Vast deserts once traversed by Biblical caravans and Lawrence of Arabia; frenzied urban shopping streets with families shopping for seasonal fruits and new threads; ancient, mind-boggling ruins, and an over-arching sense of mystery. Jordan is more than just sand.
In an arid land - areas of speckled shrubs are considered verdant in Jordanian eyes - there is plenty to whet the appetite. Culinarily speaking, Jordan is not a match for its palate-pleasuring neighbour Lebanon, but if it's culture, camels and the superhuman ability to float that you're after, this historical Goliath ticks all the boxes.
Intrepid Travel offers an eight-day Explore Jordan small group tour from £820 which visits Amman, Wadi Rum, Petra, Dana Nature Reserve, the Dead Sea and Madaba. The price includes accommodation, transport, some meals and activities, and services of a local tour leader. It excludes international flights. Book at www.intrepidtravel.com.