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Luxury Holidays to Jordan

For a small country, Jordan packs an impressive punch in terms of history, culture and scenery, and the proximity of its key sights makes a luxury holiday to Jordan ideal for the time-pressed traveller.

Several of the Original Travel team have explored Jordan, and foremost among the many, many memorable sites are Petra, the fabled 'rose-red city half as old as time' and the inspiring desert landscapes of Wadi Rum.

The two thousand-year-old Nabataean city of Petra, which grew rich at the crossroads of ancient trade routes, must rank as one of the world's most impressive archaeological sites. Entering via a narrow, high-walled ravine, the city whose name simply means 'rock' is revealed, hewn into the sandstone hills. Top tip? When you arrive at Petra in the morning, head straight to the Monastery - a long walk, but worth it as you will have the whole place to yourself. Then make your way back through Petra during the day.

Not far to the south, the wind-sculpted mountains and canyons of Wadi Rum rise from the desert floor. Explore this extraordinary environment and its bizarre rock formations, and then spend the night in the atmospheric surroundings of a private Bedouin camp exclusively run for Original Travel, knowing that Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab militia had their base here during the Great War.

Heading back north along the King's Highway takes you via Madaba - home to the remarkable two-million-piece, 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land, and Mount Nebo, from where Moses first viewed the Promised Land.

Next stop, the Dead Sea and the chance to experience the peculiar sensation of floating on the surface thanks to the extreme salinity in this, the lowest point on Earth. It's also possible to enjoy spa treatments using the sea's mineral-rich mud in one of the excellent Dead Sea hotels.

Finally, many people view Amman as somewhere to pass through on the way to more interesting sites. True, the capital cannot hold a torch to Petra or Wadi Rum, but the Roman (amphi)theatre is well worth a look, and this is the place from which to reach another Roman wonder - Jerash - to the north.

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A Note on Price

Prices vary: week long group visits (of 8-10) including flights, meals and accommodation in four or five star hotels would cost around £2,000 per person. However, two people travelling business class, staying in five-star hotels (half board), accompanied by a guide and driver and including all site visits could pay up to £8,000 per person for a 10-day trip.

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