Petra & Jordan
The Hashemite Kingdom, Israel’s neighbor to the east, offers additional experiences for those who want to share Israeli’s historic fascination with the place they call Hasela Haadom (The Rose Rock) for a day or two.
If you are headed fort Jordan, Petra in the south is an absolute must-see. Known as the Rose City for the color of the stone out of which it was carved over 2,500 years ago, Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The international organization describes it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage.” Riding into the mysterious, breathtaking valley on camel back adds to the spirit of adventure.
Another breathtaking Jordanian highlight is Wadi Rum, the desert valley WWI British solder T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, described it as “vast, echoing and God-like.” Other things that shouldn’t be missed include Amman, the capital city, and the Roman city of Jerash.