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A journey through the Nebo Region is one of immense diversity in every way. Beginning in rolling, agricultural countryside, travelers will find themselves in a constant state of transition, slowly passing into warmer, more desertous landscapes and climate. Small villages dot the landscape and provide opportunities to interact with the regions’ welcoming people, who are perhaps as diverse as the terrain across which they are scattered. The sites of interest in the Nebo Region also vary in nature – from the country’s first microbrewery in Fuheis to Mt. Nebo itself, the legendary site of Moses’s death.

Accommodations

There are few developed accommodation options in this region. Wild camping is generally an option on most day stages. Rumeimin, Fuheis, and Iraq al-Amir are relatively close to Amman, which has many accommodation options. Check jordantrail.org for contact information for local contacts who may have additional information on accommodation, transportation, and other services in the region.

Stage Location Name Type Price # of beds Contact Information (+###) [country code] Amenities
1 Ajloun Al Jabal Castle Hotel H Single: 25JD; Double/Twin: 35JD; Triple Room: 45JD 20 Rooms +962 2 642 0202 Breakfast included
1 Ajloun Ajloun Hotel H Single: 21JD; Double: 27JD; Junior Suite: 45JD 40 Rooms +962 2 642 0524 Breakfast Included
5 Iraq al-Amir Iraq al-Amir Women’s Cooperative Society G Contact Guesthouse +962 777351620;

Iraqamir_women_soc@yahoo.com

Accommodations Key

F – Family Stay
G – Guesthouse (small, locally-owned establishment with private rooms)
H – Hotel
Hs – Hostel (accommodation offering dormitory options)

Transportation

Getting to the Abraham Path in the Nebo Region

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 and thus can involve a lot of waiting and uncertainty regarding the 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.

In the Nebo Region, Ajloun, Fuheis, Rumeimin, Iraq al-Amir, and Madaba are transportation hubs accessible from Amman by public buses. Smaller villages can be reached from these centers by taxi.

Airport Transport to the Nebo Region:

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, buses depart for Ajloun. Buses for Fuheis and Rumeimin leave from Sweileh circle (Sweileh is a suburb of Amman, northwest of the city). From Amman’s southern bus station, buses go to Madaba. Taxis from these regional hubs can take you to stage start/end points in the Nebo Region.

Alternatively, travelers can choose to travel from Amman by private taxi; a taxi from Amman to Ajloun would cost around 40JD ($60), and a taxi from Amman to Fuheis or Iraq al-Amir should be between 10 and 15JD ($15-22). As always, be sure you have agreed on a price with the driver before beginning your journey.

The Amman airport and city center also offer numerous rental car companies (average cost of $75/€60 per day, gas/petrol €0.89/liter, $4.20/gallon).

Arriving from land or sea borders:

To/from Israel/Palestine: Jordan shares three border crossing points with Israel/Palestine: Beit She’an/Sheikh Hussein in the north, Allenby/King Hussein in the center, and Aqaba/Eilat in the south.

An advance visa is necessary if crossing via the King Hussein/Allenby crossing; this visa can be purchased at the Jordanian embassy in Tel Aviv or the Jordanian consulate in Ramallah. The northern and southern 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 cost 20-25 JD. The border hours are Sunday to Thursday  from 8am-midnight and Friday and Saturday from 8am-1pm.
  • Crossing at Beit Shean/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 Shean by taxi (5 min, 30 NIS/$8). Taxis on the Jordanian side have fixed prices; a journey to Amman should cost 40-50JD. This border is open Sunday-Thursday from 6:30am-9pm (last entrance 8pm) and Friday-Saturday from 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 your desired destination (see JETT buses, daily for around 8-10JD). A taxi to/from the Jordanian border costs 50-80JD to Amman. The border hours are Sunday to Thursday from 6:30am – 8pm and Friday-Saturday from 8am-8pm.

From Egypt: A fast ferry from Nuweiba operates once a day Sunday-Friday, leaving at 1pm from Aqaba and at 4pm from Nuweiba (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 avoid the ferry.

Visas:

A 30-day single entry visa costs 40JD (about $56 USD); a double-entry, 90-day visa costs 60JD ($84); and a multiple-entry, six-month visa costs 120JD ($170). Most nationalities can purchase the visa at the airport or land border upon arrival, but check online 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 10JD ($15) per person.

Sites in the Nebo Region:

King Talal Dam

This dam across the country’s second-largest river is a valuable source of irrigation and renewable energy throughout the region.

Carakale brewery

Enjoy a local beer at the site of Jordan’s first microbrewery.

Iraq al-Amir

Amidst a variety of mysterious historical ruins, take in an impressive demonstration of local craftsmanship and handiwork.

Dead Sea Canyons

Plunge down one of the many stunning canyons cut deep into the countryside surrounding the Dead Sea, passing everything from waterfalls to small farms and eventually arriving at the lowest point on Earth.

Salt

Not to be confused with pepper’s common counterpart, this intriguing city is home to a number of layers of sacred and secular history and legend.

Mt. Nebo

Summit the famed mountain on which Moses is said to have died and take in the views of the surrounding region.