Jordan, a modern Arab kingdom with ancient roots, is located by the Jordan River in the heart of the Middle East, neighbouring Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria and Israel, with access to the Dead Sea as well as the coral-filled Gulf of Aqaba.
As over 50 per cent of the country is covered by the Arabian Desert, Jordan holidays are the perfect choice for those wishing to explore the endless arid landscapes which nevertheless house incredible architectural treasures and a rich cultural heritage.
Jordan tours are liable to make you feel like a contemporary Lawrence of Arabia. Large-scale attractions include the majestic Wadi Rum, also known as 'The Valley of the Moon,' where part of Lawrence's rebellion story was filmed, as well as imposing desert castles dating back to the Crusades such as Karak, filled with mysterious underground tunnels and vaults.
The ancient city of Jerash boasts a continuous history of 6,500 years and is one of the best-preserved Roman city ruins in the world. The towering nearby fortress of the Ajlun Castle resisted the Crusaders, who attempted to gain access to this strategic Jordan Valley outpost.
Rose-coloured Petra is the jewel in Jordan's crown
Every Jordan Travel Guide mentions the white city of Amman, the modern bustling capital of Jordan which beckons travellers with sights such as the impressive Citadel and a well preserved Roman theatre. However, the main reason for the endless stream of tourists is Jordan's crown jewel, Petra.
A remnant of a sophisticated Nabataean civilisation dating back 2,000 years, Petra is spectacularly hidden in a deep desert gorge reached via a 1-kilometre walk through a chasm between towering rock walls.
Besides the famous pink stone Treasury façade, the extensive UNESCO World Heritage site complex includes many other buildings such as tombs, baths and temples. Additional attractions here are the well-preserved wall paintings, a 3,000 seat open-air theatre, a 1st Century monastery and two modern museums.
Flights to Jordan are easily arranged from Australian capital cities and usually include a stopover in Dubai or Abu Dhabi, providing the perfect opportunity to explore this mystical Middle Eastern land.