1001 Ara­bian delights

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THE MID­DLE EAST IS TEEM­ING WITH trea­sures and Light­foot Travel has a 21-day itin­er­ary that cov­ers many of them, from Jor­dan through Dubai and end­ing in Oman. Af­ter touring Jor­dan’s cap­i­tal, Am­man, you move on to ex­plore the rose-red city of Pe­tra, be­fore get­ting lost in the vast­ness of the Wadi Rum on a camel sa­fari. Known as the Val­ley of the Moon, Wadi Rum’s land­scapes are some of the most mag­nif­i­cent desert scenery any­where. Hiking in the Dana Na­ture Re­serve is less well known but an­other must. You can also go bik­ing and visit an­cient cop­per mines in the mas­sive na­ture re­serve. Other high­lights in Jor­dan fea­ture the Dead Sea and an­cient town Jerash: one of the best-pre­served Ro­man pro­vin­cial towns in the world. Hid­den for cen­turies in sand be­fore be­ing ex­ca­vated and re­stored over the past 70 years, Jerash is a prime ex­am­ple of how a Ro­man town would have looked, with its paved streets, hill­top tem­ples, hand­some the­atres, pub­lic squares and plazas, baths, foun­tains and city walls dot­ted with tow­ers and gates. Af­ter a few days in Dubai shop­ping and rest­ing, you then head for the king­dom of Oman. Start with trekking in the canyons of Ja­bal Akhdar, renowned for their fruit or­chards and nat­u­ral springs be­fore head­ing back to Mus­cat. On the way you’ll stop at Wadi Nakher, lo­cated in the depths of the coun­try’s deep­est canyon, as well as vis­it­ing other quaint vil­lages. Div­ing is par­tic­u­larly ex­cel­lent in Oman so it is a good idea to leave a few days to dis­cover its un­der­wa­ter sights too. The pack­age starts at US$4,355 per per­son. Email nikki@light­foot­travel.com for reser­va­tions. The best time to travel to the re­gion is be­tween Oc­to­ber and May when the heat is milder.

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