At the heart of ancient civilisation in the Middle East, Jordan is a country blessed with some of the world’s finest historic sites. Petra is undoubtedly the star. Still being excavated, this ancient city is a marvel of Arabic architecture. History buffs should be sure to drive north to the equally fascinating walled city of Jerash. The bazaars and plush hotels of modern-day capital Amman are the perfect place to experience today’s Arab culture, while the short stretch of Red Sea coastline serves up world-class diving for those who want a more active break.