We are very excited about our impending visit to Jordan ( in 3 weeks) but I am starting to think we need to flesh out a bit more of a plan.
At present we arrive at 5 am on a Friday and leave at 10am 2 days later. I have booked 2 nights at a hotel on the Dead Sea but can change if needed. Our main objective is to visit Petra but if we can fit in some other sites then we will. I know the Dead Sea would normally be an attraction and its relatively central location makes it appealing anyway but it will probably be too cold to swim so dont need to hang around long. We have been told by a good friend and frequent visitor ( ie 50+ times) that the ruins north of Amman are not to be missed so how do we do that too....
We are two adults and two teens ( and 4 suitcases)
My main questions are :
1. Should be rent a car and self drive ? We have done this before in UAE and Oman ( and many others countries) and found it worthwhile.
2. Would we be better off staying at a hotel in Amman on the first night, seeing the local sight the first day and heading to Petra on the second spending the 2nd night at the Dead Sea ?
3. There dont seem to be many guides ? Have looked at organised tours but they dont really appeal. Would prefer a local guide we could use privately but would have to have big enough car and correct insurance etc...
4. Is there anything else we could realistically fit into out visit ? It sounds like the Kings road will be too time consuming so need to be frugal with what little time we have
thanks so much for your help