• Aman Jordan
  • Aqaba
  • Aqaba
  • Petra
  • Petra
  • Petra
  • Street Of Facades - Petra
  • Sunset Over Tala Bay
  • The Dead Sea
  • The Dead Sea
  • The Dead Sea
  • Kempinski Hotel
  • Mount Nebo
  • Floating - The Dead Sea
  • The Dead Sea
  • The Dead Sea

Where Your Journey Begins........

Without a doubt the world’s most amazing place, the Jordan Rift Valley is a dramatic, beautiful landscape,

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which at the Dead Sea, is over 400m (1,312 ft.) below sea level. The lowest point on the face of the earth, this vast, stretch of water receives a number of incoming rivers, including the River Jordan. Once the waters reach the Dead Sea they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense, rich, cocktail of salts and minerals that supply industry, agriculture and medicine with some of its finest products.

 

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One of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world, the Jordanian east coast of the Dead Sea has evolved into a major hub of both religious and health & wellness tourism in the region. A series of good roads, excellent hotels with spa and fitness facilities, as well as archaeological and spiritual discoveries make this region as enticing to today’s international visitors as it was to kings, emperors, traders, prophets and pilgrims in antiquity.

One of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world, the Jordanian east coast of the Dead Sea has evolved into a major hub of both religious and health & wellness tourism in the region. A series of good roads, excellent hotels with spa and fitness facilities, as well as archaeological and spiritual discoveries make this region as enticing to today’s international visitors as it was to kings, emperors, traders, prophets and pilgrims in antiquity.

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 The leading attraction at the Dead Sea is the warm, soothing, super salty water itself – some ten times saltier than sea water, and rich in chloride salts of magnesium, sodium, potassium, bromine and several others. The unusually warm, incredibly buoyant and mineral-rich waters have attracted visitors since ancient times, including King Herod the Great and the beautiful Egyptian Queen, Cleopatra.

 

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All of whom have luxuriated in the Dead Sea’s rich, black, stimulating mud and floated effortlessly on their backs while soaking up the water's healthy minerals along with the gently diffused rays of the Jordanian sun.

Bethany Beyond the Jordan
On the banks of the River Jordan.
The site of John the Baptist's settlement at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, where Jesus was baptized, has long been known from the Bible (John 1:28 and 10:40) and from the Byzantine and medieval texts.

 

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The site has now been identified on the east bank of the Jordan River, in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and is being systematically surveyed, excavated, restored, and prepared to receive pilgrims and visitors. Bethany Beyond the Jordan is located half an hour by car from Amman.
The Bethany area sites formed part of the early Christian pilgrimage route between Jerusalem, the Jordan River, and Mount Nebo.

The area is also associated with the biblical account of how the Prophet Elijah (Mar Elias in Arabic) ascended to heaven in a whirlwind on a chariot of fire.

 

Did You Know?

 

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The Dead Sea is 80km(50 miles) long, approximately 14km(9 miles) wide. The northern and larger part is very deep, reaching at one point a depth of 430m (1320 feet). The southern bay is, on the contrary, very shallow, averaging hardly a depth of 4m (13 feet).
Because of its extremely high content of salt and other minerals, the Dead Sea is devoid of plant and animal life.

 

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The water level of the Dead Sea is dropping by about a 30cm (1 foot) per year. It is being diverted by Israel and Jordan for industry, agriculture and household use. Scientists predict that the sea may be dried up by the year 2050.
Although sparsely populated and serenely quiet now, the Dead Sea area is believed to have been home to five Biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zaboiim and Zoar.

 

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Winter Sunshine

 Are you looking for an alternative winter holiday, maybe a change from Sharm el Sheikh, consider Aqaba in southern Jordan which enjoys a temperate all year round climate. Add to this the variety of places to visit in the country and your'e onto a winner.

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Jordan

There is so much to see in Jordan, a fabulous country, whether you are visiting on a cruise liner, calling at the port of  Aqaba on the Red Sea , or flying into the bustling capital of Amman to the north. If you have the time I would recommend a tour of the country , it is so diverse.

Amman

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Amman is a bustling forward-looking Arab city of over two million people. Here are a couple of areas you should take time out to visit, but there is so much more ..... The downtown area has the bustling souks around El-Malek Faisal,El-Hashemi and Quraysh streets, where you will find olives, gold, aromatic coffee and pastry stalls, and Falafel stands.

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The central King Hussain Mosque , built on the site of a 7th century mosque is nearby, as is the Roman Nymphaneum & Theatre. Amman is a city of hills , a must do is to climb the Jebel el- Qalaa to the Citadel ,a Roman temple from where you will  experience incredible  views of the city.(Maybe grab one of the plentiful taxis to ascend , as quite a steep climb and wander down at your leisure to take in the surroundings).

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If you do get the opportunity  Mt Nebo is a short drive from here, where you will have spectacular views of the Jordan River and Dead Sea 1000m below, it was from here that Moses saw the Promised Land just before he died.

 

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As you approach the Dead Sea the scenery alters dramatically as you  drop down to the lowest point on earth 411 metres below sea level. The lake is so mineral laden it is around 26 per cent solid. If you get the opportunity to stay overnight  it is recommended , to sample the therapeutic qualities of the water and the 'mud bathing'. There are a number of luxurious and budget hotels along the coast.

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The Kempinsky hotel is the height of luxury. On arrival your car is whisked away,  you are offered a courtesy drink  and warm flannel,most welcome following a journey through the desert. The rooms are modern , minimalistic, with superb showers and surround sound in the bathroom. Many of the rooms have a balcony with a view of the Dead Sea. There are numerous swimming pools, beautiful flower beds and access to the Dead Sea.  Painting yourself in the mineral rich mud and floating in the Dead Sea is a 'must have' experience, very therapeutic and calming . There are a number of restaurants to choose from and the food is varied and excellent.

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Driving south from Amman to Petra you will follow the Desert Highway, this is a busy route used to transport commodities to and  from The Port of Aqaba to Amman. The journey through the desert is punctuated with small villages, you may see local herdsmen tending their goats, and beware of

 'camels crossing' !

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Petra

If you are only in Jordan for one  day Petra is a must, it is one of the worlds most impressive archaeological sites. To reach Petra you can take an organised excursion or self- drive. However cars are only allowed to the ticket gate, from there you can walk , hire a horse, or travel by horse drawn cart to the Treasury(not for the faint hearted appeared to be a bumpy ride).


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You can secure a pass for 1-4 days , it is costly but highly recommended, you will never forget your first glimpse of the Treasury as you follow the Siq with its 200m high wall. It's scale and grandeur is guaranteed to take your breath away.

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In close proximity to Petra is Wadi Rum made famous by Lawrence of Arabia, you can take an awe inspiring trip into the desert by 4x4 vehicles .Or consider experiencing  a night under the stars in a Bedouin tent, sampling the delights of Bedouin cuisine.

From here you could rejoin the Desert Highway and drive south to Aqaba, the seaside resort of Jordan , a weekend retreat for many Ammanians, escaping the harsher winters of Amman.

 

Aqaba

Aqaba is perched on the gulf of Aqaba ringed by high desert mountains It has become a regular destination for cruise liners as just a short distance across the Red Sea from Sharm el Sheik in Egypt and enjoys a pleasant climate for much of the year. It is the only Jordanian outlet to the sea and as such has become an important commercial port.

There are a number of excellent hotels in the town, The Intercontinental , Kempinsky and Moevenpick  all of which have a beach complex where you can swim in the Red Sea, enjoy the views and partake in water sports should you be feeling more energetic.

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 There are a number of archaeological sites to see around Aqaba, bustling traditional markets and restaurants such as Ali Baba serving local specialities. Sample fresh bread and sweet pastries from the bakeries ,mmm delicious. Many of the midrange and all top end hotels have bars and if you wish to join the expats in town try the Rovers Return, where you can watch all the latest sporting events.

 Tala Bay, Aqaba  .

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Just south of the town , there are long sandy beaches, with crystal clear waters and fabulous  coral reef, offering some of the best scuba diving in the world. Snorkelling is also extremely popular in the purpose built  Tala Bay resort ,where you will find excellent  5 star hotels, such as the  Raddison, Moevenpick,  also the Marina Plaza.

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The resort has restaurants and shops around the purpose built  marina , from where you can sail to Egypt or take an excursion on the Red Sea.  If you are partial to water sports, there is water skiing, windsurfing, jet skiing, with tuition available if required.

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 After a day sunbathing, try a glass of wine or refreshing beer in one of the bars /restaurants overlooking the Red Sea , and watch the sun as it sets on another perfect day. Just wonderful. More...

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  • Raddison Blu Hotel Tala Bay
  • Sunset Over Tala Bay
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