• Discovering Petra

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    Do you fancy yourself as a bit of a Lawrence of Arabia? Have you ever dreamed of a jeep safari that takes you to the very heart of Bedouin tribes?

    Maybe you have more of a passion for the Ancient civilisations of old, the Babylonian, Greek, Persian, Roman and Byzantine empires. Perhaps you desire to be culturally wowed by one of the Seven Wonders of the World?

    If any of these descriptions is quickening your pulse, then our tailored trips for the British traveller to Jordan and Petra are for you. Read on for an introduction to both and find out how you can experience the cultural wealth of a truly amazing civilisation that was lost to us – but is now found.

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    Jordan

    No one, not even the seasoned traveller can fail to be in awe of the extraordinarily historical and natural wonder of Jordan. A beautiful desert kingdom juxtaposed with the many and far reaching benefits of the Dead Sea. It takes very little imagination to feel the gentle lapping waters on your skin, as your body is held apparently weightless, and you stare up into a sky so blue the feeling is one of the sublime. After a restorative soak, you can enjoy colonnaded Roman streets, scale dramatic Crusader fortresses, or stand and enjoy the view from where Moses was believed to have surveyed the Promised Land.

    Petra

    The city of Petra is the capital of the Nabataean Arabs, and is now one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. Located 262 km south of Amman, Petra is the most important site and tourism attraction in Jordan and it is visited by tourists from all over the world. It is a unique and astonishing example of an ancient civilisation, and remained undiscovered until as recently as 1812 by the Swedish explorer Johan Ludwig Burckhardt, during a British Royal Geographical Society expedition.

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    More than 2,000 years ago, the Nabataeans carved this city into the mountains, and today it is one of The Seven Wonders of the World. Petra was named the ‘Lost City,’ and is also described by the English poet Bergen as the ‘unique, astonishing Eastern city’. In its heyday, the Nabataean Kingdom flourished to reach the north-west of the Arabian Peninsula where the city of Madain Saleh lies. It further extended its influence to the Red Sea shores of Sinai and the Horan Fields in Syria to Damascus.

    The Nabataean Kingdom, along with its capital Petra, was surrounded by many ancient kingdoms and civilizations including the Pharaohs to the west, Tadmor to the north, and Mesopotamia to the east.

    By booking an escorted tour to the Middle-East with us you can be assured of not only handpicked itineraries specifically designed with you in mind, but also carefully selected excursions to ensure you really do get the most out of your trip. Our experienced tour managers and local guides are there to make sure your longed-for holiday runs smoothly, resulting in an experience that will give you a rich and exciting insight into our ancient past.

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    Chelsea Roderick

    Chelsea is the newest member of the online marketing team and loves to travel. Her favourite trip to date was her time in Los Angeles in 2014, however since then she’s been making her way around Europe one city break at a time!

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