JordanPetra, the natural Roman amphitheater hidden in the rocks, is a miraculous site in any weather. But you’ll enjoy your time there most if you visit in April, when warm temperatures are ideal for sightseeing. Plan your trip to Jordan in the spring (March to May) or fall (September to November) when it’s not too hot during the day. Aquaba winters are warmer than Amman’s which means the quaint port city attracts more visitors during this time. Summer is very hot in the Jordan Valley, and hot but dry in the desert. If you visit during the summer, pack a wide-brimmed hat, plenty of sunscreen and lots of bottled water to get you through the days.
EilatSand, sun and surf make this bustling seaside resort town at Israel’s southern tip a full-time holiday retreat. Israelis and tourists seeking refuge from the heat escape here for a more comfortable climate. Set on the Red Sea amidst the Edom mountains, it’s a haven for water enthusiasts even in winter when the sea is equally inviting. Luxury resorts, gourmet restaurants, thriving nightlife and VAT-free shopping lure vacationers all year round.