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First I must mention that the tour-guide Ali in Petra was EXCELLENT, and that is not the reason for not recommending this trip to any other traveler. Arrangements as pick-up hotel, bordercrossing and drive to Petra also no problem. We booked 2-day trip Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba. But this is not what you are receiving as a traveler and the itinerary is very misleading and a waste of time and money.
We arrived at Petra around 11.30 hrs and when we started to walk we learned that we had to be back at the entrance at 15.00 hrs, because of some lunch and also due to the fact there was a combination of groups doing just a day-trip with groups doing 2 day-trip ! This gave us only 3,5 hours to have the Petra experience. This was very disappointing. After lunch we were dropped at our hotel at 17.00 hrs and we were told we could go back to Petra the next day to explore on our own. We would be pick-up again at Petra around 16.00 hrs. This would leave no time nor daylight to see anything of Wadi Rum. As we had no choice we decided to pay extra money and changed the tour to go to the Wadi Rum jeep-safari the next morning and skip the second day at Petra.
To see Petra is an overwhelming experience but in our opinion you can have this feeling only ones. To go back the next day would have been a less experience as you have to walk through the same paths 1 hr walk again in order to see the rest of Petra.
Also showing Aqaba was a joke. We only drove through Aqaba on our way to the border thats it.
Recommendation for the tour- operator:
-First day guided tour in Petra for as long as possible and dont leave early for some stupid lunch and dont drop people at their hotel at such an early hour. Waste of time and money!
-Dont combine groups who booked 1 day Petra with groups who booked 2 days Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba as the 1 day-trippers need to leave early to go across the border again.
-The second day in the morning offer the possibility to explore Petra on your own pick-up at Petra around 12.30 hrs which means arriving in Wadi Rum at 14.00 hrs which gives plenty of time to do the jeep safari.
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