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The driver was on-time, and the operator was very helpful in rescheduling our trip when the airline lost our luggage. The price paid was very high, and we were offered several cheaper alternatives upon our arrival in Amman. We would have paid a premium for the personal service, but we were disappointed about the mandatory stops for gas and souvenirs both coming and going. My wife was ill most of the day, but despite our requests to go directly back to Amman when we finished touring Petra we still stopped 3 times once for gas and two times for "rest stops" which conveniently occurred at souvenir shops. The drivers English was decent, but he was still difficult to understand at times, and was not very conversational.
Viator should delete the horse riding on this trip. You have someone leading the horse who is very aggressive in asking for a tip. Also, you miss interesting features during the kilometer ride because the guide does not stop. The horse guide wanted extra money to take me out, even though it was prepaid. Most Viator travelors would be more satified walking throughout Petra.
First off, Petra is amazing. However, if you go to Petra and look at the prices it costs to enter, have a horse ride etc, you will feel very cheated indeed! We realised we probably paid 3-4 times higher than if we had taken a car through our hotel and paid the entrance fees at Petra. However, the guide at Petra was amazing and it was great to have the whole trip organized in advance and all under one roof. I guess it is pot luck with the driver you get to take you there. Ours was an obnoxious bore who we had to endure for 3 hours there and 3 hours back. If I were to go back again, I would check in to one of the hotels at Petra and find my own way around Petra city. Petra is amazing and definitely a must do! You get hassled a bit by little kids begging, but they are so cute your are compelled to give them some dollars.
David Arthur L
Although this is an amazing site, it ends up being extremely expensive, and the original listing does not let you know that. The guide only did one third of the tour; we had to pay again for the second third. We had to book three different modes of transportation to do the trip, another WEE detail they neglected to mention. The horse and buggy trip was dangerous and frightening, I seriously thought we were going to be hurt. In North America, the driver would have been arrested for cruelty to animals. We paid twice for a guide that gave almost no service, as our transportation kept him from interacting with us. I wish we had known that. Our guide did make the trip there and back very comfortable though, and stopped regularly for us to stretch and have a drink. He was sort of the saving grace to the whole day.
Very glad we did a private tour and not a massive group tour. The cost of the trip went to hotel pick up and drop off, transport to Petra and entry to Petra guide included. There was no where near enough time at Petra and the trip to Petra took a very long time due to frequent stops for the driver to have a cigarette or show you a tourist shop where prices are significantly elevated. The car was small and the driver was tall so the person behind the driver had no leg room for the entire trip. On the positive side , we could stop for photos whenever we wanted and we went to a good little restaurant for schwarmas on the way home. Driver was nice enough.
Joao Paulo P
The reason why I do not recommend is because of the driver. When we got to Petra, he proposed us to be back in 1.30hrs, but we pushed to 2hrs thinking we could see everything we wanted. At the end, we realized that we needed at least 3hrs. Besides the tour says 10hrs right 6hrs travel time to Petra both ways plus 4hrs of site seeing. I felt ripped off by the driver.