Jordan is a land made for intrepid adventure and diverse experiences that thoroughly welcome its visitors.
A desert kingdom graced by jagged mountains which rise above groves of date, apricot and olive. With its ancient ruins, rugged landscapes and a melting pot of cultures from days gone by, Jordan is ripe for discovery.
The stunning 6th century BC ancient site of Petra is the jewel in the crown of Jordan and often declared as one of the ‘new’ Seven Wonders of the World. It is a truly magnificent sight and a must do when in Jordan. The narrow rose-red chasm of the winding Siq offers a mystical journey that leads to the unmistakable Treasury of ancient Petra – it is particularly beautiful when the rose-pink city is swathed in glorious evening light.
The epic landscape of Wadi Rum, with extraordinary desert scenery and dramatic colours dictated by the changing angle of the sun, has been traversed by nomadic Bedouins and camel caravans for centuries. Described by T.E. Lawrence as ‘vast, echoing and God-like’, is a great place to overnight in a private luxury camp deep inside the desert.
No visit would be complete without the once in a lifetime experience of floating ethereally on the saline waters of the Dead Sea, one of the world’s most unique lakes, 400m below sea level. Visitors to the Dead Sea should also take advantage of another nearby wonder, Ma’in Hot Springs. Popular with both locals and tourists the springs are located 264 metres below sea level in one of the most breath-taking desert oases in the world.
The aquatic playground of Aqaba at the Red Sea, with crystal clear waters fringed with palm trees, has a dazzling marine environment that is home to a vast array of reef fish. It also offers a vast array of leisure, sporting and entertainment facilities and extremely welcoming, friendly people.
The capital Amman, which sits on a series of hills, affords its visitors spectacular landscapes. Central Amman has modern buildings and hotels, smart restaurants, art galleries and boutiques that mix easily with the traditional coffee shops and tiny artisans’ workshops that evidence the city’s much older past. Just north of Amman is Jerash; one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 50 years or so, Jerash reveals paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, baths, fountains and city walls.
Jordan’s many attractions draw people to the country, but perhaps the greatest memory most visitors take away with them is of a people of wonderful friendship and hospitality.