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Jordan Tours

Jordan is a fascinating mix of cultural classics and natural beauty. from the haunting desert landscapes of Wadi rum and the unique Waters of the dead sea, to the magical experience of petra, it is a land of breathtaking diversity.

Highlights of Jordan

Things to See & Do

  • Petra, Treasury

    Petra, Treasury

    Petra, the rose red city of legend, is without doubt one of the most breathtaking archaeological setting anywhere in the Middle East. Carved from rock by an ancient race of Nabateans, the city was ‘lost’ to the world for nearly 500 years, before its rediscovery in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who tricked his guides into revealing the entrance to the city. Petra didn’t give up its secrets so easily though. Burckhardt died just five years later and it wasn’t until his journals were published in 1822 that the world finally discovered the whereabouts of the ‘Lost City’ of Petra.Petra is such a wonderful and magical place that many passengers choose to return for further explorations. On the Bales Treasures of Jordan tour you can do this at no additional cost as we have purchased a special entrance ticket, which is valid for 2 full days affording you the time and luxury of exploring more of this exquisite ‘lost city’ at your own pace. This is a point worth remembering when comparing like for like tours.

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  • Mt Nebo

    Mt Nebo

    Rising above the plains of Moab, Mount Nebo looks out across the Jordan River and the Dead Sea towards the biblical landscapes of ancient Judaea and Samaria. It was from this peak that Moses had his first (and last) view of the promised land before dying at the ripe old age of 120.

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  • Jerash

    Jerash

    With its colonnaded streets and triple-arched gateway, the ruins of Jerash represent one of the finest examples of a Roman city anywhere in the Middle East. One of the great trading cities of the Roman Decapolis and once home to some 20,000 people, it is also one of the largest sites in the entire region.

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  • Madaba

    Madaba

    Once one of the most important Christian communities east of the River Jordan, Madaba can trace its origins back to the Byzantines. Today this small desert town is home to some of the most important and best preserved mosaics anywhere in the Middle East, including the famous 6th century map of Palestine.

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  • Wadi Rum

    Wadi Rum

    Heartland of the Bedouin, known as the ‘Valley of the Moon’, Wadi Rum is one of Jordan’s most stunning natural settings with seemingly endless seas of sand. Little changed for centuries, these magnificent desert vistas are best seen early morning or late afternoon and can easily be visited from Petra or Aqaba.

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  • Dead Sea

    Dead Sea

    400 metres below sea level, the saline waters of the Dead Sea lie at the lowest point on earth, offering visitors one of the most unique destinations in the world to visit. These buoyant waters contain a salt content in excess of 30%, not only is this great inland sea devoid of life, but its almost impossible not to float.

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  • Petra by Candle Light

    Petra by Candle Light

    Bathed in the glow of 1,800 hand lit lanterns, Petra by night is a memorable experience not to be missed. Accompanied by the haunting songs of the Bedouin, the immense sandstone walls of the Siq and the famous Treasury come alive to the dancing luminescence of golden candlelight.

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  • Kerak Castle

    Kerak Castle

    One of the largest and most impressive castles built during the Second Crusade, Kerak stands on a hilltop overlooking the ancient trading routes between Egypt and Mesopotamia. Built in the 12th century by Payen de Bouteiller, it fell to the Saracens of Salah ud-Din in 1188, following the Battle of Hattin.

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  • Shobak Castle

    Shobak Castle

    A lonely reminder of former Crusader glory is Shobak Castle, less than an hour north of Petra. Once called "Mont Real", Shobak dates from the same turbulent period as Karak. It is perched on the side of a mountain, with a grand sweep of fruit trees below. The castle's exterior is impressive, with a forbidding gate and encircling triple wall. Despite the precautions of its builder, the fortress fell to Saladin only 75 years after it was raised. Inscriptions by his proud successors appear on the castle wall.

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  • Cuisine of Jordan

    Cuisine of Jordan

    Jordanian cuisine is a rich and satisfying mix of mezze salads, halawa sweets and traditional dishes such as kofte, kouzi and mansaf, a delicious Bedouin dish of lamb, slow cooked in herbs and yoghurt. Jordan can also boast some of the oldest vineyards in the region, with a fine tradition in wine production.

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