Before we launch any new destination, it is our top priority to get out there on the ground and explore every hidden gem in the country. We also spend plenty of time working out how to visit the famous highlights in the best and most unique way, so that every holiday we create combines luxury with adventure and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Over the last few years we have travelled extensively around Jordan and here are just a few of our highlights…
AN ADVENTURE NEAR THE DEAD SEA
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 joined our wonderful guide, Anas, to take us canyoning. Walking through one of the many gorges in Wadi Mujib, the lowest nature reserve on earth, with 50m high walls on either side, you can’t help but feel overwhelmed and soon the splashing through puddles became wading through a river at some points reaching shoulder height. Suddenly we heard a rushing of water and around the next corner, we were faced with a cascading waterfall. We climbed through a tunnel to get a better view before cooling off in the whirlpools below and then sliding down the falls and rapids to find ourselves back where we began.
In the afternoon we hopped on mountain bikes at Madaba and cycled from 800 metres above sea level to 400 metres below sea level, over 40km, on country lanes with the only traffic jam being caused by a herd of goats crossing the road. After some hard peddling, we reached a magnificent viewpoint looking down to the Dead Sea. From here the road snaked downhill through vineyards and olive groves, as we reached the shores of the Dead Sea. Despite the heat, which was intense at points, I would recommend exploring many parts of the country by bicycle to anyone who wishes to get a little off the beaten track and see the lesser known Jordan.
An action packed day was rewarded by a float in the Dead Sea to cool off, before we coated ourselves in mud for the traditional Dead Sea experience.