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Spending a few days in Jericho

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Spending a few days in Jericho

I'm heading to Israel and Jordan this summer and am thinking of staying in Jericho for a few days before crossing into Jordan. Is this too much time there, can Jericho be explored in a day trip from Jerusalem?

Also, what is the best way to get from Jericho to Amman (e.g., bus, taxi)?

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1. Re: Spending a few days in Jericho

Jericho definitely could be explored as a day trip from Jerusalem, as most tourist do. To save time, the preferred way is to take a guide that has a car for it.

To get from Jericho to Amman, you're in a problem. Just a few kilometers from Jericho there is a border crossing between Israel and Jordan - called Allenby or King Hussein Bridge. However, on the Jordanian side they don't have on-entry visa. Therefore, unless acquired a Jordanian visa in advance (at a Jordanian embassy) - you can't use this crossing and you would need to make a "detour" - go 1.5 hours north to the next crossing near Beit She'an ("Jordan River" or "Sheikh Hussein" crossing) where the Jordanians DO give on-entry visa, and from there proceed to Beit She'an.

In case you get a Jordanian visa in advance, just take a bus from Jericho to Allenby border crossing. In the crossing, make sure you go to the Non-Palestinian queue.

If you don't get a Jordanian visa, you can go to Beit She'an by Israeli bus #961. Head to Almog junction south of Jericho to get it (don't be confused - 961 on both directions pass there (to Jerusalem and to Beit She'an). Check schedule here: http://www.egged.co.il

From Beit She'an bus terminal just take a taxi - it's less than a 10 minutes ride to the border crossing.

To get directions from the other side of the border to Amman - ask at the Jordan forum.

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2. Re: Spending a few days in Jericho

There is a lot to see in and around Jericho but you probably need to be ‘into’ archaeology – The Monastery of Martyrius, the Inn of the Good Samaritan (and opposite and visible from the road the Monastery of Saint Euthymius), Nabi Musa. If you are a hiker don’t miss Wadi al-Qelt and the monastery of Saint George of Choziba and Herod’s Winter Palace. Within or close to the city – The Tree of Zacchaeus, Tel es-Sultan (old Jericho), Hisham’s Palace, The Monastery of the Qurantul, The Sugar Mills, the Khirbet Na’an aqueduct. East of Jericho is Saint Gerasumus Monastery (only open by prior reservation at the Christian Information Centre in Jerusalem) the Greek Orthodox site of Christ’s baptism and of course 20k. to the south Qumran.

There are some excellent hotels including The Jericho Resort Village which is a modern luxury tourist complex with a great swimming pool.

http://www.jerichoresorts.com/about.html

Edited: 11 April 2013, 07:31
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