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
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.