A unique land bridge joining Africa with Asia and Europe flanks both sides of the Jordan River. The land abounds with natural splendor and historical significance. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan sits on the east side of the Jordan River and boasts large, preserved stretches of pristine beauty.
Jordan is rich in biblical significance. The notorious King’s Highway stretched through the landscape. On the banks of the Jabbok River, Jacob wrestled with an angel. In the plains of Moab, Moses addressed the people of Israel, giving the instructions recorded in the book of Deuteronomy. High atop Mt. Nebo, Moses viewed the land of Promise before the Lord took him. One can trace the footsteps of Jesus through the Decapolis cites of Gadara, Gerasa, and Philadelphia (today’s bustling city of Amman), visit the likely place of his baptism in the Jordan River, or see the ruins of the fortress where John the Baptist was beheaded.
Great civilizations such as the Nabataeans, the Romans, and the Hashemite dynasty have left an indelible mark on the land of Jordan. Surrounded by forests, the modern city of Jerash contains extensive ruins giving travelers a glimpse into a thriving, ancient Roman city. Petra, one of the seven wonders of the world, is a breathtaking display of rock-cut architecture that leaves visitors spellbound. Wadi Rum is a stupendous landscape of wide valleys and towering mountains, showcasing ancient rock etchings and ruins of a Nabataean temple. With mountains and deserts, serene forests and lively cities, Jordan is a land of spectacular contrasts to be explored.