Senior Tourist Destination: Jordan

Nov 12th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

I have a friend who turned me on to Jordan several years ago.  He taught in Saudi Arabia, visited Jordan a number of times, and said it was a beautiful spot in the world. 

Jordan is in the Middle East, bordering Syria, Saudi Arabia, the Red Sea, Palestine, Israel and Iraq.  Jordan is home to so many civilizations over 9,000 years.  It is one of the oldest continuous populations on Earth.  Here are a few images to heighten your interest.

What’s your idea of a magical vacation? Whether it’s experiencing genuine hospitality, exploring ancient cities and castle ruins, going on incredible eco-adventure activities, soaking in mineral hot springs and enjoying the largest natural spa on earth, you will find it in legendary Jordan. Experience spiritual enrichment while visiting Jordan, where the bulk of the Old Testament took place. Don’t miss this video series on Jordan.

There is no mistaking the fact that Jordan is a kingdom steeped in history and culture. From the moment you arrive, you get a sense of its rich heritage; all around are remnants of ancient civilizations long since past, yet they still remain, stamped into the very fabric of this amazing country and etched into the soul of the people who live there. 

Whenever planning a trip anywhere in the world, Lonely Planet comes to mind.  I started by typing in Jordan at their homepage. For many people Jordan begins and ends with the magical ancient Nabataean city of Petra.  Petra was recognised by Unesco as a World Heritage Site since 1985, and was described as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage.” On 7 July 2007, it was voted as one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Petra, which means “rock” in Greek and Latin (derived from the word petrae), is actually a modern name for the place. This is because the city was carved from the friable sandstone cliffs of the area. The rocks take on a multitude of hues ranging from cream to orange, to red, and to dark brown. Layers of these rocks form whorls of colours which were incorporated into the Nabatean architecture. Petra was lost for hundreds of years and rediscovered in 1812.  Petra is known as the Rose-Red City for the colour of the rocks in which Petra is carved.  Here is a fashionable Petra tour.  Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of “the 40 places you have to see before you die”.  Need I say more?

“Jordan is loaded with ruined Roman cities, Crusader castles, desert citadels and powerful biblical sites: the brook where Jesus was baptised, the fortress where Herod beheaded John the Baptist, and the mountain top where Moses cast eyes on the Promised Land. Biblical scenes are not just consigned to the past in Jordan; you’ll see plenty of men wearing full-flowing robes and leading herds of livestock across the timeless desert. But it’s not all crusty ruins. Jordan’s capital Amman is a modern, culturally diverse Arab city which is lightyears away from the typical cliches of Middle Eastern exoticism. The country also offers some of the wildest adventures in the region, as well as an incredibly varied backdrop ranging from the red desert sands of Wadi Rum to the brilliant blues of the coral-filled Gulf of Aqaba; from rich palm-filled wadis to the lifeless Dead Sea. Ultimately it’s the sensual delights of daily life in the Middle East that you’ll hanker for longest after you return home; the bittersweet taste of cardamom coffee or the smell of a richly scented nargileh (water pipe); the intoxicating swirl of Arabic pop sliding out of an Amman doorway and the deafening silence of the desert.” (LonelyPlanet.com)

So let me check out a luxury tour for you.  I have always felt that Abercrombie & Kent is one of the world’s foremost luxury travel companies, combining comfort and authenticity in the world’s greatest destinations since 1962.  Here are a couple of A & K: (1) Have tea with a Bedouin family and experience for yourself their legendary hospitality (2) Visit an elementary school in Jordan that is being refurbished with help from A&K (3) Learn the secrets of Jordanian cuisine when you help prepare a meal at the Petra Kitchen NS and (4) Bypass long lines as a special VIP service whisks you through arrival formalities in Tel Aviv and Jordan. How’s that for advantages?  I do like that VIP service! 

One means of “getting the feel” for another country that you have never visited is to read the local newspaper.  The Jordan Times tells us that His Majesty King Abdullah is the 43rd generation direct descendant of the Prophet Mohammad. He assumed his constitutional powers as King of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on February 7th, 1999, the day his father, the late King Hussein, passed away. So what are you waiting for seniors?  jeb



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