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Nov 28th, 2008, 06:18 AM
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Seeking driver/guide

My friend and I will be visiting Jordan at the end of December -- am seeking a driver/guide whom I can contact/book in advance via e-mail for travel to Petra, Wadi Rum, etc. Have searched the forum but haven't found e-mails for drivers/guides -- also have noticed that many suggest renting a car; however, that is not an option for us (two women).
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Nov 28th, 2008, 06:34 AM
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We were two women and could have easily rented a car. The roads are good and well marked.

That aside, we had pre-arranged our tours through our hotel; had a pleasant driver (a/c Mercedes Benz) first day to/from Petra where we picked-up a guide for touring the site.

Next day we had a driver/guide (a/c MB) for sightseeing around Amman; also to Jerash where we picked-up a site guide to tour the area.

This was some years back, and don't recall the price, but it was very reasonable (read: inexpensive).

Contact your hotel and see what they can offer. Or, search this board for Jordanian tour operators... there are a few written about; contact them for your sightseeing needs.
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Dec 7th, 2008, 09:26 AM
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I have been successful in tracking down a couple of driver/guide persons who are quoting $175 US (or more) per day for a car and English-speaking driver. This seems quite high to me. Comments???
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Dec 7th, 2008, 12:29 PM
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Why is renting a car not an option? Jordan, of the middle eastern countries, seems to be one of the most progressive.
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Dec 8th, 2008, 03:51 PM
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My husband, in our world-wide travels, always drove. We also ALWAYS travelled independently. I do not drive (know that sounds a bit weird) and my friend does not really want to drive. I prefer independent travel (rather than a tour), thus the search for a driver continues.
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Dec 9th, 2008, 07:07 AM
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$175/day for driver/vehicle.
That's not a lot - for the amount of time, vehicle, petrol, driver's pay.

You'll then probably be responsible for the entry fee (inexpensive) and small tip for site guide at Petra. And, I guess lunch somewhere (inexpensive).

You're two people, using services of and spending a full day from about 8am to 8-9pm or later.

Over the years, regardless where I've visited, most full-day tours (9pm-5pm) can run $75-$150/person.
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Dec 9th, 2008, 02:16 PM
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Sandi --

Thanks for your input. Guess I was relating the cost to driver/guides my husband and I had in India and also in Cambodia where cost under $100 per day.

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Jan 21st, 2009, 10:01 PM
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It is close to the end of Jan. I assume that jtynan, you are back. Can you tell me your experience there, particularly how is your driver/guide, I need one in April. thanks!
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