Jordan is truly a land of spectacular culture, scenery and people. This small Arab Kingdom holds within its borders sites of antiquity that rank among the most exceptional in the world. The unique rose red city of Petra; the outstanding remains of Jerash, one of the most magnificent of roman provincial cities, the remarkable vestiges of Umayyad palaces built deep in the desert; the incredibly scenic Wadi rum, which is permanently associated with Lawrence of Arabia.
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For those seeking adventure, mystique, ancient roots, relaxation, tourism Jordan and an opportunity to witness the monuments of a civilization over 2000 years old- Jordan is the place!
Situated in the Balqa highland, about 790–1100 metres above sea level, the town is built in the crook of three hills, close to the Jordan River valley. Salt is about thirty kilometers northwest of Amman.
- Wadi Rum:
Perhaps the most magnificent landscapes in the Kingdom abound in Wadi Rum, one of the truly most breathtaking experiences of Jordan. Life does not seem to have changed in Rum for a long time. As soon as one steps foot on its pinkish sand, one is transported back to the days of Lawrence of Arabia. It was here where this brilliant British officer conducted important military liaisons with Sherif Hussein of Mecca. To this day Lawrence's spring is still used as a water source for the Bedouins and their cattle.Stunning in its natural beauty, the famous Wadi Rum epitomises the romance of the desert. With its "moonscape" of ancient valleys and towering sandstone cliffs, Wadi Rum is home to several Bedouin tribes living in camps throughout the area. Climbers are especially attracted to Wadi Rum because of its sheer granite and sandstone cliffs, while hikers enjoy its vast empty spaces. Adventurous visitors may explore the area via four-wheel driving, excursions, on camel caravans or simply hiking on foot. The desert sunsets of Wadi Rum are unbeatable, so we recommend an overnight camping experience. Wadi Rum is also a UNESCO world heritage site.
- Um Rassas:
Excavations here have uncovered some of the finest Byzantine church mosaics in the Middle East, including a large carpet depicting old and new Testament cities on both the east and west banks of the Jordan River. Another feature at Um Rassas walled settlement is a 15-meter Byzantine tower used by early Christian monks seeking solitude. Known in Arabic as Mayfa'ah this site is believed to be the place where the prophet Muhammad had his encounter as a child with the Christian monk Bahira. It is also where the Meccan Hanif Zeid bin 'Amr heard the prediction that there would arise a great prophet in Mecca.
- Um Qais:
Gadara One of the first places in Jordan that were visited by Jesus Christ after he crossed the River Jordan. This city, famous for the biblical story of the Gadarene Swine, was regarded in its time as a cultural centre.
Perched on a splendid hilltop overlooking the Jordan Valley and the Sea of Galilee, Umm Qais boasts impressive ancient remains. Such as the stunning black basalt theatre, the basilica and adjacent courtyard strewn with nicely carved black sarcophagi, the colonnaded main street and a side street lined with shops, an underground mausoleum, two baths, a nymphaeum, a city gate and the outlines of what was a massive hippodrome. It lies two hours away from Amman to the northwest.
Amman the capital is a modern, safe, and friendly city. No more than a five hour drive from anywhere in the country, it is a convenient place to base your tour from. Known as Rabbath-Ammon during prehistoric periods and later as Philadelphia, the ancient city that was once part of the Decapolis league, now boasts a population of around 1.5 million. Often referred to as the white city due to its canvas of white stone houses, Amman offers a variety of historical sites including the Citadel and the magnificent Roman Theatre. Amman also contains an impressive array of restaurants, bars and shopping areas.
With its balmy winter climate and idyllic setting, Aqaba is Jordan's year-round aquatic playground. The thriving underwater marine life and the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Aqaba make diving conditions there among the acknowledged best in the world. As the Gulf of Aqaba is an inland sea with few strong currents, its waters remain warm and clear throughout most of the year. Conditions are ideal for underwater photography and a lavish array of exotic fish and plant life makes for excellent snorkelling and diving. Over 140 species of coral have been identified in Aqaba's waters. Sun bathing, water skiing, windsurfing, fishing, paddleboats, and other water sports are also popular. One small word of advice - have lots of fun, but don't forget your sunscreen!
Petra is the astonishing, mesmerising rose-red city. Once the stronghold of the Nabataeans, industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO world heritage site that enchants visitors from all corners of the globe. Much of Petra's appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometre long chasm (or siq), the walls of which soar 200 meters upwards. Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the siq. The towering facade of the Treasury is only one of myriad archaeological wonders to be explored at Petra.
Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets as well as a 3000 seat open air amphitheatre, a gigantic first century Monastery and a modern archaeological museum, all of which can be explored at leisure. A modest shrine commemorating the death of Aaron, brother of Moses, was built in the 13th century high atop mount Aaron in the Sharah range. Petra is located at a driving distance of about three hours south of Amman.
- Al Mujib Nature Reserve:
The Mujib Reserve is the lowest nature reserve in the world, with its spectacular array of scenery near the east cost of the Dead Sea. The reserve is located within the deep Wadi Mujib gorge, which enters the Dead Sea at 410 meters below sea level. The Reserve extends to the Kerak and Madaba mountains to the north and south, reaching 900 meters above sea level in some places. This 1,300-meter variation in elevation, combined with the valley's year- round water flow from seven tributaries, means that Wadi Al Mujib enjoys a magnificent bio-diversity that is still being explored and documented today. Over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores and numerous species of permanent and migratory birds have been recorded until this date. Some of the remote mountain and valley areas are difficult to reach, and thus offer safe havens for rare species of cats, goats and other mountain animals.
The ancient city of Jerash boasts as unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6.500 years. The city's golden age came under Roman rule and the site now generally acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman Provincial towns in the world. Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and Plaza baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates. Beneath its external Greco - Roman veneer, Jerash also preserves a subtle blend of east and west. Its architectures, religions and languages reflect a process by which two powerful cultures meshed and coexisted, The Greco - Roman world of the Mediterranean basin and the ancient traditions of the Arab Orient. The Jerash festival, held in July every year, transforms the ancient city into one of the world's liveliest and most spectacular culture events. The festival features folklore dances by local and international groups, ballet, concerts, plays, opera, popular singers and sales of traditional handicrafts, all in the brilliantly floodlit dramatic surroundings of the Jerash ruins