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Jordan

Desert Discovery Tour

OVERVIEW

Welcome to the the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan! 

Modern cities filled with worldly citizens, mountainous regions dotted with small villages, and deserts inhabited by the nomadic Bedouin - Jordan has all this diversity and more.

Stroll the cosmopolitan cafes of Rainbow Street in Amman, the green serenity of Ajloun and the ancient Roman ruins in Jerash - among the world's oldest. The iconic ruins at Petra and the vast desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. hilltop Dana and the historic treasures of Madaba, you may come to Jordan to see the ruins of Petra, but you’ll leave having encountered so much more.

Beit Sitti food cooking course -But Beit Sitti is about more than just food. By encouraging local Jordanian women to teach cooking classes, the initiative also provides them with a way to earn money and support their families.

Jordan River Foundation - women's co-op and JRF provides home-grown solutions to some of Jordan’s most pressing challenges. The Foundation’s Community Empowerment Program provides expertise, guidance, and financial support for local projects that create economic opportunities for people in local communities. The program further provides training and capacity building to ensure that local communities have the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to be self-reliant and sustainable.

JRF provides home-grown solutions to some of Jordan’s most pressing challenges. The Foundation’s Community Empowerment Program provides expertise, guidance, and financial support for local projects that create economic opportunities for people in local communities. The program further provides training and capacity building to ensure that local communities have the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to be self-reliant and sustainable.

Take a boat tour around the Gulf of Aqaba

The best example of this is Mamluk Fort–also known as Aqaba Castle–which dates back to the 1500s. The imposing structure was built during the reign of Qansur Al-Ghuri, and once served as a military site that’s now open to visitors.

Aqaba itself lies on top of the ruins of Ayla, a small settlement and the first Islamic city to be built outside the Arabian Peninsula. Found beside the hotel district, the ruins themselves can be a bit hard to spot, but there are still remains of the city walls, gates and a mosque.

the Sharif Al Hussein Bin Ali Mosque is a must-see. This Aqaba icon is a striking, stark-white building that’s equally beautiful on the inside, and is enchanting during the nightly call to prayer when it’s all lit up. Visitors of all denominations are welcome outside of prayer times.

The souk is the heart of the city, where there are rows of handicrafts, fresh produce, souvenirs and traditional spices like saffron, cardamom, ginger and cumin. Budget a fair bit of time to walk through, as chances are the friendly shopkeepers will pull you into their stalls and insist you join them for tea!

Amman day trip - Another option is Mount Nebo, which is one of the popular Jordan tourist sites for pilgrims as it’s said to be the spot where Moses saw the Promised Land. This sacred mountain is nearly 1,000 metres high, and located about 15 minutes from Madaba (45 minutes from Amman). Admire the beautifully-preserved mosaic floors in the La Storia Tourism Complex, then head out to the viewpoints for breathtaking views of the Jordan Valley.

Dead Sea - It takes less than an hour to drive from Amman to the strip of resorts set along the waterfront, where guests can easily access the buoyant waters. Day passes are also available, and there are some public beaches frequented by day trippers. Slip on a swimsuit, slather on some of the healing mud from the shoreline to give your skin some TLC, then wade into the sea to try out this phenomenon where you’ll float without any effort at all!

Petra and Little Petra

Images of the impressive Treasury carved into stone are what lure most travellers to visit Petra, but there’s plenty more to see here. In fact, it takes days to properly explore the UNESCO Heritage Site and new Wonder of the World, which has miles of hiking trails, crumbling ruins, and narrow passageways where you’ll jostle with camels and donkeys for space.

Wadi Rum

You’ll only need about an hour there, then it’s time to head out to the sweeping deserts of Wadi Rum where you’ll feel like you’re in a scene straight out of Arabian Nights. The two-hour drive from Petra to Wadi Rum takes you along the scenic Kings Highway and the Desert Highway, ending at the Wadi Rum Visitor Center which is the gateway to the dunes. From there, you’ll hop in a 4×4 or back of a truck bed for a fun, bumpy ride through the desert towards camp.

Wadi Rum–also known as the Valley of the Moon–is one of the top places to see in Jordan thanks to its vast, Mars-like landscape. Set on a high plateau in the Arabian desert, the other-worldly scenery seems endless, and dotted with sandstone arches, lone camels crossing the plain, and the striped tents of bedouin camps tucked into the base of towering red dunes.

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