MANARA FROM AYLA HEAVEN BE BACK ON A CRU­SADE JOR-DROP­PING AM­MAN’S WORLD

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Jor­dan’s rel­a­tive com­pact­ness means you can en­joy much of the must-see stuff in a week or there­abouts. Wit­ness the eight-day “High­lights of Jor­dan” tour sold by Steppes Travel, which goes all Great­est Hits on par­tic­i­pants, flit­ting to Am­man, Pe­tra, Jerash, Wadi Rum – and the Dead Sea. From £2,270pp, with flights (steppes­travel.co.uk). So, is Jor­dan a “Red Sea des­ti­na­tion”? Well, yes, but only just. The coun­try has just 26 miles (43km) of coast. Not quite enough for a marathon but more than enough for sev­eral beach re­sorts. Seven nights at the five-star Al Manara ho­tel, fly­ing out on Jan 19, start at £762pp; easy­jet.com/hol­i­days. Not only can Jor­dan claim a slice of the Red Sea; it boasts a chunk of the Dead Sea. Which isn’t a sea – more a hy­per­saline lake so hy­per in its salin­ity that you can pluck salt crys­tals from its bed. Still, this is fun. And yes, you are obliged to pose for that photo – where you float about read­ing a pa­per as the salt con­cen­tra­tion in the wa­ter gives you ex­tra buoy­ancy. Dou­bles at the Dead Sea Mar­riott Re­sort (mar­riott.co.uk) from £126. Aqaba is also an ideal base for dashes to Pe­tra – the desert ci­tadel that is very fa­mous for pop­ping up in 1989’s “In­di­ana Jones and the Last Cru­sade”. Oh, and for be­ing the first-cen­tury epi­cen­tre of the Na­bataean civil­i­sa­tion, if you’re go­ing to be a stick­ler for some ac­tual his­tor­i­cal facts. It’s a round-trip of 150 miles (232km) from the beach front. Mem­phis Tours (mem­phis­tours.com) deals in day-jaunts from £144 per per­son. Aqaba is per­fect for a beach-and-city es­cape. The Ayla district is a glitzy ma­rina zone of man-made la­goons and sands. The Aqaba Her­itage Mu­seum (see aqaba.jo; free) charts the port’s pre­vi­ous cen­turies in depth. If you want to wan­der far­ther, your cu­rios­ity will be re­warded. Cap­i­tal city Am­man is a gem, all fine eater­ies on Al-Rain­bow Street and busy souks in Al-Balad (vis­itjor­dan.com). Three nights at the Ho­tel Kempin­ski start at £1,097, with flights – via kirk­er­hol­i­days.com.

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