Jordan Travel Guide

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Jordan Highlights

  • Pro
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     Beautiful and Impressive Ancient Sites, Friendly People 

  • Con
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     Hot Place 

  • In a nutshell
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     Jordan = Petra 

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Amman

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751,1579,86

Petra

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986,2536,22

Aqaba

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167,313,27

Madaba

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157,584,8

Wadi Rum

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243,576,6

Jarash

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181,636,0

Wadi Musa

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29,66,15

Al Karak

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38,104,0

As Salt

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13,60,0

Qasr al Azraq

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18,48,0

Umm Qays

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13,63,0

Al Mafraq

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`Iraq al Amir

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4,25,0

Umm ar Rasas

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0,11,0

Qasr al Kharanah

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13,73,0

Qasr `Amrah

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18,87,0

Dana

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7,54,0

`Ajlun

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22,90,0

Qasr al Hallabat

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2,20,0

Amman

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  • The Souk

    Amman Things to Do

    Al-Balad, or the The Town, is the older part of Amman to makes up the core of the city. “Older part” should not be taken to mean mediaeval or Ottoman. This is a thoroughly modern section of the town, but it includes a number of buildings that are likely from the turn of the century. Despite the relative newness of this section of Amman, it is...

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  • Four Seasons Hotel Amman

    Amman Hotels

    The Four Seasons Hotel in Amman is definitely fit for a king (or queen). An Arab sheikh would like...

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  • the blue fig

    Amman Restaurants

    DON'T EAT HERE!!!!!! They were moping and dusting right next to us and when we tried to tell them we are bothered about this issue the owner of the restaurant came to us telling ": Oh,,,,it's not like we are puting the mop in your plate!!!!" He was very ironic and in top of it saying " Thank you for eating in our restaurant""" very nervous of...

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Petra

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  • The Treasury - Al Khazneh

    Petra Things to Do

    The first grand monument of Petra you see as you enter the city is the Al Khazneh (the Treasury). It's an incredibly sight as the view of it opens up exiting the last few meters of the Siq. Almost every tourist stops and staggers, catching their breath as they stand and stare at the vast building carved out of solid red stone. Despite its name...

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  • El Rashid Hotel

    Petra Hotels

    I was moved to this hotel in Wadi Musa, after the hotel I booked did not have a room available. The...

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  • Camels & Horses

    Petra Transportation

    The Camel is the main beast of burden of the middle east and north africa and even in Petra, you will see a lot of Camels in the Complex and you can take the slow tour of petra complex riding the tall camels. A camel ride wil start in front of the Al Khanzeh (treasury buidling) where there are lots of camels and bedouin camel herders and you must...

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Aqaba

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  • Not much to do

    Aqaba Nightlife

    Aqaba is increadibly queiet after sunset, I say incredibly because it is a beach resort. The only place where to drink something untill late is the Gateway a place where you can find some restaurants, outlets and pubs.

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  • Moevenpick Resort Aqaba

    Aqaba Hotels

    Arrived for two nights here, a very pleasant experiance. Good security and fast check in, staff were...

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  • Excellent seafood

    Aqaba Restaurants

    We were looking for a restaurant reccomended by Lonely Planet but, as it happened often in this trip, the restaurant turned out to be closed. The guy we asked for information told us that if we wanted to eat good fish we should have tried this Floka.Simple not big menu and simple dishes, we appreciated it.Both grilled and fried fish were...

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Madaba

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  • madaba handicraft center

    Madaba Warnings and Dangers

    i was in Madaba with my family in December and january over Xmast period. Our guide took us to the Madaba Handicraft center where we met several people and they explain us the good work they do. We bought a beautiful table and ask them to be delivery to our home in HK. the point is that the table arrived after 2 months PERFECTLY. it was the same...

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  • Mosaic City Hotel

    Madaba Hotels

    Yarmouk St, PO Box 962, Madaba, 17110, Jordan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

  • Taxis

    Madaba Transportation

    Taxis in Jordan are a relatively economic, and very convenient, way of getting around. In Jihad, pictured, I had my own personal chauffeur for an entire week, for less than 250 euros, including trips to Jerash and Petra, and being picked up from the airport and delivered to King Hussein's bridge at the end of my visit. Jihad was a fantastic driver,...

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Wadi Rum

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  • Taste of the scenery on the way to Wadi...

    Wadi Rum Things to Do

    This is some of the scenery that gets you salivating in the lead up to arriving at Wadi Rum - beautiful rocks along the way from the road up from Aqaba....similar rocks to Lawrence of Arabia 7 pillars...anyway its all a very beautiful, impressive area.

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  • Wadi Rum Zeltcamps

    Wadi Rum Hotels

    Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • Desert trip

    Wadi Rum Things to Do

    Our desert trip was 2 hours and half long and we paid 45 JD for the 4*4 car.The car was driven by bedouin and infact the Wadi Rum desert is also the home of some bedouin tribes, so expect them to ask you to visit their tent, drink a tea and leave some money. We preferred to stay out and take pictures, our driver probably did not appreciate, but...

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Jarash

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  • North Gate

    Jarash Things to Do

    The North Gate is at the far end of the Cardo, and was built in 115AD. It marks the beginning of the old road to the city of Pella, one of the ten cities of the Greco-Roman federation (Decapolis).

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  • Macellum

    Jarash Things to Do

    This was the city's major marketplace, located halfway up the colonnade, just before the major crossroads of the city.

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  • Cardo

    Jarash Things to Do

    Up from the Forum is the colonnaded Cardo, which was the main shopping thoroughfare of the city. Once a vast array of shops and markets were here, serving the local community. It's also the main artery of the city, so it was also lined with many of the city's most important buildings. The street is wide, and has a complex draining system. It also...

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Wadi Musa

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  • If you want a beer...

    Wadi Musa Nightlife

    We first went to the famous Cave Bar but we found it too formal for us, so we decided to go back to a pub we saw on the main street.It turned out to be the bar of hotel Hidab, they had a good selection of beers, though not draft one.We enjoyed local Petra beer which is nice and also pretty strong.http://www.hidabhotelpetra.com

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  • Shara Mountains Hostel

    Wadi Musa Hotels

    at the tourist street opposite side of the Iskan, Petra / Wadi Musa, 71810, Jordan

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Good grilled meat

    Wadi Musa Restaurants

    This is a small local restaurant on the main street. They have a limited menu, thing that I always appreciate as it usually means products are not precooked or frozen.We ate some friend kebab a mixed grilled meat and paid 10€ each, much cheaper than Amman.

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Al Karak

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  • Krak des Moabites

    Al Karak Things to Do

    Perched on hill that dominates the surrounding arid countryside, Krak des Moabites is the castle that gave Kerak its name. It was built in 1142 AD by Payen le Bouteiller, a Crusader Lord under King Baldwin II of Jerusalem. The site he chose was once an important city in the ancient kingdom of Moab and remained of some importance during the Roman...

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  • Turkish Coffee in Kerak

    Al Karak Things to Do

    Driving from the Dead Sea to Petra in late December 2010, we stopped for a quick Turkish coffee in the centre of Kerak. The friendly gentleman in the attached photo made us our coffee.

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  • The Castle

    Al Karak Things to Do

    You may decide to wander around the castle.a word of warniing: it is not another Krak de Chevalier in Syria! This site is far smaller because a lot of it has been built on. Much of the modern town perches on the old castle site. As you approach by road stoop your car to take in the huge walls and earthworks. Remember the fantastic view down from...

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As Salt

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  • Historic Old Salt Museum (Beit Abu...

    As Salt Things to Do

    Considered one of the finest of the Ottoman-period mansions of as-Salt, Beit Abu Jaber was built in 1892 and likely named after a certain Abu Jaber family. The foundation of the structure and the first floor looks much more ancient, probably of Mediaeval construction. It was recently restored and turned into the Historic Old Salt Museum, which...

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  • Stacked Houses of as-Salt

    As Salt Things to Do

    As-Salt was built on a very hilly terrain. The centre of town lies in the middle of a deep valley and the town spreads up the surrounding hills. The effect is quite picturesque with the houses stacked on top of each other as in the attached photos. For more photos, check out the travelogue: "Stacked Houses of as-Salt".

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  • As-Salt Small Mosque

    As Salt Things to Do

    The Small Mosque of as-Salt, as it is called, was built in 1905 and restored in 1995. It has a round minaret with beautiful decorations, but otherwise, the mosque is fairly plain. It is located on al-Hammam Street.

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Qasr al Azraq

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  • Qasr al-Azraq

    Qasr al Azraq Things to Do

    The castle sits guarding an extremely strategic point in Jordan. It's close to the borders of Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia, but more importantly for such an arid region, it sits atop the Azraq Oasis, the only permanent source of freshwater in over 12,000 km of parched desert. The Romans built the first fortress. The Mamelukes turned it into its...

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  • AZRAQ CASTLE

    Qasr al Azraq Things to Do

    Azraq Castle is about 100 kms east of Amman and is in the middle of an oasis. Azraq means 'the blue one' and was on the old trade routes, even Lawrence of Arabia used the castle as his headquarters during his time there. The wetlands area is set up as a nature reserve as well as the Shaumari reserve which is 10 kms south of the town. When you enter...

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  • Azraq Palace Restaurant

    Qasr al Azraq Tourist Traps

    Maybe this should have been in the restaurant section ---but it is such a trap!If you are in a large tour group you may end up here. There may be 300 people eating here at one time!The service is appalling. The guides/waiters encourage you to eat the 'sandwiches'!The chicken sandwich was just a mix of bones, scraps of meat and veg! I wouldn't feed...

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Umm Qays

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  • Visit the ruins

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    These ruins are spectacular, as are the views over the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilie.Well worth a visit and a wander through the ruins.The site is quite large and there is a lot to see

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  • Ottoman village

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    On the acropolis of Gadara was an Ottoman stone village built during the 19th century. The houses were inhabited until 1986 when the villagers got money from the Ministry of Tourism for leaving their homes, as the site was going to be cleared and excavated. Well, the village is still standing there and there have been plans to turn it into a hotel,...

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  • Basilica Terrace

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    Looking to the north from the Western Theatre the black and white columns at the Basilica Terrace is a nice sight. The octagonal interior of the church has black columns and the atrium white columns. The church is from the Byzantine era and was built in the 6th century.

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`Iraq al Amir

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  • Qasr el-Abd (Iraq al-Amir)

    `Iraq al Amir Things to Do

    One of the few remaining structures - if not the only one - from the Hellenistic period in Jordan, Qasr el-Abd (also known as Qasr Iraq el-Amir) dates from a little after 200BC. The small palace is thought, though not definitively, to have been built by Hercanus Tobiad, the governor of Ancient Ammon/Philadelphia. The palace is known as Qasr el-Abd,...

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  • Sculptures of Qasr el-Abd

    `Iraq al Amir Things to Do

    The most striking architectural feature of Qasr el-Abd are the three well preserved lion and panther haut-reliefs decorating its exterior. The two panthers, on either side of the palace at ground level, were fountains (the water spout in the mouths can still be seen). It is said that these sculptures show a mix of Sassanid and Hellenistic styles,...

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  • The Interior of Qasr el-Abd

    `Iraq al Amir Things to Do

    It takes a bit of imagination to visualize the interior of the palace in its full splendour. What is partially mounds of rubble today was once a two floored edifice, where the lower floor served as the working area and the upper floor as the "piano nobile". Attached are a few photos.

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Qasr al Kharanah

  • Rental Car + Driver

    Qasr al Kharanah Transportation

    There is no public transport to Qasr al Kharanah, so the easiest way is to hire a car+driver or a taxi, especially since you can visit some of the other desert castles. Highway 40 is mainly a truck road, with lorries speeding on their way to – so we've been told – Iraq. Given this, and the lack of signage to the castles, having a driver is probably...

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  • Qasr al-Kharaneh

    Qasr al Kharanah Things to Do

    Access to Qasr al-Kharaneh costs one dinar, which allows you access to all the other desert castles on the same ticket.

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  • Transport

    Qasr al Kharanah Transportation

    I visited Qasr Kharana as part of a tour (only transport) organised from Farah Hotel in Amman. We were three people in the car sharing the price and I paid 13 JD. The places we visited were Qasr Kharana, Qusayr Amra, Qasr al-Azraq and the Wetland Reserve, Hammam Sarah and Qasr al-Hallabat (in the mentioned order).We had lunch in Azraq and the...

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