Asia + The Middle East Jordan Uncover an ancient kingdom full of history and witness the blend of a modern nation Jordan, a kingdom which once captivated ancient travellers, continues to attract a new generation as a modern and vibrant nation. From the great starkness of Wadi Rum, to the majestic ruins of bygone civilisations, to the wonders of the Dead Sea, Jordan is being unveiled as a completely unique destination. The Jordanians are multicultural, well-educated, extremely hospitable, and take huge pride in welcoming visitors to their fascinating and vibrant country. Petra is the true gem of this country and we have uncovered a special hidden path meaning you reach the monastery before the crowds. With other private access points dotted around the country we can ensure any trip to Jordan really is extraordinary and feels off the beaten track whilst still absorbing the highlights of one of the most fascinating and beautiful countries in the Middle East. Lesser known sites such as Jerash expose some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the world and for the more adventurous there are a number of eco-lodges and camps in beautiful nature reserves where we can arrange interesting treks, hot air balloon rides or even an Arabic coffee with the local Bedouins. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Group Tours Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. A Day Full of Adventure The Dead Sea is famed for being the lowest point on earth and many flock here to float in the salt water and bake themselves in the Dead Sea mineral mud for therapeutic benefits. However before we felt deserved of this, we had a day of adventure lined up… We donned our lifejackets and put… Find out more From Indiana Jones to Laurence of Arabia I am not usually an early riser, particularly on my birthday, but on this day it was well worth it. We departed the hotel at 6:30am armed with breakfast boxes and spent the next 6 hours exploring the mind-boggling lost city of Petra, the first 3 hours of which were without another tourist in sight… Find out more Jordanian Cuisine – A Hidden Gem It may not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Jordan, but the incredible cuisine on offer is a huge allure for any visiting foodie. From the aromatic coffee, spices and smells, to the traditional Jordanian dishes and refreshing mezze; the country really is a Middle Eastern melting pot, a… Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Four Seasons Amman Positioned atop the highest of Amman’s seven hills and commanding uninterrupted views of the majestic white-limestone city, lies the Four Seasons, the perfect base from which to step out and explore the city and further afield. In our minds, no holiday to Jordan is complete without a trip to the buzzing capital city. From the… Find out more Luxury Tented Camp Wadi Rum For an unforgettable and completely extraordinary desert experience, head to our private Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum where you will find 5 star glamping at its very best, with all the bells and whistles you could ask for. Located away from other tourists in one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world, this… Find out more Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea The vast stretch of water that is the Dead Sea, flanked by mountains to the East and the rolling hills of Jerusalem to the West, is home to the Kempinski Ishtar Dead Sea Hotel. Sitting 400m below sea level, this five-star glamorous hotel with uninterrupted sea views, brings luxury and elegance to the shores of… Find out more Movenpick Resort Petra With its prominent position at the very gates of the ancient Rose-Red City of Petra, the Movenpick is arguably the ideal place from which to start your explorations. Its interiors are done up in both an Arabic and Oriental style, combining regional materials, colours and textures. For us, the proximity to the ancient city, the… Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. North of Amman – Jerash, Umm Qaid and Ajloun For those itching to get out of the city, head north through rolling hills and lush green countryside filled with acres of olive trees, pine forests and cultivated valleys, to discover the wonders of the biblical times, known as the Decapolis, where important Roman cities still survive today. Find out more Wadi Rum The UNESCO protected site of Wadi Rum, situated in Southern Jordan, 60km to the east of Aqaba, spans a mighty distance of 720km. This vast sandstone desert, often referred to as the Valley of the Moon, is made up of huge monolithic rock formations rising up out of the sand, narrow gorges, natural arches, a… Find out more Petra The highlight of any trip to Jordan is sure to be a visit to Petra, not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site, but also one of the new 7 wonders of the world. The city is over 2000 years old and grew rich through trade in frankincense, myrrh and other spices. However a large earthquake… Find out more The Dead Sea The Dead Sea is actually a hypersaline lake, bordered by Jordan, Israel and Palestine and is situated over 424 metres below sea level making it the lowest point on earth. Its main tributary is the Jordan River in the Rift Valley and it is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean making it impossible for… Find out more Amman Amman is the capital of Jordan and home to the main international airport. It was originally built across 7 hills also known as ‘jabals’ and the city now spans 19 of them. Despite not being the most attractive city, it is one of the safest in the Middle East, full of welcoming friendly locals, wonderful… Find out more Show All Group Tours Our Extraordinary Journeys have all been inspired by people or places you wouldn't normally have access to unless you travel as a small group. With each special journey we have been careful to stick to the same level of adventure, exclusivity and under the skin experiences as we do with our tailor-made travel. Jordan Through The Ages 21-29 April 2017 With Henrietta Loyd + Dr Konstantine Politis Find out more Location We know Jordan better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Jordan Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Jordan has 4 seasons; June-September is the summer with hot and dry weather and temperatures reaching 38 degrees centigrade, but due to the dryness it is comfortable. The winter is from December-February when it is cold and rainy with the occasional snowfall in the hilly areas. Lastly, spring (March-May) and Autumn (October-November) are moderate in temperature and see pleasant sunny days. Meet the Team Asia + The Middle East Venetia Chris Penny Florence Auriole We'd love to hear from you Our well travelled Destination Experts have extensive first hand knowledge of their destinations and can open doors that others simply can’t.