At mid of January 2006 Jayne and I flew with Royal Jordanian
Airlines from Frankfurt/Germany to Amman/Jordan. There we
stayed at the Palace Hotel, in
downtown Amman. Then we moved on to Wadi Musa, where we stayed
at the Al Anbat Hotel
1. Later we got back to Amman, from where we took our flight back to
From Wadi Musa we visited Petra for 2 days, and from
Amman we took a day tour to Ajlun
Castle, Jerash and to Umm Qeis.
|The best time to visit Jordan is Winter, in my
opinion. Summer is much too hot to visit sites, Spring and Fall are the
main tourist season, with lots of tourists and much higher prices. But
in Winter one has to expect temperatures only little above freezing in
the inner parts of the country. These temperatures aren't bad at all for
the relatively long hikes.
Guide book: Lonely Planet Jordan
There are no trains in Jordan, so in order
to get from Amman to Petra, there are three ways to do it. One can get a
rental car (I wouldn't recommend it, because the locals don't follow any
traffic rules), get a driver (this is relatively expensive), or take a
public mini bus (Amman-Petra, 300 km, about 3 Euros).
Compared to Egypt, Jordan is much more conservative, so it is not
recommendable for single female travelers. Only one mosque in Amman is
open for not Muslim visitors. But in the "better" parts of
town (around the Sheraton Hotel), there are some western chain
restaurants and as well a few pubs, where one can get alcohol.
are cheap and our experience was, that one can just take a cab, without
negotiating the price before getting in. All cabs have meters and it
looked like at least most Jordanians don't try to rip tourists off.
Important Arab terms:
Show-krawn (krawn rhymes with prawn) -- thanks
La Show-krawn -- no thanks
La, La -- no, no
Hallass (but the "Ha" should be sound from the back
of the throat, which isn't found in the English language)
-- enough, finished