Again, I am planning a trip - with the full knowledge things can change, as can my trip. (Getting that out of the way.) Traveling solo.
In late January, I plan to spend 7 nights, pretty much hitting what seems to be the standard main sights:
Arrive Wednesday afternoon: first night at the Dead Sea.
Thursday: Transfer to Wadi Musa - Petra by Night (stop at Mt. Nebo on the way?)
Friday: All day available for Petra.
Saturday: Transfer to Wadi Rum, overnight there.
Some combination of tours there on Saturday night (wonder if this will be an issue) and Sunday morning.
Sunday afternoon: Transfer to Amman (3 nights) (stop in Madaba on the way?)
Monday and Tuesday: one day for Citadel, Roman Theater, and a PCR test (required for Dubai, which is the next stop) - and one day for a day trip to Jerash.
Wednesday: morning in Amman, late afternoon flight.
First question: I have driven in a number of countries but have decided I am not interested in driving on this trip. And I won’t be taking an “official tour”. So basically my options for transportation seem to be either arranging a driver for each leg separately or arranging for a driver for the whole time. Does anyone have input on that question? Or am I way off and if I have driven in Japan, Ireland, Croatia, and Greece (not the big cities) that Jordan (leaving from/dropping off at the airport) is no big deal and preferable?
Second question: I am fairly sure these main sights fit ok enough. But what about Mt. Nebo and Madaba? Worth a stop? Doable?
Third: I have a sense of the different areas of Amman for hotels, but not yet a good sense of how the different areas actually compare (more noise, more authentic, more amenities, transport to the sites, etc.). So input there is also welcome.
And last: any gems I am missing? Anything look out of line?
The days will be short and it may be cold (might rain, might not). This is just when it works for me to go. I read Valerie’s blog and loved her photos. I also have seen Adventures with Sarah’s daily reports (just made me more excited). I would love thoughts.