Jordan's combination of spectacular desert, crusader-era castles
and the freak of nature that is the Dead Sea is guaranteed to
provide a memorable experience for a family holiday.
Start off with a tour of Amman, the capital of Jordan, taking in
the old citadel, which contains the remains of the Temple of
Hercules. Any boys in the family might also enjoy a visit to the
Royal Automobile Museum, with its collection of classic cars and
From Amman, it's an easy day trip to the ancient city of Jerash.
Here you can experience a performance by Roman Army legionaries,
war machines such as the catapult in action, gladiator fights (not
to the death) and even watch chariot races in the authentic Roman
Travelling south along the King's Highway with a knowledgeable
guide brings you to the crusader castle at Kerak - one of the most
impressive fortresses in a region littered with them. After
admiring the view from atop its massive walls, continue on to Wadi
Rum and spend a night in a private Bedouin camp in the desert.
After supper round the campfire, lie back and admire the enormous
starry skies. With luck, even the noisiest nippers will be hushed
into an awed silence.
Petra is up next and children should enjoy exploring the various
cave dwellings of the ancient city before a final pitstop at the
Dead Sea where floating on the surface should provide endless
amusement alongside excellent kids' clubs and the chance for
parents to enjoy a well-earned massage or eight.