Jordan

A well-travelled bridge between sea and desert, east and west, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrasts, from the Jordan Valley, to the remote desert canyons, immense and still. Visitors can explore splendid desert castles, gaze in awe at the haunting wilderness of Wadi Rum or Wadi Araba, or bathe in the restful waters of the Red Sea at Aqaba.

Petra
"Match me such a marvel save in Eastern clime, A rose-red city half as old as time..." Dean Burgon

"The giant red mountains and vast mausoleums of a departed race have nothing in common with modern civilisation and ask nothing of it except to be appreciated at their true value - as one of the greatest wonders ever wrought by Nature and Man".

Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed. Often described as the eighth wonder of the ancient world, it is without doubt Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.

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