I was very excited to host our first group for the Tour of Jordan in February. Steeped in history, with a lot to see and do over the 10 days I knew it was definitely going to be an adventure, and it didn’t disappoint. 

During our first few days in Aqaba, guests had time to relax, enjoy the winter sunshine, have a swim in the calm waters and even indulge in the odd spa treatment.

The local town is worth a visit and not too far to take a leisurely walk where you will find plenty of shops, cafes, banks and everything you will need. You can also visit the 12th century Aqaba Fort, Ayla, ruins of a medieval Islamic city, and the remains of Aqaba Church dating back to the 3rd century, considered to be the world’s oldest Christian Church.

Moving onto Wadi Rum, we experienced an overnight stay in a Bedouin camp, but not before taking a ride through the ancient desert to see the valleys, canyons, spectacular sandstone mountains and of course the stunning sunset. Dinner at camp was BBQ meat cooked slowly in the ground for a few hours, accompanied by lots of fresh salad, yoghurt and vegetables. Our rooms for the night were basic, but we had private bathrooms, a/c and towels provided.

The next day we were up early and making our way to Petra one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. I was amazed at just how big this ancient city is, surrounded by mountains with passages and gorges! There is so much to explore, this was a full day of discovering history as well as caves, temples and tombs. Comfortable, sturdy shoes are a must, and definitely do not forget your camera! Don’t worry, there are plenty of refreshments stops to take a rest and a cool drink.

Overview of Jerusalem

From the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, we travelled further north to spend a couple of nights at the Holiday Inn Dead Sea. Not only did this give an opportunity to swim in the Dead Sea, but also an easy border crossing to go across to Israel for the day.

Our day trip to Jerusalem was my personal highlight of the tour! There was so much to take in, and very fascinating learning about old Jerusalem so steeped in history going back to over 3000 years. I gained so much knowledge, how the various religions work, and the different sectors within the old city walls. I was amazed at how many people still reside within the old city.

For me, solo holidays to Jordan and this tour, in particular, have it all. Relaxation and sunshine, adventure across the Wadi desert, encountering so much of Petra, and understanding the significance of Jerusalem and the importance of this city.

Written by Mel Sparks, Overseas Manager.