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My very friendly driver picked me up at the hotel in Amman and drove the 3 hours to Wadi Musa/Petra. He organised my entry ticket and a guide and after I'd finished walking to Petra city and back, he was there to drive me back to Amman. All in all a very nice day where I didnt have to think about a thing.
Excellent trip . From been picked up early by my driver ,who was very polite and good driver . We arrived at petra .i was taken back from start to finish . The little shop there is a little expensive . Its very dusty and old shoes are a must , good walking boots . The beduins love to show you there home land . I will go back if only to see the rest . The high light of my trip was to meet and get my book signed by Margaret who wrote married to a beduin .amazing lady ,amazing story . Its a must for everyone to see the fabulous country and especially Petra . I will be back for sure
United Arab Emirates
This tour was amazing. Everybody should have seen it. Unbelievable beautiful and huge. We spend almost 5 hours there, because we wanted to see all, even the biggest building "The Monastery" 800 steps up and back down. Unforgettable experience.
Excellent tour! The local guide was excellent, and very knowledgeable. A must when in Jordan!
To start we had a great guide/driver who picked us up from the air port and drove us around to take care of some business matters before heading to the hotel , Kempinski, with out any fuss, by the way what a great hotel.
The tour to Petra from the Dead Sea took about 3 hours by road with a couple of breaks on the way.
Once there be ready for a bit of walking and it can be hot and dusty but what a place and worth the time, about 4 hours. The guide once there is not your driver but a local guide, good but they really don't know much about the place and ditch you at the end to make your own way back which is pretty easy.
Look out for the guys who will take you back to the entrance once you finished by horse and cart, they should only charge $20 per couple, they try and charge each.
The return trip, another 3 hours by a different route, gave us the chance to see more of the country
Be ready to tip every one as part of the deal here but what a great place.
Great day trip to Petra, amazing driver Jemal, and very informative guide on site too - definitely recommend!
Our driver from Amman to Petra was awesome. Probably one of the nicest people we met during the entire trip. His name was Hassan and if you're there I highly recommend him. He's very knowledgable about everything Jordan. Amazing experience overall. DO IT!
Excellent tour!!! totally a "no miss" if you come to Jordan! the tour guide was excellent! take a hat becasue the sun can be very tough at noon!
We had the driver Munir he was excellent!!! I would recommend paying the additional $ to have him met you before the visa entry since the line was so slow the first time and so long the 2nd time. He drove us to Petra which was perfect, he is the BEST driver in Jordan we had several to compare him to. I would also recommend you plan to ride a horse when you get to Petra NOT the horse buggie which is NOT included in the price but dress appropriately for a short horse back ride and have good hiking shoes. I was not really prepared. I would also suggest you go for the candle lite night that is held 3 nights a week from 8.30-10.30 where they light hundreds of candles to see Petra by night. I would also recommend 3 days to see the entire thing or 6 hours for the short version of it. We had the BEST guide who was a professional photographer his name was Adnan Al Farajat. He was INCREDIBLE! The best hotel is the lower Movenpick since there are 2 properties a lower and an upper. We wish we had more time to drive by ways of the dead sea which is a 4 hour drive through the resort area and the mountains and had possibly spent some time there we were just so short on time. We should have planned more time in Jordan since it is clean, safe, incredible. The Four Seasons in Amann was Perfect too! I'd like to go back and stay when we have more time!!!
Easily a 3 - 3 1/2 hour drive from Amman. An awesome site to see and not miss. Again Basel (driver) was a great asset to have during the drive, our stay, and our education. Provided key knowledge of key sights, things to do, and helped us to get around in Jordan. The tour was awesome and worth the money. The entry into Petra is (50 JD per person), so the trip and the costs associated with hiring through Viator makes the trip instead of relying on public transportation. (April 2014) (* Beware of the taxi drivers)
This was an absolute magical experience! For anyone whom thinks this is a bit much to complete in one day, don't think that! Its definitely worth the time spent. In addition ask if you could have Muneer as driver. He is amazing, shares details you need info on. He is very knowledgeable yet never is intruding and really reads his customers and their needs well. Thanks Muneer for an absolutely amazing time and the ease of the trip which you made possible.
My driver picked us up promptly and we had a very comfortable ride from Amman to Petra. Our driver was very conversational and we learned a lot about the country and the region on the way there. On the way back, we were exhausted and fell asleep for part of the ride. We were handed off to a local guide at Petra and he was equally interesting.
I'm glad we made these arrangements. We had limited time and limited knowledge about this part of the world. I feel we had a great experience and would recommend it.
Thirty years ago, I would have been more adventurous and would have done this for less money. For two women (one middle aged, one senior) travelling alone, this was ideal.
Our tour driver Muneer was great. He was very informative, punctual and always asked us what we wish to do and was flexible to accommodate our requests. Thanks Muneer for making our tour interesting, pleasant and safe. Shoukran my friend.
United Arab Emirates
Absolutely amazing! Couldn't recommend this trip enough. If you are planning to visit Petra from Amman in one day, then this is the most convenient way. Our driver (who was amazing) picked us up and headed for Petra. We stopped for breakfast/coffee on the way, then got to Petra where he helped us get tickets and a tour guide (included in the price). He then left us to our own devices for a few hours before we headed back. You'll be exhausted by the end!
Note: Bring money for tipping the tour guide and for drinks (water...etc. is readily available at the entrance). Wear comfortable shoes and bring a hat because it gets VERY sunny. On the way in, you are descending therefore walking is easier - the further you go, the harder your ascent back to the entrance will be!
Highly recommend! This is a long trip to do in a day but is definitely possible. Our driver arrived promptly at the hotel and stopped to get us coffee at our request on the way. He introduced us to our guide upon arrival. Note, the guide is included in the trip as is the horse ride to the entrance but the tip for the horse guide is not (he told us our tip was insufficient and that most people give something like 10JD for the 5 minute ride, although this person is not affiliated with Viator, just letting you know). The tour guide was very knowledgable and nice and provied great detail. We had 5 hours at Petra before meeting our driver in the afternoon. There is a lot to see and we didn't get to see everything but if this is all the time you have it is certainly sufficient. Great experience, definitely a must see in Jordan and recommend the tour company.
Our driver was a very competent individual. He arrived at the hotel on time, the car was a clean recent model Nissan 4 door. The driver was fluent in English and also had vast knowledge of history and current events. The driver battled both rain and snow to get us to Petra safely. The driver was very helpful in advising do's and don'ts while in Petra and introducing us to our guide. A job well done!
Tough to do it in one day but very pleasant experience in such an impressive place, very professional driver and skilled guide.
Both our driver and private tour guides were professional, friendly and knowledgable. It was an amazing experience. Thank you!!
The Tour was amazing. The tour guide informative and kind. Be prepared for the time of your life.
The travel team where great, our driver was entertaining & very chatty. He even ordered us some delicious dinner to take to our hotel. Petra is sensational, our tour guide had excellent knowlege & was lovely. Don't recommened the free horse ride all the animals there are malnourished, stumbling & exhausted the riders very aggressive with how much you must tip them & sandwich you between 2 of them until you pay them a price near the amount they want. It's a once in a lifetime experince the colours are beautiful & it's amazing.
The place was sensational and having a personal guide who was a local helped tremendously - I can thoroughly recommend this option.
Petra was my second trip arranged in Jordan first was to Mount Nebo and the Dead Sea. Petra is a must see place in Jordan. My driver and companion for the whole day was waiting for me in the hotel. He was very professional, with a great English and knowledge about Jordan. The trip in the car passed very quickly. Unfortunately the driver is not allowed to enter with you in Petra and you are given a tourist guide who spoiled my day. The guy was rushing, and only waiting for the tip. He also promised the driver to inform him about my return but he never did so the driver was really worried. I would have done much better if I visited Petra without the tourist guide. He is included in the trip but you can always refuse to take him just like I refused taking a short trip on a horse. Fortunately, I only had to stay with the guide till we reached the Treasury which took us 40 minutes and then I discovered Petra on my own. It's a great place to visit but those who watched Indiana Jones movie might be a bit disappointed as the caves are empty inside. Nevertheless I would recommend this trip and have given the highest rate because the organization was perfect it's not agency's fault that Petra has such an awful guides. My driver was a great companion and I got to know from him lots about Jordan. I am sure I will be back there for longer and will see Petra by night.