Jordan/Lebanon trip

Old Apr 13, 18, 12:54 pm
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Jordan/Lebanon trip

Thinking of doing a trip to Jordan and Lebanon late October, how does this look?

Jordan
1 day Amman
1 day Petra
1 day Aljun/Jerash/Dead Sea
1 day Mount Nebo/Madaba

Lebanon
2 days Beirut
1 day Byblos/Grotto/Harissa
1 day Baalbek/Anjar
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Old Apr 14, 18, 6:17 pm
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Originally Posted by slickvik View Post
Thinking of doing a trip to Jordan and Lebanon late October, how does this look?

Jordan
1 day Amman
1 day Petra
1 day Aljun/Jerash/Dead Sea
1 day Mount Nebo/Madaba
I've never been to Lebanon, so I can't comment on that part, but you're trying to squeeze a whole lot of Jordan into those four days. For starters, you could drop the Dead Sea from day 3 unless there's something specific you want to see or do there. It's south of Amman, while Ajloun and Jerash, which you have on the same day, are near each other and to the north. You'll be much closer to the Dead Sea when you visit Mt. Nebo/Madaba on your fourth day if it's a must. I don't think one day is enough for Petra either, but if that's all the time you have, it's better than nothing. And too bad you'll miss Wadi Rum ... Nothing against Lebanon, but have you considered leaving it for another trip?
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Old Apr 14, 18, 7:49 pm
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Make sure you have a swim at the Dead Sea. I wouldn't discard that from your trip.
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Old Apr 14, 18, 8:43 pm
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Originally Posted by Annalisa12 View Post
Make sure you have a swim at the Dead Sea. I wouldn't discard that from your trip.
Different strokes for different folks, I suppose. I spent two nights at the Jordan Valley Marriott just over a year ago (in March). Walked down to the water, walked around on the sand, dipped my toes in, hung out for a while, and walked back up to the hotel. Very few of the people on the narrow beach were actually in the water, and most of those were there just long enough to smear themselves with the reportedly beneficial mud from the bottom. I don't recall a single swimmer, though I did see some on the Israeli side a week or so later. The reality, IMHO, doesn't live up to the hype. The only reason I think you might want to go out of your way to do that, in what will be a very rushed trip where you will be able to do little more than check off "been there" boxes on your itinerary as you zoom through destinations, would be if you think a picture of yourself swimming there would look good in a blog post. I think a picture of yourself in front of the misnamed "Treasury" at Petra would be even better.

Added in edit: There might be more swimmers in August, but I wouldn't want to visit the Middle East in August if I had a choice. October, when the OP plans to go, is in between.

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Old Apr 15, 18, 6:56 am
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Originally Posted by Efrem View Post
I've never been to Lebanon, so I can't comment on that part, but you're trying to squeeze a whole lot of Jordan into those four days. For starters, you could drop the Dead Sea from day 3 unless there's something specific you want to see or do there. It's south of Amman, while Ajloun and Jerash, which you have on the same day, are near each other and to the north. You'll be much closer to the Dead Sea when you visit Mt. Nebo/Madaba on your fourth day if it's a must. I don't think one day is enough for Petra either, but if that's all the time you have, it's better than nothing. And too bad you'll miss Wadi Rum ... Nothing against Lebanon, but have you considered leaving it for another trip?
Youíre right Lebanon I can cut to 2 days I think. I didnít know Dead Sea was south of Amman, I suppose I could combine Dead Sea with Mount nebo, if itís even necessary to see it. Maybe I could add umm qais with aljun and jerash?

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Old Apr 16, 18, 4:41 am
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Just go with the flow slickvik and see what happens. Two days is not enough for Lebanon, unless you only plan to stay in Beirut and enjoy the sites and sounds of the city (which has a lot to offer by the way).
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I'd suggest trying to fit Wadi Rum in.
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Did a brief 5 day jordan trip and felt I missed a lot.

Did a week in Lebanon and was satisfied with what I did. Would have liked more time in Tripoli, but saw Baalbek, Byblos, Beirut, Sidon and some inland time walking around the cedars.
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I have some plan to discuss, these are some places you can plan them according to your own convenience
Explore the city of Amman, travel to Petra via Madaba, Mt. Nebo and Kerak. Some of the world’s finest Byzantine mosaics are found in Madaba, as is the oldest known map of the Holy Land. Mt. Nebo, thought to be the burial site of Moses, boasts a splendid view of the Dead Sea. Visit Kerak’s massive Crusader Castle, built on a plateau 3,400 feet above sea level. This famous castle lies in the biblical land of Moab and was a Moabite stronghold long before the Crusaders built the castle for which it is famous today.
get ready to explore the red-rose city of Petra, an industrious Arab population that settled in this city for more than 2,000 years ago. Most of the monuments in Petra are carved out of the solid rock. The highlights of the tour are: • The spectacular Treasury • The 8,000 seat amphitheater • The temple of the Winged Lions Later after the tour.
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Originally Posted by kazimpinoy View Post
I have some plan to discuss, these are some places you can plan them according to your own convenience
Explore the city of Amman, travel to Petra via Madaba, Mt. Nebo and Kerak. Some of the world’s finest Byzantine mosaics are found in Madaba, as is the oldest known map of the Holy Land. Mt. Nebo, thought to be the burial site of Moses, boasts a splendid view of the Dead Sea. Visit Kerak’s massive Crusader Castle, built on a plateau 3,400 feet above sea level. This famous castle lies in the biblical land of Moab and was a Moabite stronghold long before the Crusaders built the castle for which it is famous today.
get ready to explore the red-rose city of Petra, an industrious Arab population that settled in this city for more than 2,000 years ago. Most of the monuments in Petra are carved out of the solid rock. The highlights of the tour are: • The spectacular Treasury • The 8,000 seat amphitheater • The temple of the Winged Lions Later after the tour.
These are all good suggestions, but this post (after its opening sentence) was taken in its entirety from Days 2 and 3 of SITA World Tours' "Petra Express" tour page, which can be found here:

https://www.sitatours.com/MiddleEast...aexpress_4days

with no credit to the source or even any statement that it did not originate with the poster. Let's give credit where credit is due, or perhaps even just suggest that the OP visit that page for some good ideas.
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Booked the trip arriving AMM late night October 25 and leaving BEY early morning November 3. Thinking of the following:

Jordan
October 26: Amman
October 27: Petra
October 28: Aljun/Jerash/Al-Salt
October 29: Mount Nebo/Madaba/Dead Sea

Lebanon
October 30: Fly to Beirut in AM, spend day exploring
October 31: Byblos/Grotto/Harissa
November 1: Baalbek/Anjar
November 2: Sidon/Tyre

November 3: Fly back

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Old Dec 26, 18, 12:29 pm
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Originally Posted by slickvik View Post
Booked the trip arriving AMM late night October 25 and leaving BEY early morning November 3. Thinking of the following:

Jordan
October 26: Amman
October 27: Petra
October 28: Aljun/Jerash/Al-Salt
October 29: Mount Nebo/Madaba/Dead Sea

Lebanon
October 30: Fly to Beirut in AM, spend day exploring
October 31: Byblos/Grotto/Harissa
November 1: Baalbek/Anjar
November 2: Sidon/Tyre

November 3: Fly back
how'd this trip go? I'm planning to be in Jordan for 4-5 days and wondering whats a good itinerary to do. I'll be solo traveling so I don't mind moving around a bit with a private driver
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Old Dec 26, 18, 8:32 pm
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Ended up going to Jordan only for 3 days.

Day 1: Petra
Day 2: Dead sea and various other sites on the way to Amman from Petra
Day 3: Jerash/Ajloun and Amman citadel
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I was in Amman a number of years ago. It wasn't the most pleasant for ambling, but I dug the Roman history, the friendly locals, and the food (save for the humdrum mansaf). Petra was a roughly 3.5 hour minivan ride away; indeed, that was worth the death-defying journey.

Lately, I've been interested to revisit Amman, if only due an episode of Ainsley Harriott's (British singer/chef) travel-food show.
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Old Jan 2, 19, 7:15 am
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... I dug the Roman history, the friendly locals, and the food (save for the humdrum mansaf)...
I felt the same way after my first mansaf dinner (at a highly-regarded Amman restaurant). However, I had it twice more during my 2016 visit and totally changed my mind after the second and third. Give it another shot.
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