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Petra: have you been there?

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We are headed for Jordan on a tour later this year. Amman, the Dead Sea, and south to Petra. Has anyone been on this route lately? What would be your advice?

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    Hi Al,

    I went to J. twice, and both times went to see Petra. Generally I recommend to spend less time in Amman, almost nothing to see and difficult to walk around, because it's on the hills.

    Musts: Hammamat Main - hot water falls.
    Make it a half day trip.
    Then Kerak (castle).
    Dead Sea is interresting, but one our was enough for me. Make sure you have
    water on hand to take a shower.
    Mount Nebo is worth seeing it. They say
    you can see Jerusalem on a sunny day.
    It was a sunny day, I saw no Jerusalem.

    Now Petra: You'd better arrive a night
    before to be on site very early in the morning - about 7.30 a.m. (I was).
    After my two times there, I would recommend to reserve two days for Petra,
    thus buying a two days ticket. This will also help you not to hurry afternoon, because if you want to go further, transport is not easy to find after 4-5 p.m. Take some water with you too.
    For all the Jordan trip I recommend Lonely Planet book "Syria & Jordan".

    When travelling between Amman and Petra
    in general, make sure to be on the Old Kings Highway - the scenary is superb.
    If buses do not go this way but you have
    friends with you - find a taxi.

    Then you can go to the Red Sea and relax
    a couple of days there. But there is actually nothing to do there after dark.

    Wadi Rum: I went there but I can't say I
    enjoyed as much as travel books say.
    I guess the guide we were with was not good, and we only were there couple of hours. So my oppinion may not be correct.
    To finish my story - I was there in early

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    Hi Al,

    I went to J. twice, and both times went to see Petra. Generally I recommend to spend less time in Amman, almost nothing to see and difficult to walk around, because it's on the hills.

    Musts: Hammamat Main - hot water falls.
    Make it a half day trip.
    Then Kerak (castle).
    Dead Sea is interresting, but one our was enough for me. Make sure you have
    water on hand to take a shower.
    Mount Nebo is worth seeing it. They say
    you can see Jerusalem on a sunny day.
    It was a sunny day, I saw no Jerusalem.

    Now Petra: You'd better arrive a night
    before to be on site very early in the morning - about 7.30 a.m. (I was).
    After my two times there, I would recommend to reserve two days for Petra,
    thus buying a two days ticket. This will also help you not to hurry afternoon, because if you want to go further, transport is not easy to find after 4-5 p.m. Take some water with you too.
    For all the Jordan trip I recommend Lonely Planet book "Syria & Jordan".

    When travelling between Amman and Petra
    in general, make sure to be on the Old Kings Highway - the scenary is superb.
    If buses do not go this way but you have
    friends with you - find a taxi.

    Then you can go to the Red Sea and relax
    a couple of days there. But there is actually nothing to do there after dark.

    Wadi Rum: I went there but I can't say I
    enjoyed as much as travel books say.
    I guess the guide we were with was not good, and we only were there couple of hours. So my oppinion may not be correct.
    To finish my story - I was there in early May and late March-beg.April.
    And I recommend beginning of April.

    That's about all. Write me if you want.
    Timur.









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