israel/jordan/sinai which order?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Sep 7, 2013 1:49 PM Last Post By: Shuffaluff
Jul 2, 2013 12:55 AM
israel/jordan/sinai which order?Hi all,
I look for some suggestion about my next trip to middle east…
I’ll be there with my wife and my 9 yo son, leaving from Italy on early august, hopefully after the end of Ramadan.
I will deal with very hot weather I suppose… but I tested last summer in andalucia and i survived and some summer at my hometown is not a joke…
I’m looking for the best flight ticket… and help is needed to figure out the best itinerary.
My idea was to visit Jordan(7/8 days), Israel(4/5 days), and Sinai/Sea(7/8 days)… for a three weeks trips, more or less…
What do you think is the best order for the country?
I’d like to keep Sinai for last, because I like to rest and relax at the end…
In my mind the cheapest flight will be Italy-Ammam/Aqaba, and from there I’d move to Israel first, visit Jerusalem and around, and then start visiting Jordan, from north to south…
Finally move to Egypt(via sea or via land trough Eliat) and spend the last week in Sinai…
Is there any problem moving in/out from Israel several times, is it better to cut any border crossing?
Which side of dead sea is better? I should have the opportunity to visit both… but maybe they will be pretty similar and one will be enough…
Thanks a lot for your helpful suggestion.
Jul 2, 2013 7:53 AM
1Welcome to Thorn Tree.
You should avoid Israel from September 4 until September 26 because of a string of Jewish religious holidays that will cause immense disruption to your trip. So if "early August" at the beginning of your trip will have you in Israel several weeks later, that's something to bear in mind.
Every time you leave Israel you have to pay a border tax, so obviously the fewer times you leave the less it will cost. But apart from that there's no problem at all in doing it.
This is not the best time to visit Egypt, with all the political unrest there.
Jul 2, 2013 8:25 AM
2Thanks for your reply!
Well.. early august I mean the first/second week of august... so the second half of the month I'll be out of Israel.
Thanks for the suggestion.
I'm monitoring Egypt news... and I'm little bit warried about it.
In my opinion... maybe and hopefully to be in Sinai area should keep myself out of current political troubles...
I'll keep both eyes well focused on it...
Jul 2, 2013 8:25 PM
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Jul 5, 2013 4:39 PM
6Your aproach is good. If you land on Aqaba you can do a loop, crossing to Israel and go north and then cross to Jordan and go south. Finish your trip in Jordan. Cheaper country, much, much nicer people and much more to see.
Petra and Wadi Rum are worldclass jems.
Also expect zero service in Israel, inclusive to your son. Also on Friday afternoon and Saturday, there are almost nothing open and transportation is almost zero, inclusive to the airport / borders. You neeed to arrange them on the day before. Is really a hassle!!
Here´s a tip for your travel: avoid crossing borders on Friday or Saturday!
King Hussein is really a hussle, and expect 3 hour waiting line on fridays or saturdays.
Also they say that border closing is at 14:00 but it really closes at 11:00AM, because the last bus departures at 11:00AM. So in practical terms it closes at 11:00 in the Jordan side despite you have 3 hours to go through all security issues, like Xray, Stamps, etc.
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Sep 7, 2013 1:49 PM
9On Saturdays many places are open: for instance, throughout the country national parks and historic sites, and museums (depending on the museum; check the museum's website for hours). In Jerusalem everything will be open in the Old City with the exception of the Jewish Quarter. You can visit the Western Wall 24/7 (but you are not allowed to take photos there on Saturdays).
Most restaurants are open, with the exception of kosher restaurants (which are a majority in west Jerusalem).
And of course in Tel Aviv there's always the beach!
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