Dreamy desert scenery and stunningly magical ancient sites
At the crossroads of civilizations, this spectacularly gorgeous slice of Arabian desert bears the marks of many illustrious builders, with colonnaded Roman cities, Arab palaces and Mamluk, Ottoman and Crusader castles. Not least among those contributing to Jordan’s incredible trove of historical wonders are the mysterious Nabateans, the ancient architects of the once “lost” ceremonial city of Petra, their evocative tombs still adorning a slew of Jordan’s dramatic canyons – and dazzling without fail. Hike Jordan’s gorgeous forest and canyon trails, laze on the Dead Sea’s surface and dive to the fabulous corals of the refreshing Red Sea. Sample the best of Middle Eastern cuisine in the cosmopolitan capital and experience the legendary hospitality of its deserts’ oldest custodians – the once-nomadic Bedouin – on a camel trek through their indelibly beautiful stomping grounds.