As any experienced traveller knows the best holidays are not to the most popular tourist destinations. Paris, Rome, and New York City might be on most lists of places to put a check mark beside but there is little mystery or surprise to them. If you want to take a holiday that you will be remembered and talked about for years look past the obvious to the unique and inspired choices available.
The Kingdom of Jordan offers the unique possibility to experience Middle Eastern culture, view ancient Roman ruins, and to see places commonly referred to in the Bible and the Quran while in a pro-western government leaning environment for safety. As an upper middle income country ample comforts are available to the tourist that wants a holiday as well as an educational experience. While Arabic is the official language, English is widely spoken in Jordan and is typically used in commerce, banking, and all university level courses so language barrier is seldom an issue for English speaking tourists.
While the Jordan River, Dead Sea, and historical sites at Petra where entire buildings are carved into the rose coloured cliffs of stone, and the ancient Roman ruins near Jerash are places you will want to include, there is ample nightlife, beaches, and modern cultural experiences available in Amman and other cities to satisfy the need for “fun” while on holiday.
Typical vacation activities like snorkelling and beach play are readily available on the Dead Sea and the port city of Aqaba so a trip to Jordan does not mean coming home without a tan and well relaxed. The dessert climate is a very tolerable mid 80’s in the summer with winter months dropping to the 50’s. Transportation throughout Jordan is above average in availability and reasonable cost so visiting different areas is easily accomplished by either rental car or publicly available transportation.
Planning your itinerary to Jordan is relatively easy. Think of your favourite things to do on a typical vacation and pen them in and leave a couple extra days to enjoy the sightseeing at the ancient ruins and cultural must see places. As a relatively small country transportation around is not overly difficult or time consuming.
To make the most of this unique vacation experience working with a tour operator in Jordan, or with an agency that specializes in tours of Jordan will help you decide the best order to visit the many places worth seeing there.