Originally Posted by Fore and Aft
Thanks UFO, I wonder why hardly anyone has sailed to Jordan? It looks an interesting country and well worth the detour on the way up the Red Sea.
.. If you are going "up" the Red Sea, you have already passed the hot spots in Somalia
and Yemen, or plan to do so soon, assumedly, on your way to the Med.
I also have toured Wadi Rum
and the Gulf of Aquaba coast via land (on the Saudi and Jordanian side). I can recommend Jordan, not only for these spots, Petra, etc., but the capital, itself, though a bit of a journey, is also worth a visit. Dammam has a beautiful roman amphitheater still in use, or, at least it was when I was there, back in late 80s.
If you go all the way to Dammam, you might as well hop over to Bethlehem and Jerusalem. Not very far, and, the latter especially, is well worth a visit. Unique in all the world, the old city is one of the few continuously inhabited places on earth where you can walk streets that still look and feel at least marginally close to the way they did 1,000 years ago.
Closer to your route
north are the reefs
of the Gulf. Friends tell me that their scuba
expeditions in the Gulf of Aquaba were exquisite. I have also heard, however, that it depends on who your guide is.
Now that you know that the journey is doable and know of some of the attractions, get on Google
and try to get the latest details available.