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We had a short stopover in Istanbul on our way to Jordan. Both flight were with Turkish Airlines.
We landed in Aqaba in the middle of the night an hour later than expected.
Arriving at Aqaba Airport we got right to the Visa counter when we stepped inside. A single entry visas valid for two months costs 40 JOD (approximately 56 USD) – But arrivals at Aqaba, either through the port, the airport or at the crossing from Israel or Saudi Arabia, are granted a free visa to Jordan. So we just got to the desk, delivered our passport, got stamps, and it was OK. Then through passport control before we got out to our baggage. We also had to pass a security control before we went out.
After some hours with sleep we went out to see Aqaba.
We wandered around, got something to eat and bought keffiyeh – a traditional Middle Eastern headdress.
And we went on a private boat trip with a small glass bottom boat. We also got a taxi driver to show us around, and we went to a pretty small Aquarium.
After that we got back to our hotel and went down to the beach for a bath in the Red Sea. Later that evening we had some dinner and drinks at the hotel before we went to bed.
In the middle of the night Jon woke up with indescribable pain and he knew it was kidney stones (he had it before and know the feeling). So typical! It wasn’t what we needed before our planed trip to Wadi Rum…
Marina Plaza was a fine 4-star hotel, with free WIFI, a pool, spa, restaurant, oriental corner, and you also got access to the Tala Bay private beach club just a short walk away. The hotel got sea view that stretches all the way to the mountains of Egypt on the other side of the Gulf of Aqaba.