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Great trip.long day. But worth it. Flight, pick up and border crossing went smooth. And actual tour was very good and informative.
Due to a change in schedule in my international flight I had to change dates for the Petra Tour just a few data before the actual tour! Viator had an exceptional customer service!
Petra is simply breathtaking!
Regarding the local operator the main problem was lack of information, I had to send many e-mails to get the information regarding the flights, time, schedule and also I had no representative supporting in the airport before and either after the flight… ok I did it, but just got it because I’ve asked a lot to local operator and also in the airport (and in many times I had the impression, due to responses way, they were upset with my messages) otherwise I would be waiting till today about the information and how to procedure…They don’t provided me, at least, the name of the air company! A had to discover in the airport half hour before the flight! Viator provided me a great support since the beginning of the process, but, unfortunately, this level of service and assistance was not the same with the local operator… Petra is amazing, the local guide (from Jordan) was very good and friendly, but I strongly recommend visiting through Jordan and not via Israel (Viator has good options from Jordan), the bureaucracy and security procedures are very hard if you are not from Israel, it is really a problem, believe me! In my personal opinion, they don’t like foreign people…I will never going back to Israel and never recommend to my friends….to my enemies, maybe….
Is awsome, incredible, the best tour. Transport and organization in the Jordanian area is not so good, transportation is old.
Enjoyed the trip but it made for a long day of travel, particularly since we had a 2 hour flight delay returning to Tel Aviv.
One issue that we experienced is that no one met us at either Tel Aviv airport or Eilat. Fortunately we were able to figure out which airline our tickets were booked on in Tel Aviv, and another tour company also taking passengers to Petra called the tour company to alert them that we needed an airport pickup.
Great one day trip. All went well and as expected. It took about 15 minutes for the Eilat guide to find me when I arrived by plane in Eilat; but all went well afterwards. Jordanian driver and guide did a fine job; good food at a restaurant in Petra; I recommend this trip.
Petra is a sight not to be missed. Our guide was a little bit late upon our arrival to the airport so we weren't quite sure where to go but then when she showed up, it all went well. Crossing the border into Jordan is a bit tense but it just takes a while. Our guide picked us up on the other side, we were in a very nice bus and it's a drive to Petra... Once we got there, he took us all thru the site and explained things to us but I would go ahead an bone-up up the sight prior to going as I think it would enrich the experience even more. We rode camels (not incuded in the tour price) and it was like going back in time... A really exciting trip and, as always, well arranged by Viator.com!
This trip was great! But it is a bit of a hassle coming back through to Israel - getting through security then getting through security again at the airport if you flew in from Tel Aviv. This trip is probably done better at the end of a trip when moving on to the next country so you don't have to enter Israel again. Be prepared to walk a lot.
Due to the tardiness of one participants in Petra, we were much delayed into Aquaba. You may wish to set stricter rules for the time of departure from the sight. Tks.
The expedition was great. There was not enough time in Petra. Three hours was not enough time. the guide on the other side left us in a bus for almost half an hour while he sorted out accommodation problems in the town which could have been spent in Petra itself. The transport people on horse and buggies were extraordinarily aggressive, unpleasant and even threatening when demanding more money than we agreed upon for the ride up and would not even take us to the entrance. This absolutely needs to be addressed.It left a very bitter taste after a wonderful expedition.
Petra was fabulous and I would definitively return. However, there was much confusion with my return flights and I was put on a later flight from Eliat which was delayed and so thus returned to Tel Aviv very late. It definitely took away from the experience of the day. The other issue was we did not have an opportunity for breakfast since we left so early and were not served lunch till 4PM. This was after we had done the quite strenuous hike. Poor planning!!
Given one's individual situation, this tour may or may not be worth doing. I was TREMENDOUSLY limited in the time that I had in Israel, and I wanted to see/do AS MUCH as possible. So, to this end, the trip afforded me the opportunity to check-off yet ANOTHER item on my bucket-list. However, if I had it to do all over again, instead of purchasing the tour from Tel Aviv, I would have simply purchased the tour from Eilat. Then, I would have driven from Tel Aviv to Eilat and back (possibly not in the same day, but possible, if necessary). I feel that I spent A LOT of time waiting in the airport, and had I driven I could have seen more of the country (Yes! It's desert, but it's pretty.), and I could have spent some time in Eilat which has SO MUCH to offer!
The tour started off a bit awkwardly, as there was no one at the airport in Tel Aviv to direct me. Then, upon arriving in Eilat, there was no one in the airport to receive me. Instead, I had to go outside the airport and ask one of the guards who informed me that usually there will be a bus or van that says "Petra" for which I should look. After about 20 or so minutes of waiting, the van circled back around (I never saw it, initially). From this point, it was smooth sailing.
Crossing over into Jordan was easy. MAKE CERTAIN that you have money for the Jordanian visa if you require it ($55 USD/220 NIS...one of the ladies on my tour was able to use her debit card.) Returning to Israel takes a bit longer, but just relax.
The guide was great, the food and bus were fine, Petra itself was very interesting. The only problems were that there was no onje at Sde Dovin cash per person at the border to let us know where to go or what to do. Our first contact with any tour representative was in Eilat. Also, it was not made clear that there was a $55 charge to be paid in cash for the Jordanian visa.