Jordan hosts a vast and fascinating history which will capture the heart of any explorer. With such a profound culture, Jordan is the perfect destination for anyone looking for some adventure. There are so many sights to see, all equally thrilling, that you’ll need to plan your time carefully so that you don’t miss anything. |
The Unbelievable City of Petra
The ancient city of Petra, often referred to as the “Lost City”, is bound to be a highlight for anyone visiting the area. The Nabateans carved this city into the pink sandstone cliffs in the second century AD, and the result in enchanting. This UNESCO-listed World Heritage site was recently placed on the “new” Seven Wonders of the World list, and upon visiting you will quickly understand why. Petra is beautiful at any time of day, but if you are looking for a special experience, an escorted tour by candlelight gives this sight a whole new meaning.
Ancient Ruins Galore
Jordan’s vast history is perhaps best explored through its ancient ruins. The archaeological remains that can be found throughout the country display the influence of the Crusaders, Romans, and Nabateans.
The capital city of Amman is rich in Roman, Byzantine and Islamic architecture and houses historical sites such as the Temple of Hercules. In Jerash you will find Jordan's largest Roman ruins. Here you can explore archaeological sites such as theatres and ceremonial gates, as well as a famous site dating back to AD 129: Hadrian’s Arch. Umm Qais is another highlight not to be missed, as it used to be one of the Roman Empire’s most important Greco-Roman cities on the eastern front.
The sand valley of Wadi Rum has been a canvas for many cultures in the past, including the Nabateans, who have left their mark here. You can see rock paintings, temples and petroglyphs here that will lead you on an historical journey unique to this spot.
The Desert Castles of Jordan
In the Eastern deserts of Jordan you will find some ancient Islamic architecture in the form of castles spread around this vast landscape. These castles date all the way back to the seventh century and they are a magnificent sight to be seen.
Float in the Dead Sea
With all the opportunities for exploration that Jordan has on offer, a trip to the Dead Sea for a spot of relaxing cannot be missed. As the Dead Sea is a landlocked salt lake, it is very easy to float and you’ll actually find yourself struggling not to. The very high mineral and salt content are also thought to contribute to therapeutic elements, so much so that even Cleopatra was a regular here.
With so much to see in Jordan, you are best off exploring the country on an escorted tour. This will allow you to not only see as much as possible, but to also learn about the colourful history here thanks to the guides who are with you. Enjoy this captivating country at ease via an escorted tour for the trip of a lifetime.
John Dixon is an experienced world traveller and the Managing Director of Prestige Holidays for or over 30 years. Recently his well-received escorted tour itineraries, which venture to the far corners of the globe, have been included in Prestige’s luxury holiday portfolio. John tries to visit each of the destinations regularly in order to ensure the quality of his properties, and stay up-to-date about the latest local news and events. He has a taste for the finer things in life and has an interest in arts, history and culture.
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