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Amman

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Petra

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1022,2664,22

Aqaba

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175,356,27

Madaba

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168,631,9

Wadi Rum

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251,608,7

Jarash

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Wadi Musa

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36,90,15

Al Karak

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43,124,0

As Salt

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13,60,0

Dead Sea 

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15,50,0

Qasr al Azraq

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21,66,0

Umm Qays

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13,63,0

`Iraq al Amir

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4,25,0

`Ajlun

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22,90,0

Qasr al Kharanah

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13,73,0

Tabaqat Fahl

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6,14,0

Ash Shawbak

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1,6,0

Al Mafraq

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Qasr `Amrah

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19,95,0

Qasr al Hallabat

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2,20,0

Irbid

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Amman

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  • Citadel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amman Things to Do

    Given that Amman spreads itself over so many hills (19 now, 7 for centuries before that) it's not really obvious why this particular one should have been chosen as the location for the city[s most ancient structures. It isn't any higher than the hills immediately surrounding it and, as far as I could see, there nothing particularly special about...

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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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  • Hashem

    5 out of 5 stars

    Amman Restaurants

    Is suppose to be very cheap one The food looks very fresh, flavoursome and extremely cheap: you will have to spend no more than 3-4 dinars per person for a whole meal, drinks included. The place is most of the time packed with locals as well as expats and tourists, it opens late during the night and it famously counts the Royal Family amongst its...

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Petra

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  • Treasury - Al Khazneh

    5 out of 5 stars

    Petra Things to Do

    The structure now called the 'treasury' is the first part of Petra's city centre which visitors saw. As they finally reached the end of the Siq, itself always in shade, its twists and turns slowly revealed the sunlit facade of the 'treasury'. It must have been a completely unexpected and awe-inspiring sight....and that is exactly what it was...

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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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  • Petra Kitchen

    5 out of 5 stars

    Petra Restaurants

    Once you tried arabic food, you will be suprised how tasty they are! For sure you want to know how to cook them. Here's the cooking course for you. You will be provided aprons and a pair of plastc gloves. After greetings and introduction of menu to cook the evening, go to the table you want. The menu the evening I joined was - Lentil Soup - Baba...

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Aqaba

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  • Diving & Snorkeling

    Aqaba Things to Do

    As recommended, I approached Arab Diving School to do 2 dives in the afternoon after I arrvied Aqaba. It costs JD35 (50 US). It is good price and the dive sites are good. The owner is very nice. He closed the shop and drove me to the dive site. Along the way, he picked up the dive master. While I was diving one-to-one, the owner waited on shore and...

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  • Moevenpick Resort Aqaba

    Aqaba Hotels

    This was my second Movenpick resort in as many days, and my second-ever stay in a 5* hotel. The...

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  • Ali Baba

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Aqaba Restaurants

    The place is conveniently located in the heart of Aqaba, on a walking distance from all major hotels (inside the city) A great collection of Mezze, chicken and beef plates as well as sea food and the famous local dish "Sayadeyeh" The place also offers alcohol. I love the Mezze selection they have. Tabbouleh (a type of salad is my favourite) -...

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Madaba

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  • St George's Church

    Madaba Things to Do

    St George's Greek Orthodox church is *the* Madaba site, visited by each and every tour group in order to gaze at its wonderful and unique mosaic map. I'll write about the map in the next tip, but St George's would be worth a visit even if it did not have any ancient mosaics. The small church was built in 1896 and, as is typical of Orthodox...

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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

  • Haret Jdoudna

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Madaba Restaurants

    On the same road as the St. George's Church is possibly Madaba's most famous eatery, the Haret Jdoudna. Inside the cool courtyard there is a cafe and a restaurant. The cafe serves up cheap snacks and strong coffee, the restaurant has a fine range of dishes, at a very good price, with a wonderful local ambience. It's popular with locals, tourists,...

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Wadi Rum

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  • Rock Inscriptions - Petroglyphs

    Wadi Rum Things to Do

    There are thousands of Thamudic rock inscriptions, properly called petroglyphs, dotted about all over the Wadi Rum area. The Thamud were a nomadic tribe related to the Nabateans. They lived in the Wadi Rum area from at least the 800s BC/BCE, almost certianly having migrated there from elsewhere. Their petroglyphs include human figures (some...

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  • Wadi Rum Zeltcamps

    Wadi Rum Hotels

    Wadi Rum, Jordan

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 1 out of 5 stars

  • Of cars, jeeps, trucks and camels.....

    Wadi Rum Warnings and Dangers

    Wadi Rum is a truly magnificent place but it could very easily be ruined entirely if people do not respect its unique environment and its the fragility.....and behave appropriately.There are two zones in Wadi Rum: the free access zone and the wilderness zone. Vehicle numbers are restricted in the wilderness zone, with access on foot, by camel or by...

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Jarash

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  • Temple of Artemis

    Jarash Things to Do

    First excavated in the 1930s, the Temple of Artemis was the most important temple complex in the city (its location and its size prove that is the case). The temple was approached by an east-west road (the 'Sacred Way'), which crosses the Cardo Maximus at a point marked by four huge columns. The 'Sacred Way' started somewhere in the eastern side of...

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  • Lebanese House

    Jarash Restaurants

    Housed in an old villa south of the archaeological site of Jerash, Lebanese House may be deceiving on the outside. Upon entering the villa, the extremely large dining area and abundant staff make it clear that this place is an establishment, and the menu further elaborates by naming a surprisingly long list of famous people and foreign and local...

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  • Jerash Ancient Site

    Jarash Things to Do

    My other tips give more details about what you can see in this huge and hugely important, largely-Roman, site. These are the things you need to know:1. The site really is absolutely massive. Don't underestimate its size or how long it will take you to visit even just the main structures. Imo, you'll need at least half a day to explore it properly,...

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Wadi Musa

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  • Ain Musa - Moses' Spring

    Wadi Musa Things to Do

    According to tradition, during the many decades the Hebrews spent wandering the desert on their way from Egypt to the 'land of milk and honey' (Canaan), wheber water was desperately needed Moses/Musa struck water from the rocks with his staff, as God commanded. Ain Musa is traditionally one of the springs created when Moses/Musa struck the rock...

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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

  • Al Arabi

    Wadi Musa Restaurants

    Located on Shaheed Square, in the heart of the commercial part of Wadi Musa, al-Arabi restaurant serves good shawarma and other Arabic mezze. It has a recently renovated dining room with plenty of tables and is thus a great option for dinner, tastier and cheaper than what the big hotels offer. No alcohol is served, though.

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Al Karak

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  • Karak Castle - Overview

    Al Karak Things to Do

    My intro page gives a brief history of this massive, largely-Crusader fortress which still dominates the surrounding landscape. The Upper Court is remarkably large, with the partially-complete Mamluk keep at the far end, the remains of a Mamluk palace and the ruins of the Crusader chapel in the centre and numerous passages and rooms (including...

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  • Paid Guides

    Al Karak Tourist Traps

    There are always a few people in front of just about every site in Jordan offering to be a guide. Karak is no exception. There are only a few information signs in the entire castle, and I must admit that some not easy to find, down a maze of stairs and hallways in an area where most people may not venture.I repeatedly told this 'guide' no, that I...

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  • Enjoy the views......

    Al Karak Things to Do

    It is only once you are inside the fortress that the excellence of its defensive position becomes obvious. The sheer cliffs on 3 sides of the escapment meant that the castle can only be attacked from one direction. Unfortunately, it also meant that it could fairly easily be besieged and it was a siege which, in the end, caused the surrender of the...

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As Salt

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  • Architecture

    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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  • 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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Dead Sea

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  • Landscape

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    Finally, it was time to leave the lowest point on Earth as we turned left into the snaking road that leads to the town of Kerak. Four hundred metres higher, there was a road sign that indicated where we touched sea level. As in throughout this region, the arid scenery was breathtaking with interesting rock formations and deep gorges.

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  • Water Quality

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    The sea has no life, having ~9x the salt content of the Mediterranean. The water line is a near continuous deposit of thick crystallized salt above and below the water line. The water itself, while being very clear and transparent, would quickly become opaque with any movement similar to the syrup being poured in southern sweet tea. But as quick as...

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  • Lot's Cave and Lot's Wife

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    Lot's Cave, the shelter sought by Lot himself as he fled the destruction of the town of Sodom, is located to the south east of the Dead Sea (about 2km north east of the town Safi). There will be plenty of signs to the museum and cave itself.If you're particularly interested in the religious history, then this stop is for you, otherwise, it could be...

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Qasr al Azraq

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  • Ancient stones........

    Qasr al Azraq Things to Do

    If you go inside the only building, apart from the entrance and the mosque, which remains intact you'll ind a small 'museum' displaying ancient carvings and inscriptions found in the area surrounding the fort.A small information board told me that, in 1983, 35 stones were found when a small (man-made) pool near the original Roman fortress was being...

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  • Within the walls......

    Qasr al Azraq Things to Do

    The smallish courtyard area within the basalt defensive walls is dominated by the small mosque in the centre, one of the very few structures in the fortress which remains almost fully intact. There is no certainty about its date of construction: my guidebook suggests it was built during the Ayyubid renovations (1200s), wiki suggests the mosque was...

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  • Push the door open and enter the...

    Qasr al Azraq Things to Do

    The same (Druze) family has been looking after Qasr Azraq for 3+ generations, since the days of T.E. Lawrence. You may well be greeted by one of them as you walk towards the entrance and you'll certainly appreciate the little flower garden one of the family members has created to its side.Those two massive stone doors date from 1237, when the...

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Umm Qays

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  • Acropolis

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    All the area is full of ruins of different buildings of several times, as well as sepulchres and tombs. Some areas are not for public transit, because excavations are still going on, but you can walk along most of the interesting places.

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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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`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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`Ajlun

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  • Getting There

    `Ajlun Transportation

    For less than 1JD you can travel by bus to Jerash (about 30 minutes), Amman (about 1 and a half hours) and even Madaba. Whatever you do, it's a good idea to combine a trip to Ajlun with a trip to nearby (and absolutely unmissable) Jerash. A taxi will also do the trip to Ajlun and Jerash, but look at paying around 30 or 40JD from Amman or Madaba...

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  • Ajlun Castle

    `Ajlun Things to Do

    Also known as Rabadh Castle and Qal'at Al-Rabed, this famous fortress sits on top of a hill just outside the sprawling city of Ajlun. The castle is most famous for being the Saladin stronghold that faced off against the Crusaders who sat in Kerak castle (of Kingdom of Heaven fame) to the south. In fact about 200 of the world's finest crusaders...

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  • The Castle

    `Ajlun Things to Do

    In 1214 the castle was enlarged. A fifth tower was added and a bridge decorated with pigeons (those can still be seen) built. Invading Mongols destroyed the castle in 1260, but it was soon recaptured by the Mamluks who restored it. It is very nice to walk around the labyrinth of rooms exploring, and then take a rest at the top of one of the towers,...

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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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Jordan: fantastic desert landscapes, stunning ancient sites and friendly, courteous people. A country where you can float in the Dead Sea and, within an hour, stand where...