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MIDDLE EAST TRAVEL GUIDE
Holidays by Thom Sanders
Sales on Egypt holidays have
plummeted. The once packed out pyramids and crowded museums are almost
empty. Tourists are keeping away from the popular, pocket friendly beach
resorts by the Red Sea amidst fears of further rioting and general unrest
in the Middle East. But what about Jordan holidays? Considered safe by
the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - and once hopeful as an obvious alternative
to Egypt and a warm winter sun destination over the cold winter months-holidays
to Jordan are also on the decline.
|Over February half term,
I visited this vast, dramatic desert land deep in the Middle East to discover
why tourists are still keeping away and what life's really like on the
ground in Jordan.
On arrival in Amman,
a shrug of the shoulders is the first reaction. The hotel owners, tour
guides and local café owners are at a loss to explain what's happened.
The small demonstrations in Jordan have largely been peaceful and have
not been cause for worry by tourists.
There is some silver lining
on this dark cloud. For the intrepid traveller like me, Jordan holidays
are a breath of fresh air. Gone are the fleets of 4WD vehicles across the
Wadi desert, gone are the chattering tourists, gone are the shouting and
bawling kids. You have this vast and godlike land almost all to yourself.
Even with a trail of tourists,
Petra is spectacular. The sheer scale
of the famous Lost City - no matter how many times you've seen it splashed
on film and in the magazines - has to be seen to be believed. As you approach
the unending wall of rock, you follow your guide through the single narrow
chink before you catch first glimpse of the pillared 'Khazneh' or treasury.
My advice? Go now, don't
wait for the crowds to return…
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5 Jordan Attractions To Enjoy by Isla Campell
If you're interested in exploring
other worlds, take a trip to Jordan to discover some truly amazing historic
sites and a real taste of the Middle East. From jaw dropping architecture
to the surprisingly welcoming waters of the Dead Sea, there's something
to please all travellers in Jordan.
|For a sightseeing opportunity
not to be missed, make sure you carve out a little time to visit Petra.
This historical city has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985,
and when you catch a glimpse of its astounding rock-hewn architecture you'll
understand why. Petra is one of Jordan's most visited attractions, but
don't let the thought of crowds put you off, the sheer scale of the buildings
mean you won't miss anything. Take a little time to also visit Little Petra
(Al-Beidha), where you'll see some gorgeous natural rock and cave formations.
Another experience to enjoy
during your Jordan holiday is an excursion to see Wadi Rum. Also known
as The Valley of the Moon, this is an unusual valley cut into sandstone
and granite rock in South Jordan.
A popular filming location
for Hollywood films, Wadi Rum offers some spectacular views of natural
beauty. Take a day trip to see Wadi Rum from Petra, or book a camel ride,
trek or hiking trip to see this amazing attraction.
|There are plenty of attractions
to enjoy in the cities of Jordan too, and Jerash is one of the best. Boasting
an unbroken chain of human occupation stretching back more than 6,500 years,
this is a city packed with historical significance. Pay a visit to the
well preserved ruins of time past then pay a trip to the east, where you'll
be able to find somewhere to eat and drink in the modern city of Jerash.
Make sure you also take a
dip in the Dead Sea when you're in Jordan, to see the lowest point on the
face of the earth. The extremely high salt content of the Dead Sea makes
it a fascinating sight as well as making it possible for you to float on
the surface with very little effort at all. If you prefer to stay on dry
land, check out Kerak Castle to see an impressive and imposing Crusader
castle up close.
You'll also find the Karak
Archaeological Museum in the lower court of the castle, perfect for learning
about its varied history.
Witness all of these wonders
and more when you book Jordan holidays and plan an amazing sightseeing
About the Author: Isla is
a part of the digital blogging team at digitalcrosstalk.com who work with
brands like Voyages Jules Verne. For more information about me, or to keep
up to date with the latest in travel news, check out my posts at digitalcrosstalk.com
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