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Nov 12th, 2006, 05:57 PM
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Safe for single female to travel to Petra from Israel for day trip

Hello,

I am visiting Israel towards the end of December and would like to visit Petra from Eilat for a day trip.

Is it safe for a single female to make this day trip? I will go with a tour company, but still I am a little worried.

Any information would be appreciated.

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Nov 12th, 2006, 11:13 PM
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No problem. Go and enjoy!
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Nov 13th, 2006, 02:03 AM
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it is very safe, just go and enjoy
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Nov 13th, 2006, 11:45 PM
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Dont hesitate. But when you get to Petra walk both ways.Down and up.The horse transfers are hugely expensive and detract from the experience anyway.
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Sep 5th, 2007, 01:15 PM
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Did you ever take that trip to Jordan alone? I'm thinking of going to Israel with Isram tours in April and adding the 3 day Jordan extension. I am a single female and I'm a little apprehensive.
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Sep 5th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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Sophie -

Nothing to be apprehensive about. Isram is a well known responsible tour operator. You won't be alone, even if the only person going to Jordan. You'll have transfers, vehicle, guide, hotels and tours will be arranged for and then back to Israel.

Jordan is perfectly safe as most anywhere else these days. We were two women and didn't give our safety any more concern than if traveling elsewhere. It's a matter of being aware of one's surroundings, but most time you're under the watchful eye of your tour guide.

No reason to be walking the streets of Amman at night, though if you wish to go to a restaurant, taxis are quite safe and the restaurant will call a taxi to return you to your hotel.

Likewise, if overnighting at Petra, your hotel has plenty to keep you busy. And, if you're with a group, you'll also be fine. Jordan is wonderful with great sites, welcoming people, interesting food. Enjoy yourself.


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Sep 5th, 2007, 07:26 PM
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This question bugs me. Why do you think this is true. Did you ask the same question about Israel?

If you think about it you'll realize that the number of Israelis/tourists injured/killed in Israel over the last 10 years are far higher than the number of Jordanians/tourists being injured/killed.

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Sep 6th, 2007, 08:56 AM
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Thank you for the information. I found it helpful. I will definitely do the Jordan extension from Israel. It sounds like Isram does a good job.
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Sep 6th, 2007, 12:33 PM
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I was feeling quite cranky when I wrote my reply. Sorry!
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Nov 18th, 2007, 11:19 PM
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One point to consider, nothing to do with being a single female, is the potential danger of traveling in the snow from Petra to the border. We got caught in a car (with a driver hell bent on getting home to Aqaba) in a snowstorm on the road down from Petra in January this year, and consider ourselves very lucky to have come out of the experience intact. The driver told us that a week or two earlier, in the first snows, cars were stranded in the snow and the army dropped blankets and food by helicopter to those caught. Under these conditions, tour buses will presumably stay overnight in Petra as the roads CLOSE. We got through just before that happened and I sorely regretted being on the road at that time. It would be worth checking weather conditions carefully before you go if you have flights to catch. I'd been to Petra a couple of times before and had never heard of this risk, so I'd like to pass it on!

The snow in the desert was incredibly beautiful though.
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