Jordan is a kingdom steeped in history and culture, full of Roman cities, Crusader castles and biblical sites, but there are also some unmissable natural sites, from the beautiful nature reserves and Wadi Rum desert to the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea and the glittering Red Sea.
Holidays to Jordan offer surprising variety – whether it’s culture, cuisine, natural wonders, or relaxation you are looking for, you will find it waiting for you in Jordan.
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Currency Jordanian dinar
Flying time from London 5.25 hours
Official language(s) Arabic
Time difference +2 GMT
Visa requirements On arrival for UK passport holders
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Experience the wilder side of Jordan in Dana Biosphere Reserve or Ajloun Forest Reserve. Both offer excellent flora and fauna with scenic walks. The Dana Biosphere Reserve is the largest and is great for birdwatching enthusiasts. The Ajloun Forest Reserve is best enjoyed by walking the 7-kilometre Soap Maker’s Trail and enjoying the panoramic views. You can also visit a co-operative, where local women produce soap from olive oil.
See Petra by candlelight
Return to Petra after sunset to experience the magic of the immense ruins by candlelight when the Siq (the narrow entrance gorge) and forecourt of the Treasury are lit with thousands of candles.
Cook at Beit Sitti, Amman
Olive oil, herbs, garlic, onion, tomato and lemon are typical flavours in Jordanian cuisine. Mansaf is the national dish, made with lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yoghurt and served with rice. The Beit Sitti restaurant is a unique way to experience true Jordanian culture, situated in one of the oldest neighbourhoods in the heart of Amman. Learn how to cook a four-course Arabic meal and then sit back and enjoy your mezzas, main course and dessert, the sounds of the city, dazzling views, and stories of old Amman.
Watch Roman chariot performances
Jerash is the only place in the world where Roman chariot performances can be experienced in a genuine Roman setting. In the huge hippodrome, there are displays of Roman army drills and battle tactics featuring legionaries in full armour, as well as re-enactments of chariot race. Sit back for an hour during your tour of the ruins and watch the action.
Explore Madaba & Mount Nebo
Travelling from Amman to Petra along the King’s Way, stop at Madaba, a settlement dating back to the bronze age. The present-day city is known for the many mosaics found in the remains of floors of private homes and public buildings, and is the site of the famed Byzantine mosaic map of the region. Nearby are Mount Nebo, from where Moses is said to have stood and looked to the Promised Land, and the crusader castle of Kerak.
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"My most inspirational moment of my holiday was seeing Petra for the first time and glimpsing the Treasury through the Siq. I had waited a very long time to visit Petra and was not at all disappointed. The sunshine glinting on the sandstone made for a constantly changing view.."
Mrs Anne Blaseby
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