Experiencing Jordan

petra-jordan-photo Jordan – the name itself conjures images of breathtaking desert landscapes, ancient cities and Biblical scenes. Located in the heart of the Middle East, this desert kingdom has a history that dates back to the times when the prophets walked the earth, and ancient empires ruled vast swathes of Asia, Europe and northern Africa. Present-day Jordan straddles the Fertile Crescent, an area that is widely known as the cradle of modern civilisation, and was ruled through the ages by a succession of empires. The Babylonians, Nabateans, Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Persians and the Byzantines came and went, leaving a legacy that is visible till this day. The fabled city of Petra is the most stunning example. Built by the Nabateans around 100 B.C., the city is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

I first visited Jordan in the late-1990’s and I was quite literally stunned by its natural beauty and antiquities. I’ll never forget the experience of floating in the Dead Sea; or standing next to the impressive row of Roman columns in Jerash; or driving through Wadi Rum, with its towering mountains and massive dunes. Neither will I forget the first moment that the magnificent Treasury building came into view after the walk through the Siq (a red-stone gorge that leads visitors into Petra). I stood transfixed, totally in awe of that amazing sight.

So, when I received an invitation from the Jordan Tourism Board to visit their amazing country, I didn’t have to think twice. They’ve gone all out of their way to create a customised itinerary for Velvet Escape that includes a tour of the capital, Amman; an authentic hammam experience (yay!); a microlight flight over the sands of Wadi Rum; walks through Petra by day and night; snorkelling in the Gulf of Aqaba; and visits to spas at the Ma’In Hot Springs and the Dead Sea. I’ll be staying at some of the finest hotels in the country including the Four Seasons Amman, Mövenpick Dead Sea, Mövenpick Petra, Kempinski Aqaba and the Evason Ma’In Resort. In Wadi Rum, I’ll have the unique opportunity to spend a night in a Bedouin tent at the Captain’s Camp.

A big thank you goes to the Jordan Tourism Board for inviting me for what promises to be the trip of a lifetime!

You’re most welcome to follow me on my trip through Jordan via Twitter (hashtag: #VEinJordan) or via the Twitter feed below.

 

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3 Responses to “Experiencing Jordan”

  1. Andrea Guthmann 16/10/2011 11:36 pm
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    Sounds like an incredible itinerary! Can’t wait to hear the details. I’ll be following on twitter!

  2. Nancy & Shawn Power 11/10/2011 5:00 pm
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    LOVE that picture!

    Jordan. How great of them to invite you. If they are putting it all together for you, it should be one heck of a trip!

    Good for you Keith, you deserve it.

    Can’t wait to hear all about it.

    Nancy & Shawn

  3. Will - Gap Daemon 10/10/2011 1:18 pm
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    Wow! What a fantastic opportunity! I’ve been wanting to go to Jordan, specifically Petra for a long, long, time.

    Great that the Tourist Boarding is going to hook you up and show you a good time!

    Will be looking forward to reading your updates.

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