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    #16
    Originally posted by spanish lady, torrevieja View Post
    We were in Petra last month , a wonderful not to be missed experience.
    we took the ships excursion about 2and a half hours to get there with one stop at a shop with WiFi.
    we walked down to Petra through the Siq , I'd look at a lot of utube videos and I kind of knew what to expect but I was amazed by what I saw.
    the walk down is easy but make sure you have enough time to walk back it is a bit of a climb, our friend had a hard time of it.
    plenty of water and rest stops .
    there are golf buggies that take people back but I've no idea of the cost.
    I have been reluctant to post my experience of more than 10 years ago as I was based at a hotel in Petra and spend 3 days there.

    I recall good footwear was an essential but do allow plenty of time for the return journey.

    Annie

    PS In addition to a back injury, my knees are not the best.

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      #17
      Originally posted by Malcolm, Essex View Post

      I'd definitely recommend that you DO NOT have sex with them in public!
      Thanks for the advice Malcolm. I should be so lucky!

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        #18
        Originally posted by Haworth, Wokingham View Post
        I think the above is a good summary, you can walk down from the visitor centre through the siq to the treasury it takes around 40 minutes and then you can wander as you wish and leave sufficient time to walk back up, its a long slow gentle rise all the way back, quite a few people struggled but everyone made it, just leave enogh time.

        You can get a horse and carriage up and down but they are very uncomfortable, you do get a horse ride up and down included in the ticket price but you are expected to tip, I don't know how much as we walked

        In my view it's a must see, just take your time.

        As to Dubai, visited many times and never had issues.

        Hope this helps

        John
        Some 20 years ago we visited Petra from Amman and a horse ride down and back was included. On the way back the handler started telling us how poor he was and how hard it was to make a living etc., etc. and how much a small tip would be appreciated. Eventually we found out $100 each would be the right sort of figure. This was for 15 minutes work maximum in a country where $100 was probably the average monthly wage.

        There were about six of us in the party and we told him “No way”. He got all stroppy and said he wouldn’t take anything. Fine we said and didn’t give him anything. $1 to $5 each would have been more than generous for the time spent on the horses.

        He had obviously nobbled our minibus driver because on the way back to Amman the minibus driver started on about “we Arabs have our pride and we don’t need to beg money from tourists blah, blah, blah”.

        He got nothing either!

        The next day on another excursion it was a different story. Full of apologies, he told us even a small tip would be very much appreciated. I think we all gave him about $5 to $10 each for his two days work which satisfied him.

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          #19
          On our visit to Petra, one of our shipmates took the golf buggy back up from the Treasury. She paid $135!. We took the horses back from the little shop - we tipped $20 for the two IIRC.
          If you can read this - thank a teacher
          If you are reading this in English - thank a soldier

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            #20
            In the scheme of things I think it would be worth considering paying $135 if you really want to see Petra and save I just to your back. I don't like paying over the odds for things but it would be reassuring to know you have the option if needed.

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              #21
              I remember when we went to the barrier reef on a snorkliing trip. Some people were so sea sick on the boat they paid a fortune to return by helicopter. Sometimes needs must.

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                #22
                Originally posted by Cooke, Ashby View Post
                I know Petra is in Jordan, but this is the closest topic I could find. We are sailing Athens to Dubai in October and have had conflicting advice on visiting Petra. One friend said it is amazing and not to be missed. Several others have said it is a very long and uncomfortable day and so crowded when you get there you can't see anything much. I have back problems and I'm concerned about undertaking a long journey over rough roads.

                Dubai worries me a bit. I plan to meet a friend from another ship. Am I likely to be arrested for hugging him in public?

                I know I can read the Foreign Office advice, but any opinions greatly appreciated. Judith
                Drove to Petra from tel Aviv some years ago. It is a bucket list destination and recommend u do it, totally different experience. We stayed a couple of nights in Petra and it was a long day seeing it all. Take lots of water, but there was a cafe someway past the treasury room.

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                  #23
                  I don't know if this would be any help to you Judith but I copied this info on Petra from the Azamara website.
                  If you can go there it should not be missed. A once in a lifetime experience. Hope the link works.

                  https://www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk...g-petra-jordan

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by Lottie A, UK View Post
                    I don't know if this would be any help to you Judith but I copied this info on Petra from the Azamara website.
                    If you can go there it should not be missed. A once in a lifetime experience. Hope the link works.

                    https://www.azamaraclubcruises.co.uk...g-petra-jordan
                    Thank you Lottie. The link worked OK and is very useful.

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Cooke, Ashby View Post

                      Thanks Helen. One hears such scary things about conduct that is an offence in UAE. We are only there a short time so I want to get things right! As for Petra I would love to see it, but not at the expense of wrecking my back. Perhaps I should stay on board.
                      Hi Judith. When we were in Jordan a couple of years ago, I was in a dilemma about going to see Petra for pretty much the same reasons as you. I eventually made a decision to go see Wadi Rum and my OH went to Petra. When we both returned from our respective trips, it was clear that I made the right decision because he told me that I would have found the long walk over uneven ground in the oppressive heat very difficult.
                      I did enjoy the trip to Wadi Rum though, which was well worth doing.
                      Jill

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                        #26
                        Originally posted by Cooke, Ashby View Post
                        I know Petra is in Jordan, but this is the closest topic I could find. We are sailing Athens to Dubai in October and have had conflicting advice on visiting Petra. One friend said it is amazing and not to be missed. Several others have said it is a very long and uncomfortable day and so crowded when you get there you can't see anything much. I have back problems and I'm concerned about undertaking a long journey over rough roads.

                        Dubai worries me a bit. I plan to meet a friend from another ship. Am I likely to be arrested for hugging him in public?

                        I know I can read the Foreign Office advice, but any opinions greatly appreciated. Judith
                        Hi Judith, I spoke to the lady I work with today who goes to Dubai all the time and she laughed when I told her about your question regarding hugging a friend in public. She says that women wear bikinis on the beaches there and I know that you can drink in the hotels so I imagine you will be safe there.

                        Take care, Helen

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                          #27
                          We used a company called Memphis Tours, who we have also used for tours in Egypt. We had a private driver and guide to take us. This meant that we were able to go more at our own speed and weren't in uncomfortable coaches. We had a great time and of course it is a wonder of the ancient world

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by Mason, Altrincham View Post

                            Hi Judith, I spoke to the lady I work with today who goes to Dubai all the time and she laughed when I told her about your question regarding hugging a friend in public. She says that women wear bikinis on the beaches there and I know that you can drink in the hotels so I imagine you will be safe there.

                            Take care, Helen
                            Thanks Helen. That is reassuring. I'll check the Foreign Office site nearer the date.

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by Smith7 View Post

                              Hi Judith. When we were in Jordan a couple of years ago, I was in a dilemma about going to see Petra for pretty much the same reasons as you. I eventually made a decision to go see Wadi Rum and my OH went to Petra. When we both returned from our respective trips, it was clear that I made the right decision because he told me that I would have found the long walk over uneven ground in the oppressive heat very difficult.
                              I did enjoy the trip to Wadi Rum though, which was well worth doing.
                              Thanks for the advice. I think it might be Wadi Rum for me.

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                                #30
                                The ship stayed at Aqaba for two days, during our Azamara cruise from Mumbai to Athens. Consequently, we were able to do separate shore excursions to Wadi Rum and Petra.. Both were wonderful.

                                Timings were the only problem with the trip to Petra, because it becomes very hot around midday. It would have been much better, if our tour bus had departed from the ship at dawn and travelled directly to Petra. However, we did not depart until 9 am or even later and stopped en route, at a "compulsory" gift shop. By the time we reached Petra, the sun was overhead and it had become unbearably hot. It was still a good excursion, but if you arrange a private tour, make sure you depart as early as possible.

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