By: Rosette Obedoza
Here’s the 411 for a short JORDAN trip - 2 Travel Options and Trip Notes after a 7-day trip in Egypt
*** For our trip, we prioritized Petra + Wadi Rum + Dead Sea + Israel for a 4-day trip, therefore, a combination of Option 1 and Option 2***
Day 1 Arrival in Amman from Cairo, Egypt - early morning flight ,from the airport straight to Madaba to see the 6th century mosaic of Palestine at St George’s Church - Mt Nebo, where Moses gazed upon the Holy Land - Petra for our first overnight stay.
Dinner at Wadi Musa (Petra) - we dined at Al Wadi Restaurant ( view the Trip Advisor review at http://bit.ly/2C0XQvH )- I highly recommend this gem! The owner even gave us a complimentary tea and chatted with our small group about his restaurant’s recent renovation. Wise decision: requested a box lunch for all of us to be prepared right after our Petra tour the following day. Just give them a call once you exit “The Siq”.
Day 2 Petra for 1/2 a day with our tour guide,make sure to have a good breakfast from your hotel to power up. Start at 0800 is possible and shoot to be done by 11am. After Petra, head to Wadi Rum for some 4x4 adventure. Late night arrival at Dead Sea. Overnight at Dead Sea.
Day 3 Again, power up for breakfast and shoot to leave your Dead Sea Hotel at 7:30am this way, you are by the Jordanian side to cross the King Hussain/Allenby Bridge. Remember: Bring the manifest your tour agent provided you after arrival in Amman (this is the proof that your travel agent covered your visa fee --check if this is part of your package IF NOT, any proof that you have paid your visa--have an extra copy on hand or take a photo). A departure tax of $15 per person is required. Our driver/escort took care of all of this for us and emphasized not to lose all our documents = visa, passports, exit fee, receipts... There is a waiting lounge where you will be waiting to board the bus that will cross you to Israel via Allenby bridge. Don’t fret when the agents take your passport, they will return this to you. Have cash with you to pay for the bus fee once inside the bus. The whole process of crossing to Israel may take anywhere from 2-3 hrs so plan accordingly.
Once you have crossed Allenby Bridge, the bus will take you to the Israel side, no visa required at this point. Make sure to ask for the time the port closes, usually 4 pm but earlier on a Friday.You don’t want to get stuck.
Again, if you have booked with a travel agent, their representative should be contacting you the whole time to monitor your arrival. They will pick you up from the Israel port...more likely you will have between 4-6 hrs to visit Jerusalem.
Crossing back to Jordan is much easier and make sure you pay your Israel Departure Tax for $52 each person.
Day 4 Enjoy the Dead Sea from your hotel , depending on your travel plans, you need to make sure that you are aware that from the Dead Sea to Amman is 2 hrs. So, if flying out the same day, plan accoridngly.
Tour Operators for Jordan and Israel:
(1) Jordan Road Travel and Tourism (we used this one) booked via Tour Egypt Club with Nasser -
Contact: Ziad Hamze, Operational Manager of Jordan Road Travel and Tourism, firstname.lastname@example.org, Phone: +962-6465-8810
(2) Isram Israel
40 Aliyat Hanoar Street
Tel Aviv, Israel
Phone: (+972) 3-694-7777
Fax: (+972) 3-696-6677
708 Third Avenue, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Tollfree: 844-9-ISRAEL (844-947-7235)
30211 Avenida de las Banderas , Rancho Santa Margarita, California 92688