Guide was amazing, had a long history with the sight and was very informative.
This experience was as advertised and more. We went with two other couples, six to a van and it was very comfortable. Our guide was both knowledgeable and friendly. Our driver very accommodating. Would not hesitate using this tour group again. We would highly recommend them for not only this tour but others as well
We enjoyed this tour very much. Organisation beforehand was easy and communication was good. The driver picked us up at our pre arranged time of 7.30 am on the dock at Aqaba. He was very helpful and friendly and gave us an insight into the culture and places of interest along the road to Petra.. The mini van was well used but clean and the air conditioning was in good working order.
Petra itself is everything you have heard and more. I was surprised at the scale of the site. Our guide at Petra was excellent describing the history of the civilisations that lived there and explaining the tombs and pointing out interesting rock formations and colours. He took us away from the main pathway to view it from a different perspective. We chose to walk but horses, carriages and camels were available although some of them looked a little weary. The main track was busy and on the way back you had to dodge what horses, camels and donkeys do best! We had no problem with hawkers if you say no they go away. I had intended to climb up to the monastery but did not make it as I was limited for time and the heat was tiring so decided to keep my energy for the return walk back up to the entrance. It is a long walk in the heat along the main track to the Roman ruins. You cannot cover the whole area in a short visit. If I was going to go up to the monastery or the place of high sacrifice you probably need to go there first and wind your way back if the heat and walking.
Only big downside was that the restaurant lunch was not good with dirty tablecloths and flies. Food was self service. We didn't eat much and had 3 soft drinks provided as part of the tour only they charged my husband 9 for 3 soft drinks 2 tonics and 1 Sprite. I was away from the table at this point so did not realise until we were back in the car on the way back to the ship. So not only was the restaurant terrible but they ripped us off as well!. Our driver did try to correct this by phoning the restaurant to complain about this and asked if we wanted to return to get the 9, but we were anxious to return to Aqaba and the ship as the ship was departing that evening. I have not scored the tour company down on this as I believe they tried to remedy the situation but I would think carefully about using this restaurant in future. Generally our expeience of people in Jordan was that they were friendly and helpful. Our driver was very proud of his city Aqaba which has grown substantially in recent years. We arrived back in port in good time for our departure.
Petra was a wonderful place and our personal tour guide was great. Our only complaint was that our driver didn't speak English very well so he couldn't answer many questions about life in Jordan. That was disappointed. Otherwise, a great tour!
We selected this tour because of past success with Viator, which was nearly the same price as the excursion sponsored by our cruise line. Our driver met us promptly at 7:30 a.m. at our ship and proceeded to drive us to Petra and the Red Rose City. Our driver spoke enough English to tell us about the area and carry on conversations with us during our drive. When we arrived in Petra as hour and a half later, we met our guide, Khalid, who was knowledgeable and structured our tour to what we wanted to accomplish. Khalid provided excellent help in traversing the siq and much of the ruins, explaining the history of the area,the position of the various buildings, and the uniqueness of the stone found in this area. Our guide stayed with us for two hours and then made plans with for the remainder of our stay at the site and would notify our driver to meet us at 2 p.m. After he left, my husband pursued a hike to the monastery area while I viewed the Roman colonnade and temple. The notes that the ground is uneven and that extensive walking is necessary cannot be overstated and should be taken into consideration when leaving. Our driver met us just outside the Visitor's Center and took us to a local restaurant for lunch included with the tour which was plentiful and made with local foods. This was nice as we were not rushed or crowded with many others from a bus tour. The number and persistence of vendors selling items throughout the Petra site was the only negative of this tour. No seemed to be taken as a maybe and at times one felt hassled. Overall, seeing this World Heritage and Wonder of the Modern World site was fascinating and a tour one should take if in the area.
mushky1986 United States of ...
Even though the 'private tour' was pricey- for me it was worth every penny! I have some mobility issues and I am sure I wouldn't be able to keep up with a regular tour. Our driver, Odah, was fantastic- so thoughtful, caring, friendly and a good driver. We had a different tour guide at Petra- he was also very patient with me and quite informative. The walk was difficult but I took my time. When we finally reached the treasury I was totally awed. I am so glad I was able to see this wonder of the world. We then were picked up by Odah and had a great lunch. I was very very happy with our tour!
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