Ancient city of Madaba and floating in the Dead Sea: a 7-day guide to the landmarks of Jordan

By TravelWiseMar 23, 2024 11:10 AMNews
Ancient city of Madaba and floating in the Dead Sea: a 7-day guide to the landmarks of Jordan
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Visit Jordan and discover its attractions. From swimming in the Dead Sea to exploring the iconic rock-cut architecture of Petra, this itinerary covers the must-see sites.

Get ready for an adventure you'll remember for a lifetime. Enjoy the endless desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and visit the mosaic city of Madaba, relax in the coastal city of Aqaba," writes the NewsBytes website.

How to get around Jordan

Navigating Jordan's public transportation system can be like solving a puzzle with missing pieces. It's a hot spot of routes that can leave you scratching your head. Although buses do run, they cater more to locals and may be less convenient for independent travelers. The most reliable mode of transportation for tourists is to rent a car and explore the country at your own pace.

Important things to know

A flight from Delhi to Amman will cost approximately 25,000 to 30,000 rupees. Stay away from protest areas and large gatherings, and follow the latest news. Stay away from the borders of Syria and Iraq. Choose a Jordanian pass, which gives you free access to more than 40 tourist attractions. Finally, make sure you avoid these mistakes when traveling to Jordan.

Day 1: Start your journey in Jordan from Amman

Start your trip in the capital city of Amman. Visit the Citadel, which offers a panoramic view of the ruins of the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods. Then explore the King Abdullah I Mosque, known for its blue mosaic roof and white minarets. End your day at the Boulevard, a trendy pedestrian area with luxury shops, cafes, restaurants, and impressive architecture surrounded by high-rise buildings and hotels.

Day 2: Escape to the tranquility of the Dead Sea

On the second day, visit the world's largest natural resort, the Dead Sea, just an hour's drive from Amman. Relax in the soft waters and marvel at the fact that you can't drown! Soothe your skin with healing mud or enjoy a relaxing massage. If you prefer a more leisurely vacation, spend the day at your world-class hotel sunbathing, swimming, and dining.

Day 3: Discover the rock-cut architecture of Petra

On your third day, visit one of the new iconic Seven Wonders of the World, Petra, with its impressive rock-cut architecture dating back to 300 B.C. Climb 900 rock-cut stairs to reach the impressive 1st-century monastery (Deir), considered one of the city's landmarks. Visiting Petra by day is awe-inspiring, but seeing it at night by the light of 1,800 candles is truly an out-of-this-world experience.

Day 4: Spend an adventurous day in Wadi Rum

On the fourth day of your trip, explore Wadi Rum's most famous sites by hiring a chauffeur-driven or guided SUV or a guided camel ride from the Visitor Center. If you're adventurous, try aeronautical activities such as hot air ballooning or flying in various aircraft to see the natural rock formations.

Day 5: Explore Madaba - the city of mosaics

Discover the ancient city of Madaba, known as the "City of Mosaics" on the fifth day of your trip. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George to see a stunning Byzantine mosaic map of Jerusalem and other holy sites. Then head to the Archaeological Park to see the Madaba Institute of Mosaic Art and Restoration, where artisans are trained to make, repair, and restore mosaics.

Day 6: Rest in the coastal city of Aqaba

Complete your Jordan travel plan with a relaxing vacation in the coastal city of Aqaba. Explore the deep indigo-colored waters off the coast of Aqaba, offering a kaleidoscope of marine life. Explore the Aqaba Fort and Saladin Castle, located on an island in the Persian Gulf. Don't forget to visit the Aqaba Marine Science Station, the Bird Observatory, and the Archaeological Museum.

Day 7: End your trip with some souvenir shopping

On the last day, enjoy one last swim in the rejuvenating waters of the Dead Sea. Then head back to Amman for some last-minute souvenir shopping. To help you out, we've prepared a list of five things to bring back from your trip to Jordan. Finally, head to the Amman airport and say goodbye to the beautiful country of Jordan.

The main visa tips you should know

There are three options for obtaining a tourist visa to Jordan. You can apply at the Jordanian Embassy in New Delhi, obtain a tourist collective visa at the port of entry in Amman, or obtain a tourist visa upon arrival in Jordan. Before applying for a visa, it is important to check what type of visa you are eligible for.

Earlier, Travel Wise wrote about the 6 most beautiful temples to visit in Cambodia.

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