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Just wondering, are there any intersting mosques, castles, oases, etc to the far east of Amman, as in close to the Iraqi border?
I am planning on going on the Petra Nights tour on a Wednesday. I'm estimating to be done at about 10 p.m. I have a flight to catch at AMM at 6:00 a.m. the following morning. What's the best way of getting from Petra at night to AMM?
I'm thinking that a taxi from Petra to AMM at night might be the best option, but do they run that late at night? Do I need to make arrangements ahead of time?
I could also catch a few hours of sleep at Petra and take a taxi departing at 2:00 a.m., getting me to the airport at 4:00 (that would be my preferable option), but I'm not sure how difficult it would be to find a taxi at 2:00, and also whether I would be taking a risk in case the taxi would not be there and then I'd miss my flight. Thank you.
I went last Wednesday to the US Embassy in Amman to apply for a visa to visit the US in August (3 months in advance) but the person who was on the desk told me I was not qualified for a visa! I had previously been told that I needed to provide evidence that I would return to Jordan and I had such papers with me but she wouldn't even look at them!!! All she did was ask me a couple of questions before telling me I wasn't qualified! It seems like this might just be a way to charge people 113 JD each time they apply for the visa, without giving them a legitimate opportunity to obtain one. They must be kidding! I wanted to share this with you and hear your feedback; I wonder if you have had similar experiences, or perhaps this is just an isolated case? Thank you in advance for any feedback .
When my partner and I went to Jordan we had little time to prepare and organise the trip so we decided to get a driver to be able to enjoy more our short visit in the country and to make sure we could cover as much as possible. Also to see places beyond what it´s written on the travel guides and to learn about the country and the Jordan culture.
We read some good references about Omran Brkawi on the web, so we contacted him and he helped us organise our tour within a couple of days.
To our surprise, the service he provided was beyond our expectations. Omran was incredibly professional and genuinely a good person. Always on time and making sure everything was alright with us at all times. He speaks English perfectly too which was essential for us.
He has a network of drivers and they made our visit a really incredible experience. To the point that we came back home thinking that h... more »
I was wondering how hard it is to cross the Jordan-Israel border on Saturday. I've heard the border closes early and there can be long delays. My flight arrives around 10 am at Queen Alia. Will I have enough time to get a visa at the airport, get a taxi to the border, and cross before the border closes in the same day (on a Saturday)?
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If i'm leaving Dahab early in the morning to make it to the border, cross, should i 1) grab a taxi and head to Wadi rum for the day and then to aqaba overnight and then catch a bus to wadi musa next morning OR 2) taxi to wadi rum for the day and in the evening grab a taxi to wadi musa. Was thinking of sleeping in the desert but it gonna be a bit chilly around Jan 1st ??? Thanks for your input....:)
My wife and I are driving from Amman International Airport to Petra on June 10. If we arrive at 5PM can we make it to Petra before dark?
Hello, just a quick question regarding the Jett bus from Amman, Jordan to Cairo, Egypt (or Cairo to Amman - not sure which country we'll do first). I'm assuming that this bus will need to cross the red sea via boat, and I've read lots of posts about how unreliable this boat service can be. Someone said that the 1am boat from Aqaba is the vehicle boat and always leaves on time. Is this true? And if so would there be one in the opposite direction? I'm trying to figure out a relatively cheap and reliable way between both countries, and want to avoid flying this leg of the trip to save money. Thanks!
My fiance and and I are planning a trip to Africa next September (2014) so am in early stages of planning now, trying to figure out itinerary and travel times etc.
Basically, we will be doing Africa with friends through a tour company for around 3-4 weeks, heading to Egypt on our own for probably around 10 days, then we want to visit Jordan after Egypt (Petra and the Dead Sea at least), then hopefully onto Morrocco if we can for maybe 7-10 days. Unfortunately we might only have a few days spare for Jordan, max 1 week.
I have read that you can hire taxi's to drive you around, so I was thinking if we went from Cairo to Aqaba we could then get a driver/taxi/bus(?) to take us to Petra (for maybe 2d/1n) then onto Amman for a couple of days (either visiting Dead Sea on the way or as a day trip from Amman). Would 4-5 days be long enough for this? I'm not sure of travel times.... more »
I am looking a great hike in the Dana Biosphere Reserve for about 3-4 hours. I will be there in May so perhaps a hike that highlights the beauty of spring where I can maximize seeing the reserve in such a short time period.
Also, coming in from Dead Sea in the morning, hoping to arriving in Dana early, do the 3-4 hr hike, then drive and sleep in Petra. Have a private driver so transportation not an issue. Otherwise, feasible?
Would I need a guide? Where would the drop-off point for the hike be?
Also, I love to hike and have been to alot of places. Since we are low on time, just want confirmation that Dana Reserve is "worth it". Happy to make the effort if it is worth it.
Thank you for any tips!
What is the average daily rate for hiring a driver in Jordan? I don't want a tour guide. I only want a driver to get us from Point A to Point B. I will be in Jordan for 6 days and we know exactly what we want to see. My travelling companion is not keen on renting a car so, for the sake of the tight schedule, we are looking at options for a private driver.
1. I got quoted 475 JD for six days of driving, so that's 79 JD per day. Does this sound right or is this high? (This includes petrol, car, driver, but not tip). I am assuming it is acceptable to try to bargain with the driver over email if this price is high?
2. Anyone have any recommendations for private drivers?
3. Possible to arrange private taxi from Point A to Point B with our hotel and then have our hotel arrange the onward travel? Is this more hassle than just getting one private driver for the whole... more »
Hi. We are working on our IT for Jordan and have decided (because of advice on this forum) to do 2 nights at Petra and two nights in a Bedouin camp. We will be driving ourselves in a 4 WD from Amman airport (husband and myself), probably arriving 2nd week in June. (Yes, we know, it's miserably hot.) We are trying to avoid the Trip Advisor crowd, and would like to hear from anyone who has spent time in the protected area of Wadi Rum in one of these camps.
I'm partial to a private shower, although we have done rougher camping in Morocco. Mainly, we don't want to be in a place with lots of kids, and we want to see the sky at night. From our reading, it seems that the protected area camps are a bit more rustic, but somewhat more remote. Thank you for any places you can suggest.
I am looking into getting a taxi from Aqaba/Eilat border to Petra on May 20th. Total cost is 50 JD (70 USD/55 Euro). Ideally would like to find some one to share the ride. I am planning to come back the next day on May 21st
i have posted this in per-chance someone else is travelling to the King Hussein border from the international airport on Sun 28th April arriving 3:45pm so might be processed by 4:30 or near-abouts & catching a private taxi through to the King Hussein/ Allenby border.............. we can share the ride at around $32.00 D
I would like to ask for views and suggestions how/where best to arrange good snorkeling in Aqaba with the inconvenient time slot I have available - two thirds of one day (from late morning) and then the following morning, till about 1PM.
From what I read, one option could be a Sindbad boat with a grill, leaving the marina at 1PM. But then, I am after swimming and not grilling ;) And also I read somewhere that the reef near Aqaba is not very interesting.
Another option could be to commute from Aqaba (with public transport if it exists) to the coast some 10-15 kms south of Aqaba, and to rent the gear and hop in the water there. Is this doable and what time do they close the flipper rentals? Would this be by taxi only and muchos $$$ to enter the beach?
Last option that comes to mind would be to overnight not in Aqaba but to base in one of the places in the coa... more »
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