This was our first experience with 'travel local'. 'travel local' provided us with the answers to questions we presented them with and linked us up to speak to the local representative of their local partner in Jordan. As a result of this, we found ourselves being greeted at the airport by the local representative who fast tracked us through immigration, and introduced us to our English speaking driver. A good start to our holiday.
Provided a secure travel arrangement and itinerary.
Change the hotel at Petra. We stayed in Room No 202 at the Sharah Mountains Hotel, in Petra. The hotel was inadequate and below the standard of the other hotels. For instance - there was no chair to sit on in our room. The small table in our room had no glass top on it! Lucky I didn't put my mobile phone on it! The WIFI did not extend around the corners into our room, so I opened the door and used my phone in the corridor. Unfortunately the corridor light didn't work either! The stairs at the end of the corridor, which is also the fire escape, had no hand rails. There is no safety deposit box in the room or kettle/cups.
Guides: The guides all failed to complete the allotted time scale as stated in the Itinerary. The Itinerary stated that we would have a horse ride at the end of our visit to Petra. But on the ground we decided not to do it, in consideration of safety and the visible affect on the horses. Driver: The driver allocated to us for the duration spoke very good English. His driver skills were careful and considerate at all times.
Research the sites that you want to visit so that they will be included in your itinerary. For instance; a visit to Bethany was not on our itinerary, we gained permission to visit from the local partner in Jordan and had to pay the admission fee to do so. We had no idea that we would be so close to Israel (a swimming pool's distance) and were pleased that we asked to do this. If you pay for anything yourselves - wait and make sure you receive the correct change! (Notes) especially at The Roman theatre kiosk in Amman. Try to take low denomination notes and coins to Jordan (for tips) On arrival at Petra - there were no English Maps/guides available. We would advise that you go first in to the Petra Museum (free) and ask for English Maps/guides at their counter. (We did this on our exit and got hold of 2 maps!) To visit 'The Monastery' at Petra and beyond is very worthwhile, but must be undertaken in the knowledge that it is reached by a long and steep path. Not suitable for everyone!
Wadi Rum for me - the desert colours were so restful and calming on the eyes and the Bedouin tea is delicious. For my husband: 'The whole feeling of history is prevalent wherever you go. Jerash was amazing'. Petra of course was amazing - be prepared to climb if you want to see everything - its quite a distance to see it all after seeing the Treasury - but oh so worth the effort.