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 Germany.
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
Guide book: Lonely
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.
Cabs 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)
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