Aqaba Journals

Honeymoon in Aqaba

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A June 1999 trip to Aqaba by wanderluster

Wadi Rum Protected Area Photo, Jordan, Middle East More Photos
Quote: This journal focuses on the Aqaba and Wadi Rum section of our month long honeymoon to Egypt and Jordan. After spending a week in the Sinai desert, we ferried over to Aqaba and spent four days exploring this southern section of Jordan.

Honeymoon in Aqaba

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Overview

A remote spot near Diseh  Photo, Aqaba, Jordan
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Aqaba, located in the southern tip of Jordan, is the country's only outlet to the sea. This port is important for several import and export businesses, evident by the steady stream of freight ships and road tankers that pass through here. The coast is also busy with fishermen, ships, and water enthusiasts diving or snorkeling on the Red Sea reef. The port also provides access for travelers entering Jordan by ferry from Eilat, Israel or Sinai, Egypt. It's a rather small city, clean and friendly. Shops and banks emerge from a city centre, and a string of hotels line the Gulf of Aqaba coast. It's an easy city to walk around, as shops are within easy walking distance from most hotels. The Aquar...Read More

Radisson Sas Resort Aqaba

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Hotel | "Radisson SAS Hotel"

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The original itinerary that I customized for our honeymoon through Jordan included a three night camping adventure with Bedouins, camels and jeeps in the Wadi Rum desert. However, after experiencing a similar camel trek through the Sinai desert in Egypt the week before, the oppressive heat and lack of modern facilities prompted my husband to produce his Visa card and request an alternate plan from our Jordanian tour operator. Thus, a three night stay at the Radisson Hotel was arranged. Although I was disappointed in missing out on a unique desert adventure and sleeping under the stars, Hotel Boy was delighted with the modern facilities, and perfectly content to sit in the air-conditioned room ...Read More

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Radisson Sas Resort Aqaba
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Aqaba, Jordan
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Wadi Rum Protected Area

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Attraction | "Wadi Rum Desert"

Wadi Rum Protected Area Photo, Jordan, Middle East
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Wadi Rum, an hour's drive east of Aqaba, is a vast, mysterious, arid landscape dominated by massive sandstone mountains (jebels) and twisted granite crags that rise from it's barren desert floor. Once the stomping grounds of T.E. Lawrence during the Arab Revolt in 1917-1918, the desert looks unchanged from his movie Lawrence of Arabia, filmed years ago at Wadi Rum. There are no tourist hotels, souvenir shops nor neon lights. Just a magnificent desert landscape. Majestic sandstone mountains loom over the valley in every direction, rising almost 6,000 feet toward the scorching sun. These jebels have a way of dramatically changing colors with the setting sun, turning pinky-beige, red and purpl...Read More

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Wadi Rum Protected Area
Southern Jordan near Saudia Arabia border
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Wadi Rum Protected Area

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Attraction | "Lawrence of Arabia carvings in Wadi Rum"

Wadi Rum Protected Area Photo, Jordan, Middle East
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Leaving the Government Rest House at the entrance to Wadi Rum, we rode with our hired driver, Mohammed, half a kilometer up the road to see the Desert Police Station. Under normal circumstances, it is filled with desert policemen in full regalia on camels, posing for pictures for the tourists. Yet when we were there, not one was in sight. Apparently it was too hot. We saw the outside of a concrete jail built in the 50's, and about ten camels lying in the sand. Leaving the village of Rum, which consisted of the Government Rest House, this police station/ jail, and a tiny shop for buying sodas and biscuits, we headed northeast into the desert of Wadi Rum. It is a desolate land primar...Read More

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Wadi Rum Protected Area
Southern Jordan near Saudia Arabia border
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Although the hydrofoil whisks you across the Red Sea from Sinai to Jordan in 50 minutes, plan on several hours total travel time. We left our hotel in Nuweiba at 1:00 pm and arrived at our Aqaba hotel at 6:45 pm. Why? Because a long wait is required at both ends. In the Nuweiba port, we waited a very long two hours for what I thought was a delayed departure (being harassed the entire time by an guide who guilted us into forking over a substantially larger tip than we'd paid him in the Sinai desert and lectured us about Egyptian propaganda). But I learned that passengers must be present with tickets in hand two hours prior to departure time. This is required for both the ferry and hydrofoil ...Read More