The guide on this tour was not as knowledgeable as I would have expected for a Viator product. The tour company was great and even called us when a last minute reschedule had to happen due to a last min Muslim holiday that affected our tour. Luckily we were able to reschedule. The border crossings were confusing and the guide was not forthcoming with expectations or instructions. Thank God the destination was worth all the hassles to get there. I would recommend the Bedouin camp. Make sure to bring a flashlight for when the lights go out. Trek to the bathroom could be dangerous..
Overall, our adventure to Petra was an enjoyable one. Our tour guide in Jordan was quite good. He was funny and engaging with excellent English. Our stops along the way, as noted in our itinerary, went as planned and were meaningful visits. Our group was small and the season for going was not a heavy tourist time so we weren't met with crowds of people anywhere. All visits were quite pleasant. The van was adequate and comfortable, the driver safely navigated the roadways and carefully guarded our possessions. We stopped periodically and enjoyed delicious food along the way. The food stops were carefully picked to provide clean atmosphere with tasty buffet food choices.
My only area of concern involves the border crossing. Actually, that crossing was no problem, just time consuming. What was unclear to me was the money. I was prepared according to what I read in the material for the amount in US dollars and what I expected to need to change into Jordanian money for the return exit fee. However, when I got to the window on the Israeli side, what I had planned did not seem to fit. Then I needed money on the Jordanian side. In the end, it all worked out, but I was scrambling to find cash of some sort to make it work. The fact that we were individually crossing the Israeli border without a guide from either side, made it more stressful. Perhaps I misread something or inadequately prepared, but I would have appreciated a friendly face to clarify when I was in that uncertain position related to money.
When we returned to Jerusalem late at night, we needed to immediately travel to our hotel near the airport at Tel Aviv. for a morning departure the next day. The Abraham Tour driver that we met after the border crossing graciously helped us get to our hotel, which was not on his list of stops, but which he was able to arrange for us. We are grateful for his patient efforts on our behalf.
I really liked this tour. The border crossing took little long but was easy because the tour guides helped us to get the necessary checking done fast. Our tour guide at Jordan was very knowledgeable, and funny and made the trip a pleasure. Spending the night in Bed-wing camp was certainly an experience and highly recommended. Only thing to remember is that there is no Electricity and running water after 12am till 6am in the morning. So any bathroom breaks during this time will be with flash lights and wet wipes. :
This trip was great! The tour is really about archeological sites so if history is your thing - you'll love this trip. Our tour guide Mautaf / Mo was wonderful. He escorted us on all of the sites and was a wealth of information. Very engaging and I felt he really cared about our experience. All meals were excellent - they have selected really top notch locations and the food was not disappointing. The overnight camp experience in Petra was very cool. Although cold we were there in February, they provided lots of blankets and I slept very well. I felt safe and the camp staff were friendly. This is a camp in the desert so have realistic expectations about showers and hot water! Border crossing: this company did an outstanding job of telling us what to expect, what the risks were and what would happen should any one of us get delayed at the border. Like everything on this tour, the company has really considered the customer's experience and I have nothing but great things to say about them and this tour!
I traveled alone and I felt save all the time. Everybody was kind. You will not regret doing this tour. It was a taste trip i traveled to Dubai, Jerusalem and then Petra and 2 days was not enough I will be back for sure. My advise don’t let people make you affraid about traveling. Enjoy to
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!!
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.