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Tips for Visiting the Dead Sea in Jordan

Dead Sea in Jordan

Dead Sea in Jordan

The more I visit Jordan, the more I fall in love. When I visit (and when most other folks visit) a trip to the Dead Sea is one of the top things…and for good reason!

While the Dead Sea is often associated with Israel, it’s actually on the border of Israel and Jordan (Jordan to the East, Israel to the West).

Did you know that it’s the lowest point of land on Earth at over 400 meters below sea level? Oh, and fun fact: it’s got over 30% salinity (that’s the salt to water ratio…about 10 times more salt than typical seawater!), because the water is so dense that’s what allows you to effortlessly float.

Although I like to take my time, you really don’t need more than one night.

So if you’re trying to fit a bunch of things into your Jordan itinerary—do not fret...

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10 Most Beautiful Things to Do in Oman

Oman is one of the most naturally beautiful and diverse countries in the Middle East. Boasting everything from a long stretch of a 3,000 km coastline to the highest peak in the Arabian Peninsula, the country is blessed with many natural wonders still waiting to be explored by intrepid travelers.

Moreover, one thing that makes it easy to travel Oman and see all the many natural, cultural, and historical sites is the fact that the best things to do are located in close proximity to Muscat, Oman’s capital. That means if you only have a short time in Oman, there are ample UNESCO World Heritage sites, beautiful islands, rugged mountains, historic forts, cultural towns, and more—and nearly all of them make easy day trips from Muscat.

Let’s dive right into ten places in Oman filled with nat...

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Short stay: Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf at the Madinat, Dubai

Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf, the summer-houses, is where Arabian Nights living coalesces with Venetian canal-style. East meets West, Arabia greets Europe in perfect harmony in Jumeirah’s contemporary take on a traditional Arabian citadel.

Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf at the Madinat,

Jumeirah Dar al Masyaf at the Madinat,

This is an opulent 5 star luxury leading on to a white-sand private beach on the shores of the warm Gulf of Arabia: part of Madinat Jumeirah resort.

Inspired by the principles of Arabic architecture, Jumeirah Dar Al Masyaf consists of 29 low-rise summer houses featuring cooling cross-timbered wind towers, private sitting rooms and peaceful inner courtyards. In total there are 283 rooms or suites.

Trickling fountains, shaded arches and lush planting fulfil the vision of the promised land...

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Luxury travel news this week

Here’s a round-up of luxury travel stories that have caught the eye this week. To make sure you receive these new weekly alerts in your web browser, please click on the red bell icon in the bottom right hand corner of the page and click ‘subscribe’ (works on desktop only – for other ways to subscribe, please click here). This will also alert you to any other posts on the blog. Should you wish, you can unsubscribe at any time, by clicking on the icon again and selecting ‘unsubscribe’.

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The most romantic way to experience the Northern Lights

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10 Day Itinerary for Jordan

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Jordan

With beautiful desert scenery, fascinating archeological sites, delicious food, and almost guaranteed sunshine – Jordan is one of the top destinations in the Middle East.

While you can hit up the main spots over a few days, I recommend taking your time in Jordan. It will give you enough time to discover a few hidden gems and take in all the ancient history.

Ready to explore? Here’s my 10-day itinerary for Jordan!

Jordan Itinerary Overview

  • Day 1-2: Amman

  • Day 3: Jerash & Ajloun

  • Day 4: Dead Sea

  • Day 5: Wadi Rum

  • Day 6: Aqaba

  • Day 7-8: Petra

  • Day 9: Dana Biosphere Reserve

  • Day 10: Wadi Mujib

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Day 1 -2: Amman

Fly into Queen Alia International Airport

Fly into the capital city of Amman, the heart and soul of the country...

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The Best Time to Travel to Jordan

Jordan

Jordan

Jordan is one of the most popular travel destinations in the Middle East. It boasts incredible natural wonders, ancient ruins, and pristine beaches.

There are plenty of exciting things to see and do throughout the year – but understanding the country’s climate will help with planning your trip. You’ll be able to avoid the high season crowds and scoop up better deals or have unique experiences like hiking past Petra in the snow.

Here is the best time to travel to Jordan!

resort by the red sea in Jordan

December to February

During the winter months in Jordan, the temperature drops to below freezing. The capital city of Amman faces icy winds, and snow covers Petra’s ancient buildings.

When packing for your trip, bring along your thickest jackets as well as waterproof jackets and shoes...

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Luxury travel news this week

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Dubai cruise port set for biggest season yet

Dubai cruise port has revealed it ...

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The luxury hotel built into a Chinese quarry

A luxury hotel with a difference, which has been years in the p...

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5 unique experiences on Azamara Club Cruises

Azamara Club Cruises are a small-ship cruise line with a fleet of three identical sister-ships. Each vessel carries just fewer than 700 guests in luxurious and modern surroundings for a more-inclusive cruise holiday. Azamara Journey, Azamara Quest and just launched Azamara Pursuit sail on destination focussed cruise itineraries, offering longer stays in port and more overnight stops than any other cruise line...

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