The country of Jordan is almost entirely landlocked with just a small, sixteen mile coastline to the southwest that sits on the Gulf of Aqaba in the Red Sea. Divers will find that the Red Sea’s coral reefs have an abundance of stunningly beautiful marine life. Even snorkelers can spot colorful fish and sea turtles in the warm water right off Aqaba’s shallow beaches.
And deep in the desert in this beautiful country, you’ll find a treasure trove of history. Sculpted out of the desert sandstone in prehistoric times and voted one of the New Wonders of the world, Petra is one of Jordan’s main attractions. The fascinating walk to Petra through the sandstone gorge is a totally unique experience. Also not to be missed are famous biblical sites like Mount Nebo, and Bethany Beyond the Jordan as well as the Wadi Rum desert, and of course one of the oldest cities in the world– Amman.
Whether you want to walk the Jordan trail or float in the Dead Sea, your Enlighten Excursions Travel Consultant can help advise you on the best way to explore the bewildering number of relics and ruins and plan a manageable itinerary with life changing experiences suited to your travel style and needs.
Things to do
- Citadel in Amman
- Wadi Rum
- Bethany Beyond the Jordan
- Umm Qais
- Um Er-Rasas
- Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea
- Fairmont Amman
- The St. Regis Amman
- The Four Seasons Amman
- InterContinental Amman Jordan
- Moevenpick Resort and Spa Dead Sea
- Ma’In Hot Springs
Located in the northern part of Jordan, Amman, the capital city, has a modern atmosphere while still preserving traditional culture as well as ancient ruins inside the city.
On the highest hill in the city, the Amman Citadel ruins offer a well preserved peek into history. A short distance from the Citadel is another important piece of the city’s history; the Roman Theater. Originally built in 161 CE, this amphitheater is still used today for some of the city’s major cultural events.
Amman’s location makes it a great place to take day trips around Jordan from. In close proximity to the city are many natural sights as well as important historical ruins to see.
Located on the Gulf of Aqaba, this is the southernmost city in Jordan. It is known for its history, resorts, and access to the Red Sea.
Off shore, visitors of any skill level can go diving to see colorful fish , crustaceans and coral reefs. One of the most popular diving destinations is above a the coral-encrusted wreck of a freighter ship.
The waterfront has an array of glamorous resorts to stay at, and blocks away in the heart of the town, there are historical ruins to explore. Built in the 1500s, the massive Mamluk Fort, also known as Aqaba Castle is a sight that can’t be missed.
Throughout the entire city visitors will find souks, or marketplaces to peruse and purchase unique souvenirs.
Located north of Amman, Jerash is an ancient city with lots to see. It is home to many famous ruins including Hadrian’s Arch, the Temple of Artemis, the Oval Forum, and more.
In the summer, the Jerash Festival of Culture and Arts draws tourists from all over the world to see shows performed by local and international performers.