Highlights of Jordan

Posted by Iris Hami

May 10, 2014 11:45:13 AM

Highlights of Jordan

The Monastery (Al Dier), Petra, JordanThe Monastery (Al Dier) Petra, Jordan (By Dennis Jarvis [CC BY SA 2.0], via flickr)

Jordan is a kingdom steeped in history. Dating from biblical times, many of the cities have lured visitors for years – the historical structures and monuments are sights travelers never forget. Consider these cities to create an unforgettable trip.

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Jordan’s capital city is also its most populous with a mix of history and modern convenience. Visit the City Centre if you’re in the mood for shopping. There, you’ll find anything from handmade jewelry to household items. If you’re in an exploratory mood, visit the Roman Theatre. Lonely Planet calls this attraction the “most obvious and impressive remnant of Roman Philadelphia.” Admission to the Roman Theatre also includes entry into the Folklore Museum & Museum of Popular Traditions. If sports are your interest, the Royal Racing Club is the place to see horses and camels race in the spring and summer. For a religious experience, visit the King Abdullah Mosque, which was completed in 1989. It is the only mosque in the city that allows non-Muslim visitors, and was designed as a memorial to King Hussein’s grandfather.[/box]

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If you’re seeking activity and adventure, the Dead Sea is a wonderful area to explore. You can hike the Wadi Mujib, equipped with a lifejacket and climbing gear. Along the way, you’ll see a series of waterfalls and other wildlife and natural wonders as this hike challenges your body. You can also relax in the Hammamat Zarqa Ma’in and Al Himma hot springs, while taking in the sites linked to Herod the Great – the place where John the Baptist was beheaded, and the palace where Salome danced.[/box]

[box title="Jerash" style="noise" box_color="#c90808" title_color="#000000" radius="6"]For a trip rich in history, consider a trip to Jerash. The main attraction in the ancient city is the ruins, including Hadrian’s Arch which was erected to commemorate Emperor Hadrian’s visit to Jerash; the Hippodrome, an arena for chariot races, and the Colonnaded Street, paved with the original stones and showing ruts from the chariots, the Colonnaded Street is quite the sight to see. The Jerash Archaeological Museum dates back to 1923, when it was constructed inside a vault in the courtyard of the Artemis Temple. The museum is located inside the ruins and is open daily from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the winter, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays and official holidays.[/box]

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[box title="Petra" style="noise" box_color="#0ea547" title_color="#ffffff" radius="6"]A trip to Jordan is not complete without a visit to the ancient city of Petra, which offers an exploration of historic sites and natural beauty. Petra has something for everyone. There are 800 monuments or structures to explore, including Pharaoh’s Treasure, a mausoleum. Surrounded by walls 200 kilometers high, Petra is located in the valley of Wadi Musa. As you venture further from the well-known tourist locations, you’ll see the homes of Bedouin families, even small mosques.[/box]

If you are interested in a trip to Jordan to see all these wondrous sites in person, Gil Travel is here to help you plan with a variety of options that span from 1 day to 3 days! Contact Gil Travel today to get started on your next trip to Jordan!

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