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“visit Jordan-country Highlight Petra”

Petra World Heritage Site
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Owner description: A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra (ancient capital city of the Nabataean people) recently proclaimed as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
Reviewed 17 March 2010

Jordan Select Tours was wonderful to work with. Our guide/driver David was quiet, conciencious and knowledgable. We gave our itinerary and Elin did a great job setting up hotels etc.
From Jerash, Kerak, Mt Nebo, Madaba, Petra, Wadi Rum, it was all a great experience meeting the people of Jordan. We felt very safe the whole time.
Petra is a 2 day experience, with a morning guide and then the rest of the time on our own, climbing to the Monastary and Place of High Sacrifice. We packed food and water for picnics and snacks but there is a restaurant by the museums.
Wadi Rum is a great experience, sleeping under the stars and enjoying a Bedouin meal
Fantastic country!!!!!

4  Thank Peggy C
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Reviewed 4 March 2010

Biggest tip - AVOID TOURIST MASS and peak times
This visit could be a nightmare if the weather is not there and if you are in peak tourist activity.

TO GET THERE - Any taxi would take you there - avg price from Aqaba is 70JD go and return

In the expensive 33 JD entrance fee you get a small non necessary horse ride for 200m and a tour guide.

The best experience is in early morning to discover "the TREASURE" when the sun hits it. The Siq is a long 2000 years old paved (at some place) little path through the huge rocks that arrives to the Treasure, most renowed site. The Siq itself is a pleasure to walk and you discover here and there remains of the past.

Obviously the site is very touristic and you get approached 1000 too many times for a mule ride, a camel ride, a "happy hour" discount for gift etc...

- Avoid the bar in front of the treasure, you'll get disppointed. they see you coming and 1,5 JD for a tea that taste like bad water is not excellent.
- the shop contains a lot of cute jewellery worth looking at.

with 4 hours total, you visit a lot, except the monastry which is the last thing on the map and a potential 800 steps to get to a landscape.

Petra is a must, although you can feel that they should do something to preserve the site better, improve the paths and give you the impression that they really treasure the remains of a 2000 years old history.

5  Thank fgoblet
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Reviewed 21 February 2010

Petra is an unbelieveable site. Well worth the trip--especially if you are as close as Israel. The rest of Jordan is a little depressing. Splurge and stay at the Movenpick Resort in Petra. It is right at the entrance to this impressive site. The accommodations are wonderful and both restaurants very good.
Bring a good sun hat, sun screen, and walking shoes when touring Petra. Some people use the horse-drawn carriages to see the site, but those drivers are crazy. Better to walk and slowly enjoy your magical day in Petra. You will be surprised by how much there is to see there.
There is a place to eat mid-day but I would only eat the hot dishes or maybe ask the hotel to pack you a lunch to take with you.
If you are also going to see the Wadi Rum desert, I'd only go at sunrise or sunset. It is suppose to be beautiful at that time. Otherwise, you spend a day in the hot sun driving around a dusty but interesting desert learning about Lawrence of Arabia.
We flew into Amman and drove the 3 long hours to Petra, stopping at the Kerak crusader castle. This made a 2 night stay necessary. I understand you can drive directly to Petra from Israel, but be sure to arrange VIP passage through the border. You will have to research how to do this.

6  Thank 360LuLu
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Reviewed 17 February 2010

...as you get off the bus there is a shop, as ever, exploting the Indy theme but thankfully it didn't last.
We arrived at about 12:30pm and the coach park was busy and our hearts sank. But it looked like most were now leaving as we passed them on the slow meandering walk down into the gorge and Siq.
I would suggest you read whatever you can before you go on the subject and then review that afterwards as well. It all made so much more sense when you were able to visualise and put context around the words.
Just as with the pyramids you have to question the knowledge and engineering skills that must have been available back in those ancient times. (My wife reckons it's Jordan's answer to Disneyland and it's all a conspiracy...!)
The week before our visit (12 Feb 2010) they'd had snow in the area. We travelled from Aqaba on the coast having got the ferry fromTaba Heights in Egypt and this place is in the mountains... I never expected that at all (must have skipped that page in my reading!). We passed our highest point at 5,500ft before we descend down to the Marriott and Wadi Musa and the coach park at 3,200ft. You descend a further 700ft down a gentley meandering path into Petra arriving at the Trasury at about 2,500ft above sea level.....
We had a lovely day out, met some intresting Bedouin characters - were n't really hasseled at all for camel rides etc!! And it did leave us with a sense of awe and wonder. It cost us £175 from Taba Heights which included all transfers (ferry, coach etc), buffet lunch at the Marriott and entry to Petra. It was a long day but we thoroughly enjoyed it. Just be ware that the customs/immigration stuff can take the edge of it - especially at the end of a long day.

6  Thank F22Raptor
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Reviewed 14 February 2010

we spent awesome 3.5 hours in Petra. to do this we left the excellent guide at the far end to maximize our time with him and walked back without him. the footing on the stony path is mostly fine. we did see some sprained ankles due to uneven stone surface. the walk in is about 2.5 hours and walk out about 55 minutes. everything about the people is a speculation for these people left no written record, the heroic construction from the sand stone is remarkable. we know that funeral/death/burial was a major operating factor in their heroic architecture. the restaurant at the far end of the path was closed (3:30pm) but its toilets were spotless!
caution: the weather can be unexpectedly cold or hot! bring hat and gloves!
our trip in van from Aqaba was made hilarious by a fine group of young Israelis. our tour agent, Kama, had excellent: driver, guide, & buffet lunch.

4  Thank Westontraveler
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