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Quick guide to travel in Jordan

Let this ancient cities provide you and your family with an amazing adventure

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Jordan, a country steeped in history, home to some of the most significant archaeological sites on the planet, the most hospitable of people and an enviable food scene (we heard their hummus is unbeatable). And who doesn’t fancy “casually” throwing it out there that they took their kids on an educational trip over the winter break?

But it isn’t necessarily known as a family-friendly destination. So we asked our good friends at Dnata travel for their top tips on places to go and things to see there with your little explorers.

Petra
This 2,000-year-old city is famous for its unique architecture carved into the rock face. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the new “Seven Wonders of the World”. And if you’re wondering why the landscape reminds you of something from Lawrence of Arabia or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, that will be because the most iconic scenes from both movies were filmed here.

The kids will love:
- Exploring the many amazing temples, amphitheatres, tombs and caves in the stunning and massive Petra complex.

- Hailing a camel, donkey or horse to carry on the tour if little legs get tired.

The Dead Sea
This has to be seen to be believed. At 400 metres below sea level, it’s the lowest point on the face of the Earth and its water is almost ten times as salty as any other, giving it a density that means anyone – even if they can’t swim – will float on its surface!

The kids will love:
- Scooping up clay from the banks of the Dead Sea and lathering everyone up for a mud bath before you get in.

- The Al Wadi Dead Sea resort, with a range of hotel accommodation, slides, restaurants and family-friendly entertainment.

Amman
The capital of Jordan is a unique blend of old and new, situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan valley.

The kids will love:
- Climbing and clambering around the ruins of the Amman Palace without a single person telling them to get down. Honestly!

- The Children’s Museum, where they can learn through play, interacting with indoor and outdoor exhibits, reading in the library, expressing themselves at the Art Studio and connecting with nature in the Secret Garden, too.

- Wandering up and down Rainbow Street, grabbing fries from Batata or ice creams from local institution, Gerard.

Guaranteed to feed their curious minds as well as their little souls, Jordan should be on everyone’s Middle East bucket list. So dig out the backpacks, charge up the camera and get the scrapbook ready to capture your most adventurous holiday yet.
From Dhs2,999 per person for seven nights, including direct flights, hotels and transfers. Itineraries available from Dnata Travel. www.dnatatravel.com (800 DNATA).


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