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1. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 413 posts) 5y

Been to :

England
Ireland
Scotland
Wales
France
Luxembourg
Holland
Germany
Spain
Portugal
Turkey
Croatia
Slovia
Austria
Italy
Belgium
Denmark
Sweden
Slovakia
Egypt
America
Canada
Mexico
Fiji
Australia
New Zealand
Singapore
Malaysia
Hong Kong
Thailand
Cambodia
Laos
Vietnam

Booked:
Finland
Estonia
Latvia
Lithuania

Please choose:

Hurgarda
Rhodes, Falaraki,Kos, Aiya Napa Athens, Santorini, Myokonos, Crete, Corfu
Bucharest
Sofia
Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt
Switzerland - Interlocken, Zurich, Geneva, Bonn
Nice, Lyon, Paris
Faro
Andulucia, Heleva, Bilbao
Morocco
Split, Dubrovnick
Sarajevo, Mostar
Durres, Tirane, Obsiz lake
Belgrade
Warsaw, Krakow +
Prague +
S.A Itinerary

2. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 5y

Hurghada or Morocco (i admit that I am predictable, but I really like the ME!)

If you are not just in search of a beach, I can also strongly recommend going to Jordan. Maybe make it a combined Egypt-Jordan trip? It is easy taking the ferry to Sharm-el-Sheikh from Hurghada, and from Hurghada you can go by bus to Dahab (weed-smoking, snorkeling and diving hippie heaven) and up to Nuweiba or Taba. Taba is at the border with Israel, you can easily cross from there to Eilat and Aqaba if you don't mind an Israeli stamp in your passport. Otherwise take the ferry from Nuweiba to Aqaba. Plan on about 7-10 days for a Hurghada-Petra roundtrip.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra
http://www.visitjordan.com

3. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 413 posts) 5y

Thanks t_maia.

Interested in Petra as well, forgotten to include. So how do I get there from Aqaba to Petra? What is the negative thing about the Israel stamp?

4. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 5y

Aqaba to Petra - usually by shared taxi or minibus. If you take the ferry from Nuweiba there should be drivers waiting at the port, and you should be able to find people to share a taxi with.

Downside of the Israeli stamp is that it limits the usefulness of your passport. A number of countries (Syria, Sudan, Lybia, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi-Arabia, ...) will deny you entry if you got an Israeli stamp in your passport. Not much of an issue if your passport is about to expire anyway, but if it is brand-new...

5. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 413 posts) 5y

Yeah mine is only a few months old. Last one was battered!

As for getting there, thought about Dana. How do I get there? Not too worried about those countries most interested in Israel. Is this area easy to travel around? Cheap? Can you see any development towards tourism?

As for http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=aqaba&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&hl=en&tab=wl

how long and how much is the ride thanks!

6. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 5y

Travelling in Israel is a piece of cake, the only problem is the security situation which can change very fast. There is a very good infrastructure for tourism (backpackers included) in Israel. Public transport is good, but a little bit crazy. (Similar to Egypt.)

Israel is a bit on the expensive side of things compared to other countries in the area, I would plan on taking at least 40 EUR per day and person.

As for getting from Hurghada to Aqaba:

First go to Taba. Check out the following link:
www.ask-aladdin.com/bus_schedules.htm

At Taba you walk across the border. From there you should be able to take the local bus to Eilat city centre (unless it is Friday). From Eilat city centre it means either local bus or taxi to the Jordanian border, and from there by taxi either to Aqaba or directly to Petra.

For Taba-Petra or Dahab-Petra I would plan on a full day travel-time, leaving in the morning and arriving in the late afternoon or evening.

Cost of travel for Egypt-Jordan is approx. 60-100 EUR return if you go overland, price varies whether you are forced to take a lot of taxis or manage to catch the buses. Cheapest way to get to Jordan or Israel from Europe is usually to fly into Sharm-el-Sheikh and then go overland.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Mar-2009, at 14:46 by t_maia ]

7. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 413 posts) 5y

40 includes hostel? How expensive did you find that, how expensive is it compares to Germany/Europe, Australia? Thanks

8. Posted by t_maia (Moderator 3291 posts) 5y

Daily minimum budgets are: (Western) Europe 50 EUR, Syria 15-20 EUR, Jordan 20-30 EUR depending upon entry fees, Egypt 15-25 EUR, Turkey 35-40 EUR. That includes all fees, hostel, food, entry to sights and some travelling around. Go figure.

[ Edit: Edited on 25-Mar-2009, at 14:48 by t_maia ]

9. Posted by boulderman (Respected Member 413 posts) 5y

Ah sweet:) Cheers! Prost!

10. Posted by rubylene (Budding Member 16 posts) 5y

alright, if you want to then you can got to Nice, Lyon, Paris... Philippines should be on your list... it's a good country and we have lots of beautiful places here...