2... also on day 2 going to Mount Nebo and Bethany beyond the Jordan was a great experience, and needless to say that a pit stop... read more
Content research trip - writer & editor for kimkim, Jordan - Mar 24 - Mar 31, 2018
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
Jordan: petra & the dead sea - 3 days, Jordan - Apr 19 - Apr 21, 2018
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.
The ultimate guide to wadi rum - jordan's adventure paradise, Jordan - Apr 5 - Apr 12, 2018
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 !
Adventure, exploration, Jordan - Mar 11 - Mar 19, 2018
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
Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Mar 12 - Mar 19, 2018
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
Petra wadi r7m trip, Jordan - Mar 16 - Mar 19, 2018
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
Jordan 2 day trip, Jordan - Mar 16 - Mar 17, 2018
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
Hoping to have a great journey/budget tour, Jordan - Mar 2 - Mar 8, 2018
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.
History and culture of petra, amman and environs, Jordan - Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2018
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
History and culture of petra, amman and environs, Jordan - Feb 28 - Mar 4, 2018
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!
Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Jan 20 - Jan 23, 2018
My overall experience with the travel arranged for me in Jordan was quite nice.
- 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
- 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