Hello, I am planning my first trip to Jordan, as a detour from Dubai, on my way home to the UK from Kabul and plan on staying three nights only. Apart from Amman, my priorities are 1. bathing in the Dead Sea and 2. Petra. I am open to any suggestion as to what else might be fitted in and especially ancient sites. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Many thanks for your message. We can arrange your tour for you, and discuss this over coffee if you decide to stay at the Caravan Hotel. But to help you decide your day tours using us as a base i list some options for you.
1. Amman - Madaba - Mt. Nebo - Dead Sea Beach Resort - Amman.
2. Amman - Adjourn - Jerash - Amman
3. Amman - Petra - Amman.
I have offer options but not sure how long you will stay in Amman.
We can offer you the best rates for transportation, (Driver and car). You can look on our web site for our details.. We look forward to hearing from you.
I got a visa on arrival as I did not know about the Jordan pass that you can get before you arrive. I believe the price will give you free or very reduced entry fees into the sites you are going to see. Wish I had got it. Can highly recommend Caravan hotel and their tours/drivers (Mohammed), as I did three weeks based out of there a lot cheaper then the big tour companies.
Yes, you can get a Visa at Amman airport, I believe it is $40 usd
We did Petra in one long day, getting there about 8:00 am and leaving about 5:00 or 6:00. My daughter's Fitbit said we walked 15 miles and 35,000 steps. If you don't want to do a long day, then I would go for 2. Be aware that there is a longish walk (about a kilometer) to get into Petra, then further walking to see the full canyon. It is totally worth it, though.
I agree that the Dead Sea is worth about 2 hours; you don't have to spend all day there.
Be aware that Jerash is north of Amman and Petra is south; you may not be able to get to both in a limited time.
I liked the Citadel and the Roman amphitheater in Amman, but you don't have to spend all day there. Be sure to buy some baklava!
get yourself a travel guide Lonely Planet etc.
that's the way to do it
Petra is worth 2 days on its own. Dead Sea is a quick visit or as long as you wish to partake. Amman has so many interesting things. Jerash is to the north. Desert castles to the east. You have to decide.
If you only have 3 nights, I would suggest focusing on Petra and the Dead Sea, maybe even skipping Amman or leaving it for the last day in case you have time before your flight(Took us 3 hours to go over the Citadel, Mosques and the street with the souks) . To fully visit and absorb Petra, I believe 2 days are needed. Once you are done, you can hire a driver (any hotel can help you with that, or I have the info of the one we used if you are interested) to drive you to the Dead Sea, stopping at Kerak (Old Crusader Castle (1.5 hours visit) and/ or Wadi Mujib (Not ancient site, but super fun canyoning experience, right before arriving to the Dead Sea).
I totally agree that Jerash's Roman ruins are amazing, but if you only have 3 days, might be better to concentrate on places between Amman and Petra
Jerash is a very beautiful ancient roman site a bit north of Amman, very scenic with a Hippodrom, it is also included in the jordan pass you should get in advance
Thanks everyone for the brilliant tips. I've booked four nights now, so as to take in Jerash, Dead Sea and Petra, besides Amman. Luckily, I love walking, so Petra in one long day, no problem. I'm looking forward to my stay immensely. On arrival, I shall look for a visa and a hat.
Thank you for the helpful comments. In particular, I did not realise there was so much to see at Petra and Jerash sounds very interesting. I must get to the Dead Sea, but a couple of hours there will probably be enough. I do have most of my last day free to explore Amman, before catching a late afternoon flight back to Dubai. If the hotel can help with my itinerary and it seems they can, that will be great. Not sure what is meant by "Jordan pass", Volkhard? I am assuming I can get an entry visa on arrival in Jordan and do not need to apply in advance?
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