On the Jordanian side, the Dead Sea is
possible as a day trip from Amman.
The road is a good dual carriage way. Tourist areas are accessible from
the main road that runs along the eastern side of the body of water and
connects to Jordan's Desert Highway running to Amman. Highways leading
to the Dead Sea are clearly marked by brown tourist signs. It is an
ambitious 3-hour drive from Aqaba in southern Jordan.
Taxi services for travel to the Dead Sea can
be purchased for
the day. Many of the local hotels and resorts have shuttles that travel
from Amman to the Dead Sea for a small fee. There are a handful of bus
lines that also run from Amman on a daily basis.
The cost to enter the public beach varies
from 10 Jordanian
Dinar (JD) in the summer months to 5 JD in off peak months. Many hotels
also sell day passes that include full use of hotel facilities as well
as their Dead Sea beachfronts; at the Mövenpick Resort, day passes
20 JD per person.
Visit historic Mount Nebo - Mount Nebo
provides a panorama of the Holy Land,
and to the north, a more limited one of the Jordan River valley. The
excavated remains of a church and a monument commemorating the biblical
story of Moses and the bronze serpent stand atop the mountain. Mount
Nebo is a short 15 minute drive from the Dead Sea. Visitors can plan to
spend around an hour at the site at a cost of 2 JD per person.
Visit the nearby town of Madaba known as the
Mosaics' is famous for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a
large Byzantine-era mosaic map of Palestine and the Nile delta at St.
The Baptism Site at the Jordan River, the
archaeologists are claiming is the baptism site of Jesus by John the
Baptist, is a short 10 minute drive from the Dead Sea resort area. The
cost to enter the Baptism Site is 5 JD per person. Buses transport
visitors down to the river basin, and guided tours include visits to a
Jordan River overlook, the excavated remains of the Baptismal Site,
John the Baptist Church, and down to the River bank.
The Dead Sea Panoramaic Complex/Dead Sea
Museum is a
new complex of regional museum about the Dead Sea, panorama lookout,
restaurant and conference hall on a steep cliff high above the Dead Sea
near Hammamet Ma'in it is accessible from both the Dead Sea and Madaba
by car, however it is difficult to reach by public transport. The
museum is run by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature, and
has some fascinating information about the geology and the geological
history of the Dead Sea and surrounding area. As the name suggests it
has a magnificent view of the Dead Sea and the hills beyond it.
Watching the sunset from here is a wonderful experience.
The Mujib Reserve of Wadi Mujib is the
reserve in the world, located in the mountainous landscape to the east
of the Dead Sea, approximately 90km south of Amman. The 220 square
kilometers reserve was created in 1987 by the Royal Society for the
Conservation of Nature and is regionally and internationally important,
particularly for the bird life that the reserve supports. The Mujib
valley is being developed for adventure tourism, and a number of
facilities have been established including a Visitors' Centre and a
beach area on the Dead Sea. Experiencing Jordan’s Grand Canyon involves
swimming, jumping, abseiling and floating. Its red walls are filled
with running water that plunges through a 15 m waterfall.
Hammamat Ma'in are a remarkable series of natural hot
springs and waterfalls, some of which have been channeled into pools
and baths. A spa resort is located in the vicinity of the waterfalls.
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