Jerash & Amman

The Roman ruins of Jerash are among the most well-preserved in the world; so well in fact that it’s very easy to lose yourself in its history and imagine how it was back in its day. There’s the hippodrome, where chariot races were once held, Hadrian’s arch, built purposely for a visit from the emperor Adrian, and the Corinthian columns of the Temple of Artemis. If you love history make sure it’s on your itinerary.

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in a labyrinth of souks and bazaars, where all kinds of colourful and exotic fruits, clothes and jewellery spill out from their stalls onto the streets, then look no further than Amman. What really makes the city unique, however, is how it has managed to combine both the ancient and the modern like no other city in the region. As you wander the bustling interwoven streets that flow through the valleys of Downtown you’re forever in the shadow of Jabal Al Qal’a – the highest hill in the city, and home to the sprawling ruins of the Roman citadel. In fact, wherever you go in Amman you’ll find ancient history around every corner, such as the spectacular Temple of Hercules and the magisterial Umayyad Palace. When visiting Jordan, Amman is one of the must-see places on your visit.