When most people think of Jordan, they think of the ancient Nabataean site of Petra. For good reason, as it’s prime bucket list material in every dimension. But while Petra makes for terrific motivation to visit Jordan and an excellent first stop, there’s so much more.
Jordan, it turns out, has always been a crossroads of trade routes, cultures, and civilizations. From Nabataean to Greek to Roman to Byzantine to Umayyad to Ottoman, the breadth and depth of history in Jordan — particularly for such a small country — can almost overwhelm. And after touring all of Jordan’s historical sites, you’ll have found threads of culture and tradition that bind the past — like a Bedouin coffee ceremony and nomadic shepherding lifestyle — with the Jordanian sense of the modern day.
And in a relatively small space, Jordan’s nature and landscape packs in a variety – from the red desert moonscapes of Wadi Rum to the surreal blues of the Dead Sea. As you take it all in, remember to take time out to enjoy a glass of tea, to share a plate of mezze (appetizers) and perhaps to smoke a shisha pipe in conversation with the Jordanian people you’ll meet along your way.