Famed for its ancient ruins at Petra and healing waters of the Dead Sea, Jordan inspires travellers with dramatic landscapes and breathtaking heritage. The lost city of Petra is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and well worth spending a day in. Guides can be hired at the visitor centre and will provide context to the stunning sights within, which include a 7,000-seat Roman Theatre, the Royal Tombs and the Treasury. At over 400 metres below sea level, the striking blue waters of the Dead Sea allow you to float along effortlessly thanks to the high salt concentration. Day trips to the Dead Sea are easily made from the capital of Amman or cosy town of Madaba. Amman offers the bulk of accommodation choices, as well as the beach resort town of Aqaba and barren-but-beautiful Wadi Rum.