Booking a Holiday, Tour or Vacation in Jordan

By: Stuart Cheese

In my capacity as the UK Director of Operations for One World Tours Limited, I am often asked about the destinations I have been to. I try to give a good opinion on those places and offer some helpful advice. Here then, are my top suggestions for sites to take in during your holiday in Jordan.

The other countries that border Jordan are Israel, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and the Syrian Arab Republic. The Red sea is to the south west of the country with The Dead Sea to the north west. The rolling hills in the north west of Amman are both cultivated and covered in forest. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and is famous for salty water that holds you in a sitting position without letting you sink. It connects to the River Jordan with Israel's end of Lake Tiberias. To the east of Jordan you will find mainly desert and the only small coastal area can be found on the Red Sea coast. A high plateau extends from the Syrian Arab Republic to Ras en Naqab in the south.

Amman is referred to as the white city because of its stone houses. The people of Amman are very warm and helpful and are proud to show off their modern and historical sites.

There are some lovely old markets selling spices and handicrafts. The City also offers art galleries, museums and restaurants. You can find the Citadel here which is one of the earliest fortifications in Jordan and has been subject to numerous excavations. Remains from the Neolithic, Hellenestic period and late Roman to Arab Islamic Ages have been found here. Some of the structures include the Temple of Hercules, the Omayyad Palace and the Byzantine church. The Roman Theatre is at the foot of the Citadel and is still used for cultural events today.
A small coastal area known as Aqaba can be found on the Red Sea coast. You can take part in a whole host of water sports, jet skiing, para sailing etc. while enjoying the crystal clean waters and immaculate sandy beaches. Fortunately the waters boast well preserved coral reefs for which it well known and with its unique sea life, this Red Sea port city is an ideal place to sunbathe and relax. As well as the small but beautiful coastline you will find Aqaba's historical land mark, the Mameluk Fort.
Petra is an ancient city and one of Jordan's finest tourist attractions. Petra is now a UNESCO world heritage site which has inspired tourist around the world because of its huge architecture and the ingenious complex of dams and water channels. Petra is situated deep in the heart of a narrow gorge in the desert which is accessible through a half mile chasm. Perhaps because of this fantastic location it is why "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", was filmed here.
There are plenty of activities to participate in such as walks and climbs or you can experience the many of buildings, tombs, baths, temples, and rock drawings.
The King's Highway meanders through forest highlands, deep ravines, the eastern desert and farm land plateaus. Archaeological sites line both sides of 208 mile highway. This is one of the world's most ancient routes and was made mention to in the bible as the route Moses used to lead his people from Edom (southern Jordan).
If you wish to take this route in modern times then may I suggest hiring a car from Aqaba or Amman is the easiest thing to do.It may take 2 or 3 days but it is very much worth it and there are an abundance of facilities en-route to make your trip much easier and more enjoyable.

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