Cheap Flights to Jordan

This small Arab kingdom in the Middle East is an interesting paradox. Jordan, officially known as the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is a young nation established in 1946, yet boasts of an ancient culture that goes back thousands of years. Evidence of major civilizations are seen in the fantastic archaeological ruins that can be found in modern day Jordan. Many of the famous biblical locations, including Mt. Nebo where Moses was granted a view of the Promised land and the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized, are all found in Jordan. Numerous archeological sites and treasures from all periods are found in almost every city.

However, it's not all ancient ruins and desert landscape here. Jordan is also one of the most modern countries in the Middle East. Jordan's capital Amman is a modern Arab city that has shopping centres, hotels and restaurants. The country also offers diverse adventures from many outdoor sports in Wadi Rum to the bustling nightlife in Aqaba.

Jordan shares its borders with Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and Israel. A small part of Jordan's border is on the Red Sea Gulf of the city of Aqaba. Tucked between the hotspots of the Middle East, Jordan remains the safest and most stable country in the region.

Arabic is the official language of Jordan but most Jordanians speak good English, particularly in the urban areas. Visitors are greeted with nothing but courtesy and hospitality in this gem of a country. Jordanians are among the most friendly and passionate people in the world and are generally considered as the country’s real treasures.

For many travelers itinerary, at the top of the list Jordan is the enthralling ancient Nabataean city of Petra, one of the Middle East’s most spectacular sights.

Petra is a magnificently preserved city carved in a mountain also known as Rose City due to the deep pink colors of the rock surface. The entrance to this ancient city is through a 1.25 km narrow gorge in the mountain—called the Siq. In the city are various structures carved into rock, including the Treasury, the Monastery, the Roman theater, the Royal Tombs, the High Place of Sacrifice. Petra is UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Madaba is well known for its mosaics, as well as important religious relics such as The Madaba Map, the oldest surviving original cartographic depiction of the Holy Land that dates to the 6th century AD.

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth at 423 metres below sea level. It is the only depository of Jordan River. The Dead Sea area is home to numerous world-class resorts, water parks, a public beach and international restaurants. Floating in the waters of the Dead Sea is an unforgettable experience.

Wadi Rum is a desert full of mountains and hills in southern Jordan. It is popular for its variety of sports and outdoor activities, such as rock-climbing, hot-air ballooning, and camping in traditional Bedouin camps.

Jerash, an hour’s drive north from Amman is also worth a visit. It is an ancient Roman city with well-preserved ruins the famous Hadrian’s Gate, the Nymphaeum, Oval Plaza and Temple of Artemis.

Aqaba, Jordan’s only coastal city, sits on the northern tip of the Red Sea. It is a bustling seaside and diving resort for tourists with a vibrant nightlife that makes it a popular weekend destination for tourists and locals. Aqaba's main attractions includes some of the world's finest scuba diving and snorkeling.

If you fancy Mediterranean food, you’re going to enjoy the food in Jordan. The country’s cuisine features traditional fare items include hummus, baba ganouj, pita bread, olives, yogurt, dates, falafel, and spicy lamb sausages. A must-try is the mansaf, a distinctive dish of rice and lamb covered in yogurt sauce traditionally eaten by hand.

How to get there

Queen Alia International Airport is the country's main airport, located 35km south of Amman. Allow 45 minutes of travel time between the airport and downtown Amman. Jordan is served by a number of international carriers including British Airways, Air France, airBaltic, Lufthansa, Turkish Airlines, Egypt Air, Emirates, Alitalia and Delta Airlines. Low-cost airline Air Arabia flies between Jordan and regional destinations. In addition to Queen Alia, Jordan has two other international airports-- Marka International Airport in East Amman and the King Hussein International Airport in Aqaba.

Getting around

The only domestic air route in Jordan is between Amman and Aqaba. There are, however, plenty of regular bus and minibus services connecting the various cities.

Taxis are easy to get in urban areas. Rental cars are also available, but it is advisable to engage one with a local driver when visiting the various attractions.

Another way to appreciate Jordan is on foot. Locals offer guided multi-day trekking tours that will take you through deserts and canyons and you get to have an unforgettable experience of camping in breathtaking wadis.

Jordan is very safe and is considered to be one of the most liberal nations in the region. While women’s headscarf is not a requirement for non-Muslim visitors, respectful attire is expected especially in religious sites and conservative areas.

Jordan is a year-round destination but the best time to visit is between March and May, when temperatures are comfortably warn. It is also during this period when the desert landscape is at its most colorful.

With its unique historical sights and culture, Jordan is increasingly becoming a popular travel destination. This is peaceful oasis offers much more than deserts, mountains, old cities and ancient structures. Experience the rich culture and the warmth of its people, and start planning a truly amazing trip to Jordan.

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