Located in the heart of the Middle East, Jordan is known for its vibrant desert landscapes and beautifully preserved Byzantine relics. Many prominent biblical figures lived in this region, such as Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Jesus and Paul, making Jordan a prevalent pilgrimage destination. The carefree attitude of local Bedouin nomads plays a large role in creating a friendly atmosphere that makes the country extraordinarily welcoming for tourists. From the ancient city of Petra to the Greco-Roman remains of Jerash, Jordan will transport you through time.
Major Attractions: Explore the tombs and temples carved into pink sandstone in Petra, nicknamed the “Rose City,” or spend an afternoon floating in the Dead Sea. Other popular sites are the magnificent Wadi Rum desert, Hadrian’s Arch in the ruins of Jerash and the beach city of Aqaba, which offers some of the world’s best snorkeling along the Yamanieh coral reef.
Great for Church Groups: Bethany Beyond the Jordan is where Jesus began his ministry and gathered his first disciples, while St. George’s Church contains the oldest map of Palestine in existence. Another treasured location is Mount Nebo, from which Moses saw the Promised Land before his death.
Hidden Treasures: Take a tour of the Desert Castles in the black basalt desert, spend the night under the desert stars with a local Bedouin tribe, or people watch in one of Amman’s cafes. The medieval estate of Ajloun Castle, with an impressive display of towers, moats and secret passageways, is also often overlooked.
Unique Souvenirs: Look for Dead Sea products, painted ostrich eggs, kohl makeup, Bedouin dresses, sand art, mosaics, hand-painted pottery and traditional Jordanian red-and-white scarves, which are known as keffiyeh.
For more information contact the Jordan Tourism Board at 877-733-5673 or go to www.visitjordan.com.