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Jordan tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Jordan is one of the Middle East's most enchanting countries. Its star attraction is the ancient city of Petra, a cultural treasure set amid craggy mountains and striking desert terrain, which forms the focal point of tailor-made holidays in the country.

But Jordan has much more to tempt visitors. Its impressive landscape contains the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea, and the moonlike terrain of Wadi Rum - well known for its connections with Lawrence of Arabia. Then there's the genial modern capital, Amman, with its upmarket hotels, smart restaurants and art galleries.

After canyons, deserts and citadels, the Red Sea coast provides a distinct change of pace. Its beaches fringe warm waters that are home to unspoiled coral reefs that are well suited for snorkelling and diving holidays.

Jordan travel combines four-wheel-drive adventures and camel treks amid shifting Arabian sands and wild wadis. Climbing, hiking and horse riding are other popular activities that can be incorporated into a luxury all-inclusive tour of the Hashemite kingdom.

At a glance

Flying time from UK
5 hours

Time Zone
GMT +2

Currency
Dinar (JD) = 100 Piastres or 1,000 fils

Language
Arabic

Visa
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Where to go in Jordan

Jerash

The ancient city of Jerash has been occupied continuously for 6,500 years and comes a close second to Petra as a top Jordan attraction. It was conquered by Emperor Pompey in 63 BC and became one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League.

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea marks the lowest point on earth, at 420 metres below sea level. The River Jordan, where Jesus was baptised at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, is one of several rivers that flow into this large and highly saline lake.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum is among the most beguiling places for Jordan travel. Towering rock faces rise up from the red desert, weathered over centuries into ridges and domes. These peaks are a dramatic sight amid the surrounding dunes and flat desert terrain.

Petra

Petra is Jordan's most celebrated attraction and an essential Jordan travel experience. This spectacular ancient city was hewn out of the craggy mountains by the Nabateans and added to by the Romans. In its heyday it was an important trading post for silk and spices.

When to go

The summer heat is intense from June to August, but cools off sufficiently in September to make hiking an attractive option. December to February is cold in the north, but you can still take balmy dips in the Red or Dead Seas. The most popular time for travel is March to May, when days are warm, nights are cool, and wildflowers are in bloom after the winter rains.

Top itineraries in Jordan

Highlights of Jordan

6-day Tailor Made Journey

Venture to one of the Middle East's most enchanting countries, Jordan. This short trip to the Middle East takes in the majestic landscapes and historical highlights of the country, ending with a trip to the Dead Sea.

Discover Jordan

7-day tailor-made journey from £1,770 pp incl. flights

Discover Jordan's highlights in only seven-days on this compact tailor-made tour of this stunning country. Experience the whole range of sights that Jordan has to offer, from the ancient city of Petra, to the beautiful Byzantine mosaics of Madaba, and the biblical landmark of Mount Nebo.

Jordan Uncovered

10-day tailor-made journey

For many, the spectacular ‘lost city’ of Petra, carved iby the ancient Nabateans, simply is Jordan, but there is plenty more to this gem of a country. From the diverse capital, Amman with its ancient Roman sites and bustling streets, to the haunting desert of Wadi Rum and otherworldly Dead Sea.

Top places to stay in Jordan

Evason Ma’In Hot Springs, Jordan

Traditional resort

Evason Ma’In Hot Springs is an oasis spa in the Jordanian desert situated in a dramatic rocky terrain beside a thermal waterfall, close to the Dead Sea. Treatments at the Six Senses Spa focus on the therapeutic properties of the mineral-rich waters of the natural springs and the Dead Sea.

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea Jordan

Contemporary resort

The Kempinski Hotel Ishtar sits more than 1,400 feet below sea level on the shores of the Dead Sea, the world’s oldest and very first natural spa. Designed as a tribute to the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, the hotel cascades through terraced levels with lush gardens, lagoons and swimming pools.

Jordan articles

  • The Museum of Jordan opens

    The Museum of Jordan has opened in the country's capital, Amman.

  • Jordan's natural beauty

    The Kingdom of Jordan will be showcasing its natural beauty and desert wildlife this week with the launch of the new BBC wildlife documentary, Wild Arabia. The three-part documentary begins on February 22 at 9pm, with scenes filmed in a variety of locations including Jordan's Wadi Rum and Petra.

  • Rediscover Petra, the jewel of Jordan

    One of the greatest wonders made by man, Petra is Jordan's most valuable treasure. Images of the 'rose-red city half as old as time' are everywhere, yet nothing, not even that Indiana Jones film, can prepare you for the first sighting. Lost for centuries, the city is celebrating the 200th anniv…

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