|Stage||Location||Name||Type||Price||# of beds||Contact Information (+962)||Amenities|
|2||Wadi Ziqlab||Sharhabil bin Hassneh Eco Park||G||36-60JD/ $50-85||28||(0)79-8100411||meals (order in advance)|
|3||Pella||Pella Countryside Hotel||G||Dbl 40JD/$56 half board||11 rooms||(0)26-560899||lunch|
|4||Beit Idis||Adnan Megdadi||F||20JD/ $29||2 apts||(0)77-6689061||meals, luggage transport|
|4||Near Rasoun||Mount Birgish Eco Camp||F||From $75/night||10 triple tents; 2 big tents for up to 40||Via their website, or:
|5||Rasoun||Shawashreh Family||F||4||(0)77-7057230||meals, luggage transport|
|6||Orjan||Fathiya Megdadi||F||6||Al Ayoun Society||washing machine|
|6||Orjan||Eisa Dweekat||F||20JD/ $29||2||(0)79-6829111||meals, luggage transfer, camping|
|6||Orjan||Mariam Bani Saeed||F||20JD/ $29||5||(0)77-2288143||meals, luggage transfer, women only|
|6||Orjan||RSCN Forest Lodge||GH||bungalows 65-95JD/ $92-135||15||(0)79-9062210||meals|
|6||Orjan||RSCN Biscuit House||GH||35-50JD/ $50-70||6||(0)64-616523||meals|
|6||Orjan||Wadi Al Tawaheen Guest House||GH||30-36JD||25||(0)77-6846239||meals|
|6||Baoun||Ali Al Smadi||F||20JD/ $29||8||(0)77-6301505||meals, luggage transport|
|6||Baoun||Naim Anizat House||F||15JD/ $21||1 + mats||(0)79-6544410||fireplace, BBQ grill, kitchen|
F – Family Stay
G – Guesthouse (small locally-owned establishment with private rooms)
H – Hotel
Hs – Hostel (accommodation offering dormitory options)
T – Bedouin Tent (usually dormitory-style sleeping on mats on the floor of a large tent)
S – Shelter (a few areas have free hiker shelters, which are a simple room with cots that hikers can use)
C – Camping (a paid or free place to put down a tent, may or may not have facilities)
Getting to Abraham Path Ajloun (Jordan)
Jordan’s main airport is Queen Alia International Airport, located 35km from Amman. Jordan has a good system of affordable taxis, and an inexpensive system of basic buses, though buses tend to leave when they are full so can involve a lot of waiting and uncertainty of availability of return journeys. Rental cars are available in Jordan, though roads are not always clearly marked in English—a good road atlas is advisable.
Getting to the start of the Abraham Path:
Shuttle buses from Queen Alia International Airport to downtown Amman depart every half hour between 6am and 4:30pm (50min, 3JD, 06-4453200). Private taxis have posted prices depending on destination, with an average cost of 20JD to downtown Amman.
From Amman’s northern bus station (Mujama’a al Shimal), buses depart to Ajloun daily (1.5 hr, 0.95JD) with greater frequency in the mornings. A private taxi from Amman to Ajloun would cost about 40JD. Amman airport and city center offer numerous rental car companies (average cost of $75/€60 per day, gas/petrol €0.89/liter, $4.20/gallon). Driving after dark is not recommended for safety reasons.
Arriving from land or sea borders:
To/from Israel/Palestine: Jordan shares three border crossing points with Israel: Beit She’an/Sheikh Hussein in the north, Allenby/King Husseinin the center and Aqaba/Eilat crossing in the south. An advance visa is necessary if crossing from Israel/Palestine to Jordan via the King Hussein/Allenby crossing, which can be purchased at the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv or the Jordanian Consulate in Ramallah. North and south borders do not require advance visas.
Crossing at Allenby Bridge/King Hussein (central): Advance visa required for Jordan. Shared taxis to/from Jerusalem (Damascus Gate) leave regularly for the border (38 NIS/ ~$10 per person). Taxis from the Jordanian side of the border to/from Amman have set prices and cost 20-25 JD. A taxi to Al Ayoun costs about 40 JD. The border open hours are Sunday to Thursday, 8am to midnight, Friday and Saturday 8am-3pm.
Crossing at Beit She’an/Sheikh Hussein (north): A direct bus connects Nazareth to Amman via the northern border (+972-(0)4-601-0458, 75 NIS/~$20). The Israeli side of the border can also be accessed from Beit She’an by taxi (5 min, 30 NIS/$8). Taxis on the Jordanian side have fixed prices, with Amman costing 40-50JD, Pella 10JD and Al Ayoun 15-20JD. This border is open Sunday-Thursday 6:30am-9pm (last entrance 8pm) and Friday-Saturday 8am-8pm (last entrance 7pm) – view current details.
Crossing at Yitzhak Rabin/Wadi Araba (Eilat/Aqaba – south): The Israeli border is accessed by taxi (1km, 40NIS) from Eilat. From the Jordanian side, take a taxi to Aqaba (12JD) and take a bus or taxi from Aqaba to Amman, Pella, or Al Ayoun (see JETT buses, daily for around 8-10JD). A taxi to/from the Jordanian border costs 50-80JD to Amman. The border open hours are Sunday to Thursday 6:30am – 8pm, and Friday/Saturday 8am-8pm.
*Door to door transfers are also available from Amman2Jerusalem.
|Crossing||Advance visa required for Jordan?||Advance visa required for Israel?||Entrance/Exit tax for Israel||Entrance/Exit tax for Jordan|
|Beit She’an/ Sheikh Hussein (North)||No (most nationalities)||No (most nationalities)||0/110 shekels||40JD/10JD|
|Allenby/King Hussein (Central)||Yes||No (most nationalities)||0/220 shekels||40JD/10JD|
|Yitzhak Rabin/Wadi Araba (Eilat/Aqaba – south)||No (most nationalities)||No (most nationalities)||0/110 shekels||0/10 (free trade zone)|
From Syria: While direct buses used to connect Damascus and Amman, it is no longer advisable to travel through Syria due to the current civil war.
From Egypt: A fast ferry from Nuweiba operates once a day Sunday-Friday, leaving at 1pm for Aqaba-Nuweiba and 4pm for Nuweiba-Aqaba (http://www.abmaritime.com.jo/). The journey takes about 1 hour and costs $70 USD one-way or $140 USD round-trip. Tickets must be paid for in US dollars in Nuweiba, while dollars and dinar are both accepted in Aqaba. Several private ferry companies can arrange transport for groups. The ferries are notorious for delays and complications, so it may be advisable to travel overland through Eilat and avoiding the ferry.
A single entry visa, valid for two months, costs 40JD (about $56 USD); a double entry visa, valid for three months, costs 60JD (about $85); and a multi-entry visa, valid for six months, costs 120JD (about $170). Most nationalities can purchase the visa at the airport or land border upon arrival, but check http://www.visitjordan.com/visitjordan_cms/Default.aspx?tabid=61 to see if you need to purchase your visa in advance.
The visa cost is waived if entering by land via Aqaba (free trade zone) or when entering in a group of five or more with a licensed Jordanian guide when you will stay at least two nights in Jordan. The exit fee for leaving Jordan is 8JD (about $11) per person and 5JD (about $7) per vehicle.
Sites in the Ajloun Region:
From the few columns, stretches of stone pavement, and other remains which are visible in Pella today, it is hard to imagine the historical importance of this site or its once immense size. Pella has been inhabited for over 10,000 years, though, consistently from the Neolithic Period to the Ottoman rule of the area in the late 1800s.