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Here’s why Jordan is the new travel hotspot for 2019

Published January 23rd, 2019

If you’ve been thinking of travelling to Jordan, 2019 is the year to take the leap. In 2019 even more travellers than before will have the desire to get off the beaten path and head a little further afield with tour operators like Intrepid noticing a rise in Aussies visiting the Middle East. Travel to the region increased a whopping 121 per cent in 2018 and the trend looks set to continue.

Jordan is a country filled with World Heritage sites, lost cities, Roman and Byzantine ruins and a desert made famous in stories and movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Indiana Jones and Star Wars - which makes it perfect for discovering somewhere less explored by Westerners, and less ‘Instagramed,’ so you too can feel a little more like Indiana Jones than @Mimielashiry (insert insta-famous blogger here).

Best time to visit?

The best time to visit is between March and May for cooler temperatures, though this is the high season, so expect rates that match the demand. Many places close in the low season of June to August when the mercury rises - and if you’re thinking of visiting the Red Sea then the shoulder season of September to February is popular, however rain and snow are more likely and limit some of the activities available in the region.

What cities should you visit?

Some of the best areas or cities to visit and stay in Jordan include The Dead Sea, Amman, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Jerash and of course the Insta-popular city of Petra. Learn more about them here...

Amman - Capital of Jordan

Many start their Jordan journey in the country’s Northern capital city of Amman. Be sure to check off these activities;  a stroll along Amman’s trendy Rainbow Street, then take a tour of the historical Amman Citadel, a fortress that sits atop of the city’s highest hill.

After that see the Archaeological Museum and walk through one of the many swarming local souks to tuck into your first taste of the classic Jordanian street food of hummus and falafel. Yum!

Dead Sea

As you head South from urban metropolis of Amman, the city falls away to reveal undulating arid land and olive groves en route to Madaba, stop in to see the ancient holy Madaba Map which is part of a floor mosaic in the early Byzantine church of Saint George.

From there a couple more remarkable sites to visit before reaching the city most travellers come for are the ancient and fabled Mount Nebo and the Shobak Crusader Castle, built by the Crusader king Baldwin I in 1115.

From there it’s straight onto swimming in the Dead Sea which has to be on every adventurous travellers lifelong travel bucket list. Float in the mineral rich and buoyant salt water after coating your skin in a nice thick layer of the detoxifying mud rich in magnesium, sodium, potassium and calcium. Pop on the sunnies, lay back and say ‘aahhhhhh’.

See some of our Jordan tours for 2019.

The City of Petra

Petra was founded around 312 BC and its prominent 80 metre high red sandstone tunnels and façade have been made famous by Indiana Jones...oh and a bunch of Insta-influencers all posting snaps in front of the elaborate ruin of Al-Khazneh or ‘The Treasury’ an ancient Arab Nabatean Kingdom temple.

Things to do in Petra to get that bucket list firing includes the magical part of the journey to seeing The Treasury which involves walking between the colossal towering walls of the narrow 1.2 kilometre gorge that make up ‘The Siq’ or the entrance leading in.

Another way to experience this walk is to do Petra by night excursion which features the path lit by candlelight, a humbling and transformative way to see the lost city.

Other landmark ruins to visit include the Theater, Colonnaded Street, Museum and climbing to Ad-Deir (the Monastery), Petra’s largest carved façade.

Wadi Rum Camp

An absolute must-not-miss experience that every traveller must-do when they visit Jordan is to camp under the stars of the Wadi Rum desert. First to get to your deluxe and remote camp set up depending on where you’re coming your tour may head along al-Madras to visit the High Place of Sacrifice and Wadi Farasa. A good stop for lunch is a local souk where you will havethe opportunity to try out a shawarma sandwich before continuing on the scenic drive to Wadi Rum. That evening at camp you will be treated to a Bedouin feast and entertainment by local Bedouin musicians. Like something out of a movie, magic.

Visas

You will need a visa to visit Jordan. If you are visiting for tourism, you can get a single entry visa valid for one month on arrival at the airports or at the Sheikh Hussein/North Border crossing at the Jordan/Israel border. Entry visas are not issued at the Wadi Araba/South Border crossing (Aqaba/Eilat) or the Allenby/King Hussein Bridge (the other crossing on the Jordan/Israel border).

Now that you’ve got the low down, chat to one of our helpful consultants to help you plan your Middle Eastern adventure - call 131 669 or visit us in-store.

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Sam Aldenton

Sam Aldenton is a travel writer, digital content creator (read: takes photos/videos with her iphone and sometimes a real camera) and former retail and youth trend forecaster. When she's not off discovering the world’s best pizza (an obsession picked up from her 4-years in New York), she makes her home in Brisbane, Australia. Follow her on Twitter or Instagram at @samaaldenton.

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