What is the best way to get around Jordan to visit major places and attractions? My daughter refuses to do the trip with an organized tour.
We do not want to visit Jordan as part of an organized tour group, wishing to travel independently.
Jordan is easily accessible by car outside of the capital of Amman. If you plan on visiting Amman and the various attractions within its city limits in the Old Downtown area (Amman Citadel, Temple of Hercules, Roman Amphitheater, downtown souks, Rainbow Street, etc.), take a taxi because the city layout is crazy and so are the drivers. You will spend more time looking for your attraction and trying to find parking then you will actually enjoying your destination. Taxis are plentiful, metered and very affordable think about 2JD or appx $3USD from anywhere in the main city area to old downtown). Public transportation is confusing, inconsistent at best and not well planned so I would completely avoid any thoughts of mass transit. Attractions outside the city limits such as Petra, Wadi Rum, Jerash, Umm Qais, Ajloun, Madaba, Dead Sea, Mt. Nebo, etc. are best done on your own time with a rental car and a GPS. The roads to these attractions are marked well and are fairly big (in terms of Jordan) so they are easily navigated. I second your daughter's position and say no to a tour group and have your own adventure. If it is any help, I am an American now living in Amman, Jordan and can offer advice/suggestions if you want. almost 5 years ago