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How to get the best out of 8 days in Jordan??
3 years ago, January 13th 2011 No: 1 Msg: #126562  
Hey!

We are going to Jordan on the 5th March to the 13th March. As I only have 7 days in the country and the chances are I wont be going there again anytime soon, what do people think of my itinerary? It is heavy loaded and I hate travelling fast but I dont have the option of relaxing a day or two in a town. Here it goes:

Option 1:
Arrive Sat pm and stay in Madaba.
Sun: Get up early see Mt. Nebo & Dead sea and take a taxi down the Kings Highway, stopping at sites along the way and reaching Petra in the evening.

Mon & Tues: Visit Petra

Wed: Wadi Rum

Thurs: Back to Amman. Explore Town

Fri: Explore Amman

Sat: Day trip to Jerash

Option 2:
Arrive Sat pm.

Sun: Do big day trip around Mt. Nebo, Bethany, Dead Sea, plus whatever else there is to see

Mon: Travel to Petra stopping at sites along the route.

Tues & Wed: Petra

Thurs: Wadi Rum Desert over night

Fri: Travel Early back to Amman and Explore

Sat: Day trip to Jerash.

Sun: Flight home!!

So what do you think? I have loads more to ask but I'll start with this first!!
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3 years ago, January 14th 2011 No: 2 Msg: #126574  
Hi,

We just spent 9 days in Jordan, and did few blogs on them. Was amazing and yes you can put a lot in it.

What about the following, Sat, sleep in Amman
Sun, Dead Sea, Mt Nebo and Bethany than head back to Amman
Mon, visit Amman in morning, travel to Kanak and than on to Petra. We didn't see Kanak, which we had.
Tues, wake up early and see Petra
Wed and Thur, spend 2 full day, one night in Wadi Rum, than go back to Amman
Friday,Day trip to Jerash...we put in it on top the Desert Castle.
and you see, we even have a day more available...if you dive, I would go to Aqaba after Wadi rum and do 2 dives.

Few things...Amman is nice, but you clearly do not need 2 days for Amman. Sleep in Wadi Rum, amazing. For Petra, it's 80usd a day, make sure you get there VERY early...seeing it with the crowd is not nice at all.

Hope this help,

Peter Reply to this

3 years ago, January 14th 2011 No: 3 Msg: #126579  
I agree with above.. No need to spend to much time in Amman but Wadi Rum and Petra were fantactic spots! Reply to this

3 years ago, January 14th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #126621  
Cheers Guys!

Is one full day enough for Petra? I'm all for getting up before everyone else and getting a head start but if I could fit it all into one day that would be great.

What are taxi prices like? Or would hiring a car be better? Would it be easy to get back to Amman on the second day in wadi rum, in the evening time?

Is Petra $80 for one person a day!!! Thats crazy!! Was that with a guide or some transport thrown in??

I've followed your blogs through Jordan. They've helped a lot so cheers!! Reply to this

3 years ago, January 14th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #126622  
Hey mate,

Yeah $80 semms expensive and must have been in place for not to long. i was visiting two years ago and it was free so not to sure what happened. One day is enough for sure to see it although there is a lot more than just the treasery (the famous place) to see.

As for the other details I am not completly sure and I am sure someone will write here soon:)

Good luck with it! Reply to this

3 years ago, January 15th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #126634  
I went to Petra 30 months ago, and remember paying something like 40 usd...so yes, there is a solid price hike...and this is ONLY for the ticket sadly.

Renting a car or taxi....roads are in good conditions in so driving yourself is not really a problem. I was quoted locally everything from 40usd to 60usd per day for a car...but not really sure how extensive the insurance cover is for that level.
At the end of the day, I found out that a mix of buses and taxis was roughly half the price than renting a car, without losing much of our flexibility.

For me one day in Petra was enough...but you could as well stay in for days simply to meditate the beauty of the place. Go as early in the morning as you can...by 9am, the crowds are there. One little warning...if "they" tell you it takes 3 hours to wlak from the entry to the Monastery...it's actually more like 90 minutes...and no need to take the donkey! Bear in mind that this time, we did it with a 10 years old...the only think we didn't do is to climb to the high place of sacrifices.

Hope this help,

Peter Reply to this

3 years ago, January 15th 2011 No: 7 Msg: #126637  
Exact price is currently 50JOD per head, ok, this is 71usd and not 80...sorry for the inaccuracy. Still seriously expensive! Reply to this

3 years ago, January 15th 2011 No: 8 Msg: #126642  
Thats still very expensive, but i bet it's worth every cent. My euro isn't worth that much at the moment unfortunately. Cant wait to go. Thanks again for answering my questions. I'll probably be back with more! Reply to this

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