jordan1For our 30th Wedding Anniversary, Bridget and I decided to travel to Jordan using Cox & Kings. Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea were the main attractions. We had private guides and a driver, who enhanced our trip with a superb level of knowledge of the area.

We walked in the footsteps of Abraham and Jesus along the Al Ayoun Trail. We had a tour of Amman, the capital of Jordan, and Jerash, where Hadrian once lived. We had a stop at Mount Nebo where Moses saw the promised land. On to Madaba, Karak and Shoubak before arriving at my highlight of the trip – Petra.

Seen in the movie “Indiana Jones The Last Crusade” Petra’s Treasury certainly has the wow factor. 400 year BC the Nabatean people carved it out of solid rock. This is the beginning of Petra which was the size of a small city covering 46 square kilometres. After a guided tour we climbed over 800 steps to the Monastry. Even larger and more stunning than The Treasury, it is a must to see on this trip.

After two days discovering Petra we drove to the Wadi Rum Desert to spend a night in a Bedouin camp. Eating and drinking local food we then relaxed under the stars before retiring to our tent with proper beds.

jordan2Next stop was the Dead Sea. At -420 metres below sea level and 33% salt content the Dead Sea is the lowest elevation on the earth’s surface. The density of the water makes swimming more like floating.

During our visit to Jordan we encountered none of the trouble seen in some other Arab countries. A drop in visitor numbers made this trip even more enjoyable.