This was a day we looked forward to and the company, guide, and drivers did not let us down. We were a party of 4 and had planned a day to see both Petra and Wadi Rum. Making reservations online was very easy and the company was very responsive to all of my questions prior to scheduling the day long tour. We were met right as the instructions said at the port and met our driver Youssef who drove us to Petra. He was very good about telling us about his country and things we saw along the way. Our ship was delayed with disembarking so Youssef made a point about staying on schedule. No problem for us. He was a delight and a very competent guide/driver. We stopped at a overlook of the valley and saw some stunning scenery - the entire day was filled with spectacular and stunning scenery - but we were up in the mountains and it was windy and chilly. Of course we shopped there and the people there were very helpful and so friendly. We then moved on to met our guide Moath at Petra and another delightful, competent guide with a lot of enthusiasm for the site. When you have a guide who is enthusiastic about the sites it really adds to the enjoyment during the tour. We found this to be the case the entire day - friendly, enthusiastic, professional guides. The best money we spent on our trip was here in Petra where we hired an electric golf cart to take us through Petra. They say the walk in is not that bad but we found the trail steeper and more slippery than we had heard so the cart really made our visit very efficient with no wasted time. It takes an hour to walk back up to the entrance so the cart saved us a lot of wasted time plus saved our sore legs! Our golf cart driver was very good about stopping so we could get off and talk about different things with Moath. Did I tell you Moath was the best guide ever? So enthusiastic, knowledgeable and made sure we saw everything! By renting the golf cart, we got to see the entire site down to the end so we really felt it was a special visit for us and we saw everything we wanted to see other than that trek of 860+ steps up to the monastery. No way we could have even attempted it given the day’s busy schedule. So if you book this tour, request Moath. You will not be disappointed. He’s that good and very friendly, enthusiastic and so knowledgeable.
We opted to have our lunch upgraded at the Movenpick Hotel and so glad we did that! The buffet was absolutely delicious and what a spread! Plus the hotel itself is beautiful and staff there are very accommodating. It was a nice break in the day.
Following lunch Youssef was right on time to move us on to our Wadi Rum visit. We saw the 7 pillars, camels, sand dunes, rock bridges, and had a great drive through the Wadi Rum in the back of a pickup truck, the way to really enjoy the vista. When in Rome......We were amazed at the beautiful dessert and how the colors changed with the changing sun.
We stopped on our way back to the port for coffee and tea from Youssef and I splurged on one of those uniquely Bedouin decorated ostrich eggs. A great souvenir of a great country, visit and wonderfully delightful people. You will not be disappointed booking with this company and I recommend booking a private tour. The best personal attention for the entire day.