A month in Jordan - off the beaten track?.
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Nov 1, 2012 1:24 AM Last Post By: heluska
Oct 15, 2012 7:17 AM
A month in Jordan - off the beaten track?.I'll be in Jordan for a month in November. I really prefer to get off the beaten track and explore non-touristic rural areas.
Does anyone have any advice on rural villages - possibly homestays - that one could spend a few days in? I would be travelling by public transport only.
Edited by: Zamukulungisa
Oct 15, 2012 3:07 PM
Oct 15, 2012 4:56 PM
Oct 15, 2012 5:55 PM
3IF you are going to Umm Qais and you are interested in archaeology check out Pella http://sydney.edu.au/arts/sophi/neaf/excavations/index.shtml. Yes I am biased since I have volunteered 3 times (2003, 2008, 2011) and am investigating returning in January 2013.
Overnight accommodation is pretty limited – there is the Pella Rest House (see http://www.romero-jordan.com/) and the Pella Countryside Hotel (see http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Hotel_Review-g2151248-d2148900-Reviews-Pella_Countryside_Hotel-Tabaqat_Fahl_Irbid_Governorate.html) both which receive good and bad reports.
Oct 16, 2012 3:45 AM
I remember reading the JT story during Ramadan, and posted it for you to read. Further research led me to the Siyaha site, but nowhere was I able to locate booking information for you, outside going through a travel/tourism professional booking agent (which I try to avoid). However, if you have no problems about using a travel agent, you can google "jordan, homestay bookings"
Oct 16, 2012 10:51 AM
Outside the Dead sea, the King highway, Petra, the Wadi Rum and Aqaba (if you are beach addict or like snorkeling/diving), the rest of the country is something like "off the beaten track".
As mentioned above: Um Qais, Ajlun (less), Pella and the Jordan valley and the Desert castles could be considered as "off the beaten track".
You can travel In Jordan by public transports even some sections are not covered by these transports.
Oct 17, 2012 10:10 PM
Oct 18, 2012 6:17 AM
7Thanks to all of you - that's very helpful information. I will definitely follow up the homestay info. Perhaps I can just kind of make my own homestay route with families from the first town/village recommending friends/relatives in other places on the same terms...
I will post back here to let you know what I found.
If anyone is interested in similar kind of stuff in South Africa (where I'm from), check out Bulungula (google it).
Nov 1, 2012 1:24 AM
I hope you plan to stay in Wadi Rum for a couple of days as you stay one month in Jordan! if you want to avoid the touristic track, get in touch with Atallah. you get into the real bedouin life! and you are not staying in the big camp build just for tourist! Check his website : www.wadirumjordanguide.com
Enjoy your stay in Jordan!
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