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Proposed itenary for Amman

by tracyskf

Hi - I am thinking of a trip to Jordan in Dec / Jan.
Can someone advise:

- what would the weather be like?
- how many days is advisable to cover the essentials in Amman (I heard Petra is a must and the Dead Sea too)
- any proposed itenary to help me start my planning?


Re: Proposed itenary for Amman

by cachaseiro

i december/january you should get fairly sunny and warm days, but nights can get very cold, so bring a jacket and a bit of warm clothes.

amman itself does not have that many highlights i think but petra is an absolute must and jordan has many other sights that are worth seeing.

when going to petra i would strongly recommend that you stay at least one night there as it is a long drive from amman and petra is best seen in the morning before all the tour busses arrive.

the dead sea is one thing to see aswell as you mention, but you should really consider a visit to wadi rum aswell as that has some of the best desert scenery in the world and it´s really worth visiting.

if you are interested in history thgen a visit to jerash should be considerd too as that is one very nice site.

Re: Proposed itenary for Amman

by coco18530

I was in Amman in Novenber, the days were warm, but when we left in the early morning for the airport, there was frost. Our driver said they get snow in winter, so bring a warmer coat.

As the previous answer said, I would also recommend Wadi Rum and Jeresh.

Mt Nebo was also interesting.

If you want to stay in a different town for a few days, Aquaba is a nice seaside town.

Re: Proposed itenary for Amman

by cheerssweetie

Just as everyone said.

Petra is a must. Advisable to head down the day before and get up early to go.
We were only there last week and if thats the quiet season I hate to see peak season. Besides beating all the tourists (The buses arrive about 9.00am) you get the better photos - the sun is behind in the morning for the best photos of the treasury and behind on the return trip for the otherside. Must do the Monestary - my advice donkey up walk down.

Jerash 1/2 an hour out of Amman is well worth the trip allocate five hours for a good look around - Excellent Roman ruins

The Dead Sea - Amman beach is the budget end of town for a dip. Has change rooms/cafe/showers - a swimming pool.

Enjoy your stay

Travel Tips for Amman


by seratonin

Amman has probably not so many touristic sites than other cities in the region, for example Jerusalem or Damascus. But the city is altough nice and hospitale. It is a great pleasure to walk up on the citadell hill and look to the plenty other hills on which the town is built.
Another not to miss place is the Amphitheater and the souq in the region of the theater

Security First !!

by 1W1V

Jordan is located in the middle of a very disturbed region.
Jordanian like to say that their country is an island of peace in an ocean of trouble.
So far, they may be right and to keep enjoying this status, authorities never hesitate to boost up security especially during special events like the World Economic Forum.
There are very few check-points except from Amman to the Dead Sea.
Nothing special to report till now !!! Cross fingers

off amman: the desert castles (day trip)

by call_me_rhia

In the desert that lies east of Amman, along the highway that leads to Iraq, you can find several abandoned castles and palaces that are usually knowns as "desert castles". I managed to visit three: Qusayr ‘Amra, which used to be a caliph's bath-house: Qasr al-Harraneh, an imposing fortress with a well-preserved Caravanserrail; and Qasr al-Azraq, which for a season had been the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia. They are all fascinating, for different reasons, and worth a day trip. Buses are nearly inexistent, so it's best to hire a taxi in Amman

Airport porter hints

by filmboomer

We were HAMMERED by demands for tips in the Amman airport. Of course, we were carrying 25 bags and equipment cases, so were prime targets for the racket created by the local porters (both in Amman and Kuwait).

Suggestion: Carry LOTS of small bills, choose the MINIMUM number of "helpers" (they come out of the woodwork) and REMEMBER FACES! You will be surrounded by uniformed men who will swear to you that they have stuck with your baggage from the conveyer belt and that you owe them for the work done. They may or may not have actually been there.

I exchanged enough US $ to tip $150 for the travel from Kuwait to Amman and at the end of the journey at the hotel found that I had spent it all and more in paying men with their hands out. It was an exhausting, confusing, chaotic experience that I would not like to re-experience.

Abdali Bus Station, Amman

by Vabate

From Abdali Bus Station in Amman, buses to Jerash and Madaba run every hour, the fare is 0.400JD.

Tip: To get to Mount Nebo, take the bus to Madaba. Mount Nebo is another 8km away, to get there take a service taxi (white car) for 1JD at the traffic round about near St. George's Church with its famous mosaic map on the floor.


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