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Jordan and Syria are independent kingdoms with an extremely rich history, located at the crossroads of the continents of Africa, Asia and Europe in what was once an area of contact between the empires of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Anatolia. Their extraordinary architectural remains and large number of unexplored archaeological sites are fascinating. You will also be impressed by the sociability of their inhabitants, who are sure to invite you to tea and ask all kinds of questions about your profession, country and family. Sociability has been refined to an art here, and the family is a symbol of safety and hospitality.
Syria, which is one-third the size of France and has 20 million inhabitants, is a giant compared to its Israeli, Jordanian and Lebanese neighbours. Its arid climate pushed the population to the west along the coast and on the Alep-Damascus axis. Damascus, the capital, is one of mankind's oldest cities. It occupies the site of a lost paradise and always enchants visitors with its gardens, walls and lively souks dotted with 8C mosques and prestigious tombs.
Jordan is lovely at any season. But for your visit to Petra, one of the most fabulous sites in the Near East, and the cliffs of Wadi Rum, it's best to avoid summertime. You will have many options for exploring Jordan, from planes to camels and everything in-between.
With its great ancient cities, oases, its capital Amman and its desert castles, Jordan is a dream destination.

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  • Syria

    Cradle of the history of humanity, Syria is home to numerous vestiges of ancient Eastern art, as well as Greco-Roman, Byzantine and Islamic architecture, which by turns transport visitors from one era...

  • Jordan

    With a land area similar to Benelux''s (roughly two fifths the size of the United Kingdom), Jordan is an independent kingdom boasting a rich history. Today, shock waves from the revolutionary movement...

  • Bosra

    Since the dawn of time, man has used materials close to hand for the building of structures. The same applies in the Jabal al-Druze town of Bosra, which since Antiquity has been adorned by magnificent...

  • Rabbah

    From the top of one of the jebels on which the city was initially built, there are fine views over Amman, the capital of Jordan. This huge modern urban sprawl is home to half the Jordanian population ...

  • Kérak

    Kerak is remarkable on account of its imposing fortress, within which lies the town to this day. It is pleasant to take a morning stroll through its particularly lively and authentic market and along ...

  • Madaba

    Madaba’s main attraction is its magnificent Byzantine mosaics, drawing many visitors, especially since the creation of an archaeological park. They cover the floors of houses and churches dating from ...

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