WHERE TO GO IN JORDAN?
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. Already booked my return trip to explore more of this great country.
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.
My return trip is already booked ! 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.
However,if you don’t want the additional expense, hiring a car is a great option.
The distances are quite long 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?
November was perfect, 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.
In January 2018 I stayed in Aqaba which has a pleasant winter temperature of about 20 degrees in the daytime. This was a great time of year to visit Wadi Rum too, cold at night but lovely spring like weather in the day. There was hardly anyone else staying in my luxury desert camp in Wadi Rum, it was like personal camp almost. Perfect time to go!
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 as 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 at Petra
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. 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.
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.
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. My plan changed 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. Then 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. The Jordanian wines are excellent, 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!
Read about my second trip to Jordan and Wadi Rum here: