Preface: A word on the Jordan Pass
I bought the Jordan pass which allows yoou to not have to pay to get your visa to enter the country, but then they did not check my Jordan pass even once. I was prepared to use it for experiences at the Castles, Petra, and more and they never checked it aside from at immigration when I arrived.
Also, I bought the Jordan pass at the airport after I arrived while waiting for the lines to go down. They’re friendly as long as you have it on mobile (I’d also recommend a screenshot in case you don’t have data).
Speaking of data, I have T-Mobile back home in the US so I get free 2G data which is awesome to have when in a country for a short period of time, but 2G is incredibly painfully slow and sometimes my emails don’t even load.
Day 4: Early morning start to Petra, then drive to Wadi Rum for a Bedoiun tour in the Dessert.
There’s several spots included in the Jordan pass that you will have to time to visit. I’ll let you research those, and beware, some are closed on Sundays. The most important part is that you make it to Wadi Rum and ride a camel or truck into the dessert.
Day 5: Head into Wadi Rum for lunch, and get back in time for your night flight.
We actually left Petra around 8am and made good enough time to meet our Wadi Rum tour before the planned 10am meeting time. We did a truck which was very therapeutic and carefree to view the landscape after so much walking and planning at Petra! We watched the sunset which was around 430pm and still had enough time to drop off our rental, and cross the border into Eilat. We did Israel after but if you fly out from Aqaba, you can make a late flight on this day if you move quickly.
People have asked so here it is: A word on crossing into Israel from Aqaba to Eilat.
Before we crossed from Aqaba to to Eilat we needed to figure out 1. is the border crossing going to be a problem while we're there (long lines? does it close at a certain time? ask for a paper instead of a stamp?), and 2. Transportation to the border on the Jordan side and then transportation from the Israel side to hotel.
1. It was a very simple crossing, we went through the regular ongoing questioning about all the details of each of our trips. Yes, many questions but just be honest with simple answers. Don't volunteer additional information unless requested. And don't worry, unlike the border from Singapore to Malaysia, you can simply walk from one end to the other.
2. Transportation on the Jordan side seemed to be a flat 10JD, and I was able to ask 3 cabs, then one accepted my offer of 7 Jordan Dinars. On the Israel side, we were worried about how to get a ride to the hotel, but conveniently there was one cab that pulled up and we hopped in right away. Not sure what we would have done if that cab wasn't there, plus, there was not a money exchanger so he got paid in JD which of course involved rounding up so be aware of that.
Always best to have the local currency. And usually cheapest to pull out the exact amount you will need from at ATM with a card that pays for your ATM fees.
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