We are excited to announce that tomorrow we are flying from Rome to Jordan to begin our exploration of the Middle East, an entirely new region of the world for us. We have loved our last four months in Europe but can’t wait to experience something completely different.
Our first week will be spent in Jordan as guests of the Jordan Tourist Board. They are providing us with a driver and guide so we can see as much of the country as possible. Although we’ll be travelling much faster than our usual style our itinerary looks fantastic and we can’t wait to get going.
Here’s just some of the things we’ll be getting up to in the next week:
- Visiting Petra, one of the wonders of the world, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Jordan’s biggest tourist attraction. The unique city was carved into the rock face of the rose coloured mountains in the 6th century BC. It was famously featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
- Horse riding through the spectacular Wadi Rum dessert where Lawrence of Arabia was filmed.
- Floating in the Dead Sea.
- Scuba diving in the Red Sea.
- Hiking in the Mujib Nature Reserve, the lowest nature reserve in the world at 410 metres below sea level.
- Spending the night in an eco-lodge in the Dana Biosphere Reserve.
- Visiting the Roman ruins at Jerash.
- Learning to cook Jordanian food.
- Eating! Jordanian food looks great for vegetarians and we are particularly excited to eat lots of mezze including hummus, salads, pitta bread and falafel.
- Trying to learn some Arabic. I’ve picked up a few words so far and it’s a lot of fun.
Wow! It’s going to be a busy week so it’s a good thing that we’ll end our trip in Aqaba, the Red Sea resort town where we’ll spend a few days relaxing before taking the ferry to Egypt.
We haven’t planned anything for Egypt yet. We arrive in Nuweiba on the Sinai Peninsula and may spend a few days there before going to the beach town Dahab where we’ll base ourselves for a while to catch up on work and do some more scuba diving in the Red Sea.
Is It Safe?
Yes! Despite Jordan’s location surrounded by Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, it is a peaceful country with good diplomatic relationships with the UK and US. The British government’s FCO travel advisory is notoriously cautious but it has no travel restrictions for Jordan. In Egypt there are no travel warnings for most of the country including the parts that we and other tourists are likely to visit. Sadly we won’t be visiting Syria which was high on our list to visit.
We’ll be writing about the safety issue again once we’ve visited for ourselves but we do not expect any problems.
Wadi Rum photo by @GiÃ¥m.
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