I am planning a trip to Jordan this coming Hajj holidays. I'm travelling alone and first time. Any advice or suggestions?
I am planning a trip to Jordan this coming Hajj holidays.
well, im travelling alone and first time. so i need your suggestions
guys about where to stay, what to see, how much does it cost
and anything you think is helpful. i greatly appreciate all your help.
November is a nice time to visit Jordan. There are two essential stops - Petra (allow two-three full days there) and Wadi Rum (at least one night, but two would be better). These are amongst the greatest sites in the whole Middle East so you are fortunate that they are only a few hours apart.
As for other places, I liked Kerak Castle for its views and the town of Madaba with its beautiful mosaics. The Dead Sea is worth so you can have a float and the obligatory photo.
Public transport used to be rather spare along the King's Highway (to reach Kerak) so that part of your trip could problematic. The others are quite easy to reach via public transport or transport organised via your hotel, but it does pay to be patient.
It has been a while since I was there so cannot really comment on the current costs. I travelled there alone and had no issues whatsoever.
thanks for that very useful infos. but you havent mentioned about Jerash. some said its the most beautiful roman ruins. is that true? im planning to stay in Amman for 1 day before heading to Petra, just wondering if getting to Jerash and back to Amman would take not more than a full day? Thanks again.
We didn't get to Jerash but a day trip is definitely possible. Public transport is limited, and more often you will pay for a seat on minibus. For these, prices can sometimes be reasonable but sometimes not, as often providers can have a monopoly on certain routes. There is however a reliable public bus to Madaba (very cheap too). If you're in a bit of a hurry, or want to squeeze a few things into one day, particularly along the Kings Highway, a taxi might be a better option but is expensive when on your own (from memory, I think 100 dinars). Ask you hotel/hostel if you can share a taxi with someone wanting to do the same thing, or put a notice up if you have time.
I can't be exact with prices, but for backpackers trying to do it on the cheap we had found it to be more expensive than we initially thought. Abbasi Palace Hotel in downtown Amman is a cheap, basic place but with excellent customer service and great breakfasts. Check trip advisor for the most current recommendations. Wadi Rum is wonderful, but again, expensive if you want to stay in a Bedouin Camp (totally recommended!).
Have fun, Jordan is a wonderful country with lot's of offer.
I did go to Jerash but must admit it I was a bit underwhelmed; for me it did not compare to some of the amazing Roman era ruins on offer in Turkey (for example). If you haven't visited any Roman era site of importance before, then definitely go and visit Jerash.
I'll second the Bedouin Camp suggestion; I stayed in a Bedouin tent made from goat hair in Wadi Rum and it was amazing.
I would reccomend you cross the border into Israel once you are already in the area and get to visit this amazing country! There is much more to see in Israel - Jerusalem is a must, Diving in the Red Sea in Eilat (in the wouth) or enjoying the beauties of the northern parts of Israel. And there are LOTS of amazing roman ruins all across the country.
@Alex: Thank you for that very useful infos. i gotta ask if which is more recommendable route amongst the following:
Amman-Petra-Redsea-Wadi rum-Amman or Amman-Redsea-Petra-Wadi rum-Amman.
@Travelcamel: Yes, ive never visited a Roman ruins before. Id definitely include Jerash on my lists despite your impression of the place. I have contacted a friend in Jordan and he said that we can go to Wadi rum together, so i hope that will definitely take place.
@thesapir: Thank you for the invitaion. id probably visit Israel someday.
Do you mean the Red Sea of the Dead Sea?? The Dead Sea is very easy to access from Amman or Madaba, however the Red Sea I'm not so sure....the Gulf of Aqaba which is in Jordan would give you access to the Red Sea, err, maybe. Anyway, a good itinerary would be:
Amman - Petra - Wadi Rum - Amman (this could be just for transit) - Jerash - Amman, or vice versa.
If you wanted to go to Aqaba, then combine this with Petra/Wadi Rum.
Keep in mind: Petra and Wadi Rum are in the south, Jerash is in the north. The Dead Sea if you wanted to go (we really liked it) can be done in a day trip from Amman or a trip from Madaba. Also, handy to know is that Madaba is equi-distance to the airport from Amman. It might make a good first or last stop.
I based myself in Madaba instead of Amman during my visit to Jordan, it was a more pleasant city to return to every night, plus it was easy to get into and out of due to lesser volume of traffic.
I spent some time tour leading around Jordan and found that it's a really welcoming country. In terms of seeing the highlights of Jordan I would suggest an itinerary something along the lines of:
Start in the capital, Amman, but you don't need longer than a day or two here as it's not particularly geared for tourists and not a huge amount to see here.
Then head to the Dead Sea, and have the wonderful experience of floating! The town of Madaba is nearby and there are some lovely hotels to stay in. From here, get the hotel to arrange you a transfer to Petra. Petra is incredible and cannot be missed! Maybe stay 2/3 days here and explore the site with a guide.
From Petra you could join a desert tour, where you can drive through the Wadi Rum desert in a 4x4, do a camel trek and camp under the stars for the night. A really lovely experience.
Finally you could end your trip on the Red Sea in Aqaba. Here the snorkelling and diving is great so I would definitely join a snorkelling tour.
At the end of your trip, either return home...or get the ferry across to Egypt?
I hope that gives you some inspiration.