Tips for an Independent 10 Day Israel and Jordan Itinerary

I planned our 10 day Israel and Jordan itinerary around my most important criteria: spending two days in Petra. A visit to the Petra Archeological site was high on my travel bucket list and I wanted to have plenty of time to take in this ancient wonder.

A ten day trip to Jordan and Israel was definitely not going to be enough time to see all that these two history rich countries had to offer, but that was all the time we had. So I prioritized what I wanted to see and built my itinerary around this, adding in time to get from one place to another.

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Ancient Petra – A City of Mysteries in Black and White

Petra has been described as a city of mysteries and nothing accentuates that more than seeing it in black and white.

The ancient city of Petra is Jordan’s premier historical site and also the country’s most visited tourist destination. It is also a popular photography subject.

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13 Petra Photography Tips For All Skill Levels

After spending two days in Petra, I am sharing my Petra photography tips so that you too can have memorable images of your once in a lifetime experience regardless of whether you are using a fancy camera or your smart phone.

Petra was at the top of my travel bucket list for a long time so I was thrilled when I finally had the chance to visit this world famous sight in Jordan.

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Inside Petra by Night and Day – My Perfect 2 Day Petra Itinerary

The Treasury is its most recognizable landmark but there is so much more to see inside Petra. A 2 day Petra itinerary gave me plenty of time to explore the mysteries of Jordan’s most popular sight at a leisurely pace and satisfied my Petra photography itch. Most importantly though, 2 days in Petra also gave me the time to experience Petra by night.

Read on to discover all there is to see inside the “Rose City”, one of the 7 New Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. I am sharing all my Petra visit experiences as well as all my best Petra photos to inspire and to help you plan your own trip to this unique historic wonder.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Scarves for Sale

I can’t resist a pretty scarf and I usually end up bringing one home from my travels. This colorful collection was on display on the trail up to the Monastery at the Petra Archeological Site in Jordan. The trail was a little over a mile and included 800 steps. If you have to huff and puff as you are going up hill, it’s nice to have pretty things to look at.

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PhotoPOSTcard: Jordan’s Treasure

The Treasury building has become the symbol of Jordan’s Petra UNESCO World Heritage site. Made famous in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, this 2000 year old archeological site was first rediscovered by a westerner in 1812 by explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. But unlike the movie version, the inside of the Treasury is just a few simple unadorned block rooms cut out of the stone. Sitting by itself in this canyon, there is no hint of all the other tombs and ruins of a once thriving the city beyond.

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PhotoPOSTcard: The Four Donkey Riders of Petra

Throughout Petra, the local Bedouin young men offer tourists donkey rides to help them climb up to the viewpoints or to get around the huge site. At the end of the day, as the archeological site begins to close down and the setting sun casts an orange glow on the complex of Nabatean tombs, they ride their donkeys back home for the night.

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Desert Magic at a Wadi Rum Luxury Camp in Jordan

As I was researching and planning our itinerary through Jordan and Israel, I set aside one day to explore the desert of Wadi Rum and I knew that I wanted it to include a night glamping at a Wadi Rum luxury camp.

I had not heard of Wadi Rum until I started doing research about what to see and do in Jordan. As it turns out, I had already seen its landscape since this UNESCO protected area has been used as a filming location in many recent blockbuster movies including “Martian”, the “Star Wars” movies and Disney’s “Aladdin”.

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PhotoPOSTcard: A Little Bit of Mars on Earth

If you’ve seen the movie Martian then you have seen the unearthly landscape that makes up the UNESCO World Heritage site of Wadi Rum in Jordan. Day tours of the area are common, but for a truly out of this world experience, consider spending a night surrounded by nothing but desert sand and star filled skies.

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