When one thinks of Jordan, an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan river and a fascinating mix of modernity and ancient wonders, what inevitably springs to mind first is the incredible ancient Nabatean city of Petra. Whilst the “Rose City” has achieved a global iconic status to rival Machu Picchu and the Pyramids, a journey through Jordan will open the gates to a multi-layered and multi-faceted country of vast mountains, beautiful crusader castles, ancient mosques and churches and an enigmatic patchwork of tribes, clans and ethnicities. At Jordan’s southernmost tip lies the Red Sea, beaches fringed with warm waters and colourful coral reefs. On the western border with Israel is the world-famous Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and a landlocked super-saline lake where the concentrated salt has healing properties and gives the bather unnatural buoyancy. Much of the country is given over to desert wilderness, none more beautiful than the Wadi Rum, with its magnificent sandstone mountains, natural rock arches and canyons – the old stomping ground of Lawrence of Arabia. The capital city of Amman is a vibrant, modern city, humming with cafes, superb street food and contemporary art galleries, whilst just to the north is the outstanding Greco-Roman city of Jerash, one of the best-preserved ancient cities on the planet.