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From Manchester: Visit Jordan and the Amazing Petra £397.95pp @ Expedia
From Manchester: Visit Jordan and the Amazing Petra £397.95pp @ Expedia

From Manchester: Visit Jordan and the Amazing Petra £397.95pp @ Expedia

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This won't be up everyone's street but it's something I hope to do at the back end of 2017. It's easy to extend the itinerary if you want to spend longer, but this trip gives you a good idea of the sights in Jordan, including a trip to Petra, Wadi Rum and the beach resort of Aqaba where you could also then do a side trip to the Dead Sea.

I've picked great places to stay that have favourable reviews and although driving yourself and hiring a car looks to be pretty easy I've priced this up using public transport as the buses also seem a cheap and good option.

26/03/2017
You'll fly from Manchester with Air France to Amman with a short stop in Paris. Flights include hold luggage and meals. You'll arrive into Amman early evening.

27/03/2017
You have a full day in Amman today and overnight in Amman again.

28/03/2017
You'll catch the early morning Jett bus today which takes you to Petra. You can find details do the buses on the Jett webaite. You will overnight at the Alps Rashid Hotel in Petra. You'll have time to visit the museums, pretend to be Indiana Jones and visit Siq.

29/03/2017
Your hotel can help you with booking and catching the very cheap bus from Petra to Waidi Rum. In Waidi Rum get ready for a night camping in the desert under the stars at the Bedouin Lifestyle Camp. There are plenty of activities such as camel rides, Jeep tours and nearby hiking.

30/03/2017
You'll catch the bus today to head to Aqaba which is a beach resort, get rid of the desert dust and relax. There are also opportunities to snorkel or dive at the ocean resorts. You'll overnight in Aqaba at the Alps Qida hotel.

31/03/2017
You'll check out of Aqaba today and you need to be at the airport at 10:25pm ready for your flight in the early hours of the morning of 1/04. This leaves you a full day to make your way back to Amman. I've included the cost of the bus back to Amman but it may appeal to hire a driver or local agent to do a dead sea tour from Aqaba then returning to Amman at additional cost.

1/04/2017
You'll fly back to Manchester, leaving Amman at 1:25am.

Breakdown

2 flights from Manchester to Amman £574.88 book @ Air France

2 nights in Amman £59.54 book at Expedia

2 tickets on the bus from Amman to Petra 20JD/£22.88 jett.com.jo

1 night in Petra £29.97 book at Expedia

2 tickets Bus Petra to Waidi Rum 10JD/£11.44

1 night in Waidi Rum £34 book @ booking.com

2 tickets bus Waidi Rum to Aqaba 6JD/£6.87

1 night in Aqaba £40.08 book @ Expedia

2 tickets Jett Bus Aqaba to Amman 14.20JD/£16.25

Total £795.91/£397.95

You may be lucky and get an Expedia code to work but the ones I've got don't seem to work for March unfortunately.

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Original Poster

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great deal get 20 or so people together and count me and my partner in!

safety in numbers


Edited by: "KEEP_IT_TEA" 19th Nov 2016

Absolutely breathtaking!

Wow, plus it's nearly 60 quid to get into Petra itself now. More than double than when I went a few years ago. Worth every penny though, truly one of the best treasures from antiquity.

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I'm in!

It's actually safe to travel to Jordan (as safe as travel can be to any country). I've been following the TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet forum boards for a while as I wanted to do this trip this year and the safety question pops up alot.

That sounds fabulous . I'd love to go see Petra the rose red city , half as old as time . Can't remember the rest of the poem . Heat from me . Pity boarding out the loft is a higher priority ....

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psychobitchfromhell

That sounds fabulous . I'd love to go see Petra the rose red city , half … That sounds fabulous . I'd love to go see Petra the rose red city , half as old as time . Can't remember the rest of the poem . Heat from me . Pity boarding out the loft is a higher priority ....



Boarding out the loft oO Petra sounds better. Who needs lofts, they're overrated. Mines full of junk I can't fit anywhere else and part of me thinks if the stuffs been up there for nearly 10 years should I just bin it when I move house? If I've not needed it in 10 years I'm never going to need it right?

rachelandgromit

Boarding out the loft oO Petra sounds better. Who needs lofts, they're … Boarding out the loft oO Petra sounds better. Who needs lofts, they're overrated. Mines full of junk I can't fit anywhere else and part of me thinks if the stuffs been up there for nearly 10 years should I just bin it when I move house? If I've not needed it in 10 years I'm never going to need it right?


True but then I could take the rubbish out the garage and stick that in the loft and put the car in the garage . Someone tried to break in to steal the car keys the other night . Twice . They snapped the front door lock but I heard the noise . They came back later to finish the job but I heard them again and called the police . Mind you Petra is very tempting . On my bucket list

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psychobitchfromhell

True but then I could take the rubbish out the garage and stick that in … True but then I could take the rubbish out the garage and stick that in the loft and put the car in the garage . Someone tried to break in to steal the car keys the other night . Twice . They snapped the front door lock but I heard the noise . They came back later to finish the job but I heard them again and called the police . Mind you Petra is very tempting . On my bucket list



Oh my word, I take that back, you do need your loft! That must have been terrifying.

rachelandgromit

Oh my word, I take that back, you do need your loft! That must have been … Oh my word, I take that back, you do need your loft! That must have been terrifying.


It was quite scary . Kid was fast asleep upstairs . He could sleep through Armageddon . I'm on my own now since my husband died a couple of years ago . I'm only five foot tall and there were three of them . I think I'd have given them the keys in all honesty . Don't see I would have had a choice

why anyone would want to visit katie price and see the dead dog from blue peter is beyond me, maybe im missing something

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xstevo99

why anyone would want to visit katie price and see the dead dog from blue … why anyone would want to visit katie price and see the dead dog from blue peter is beyond me, maybe im missing something



X):D

Not a region that appeals to me but heat for the deal & effort

Seen it, big deal. Me n few of the stonemasons could knock that out in no time. Idiot abroad summed it up.

I'd love to do Petra

I went to Jordan in August. Just two travelling and had absolutely no issues with safety. I would actually say I felt safer there than in this Country.

If you have a day spare in Amman, I would recommend going to Jeresh. Absolutely awesome.

One point I'd make is that there are a lot of miles between these sites mentioned above. Plan the trip so you travel in a circle as much as you can. Going up and down Jordan takes a lot of time.

Cracking price though for an amazing experience.

Wife has banned me from going due to safety. There have been attacks as little as 10km north of Amman as recently as June. Wish I'd gone a few years back but ended up going to China instead - if only I had a crystal ball!

Radical Islamist ideology is reaching Jordan's middle classes, students and educated in an unprecedented way.

No thanks

Just been to Aqaba and did the tour to Petra the whole area was dry hot and very dusty- going on a tour the entrance fee was 50 dollars if you go on your own it is 90 dollars,

Visited Petra a few years back - an amazing experience. We had an unbelievable day.
We have also visited Israel (Jerusalem, Bethlehem etc) and Egypt (Cairo, Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Alexandria)....
Also Istanbul in 2015
This was all before the 'troubles'

I have just been very VERY lucky with my timings.

I keep meaning to write a bucket list - but I am too busy just doing things - swimming with sting-rays, climbing Leaning Tower, seeing Tuts death mask in Cairo etc...

If you're really into seeing Petra you'll need 2 days there, not one. It's a massive site, there's so much more to it than the Indiana Jones facade.

Me and a few friends priced this up the winter before the Arab uprising

Fly into amman.. Travel to Petra / Mt Sinai / Dead sea / red sea and finish in Cairo
Flgihts were £250 and it was actually a tour for 7 days with Intrepid

Not sure id want to be driving around that part of the world presently and ive been to some warzones in my time


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dodgymix

Me and a few friends priced this up the winter before the Arab … Me and a few friends priced this up the winter before the Arab uprisingFly into amman.. Travel to Petra / Mt Sinai / Dead sea / red sea and finish in CairoFlgihts were £250 and it was actually a tour for 7 days with IntrepidNot sure id want to be driving around that part of the world presently and ive been to some warzones in my time



This includes all bus transportation in the cost although some people may prefer to drive. I'd research the TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet forums. Package tours like Intrepid are OK but expensive for what you get. I believe it's around £700pp for a week and then add your flights on top but it's convenient if you don't want to DIY it.

oddsocks

If you're really into seeing Petra you'll need 2 days there, not one. … If you're really into seeing Petra you'll need 2 days there, not one. It's a massive site, there's so much more to it than the Indiana Jones facade.



Actually, I would have loved to have been able to join one of the teams working out there - 3 or 6 months or more.....
Now THAT I would put on my bucket list.

Would have been doubly good if I could spend a British winter out there working, away from all the floods, gales and freezing weather.

Banned

@RachelandGromit - you've posted a well thought out, excellently planned, super deal. Well done you! I would just love to go and explore Petra, what an amazing civilisation there was once! Added heat for a very well planned itinerary and a super duper price!

Personally however, Im a bit of a scardy cat these days - there is a very bad risk in that part of the world eg kidnappings, beheadings, shootings and instability (even Turkey!!) - which means I definitely wouldnt risk it even if it £99 for the week. I'm no longer the intrepid traveller i was once, I've been to Egypt several times, and I loved going to Turkey but probably not again for years to come.

I now prefer to holiday in places like Cancun, or closer to home. With recent deals here to Mexico flying from £219, i think i know where I'd feel safer.
Edited by: "smiler594" 24th Nov 2016
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