When we think of Jordan, we usually think of Petra, the ancient city carved out of the rock - and indeed, this stunning Nabatean capital, an amazing geological creation and extraordinary archaeological site, is enough on its own to justify a trip to Jordan. However, Jordan, an independent kingdom with an extremely rich history, also offers a host of other fascinating sights. Fall under the spell of desert castles such as Qusayr Amra, ancient cities such as Jerash and Umm Qais, and admire the splendid mosaics of Madaba...And although Jordan is a major destination for culture enthusiasts, neither should you ignore the country's astonishingly varied landscapes, from the attractive hills of the north, dominated by the cultivation of wheat and olives, to the dry stony desert of Wadi Rum, the turquoise water of the Dead Sea, the deep gorges of Wadi al-Mujib and the country's verdant oases. And what better way to end your trip than a relaxing swim in the Red Sea accompanied by the colourful fish of the gulf of Aqaba?
This is an excellent idea for a day excursion departing from Amman. Travelling to the Desert Castles requires a full day and, with a castle to be seen nearly every 10 miles, at least 2 or 3 can be visited.