Hello, I am in the beginning stages of planning my trip to Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. I will have about 4 weeks, and would like to do this trip as cheap as possible.
It looks like I will be flying into Luxor, and flying out of Amman. So what will be the best overland route for me to follow? Work my way through Egypt, then go into Israel, then Jordan? Or Egypt, Souther Jordan to Israel and back into Jordan to Amman?
The main things I want to do are:
Egypt: See Luxor and Cairo, dive in the Red Sea, and hike up Mt. Sinai.
Jordan: Petra and Wadi Rum
Israel: Jerusalem, Sea of Galilee, and the Dead Sea.
Would it make more sense for me to plan on diving at Hurghada, or Dahab? Which is cheaper, and is the quality different?
What is the best way to see, and the best departure point for Wadi Rum?
Also, about how much should I plan on budgeting for a trip like this?
Thanks in advance for any help.
There are 3 border crossings between Jordan and Israel. The one closest to Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Amman King Hussein bridge is also the one with the biggest trouble, since the road to it runs through the West Bank. Most people avoid this crossing, choosing to go via Eilat and Aqaba.
If however you need to keep your visit to Israel out of your passport there is only one way to go:
Egpyt, ferry from Nuweiba to Aqaba, travel north from Aqaba to Petra and Amman, visits to the Desert castles. Then crossing the border at the King Hussein bridge (you will not get stamped out of Jordan at this post!), visit Israel, go back using the same crossing and fly out of Amman.
For this to work it is important that you request that the Israeli officials stamp a piece of paper instead of your passport.
[ Edit: Edited on Jan 14, 2008, at 3:12 AM by t_maia ]
Thanks t-maia. I'm pretty sure my passport will have expired by the time I plan on going to any country that doesn't recognize Israel, so I'm not too worried about that. Thanks again for your advice though.