From exploring some of the world’s most unique historical sites to sand boarding and camel riding, here are some of the things that schools can enjoy on a visit to West Asia.

Watch the short video and get a flavour of what Jordan can offer.

The video showcases some of the amazing things that Jordan is known for, including its UNESCO World Heritage Sites, fabulous cuisine, natural beauty and desert activities which are sure to inspire pupils of all ages. 

The ancient city of Petra, which features in the short clip, is one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best-known tourist attraction.

Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago.

Pupils visiting Petra in Jordan

Petra is one of Jordan’s most famous landmarks for pupils to visit, with guided tours available to explore its history.

Schools can opt for one of the many walking trails to take in the main sites (the Al-Siq to Treasury route is ideal for first-timers), and even spend time in the dedicated museum to see hundreds of ancient artefacts from different ages.

Elsewhere, pupils in the video can be seen climbing the steps of other ancient landmarks, including Jerash in the north of the country, which is the largest preserved Roman city outside of Rome itself.

Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, grand theatres, spacious public squares and more.

One pupil exploring Jerash in Jordan

Students can visit several ancient sites on a visit, including Jerash, which is the largest preserved Roman city outside of Rome itself.

Schools can also explore its other UNESCO World Heritage sites on a visit, including Wadi Rum, an impressive valley cut into the sandstone and granite rocks in southern Jordan, or the small desert castle of Qasr Amra that once formed a large Umayyad complex.

Top tip…

Schools arriving at Queen Alia International Airport in the north can head towards a dedicated booth for educational arrivals which is specially designed for teachers.

Live like a local

Possibly the biggest pull for schools considering Jordan is its colourful culture which differs from the UK and immerses students in a new and exciting way of life.

As well as its historical significance, Wadi Rum offers a number of fun extras such as sand boarding, camel riding, jeep tours and star gazing for those staying late enough - all of which are illustrated in the clip above.

While in the area, why not prepare a traditional Zarb dinner with your group? This is where food is cooked underneath sand for four hours.

Pupils riding camels in the Jordan desert

Why not give your class an experience they’ll never forget, like riding a camel in the desert?

Pupils studying religious education can take part in faith tours which highlight the country’s important areas like Tell Al-Kharrar, also known as Jabal Mar-Elias (Elijah’s Hill) and the area of the churches of Saint John the Baptist near the river.

Situated in a pristine natural environment, the site is believed to be the location where Jesus of Nazareth was baptised by John the Baptist.

Or for those in search of an adrenaline fix, Aqaba in the south is where pupils can really test their water skills and build confidence as a group.

Not only are there multiple boat trips which offer scenic views of the surrounding bays, but also amazing snorkelling opportunities as showcased in the video, plus jet ski classes, canoeing and plenty more options for those looking to make a splash.

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Calling school tour operators

School tour operators who would like to work with Jordan Tourism Board can get in touch with Abdullah Krayshan, head of the educational unit, to discuss how you could build a memorable visit for UK pupils. | +962 6 56 78444 Ext 118