Ex­plore the enigma

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THE SMALL MID­DLE EASTERN COUN­TRY of Jor­dan has plenty to of­fer the more in­trepid trav­eller, as well as lovers of an­cient his­tory. Now Scott Dunn is of­fer­ing a two-week itin­er­ary to get to grips with some of its high­lights. The trip be­gins in his­toric Am­man whose ruins and mu­se­ums pro­vide guests with the ideal over­view of a coun­try with a his­tory stretch­ing back to Ro­man times. Next up are the salt-laden Dead Sea and nearby Dana Na­ture Re­serve, renowned for its beau­ti­ful treks. Be sure to walk down through the val­ley to Fey­nan Ecolodge. Bring along a tele­scope if you have one as this is an ideal spot for stargaz­ing, spend­ing the night on the roof ter­race without any elec­tric light to in­ter­fere with the views. The desert of Wadi Rum should be in­cluded in ev­ery Jor­dan hol­i­day. Here you spend a night in a lux­u­ri­ous camp with pri­vate bath­rooms, ex­plor­ing the desert by camel and jeep be­fore sun­set, and the next morn­ing ris­ing be­fore sun­rise for a hot air bal­loon ride. Last but not least, your north-south ex­plo­ration is com­pleted with a dive or snorkel in the Red Sea for a glimpse of Ara­bia’s sur­pris­ing un­der­wa­ter world. Visit www.scottdunn.com, for more info.

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