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Does anyone have the scoop on traveling in Jordan? If so, I'd appreciate your help! We're thinking about going there sometime between Nov and Jan and will be on a budget.
How expensive it is there, relatively speaking?
Do a lot of people speak English?
Is it easy to get around by public transportation?
What are the highlights?
How is the weather at that time of year?
How does one go from Amman to Petra and how long does it take?
And how about from Amman/Petra to Sharm el Sheikh?
And now for my stupid question: is Jordan on the red sea? Sorry, but I don't have a good map and the books I've ordered will take a few weeks to arrive.
Thanks for any info you can provide.

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    My husband and I went to Jordan and Syria for two weeks in March. It was an amazing trip and I would recommend going to either or both countries without hesitation.
    We were not on a budget, so I can't really address many of your questions. It is more expensive than we had anticipated, however-- in terms of food, lodging, and transportation. We travelled by private car and driver (relatively inexpensive, especially considering the time we saved) and it took about 2.5- 3 hours to et from Petra to Amman on the desert highway. Many people speak English in Jordan and we did not encounter any language problems (Syria was a different story, however). I would recommend spending a day in Amman, 4 days in Petra, a day or two in Wadi Rum, some time in Aqaba (which we skipped), and some time exploring the King's Highway (Madaba, Kerak) and Jerash (Roman town). Syria is adjacent and has some magnificent sights and sites. The weather ranged between the upper 60s in Amman to the mid to high 80s in Petra and the desert- perfect for all of the hiking we did.

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    hi there,
    sorry, seen Your question a little late. We have been in the April. It was pretty warm/hot - Feb will be a little more fresh, even in the night. A lot of people speak english, no problem at all. Public transportation is easy to do and very cheap. In Amman there is a big bus station whit a central ticket counter.
    Highlight are: Petra!!! Go there in the early morning and dont take a horse ride, it is just a tourist trap.
    Jerash: very nice place to go, big area and not too crowded.
    Death sea, a must to take a bath.
    Kerak, the mosaiks and mount moses.
    Wadi Rum, the dessert.
    The dessert castles, not so easy to reach by bus, I think You need a car.
    There is a direct bus from Amman to Petra, including entrece fee and lunch. It is much cheaper (Petra entrece is about 30 US $)to do this a a package than at Your own, but You leave early in the morning, have about 3-4 hours in Petra and come back late. But found a few guys that do this.
    Jerusalem. Hm, well, the political situation is not too good to do this trip now, perhaps it may change.
    Sharm el Sheikh? I dont know, this is in Egypt, we not crossed the border.

    Red sea, shure, Jordan is, but the town and the beaches (Aquaba) is not too good - noisy, expensive, dirty. I think the sea is much better in Egypt.
    have fun
    Gar

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