I love to explore, to travel, to meet new people and see the amazing diversity of this world. Originally from the UK, I have travelled around the world and worked in the UK, US, China and most recently have spent the last 8 years living in Jordan. I love Jordan, the hospitality of the people and the amazing diversity of the landscapes, the mountains, the deserts and dramatic canyons. I started Experience Jordan with a friend in 2012, as we wanted people to see the places and people we love, to meet the authentic and hidden treasures and truly experience Jordan.
For me travelling is about creating memories, new experiences, broadening your horizons and perspectives. Travelling allows you to step away from the norm and can be life-changing. It’s the time when we dream about life, what we want, where we are going. Many of us have made life-altering decisions whilst travelling, as we seek to get perspective on everything we’re doing and make choices about the future. We want our tours to be life changing for you.
We try to provide opportunities to truly experience and engage with a different culture and some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders. Our trips allow you to really see Jordan, meet the people, hear their stories and experience the culture.
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?
"In 2004 whilst at university I wrote a business plan for a “life changing” tour company, life changing for both the travellers and the local people. The vision was for tours where the travellers see and experience the real destination, off the beaten path, engage with the people and culture and where the locals truly benefit through ethical and responsible tourism. I wanted to create a business that I believed in, one that both I and others would enjoy working for. A few years later, after careers in Engineering, Project Management and managing a climbing centre, I started Experience Jordan.
My own life has been changed and shaped by my travels and encounters with so many people around the world, and I wanted to create experiences that were equally life changing both for travellers and the locals.
In 2008, after time living in China, the US and back in my home England, I moved to Jordan and fell in love with this historic and beautiful country and its amazing people. Experience Jordan was born. We aim to provide authentic adventures and the best tours of Jordan, where you truly experience this wonderful country, enjoy the hospitality of its generous and kind people, learn about the culture, history and even language and have lots of fun."
Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.
"My first travelling adventures began in 1997 when I set off on a year of exploration and adventure, working and travelling around China. At the end of my time, I didn't want to leave suddenly, so I took the long way back overland by bus and train from Hong Kong, via Beijing, to Moscow and on through Europe back to London. On the train crossing Siberia, I used up my cash, with no ATMs until I would arrive in Moscow. I was living off the large bag of pot noodles I brought with me, yes noodles for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A lovely Russian family on the train took pity on me and shared their fish and more wholesome food with me. I spoke no Russian, and they spoke no English, but we connected, and I was touched by their kindness to a complete stranger. I love that travelling exposes our vulnerabilities, not speaking the language or knowing our way around, it forces us to rely on others and through that we grow and make lots of new friends."
Featured trips & expertise
The country of Jordan awaits! This itinerary covers most of the major cities of Jordan along with the main experiences, and popular sites that one should see. You’ll experience Jordan’s great history and traditional culture, and enjoy the hospitality of its people.
Planning a trip to Jordan? Here's a list of the top ten activities to help give you an idea of great things to do. We've focused on unique things to do in Jordan that provide you with a more authentic experience.
The epic trek from Dana to Petra, rated one of the world’s best hikes by National Geographic, takes you through many of Jordan's distinct landscapes and major archeological sites. It's part of the national Jordan Trail, which runs the length of the country from north to south. Read on for a detailed description of the 9-day trekking itinerary.
Recent trip reviews for Matt
Petra visit, Jordan - Apr 2 - Apr 5, 2017
The guide that showed up was not the guide we arranged for. Our visit to Jaresh was not in our original schedule and we didn't talk about it.
As I said, Matt did not appear. No explanation was given
Jordan, Jordan - Jan 11 - Jan 13, 2017
All went well and as described. We had a great time and would recommend the Kempinski Hotel at the Dead Sea. The Movenpick at Petra was very well located and the service great in both. Our guide Mansour Mansour had our visa organised n collected us from the airport n took care of everything for our whole trip. Lovely and informative man. Our guide at Petra, Neal Hamadeen, was very knowledgeable and passionate about Petra. We decided to go to the Monastery so he charged us 50 JD extra. We were... read more
Tour of amman, mount nebo, petra, wadi rum , Jordan - Dec 28 - Jan 4, 2017
our guide Ali was excellent. He was very knowledgeable in all topics. We enjoyed his company immensely. Always helpful and accommodating.
Matt was very good advising us the best way to make the most of our time in Jordan
Jordan quick trip, Jordan - Dec 30 - Jan 1, 2017
Both our guide and driver were excellent. The major disappointment was the Al Capitan camp. The room lacked heating and the hot water was luke warm. We did not feel it was up to the standard we were expecting. I got a cold due to the coldness.
Petra/wadi rum tour, Jordan - Nov 22 - Nov 26, 2016
I really appreciate this service and the help Matt Loveland provided. A couple things could help improve the process.
1) This is the first time I tried kimkim, I really like the idea and hope to see it grow. It really lends it self to setting up last minute plans. So with that in mind, it did take a while (2 days) to get an initial response. We were just about to make other plans when we finally heard back.
2) Some kind of printable confirmation to show to people when we arrive... read more