Aug 10th, 2019, 02:50 PM
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i have a few questions about Jordan!

Firstly, when is the best time of the year to go?

There are quite a lot of steps leading up to the Monastery. I assume that it is quite difficult? What are the condition of the stairs - steep, uneven, etc?

Looking to explore the market in Amman. Is there a good private day tour group that could take me around it?
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Aug 10th, 2019, 04:21 PM
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Unless you like hot weather the best time is winter, let's say between November and March, where December and January could get even cold. I went in November and wether was perfect from me, not too hot and not too cold.

I don't recall the stairs to the Monastery being very steep, uneven yes, but not diffucult at all. Well within the capabilities of any individual with avarage fitness. The path to the High Place of Sacrifice is more strenous, but absolutely worth it.

The souk in Amman is nothing special, except if this is you first time in the Middle East. Why would you do a group tour? It's a market, feel free to wander around on your own.
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Aug 10th, 2019, 07:47 PM
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Agree with BDKR on all points.

Photo of some of the steps up to the Monastery:
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Aug 11th, 2019, 04:17 AM
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We were there the beginning of May and had perfect weather. In fact, I wore a long sleeve shirt while in Petra.
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Aug 20th, 2019, 08:22 AM
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Walking to/from Petra ruins

We'll be on a guided Princess excursion of the Petra ruins. I've read it's a 6 mile hike but I'm not clear if it's 3 miles each way for a total of 6 miles or 6 miles each way for a total of 12 miles. Thanks for any helpful info.
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Aug 20th, 2019, 10:34 PM
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It's more like 3 miles each way for a total of 6 miles. You could walk a lot more to explore some more or less "hidden" gems of Petra, but you're unlikely to do much more walking on a tour.
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Aug 21st, 2019, 04:26 AM
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If you don't want to walk all the way down and back you can hire a cart. It's a VERY bumpy ride though.
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Aug 22nd, 2019, 03:44 AM
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Schmer & bdkr-Thank you for the info regarding Petra. I appreciate your prompt replies.
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Aug 22nd, 2019, 09:18 AM
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We were there in November and had perfect weather.
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