Much to discover!... Revisiting Jordan

| April 19, 2013

Valerie Porter was delighted to win some flights to Jordan with Cox & Kings. Read on to find out about her time in Jordan, from floating in the Dead Sea to exploring the ancient ruins of Petra.

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I was extremely fortunate to win two return tickets to Jordan in a Cox & Kings competition. My husband and I were very excited to book a tour to revisit a country that we were so enamoured with, having been there a few years previously.

Two friends joined us on the tour, which took us from the capital Amman in the north to Aqaba in the south, with a very knowledgeable guide. From a base in Amman, we went to the Dead Sea, known for its dense, salty mineral water. Here, we floated on the surface of the water and then covered ourselves in black mud, which was supposed to make us ten years younger!

We also visited Jerash, a wonderfully preserved Greco-Roman city of the Decapolis, where there is still much to discover. Our next hotel stop was at Petra, which we visited by candlelight and spent a whole day exploring. The wonderful Rose Red City “as half as old as time” is a must to see, one of the real true wonders of the world. We even managed to climb to the monastery, a very steep climb indeed - without the use of the many donkeys!

The next day we moved on into the desert, through Wadi Rum, made famous by T.E Lawrence. We moved by 4x4 to a desert camp, where we stayed for the night, dinner and breakfast were taken in a traditional Bedouin tent. This was certainly a highlight of our tour, as we watched dinner being cooked by fire in a hole in the sand and it was one of the most delicious meals we have ever had! We were also able to see the sunset and sunrise in a beautiful clear sky in almost total silence.

From there we went to Aqaba for a couple of days where the sun shone and we had some relaxing time on the beach.

Jordan is a country steeped in history, where you can still see a shepherd with a donkey and some sheep, just as you may have two thousand years ago. The people are extremely friendly and welcoming, but they do rely much on tourism. Due to unrest in the Middle East, they have seen a real dip in the number of visitors, but the country feels very safe and is definitely worth visiting. I urge tourists to go and discover this wonderful country for themselves. We hope that we may be able to return again ourselves someday…

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