Honeymoons in Jordan

Honeymoons in Jordan

Your 60-second guide to a hot honeymoon, Arabian Nights-style…

It was rumoured for a while that Kate and Wills would honeymoon in Jordan. And what could be more romantic than exploring the rose-red city of Petra by candlelight or watching the sun set in Wadi Rum? History, adventure, spas, food and scenery - Jordan has the lot. And all within short distances of each other.

Explore high and low

If you're exhausted from your wedding, head first for the Dead Sea. The lowest place on earth was one of the world's earliest health resorts, and will have a soporific and calming effect. Next, explore the ancient Biblical sites: Bethany beyond the Jordan (where Jesus was baptised), Mount Nebo (where Moses saw the Promised Land) and Madaba (for mosaics).

Head north to the well-preserved Roman city of Jerash, from where it's a short hop to the Crusader castle of Aljoun, while intrepids can explore the crumbling forts of the eastern desert. Take the King's Highway south for glorious scenery and the Crusader castle of Karak. Spend a night or two in Dana Reserve for nature walks.

Take a peek at Petra

You'll never forget walking into the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. Spend at least two days exploring its secrets. Be there on a Monday or Thursday night to enjoy Petra by candlelight, when 1,800 lanterns cast a romantic glow. It may be possible to arrange a candle-lit dinner in atmospheric Little Petra.

From desert to ocean...

Horse-riders can do the multi-day trail to Wadi Rum - the place to live out Lawrence of Arabia fantasies. Once here, stay in a Bedouin camp; spend days exploring the stunning desert landscape by camel, jeep, or hot air balloon; at night, sleep out under the Milky Way. Finally, unwind at Aqaba, on the Red Sea. The Marine Park is great for all levels of diver - there are 30 dive sites, as well as super snorkelling.

Getting there: Direct flights from the UK to Jordan take around five hours on Royal Jordanian, BMI or easyJet.

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