The Kingdom of Jordan is located in the Middle East on the East bank of the Jordan River and shares borders with Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iraq and Israel. The terrain in Jordan is mostly the desert but also has lush arable lands as well as coastal areas along the Red Sea and Dead Sea. Many nations have passed through Jordan over the centuries as they traveled from East to West and from south (Damascus) to North (Egypt) along ancient trade routes. The Nabataeans, Canaanites, Babylonians, Romans, Greeks and Maluks have all left their mark on the land making Jordan a fascinating travel destination. With its beautiful landscape, ancient culture, unspoiled natural wonders and traditions Jordan is an exciting tourist destination.
About 8 million tourists visit Jordan annually and the number is rising with Jordan being named one of the top immerging travel destinations worldwide. Western tourists are being drawn towards the lesser known mystical wonder of Jordan. Jordan also attracts tourists with its combination of ancient sites and modern amenities and attractions. There are both large urban areas and stark pristine desert expanses.
Major Tourist Destinations and attractions in Jordan
Amman, Jordan’s capital is a mixture of an urban metropolis and the traditional old-world Middle Eastern flavor. There are tree lined avenues with sophisticated boutiques as well as the more traditional markets and stalls. Amman has a water park, golf course, horse riding, theatres, museums, nightclubs and much more…
Petra, a UNESCO site, is an ancient Nabataean city carved out of pink mountain rock face more than 2000 years ago. The archeological wonder is an expansive archeological park of temples, mausoleums, churches, palaces and other structures all made from the same colorful stone. Day tours can be taken from Eilat, Israel to Petra which is Jordan’s most visited tourist attraction.
Jordan has several other UNESCO sites including Qasr Amra and Umm ar-Rasas and to see the Byzantine mosaic map of The Holy Land visit Madaba.
The Dead Sea is a natural wonder and the lowest point on earth it contains such a high concentration of salt and other minerals that you can float in the rejuvenating water. You can visit spas, and hotel resorts along the coast of the Dead Sea.
Aqaba, is Jordan’s Red Sea beach resort where you can dive in the crystal clear water among coral reefs and tropical fish or sun yourself on the idyllic beaches.
Salt, a quaint village in the hills with classic Ottoman architecture it is also thought to be where the Biblical figure Job was buried.
Jerash, just a little north of Amman has a large number of well preserved Roman buildings and archeological findings.
Jordan has several desert castles as well as nature reserves and plenty of open countryside for hiking and exploring by jeep.
How to see Jordan
Jordan can be explored whether with a guided group tour; a private guide or independently. Perhaps the best option is to join a tour which visits the major Jordanian tourist sites as well as giving travelers some time to wander around. When you’re with a tour group you can relax knowing that security issues and transport are taken care of and you won’t miss any major attractions. Tours to Petra from Eilat, Israel include several other locations for example the Crusader castle in Karak.
How to get to Jordan
The easiest way to reach Petra and the rest of Jordan is to either arrive at the international airport in Amman or to arrive from Israel through the border crossing in Eilat. There are numerous tours which not only will show you the sites in Jordan but will get you through the border crossing without a hitch. You can join a tour to Petra in Eilat or you can even take a tour to Jordan from Tel Aviv. Tours to Petra from Eilat or Tel-Aviv vary in length and can last anywhere from 1 day to 5 days. The tours arriving from Tel-Aviv first take a flight to Eilat and then cross over into Jordan and on to Petra which is only a short bus ride away.