I'm trying to iron down a feasible plan which takes in best of Egypt and Jordan in early October. At a high level, I'd like to includes Cairo (pyramids), Luxor, Sinai, Dahab, Wadi Rum, Petra and Amman - by flying into Amman and out of Cairo or vice versa.
Basically, just trying to get an itinerary together that I would be comfortable with, can travel on a budget, rely on public transport and come home suitably impressed with what I got to see but not too exhausted either (few days in Dahab and Luxor to relax!).....
My brushstoke itinerary at the mo is something along lines of
Amman (2 nights – 1st night recovery from flight!)
Petra – 1 night (2 days there)
Wadi Rum – 1 or 2 nights (first night getting there from Petra?)
Aqaba ? – 1 night?
Transport to Dahab somehow – 3 nights (beachtime + trip to Sinai / St Katherine’s)
Flight to Luxor from Sharm el Sheikh (to avoid a long 15 hour bus trip or ferry to Hurghada + bus option)
Luxor (3 or 4 nights)
Train to Cairo
Cairo (2 or 3 nights - flight times dependent)
So I would really appreciate your advice on what is feasible and how and recommendations on routre / transport options / sights to prioritise etc.
Many thanks in advance!
Skip the second night in Amman, it is one of the ugliest cities in the ME. Spend more time in Petra instead (you'll need it).
Instead of hanging out at Aqaba cross the border into Eilat, Israel. More fun there. Or if you want to avoid getting an Israeli passport stamp hop on the ferry from Aqaba to Nuweiba. Aqaba is not that interesting, the fun there is beach and snorkeling and you'll got plenty of that at Dahab. So shorten your time in Aqaba.
Watch out for the visa to Egypt - when you enter overland through the Sinai you cannot get it at the border, you have to get it in advance in either Aqaba or Eilat.
Flight from Sharm to Luxor will be a bit of a problem, be prepared to take the bus.
It is quite rushed but doable. If possible try to get some rest after the trip, you'll need it.
[ Edit: Edited on 30-Jul-2010, at 05:53 by t_maia ]
hi i agree with the last post....less time in amman (though would recommend a day trip to the dead sea) and an extra day in petra, also recommend an extra day in wadi rum if you into the outdoors.... try get yourself onto a camel or 4x4 desert trip and stay in a bedouin camp......worth it alone for sleeping under the stars at night.
no real need to stay overnight in aqaba, there is a an overnight ferry across to nuweiba in eqypt. strongly advise few days in dahab, its a fantastic chilled out and relaxed place with great diving and snorkelling oppertunities.... the blue hole is a must.
its worth bearing in mind that jordan is much more expensive than egypt and is not a cheap place to travel. unfortunatley i cant offer advice on how to travel as i did my trip with a tour company.