jordan

Amman

A city enriched with glamour of the past and the present. Amman's downtown market and city center are decorated with the traditional market "souk", coffee shops, restaurants selling local food and sweets, churches, mosques; amongst other popular places. Amman is also the ancient city of Philadelphia with its Roman Theater and many other monuments that can be visited like the Citadel. In Jabal Al Hussein there is the late King Hussein Palace, where he is buried. There is also the modern part of the city mainly "Swefieh", "Dabouq" and "Abdoun". Amman is the city of shopping like Abdoun Mall, Mecca Mall, and City Mall with local and worldwide brands.

Ajloun Castle

Ajloun fortress, located on top of a hill with an incredible view, was built by one of Saladin's generals in 1185 A.D. to control the iron mines in the area; which is a perfect example of Islamic architecture since it was rebuilt in the thirteenth century by the Mamluks. Ajloun Castle dominated the three main routes leading to the Jordan Valley and protected the trade routes between Jordan for what became a strategic defensive point at the time of the Crusaders.



Aqaba

Along with Petra, Wadi Rum is the Gulf of Aqaba to form the Golden Triangle of Jordan. Here you can experience some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. The temperate climate and gentle water currents have created a perfect environment for the growth of corals and a teeming plethora of marine life. Here you can swim with friendly sea turtles and dolphins as they dart amongst multi-colored fish. Night dives reveal the nocturnal sea creatures like crabs, lobsters, and shrimp as they search for a midnight snack. For those who prefer to keep their feet dry, all the deep sea wonders can be viewed through a glass-bottomed boat, or you can just relax under the sun on some of Aqaba's deluxe resort's sandy beaches. There are plenty of other water-sport activities available through state of the art facilities like the extensive and interesting Marine Park and several dive centers with well-maintained diving equipment, professional instructors, and boat transport to a variety of dive sites.

Dana

Jordan's largest natural reserve located south - central Jordan founded in 1989. The diverse environment of Dana is home to 703 plant species, 215 species of birds, and 38 species of mammals, which makes it a great place for trekking, hiking, camping, and bird watching.





Dead Sea

The Dead Sea and the desert of Moab, located 65 kilometers southwest of Amman, is the lowest point on earth at approximately 400 meters under sea level. The Dead Sea is one of the most incredible places in the world. It is known for the Biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Amora, which was turned into salt. The Dead Sea speaks for itself as there is no living fish. It is by far one of Jordan's most impressive and spectacular places to visit. Its calm shining water glowing from its scorching sun is known for the concentration of salt and minerals, which makes it a therapeutic as well as a unique swimming experience not to be missed as a person simply floats. Experiencing the sunset from the Dead Sea is a once in a lifetime experience that words cannot describe.

Jerash

The most complete and well preserved city of the Roman Empire. Jerash is one of the Decapolis cities to the north of Amman. During the Roman Empire it was often called "Pompoeii of the East". Alexander the Great first built Jerash in the 2nd century B.C., seeing is believing what Jerash has to offer. It is a journey in time that starts at the Main Gate of the city and continues with the Oval Plaza, the colonnaded street, theatres, and temples.


Karak Fortress

One of the most important crusaders castles built between 1110 and 1143 D. C. by the Templars during the Crusades, which was then taken by Saladin.





Madaba and Mount Nebo

Madaba is known as the City of Mosaics. The most popular and well known is the ancient mosaic map of Jordan and the Holy Land of the 6th century in Saint George Orthodox Church, marked with the points of interest of some historical stories recorded in the Bible. Within the area is Mount Nebo, where Prophet Moses is said to have died. This place offers a breath taking view of the Holy Land and the Jordan Valley.


Petra

The Nabatean Red Rose City of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A city 260 kilometers south of Amman, carved in stone more than 2000 years ago in order to dominate the trade routes of ancient Arabia. The entrance to this architectural landmark is guarded by the "siq", a narrow path of 1.2 kilometers, at the end of which is the treasury - "Khazneh", which was believed to hold countless treasures. The first view of the "Khazneh" is breath-taking. Other important monuments are the theatre, the Byzantine church, and the royal tombs. An Indiana Jones like incredible and unforgettable adventure through the world's wonder of architectural engineering combined with the ingenuity of carving.


Wadi Mujib

A gorge in Jordan in front of the Dead Sea at 400 meters below sea level. The Mujib Reserve is the lowest natural reserve in the world, located in the mountainous landscape to the east of the Dead Sea, approximately 90 kilometers southwest of Amman. The 220 square kilometers reserve was created in 1987 by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature and is regionally and internationally important, particularly for the bird life that the reserve supports. It extends to the Karak and Madaba mountains to the north and south, reaching 900 meters above sea level in some places. This 1,300 meter variation in elevation, combined with the valley's year round water flow from seven tributaries, means that Wadi Mujib enjoys a magnificent biodiversity that is still being explored and documented today. Over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores, and numerous species of permanent and migratory birds have been recorded until this date. Some of the remote mountains and valley areas are difficult to reach thus offering safe havens for rare species of cats, goats, and other mountain animals.

Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum located almost 330 kilometers south of Amman is where the movie Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. Wadi Rum is a uniquely shaped massive mountain that rose amongst the rosy red sand of the desert with towering cliffs of various brownish, reddish, and golden colors. Amongst the emptiness and silence we can explore the desert in 4 x 4 Jeeps visiting the holographic pictures carved before Christ for a beautiful Arabian sunset.


Desert Castle

The Roman and Byzantine Castles of the Desert, built between the seventh and eighth centuries. Amra Castle, the former summer palace containing unique Islamic frescoes; Kharaneh Castle, the old Roman Fort; and the Azraq Castle, built in black volcanic stone.





Ma'in Hot Springs

Ma'in is located 264 meters below sea level in one of the world's most stunning oasis. Thousands of visitors come each year to enjoy the mineral-rich hot waters of these hyper-thermal waterfalls for various treatments.