While this Arab kingdom in Western Asia typically conjures up images of vast sprawling deserts, it is, in fact, a remarkably diverse destination offering spectacular mountain scenery, stunning beaches, ancient churches and castles and some famously friendly local inhabitants. Itinerary highlights include: the incredible Dead Sea; the 2000-year-old ‘lost city’ of Petra; and the famous Lawrence of Arabia trail, which takes visitors from the ruins of his fort at Azraq to the picturesque deserts of Wadi Rum. While Jordan’s long and fascinating history provides travellers with a host of intriguing historical and biblical sites, the country is certainly not stuck in the past. Its relatively stable economic and political position in the Middle East has led to rapid modernisation, especially in the thriving capital city of Amman. With its slew of modern luxury hotels, trendy restaurants and lively bars, the city no longer serves as a mere base to explore the ancient sites, but has become a destination in its own right. For a captivating destination full of natural, historical and cultural wonders, look no further than the enchanting nation of Jordan.