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Petra, Jordan

Jordan

Desert wonders & the Dead Sea

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.

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
5 hours

Time zone
GMT +2

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

Language
Arabic

Travel advice
Check the FCDO for visa & Covid-19 travel advice

Top itineraries in Jordan

Dead Sea, Jordan

Discover Jordan in Style

8-day tailor-made holiday from £2,470 pp incl. flights

Staying in luxury hotels throughout, this trip takes in 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 deserts of Wadi Rum.

Wadi Rum, Jordan

Jordan Uncovered

11-day tailor-made holiday from £3,345 pp incl. flights

Explore Jordan's ancient wonders, desert landscapes and stunning Dead Sea coast on this all-encompassing tailor-made itinerary. You'll enjoy the services of a private guide and driver throughout as you stay in a curated range of accommodation, including a glass-fronted dome in the desert.

Top places to stay in Jordan

Terrace at Codes Restaurant, Kempinski Hotel Ishtar, Jordan

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.

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.

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When to go to Jordan

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.

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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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At Wexas, we specialise in bespoke travel experiences. Our itineraries are just samples of what we can arrange, and can be changed depending on your precise needs, finances and ideas by our experienced destination specialists.

Contact one of our consultants on 020 7590 0621 to discuss how we can tailor your holiday.

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