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Jerash Trip

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Hi everyone!

The day before our flight home, we will be driving from Petra to Amman (staying the night before at Movenpick). We were thinking of taking a detour to go to Jerash before checking in at our Amman hotel. Would this be too crazy of an idea? If so, any other suggestions for something to do on the way?

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That’s quite the detour.

Perhaps look into visiting Madaba instead. Minimal detour and Madaba had some outstanding mosaics from the Umayyad period and the Byzantine era.

Check out Archaeological Park.

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#1 - we will already be visiting Madaba but thank you for the suggestion :)

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jerash is MUST SEE when visiting jordan,

from amman one hour drive each way

site close around 5 pm in summer

allow at least one hour to visit the awesome site,you be glad you did

you still need to come back to amman to get to airport road some half hour

hope this helps

enjoy

raymond

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Visiting Jerash will be something that we recommend adding to your itinerary.

Nevertheless, you can consider visiting Shobak castle (Krak de Montreal) An early 12th-century Crusader castle in barren surroundings. It is perched on the side of a rocky, conical mountain at 1,300m above sea level. It is 32Km from Wadi Musa- on your way to Amman- and worth the visit.

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A visit to Jerash is definitely worth getting a very, very early start from Petra.

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Thank you all - will definitely plan on getting an early start and visiting :)

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You won't regret this, @Izzy.

If you have time, the best place to eat in Jerash is Lebanese House: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g293988-d1644556-r577870094-Lebanese_House_Um_Khalil_Restaurant-Jerash_Jerash_Governorate.html

Edited: March 28, 2021, 4:56 am
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Honestly, you will not have time to go to Jerash in case you really mean that the same day you drive from Petra to Amman you want to take a turn to Jerash. Even if you take the fastest but most boring road on the Desert Highway, it takes 3-4 hours. From Amman to Jerash it takes about 1 hour. To get and enjoy the place, you should stay there for at least 3 hours. No point in going there, running through the place without looking properly. But, it's your trip and you decide of course. I'm just giving advice.

Take and look instead at places you have along your way up. For example, Machaerus is worth to stop and visit. It is on the way, you only need to go from Petra via Tafilah and to Dead Sea, then after a while turn right and eventually you arrive to this place. After visiting continue via Madaba to Amman.

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I think the OP will do just fine if she is able to get an early start from Petra. And by early, I am thinking 06:00 or so. This will get her into Jerash at a reasonable hour, leaving plenty of time for a fulsome visit.

Most people will only visit Jerash once in their lifetime, and the inconvenience of an early start far outweighs the marvels of Jerash.

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Agree with Khamlia that you should plan a few hours in Jerash. It is quite large and very well preserved so needs some time to soak in.

However none of the other sites listed can really compare to it. As mentioned if like most people you will be visiting Jordan once in your life and on a short trip it is worth making the effort to get there.

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Without knowing your itinerary it may be worth considering reshuffling your earlier visit to Madaba to a visit to Jerash and incorporating Madaba into your return trip from Petra.

Important to consider than Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Dead Sea, Bethany etc are all south of Amman and better suited to a stop while travelling between. Jerash is north of Amman and therefore better planned seperately. All depends on the time you have but Petra, Jerash, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea are the must see locations during any visit.

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You plan to travel around 3 hours that day regardless to reach Amman so it is only an extra 2 hours travel. Further as you will likely stay centrally in Amman you will avoid some traffic by taking the ring highway, although they are not always flowing perfectly themselves.

You should really have the time to fit it in and as mentioned above it is worth the effort. There is sufficient time int he day and you do not need to leave outrageously early to make it work provided you do not plan to do site-seeing in Amman in the evening.

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