Aqaba is the only coastal city in Jordanand it is known for its stunning marine life on the Red Sea. Due toits strategic location, it’s been inhabited since 4000 BC. Besides being a port city, Aqaba has taken manyroles during the different historical eras; it was a fishing village during theOttoman’s reign, and thenafter the Arab revolt in WWI it was reinstated as a dashing harbor.
However, Aqaba’s touristic sites doesn’t only include the beach and the related activities but also:
Aqaba Archaeological Museum
You will meet our driver at the hotel lobby between 7 a.m–8 a.m (your exact timing will be provided by
the support team, one day before the tour) after the entail greetings, you start your journey toward
Aqaba about 2:00hrs drive.
The Red Sea is famous for its beautiful coral reef and amazing warm water. You can go snorkeling,
diving, or swimming. You can also sit at the beach and wait to get a stunning tan. There are also yacht
cruises, Jet Ski rides, glass boats, and all sorts of other water sports activities. In brief, you will
experience an amazing time at Aqaba’s sunny beaches.
Now we head to the castle where one of the most known battles of the WWI happened. This castle was originally built by Mamluk Sultanate and was used as a travelers’ inn, receiving pilgrims on their way to Mecca. Next to the castle is the archeological museum, which was a palace for Hashemite dynasty founder Hussein bin Ali at first. The museum contains a collection of Bronze-Age artifacts of 4000 BC, as well as a collection of medieval artifacts from the 7th to the early 12th century, including Fatmid coins and a large inscription of a Quranic verse that once hung above Aqaba’s eastern gate
Once we reach Wadi Rum, our Bedouin friend Abu-Yosef will greet us at his home with traditional
Bedouin tea (tea made with fresh sage and sugar). After your short rest, you will be set to explore the
immense area of Wadi Rum while in the back of an old 4×4 truck. To discover a landscape that was once described by the British officer T. E. Lawrence as, ‘vast, echoing and Godlike.’ This description
wonderfully summarizes the Wadi Rum experience.
You will notice how the mountains of rock just seem to melt under the sun’s energy, and the tracks of
camels, foxes, and wild dogs sprinkled on the wind-swept sand. The incredible silence will engulf you,
making you feel like part of the landscape around you.
er, you will be taken to one of the highest points in all of Wadi Rum to witness a spectacular sunset.
Abu-Yosef will prepare us some more Bedouin tea, right in the desert sand, and leave us to watch the
descending sun. As we welcome the moon, a whole new view of the landscape around you emerges and as the darkness creeps in, the sky lights up with millions of stars to cast a silvery light upon the entire world.
After a day exploring Aqaba, time to return back to Petra, the drive once again will be around 2:00hrs