Things to do in Jordan in 2013

From ancient history and the Dead Sea to Lawrence of Arabia-style desert trekking - experience the best of what Jordan has to offer...

Things to do in Jordan in 2013
By Ellie Bramley

Visit Petra | Swim in the Dead Sea | Wadi Rum and the desert

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.

Petra: inside Jordan's wonder of the world
Swimming in the Dead Sea
Wadi Rum and the Arabian Desert


Getting there

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

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