Petra the Great

Last year, the rose-red city was crowned one of the New Seven Wonders of the World – see why the mighty facades and royal tombs of this ancient Nabatean settlement more than deserve to be up there with the Taj Mahal and Machu Picchu. Jump at the chance to do a Petra by Night tour.


Open: 6am-4pm Winter, 6am-6pm Summer

Tickets: 1 day: 50JD, 2 day: 55JD, 3 day: 60JD

Dead calm

Take a trip to the lowest place on earth for a chance to float on the surface of the Dead Sea, thanks to a salt content eight times that of your average ocean. Give your skin a treat by covering yourself in the mineral-rich mud.


Sands of time

It’s not hard to see why Lawrence of Arabia fell for Wadi Rum, a vast desert punctuated by towering rock formations. Take a jeep safari to a Bedouin camp for a traditional dinner eaten round a fire.


You can in Amman

Go clubbing that is. Despite being a majority Muslim country in the Middle East, Jordanians have a fairly relaxed attitude to drinking and dancing. Head to Kanabaye or Ceasars for a chance to do both. Or rooftop bar Books@Cafe for a beer with a view.


Get ruined

After Petra, Jerash is the second-most popular tourist attraction in Jordan, and one of the best-preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. Climb to the top of the south theatre for a great view of the city and a performance from the resident Jordanian Scottish pipe band.