2-Day Petra and Jordan Tour from Jerusalem - Reviews

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Jennifer D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2018

I am SOOOO happy I booked this tour. It was the jewel of my entire trip to the middle east. We met our driver and our group of 14 at Abraham Hostels in Jerusalem. Then we were driven to the border in a mini bus that has wifi!. The driver helped us cross the border into Jordan and gave us all the info we needed to cross. At the Israeli border you will need to pay 105 shekels in order to cross. Once over the border, the Israeli driver handed us over to our Jordanian guide, Emad. He helped us purchase our Jordanian visa which was 50 dinar. There's a currency exchange next to the office in case you need to exchange money. The border crossing took us all of about 25 minutes- although this was January and in low season. Once we were all finished we met our driver Zach and loaded into the bus. The bus is pretty tight so prepare yourself for cramped legs and LONG drives. Before we left the border we were also assigned a police officer that stayed with us the entire time. I wasn't expecting that- but it gave us some added protection which was nice. We then drove to Jerash and walked around the ruins for about 2 hours, then had a nice buffet lunch and a touristy hotel/restaurant. Then we drove to Amman to see the citadel and look around. Before leaving Amman, we made a quick stop and Emad came back with Jordanian desserts to try while we continued the drive. We selected the bedioun camp instead of the hotel-- although 4 out of the 14 in our group opted to go with the hotel instead. The bedioun camp is a MUCH better experience than the hotels- I think the 4 at the hotel felt very left out actually. At the camp we were greeted and sent right into the dinner room where a hot dinner was waiting for us. After that they gave us towels for the showers and showed us to our rooms. There is power and wifi until midnight. After getting situated we went into a large tent where they had hookah, a nice warm fire and served us sweet tea while we lounged around and chatted. Soon they started singing and playing music for us. The men that run this camp are great, very friendly and welcoming. It was nice just to sit aorund and chat with them. Our tents were very nice- actual twin beds with sheets and 6 blankets-it was freezing in the winter! You have a little candle in your room as well after the power goes out. I also brought a small flashlight with me that was helpful when getting ready in the morning. The showers have hot water and they have regular toilets and sinks as well. I would hardly call it camping! haha. In the morning there was a hot breakfast waiting for us before we left for the grand finale- Petra! Walking into Petra is breathtaking. It's a lot of walking, maybe 5-10 miles but its so worth it. After 4-5 hours there, we had another nice buffet lunch and then made the drive back to border which was a breeze and the Israeli driver picked us up on the other side and drove us back to Jerusalem. We got back around 8:30PM. I am so so happy I did this tour. It was worth every penny. Everyone that took care of us, especially Emad was amazing. You will not regret booking this tour!!

Paul K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Petra is a must-see when in the Middle East. Tour Guide Abu Hadj ?, ham radio handle DE was excellent - knowledgeable and entertaining. A long bus ride but well worth it. Jerash was nice even though cold and rainy our day, Amman drive-through was educational, Petra the crown jewel. Over night stay at the P4 Quattro Hotel which was outstanding - very helpful staff.

Viajacita

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Amazing trip,highly recomended.....the guide Majdi was awesome! 10!..... Abraham Tours was excelent,very organize, excelent staff...
I had a wonderful time.

Mario C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2017

Great Guide, great experience!

ggirrens

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

We had a wonderful trip to Petra. Our guide was Ranya and she was knowledgeable and friendly. The border crossing both ways was well explained, we knew what to expect and appreciated that. The stop in Jerash was great and lunch was very good. Ranya recommended the mint lemonade and it was very tasty. Another fun experience was watching our table bread being made in a brick oven outdoors. In Amman the stop was also very interesting and we had a surprise stop at a pastry shop where Ranya shared a Jordanian version of cheesecake with us. The Bedouin camp was wonderful, both food and atmosphere and the beds were comfortable and the tents private. Petra was terrific. Ranya mentioned taking mules up to the monastery after her guided tour and walking down. We were glad we did that, as it gave us more time to see the sights. Petra is very large and you do not have enough time to see it all in the allotted time, so this suggestion allowed us to experience more of the ruins. The lunch spot after Petra was also wonderful. We would highly recommend this trip.

martinjulielachapell ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2017

Excellent tour and guide. We really enjoyed the Bedouin camp and the amazing experience of walking through Petra. A must see!

Philip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Excellent tour with experienced Tour Guide

Philip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Excellent tour with experienced Tour Guide

Anthony H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2017

Great Tour- well organised and great tour guide Would recommend to all. Everything went very smoothly.

Brian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Our tour guide was Majdi and he was fabulous. The border crossings were easy and the sites of Jerash and Petra were amazing and hot.

Lisa L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2017

Highly recommended!

Such a wonderful introduction to the history and culture of Jordan. Ali, our guide, was very knowledgeable and helpful. If you can spend more time in Jordan, definitely do it, but the two day option with the Bedoin Camp accommodations is a wonderful option if you only have two days.

We spent some time in Jerash, enough to get a history lesson and then explore a bit. Then a brief visit to the Citadel in Amman. Beautiful views of the city, and interesting background about its history and people.

The Bedoin camp is definitely a highlight -
Upon arrival at the Bedoin camp, we were served a lovely meal, and then enjoyed chai tea around the fire. Don't worry - no caffeine. The hillside behind the camp was lit with candle-style lights - the scene is beautiful. One of the men shared a hookah pipe with us as well, which added to the experience.

Petra, however, is the star attraction, and it does not disappoint. One could spend three days exploring, but the four hours we had were enough to get a guided walk with Ali to the iconic treasury building, and time enough for those who wanted to hike or ride a donkey to the monastery. Just breathtaking.

Some comments that will answer questions I had before I went:

First, the border crossing fees - the Israeli exit fee can be paid by credit card, and there is an ATM on the Israeli side - use it before you cross to Jordan, but don't change your shekels or dollars to Jordanian Dinar until you get to the Jordan side. This will avoid a money changing tax on the Israeli side and get you more for your money. The Jordanian side is cash only. Also, the bathrooms on the Israeli side are better. The duty free shop on the Israeli side had good prices. I assume the other side did too, but did not go through the shop on the Jordanian side. Duty free shop is the last chance to get alcohol for those who care. It is very difficult and expensive to get alcohol in Jordan, if you want it.

When you change your money, be sure to get a bunch of singles for tipping. Also be sure to exchange enough money to cover the border fees, tipping for the guide and driver and some for souvenirs. Bathrooms in Jordan before you reach the camp, each have an attendant and it is polite to tip a dinar. Lunch was provided at a nice restaurant with a buffet, but drinks you pay for separately 1-3 dinar depending on what you get to drink juice, bottled water or soft drinks. The juices came with ice. If you tend to be sensitive to local water, request without ice. It is also nice to tip a little bit at the restaurant for the servers.

It is a good idea to bring a small packet of tissues in case you need to use a bathroom that does not have an attendant, which means no toilet paper or soap. At the Bedoin camp, the bathrooms are clean, bright and well stocked with soap and toilet paper. There is both electricity and wifi until slightly after midnight when they turn off the generator.

Cynthia lee B United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2017

If you are in Israel this overnight tour is a must. It is a complement to Israel. The ruins of Jerash are a great 1st day and then to stay in the magical Bedouin camp was like a dream. Our guide was patient, funny and knowledgable. he would answer any question and was able to help us understand Jordanian culture. I still think about the kanafeh I ate when we stopped in one of these towns. Don't miss this experience

Peter L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2017

If you need to take a 2 day trip to Petra via Jerash and Amman this is it. Everything wished for and more. Abraham Tours that carried out the tour were on time and very professional. Did not know Jerash existed but amazing. Brief stop in Amman but worthwhile. Petra - extaordinary. Also very safe. No issues and people of Jordan very friendly. Lastly Emad the tour guide from Jordan - absolute star. Witty, informative and good working relationship with tourism official and bus driver. Absolutely recommend

yu lian x

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

The trip was great! The Jordanian food was delicious and the tour Jordanian tour guide named Emad is very knowledgable and open. He had a good arrangement for the actives. The thing I liked most was that there was plenty of time to explore Petra.

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2017

Simply amazing! The guide was great! The tour exceeded my expectations.

brockdewey

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2017

Great trip! You can buy a visa at the border, this information was not clear when I booked, so I ended up sending my passport to Washington D.C. for the visa. Ali was our guide and Mohammed was our driver on the Jordan side, both were excellent! The drivers and vans do not cross the border also a surprise and not clear in the trip description, but not a big deal. The Bedouin camp was really a great experience that added to the overall adventure, but if you're not a camper we were because a few folks in our group bailed out. The folks that stayed in the camp felt it added a unique experience to the trip.

Judith C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2016

Wonderful 2 days with an excellent guide, I can highly recommend

Andrea M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2016

Amazing tour with a very knowledgeable guide!!!

Andrea Z H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Fantastic Trip! Ayman was knowledgeable and humorous. Meals were great and the visits at Jerash, Amman, and Petra were amazing. Meals were excellent and the overnight stay at the Bedouin Camp was just fantastic!

Erlinda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
October 2016

Petra and Jerash experience are precious to be forgotten. Our tour guide, Madi was very knowledgeable and took care of each one of us. I wish that the other tours could have been guided by Madi.

Caspian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
August 2016

Great trip, great guide, and great people

tom_kincaid

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
July 2016

I don't usually enjoy group tours, but this two day tour to Petra was one of my favorite travel experiences. Ayman was ana amazing guide, very informative and entertaining. He knows a lot about ancient history and current culture. The small group was cohesive and up for adventure, which let Ayman takes us to less visited area of Petra, which covers a large area. While I originally booked this to see Petra, I was happily surprised by the ancient ruins of Jerash and the Amman Citadel. The food was quite good, all you can eat buffets with a wide variety of delicious dishes

ajmelocoton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Awesome. Our guide Ayman was the best tour guide I ever had. Such a wonderful experience overall.

Amanda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

This was the best attraction I did. I signed up through Viator and it was actually led by Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem. I did the 2-day Petra tour, we also went to Jerash and Aman. Best parts were the excellent tour guide from Jordan - very helpful with buying things, explaining details and spoke English well. Beduin camp overnight was like a hotel, not just a blanket on the floor. Tons of food included - all breakfasts lunches and dinners and all nice big buffet style.

Inga G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2016

Just an excellent tour!!! Great guide!!! Just amazing!!!

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