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1. Posted by mediadavid (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Hi all!

It's my honeymoon in April and we've finally decided on the destination - Istanbul, and then Jordan.

Istanbul will be easy, we're staying in Sultanahmet (in a hotel called the Empress Zoe, very good reviews, anyone been?) and everything we want to see will be in Sultanahmet or at least in the City.

Jordan is another issue, as the main tourism sites are fairly spread out across the country, and there is no public transport.

We have five full days in Jordan. The two main things we HAVE to see are Petra, of course, and the Roman city of Jerash. It seems a bit remiss to go to Jordan and not see the Dead Sea, or certainly to not see the Desert (Wadi Rum seems the place to go for your desert experience), so that's four things really, all in different parts of the country.

For people who have gone, how did you order, organise it and get around? There's taxis of course, how much are those to get from place to place? (say, Amman to Petra. Or Dead sea to Petra) Is there backpacking buses? We'd probably want to avoid the actual Jordanian buses (not for any reason apart from, accpording to the guide book they only leave when they're full etc, and we'd probably not want to waste too much time...but maybe I'm wrong here)

I have heard that you should leave Petra to the end as it can overshadow the rest of Jordan, even objectively amazing sites like Jerash. Unfortunately it seems that the hotels in Petra (Wadi Musa) are alreasy beginning to book up which I wasn't expecting. Has anyone done a Wadi Rum tour/camp? Any advice on tour operators there?

The sort of schedule I'd thought up was:

Arrive in Queen Alia airport late Friday. Stay in hotel either in airport, or Amman.

Saturday Day 1 - take a trip up to Jerash, also just relaxing in Amman.

Sunday Day 2 - Head down to Petra? Perhaps via Dead Sea?

Monday Day 3 - Full day in Petra, getting up very early to catch sunrise in Petra etc.

Tuesday Day 4 - Wadi Rum?

Wednesday Day 5 - Back to Amman (via somewhere else?)

Does this seem reasonable? Are we missing out on necessary sights?

All info welcome.

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 2y

I went to Jordan a few years ago and pretty much followed the same itinerary as yours, but spent 2 full days in Petra, so if you can spare more time I'd recommend it. We could have spent longer there but were exhausted from all the walking! Also on your way down to Petra, it's worth stopping in Madaba and Mt Nebo.

We hired a driver to get around the country - I can't remember how much he charged but I remember at the time that it was very reasonable, especially between 2 of us. If you want his details let me know, and I can send you them in a private message. He was amazing and totally made our trip to Jordan!

We spent a day in Wadi rum in a 4 x 4, and the slept in the desert which was great; this was all organised by our driver. On the way back to Amman he took us via the Dead Sea where we did the mandatory float!

Hope this helps.

3. Posted by mediadavid (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Thanks for the feedback! It's gratifying to know my idea doesn't sound too bad.

Could you send me the details of the driver? Sounds great, certainly good to get more info than The Rough Guide.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 2y

No worries; I have sent you a message with the details.

Just remembered something else - we did the day trip to Jerash independently on a public bus which was quick and easy.

Enjoy Jordan!

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6. Posted by WeTravel2gether (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

We plan almost the same tour, and have 9 days in the Easter. We are thinking about taking a flight to Aqaba, take a tour (camel+jeep) to the desert (Wadi Rum). Then take a whole day in Petra. Next on our list are a trip to the Dead Sea, before we cross the boarder in to Israel.

In Israel we thinking about see Jerusalem and Bethlehem before we are going to Tel Aviv for a flight to Istanbul for a whole day!

Jerash in Jordan we will check out. It has not been on our list, before now ;)

But do anyone know if there is possible to get visas at the airport even if we arrive in the middle of the night?

7. Posted by WeTravel2gether (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Quoting bex76

We hired a driver to get around the country - I can't remember how much he charged but I remember at the time that it was very reasonable, especially between 2 of us. If you want his details let me know, and I can send you them in a private message. He was amazing and totally made our trip to Jordan!

Where can we find a driver? How does that work?

We're not sure how to get around except by taxi.

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9. Posted by mediadavid (Budding Member 3 posts) 2y

Another question, about money. Did people take all their money in advance? Do bank machines in Jordan work with western cards? I assume that traveller's cheques won't be accepted many/any places.