Middle East - CAI-AMM-PETRA issues/info needed.
Jun 24, 12, 1:59 pm
Feedback on this please: 2 ladies with luggage originally planning to get from CAI to TLV...however flying is quite expensive.. on another post someone suggested flying into AMM.. since I'd like to go to Petra anyway, I was thinking perhaps we could fly into Amman, and hopefully go directly to Petra with minimal expense and hassles..check into hotel there, leave luggage and get to the ruins ..How difficult would this be to work out in a day (end of Nov), probably 26th.
Also: how cold will it be?? We havent quite figured out the clothing situation since we are doing a luxury tour in Egypt, (a big splurge for us!!) and spending about a week in Israel, and then off to Austria/Germany for Christmas markets.
Is there anything going on in Petra that week? The Crown Plaza is booked, but we also have Marriott points to use.
What about the transportation between Petra and say Jerusalem?? I know, this is a lot to ask but neither one of us has been to the 'Middle East'. We are aware of the issues going on in Egypt, but hopefully by then things will quiet down!
Thank you in advance!
Jun 25, 12, 7:31 am
Not difficult at all, however, you're leaving yourself with such little time at the ruins that you'll be just barely scratching the surface.
Upon exiting the airport and having arranged car service or using a taxi, you'll be in the hotel area in about 2-3 hours. Give yourself another hour or so to check-in and get to the entrance gate.
My suggestion is to arrive on day one and relax in the evening. Spend the next day entirely at Petra then depart on the third day to TLV.
Petra in November isn't cold at all. Nobvember expect the temps to be 20-25C or 70-75F. Still plan for multiple layers and lots of sun.
Jun 25, 12, 9:01 am
What is the approximate cost on a private car from AMM airport or a nearby hotel down to Petra? I've heard it's reasonable, although when I think about being in a cab for 3 hours I have my (Western) mental image of a meter running wildly to hundreds of dollars...
I have a rental car booked... I'm still assuming we'll drive from AMM to the Dead Sea for a night (in the general area of the airport...under an hour away), then down to Petra for 2 nights, then back to AMM. The car is about $100 all in, plus gas of course. We do not plan to go into downtown Amman on this trip.
But now I'm wondering what kind of premium I'd be looking at to have someone else drive us. Two people, normal luggage, any reliable car/driver OK, including a city taxi. Can be three separate hires - at the airport and then at each hotel - or a single hire for 3 days, whichever makes more sense.
Jun 25, 12, 10:25 am
Single hire for a day in a typical car with A/C (Camry, Sonata, etc.) about 50-75JD
Same but SUV or MB 125-200JD
Both of these options are totally dependent on availability.
Taxi much less, but not as comfortable or clean.
Your best bet is to drive. It really isn't that bad, just be very careful and defensive and absolutely stay under the speed limit. Jordanian speed traps are everywhere!
Jun 27, 12, 12:13 pm
Thanks all, appreciate any and all suggestions. Our first trip this way....and sure hope things calm down a bit in Egypt!! We leave the middle of November.
Petra has fascinated me for a long time, and a few places in Israel are on bucket list, as well.
Jun 30, 12, 7:13 am
Also, it sounds silly, but if you want to take a taxi and want A/C make sure you're up front about this. Not sure why, but most people in the Middle East and even Europe generally don't use their A/C.