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Get off the Beaten Track in Jordan: nine nights from £2280
By: Corinthian Travel
Corinthian Travel's Jordan: Off the Beaten Track does just this; the privately chauffeured tour goes to some of the Hashemite Kingdom's most remote nooks and crannies, and in addition to revealing secrets from the country's glorious past (including those of ancient Petra), it has been designed to open a window on the present day.
Visitors to Jordan are often in awe of its great antiquity but frequently do not come prepared for its diversity.
The brilliant blues and greens of the lagoons at Azraq oasis and the Mediterranean-
Wadi Rum – the biggest wadi in the country – is worth a trip to Jordan on its own merit; also known as the Valley of the Moon, the valley is a cut into the sandstone and granite rock in the south of the country, 60km east of Aqaba.
The itinerary also includes the often-ignored sites of the Umayyad 'Desert Castles', Umm al-Jimal – a 'forgotten' caravan city, and the UNESCO-listed Byzantine ruins at Umm er-Rasas.
A keystone of the tour is a two-night stay in the sleepy village of Umm Qais, which overlooks the great Yamouk gorge. During this uniquely immersive community-based experience you will meet the locals, hear their stories, and learn first-hand about the way of life in rural Jordan.
The tour also offers an insight into the natural world of the eastern desert where you will have opportunities to spot migratory birds at the Azraq Wetlands Reserve and search for some of the rarest mammals in Arabia at Shaumari Jordan.
The holiday concludes by the shores of the Dead Sea, which at 430m below sea-level, is the lowest point on Earth.
The holiday costs from £2280 per person (two people sharing a room), which includes private transportation, nine-nights' B&B, six lunches, five evening meals, sightseeing, entrance fees and a guide. Flights extra.
For further information or bookings call 020 3583 6089 or visit corinthiantravel.co.uk.
Mick Thompson, Travel Dog PR