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Best of the rest: Adventures in Jordan

Hot Air Ballooning over Wadi Rum

A beautiful way to take in the spectacular desertscape of Wadi Rum.

The hot air balloons take up to 16 people and leave at sunrise, with rides lasting for up to an hour – depending on the weather. It’s a great way to appreciate the immense scale of the region for about £115pp.

Riding the Hejaz Railway

The Hejaz Railway is the line that once connected Damascus to Mecca via Amman, Wadi Rum and Aqaba, and was famously bombed by TE Lawrence’s troops during the Arab Revolt of 1916-18.

It’s not easy to get a ticket, as you have to pick one of the few days of the year when the train is running – keep an eye on the website below for details.

You can charter the whole train for yourself, but the whopping cost of £2650 may be a bit of a stretch.

Visiting Petra

The ancient city of Petra appears on the must-do list of most travellers to Jordan.

Choose one of the cooler months to visit and admire the magnificent buildings that are carved out of the reddish rocks.

It’s a long, sticky walk past all the main sights such as the Treasury and the Monastery, so take a horse or camel ride on your way back out of the city.


Getting there

Fly easyJet from London Gatwick to Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport from £108pp return. 

When to go

The best time to visit Jordan is September to March, to avoid the worst of the heat and most of the European school holiday crowds.

Currency: £1= JOD 1.13 (Jordanian Dinar)

Accommodation: Captain’s Desert Camp, Wadi Rum (, costs £25pppn, with three meals included.

Most flights from London arrive in Amman.

Stay at the Abbasi Palace for £14pn.

The owners of this excellent hostel can organise tours to anywhere in Jordan.



Photos: Orlando Crowcroft, Thinkstock, Getty, TNT


Travel adventure: Follow Lawrence of Arabia's sandy trail through Jordan's deserts and canyons
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