Archaeology beyond Petra
Destinations Destinations
Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Amman, Dana Biosphere Reserve, Aqaba, Umm Qais
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Adventure, Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Photography, Hiking, Water Sports, Overland

See the best of Jordan including its amazing archaeological sites. Start in Amman where you can get a taste of the Middle East at its excellent falafel and kunafa stalls. Then venture south through the desert canyons and sunsets at Wadi Dana and Wadi Rum (you’ll want to schedule a couple of days to take in the famous city of stone, Petra, en route). Aqaba is the perfect spot for some archaeological sightseeing of a different kind, with a dive into the Red Sea where you can snorkel through a submerged shipwreck. From here, return north, via a Dead Sea salt bath, and visit the ancient ruins of Jerash and Umm Qais.

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Get a taste of Jordan at Amman’s famous falafel stands and kunafa stalls
Amman

Get a taste of Jordan at Amman’s famous falafel stands and kunafa stalls

Work up an appetite with a sight-seeing stroll around Jordan’s capital of Amman before sampling some of the city’s mouthwatering street food. The many falafel stands and stalls selling the traditional Middle Eastern dessert kunafa are great places to try delicious, safe and authentic Jordanian dishes.

Explore northern Jordan’s little-visited archaeological ruins at Umm Qais
Umm Qais

Explore northern Jordan’s little-visited archaeological ruins at Umm Qais

In the hills above the Jordan Valley lies Umm Qais, the home of the ancient Roman ruins of Gadara. The area also offers an array of outdoor activities and stunning views encompassing three countries, the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee.

Hike the Al Khubtha trail for views of ancient Petra
Petra

Hike the Al Khubtha trail for views of ancient Petra

Take in the key architectural features of Petra - Jordan’s hidden city carved into stone - with a short but steep trek along the Al Khubtha trail, which provides stunning views of the amazing ancient metropolis, culminating with a view of the Treasury - one of the city’s most elaborate temples.

Wander the chariot-rutted streets of Jerash
Jerash

Wander the chariot-rutted streets of Jerash

The Roman city of Jerash, with its border marked by the imposing Hadrian’s Arch, gives a remarkable insight into life in an ancient civilisation. The ruins here are well-preserved and archaeological treasures plentiful, including an incredible oval plaza lined with 56 limestone columns.

Decompress in the Dead Sea
Dead Sea

Decompress in the Dead Sea

Soak up all the natural goodness of a salt bath in the Dead Sea. Bordered by Israel to the east and Jordan to the west, it is the lowest point on earth and the lake’s mystical turquoise waters and mineral-rich mud offer numerous health benefits.

Snorkel through a submerged ship in the Red Sea at Aqaba
Aqaba

Snorkel through a submerged ship in the Red Sea at Aqaba

A dive into the Red Sea from Jordan’s only coastal city, Aqaba, will give you the chance to see the colourful marine life it’s famous for, including incredible coral reefs and exotic fish, as well as spooky sunken shipwrecks, the most famous being the 74 metre-long Cedar Pride.

Fly through Wadi Rum on a pickup truck safari
Wadi Rum

Fly through Wadi Rum on a pickup truck safari

Spend a day exploring the rose-red desert sands and meandering through the sandstone and granite siqs (canyons) of the Wadi Rum in a pickup truck. If you can, spend the night in a desert camp for an unforgettable experience.

Day hike with a Bedouin shepherd and his flock in Wadi Dana
Dana Biosphere Reserve

Day hike with a Bedouin shepherd and his flock in Wadi Dana

Dana Biosphere Reserve in south-central Jordan is the country’s largest nature reserve and is home to the remote valley of Wadi Dana. Join a Bedouin shepherd for a hike through its chiselled sandstone cliffs to experience the area the way the locals do.

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