Once forgotten marvels

Exploring the archaeological wonders of Jordan

In Jordan's extraordinary rose-red "Lost City" of Petra, I have just huffed up 700 zigzagging stone-carved steps to the ancient mountaintop High Place of Sacrifice with its sacred altar and goat blood drain. And now, along a dirt trail, I rest in a rug-draped souvenir stall while an octogenarian Bedouin woman -- who is traditionally clad in a long embroidered dress and grew up in a cave -- deftly strings a fragrant necklace of dried cloves to sell me.

Exodus Travels offers the 12-day “Hidden Treasures of Jordan” trip multiple times in 2018. Group size from 4 to 16 people. Prices from $2,015 include accommodations, breakfasts, some dinners, guide, entrance fees and transportation, excluding international airfare. exodustravels.com

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