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1. Posted by cn (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

cn has indicated that this thread is about Jordan

would like to know if i could get from israel to jordan crossing over the river/sea.?
or are there no posts? and in doing so, be able to camp/hike from there..,

2. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 8y

You can get to Jordan from Isreal at a couple of different crossings. There is one at the southern end of Jordan in a port city that I don't recall the name of off the top of my head, seems like the name was Aquaba or something to that effect. You can also cross, or at least you could at one time, over the Jordan river near the north end of the dead sea. Again I don't recall the exact name of the crossing and this was about 5 years ago that I was there. I didn't see anywhere to camp but there are plenty of cheap hotels in the area and the bus is very cheap in Jordan.

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

There are only three border crossings. The most northern one is the least used, it is Sheikh Hussein Bridge on the road that leads from Nazareth to Irbid. It is in the desert in the middle of nowhere with only sporadic transport.

The most commonly used is King Hussein/Allenby bridge border crossing. The bridge crosses the Jordan Valley. Transportation to that spot can be a bit difficult, since you need to travel through the West Bank. Depending upon the security situation there a crossing at this spot might be a bad idea. The crossing derives its popularity from the fact that visitors to Israel are not stamped out of Jordan at this point, thus enabling people to keep a visit to Israel out of their records. Plus it is close to Amman and Jerusalem.

The southern one is the Eilat/Aqaba border crossing. Eilat to Aqaba is probably hikable if you don't mind a very long walk through the desert. Distance is approx. 20 kms. It is far away from the Jordan River or the Dead Sea, though.

http://www.mideastweb.org/misraeldetail.htm

http://www.bu.edu/acor/hosttrvl.htm