Jordan, officially called the “Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan”, extends from the Jordan River to the west to the borders of Syria, Iraq and Saudi-Arabia. The Jordan Rift Valley separates Jordan from neighbouring Palestine and Israel, while most of its area consists of arid plateaus in the east, crisscrossed by seasonal water streams and numerous oases.
Today, the combined traces of ancient empires like the Nabateans, Persians, Eastern Romans, to name but a few, make Jordan a one-of-a-kind destination for culturally interested travelers. Ancient cities, like Gerasa (Jerash), Gadara (Umm Qais), Pella (Irbid), and Petra, as well as amazing strongholds like Macheaus or the “Desert Castles”, invite for extended discoveries throughout the country.
Furthermore, Jordan’s endless deserts, the rough landscapes of the Jordan Rift Valley, the mountain ranges of Jerash Governorate or the beaches down by the Gulf of Aqaba, are just a few of Jordan’s natural wonders, fascinating travelers from all over the world.
And last but not least, being a part of the Holy Land, Jordan shares in the unique history of the Israelites as it is narrated in the bible and is home to some of the most outstanding biblical places, such like Mt. Nebo or the Baptism Site in Bethany Beyond the Jordan.
However, the so-called “Arab Spring” has affected numerous countries throughout North Africa and the Middle East, Jordan remaind largely unaffected and to date there are no signs that the stable situation is about to change.
Currently, the whole country is accessible to tourists, including all touristic sites in the north, as well as the “Desert Castles” to the far east. Yet, traveling along the border to Syria should be done without exercising all necessary precaution, which includes obtaining up-to-date information, for example through our Travel Security Hotline.