Ajloun

The castle of Ajloun was built in 1184 AD by one of Saladin’s generals to protect the area from invasion by the Franks.

It is well preserved and offers beautiful views over the Jordan Valley and surrounding area.

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Amman

Amman is the capital of Jordan, rich in history and culture.
Its history is immense, going back to the Neolithic time, through the Chalcolithic period, and the Bronze Age. It was known as Rabbath Ammon in the Iron Age as it was the capital of the Ammonite Kingdom. It flourished in the Greco-Roman times and was known as Philadelphia (the original 'City of brotherly love'). It has been called Amman since the early Islamic period.

It's a multi-cultural city with over two million inhabitants.Amman offers culture as well as all the trappings of a big city, including shopping malls, art galleries, museums, coffee shops and a multitude of multinational restaurants.

It is a modern city in a modern country.

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Amra

Qasr Amra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, dating back to the Islamic dynasty of Umayyad in the 8th century AD.

It was both a fortress and garrison and a residence of the Umayyad’s.

It was a small pleasure palace and was used as a bath (Haman) for the Caliphs and leaders during their hunting holidays.

There are exotic fresco wall paintings reflecting the secular art of the time.

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Aqaba

Situated on the tip of the Red Sea on the Gulf of Aqaba, the laid-back resort of Aqaba is Jordan’s only gateway to the sea.

Renowned for its pristine sandy beaches, clear waters and colourful reefs studded with marine life, Aqaba is just the ticket for sun, fun, diving, snorkelling and swimming. Its also a great place for watersports such as waterskiing, parasailing, jet-skiing and fishing and ideal for a spot of relaxation. Historically,

Aqaba boasts sites dating back to 4,000 BC, including the recent discovery of possibly the world’s oldest church dating from the 3rd century AD, the remains of the medieval walled city of Ayla and a Mamluk fort.

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Azraq Castle

Azraq (meaning blue in English) refers to the dark basalt stones that the castle is built of – which reflect blue from a distance.

It's known for its mediaeval Islamic fort and the nearby nature reserves (wetland and Shumari).

Because of its strategic location the site has been occupied by many different civilizations, including the Umayyads, Ayyubids and Ottomans.

During World War I, when T. E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, used the castle as his military base during the Arab Revolt against the Turks.

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Bethany Beyond the Jordan

It is the site of the settlement of John the Baptist where Jesus was baptised.

It was ecently designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Stand by the River Jordan, drink in the history of the place and view Christian churches with lovely mosaics.

The combination of archaeology, the extraordinary natural environment and the momentous associations of the place makes this one of the Middle East’s most important religious destinations.

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Dana

Dana Biosphere Reserve is an area of amazing beauty and biodiversity.

It is a very well protected and preserved ecological area offering great walks of all levels of difficulty – but each provides splendid views and sights

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Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is one of the world’s most amazing places.
Lying at over 413m (1,340ft) below sea level, it is the lowest point on earth.

Fed by rivers such as the River Jordan and many natural springs in the surrounding hills, this land locked lake is full of salts and minerals and is renowned for its medicinal powers and is also the place where people have to float – as they cannot sink.

Always warm this fantastic natural wonder is served well by many great spa hotels.

The Dead Sea is a place that you must visit at least once.

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Jerash

Jerash is one of the best preserved Roman cities and one of the Roman Decapolis. With two theatres, an impressive oval Piazza and colonnaded Cardo (main street) containing a lovely Nymphaeum (water fountain).

Its grand temples and churches with beautiful mosaics make this large site a great way to spend half a day.

 

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Karak

A short detour off the Kings Highway lies Karak Castle, a medieval Crusader stronghold and one of the largest crusader castles in the Levant, which dominates the city of Karak. It has been a fortress since biblical times but the current castle dates from the 12th Century.

The Crusaders called it 'Crac des Moabites' or 'Karak in Moab.

A destination that’s full of history with a maze of halls and passageways to explore and stunning views over the Mountains of Moab and overlooking the Dead Sea.

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Kharranah

Qasr Kharannah is the most imposing of the Umayyad desert complexes with thick stone walls with rounded interval and corner towers, projecting the look of a classic Roman frontier fortress. An 8th century Islamic palace or caravansary.

It has sixty-three rooms and lies on the crossroads of the trade routes between Amman and Baghdad and Damascus and Mecca.

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Little Petra

Little Petra (Baida) lies 9km north of the new town of Petra (Wadi Musa) and was an important Caravanserai in Nabatean and Roman times. It is a 15 minute scenic drive to reach the site which is small but perfectly formed and a beautiful, peaceful, uncrowded destination to visit.

The area also has a Neolithic village (7000BC) to investigate and great drives and scenery to experience.

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Madaba

Madaba is best known for its beautiful churches including the famous 6th Century Byzantine Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land which contains 2 million pieces of bright coloured local stone housed in St George’s Church. It also has a fascinating Archealogical Park and Museum with more beautiful mosaics.

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Mt Nebo

Sits on hilltop 700m above the Dead Sea with fantastic views. It is where Moses looked at the Holy Land and where he was buried.

There are Roman remains and exotic Byzantine churches with beautiful mosaics.

If the weather is clear, it is possible to see the Mt. of Olives, Jericho and the roofs of Jerusalem.

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Mujib Nature Reserve

Near the east coast of the Dead Sea lies the Mujib Nature Reserve within the Wadi Mujib gorge.

Dramatic scenery, several beautiful waterfalls plus the chance to see native animals make this a great spring/summer adventure.

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Pella

With its exotic location in the Jordan Valley, Pella is the site of ruins from the Greco-Roman period, another of the Roman Decapolis and also a site containing a rich history going back to the 4th Millennium BC with Bronze and Iron Age relics, Byzantine churches and Early Islamic houses and a medieval mosque.

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Petra

The 2300 year old Nabatean City of Petra which was ‘rediscovered’ in 1812 by Johan Buckhardt – and described eloquently by John Burgon as ‘the Rose Red City Half as Old as Time’ – is the jewel in the crown of Jordan. Petra covers 46 sq.km of land and was the bustling capital of the Arab Nabatean civilisation and lay at the crossroads of major trade routes.

Petra has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and was the first of the five such sites in Jordan.

Today you can walk through the dramatic Siq and experience the magical appearance of Al Khazeneh (the Treasury) and walk passed the colourful tombs, facades and theatre to the city centre. Then walk up to Ad Deir (The Monastery) or the High Place of Sacrifice or just explore the site with a new experience around each corner.

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Showbak

Showbak Castle (Mont Real) was a Crusader stronghold perched on the side of mountain just north of Petra which was conquered by Saladin.

The impressive fortifications are Islamic and Showbak is a worthwhile stop whilst in the Petra region. TEST TEST TEST.

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Shumari Nature Reserve

Shumari was created as a breeding centre for endangered or locally extinct wildlife and Arabian Oryx can be seen roaming free.

The best time to visit this unique wetland oasis is late autumn, winter or spring, when rains create marshes over the reserves and seasonal birds come to visit.

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Umm Qais

Umm Qais (ancient Gadara which was one of the Roman Decapolis – league of ten cities) was the site of the miracle of the Gadarene swine.

Today the ruins of the city cover a large flower filled site with spectacular views over to Tiberius and the Sea of Galilee.

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Umm Ar-Rasas

Sitting within a Roman fortress lies an abundance of Byzantine and Islamic period churches with some of the finest mosaics in Jordan. They include a large mosaic carpet depicting Old and New Testament on both banks of the River Jordan – from Egypt to Jordan.

Umm Al Rasas is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which also contains a 15m Byzantine tower and Nabatean reservoirs.

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Wadi Rum

Spectacular Wadi Rum (The Valley of the Moon) is 60 km (37 mi) to the east of Aqaba and it is the largest wadi (valley) in Jordan. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the West, Wadi Rum is best known for its connection with British officer T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) who travelled through the desert during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18.

Whether you visit for a few hours or spend an overnight in a Bedouin encampment the beautiful, colourful canyons of Wadi Rum are a must to see and experience both by day and by star-filled night.

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