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Tamara Salameen

I have over 8 years of experience in working as a travel consultant, accounting manager and operation manager at different travel operators. I am very professional in managing the tours of clients and making sure all is taken care off. I'm attentive to even the smallest details, and love to create dream holidays for travelers. I am in contact with clients from the beginning of their trip until they say farewell. I have been fortunate to organize several tours for the same clients - they keep coming back because our tours never disappoint.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"We are an experienced, knowledgeable and friendly team whose passion is travel with integrity. Through years of experience, we have perfected our tours to serve travelers' needs and requirements. Our past travelers have helped us create well-planned tours that showcase the very best of each destination, resulting in complete traveler satisfaction.

We take the greatest care in selecting responsible people who are capable of providing cheerful, caring and attentive service to our clients. Our English, French, Spanish and Italian-speaking drivers have an all-around knowledge of the country and its people. Our certified guides are also experts in archaeology.

Our years of experience in organizing tours in Jordan have made us fully conversant with the details of a successful operation. Your tour arrangements will be handled in a professional and efficient manner.

We offer a range of tour packages , including : Classical tours , Biblical and pilgrimage tours , Adventures (Hiking, Horse-back riding , trekking , camel caravan tours, jeep safari tours, Wild Natural reserve adventure ) , Islamic Tours, MICE (Meetings, incentives, conferences, and exhibitions) , incentive tours , combination tours , canyon tours, Jordan relaxation tours and finally guaranteed departure tours ."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I had been interested in travel for a long time, and I was very enthusiastic once I had the chance to work directly with travelers as a professional in the tourism industry. I am glad to share my experience with clients and to arrange their tours with a personal touch. "

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"I planned a trip for travel professionals in 2012. I worked hard to arrange the entire tour, and perfect all of the small details of the travelers' stay in Jordan. It was a very successful project that I am totally proud of. "

Featured trips & expertise

Go on a Jeep safari into the vast Wadi Rum desert
Experience Jordan: Amman, Petra, & Wadi Rum - 7 Days

Experience a week of Jordanian hospitality, ancient and natural wonders, and rural life on this curated adventure of Jordan's main attractions. Walk amid ancient Roman ruins in Amman and Jerash, overlook the Judean Desert from the peak of Mount Nebo, and immerse yourself in the Nabataean city of Petra in between. You'll also sleep in a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum, snorkel with the fish in the Gulf of Aqaba, and relax in the buoyant and calm Dead Sea waters.

Snorkel off the coast of Aqaba in the Gulf of Aqaba
Discover Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea - 7 Days

Enjoy one week exploring Jordan's cherished landmarks as you take in the country's rich heritage. You'll begin and end in the bustling capital of Amman where you'll cover some major ground, from the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, to the Crusader castle in Karak and the Church of Moses on top of biblical Mount Nebo. You'll swim in the Red Sea, sleep under the stars in a Bedouin-style tent, and marvel at the ancient tombs and temples of Petra.

Dana Nature Reserve
Off the Beaten Path: Egypt & Jordan - 14 Days

This 14-day itinerary through Egypt and Jordan takes you to places off the beaten path. Explore Siwa, an ancient and isolated urban oasis on the border of the Sahara, hike through the Dana Biosphere Reserve to one the world's best eco-lodges, and stroll through ancient alleyways in the village of Salt. Of course, there'll be plenty of time dedicated to visiting cultural and historical attractions like Cairo and Luxor, the Dead Sea, Petra, and Wadi Rum.

24 Hours in Amman
24 Hours in Amman

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.

5 Ways to Spend a Night in Wadi Rum
5 Ways to Spend a Night in Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is a destination in its own right, both for its surreal landscape and pleasantly isolated location. To get the most out of your experience, you'll want to spend the night. Whether you want to feel like you've landed on Mars or prefer something a bit more down to earth, this list has you covered.

Recent trip reviews for Tamara

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Apr 20 - Apr 30, 2019

Traveler: Luca L. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Wonderful experience, Tamara and Mohammad pampered us with a perfect professional service, everything running smoothly and even more.
The guides were very professional, careful and deeply in love with their country, which makes the real difference between a good service and a wondefrul experience.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Luca,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Jordan, Jordan - Apr 18 - Apr 27, 2019

Traveler: Brianna O. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Overall, the trip was great despite a few major hiccups in communication among the agency and the driver. There was a bit of a discrepancy in terms of what we would consider 5-star hotels and what Jordan considers 5-star, as we got got a few noisy, hot rooms without some of the amenities. We were told there would be no problems going to Israel for the day during our time, but it was actually a very big problem and we spend most of the day stressed and in immigration because of mistakes in... read more

Overall, the trip was great despite a few major hiccups in communication among the agency and the driver. There was a bit of a discrepancy in terms of what we would consider 5-star hotels and what Jordan considers 5-star, as we got got a few noisy, hot rooms without some of the amenities. We were told there would be no problems going to Israel for the day during our time, but it was actually a very big problem and we spend most of the day stressed and in immigration because of mistakes in paper work that Why Jordan didn’t seem to be familiar with. I would also recommend skipping the dinner inclusion option, as they were all buffets of cold/mediocre food even in the 5-stars. The country, guides and driver, and the overall itinerary was great! I would do it again. Just don’t expect ALL you pay for and expect to contact the agency with concerns on your trip.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Brianna,
Thank you very much for traveling with us and your detailed feedback is highly appreciated.
We apologize for any inconvenience. That's certainly not the kind of experience we want our guests to have. We strive for excellency and your holiday should be as you expected.
And we take your comments very seriously and have discussed with the team aiming to improve our future services and to choose best drivers and services.

Nevertheless, thanks again for experiencing Jordan with us. We will be more than happy to host you again in the future.

Happy travels! Tamara

Jordan in 5 days: amman, jerash, mount nebo, petra, wadi rum, and the dead sea, Jordan - Apr 16 - Apr 21, 2019

Traveler: Riz H. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Our trip to Jordan was very well organized by Tamara and Mohammad from Why Jordan operations. To top it all off our tour guide Mohammed Ali made this whole trip a memorable one. We were with our 2 yr old daughter and initially worried how it will be but he made everything very comfortable and catered to our needs. He made us feel at home and shared his vast knowledge about Jordan and his immense experience. Mohammed Ali went extra mile to give us the authentic experience of Jordan and honored... read more

Our trip to Jordan was very well organized by Tamara and Mohammad from Why Jordan operations. To top it all off our tour guide Mohammed Ali made this whole trip a memorable one. We were with our 2 yr old daughter and initially worried how it will be but he made everything very comfortable and catered to our needs. He made us feel at home and shared his vast knowledge about Jordan and his immense experience. Mohammed Ali went extra mile to give us the authentic experience of Jordan and honored us with traditional meal Mansaf at his home. Also, when we informed him that my wife was pregnant he coordinated with "Why Jordan's Tamara" to adjust the tour for her safety (eg. jeep ride in Wadi Rum). He made good recommendations for hygienic food. One thing we really liked was that our itinerary was customized to our needs on the fly. We have been to lot of countries and if there is one country that impressed us the most with their hospitality and friendliness, it would be Jordan especially Mohammed Ali. When we come back again we will definitely choose Why Jordan (Mohammad Ali and Tamara) in a heartbeat.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Riz,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Mar 30 - Apr 7, 2019

Traveler: Pooja S. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

We were fortunate to book with ‘KimKim’ during our 8 day trip to this beautiful country. Thanks to Tamara who accommodated my million changes .Our itinerary took us from Amman , kingsway sights, Petra , wadi rum , Aqaba and finally the Dead Sea.

In Jordan Mohammed operations takes personal interest and ensures everything goes according to plan and we are happy . He was kind to accommodate last minute changes with no hesitation and always checked on us to ensure we are having a good... read more

We were fortunate to book with ‘KimKim’ during our 8 day trip to this beautiful country. Thanks to Tamara who accommodated my million changes .Our itinerary took us from Amman , kingsway sights, Petra , wadi rum , Aqaba and finally the Dead Sea.

In Jordan Mohammed operations takes personal interest and ensures everything goes according to plan and we are happy . He was kind to accommodate last minute changes with no hesitation and always checked on us to ensure we are having a good time.

Our driver - Mohammed Ali ( see pic ) was a real gem . He always made us comfortable and was very patient with my 6 year old. He had many interesting stories and history trivia to share which made the trip more fun.

Jordanians love children and are very kind and friendly people. We have lots of memories and experiences we will treasure from this holiday. The highlights being , trekking in Petra , sleeping under the stars in wadi rum , snorkel the beautiful reefs in the Red Sea , floating in the Dead Sea .

Thank you for a great holiday.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Pooja,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Betty

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Mar 22 - Mar 27, 2019

Traveler: Betty W. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Our driver while in Jordon was Mohammad Althnibat, he was fantastic. We had unexpected health issues with one of our party and he was very supportive and helpful. He was always prompt and courteous. We went to Jerash and the tour guide there was Zehar, very knowledgeable and made the tour very good.
Our guide in Petra was Basil, we had trouble understanding him, which is too bad, he seemed to really know the area and was trying but we just didn't get any useful information. Our second day... read more

Our driver while in Jordon was Mohammad Althnibat, he was fantastic. We had unexpected health issues with one of our party and he was very supportive and helpful. He was always prompt and courteous. We went to Jerash and the tour guide there was Zehar, very knowledgeable and made the tour very good.
Our guide in Petra was Basil, we had trouble understanding him, which is too bad, he seemed to really know the area and was trying but we just didn't get any useful information. Our second day inPetra had hail andsleet so we did not do the walk to the Monastery since we were not prepared with proper clothing.
The night in Wadi Rum was fabulous! the Memoires Aicha Luxury camp was great, the food was good, the panoramic tents were great, and the jeep tour was very interesting.
The Mövenpick hotels in Petra and Dead Sea were awesome, the intercontinental hotel in Amman was perfect

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Betty,
Welcome Home :)

Thank you for your nice feedback, and we are happy to know that you enjoyed your tour in Jordan with us.

Looking forward to welcomed you again in our beautiful country.
Best,
Tamara

Nancy

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Mar 22 - Mar 27, 2019

Traveler: Nancy D. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Tamara and WhyJordan? gave us a magnificent vacation in Jordan. It's hard to know where to start because everything from planning to our trip was so seamless, and beyond our expectations.

As the 6 of us requested, this was a truly 5* trip from airport pick-up, to hotels, to excursions & experiences. Tamara chose 3 top hotels and we loved them all. Mohamed our driver throughout the trip listened and reacted to us, and made sure we had fun and learned. When my husband fell ill, Mohamed's... read more

Tamara and WhyJordan? gave us a magnificent vacation in Jordan. It's hard to know where to start because everything from planning to our trip was so seamless, and beyond our expectations.

As the 6 of us requested, this was a truly 5* trip from airport pick-up, to hotels, to excursions & experiences. Tamara chose 3 top hotels and we loved them all. Mohamed our driver throughout the trip listened and reacted to us, and made sure we had fun and learned. When my husband fell ill, Mohamed's care and actions felt like family and one night's adjustments went smoothly - he then got us back on track by morning and we didn't miss anything. The next day, Mohamed from WhyJordan? headquarters made a special visit, meeting us at the hotel, spending 1/2 an hour checking up on us and making sure our journey would be perfect, and it was.

By the way, not only is Tamara's choice of the Movinpick Petra a lovely hotel, but it's literally at the entrance to Petra- like just across the street!!

With just 6 days to spend in Jordan, we got to do everything we hoped we would. A day relaxing in the Intercontinental Amman was followed by an amazing private tour of Jerash, followed by a trip along the King's Highway. WhyJordan's guide in Jerash was excellent - such an important element.

It's hard to pick a highlight, but it would likely be the day that WhyJordan's hand picked guide, Moa'th took us on a journey in Petra. I'm not exaggerating when I say that Moa'th will always have a place in my husband & my hearts. We off-roaded to the back entrance of Petra. A freak spring hale and thunder storm made conditions rough. Their driver loaned me his own coat (3rd layer for me), and with Moa'th's quiet confidence, we took off. Dave and I learned so much about Bedouins and the long history of Petra. Moa'th helped us climb and climb to heights we never would have imagined, but his demeanor and fascinating anecdotes gave us confidence. We met lovely people along the way, and learned a lot. The weather challenges became fun- a 2nd thunder & hale storm actually caused Petra to close (nobody could enter), so, Moa'th helped us secure a camel caravan, he jumped on the front camel, and we rode through the flood, through the gorgeous rock formations and had yet another unique experience.

We are not roughing-it people, and when Tamara 1st suggested camping in Wade Rum, I thought she was crazy, until she gently suggested I check out Memories Aicha Luxury Camp . Wow-oh-wow. Do it! We all stayed in "Martian" tents (full in-tent bathrooms, view of stars and mountains, etc). As soon as we checked in, the 6 of us were in the "cave bar" sipping tea and enjoying a fire. Dinner was delicious in the pleasant dining room (note, go to JR The Wine Experience wine bar when you're in Amman and pick up Jordanian wine to enjoy with your dinner at Aicha).

The next day's 1/2 day across Wade Rum was a lot of fun. Our driver was not the best communicator, so we had to guess what many stops were, but that didn't stop us from climbing and scrambling and joyfully enjoying a place we'd never imagined before.

Once again, driver Mohamed was at the ready, responding to our early call to get going. He made a special stop for us on the way to the Dead Sea, and we're still talking about standing in Acaba where we viewed the Red Sea, Egypt and Israel, while standing in Jordan.

The Dead Sea, ahhhhh. The Movinpick Dead Sea is a lovely resort with multiple pools and a private beach where staff helps you get in and out of the Dead Sea. Rooms are large and well equipped. If you're able to do 2 nights here, we certainly wish we could have, as it would have been a restful end to a lovely vacation.

I can't recommend WhyJordan (through KimKim) and a Jordan vacation enough. We are grateful to Tamara, Moath, and the 2 Mohamed's for a vacation we'll always remember fondly.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Nancy,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Mar 19 - Mar 23, 2019

Traveler: Cheryl J. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Why Jordan? Why not Jordan! What a wonderful trip we have just had to that exciting country.
From start (the booking) to finish ( saying goodbye to our experienced, eloquent, knowledgable guide, Mohammed) everything worked like clock work and nothing was too much trouble.

The people of Jordan are friendly , honest and always willing to help. The food was delicious especially the Kunafeh in downtown Amman!

The highlights are too many to mention them all so here are just a few;
1 Petra-... read more

Why Jordan? Why not Jordan! What a wonderful trip we have just had to that exciting country.
From start (the booking) to finish ( saying goodbye to our experienced, eloquent, knowledgable guide, Mohammed) everything worked like clock work and nothing was too much trouble.

The people of Jordan are friendly , honest and always willing to help. The food was delicious especially the Kunafeh in downtown Amman!

The highlights are too many to mention them all so here are just a few;
1 Petra- wow! Advice for us older generation- walk in, go up to the Monastery by donkey , walk down the 850 steps from the Monastery and get a horse ride or chariot ride back to the entrance.
GET THERE EARLY!
2 Wadi Rum desert experience is a must. Such beautiful desert landscapes.
3 Jerash and Karak Castle are also a must see.
4 Dead Sea- put on that mud!

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Cheryl,
Welcome Home :)

Thank you for your nice feedback, and we are happy to know that you enjoyed your tour in Jordan with us.

Looking forward to welcomed you again in our beautiful country.
Best,
Tamara

Jordan, Jordan - Mar 10 - Mar 14, 2019

Traveler: robert k. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Guide Raed was ultra attentive and helpful. Did have some trouble with my understanding his English sometimes, but we managed just fine.
Ayass hotel was great. Again, ultra friendly and solicitous staff, wonderful room. Too bad it is so far from downtown but taxi/Uber is inexpensive.
Aicha tent camp very elegant. Again good service.
Petra guest house rooms are weird; up and down stairs to get to room. Needed guide to find our room.
Local guides in Jerash and Petra spoke English well. All we... read more

Guide Raed was ultra attentive and helpful. Did have some trouble with my understanding his English sometimes, but we managed just fine.
Ayass hotel was great. Again, ultra friendly and solicitous staff, wonderful room. Too bad it is so far from downtown but taxi/Uber is inexpensive.
Aicha tent camp very elegant. Again good service.
Petra guest house rooms are weird; up and down stairs to get to room. Needed guide to find our room.
Local guides in Jerash and Petra spoke English well. All we extremely attentive and knowledgable.
Dealing with Tamara was wonderful. She was responsive, helpful and friendly.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Robert,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Feb 10 - Feb 17, 2019

Traveler: TC K. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Jordan was exhilarating, the itinerary was perfect, well scheduled and planned. Two more days in Petra would be fantastic, but that will have to be for another time. Special mention to our driver/guide and friend, Hasheem 'Petra', and to Why?jordantours for this unforgettable adventure.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear TC,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Richard

Jordan: amman, petra and wadi rum - 4 days, Jordan - Jan 5 - Jan 9, 2019

Traveler: Richard A. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

To begin with Tamara and the Why Jordan team did a comprehensive and very professional service from itinerary to drop off at the airport. At no time did we feel unsure of procedures or plans for the next day which is in direct contrast to our experience in Egypt.
Our driver/guide Mohamed Ali was all you could ask for. His attention to detail, protectiveness to our family, detailed explanations of sites and customs and flexibility to our whims throughout is a great credit to your company... read more

To begin with Tamara and the Why Jordan team did a comprehensive and very professional service from itinerary to drop off at the airport. At no time did we feel unsure of procedures or plans for the next day which is in direct contrast to our experience in Egypt.
Our driver/guide Mohamed Ali was all you could ask for. His attention to detail, protectiveness to our family, detailed explanations of sites and customs and flexibility to our whims throughout is a great credit to your company and countrymen, a real gentleman in the old-fashioned sense. We would not hesitate to recommend Kim Kim, Why Jordan and specifically Mohamed Ali to friends and family.
Regarding other guides, both guides in Jaresh and Petra were well informed, courteous and entertaining, excellent. Our guide for the day in Wadi Rum was lazy( never left his car to guide us), had limited English and the filthiest car I have ever been in... a real disappointment. Our bbq lunch in the desert was a meal on plastic chairs in a deserted old camp. Why would we prefer lunch in an ugly place compared to our night camp. In such an amazing place to see it in such a disappointing way lets you and your team down badly. An open LandRover and small fire under the shelter of some rocks away from civilization was all we wanted to enjoy the charm of such a desert place... disappointing.
Richard Allen

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Richard,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

really sorry about your Spencerian in Wadi Rum , and your notes are highly appreciated. we will take them in our consideration.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Ligia

Ultimate guide to visiting petra - jordan's ancient city, Jordan - Dec 27 - Jan 1, 2019

Traveler: Ligia B. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Our trip to Jordan was perfect. Every detail was taking care of by Tamara and her team. We were taking care of from the moment we arrived until the moment we left. No complaints at all. It was a wonderful trip from start to end thanks to the detailed planning and assistant from Tamara and her wonderful guides. Loved it. Highly recommend.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Ligia,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Nov 16 - Nov 19, 2018

Traveler: Nina S. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Tamara was an excellent specialist - she worked within our budget, and made sure we saw all the sights we wanted to in Jordan. I was impressed with the itinerary, and loved every one of our drivers. Our hand-offs were smooth, and all of the drivers and guides were incredible! Other than the hotel in Petra (which was just old) the lodging at each stop was fantastic. Tamara even accommodated a last minute change to our arrival time, without blinking an eye. She was amazing, and I was so happy we went with KimKim!

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Nina,
Thank you so much for your kind review! It was lovely having you here in the country.

We hope to have inspired you to come back to this beautiful part of the world and explore even more of the country.

All the best and thank you for traveling with Why Jordan Tours!
Tamara

Day tour of petra, Jordan - Nov 23 - Nov 23, 2018

Traveler: Jeff P. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

The process of booking was easy. But I was very disappointed in the tour. While the tour of Petra was a must-do, the price for the experience was not equal to the value. Our guide was nice and pleasant and stayed with us 2.5 hours. She connected us to a young friend to provide rides up the mountain. After she left, he tried to scam for more money. We finished our walk up and down ourself. The price of entry to the park, 2.5 hours of tour and a buffet lunch did not really equal the $185 in value.
I will not recommend this tour to any others.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Jeff,
Thank you very much for traveling with us and your detailed feedback is highly appreciated.
We apologize for any inconvenience. That's certainly not the kind of experience we want our guests to have. We strive for excellency and your holiday should be as you expected.
And we take your comments very seriously and have discussed with the team aiming to improve our future services and to choose best guides.

Nevertheless, thanks again for experiencing Jordan with us. We will be more than happy to host you again in the future.

Happy travels! Tamara

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Oct 16 - Oct 21, 2018

Traveler: Peter H. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

We used Why Jordan travel agency based in Petra through KimKim. When you arrange a holiday where you are reliant on the tour operator for your driver and guides you put yourself totally in their hands.
Tamara from Why Jordan worked with us to plan the 6 day trip across Jordan taking in Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. It was a whistle stop tour and every step of the way the events unfolded as previously planned. From the reception at the airport including sorting the visas to our... read more

We used Why Jordan travel agency based in Petra through KimKim. When you arrange a holiday where you are reliant on the tour operator for your driver and guides you put yourself totally in their hands.
Tamara from Why Jordan worked with us to plan the 6 day trip across Jordan taking in Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. It was a whistle stop tour and every step of the way the events unfolded as previously planned. From the reception at the airport including sorting the visas to our driver Mohammed who was with us for the entire trip it ran like clockwork and provided us with a very personal experience.
The places were amazing and the guides were always extremely friendly and knowledgeable whether it was trekking from little Petra or walking round the temple of Artemis. Our Driver was also a mine of local knowledge and in our eyes exceeded his brief along with always being on time he was able to show us Jordan on route to the planned locations.
Everyone we met throughout our trip contributed to an amazing holiday and we would happily recommend KimKim and Why Jordan along with the country and its people to anybody planning such a trip. Jorden is a place everyone should experience and we feel privileged to have been.
Peter and Theresa.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Peter,
Welcome Home :)

Thank you for your nice feedback, and we are happy to know that you enjoyed your tour in Jordan with us.

Looking forward to welcomed you again in our beautiful country.
Best,
Tamara

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Oct 20 - Oct 24, 2018

Traveler: Becky D. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

We did a Jordan and Jerusalem 4 day trip and it was amazing! Tamara was very patient with us as we had her change things to make the trip exactly how we wanted. We flew in and arrived late on Saturday night and were delivered to our hotel where we did dinner on our own. The next morning breakfast was included and then our driver Talal picked us up and spent the next four days with us. We toured Amman where Talal bought us Turkish coffee and coffee cookies that we enjoyed before touring... read more

We did a Jordan and Jerusalem 4 day trip and it was amazing! Tamara was very patient with us as we had her change things to make the trip exactly how we wanted. We flew in and arrived late on Saturday night and were delivered to our hotel where we did dinner on our own. The next morning breakfast was included and then our driver Talal picked us up and spent the next four days with us. We toured Amman where Talal bought us Turkish coffee and coffee cookies that we enjoyed before touring the Citadel. We then drove to Jerash and then down to Petra. We stopped at a few extra places along the way to see things Talal knew we would enjoy (Moses rock and Shawback castle)and then checked into our hotel in Petra with a gorgeous view of the mountains. We were picked up the next morning for a walking tour of Petra where we had a local guide describe everything to us. We then walked up to the Monastery on our own before having our driver pick us up to take us to Wadi Rum for a Bedouin camp experience. While there we did an auto tour of the desert and a camel ride. The next day Talal met us once again for a drive towards the Dead Sea. We stopped at Mt Nebo and Madaba along the way. We were able to get checked in early at the Dead Sea hotel and ended up with a view of the water. Floating in the Dead Sea after “muddling up” was a highlight of the trip! Our last day we were picked up for our day in Jerusalem. We were met by a new driver on the Israel side and he took us all over Jerusalem and then the old city. After our full day we returned to Jordan where Talal met us for our last meal in Amman and a city tour by night. Talal took us to an amazing place for dinner where the food just kept coming! We sat at low tables with food served family style. The saddest moment was when we had to say goodbye to Talal at the airport for our flights back to the US! We felt very safe the entire time and were always asked if we needed anything at all. Talal always stopped and bought us fresh cold waters, etc. we can’t wait to plan another adventure in Jordan!

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Becky,
Welcome Home.
Thank you for your nice feedback, and we are happy to know that you enjoyed your tour in Jordan with us.

Looking forward to welcomed you again in our beautiful country.
Best,
Tamara

Jordan and israel, Jordan - Aug 4 - Aug 18, 2018

Traveler: Nicola H. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

My partner and I had the most amazing trip to Jordan and Israel. Everything was seamless... from meet and greet at the borders to great accommodation to wonderful private guides at all the key sites. We had looked at doing a group tour and decided to book a completely private tour on the Jordan side, and a mix of day tours and group tours in Israel. You get the peace of mind of a perfectly organised trip created by a local expert, great local guides, and with the independence of a private... read more

My partner and I had the most amazing trip to Jordan and Israel. Everything was seamless... from meet and greet at the borders to great accommodation to wonderful private guides at all the key sites. We had looked at doing a group tour and decided to book a completely private tour on the Jordan side, and a mix of day tours and group tours in Israel. You get the peace of mind of a perfectly organised trip created by a local expert, great local guides, and with the independence of a private tour, and very reasonably priced compared to group options. A great way to spend time one on one too with the lovely Jordanian people who were so welcoming and lovely. A special thanks to Tamara who organised our trip and was very easy to contact before and during the trip, and Hashim our lovely driver.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Nicola,
Welcome Home.
Thank you for your nice feedback, and we are happy to know that you enjoyed your tour in Jordan with us. beautiful photos by the way dear.

Looking forward to welcomed you again in our beautiful country.
Best,
Tamara

Peter

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Sep 4 - Sep 8, 2018

Traveler: Peter T. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

We had a wonderful in Jordan thanks to Mohammed (our guide), Tamara (our travel agent), and KimKim. We hit the major sites: Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea and they did not disappoint. We couldn't have wished for a better trip. Our driver/guide, Mohammed was the man! He made the experience fun, informational, and authentic. The trip was the perfect blend of site-seeing, adventure, not too much traveling, amazing food, etc. Highly recommend!

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Peter,

Welcome Home.
Thank you very much about the amazing feedback ,and we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with like that.
You've became a member of our family/ and good friend. So you are welcomed anytime to visit us again in Jordan.

Stay well my dear and regards to Katie :)

Ya HLA from Tamara & Mohammed

Camilo

Trip to jordan, Jordan - Jul 31 - Aug 4, 2018

Traveler: Camilo V. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Two things I have to say: thank you and amazing!
The best thing of all, the people I interacted with: Tamara, Mohammad and Tito!
I usually do my own travel planning and booking, this time I booked a last minute trip to Jordan and I am more than happy I got to be connected via kimkim to the Why Jordan Tours team, from the first moment I got contacted by Tamara I knew that all I had to do was to leave it all to the experts and begin to enjoy my trip.
Tamara was incredibly helpful, despite the... read more

Two things I have to say: thank you and amazing!
The best thing of all, the people I interacted with: Tamara, Mohammad and Tito!
I usually do my own travel planning and booking, this time I booked a last minute trip to Jordan and I am more than happy I got to be connected via kimkim to the Why Jordan Tours team, from the first moment I got contacted by Tamara I knew that all I had to do was to leave it all to the experts and begin to enjoy my trip.
Tamara was incredibly helpful, despite the time difference between Mexico and Jordan we had a great communication, she listened and asked the right questions for me to tell her what I had in mind and she pulled a great itinerary for me. I had a few questions on regards to how I'd be crossing the land boarder from Israel to Jordan and she was able to give me all the details, I had nothing to worry about as she knew it all!
Once we agreed on a few changes to the itinerary I was all set, and with less than a week for me to arrive. Tamara did a fantastic job, you can tell right away that she is an expert in her field and she knows how to make travelers happy!
A couple days before arriving to Jordan I was contacted via phone by Tito, to put me in contact with my driver (and now dear friend Mohammad).
Once crossing the boarder and leaving the premisses I met with Mohammad, I can't say nothing more than I was the luckiest guy to have him be my driver/tour guide/travel buddy along my 5 day stay in Jordan. He is a very respectful, caring, knowledgeable person to have as your guide. He took care of everything along the ride for me to just literally enjoy and be able to see and do the most out of it, giving me the right tips of the things to do and see in the places I visited/stayed.
Jordan is an amazing country and I want to go back, soon if possible!
I began in Amman, a quick stop in the Citadel to get amazed by the view of the city and the ruins of the historical site.
Day 2 - I visited Jerash, quite an amazing and huge compound of the historical site, quick stop at Madaba to see the famous mosaic map, then stop at Mount Nebo to enjoy an amazing view and being wow by the church and mosaics. Overnight in Petra, amazing dinner and hotel.
Day 3 - Petra... I'm speechless! you have to visit at least once in your life. I had the chance to stop by the Why Jordan Tours office and met in person Tamara and Tito!
Day 4 - Wadi Rum, the desert is so magical, the sunset and the stars at night are spectacular. The camp I stayed in was unbelievable, amazing service, food, rooms, location.
Day 5 - jeep tour in the desert with amazing views and walks, a lunch prepared by my Bedouin driver in the middle of the desert, a delicious chicken bbq! Off to Dead Sea, it was incredibly hot!!!
Day 6 - end of my tour...
The best thing of my trip is I had the chance to meet amazing people, that is the most precious thing I'm taking from Jordan, the people is so warm and friendly. I truly know that I made friends which will last forever!
Muchas gracias Mohammad, Tamara, Tito and kim kim team!

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Camilo,
Welcome Home.
Thank you very much about the amazing feedback ,and we are very happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour with like that.
You've became a member of our family/ and god friend. So you are welcomed anytime to visit us again in Jordan.

Stay well my dear :)

Ya HLA from Tamara, Mohammed and Tito

Mia

Highlights of jordan: 6 days, Jordan - Jul 22 - Jul 27, 2018

Traveler: Mia F. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

I enjoyed the private Jordan tour and all Tamara’s hard work putting it together at the last minute. Her flexibility and helpfulness along the way were most important, answering my numerous questions, and ensuring I had non-smoking hotel rooms and a driver I could speak to.
The disappointments were mostly due to a lack of research on my part and even so were far outweighed by the positives. I would and will recommend your agency, driver Ala’a (the very cool, smart Aloosh), the Ramada Dead... read more

I enjoyed the private Jordan tour and all Tamara’s hard work putting it together at the last minute. Her flexibility and helpfulness along the way were most important, answering my numerous questions, and ensuring I had non-smoking hotel rooms and a driver I could speak to.
The disappointments were mostly due to a lack of research on my part and even so were far outweighed by the positives. I would and will recommend your agency, driver Ala’a (the very cool, smart Aloosh), the Ramada Dead Sea Resort, and most of the sites. The Citadel in Amman and Wadi Rum 4x4 tour (wear sneakers and socks for full enjoyment) and overnight were surprisingly interesting, Petra as awesome as imagined, and Wadi Mujid the clear winner - just a costly late addition. If you’re at all fit, tough, and can swim and climb a ladder, get Wadi Mujid included in your tour (Dead Sea area).
Tamara is to be commended for her patience, for taking such good care of me along the way and for being so responsive to my many questions and needs. Jordan is a beautiful, exciting country with much to do beyond the ruins. The people are lovely. I've rarely felt more safe traveling by myself. I will go back to the people at KimKim for future worldwide trips. Great support.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Mia,

Thank you for your nice feedback, and we are happy to know that you enjoyed your tour in Jordan with us.

Looking forward to welcomed you again in our beautiful country.
Best,
Tamara

Jordan in 7 days - amman, jerash, mt nebo, petra, wadi rum, aqaba and the dead sea, Jordan - Jul 18 - Jul 25, 2018

Traveler: Heather R. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

My driver was excellent, reliable punctual and knowledgable.

Petra was amazing and I wish I had scheduled more time there.

Dont be put off by going in July, it was no hotter than the UK was this summer and the place was empty of tourists.

Good choices for veggie food.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Heather,

Thank you for your nice feedback.
Happy to hear that you enjoyed your tour in Jordan.

You are welcomed anytime for tour in Jordan :)
Tamara

Rei

A few days in jordan, Jordan - Jul 5 - Jul 9, 2018

Traveler: Rei T. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

It was incredibly helpful to have kimkim to arrange this trip. It was in between heavy work travel and I needed something to do on personal time, but I did not have the bandwidth to arrange such a complicated trip by myself. Having an English-speaking driver as well as guides at Petra and Wadi Rum was enormously helpful. They were all flexible and resourceful. I was also pleased about how easy it was to customize elements of my trip, particularly choosing and using miles to book... read more

It was incredibly helpful to have kimkim to arrange this trip. It was in between heavy work travel and I needed something to do on personal time, but I did not have the bandwidth to arrange such a complicated trip by myself. Having an English-speaking driver as well as guides at Petra and Wadi Rum was enormously helpful. They were all flexible and resourceful. I was also pleased about how easy it was to customize elements of my trip, particularly choosing and using miles to book accommodations for some nights. My favorite accommodation was the La Locanda in Amman the way it served as a local cultural spot, and I enjoyed the campsite in Wadi Rum--it was a bit awkward because it was empty due to a tour group having their flight cancelled, but I enjoyed the spirit the of the staff despite that and being alone. The itinerary was packed and I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had more days and slowed down the pace, but what was put together was based on the parameters I had set.

I was glad to have visited Petra and walk around. My favorite part of the trip was Wadi Rum, as the landscape was so unusual and fascinating, and I enjoyed the feeling of being remote from the world. I was able to meet a friend in Amman and enjoyed just walking around a bit--I would have liked to see the citadel and possibly some of the museums. I think if one is going to Petra, there's not as much need to see Jerash, especially when it's hot, as well as some of the other minor stops--although I don't regret any of those. If I were to return to Jordan, I would probably opt for more of an adventure trip. The Dead Sea was a great place to recover, but I felt my time there was a bit too short to make myself feel comfortable in the large resort complex.

Mohammad was an excellent driver and we got along very well. There was slight confusion and I had been dropped off at the wrong hotel in Petra, although Mohammad was very quick in finding out what had happened and got me to the correct hotel. I would definitely have Mohammad be my driver again. We played a mix of Western and Arab music in the car, and occasionally stopped for tea or coffee. We had some good conversations and Mohammad was open about his life and thoughts. My guide in Wadi Rum was also named Mohammad and he was very accommodating when there were some French tourists who were a bit stranded in the desert with their vehicle and we assisted them.

Some things that could have been improved include having a better sense of the line item costs in the travel agency package, as that would have helped me figure out the right tips. I also personally prefer to avoid being around tourists when not at a popular tourist site. It would have been nice to stop by local restaurants in the various cities and towns, or get some street food. There was also a souvenir place around Mount Nebo that was fine to stop by, but I felt obligated to purchase something without really expecting it. I'm a bit of a minimalist traveler and don't like to add souvenirs unless I spot something at something like a boutique shop I spontaneously walk into. Also, it would have helped to get some guidance about the seasonal conditions in Jordan with the heat. It was hard even with looking up the weather in Jordan to understand how much hotter it was under the sun in midday. I'm quite happy that I was there during a low tourist season, but probably could have been more psychologically prepared for the heat.

Overall, I would use kimkim again and be more assertive about the details and my particular preferences as a traveler. I wasn't sure about how flexible I could be in these trips, but it seems like I could have customized the trip even more. I very much appreciated having someone around helping me and able to contact while I was there, so that I would not have to worry about being able to get from one place to another or smoothly returning to work travel at the end of my time in Jordan. I'm very grateful for all the work and service that went into this trip.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Rei,
Thank you for your nice feedback. and we are glad to know that you enjoyed your tour in Jordan.

It would be our pleasure to welcome you again in Jordan.

Tamara

Jordan in 5 days: amman, jerash, mount nebo, petra, wadi rum, and the dead sea, Jordan - Jun 6 - Jun 10, 2018

Traveler: Najat H. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

I could write a book or a love song about My trip to the Jordan, a story and a song that will forever remain in my heart,

The trip started with kind Tamara who knew what I wanted and the places I wanted to visit, between Jerash, Wadi Rum, PETRA, and the Dead Sea,

At the Queen Alia airport, I was met with gentleman who had a sign with my name on it waiting for me, (sincere apologies don’t remember his name) in no time he arranged for my Visa, got my luggage and out of the airport,... read more

I could write a book or a love song about My trip to the Jordan, a story and a song that will forever remain in my heart,

The trip started with kind Tamara who knew what I wanted and the places I wanted to visit, between Jerash, Wadi Rum, PETRA, and the Dead Sea,

At the Queen Alia airport, I was met with gentleman who had a sign with my name on it waiting for me, (sincere apologies don’t remember his name) in no time he arranged for my Visa, got my luggage and out of the airport,

Outside, I was met by a familiar face, the face of the Jordanian Hospitality, named Mohammad, I was transferred to his clean well air-conditioned, safely and skilfully driven vehicle, who realized coming from Canada, not accustomed to warm weather offered me cold water and made sure I was happy and comfortable, I felt right at home enjoying every bits of every place I visited

Later, I was accompanied by Mu’ath, a gentleman a guide-who, by his knowledge made the past alive in front of my eyes, thru Petra’s ancient ruins,

My trip to the Jordan exceeded my expectations, glad I left the booking to the professionals, (no headache, and never got lost :)

I left Jordan, it’s beauty and it’s kind people but the Jordan, a song will forever remain in my heart

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hello Najat,
Thank you for your nice review about the tour with it.
I am really happy to hear such an amazing review about trip in Jordan. our aim always that guests left Jordan with smile on their faces and beautiful memories about the country.
Its give a lovely sense to read such a feedback. and it would be our pleasure to welcome you again in Jordan , and I will make sure that we met.

Wish you all the best my dear :)

Tamara

Wadi rum, amman trip, Jordan - May 19 - May 23, 2018

Traveler: Lyniese W. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

Tamara provided great service for the booking of our last minute trip.
Khalid was an amazing guide and took great care of us over the course of three days.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

thank you Lyniese,
good to hear such a nice feedback about the tour, and very happy to know that you like the tour.

Looking forward to welcome you again in Jordan in the future.

Best,
Tamara

Camping and desert , Jordan - May 13 - May 15, 2018

Traveler: elina p. - Local specialist: Tamara Salameen

I want to say BIG Thank you to my wonderful agent Tamara, who I was happy to meet in Jordan, she did a excellent job to organize my trip. She was very welcoming and kind to me when we spoke in the office. I also want to say my special thank you to my guide in Petra, and my very big thank you to my guide and driver Bassam Helalat. Bassam is the best driver and wonderful knowledgeable person. With his help I was able to see and feel Jordan, meet amazing people and see unforgettable... read more

I want to say BIG Thank you to my wonderful agent Tamara, who I was happy to meet in Jordan, she did a excellent job to organize my trip. She was very welcoming and kind to me when we spoke in the office. I also want to say my special thank you to my guide in Petra, and my very big thank you to my guide and driver Bassam Helalat. Bassam is the best driver and wonderful knowledgeable person. With his help I was able to see and feel Jordan, meet amazing people and see unforgettable land-scarps. I miss you all, I miss Jordan very much. It was an honor to know you all. If I ever will have an opportunity to go to Jordan, I would be the happiest person in the world. My best regards to all team. Love you all.

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Tamara Salameen, local specialist, responded to this review:

Most welcomed Elina dear, it was pleasure meeting you in the office and arranging your tour in Jordan :). very happy to hear your feedback about the tour and people of Jordan. you became one of our family and welcomed anytime to visit our beautiful country Jordan. Love you too.

best,
Tamara