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
Not far to the south, the wind-sculpted mountains and canyons of
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
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
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.