About DEAD SEA & MA'IN HOLIDAYS
The Jordan Rift Valley is a dramatic beautiful landscape, which at the Dead Sea is over 400m below sea level and is without doubt one of the most amazing places in the world. Once the waters reach the Dead Sea, they are land-locked and have nowhere to go, so they evaporate, leaving behind a dense rich cocktail of salts and minerals. The Dead Sea is fl anked by mountains to the east and the hills of Jerusalem to the west, giving it an almost alien beauty. The area is believed to have been home to fi ve Biblical cities, namely Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin and Zoar.
Dead Sea by Matthew Teller
Holy Jordan by Matthew Teller
When To Go
Jordan has a diverse Middle Eastern Climate with hot summers. Although travel is possible throughout the year, not all months are the best time to travel. Spring is more ideal to travel as temperatures are not too high reaching into high twenties during the day with cool nights. Winter can sometimes be harsh as desert regions can experience short rainfalls and cold nights and even in Petra sometimes snow.
Ajlun & Jerash
Visit the village of Ajlun with its fortress and magnificent view into the Jordan Valley. Proceed to visit Jerash; one of the most preserved Graeco-Roman cities in the Middle East. A full day excursion including Amman city tour.
Travel East from Amman to see the desert castles which are beautiful examples of Islamic art and architecture where you will see fine mosaics and colourful frescoes. Many castles in the East will be visited, specifically Qasr Amra, a UNESCO Heritage Site. Half day excursion.
Petra Day Trip
Morning transfer to Petra for a full day visit of the city. The visit of the ancient Nabatean capital starts on horseback, followed by a walk through the Siq. The tour then proceeds to gradually unfold the mysteries of the rose-red city with its spectacular treasury, Royal Tombs, burial chambers and high places of sacrifice.
The Baptism Site of Bethany
Take a day trip to the site of John the Baptist on the River Jordan, known as Bethany-Beyond-The-Jordan. According to the New Testament, this is the site where Jesus was baptised and where the foundations of the early Christian faith were laid. Can be visited on the way to the Dead Sea.
Dead Sea Panorama
On any trip to the Dead Sea take a stop at Dead Sea Panorama. You will stand at Sea Level and gaze down across the Dead Sea, on a clear day you will see the Judaea Mountains on the opposite side of the sea. Can be visited on the way to the Dead Sea.
Salt & Fuhais & Iraq Al Amir
A half day visit the ancient Ottoman city of Salt set in a steep sided narrow valley, followed by a stop at the pleasant local village of Fuhais which sits 1050m above sea level. Then proceed to Iraq Al Amir, known as the Caves of the Prince, with their ancient Hebrew inscriptions now used by locals to house goats and store chaff.
Dana Nature Reserve
Morning departure to the Dana Nature Reserve. Apart from its wildlife the reserve is rich with archaeological sites and local culture. Guided hiking tour at the Reserve for two hours. A full day excursion.
Madaba & Mt Nebo
A morning departure to Madaba, ‘The City of Mosaics’, and the monastery at Mount Nebo said to be where Moses was buried. Full day excursion.