Jordan tailor-made holidays
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
Where to go in Jordan
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.
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 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.
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.
Top itineraries in Jordan
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.
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 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.
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The Museum of Jordan has opened in the country's capital, Amman.
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.
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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