Jordan

Ajloun Castle in northern Jordan

Jordan’s history can be traced back to prehistoric times. Amongst its marvels, it offers Roman cities, castles, desert citadels, and biblical sites. The rich heritage of ancient civilizations is evident the minute you land. Jordan also offers a diversity that ranges from its modern capital, Amman; to wonders like Petra, Jerash, and the Dead Sea. The people of Jordan are friendly and love welcoming visitors to their extraordinary country.

AMMAN

Amman, the capital of Jordan, was built upon one of seven mountains. Amman’s historic and impressive Citadel with its magnificent Temple of Hercules and the Ummayyad Palace and Roman Theater are magnificent, But Amman also offers mosques, souks and great shopping and an exciting and mysterious city with lots to discover.

PETRA

Petra, Jordan

Petra, discovered only 200 years ago is a magnificent ancient city carved into pink sandstone cliffs that dates back to around 300 B.C.  It was the capital of the Arab Nabatean people. Its classic entry is The Siq, a narrow gorge that winds for a little over a kilometer through the mountains and was formed when tectonic forces split the mountain in two.  Near the end of the passage the Siq makes one last turn and out of Petra's most impressive monument Al  Khazneh (The Treasury), a detailed facade carved into a cliff facing the Siq. It is about 2,000 years old. The name derives from the Bedouin belief that it was built by a pharaoh to hold his treasure.

The Royal Tombs are  lined up on a prominent cliffside. The best is the soaring Urn Tomb, with a large colonnaded forecourt partially supported on arched vaults.

The 1st century AD monument of Ad Deir (The Monastery),  is Petra’s largest monument, located in the mountains above the city. It takes almost an hour to reach, along a path of rock-cut steps from the Qasr al-Bint. The Monastery facade is imposing with a height of almost 50m.  As with the Treasury, this was almost certainly the tomb of a Nabataean king, built in the first century BC. From the top of the Monastery one can clearly view Palestine the blessed land, the whole area of Sinai & the shrine of the prophet Aaron.

THE DEAD SEA

The Dead Sea, where Moses was granted view of the Promised Land is a site of biblical importance. The Dead Sea is a salt lake whose banks are more than 400m below sea level, the lowest point on dry land. This lake, bordered by Israel and Jordan, is famous for the strong salinity of its waters, which makes floating easy, and its Spas offering the regions renowned mud treatments.

WADI RUM

Desert in southern Jordan, Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum, the Valley of the Moon, is a protected desert wilderness in the South of Jordan. The largest wadi in Jordan , it boasts one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world.  Its mystery and charm are sure to captivate, as well as its rock formations, including the seven pillars of wisdom, named after the book T.E. Lawrence wrote. Wadi Rum also  features dramatic sandstone mountains like the many-domed Jebel Um Ishrin, and natural arches such as Burdah Rock Bridge, a heaven for climbers and adventure seekers. Wadi Ruum was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in July 2011.