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1. Posted by jambo79 (Budding Member 3 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

hi there guys,

what would be the best way to see petra in a day(cheaply).

does anyone know of a reasonably priced tour company or is there another way.
is it worth doing it in a day.

or would you recommend another method or option.

all ears


2. Posted by M-C (Budding Member 4 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

dear jambo

first of all i wanna tell you that it worth a week not only one day but any way i can give you more details if you like to and also guide you to a cheap way if this what you are looking for without reserving with a travel agency or a tour guide, so just knock the door and ask

in the other side i want you to know that there is also a program to visit Petra at night and its amazing view to see so a whole day can be enought though you will wish to stay more.

guees thats enough for now and i'll add more as soon i recieve more questions from you or from others

bye for now

3. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3290 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Petra from where? Israel?

The best way to do it cheaply is by yourself, without paying for a guide. You'll need to stay for a night though, but hotels are plenty and can be relatively cheap. If you bring your own matress and sleeping bag, you can stay on the roof for a few dinars. Get a hotel up the hill and far away from the entrance, it will save you money.

Best get to the village Wadi Musa the night before. Walk down early in the morning, pay the bloody steep entrance fee and then enjoy. If you cannot afford the entrance fee, arrive in the afternoon and take the guided night tour, as it is cheaper IIRC. Be aware that you won't see all on the night tour.

After you get back, leave on the same day. Petra is expensive, leaving prevents you from staying another night and going back the day to see the things you might have missed.

Not a recommendation, as I haven't used them, but their website is very good: Their special offer for one week of Jordan until Dec 1st looks great, btw.

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 3, 2006 5:16 PM by t_maia ]

4. Posted by jekalo (Full Member 118 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Petra should be listed as one of the wonders of the world so to try and see it in a day is not a good thing. They have one, two and three day passes into Petra and you pay very little for the extra days if you get the 2 or 3 day pass. If I remember right the second day is about half of what the first was and the third about half of the second day but you have to buy the multi day pass to get this break, you can't buy a one day pass and then decide to stay for a second and get the discount. There are plenty of cheap hotels in town up from the entrance or you can spend bunches at one of the ones close to the entrance. The place is very large and you can take the floor trail or climb and take the high route or do both which gives you a nice contrasting perspective. At the end of the climb to the monastary, if it is a clear day, you get spectacular views and see where they filmed the last parts of Indiana Jones and the last Crusade. Buses in Jordan are cheap and comfortable, at least the express ones I traveled in. Don't buy stuff near the entrance, prices get lower as you get deeper into the site and prices come way down towards closing time and most of the junk they sell are cheap fakes anyway. Take in your own water to save on drinks, a cool one is refreshing at the end of a long uphill climb to the higher places. We spent two days there and could have easily spent another and still not seen it all. There are many trails and pathways in the area so don't just stay on the main road once you get inside. Have a good trip.

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Petra is fantastic, but actually I think a day is about right, providing you get there early and are reasonably fit. After all - there's loads of other interesting things to see in Jordan and its neighbouring countries, and you wouldn't want miss out on anything else by spending all your time at Petra. T_Maia's suggestion about getting to Wadi Musa the night before is definitely right.

Typing 'Petra' in google brings up a a few free guides to the place, including maps and everything - that should save a few pennies on a guide.

Entrance to Petra for a day is about 20 Dinars - thats about 30 US Dollars at the moment

6. Posted by dwalker66 (Full Member 210 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Gates open at 7am, but get there a little earlier as the guards are usually around and open the gates.

We were the only ones there at teh Treasury and it was a photograhic dream! No one other than a man with a broom! Beautiful! Walk up to the Monestry and again, no one there! But take water as none of the little cafes are open!

There are some cheap tourist hotels by the gates, or leave Amman early by car!

You can do it wasily in a day once you are in! But again, get there early!

7. Posted by suztours (Full Member 34 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

If you want to visit Petra while on your tour of Israel, go to Eilat and contact Erez at Desert Eco Tours as he can arrange a wonderful one-day tour of Petra, including crossing at the Rabin Terminal from Israel to Jordan and the return to Eilat at the end of the day (and everything in between, of course). Lately, they have been able to offer Hot Air Balloon tours over Wadi Rum as well.

If you want a multi-day tour of Jordan, including tours & overnights at Petra & Amman, tours of Madaba, Jerash, etc., do contact Atlas Tours in Amman - they are great!


[ Edit: Edited on Nov 21, 2006, at 12:51 PM by suztours ]