I had an amazing time on my 3-days tour of Jordan. Mr. Yasem Hasim was one major component for this amazing adventure. He acted not only as my driver, but as my guide as well. He explained to me a brief history of the place and that gave me some background of the places weve visited. Seeing Jordan from the eyes of Mr. Hasim was quite remarkable. When it comes to the tour, I highly recommend being ready for a few days of walking and hiking. August was a hot month for Jordan, though thank goodness Its not extremely humid. I suggest keeping yourself well hydrated because youll very much need it. The first day was quite light, where we visited 3 tourist spots, then stayed overnight at a decent 3-star hotel located about 2 minutes walk from Petras Visitor Center. The second day was the highlight where we visited Petra and overnight at Wadi Rum. I highly recommend going in Petra very early to avoid the massive crowd and intense heat. I went in around 6:30, and had the chance to take good photos without other tourist in the background. Once in Petra, there will be a lot of locals offering different type of services from camel rides to assisting you to the top the mountain to have a spectacular view of the Treasury from above. These are not included in the package nor any tour guide. I opted not to get a tour guide since there were visible signs anyways, though I did end up doing the mountain hike/climb to get a nice view of the Treasury from the mountain across and I did took the donkey ride. The walk/hike to and from to the monastery was around 3-hours long, with varied elevations and pathway surface, so make sure to wear the right type of shoes. With the donkey it was about an hour round-trip. After being in Petra more than half of the day, I was met by Mr. Hasim back at the hotel and we drove to Wadi Rum. When we arrived at the drop-off location, I gathered the things I needed for the nights stay and we rode a pick-up truck that will bring us to the dessert camp. The ride was fun, we got to stop by a few places and enjoy some nice sunset. It was spectacular! We arrived at the camp, had some nice dinner, and bonfire till late night enjoying the nice open sky. Star gazing was the best, and only done the right way in Wadi Rum! I had a blast this second day! It was definitely quite productive and we get to do a lot. On the last day, we headed to see Aqaba for a little bit, before a long drive to the Dead Sea. I had fun floating at the beach I opted for the Dead Sea Spa option for an extra 45 JOD. It was worth it! Mr. Hasim then did brought me to the airport instead of the the hotel as requested. Overall, the experience was great! I am so thankful to Mr. Hasim for being such an exceptional driver/guide/friend. While in Petra, my phone broke, but Mr. Hasim let me borrowed his phone until the next day so that I can take photos. I really appreciated his generosity and kindness. It could have been way different without him. I highly recommend doing this tour! Thanks Mr. Hasim for such a fantastic 3 days in Jordan! Till we meet again!
Thank you Viator for featuring Jordan Private Tours - who hooked us up with an amazing tour guide. My friends and I were very fortunate to have Mustafa Nofal as our guide. He knew Jordan and its history like the back of his hand. He was flexible and not once insisted we follow his timings. He'd make adjustments where needed and managed to take us to all the places we needed to go and yet still have time to spare and add a couple more places which were not on the itinerary. Mustafa has amazing tolerance travelling for 3 days with 6 loud and extra hyper females, mostly in a cramped up SUV. Not once did we ever see or feef, even just a hint, that he was starting to get annoyed or frustrated with us. He was very perceptive to the dynamics of our group - he saw how we loved to stop at every corner taking pictures so he doubled up as our photographer we sang our hearts out in the car and he had an amazing road trip playlist ready he saw that we were all up for a bit of the non-conventional tour and offered to take us down through a 400 meter underground tunnel at the Shoubak Castle and took us off the main route at Petra and allowed us to see some of the historical attractions from a different perspective. He had an answer to all of our questions and most of our requests - sometimes even without our asking for it - as an example, Mustafa assured us and delivered on his promise that we'd have wifi signal everywhere we went. There's trips where your guide could make or break your trip and I can definitely say that Mustafa was instrumental in making me and my friends feel that this was one of the most memorable and amazing trips that we've had. To Mustafa, Shoukran Khatir!
This is a great way to see a lot of Jordan in a little time. I had the pleasure of having a personal driver, Murad, who brought me around. He stopped and let me go out and explore each site at my leisure. This was a nice change from being carted around on a big tour bus with a lot of people. Murad made sure to suggest all the good places and good experiences. Bear in mind that the entrance fees are not covered so look into buying a Jordan Pass as to forego a lot of these. Good accommodations as well. Jordan is a great country full of VERY friendly people. If you get a chance, try to find a freelance guide at Petra and if you tip them well, they'll invite you back to their homes for lunch. This happened to me and it was the highlight of the trip.
Absolutely recommended! The tour will take you to the highlights of Jordan, and with Murad as your tour guide, he will also take you to places not even in the itinerary which makes the tour even more special. He is kind, polite, friendly and knowledgeable, our trip was amazing because of him! :)