Petra: have you been there?

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Jan 20th, 1999, 11:15 AM
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Al
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Petra: have you been there?

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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Jan 26th, 1999, 05:49 AM
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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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Jan 26th, 1999, 05:51 AM
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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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