Jordan: A sample 10 to 14 day Itinerary
Jordan is an excellent place to for a jam packed 10 day holiday. While prices of transportation and the main sites are definitely expensive, the people are friendly, and the sites are extremely rewarding. You can mix a bit of city life, beach, nature, and culture all in one trip rather easily. There were definitely some liberal drinking establishments in Amman that were suitable for both men and women. I think mot of all, Jordan offers a few very unique experiences that cannot be experienced in other countries. I strongly believe that Petra is definitely one of those places you have to experience before you die.
Here is my suggested itinerary for 10-14 days in Jordan:
1. Fly into Aqaba to avoid the 40JD tourist visa fee and enjoy some snorkeling, good food, or diving. Use this as a base before heading to Wadi Rum. It is also tax free, so beer and everything else is really cheap in Aqaba! (2 days)
2. Do an overnight jeep trip through the amazing sandstone mountains and canyons of Wadi Rum. Have a sleepover on the real Mars that exists right here in Jordan. Ride in a Toyota to navigate the sci-fi like grounds, hiking through canyons and dusty hills. Eat an amazing meal cooked underground, and enjoy the stars in what I thought to be the darkest place I have been to in my life. (2-3 days)
3. Venture through stunning natural landscape with architecture carved right into the mountains in Petra. Cram two full, exhausting and rewarding days hiking around endless trails leading you through canyons and rugged terrain revealing architectural wonders carved right into the mountains. If you are lazy, get rescued by Johnny Depp Captain Sparrow lookalikes riding horses. One of the most intoxicating natural experiences you can have. (2-3 days)
4. Take a dip in the salty Dead Sea to float to your heart’s content. (1-2 days)
5. Finish off the trip in Amman to experience ancient architecture, amazing hilly views, and the most amazing falafel and hummus of your life. Experience wonderful views at the Citadel, and visit a big and small version of a Roman Theater. (2 days)
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Food I was particularly fond of in Jordan
1. My absolute must try is Hashem’s falafel and hummus. I have had plenty of both throughout my life, but this has been the best I have ever had.
2. Date bread ring – a delicious donut shaped bread with date paste stuffed inside. Absolutely delicious and for under 1JD.
4. Mansaf – Jordan’s national dish consisting of lamb cooked in a broth of fermented, dried yogurt.
5. Kanafeh – a sickly sweet desert of cheese, phylo, rose water, and syrup. It is warm, sweet, and heart attack inducing.
6. Schwarma – you see it everywhere, but Jordan knows how to do it right. Served on a plate or as a sandwich, it is a quick, cheap, and delicious meal!
7. Zarb – the most amazing Bedouin barbeque you will ever see. Meat and veggies are cooked in an underground oven pit to produce fall off the bone meat. My absolute favorite, especially when devouring it in the desert!
8. Fatteh – a rich meal using pieces of bread with various toppings such as hummus, pine nuts, with meat or chicken in a yogurt-like sauce.
Costs for Day 70:
Water 0.4 JD
Rakwet Kanaan Restaurant – fatteh, mixed grill plate, tea and coke 15.50 JD
Water 0.4 JD
Oreos 1 JD
Potato pastries 0.5 JD
Date bread 0.25JD
Falafel 1.5 JD
Tea 0.5 JD
Taxi to Queen Alia Airport 10 JD
Bus from Aqaba to Amman 18 JD
Total cost: 48.05 JD / 2 = $33.93 per person
*Last day of travel in Jordan was Nov. 12, 2014.