On the east bank of the Jordan River, this dry and barren country with scarcely any natural resources of its own has flourished into a diverse cultural hub, rich in ancient history and offering great potential for adventure. In the heart of the Middle East, sprawling modern towns share Jordan with vast nature reserves, arresting ochre desert landscapes, and striking travel icons like ancient Petra and the Dead Sea.
Nabatean Petra and the Roman city of Jerash can be combined with hikes through forested nature reserves, vast craggy gorges and rust-red deserts where towering rocky outcrops rise hundreds of metres from the sands. The variety of experiences available in Jordan seems endless; five-star luxury awaits in hotels overlooking the Dead Sea while humble Bedouin tented camps in Wadi Rum desert provide authentic cultural experiences – and some of the world’s best stargazing opportunities.
Peaceful Jordan has remained a state of calm despite the issues that define its neighbouring countries, and travellers that aren’t put off by the surrounding region’s time in the news are rewarded by bountiful and world-class historic sites – all without the crowds.