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We will be traveling on our own and plan to drive to Eilat and cross into Jordan and spend two days in Petra. What suggestions do you have on the best way to do this? Can one leave the car at the border and be met by a Jordanian tour guide at the border for transfer to hotel and then provide a guide for the two days and return to the border to pick up the car? Thanks.

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    We had pre-arranged this. I don't have the guide details, but your Eilat hotel can surely help. An Israeli car and driver took us the short distance to the border crossing. We walked a short distance through the border "no man's land" (complete with barbed wire and signs about a minefield) and then we were met on the othe side by our Jordanian guide. He handled the visa paperwork and fees for us while we waited about 30 minutes. Then he drove us to Petra (about 2 hours away, as I recall) and gave us excellent information along the way about Petra and Jordan as a whole. He led us through Petra, and returned us to the border where that process was reversed. He used his cell phone to coordinate our pick up back on the Israel side.
    We didn't stay overnight in Petra, but I would love to go back. Bring hats, sunscreen, and water and leave Eilat as early in the morning as possible.

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    We jsut returned from Israel on Wednesday and our last stop was Petra. We had prebooked a tour that was about $150 to $200 per person, I cannot remember exactly. It was with a group and the only group tour we took the entire time we were there as we had private guides the rest of the time.

    As said earlier, once you reach the border the guide takes the passports and handles everything. We were picked up at the hotel at 7:30 am and did not get back until 7:30 at night. I had wanted to stay overnight in Petra and spend two days but was overruled by my husband and frankly he was correct. Petra is beautiful and really amazing but one day was enough unless you plan to go someplace else in Jordan. We were really lucky with the weather but if it is really hot there is absolutely no shade and a "lot" of walking.

    From where the tour begins you need to walk a long way somewhat downhill, to the Treasury which is the main place. Then you continue walking down again to the ampitheater etc. All of this is fine but then you have to walk back up. Neither my husband or brother wanted to walk and we were advised to reserve a horse drawn carriage,(I use this word very loosely) which we took down to the Treasury and then back up. They do not have to many so if you want to do this tell the guide to call ahead fromt he border. The ride in this carriage over the large bumps reminded my of the jeep rides in Botswana on safari. Hold on for dear life.

    Regarding hotels be very careful on what you book. Rembember this is Jordan and not the US. We saw a few that looked decent from the road but some looked pretty bad.

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