If you are looking for a different kind of destination, think Jordan. It may not be a typical family holiday destination but you will be glad you went there. The Hashemite kingdom of Jordan has many fascinating surprises for everyone from floating in the Dead Sea to wandering in the ruins of Petra and relaxing in the Hammamet, no one will get bored of this mystical country.
Jordan is rich in history, its strategic location as a land bridge linking Africa, Asia and Europe put it in a vulnerable position of numerous invasions and civilizations, which in turn left incredible marks on the land. Literally, there are thousands of archeological sites throughout the country depicting those ancient empires.
The city of Petra is a major highlight in Jordan; it is a place to explore as a family. Children will enjoy wandering amongst ruins, hiding in caves and riding camels. Other places to visit as a family include Jerash, Dana Biosphere Reserve, camp in Wadi Rum and float in the Dead Sea.
Uzbekistan is a seemingly endless expanse of rolling sand dunes, yellow deserts and arduous terrain. However, it is not entirely dry as lush mountain ranges, low-lying hills and a refreshing scattering of oases, lakes and verdant river valleys support some of the world’s rarest wildlife including white-clawed bears, snow leopards, golden eagles and lynxes. It is a land offering numerous adventure opportunities such as camping in yurts, trekking, mountaineering and rock climbing.
Uzbekistan lies along the famous trading route of the Silk Road, as a result, a string of ancient cities maintain a dazzling profusion of fine historical architecture. This is a popular route for families to explore Uzbekistan’s ornate palaces, impenetratable forts and citadels, glorious minarets, elegant mosques and medrassahs.
Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan; it lies along the Silk Road and still maintains its role as a commercial center. Recent developments have seen new international holiday properties where you can base your family holiday and stay in some of Uzbekistan’s most luxurious hotels if you wish to splash out.
GO GREEK ISLAND HOPPING
Sun, endless blue seas, sandy beaches and thousands of beautiful islands are some of the lures of Greece and its islands. Flying to Greece is only half the experience, getting to hop from one island to the next will give your family the experience they will talk about for the rest of their lives.
There are several ways to go island hopping in Greece, by yacht, boats, ferries or propeller driven twin-engine planes. Though most travelers would love to step on each island of Greece, it is impossible since island hopping tours choose only a handful of islands, which mainly include Mykonos, Rhodes, Crete and Santorini. If you want more exploration, you can opt for yachts, which offer a more personal experience and covers more islands. As you hop on and off islands in Greece, spend a few days with the family in Crete. It is Greece’s biggest island that is diverse and rich in history. It gives you an overall experience of Greece from vibrant cities to rustic villages, dramatic coves and gorges.
Images credit to Google
DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT FOR THIS YEAR'S FAMILY VACATION Reviewed by The Backpack Man on 11:52:00 PM Rating: