Mt Nebo & Madaba :
We started driving early morning from Amman to Petra via Mt Nebo and Madaba and took the Desert Highway. We first drove to Mt Nebo which is around 1000 metres above sea level. According to ancient tradition, this is the mountain from which Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. Because of its connection to Moses, Mt. Nebo has long been an important place of Christian pilgrimage. The site includes the serpentine cross sculpture, which represents the cross upon which Jesus was crucified and the life-saving bronze serpent.
Mount Nebo offers an amazing panoramic view over areas of the Dead Sea, the West Bank, the Jordan River, and even Jerusalem.
The Church of Moses has preserved mosaics uncovered from archaeological digs dating back to the 6th century.
After Mt Nebo, we drove straight to Madaba’s most famous site – Mosaic map in the St George’s Church. The Mosaic Map is the oldest extant map of the Holy Land and is dated to the middle of the 6th century AD. Madaba is best known for its historically significant Byzantine era mosaics.
We continued our drive to Petra through the desert highway and reached Petra by early evening.
Aqaba is the only seaport and coastal town in the whole of Jordan. Most of the people visit this place as it is closer to Petra and Wadi Rum. Some of the tourists who are visiting multiple countries ( Egypt, Israel along with Jordan ) have Aqaba as the starting point. We visited this place only because we wanted a day’s break to chill on the beachfront and of course to see the Red sea located at the crossroads of the three continents of Asia, Europe and Africa, while bordering Israel, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Aqaba is known for its water sports. Scuba Diving or Snorkeling – The best way to explore Aqaba’s ocean floor with lively coral reefs. You can request the hotel staff to help you book one of the packages.
Glass Bottom Boat – If you don’t fancy snorkeling or scuba diving but still would want to see the lovely coral reef, Aqaba has a lot of glass bottom boats and you can book one through your hotel.
Tala Bay Resort – If you are staying at the Hilton, you will get free entry tickets to the resort.
Or you can choose to stay at the Tala Bay resort itself for your entire stay in Aqaba. This beautiful resort provides access to a private sandy beach and an outdoor swimming pool. Look up online for more details http://talabay.net/
Apart from water sports, you may want to take a city tour if interested. We just took a stroll around our hotel and completely relaxed in Aqaba. If Aqaba is your starting point, you can go on a day trip to Petra or Wadi Rum.