Where to go in Jordan – My Solo trip to a magical land. There are plenty of websites ticking off fantastic tourist sites in Jordan.  However, before my trip I struggled to find more practical information.  Can I drive around safely on my own? What are the roads like?  What should I wear? Where are the best places to stay? and so on.  Here, I will endeavour to answer these questions for those following in my footsteps!

Firstly, I want to you to know that Jordan is a lovely country with places to visit that are truly spectacular.  Put this on your bucket list for a visit at least once in a lifetime.  I will be back for sure.

PHOTO: Exploring Petra Jordan

Jordan – Is it safe and pleasant for Solo women travellers?

Jordan is a very safe country for Solo women travellers.  It is easy to travel around with good roads and safe drivers.  It is easy to have the wrong preconceptions because it is sandwiched between Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi.

I don’t exactly blend in as a blue eyed, tall blonde.  However, everyone in Jordan was very friendly and welcoming.  They want visitors to come and will treat you very well.  My whole trip was wonderful, I didn’t feel uncomfortable once even though I was alone.

This might seem to be surprisingly in a conservative Middle Eastern country where only 22% of females are working in paid employment!  Slight astonishment that I was alone maybe , but a polite, respectful  and friendly welcome everywhere.

I will definitely return  alone to Jordan again.

How to get around the country?

I hired a car and planned to self drive around the country.  Realised my driving licence had expired the day of my trip so last minute panic!  The Movenpick Resort Dead Sea arranged a limousine and driver for me.  This turned out to be perfect, I could just sit back and enjoy the ride, snapping and videoing along the way.

The information about the company I used is at the bottom of the page.  However, if you don’t want the additional expense,  hiring a car is a great option.

The distances are long.  The drive from the Dead Sea to Petra is over 3 hours.  Aqaba to Petra under 2 hours.  Amman airport to Dead Sea is under an hour, about 45 minutes.  Amman to Petra about 3 hours.

Take the good, modern highway from Amman to Petra.  There are 2 routes from the Dead Sea to Petra, one is the highway the other a twisty (VERY twisty) 3 hour drive with some great views along the way.

PHOTO: What to Wear?

What to Wear?

Travelling alone it is always better to be more conservative in dress and respect the local cultural traditions. I wore long sleeve Kaftan style tops with dark jeans and boots while on the road and exploring the country. Above, I am wearing Tory Burch Kaftan top and Burberry Jeans and my Louis Vuitton Neverful bag.

Wear the usual resort wear if you are staying at the International hotels.  Swimwear and sundresses are absolutely fine. Most people wore smart casual attire.

I travelled in November, so needed a wrap, jacket or long sleeve top at night when it was a bit chilly.

When to travel to Jordan?

I chose November, because it is not too hot and not too cold!  Daytime temperatures at The Dead Sea were between 24 and 27 degrees.  Sunset is early, around 5pm and the temperature dropped to around 18 to 20 degrees.

Petra was a very pleasant 25 degrees in the day but colder at night, around 17 to 18 degrees.  November and December are high season in Petra because it is the perfect daytime temperature to explore The Lost City.

My trip to Jordan – Where to go:

Arriving at Amman International Airport was a nice surprise.  It is an ultra modern, fabulous, efficient airport.  I bought my Jordan Visa on arrival.  Obviously, this depends on your nationality and so check on the Visit Jordan website for Visa information before you arrive.

PHOTO: View of the Dead Sea

The Dead Sea:

The Dead Sea was everything I imagined and more! It is one of the most relaxing places to stay imaginable. The drive from the airport to The Dead Sea was downhill almost all the way because it is the lowest place on earth.  How incredible is that!  My ears popped for the whole journey.

Plenty of very good International hotels to choose.  I stayed at Movenpick Resort Dead Sea 

Read my review for more information.  An excellent hotel and wonderful place to stay, Diva recommended.  I would go back in a heartbeat. Indulge in some Spa treatments.  Many visitors stay here for treatment in their onsite clinic for medical conditions.

Enjoy the health-giving properties of the magical Dead Sea.  Slather yourself in the mud provided in a big pot by the sea.  Then float about reading a newspaper.  Let your body absorb the Dead Sea minerals and just relax!  You will have skin a soft a silk.

PHOTO: Float on the Dead Sea Jordan

PHOTO: Cover yourself in mud and float about on the Dead Sea Jordan – Bliss!

Some interesting places to visit nearby which are great for a half day trip:

  • Jordan River Baptismal Site
  • Mujiz Nature Reserve
  • Cerak Castle
  • Dead Sea Museum

PETRA – THE LOST CITY:

PHOTO: Enjoying my visit to Petra

An absolute must visit in Jordan!  I hired a limousine and driver to take me from the Dead Sea to Petra.  An easy 3 hour journey on a modern highway.  A few police checks on the road, just to check the driver has a licence.  Nothing to worry about!

PHOTO: The road approaching Petra

I stayed at Movenpick Resort Jordan.  Slap bang outside the entrance to Petra this could not be in a better location and was a welcoming, comfortable hotel in lovely Jordanian traditional style.

Below is my photo of The Treasury. The Treasury was built in the second century AD by the Nabatean tribe.  Petra, known as the ‘pink city’ was the Capital city of the Nabateans and was a major trading route.  Explore this fascinating city, one of the seven wonders of the world! Learn about the history from your guide as you go along.

PETRA: First glimpse of the Treasury

November and December are busy times to travel to Petra.  The weather is warm but not hot and so the perfect time to travel.  There are lots of big tour groups and many tourists.  However, because I arrived in the afternoon and stayed at Movenpick Resort Petra, I visited at about 3.30pm.  Last entrance time is 4pm but you can stay all evening if you wish.

This was perfect, all the tours were leaving as I arrived and it was great light for photo’s too! Sadly, I missed the Petra by Candlelight because it was Friday. Transcend time and enter another world as you follow the old trading routes on your camel.  A truly magical experience. I recommend staying at the Movenpick Resort Petra and staying late to explore The Pink City with only a few people around.

PHOTO: PETRA on horseback

I paid 55 JD for a two day pass.  I planned to potter around on my own without a guide.  However it quickly became clear that I would be better off with a guide for a few reasons.  The hawkers and sellers will leave you alone and the guide organises everything along the way and is also very informative.

My guide was Abdallah.  His number is 00 962 7 7625 5366.  Give him a call and he will be an interesting and fun guide for your trip to Petra.  It is a LONG way to walk down to the treasury and all around the sites in The Lost City. He organised a Horse, Camel and Donkey for me and this was included in the price.

PHOTO: My Petra guide

Watching all the tour parties trudging exhausted along the dusty track to their buses, I was so happy to have my special Bedouin transport!  The Princess Alia Charity ensures good animal welfare and husbandry for the animals working in Petra. The animals are well cared for and overseen by the The Ministry of Agriculture.

PHOTO: Heading home at the end of the day at Petra

Where to go in Jordan? I drove back to The Dead Sea after Petra.  My plan was to stay in the desert at Wadi Rum.  I changed my plan as the desert is getting cold at night late November.  There are some tented camps to stay overnight or drive up from Aqaba for the day, only an hour away.

Petra was a wonderful, not to be missed experience.  It was lovely to head back to Movenpick Resort Dead Sea to a beautiful suite for a couple of days relaxation!

PHOTO: Road back to Dead Sea from Petra

We took the twisty road down and running parallel to the Dead Sea on the return journey.  Really twisty, I felt so car sick!  Although there were some interesting bedouin camps and views along the way. The highway was the best road.  I loved chilling out at Movenpick Dead Sea.

PHOTO: Relaxing on my terrace of Suite W22 At Movenpick Resort Dead Sea

Then arrived at the Dead Sea in time for the one of the magical sunsets and a glass of delicious Jordanian wine.  I was very impressed by the local wines and sampled quite a few different ones!

 

PHOTO: Sunset over the Dead Sea – where to go in jordan

The end of a magical Dead Sea day!

Where to go in Jordan? My plan is to return and stay in AQABA next trip.  A gorgeous town by the sea with some good International hotels.  Perfect for diving and snorkelling in the Red Sea.  I will stay in Wadi Rum then, only and hour from Aqaba.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Visit Jordan

My Movenpick Dead Sea Resort Review

My Movenpick Resort Petra Review

Telephone number for Car and driver: Ibrahim 00962977683681

Telephone number for Petra Guide Abdallah  00 962 7 7625 5366

Movenpick Dead Sea Resort

Movenpick Resort Petra

 

 

 

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Photo: Petra one of the Seven Wonders of the World

Where to stay for a visit to Petra, Jordan?  Well, I recommend a stay at Movenpick Hotel Petra.  The hotel is perfectly situated just outside the entrance to Petra and is a really relaxing and comfortable hotel with friendly staff, good food and lovely rooms.  Movenpick resort Petra Review, Jordan.

PHOTO: Beautiful Al Multaqa Lobby Movenpick Resort Petra

I loved the traditional design, with beautiful Jordanian furniture and lamps complimented by beautiful artisan created wall and ceiling art.

PHOTO: Lobby and Dining Room

The hotel is warm and welcoming and all the staff are a delight.

Petra is a magical place to visit and I will be sharing another blog dedicated to advice for a great trip to Petra.  The Lost city of Petra, magical, full of history dating back to the second century A.D. when the Nabateans built the centre of their trading empire here.

If you stay at Movenpick Resort Petra you will be able to visit early in the morning and late in the afternoon and all evening.  This means you will avoid the big tour groups and most of the tourists will have left!  Enjoy the magical experience all to yourself and transcend time walking into history.

PHOTO:  The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

A ‘must visit’ at least once in a lifetime!  Petra is vast and you will be exhilarated and tired after a busy visit.  This is why Movenpick Hotel is the perfect place to stay.  It is right outside the entrance and you can pop back to the hotel to rest and revive.

PHOTO: Al Maqa’ad Bar, Movenpick Resort Petra

Relax in the beautiful bar, which is really a work of art in itself.

PHOTO: Al Maqa’ad Bar

Make sure to sample some of the Jordanian wines and Beer which are very good. Enjoy some snacks from the bar menu.

PHOTO: My Room at Movenpick Resort Petra

PHOTO: Delicious Jordanian treats and Jordanian Wine

Then I needed a delicious glass of Jordanian wine (really very good indeed! This is a bottle of St Georges) and a nap!

PHOTO: Breakfast time at Al Saraya Restaurant, Movenpick Resort Petra 

RESTAURANTS:

Enjoy one of the seven places to eat at the resort.  There is a roof top bar, which was closed during my visit. Afternoon tea at Al Baraka Tea Room.  Buffet dining at Al Saraya restaurant pictured above. Al Maqa’ad Bar, Al Multaqa Lobby Lounge or Burckhardt Lounge.

Enjoy a delicious breakfast after a good nights sleep.  Everything you could possibly want provided at the buffet breakfast.

OUTDOOR POOL:

Take a refreshing dip in the lovely pool.  My early morning dip didn’t go according to plan because I slept so well in the super comfy bed that I didn’t wake up in time!  Make sure you make time to enjoy the Pool and well equipped gym.

PHOTO: Movenpick Resort Petra Pool

Entrance to Petra viewed from the rooftop of the Movenpick Resort Petra.  This shot shows just how close the entrance to Petra is from Movenpick Resort.

PHOTO: Entrance to Petra

PHOTO: Entrance to Movenpick Resort

The distance between these last two photographs is literally a stone’s throw!  Enjoy a wonderful stay at Movenpick Petra.  Do message me if you have any questions.

Helpful information:

Getting Around Jordan:

I hired a limousine and driver and drove from The Dead Sea to Petra.  The roads are good and safe.

The Limousine Company is based at Movenpick DeadSea. Call Ibrahim to arrange your car.  The cars were large, new and comfortable with good drivers. Tel: 00962977683681

My original plan was to hire a car and self drive but I discovered the night before my trip that my driving licence had expired!  So that was the end to that! One of my famous ‘blonde moments’ …regular readers are familiar these moments!

Safety:  I travelled alone and felt perfectly safe at all times.  Jordanians are polite and respectful to women travellers.  I received so many messages from followers concerned for my safety during my road trip, but it is a very safe country.

WHEN TO GO:

I travelled in November, the weather was perfect, sunny days but not too hot around 24 degrees.  Evenings were a little cooler and I needed a shawl to keep warm.  November and December are high season at Petra.

Entrance to Petra: I bought a 2 day ticket and this cost me 55 JD

CONTACT: Movenpick Resort Petra  

Telephone: +9623215711

Jordan Tourist Office: http://www.visitjordan.com

After Petra I drove to Movenpick Resort DeadSea

Read my review of Movenpick Resort Dead Sea