Reasons to Visit
Petra is the most famous of Jordan's historic ruins, but it is by no means the only one. Ummayad palaces, Graeco-Roman cities, ancient churches and crusader castles are found throughout the country and are likely to form the backbone of your time in Jordan.
Jerash is the Classical jewel in Jordan's crown but the Greeks and Romans left their traces across the country, sometimes leaving behind entire cities, like Umm Qais, and sometimes modifying existing settlements, as with the colonnaded street in Petra.
It was T.E. Lawrence who brought Wadi Rum to public attention, and his description of the desert region as "vast, echoing and godlike" sums it up perfectly. The red sand and towering sandstone mountains make this a deservedly popular destination.
Jordan is right at the forefront of conservation in the Middle East, and her reserves don't just preserve rare wildlife, like the ibex, but also remarkable scenery and traditional ways of life. The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature runs five main reserves in Jordan, such as the Dana Nature Reserve.
Petra is one of the most famous UNESCO world heritage sites and one of the places everyone wants to visit once in their life. The other heritage site you may visit in Jordan is Qasr Al-Amra, protected by UNESCO because of its rich and vivid frescoes dating to the Umayyad period (the eight century AD).
Carving down from the desert plateau to the depths of the Dead Sea and Rift Valley, Jordan's wadis are a haven for the more adventurous, whether you choose to hike down Wadi Feynan to spend time at the Ecolodge there, or to tackle the deep pools and boulder chokes of the wet descent of Wadi Mujib.
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The tour begins with the walk down from the site entrance to the beginning of the Siq. This path is flanked with typical rock-cut tombs that are a very small precursor of the drama to come. The most impressive of these preliminary tombs is the Obelisk tomb.
For millennia people have been coming to the Dead Sea, drawn by the medicinal qualities of the mineral-laden waters. The waters are also eerily beautiful, with crystalline formations on the shoreline surrounded by harsh, unforgiving cliffs.
The vast desert expanse of Wadi Rum is home to canyons that offer respite from the powerful midday sun and bear Thamudic inscriptions dating back two millennia.
A Jordan family holiday has something to offer children of all ages, from exploring the city of Petra to camping and camel riding in the desert of Wadi Rum, floating in the Dead Sea to escaping the crowds and relaxing at a nature reserve.
Travelling the Kings' Highway in Jordan is a great way to see some of the sights that this 5,000 year old highway has to offer. Stops on your journey could include the churches and mosaics at Madaba and Mount Nebo, views of the Holy Land, Kerak and Shawbak castles, nature reserves, and the ancient city of Petra.
From the majesty of Petra to the rock formations of the Wadi Rum and eerie waters of the Dead Sea, Jordan is a place steeped in history and blessed with great beauty.
5 Days from £1,085pp
A short tour of Jordan's main highlights, including time in the capital Amman and a visit to the wonderful Nabataen antiquities of Petra.
9 Days from £1,560pp
Take in the awe-inspiring Petra, the vibrant capital of Amman and some relaxation on the shores of the Dead Sea.
14 Days from £2,735pp
Explore Jordan, including Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dana Nature Reserve, with beach time to relax at the end of the trip.
Our escorted small group tours are different from our tailor-madeholidays in that travel is always in small groups with the services of an experienced guide throughout the trip.
5 1/4 hours (Amman)
GMT +2 to GMT +3
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