After a very thorough week of research the proposal for our extended tour has been drafted and sent to the tour operators. In addition to the fun of celebrating in an ancient Roman amphitheater in Jerash and seeing a bit of Amman, our guests will enjoy a 5 day tour of the spectacular side of Jordan.
1. Petra –
You know this place. One of the Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was made famous in my generation by Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
But there is so much more than the famous treasury highlighted in the film. This trip we visited “Little Petra” known as Beidha in Arabic. In addition to the amazing sandstone carvings you’d expect, there is also a recently discovered painting on a ceiling which has Grecian themes. A beautiful and rare find!
2. Wadi Rum –
“Wadi” means valley in Arabic. So this is the Rum Valley. But don’t be fooled, the closest thing to alcohol here is Bedouin Whiskey – a lovely black tea with sage and sugar made over an open fire. We sat in the shade of our 4×4 waiting for sunset and I have never had so much fun watching a pot boil!
3. Aqaba –
The city is nothing of note but it sits on a small and lovely offshoot of the Red Sea. It is one of the key ports for goods destined for Syria and Iraq. We had an amazing escape at the Mövenpick Tala Bay resort. Oddly the ice cream people do a good job running resorts as well. With wonderful pools and an onsite dive shop we enjoyed the clear waters, wrecks, tropical fish and soothing breeze.
When we came upon the tank I thought: if only all the tanks here looked like this. I saw colorful nudibranch and lion fish along with many small colorful tropical fish.
4. Wadi Mujib –
We got wet and took a beach worth of sand home in our shoes, but it was worth the struggle against the current to see the light in the sandstone canyons and feel the power of the waterfall at the end. Not for the faint of heart, this is an optional hike.
5. Dead Sea –
I find it too hot to really love, but everyone must feel the strange sensation of floating without effort in a large body of water. You can see the minerals in the water and feel the temperature currents. It is the best close to sunset when it is cooling down.
This will be an action packed tour with just the right amount of relaxation.