Nature and archaeology in Jordan: a comprehensive trip

April 2-11, 2012

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JORDAN MAP AND JORDAN TRIP ITINERARY

Suggested itinerary for a trip to Jordan

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JORDAN TRAVEL GUIDE AND TRAVEL TIPS

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A TOUR TO JORDAN?

Trip to Jordan. Although the country is relatively little extended, Jordan offers a real concentrate of important archaeological sites of great historical interest, since Jordan, for its geographical position, has always played an important role as crossroads between different civilizations including Nabataean, Greek, Roman and Byzantine. The archaeological site of Petra, now in the list of the Seven Wonders of the World, worth alone the whole trip, though, thanks to the distances not too long and to a good road infrastructure, it is certainly a good idea extending your stay to visit the numerous historical sites throughout Jordan, perhaps adding a couple of days in the desert of Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, for their unusual nature and endless landscapes.



HOW TO ORGANIZE A TOUR TO JORDAN?

A tour in Jordan can be classified as easy and can be undertaken without problems also by families with children. In addition to the departures organized by leading tour operators, you can rent a car with driver and decide the route by yourself at prices rather low if compared with those of other destinations. In this regard, I turned to Jordan Direct Tours customizing the route and deciding the exact number of nights to stay in each place. I do not recommend to rent a car in Jordan without driver, for the chaotic traffic throughout residential areas and for the strict regulations in case of violations or accidents.



IS IT SAFE TO TRAVEL TO JORDAN?

This Jordan trip, held in April of 2012, did not present any problem regarding personal safety, with local people who have always shown great courtesy and hospitality to the tourists. Jordan is a moderate country, with very good relations with all neighboring countries and with Western Countries: just exercise normal "good-sense" and your trip should go very smoothly.

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO GO IN JORDAN?

Since the main attractions in Jordan are outdoors, perhaps you are wondering what is the best season to go to Jordan, which will provide comfortable temperatures and clear skies. The climate in Jordan is rather dry and the few rain falls mainly between November and April, when the temperature is cooler (sometimes even too cold at higher altitudes), while the driest period is between June and September, months that may be affected by very high temperatures. The maximum amount of precipitation, occurs between December and February (but always in relation to a semi-desert climate). Therefore, it is evident that the best time for a trip to Jordan is probably during mid seasons: in spring (April-May) and autumn (late September - early November).



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JORDAN TRAVELOGUE AND JORDAN PICTURES

Old Jerash Day trip to Jerash ruins from Amman in Jordan <<-- GO
Jerash is an ancient city dating back to two thousand years ago that has known many great civilizations, including Roman, Greek and Byzantine. The ruins are among the best preserved in the world, although several catastrophic earthquakes have caused much damage during the past centuries.
Dead Sea trip Relaxing vacation to the Dead Sea in Jordan <<-- GO
The Dead Sea is over 400 meters below sea level, in the deepest depression of the Earth. Its water is 10 times saltier than the oceans, allowing to easily float even if you don't swim. Furthermore, its mud rich in minerals is a panacea for many diseases and defects of the skin.
Mount Nebo excursion Excursion to Mount Nebo, St. George church, Kerak castle and Amman <<-- GO
Along the road known as Kings' Way, cutting across most Jordan from north to south, there are several attractions of great historical and archaeological importance. An Amman day tour is followed by an excursion to Mount Nebo and Madaba famous for its ancient Byzantine mosaics. The last stop is at Kerak castle, before reaching Petra late in the evening.
Trip to Petra Petra tour, the ancient Nabataean city in the Seven Wonders of the World <<-- GO
Petra is a city dating back to 2000 years ago and built by the Nabataean people (ancient Arabs). The archaeological site has a large number of massive monolithic tombs carved directly into the mountain, as well as other buildings used for the every day activities. Petra is a UNESCO heritage and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Excursion to Little Petra Excursion to Little Petra and hike to the High Place of Sacrifice in Petra <<-- GO
Little Petra (or Al Beidha) is an old rest area used by caravans travelling between today's Syria and Egypt or Saudi Arabia. The High Place of Sacrifice in the main city of Petra is instead an important religious structure than can be reached by a one hour trek to the summit of a mountain.
Trip to Wadi Rum Trip to Wadi Rum desert in Jordan <<-- GO
The Wadi Rum is a small desert in the far south of Jordan near the border with Saudi Arabia and mainly inhabited by Bedouins. A trip in a 4x4 and some trek allow you to enjoy the scenic beauty of this unusual environment.

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