I'm going to be in Jordan for the first time over Christmas and New Year this year and would love some advice.
Sadly I don't drive, but I really want to visit a range of sights in Jordan and I can't quite figure out the best way to do it. Can you advise?
My current idea for itinerary but all improvements very welcome!
Day 1 - Arrive Amman, sleep there.
Day 2 - (Christmas day) Spend time sightseeing in Amman (sights likely open on Christmas day? To what extent is it observed as a holiday? Any particularly cool/Christmassy things to do on Christmas day in Amman?)
Day 3 More exploration of Amman
Day 4 Day trip to Jerash (how?)
Day 5 Travel to Dead Sea (how?). Overnight there. (Is it worth doing this overnight or should I return to Amman? Will it be warm enough to swim in December?)
Day 6 Travel to Petra (how? I'd have liked to visit Madaba, Mt Nebo and Kerak Castle en route - without a car is there any way to make this possible? Can it be done from Dead Sea or do I need to be back in Amman?) Overnight at Petra.
Day 7 Spend day exploring Petra. Overnight at Petra.
Day 8 New Year's Eve. Travel to Wadi Rum from Petra (how?) - is this a good place to stay for New Year's Eve or will it be too cold to stay overnight? If too cold, do you have a good suggestion of the best plan?
Day 9 Do some kind of Wadi Rum tour, then get back to Amman (how?). Overnight in Amman.
Day 10 Leave for airport
I really appreciate your advice! For some reason I'm finding this planning really confusing...