You might want to skip Wadi Rum even though it is very good because you hardly have any time. We don’t want to travel by tour (and we can’t stay in Jordan). We can provide you with a tour guide and driver, we also do trekking and hiking, camel and horseback riding. While driving through the beautiful landscape of Jordan, our tour guide explained us a lot about the Jordanian history. Before we got to the sandstone city of Petra we had to get into Jordanian fashion. We got a "special price" for being Americans, after all (yeah right). Here's a view of the walkway--you'll notice a path on the right for walkers, and a path on the left for horses and donkeys. Here is our morning view of Wadi Musa, Jordan (the base town of Petra). The Penang Hill offers a panoramic view of the city of Penang. The First location will be Jerash, the Old Roman City which has Roman Theaters, museum and lots of places related to the Roman civilization. However, the time spent guided in Petra will be a maximum of 25 passengers per group. 2. For travelling between Amman-Wadi Rum-Petra-Amman Airport, is the public transport convenient, considering we will have luggage?
We have been city hopping, and now country hopping for the last part of our trip. If I spent more than a couple of days pulling together that trip I would have spent more time in JO. There were plenty of tourists by the time I arrived to see the ancient Roman ruins so it was not easy to avoid photo bombs. The following day you drive north to visit Jerash, one of best-preserved cities of the Decapolis, a confederation of 10 Roman cities dating from the 1st century! The spectacular city of Petra was build in the 3rd century BC by the Nabataeans who carved palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms and stables from the sandstone cliffs. As we walked through the narrow canyons there were sculptures still carved in the sandstone. You can still see how the water system once worked. Just past the new visitor's center (still under construction), the walk into Petra from Jerusalem, begins. Accessing the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose City on a walk through a narrow, deep siq, where the rocks finally give way to reveal the famous facade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury), you continue our exploration.
Visitors like us walk through the Siq in order to enter Petra. Here is Nicki and Sammy in the Siq. Nicki greeted the Chinese with a friendly "zao shang hao" (good morning), but it must've been too early to chat since they focused primarily on the food. Here is Nicki (and Sammy) with their trusty donkey at the Monastery. Between the unknown distance to the monastery, and the fact that we were carrying Sammy, we decided to cave in and opted for the donkey ride. In fact you can enter Israel via the Aqaba Eilat border and than to Tel Aviv. Advertising studies in the 1960s-1980s found that the combination of red and yellow produced the highest amount of sales and new customers, so Honest Ed uses that fact to its successful advantage. His excavations provided important evidence about ancient Mesopotamia, particularly about the Assyrian civilisation, and his books - part travel writing, part specialised archaeological studies - are beautifully evocative.
We are all ready to go! One tangible remnant of the Old Testiment does exist - fragments of the Dead Sea Scrolls are today housed in the National Archaeological Museum in Amman. It reminded us of "the Narrows" at Zion National Park in Utah (except there was no water). 2 lifeguards on duty to show you how to float on the water, they would quickly rinse the ultra salty water from your eyes and mouth in case you inhaled some. The Nabateans controlled the trade routes from Damascus to Araba by having the only sources of water, and the spice, silk and slave caravans passing through had to pay taxes and protection money to the Nabateans-basically, they were super wealthy! The Nabateans mastered hydraulic engineering. The outside of the facility has gigantic red and yellow signs posted so that you can see the name of the store from far away, probably form an airplane as well. We went into a store that sold the local trades of that time.
• Skip Petra -- not enough time in such a short visit. This excludes tours which visit Northern Jordan (Jerash, Amman), and private tours. Jordan is lookin pretty good! Free Entry VISA to Jordan (Depend on guest’s nationality). 75 per person entry fee (Q: Who travels to Jordan only to turn around due to the entrance fee to Petra, anyway? A: the guys staying across the hall from us at the inn), we were on our way. First, if you aren't locked into airline tickets yet, I would strongly encourage you to fly open jaws, meaning into Israel and return home from Jordan or vice versa. The biblical names of Jordan are: Edom, Moab, Ammon, Gilead, Gad and Peraea. Following this, you’ll be guided through this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, along the way understanding how Petra became a hub of international trade some 2,000 years ago.