Trip idea / Jordan

Bejewelled Jordan

A Family Adventure

Unleash your mini Indiana Jones into their own movie set, and watch their adventurous imaginations run riot.

The lowdown

  • When to Go

    Easter, February half-term and October half-term. Jordan is easily doable in a week.

  • Best For

    Pre-teens upwards and those with an adventurous spirit.

  • Extend your Trip

    Consider adding a few days to explore Jerusalem in neighbouring Israel and discover a melting pot of religious cultures within its rose-coloured Old City.

Spend a week exploring the plentiful jewels of this diverse country. You’ll traverse deserts, discover hidden kingdoms, float on the weightless Dead Sea and snorkel the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea.

    Amman and Onwards

    Just a five hour flight from the UK and you’ll arrive in the jewel of the Middle Eastern crowd: Jordan. A friendly, progressive and safe country, Jordan showcases a vast diversity of natural wonder and ancient ruins, which can be explored within a week.

    Start in multi-cultural Amman for an introduction to its souks and upmarket Middle Eastern restaurants, before travelling south on the historic King’s Highway. Have time for a float on the mineral-rich Dead Sea, a scout around the crusader fort at Karak and scale Mount Nebo – where the view stretches to Jerusalem. Go off-road in the rocky Dana Reserve, where hiking through gorges and canyons may reveal the Syrian wolf, the sand cat and over 200 types of bird.

    Pink Hued Petra 

    Unlike other fêted places of wonder, Petra, the Pink City really does live up to the hype. Your first glimpse of the
    spectacular Nabatean site, originally built as a tomb for King Aretas around 100 BC, is through the mile-long Siq
    which reveals the ruins carved unfeasibly into the rock.

    Unleash your mini Indiana Jones into their own movie set, and watch their adventurous imaginations run riot especially at the secluded vantage point named High Place of Sacrifice. There are camel rides too, and if time permits, return at night when hundreds of lanterns litter the sandy floor, the tomb glitters and ancient history bounces around the atmospheric archaeological site.

     

    Deserts and Seas

    To the south of Petra lies Wadi Rum, where Lawrence of Arabia fought the Ottoman Turks and your clan can
    explore the tangerine orange dunes, gigantic rock formations and wind-sculpted canyons of this sparsely
    beautiful region. Experience the thrill of a 4×4 jeep safari, then make time to acknowledge the emptiness and
    silence of the desert. When the inky black sky is strung with a million stars, turn in to your luxury Bedouin tent.

    You might like to finish your grand tour of Jordan with a more traditional end to your holiday. Settle into a luxury hotel at Aqaba and spend your day snorkelling in the Red Sea.