Amman, Petra, Dead See and Jerusalem

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Jun 4th, 2012, 02:16 PM
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Amman, Petra, Dead See and Jerusalem

Hi there,
I am traveling to Jordan and Israel and I am trying to organise my trip and would like your advise.
I am arriving to Amman airport at 8 pm on Thursday 21st of June and then I am planning to stay that night in Amman. The next day I am not sure if it would be worth to stay in the morning in Amman and then take a Bus to Petra around noon. Otherwise I will take the bus at 6.30 to Petra. what would you recommend me to do?
Any advise of where to stay in Amman?

I want to stay the weekend at Petra (2.5 half days). One of those nights at Petra, I would like to stay at a bedouin camp, do you know where can I find info, how much does it cost and where do I need to go?

On Monday morning I will head to Israel (via Eilat). Do you know how long will take me to go from Petra to the border and then how much time will take me to go to Eilat?
Is It worth to spend half day at Eilat? otherwise I will head to the dead Sea, any recommendation which part of the dead sea should I go and which transport can I take, and how long will take? I was thinking to go to Ein Gedi, stay a couple of hours and then go to Jerusalem to sleep there. Is this realistic to do it in one day? Otherwise where can I stay.
If I decide to hire a taxi to take me from Eilat to Jerusalem stopping by the dead sea, how much can this cost me? or can I do this by bus?

I will be staying in Jerusalem on Friday and Saturday, but I think most of the sights, restaurant, etc, will be closed. Any advise what to do on those days? I was thinking maybe Friday afternoon to go to Bethlehem, how much can it cost me to go by taxi?
Is there a transport to go on Saturday evening from Jerusalem to Tel aviv?

Many thanks in advance,
Ines
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Jun 4th, 2012, 04:27 PM
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Hello, Ines.
I will try to answer a few of your Israel questions.

Just taking a taxi from Eilat to the Dead Sea will cost hundreds of dollars, if you could find someone who wanted to do it! Stopping at the Dead Sea and then continuing to Jerusalem with a different taxi would also be very expensive.
A tour guide with his/her own car would also cost hundreds of dollars for the whole day. Yes this can be done by bus for much less money but you need to check bus schedules in advance.

There is regular public transportation starting early Saturday evening from Jerusalem to Tel AViv, but are you sure you don't want more time in Jerusalem on Sunday when everything is open the whole day?
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Jun 4th, 2012, 10:30 PM
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The Old City of Jerusalem is open for business as usual on Saturday, except for the sites in the Jewish Quarter. There ate many places in the New City that are open as well, such as the Israel Museum, Museum of Islamic Art, etc. (you have to check their web sites for Saturday hours).

Visiting the Dead Sea on the way from Eilat is difficult and costly. A good idea is to take the Abraham Hostel "tour" from Jerusalem that goes to both the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and Massada:
http://www.abraham-hostel-jerusalem....ies/tours.aspx
This "tour" provides only transportation and there is no guide, but you can get audiophones at Massada.
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Jun 5th, 2012, 03:26 AM
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Many thanks for your replies.
I have decided to take the bus from Eilat to Jerusalem, and checked the bus time table (7, 10, 2 and 5 pm) I wanted to stop at the dead sea and then continue but I am realising now that is not possible or too expensive..
Do I need to book in advance this bus to Jerusalem or can I buy the tickey before the bus departs?
I will stay from Monday to Saturday in Jerusalem and then go on Saturday afternoon to Tel aviv, I am flying backon Sunday evening to the UK.

Do you know how long will take from Petra to Eilat including crossing the border and how much can I expect to pay?

The Jett bus from Amman to Petra, do I also need to book it in advnce?

Many thanks,
Ines
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Jun 5th, 2012, 03:44 AM
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Amman to Petra: Post your question on the Jordan forum.

Eilat to Jerusalem: you should book in advance by phone. Here is the link:
http://www.egged.co.il/Eng/main.asp?lngCategoryID=2771

Jerusalem to Tel-Aviv on Saturday: there is a shared taxi service (called "sherut") that runs all day; there is no bus service.

You may prefer to go to Tel-Aviv on Friday because Jerusalem is rather quiet on Friday evenings, while Tel-Aviv is the opposite. You can take either the #405 bus to the Tel-Aviv CBS or the #480 to the Arlozorov terminal in north Tel-Aviv (I recommend the #480, unless you are going to Jaffa).

You have to be at the airport 3 HOURS before your departure. From Tel-Aviv you can take either a taxi or the train (there is no sherut). Train schedules:
http://www.rail.co.il/EN/Pages/HomePage.aspx
Note that the airport is located between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv.
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Jun 5th, 2012, 04:25 AM
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I stayed at the Dead Sea Marriott in Oct 2010 and just loved it.
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Jun 5th, 2012, 05:24 AM
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I didn't find Amman very interesting, and don't know what you'd find to do for just a couple of hours.

Staying in a camp is an activity associated with Wadi Rum, not Petra. Do you have a guidebook yet? Try Lonely Planet or Rough Guide.
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Jun 12th, 2012, 03:43 AM
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Same here thursdaysd.
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Jun 12th, 2012, 06:57 AM
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Amman is definitely not interesting but Jerash is quite impressive and worth a visit if you have the time.
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Jun 12th, 2012, 07:08 PM
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Hi It's about 11/2 to 2hrs from Petra to Eilat by taxi. We negotiated a fare of 130 JD for the ride. Crossing the border is easy. You will probably already have a visa to cross. It was simple. everyone speaks English at least somewhat.
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Jun 18th, 2012, 10:45 AM
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Many thanks for your replies!
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