Travel Tips for Trip to Jordan | #WhereisAJ

I love Jordan – I have been there a few times already and would be keen to go back anytime. Would you like to plan a trip to Jordan for yourself? These travel tips should help you – read here or tune in to the video.

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Is Jordan safe to visit?

The thought of going to certain parts of the Middle East may unsettle some, but it need not be a fear in Jordan. Despite being surrounded by Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq and Syria, the country is very safe. Jordan has ensured it stays an oasis of peace despite the unrest in some of its neighbours. You will actually never get any sense of insecurity in Jordan.

How do you get a visa for Jordan?

Jordan has made its visa regime very simple. You can get one on arrival – and it’s free if you are in a group. Your travel agent will arrange for it. To save time at the airport, you can always get the visa easily in advance from the Jordanian embassy or consulate in your country.

How do you get to Jordan?

Many airlines serve Jordan but you may not get a direct flight from your city or country unless Royal Jordanian flies to it. You could choose from many airlines including Emirates, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, British Airways, Turkish Airlines and many more.

What are the accommodation options in Jordan?

You can choose from many to suit your style and budget. Pick from budget to luxury hotels, spa resorts, hostels, desert camps – you have them all.

How do you get around Jordan?

The best way to see Jordan is by road. Hire a car with a guide (who usually doubles up as your driver) or just self drive with some maps – the landscape is a delight to navigate. You can stop wherever you like, take detours, say hello to strangers – it’s all simple and safe. And there is barely any traffic on the highways.

Of course, you can always rent a camel especially in the Wadi Rum.

Suggested itinerary for 6 days in Jordan

This is a suggested itinerary if you plan to be in Jordan for six days – the minimum time you should plan for. Of course, you can extend your stay at any of the locations.

DAY 0: LAND IN JORDAN
This is likely to be the day you land in the capital Amman, located on a hill between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. Depending on the flight timings, you may or may not have time and energy to go around the city. If you have the evening free, head to The Citadel. In any case, go for a traditional Jordanian / Arabic meal in the evening – you will love the cuisine. Sleep well at night.

DAY 1
This will be your first full day of excursions. Head to Jerash – one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. You can easily spend half a day here. Drive to Ajlun Castle from there – an hour should be enough for the visit. Head back to Amman for an evening at The Citadel if not done the previous day. Spend the evening on Rainbow Street for a restaurant and bar crawl – it is ok to feast while on holiday.

DAY 2
Start the day with religious tourism in Madaba, Bethany and Mount Nebo. After a few hours there, head to Petra, truly one of the wonders of the planet. How the Nabataeans carved such a gigantic city out of rock faces confounds the mind. You can never get enough of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Recommend you spend all daytime hours here – and then go in for a night viewing too; the latter is not always an option as it is open only on select days of the week. Walk the short market street of Petra town in the evening, and grab a bite in one of the many restaurants there.

DAY 3
Spend the full day in Petra, and also make a side trip to Little Petra – it is, as the name suggests, a smaller version of Petra and has its own charm.

DAY 4
Head to the Red Sea port city of Aqaba – for a day of water sports and snorkelling to get a closer look at corals. Spend the night here.

DAY 5
You could spend the morning out in the sea in Aqaba. And then drive to Wadi Rum for its maze of monolithic rockscapes rising upto 1,750 metres from the desert floor. T. E. Lawrence of Arabia and Sharif Faisal Bin Huessin based their headquarters in Wadi Rum during the Arab revolt against the Ottomans in World War I – those who have seen the film Lawrence of Arabia will know. Wadi Rum was in the news again recently – depicting the planet Mars in the film The Martian starring Matt Damon.

Wadi Rum is best enjoyed in the evening when the sun is setting – if you can, spend the night stargazing in one of the camps in the desert. Head to the Dead Sea if not staying overnight here.

DAY 6
Spend the last day of the trip floating lazily in the Dead Sea – the lowest spot on the planet. You could be here for a few hours or overnight; don’t forget to get yourself pampered in one of the many spas in hotels along the sea. Head out to Amman from here to catch your flight back.

What is the best time to visit Jordan?

Summers can be harsh, but you can visit anytime between September to April. I have been to Jordan in the summers too – it is not as bad as you would expect it to be. Of course, winters may be the best time to go though.

How much should you budget for a trip to Jordan?

While Jordan is a destination for everyone, it may not be the ideal place for those on a typical backpacker budget. Plan it as a mid to high end destination.

In a nutshell…..

  1. Jordan is a great place to visit.
  2. Make sure you go.
  3. You can go anytime.
  4. It’s a place for most budgets.
  5. Great people – you will love them for their hospitality and warmth.
  6. The food is to be savoured.
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