A whistle-stop tour of Jordan: Petra and The Dead Sea

I recently managed to do a big tick off my bucket list in Jordan by visiting the world wonder that is Petra, along with the lowest point of earth, The Dead Sea. We only had two days for this trip and so once again I am here to show you how to see big sights in a short time and also on a limited budget.

We took an early morning flight from Dubai to Amman where we picked up our hire car and headed straight off in the direction of The Dead Sea. When I researched visiting The Dead Sea there are a lot of hotels and resorts that offer day passes, however seeing as this trip was on a budget we went to Amman beach where the pass is only 25 Jordanian Dinar. After a couple of hours floating and getting the obligatory shot reading a book in the water we were on the move – with a couple of scenic stops along the way – to Wadi Musa, which is that town that is the gateway to Petra.

We arrived at our hotel at about six o’clock in the evening, as you can imagine we were pretty exhausted so we headed out for a quick bite to eat and went off to bed. The early night was the best thing we could have done because we were up extremely early the next day (I’m talking five o’clock), which meant that we were at the Petra when it opens (6 o’clock) and were one of the first people there.

Wondering around a deserted place like Petra was absolutely incredible and I am so glad we got up early to do it. We managed to get photos in front of the treasury where we are the only ones in the picture – something that would be impossible to do a couple of hours later. I think that you can comfortably visit Petra without feeling rushed in a day. Given that we arrived at six in the morning we spent about six hours exploring – including the small hike to the monastery – and left at around twelve o’clock. We then drove back to Amman and took the evening flight back to Dubai. Truely a whistle-stop tour, but a big tick off my list and a place that is truly incredible.

If you want to read more whistle-stop tour posts, have a read of how to do a whistle-stop tour of Peru and Bolivia.


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