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From Amman: Petra, Rum, Aqaba and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

1. From Amman: Petra, Rum, Aqaba and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

Discover the highlights of Jordan on a private, small group tour for an intimate look at life at some of the most historic sites of the region. Marvel at the monuments of the rock-carved city of Petra, go to the Dead Sea in time to see the sunset and experience the Bedouin life at a camp in Wadi Rum. Day 1: Following a pickup from your hotel in Amman at 8:00 AM, transfer along the desert highway toward Wadi Mousa (Petra). Stop at the Dana Reserve and marvel at the amazing scenery. Continue to Shobak Castle and then visit Little Petra. Enjoy a drop off at your 3-star hotel in Wadi Mousa for your overnight stay. Day 2: Spend the day exploring Petra until 4:00 PM (2:00 PM in winter). After a day exploring, head for Wadi Rum where you will spend the night in a Bedouin camp. Day 3: Explore the valley on a Jeep safari. Then depart for a Dead Sea beach. Pass through the Great Rift Valley to Aqaba City. Then watch the sunset at the Dead Sea. Return to Amman in the evening.

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From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Red & Dead Sea 2-Day Trip

2. From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Red & Dead Sea 2-Day Trip

Make the most of your time in Jordan on a 2-day tour from Amman. Travel with a professional English-speaking driver in a modern car, and enjoy a mix of guided and independent time. Camp overnight inside your own Bedouin tent in the heart of Wadi Rum. After pickup at your accommodation in Amman, drive for 3 hours to Petra. Once there, marvel at a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. From there, continue on a 2-hour drive to Wadi Rum and discover Bedouin culture. Sleep overnight in Wadi Rum and choose from 2 tent styles: Deluxe, the standard Bedouin tent; or Luxury, with a Bubble or Martian tent. Both include a private bathroom and air-conditioning/a heater on the tent. On the second day, visit the Red Sea beaches at Aqaba before taking a 4-hour drive to the Dead Sea. Float on some of the saltiest water in the world, then head back to Amman for drop-off at your hotel.

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From Aqaba: 2-Hour Jeep Tour to Wadi Rum

3. From Aqaba: 2-Hour Jeep Tour to Wadi Rum

Benefit from pick-up at the location of your choice in Aqaba and journey to Wadi Rum in the Jordanian Desert for a 2-hour drive through a landscape described by T. E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and God-like.” Discover why the locals call it the “Valley of the Moon.” Venture through breathtaking scenery littered with history, and discover a timeless place that has been left virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces. Marvel at how the weather and winds have carved a maze of monolithic rockscapes rising up from the desert floor to heights of up to 5,740 feet (1,750 meters). A challenge for serious mountaineers, the mountains also offer hikers complete tranquility in the boundless empty spaces. Explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4,000-year-old rock drawings and other treasures of the wilderness before the journey back to your hotel or drop off location of your choice in Aqaba.     

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From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour

4. From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour

Start your tour at 3:00 AM with pickup at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. Then, drive through the desert in a comfortable vehicle until you reach the Arava Border. Cross the border with assistants, a procedure which may take up to an hour.  At 8:30 AM, transfer from the border to Petra in a new air-conditioned vehicle. This ride takes approximately 2-3 hours.  Enjoy the scenic route along the mountainside before arriving at Petra's historical site, known as one of the New7Wonders of the World.   At approximately 11:30 AM, begin your tour of Petra at the entrance to the site with a maximum group size of 25 people. Explore the highlights of this impressive site with your guide. Next, start your journey towards Aqaba at 4:30 PM. Make a few stops at certain observations points along the way to appreciate the beautiful landscapes that Wadi Rum has to offer. At 7:30 PM, return to the Israeli territory with the assistance of your guide and arrive back at the pickup location in Jerusalem by midnight.

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From Aqaba: Petra 1 Day Tour

5. From Aqaba: Petra 1 Day Tour

Discover the site that UNESCO described as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage.” One of the 7 New Wonders of the World, Petra was constructed in the 3rd century BC, and encompasses a series of massive temples, tombs, and structures carved into the red desert mountains. There are no other locales on earth that compare to the immensity, ancient craftsmanship, and sheer beauty of the ruins at Petra. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel in Aqaba, at which point you’ll be driven directly to the site. After ambling through the vast rock formations that form a canopy above the desert sky, you’ll get your first glimpse of the ancient city. Tour the monolithic treasury, mourning halls, caves, tombs, temples — and more breathtaking sights of this one-of-a-kind locale.  After your visit concludes and you stop at the gift shop, you’ll stop for lunch at a restaurant specializing in local delicacies. You’ll return at around 7:00 PM to your hotel, in perfect time to digest the sights over dinner.

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From Tel Aviv: Petra 1-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

6. From Tel Aviv: Petra 1-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

Meet your guide at the central pickup point in Tel Aviv. Start your trip at 3:00 AM so that you can arrive in Petra early enough to enjoy a full day of sightseeing. Travel to the Arava Border. At the border, your guide will assist you with entering Jordan. Drive from the border to Petra in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy the ride across the vast highway known as the “desert way.” Journey down a scenic mountain route along the mountainside. Arrive at Petra at approximately 11:30 AM and embark on a guided tour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of the 7 wonders of the world. Explore the sandstone city built in the 3rd century by the Nabataeans. Discover the palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms, and stable that were all carved into the soft stone cliffs. Marvel at the Greek-style pillars of the Treasury– a masterpiece of masonry work. Walk through the tombs known as the Street of Facades. Visit the 7,000-seat theater.   Journey back towards Aqaba at 4:30 PM. Stop along the way at observation points and take in the beautiful landscape of Wadi Rum. At 7:30 PM return to Israel.

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Wadi Al Mujib and Dead Sea Panoramic Tour from Aqaba

7. Wadi Al Mujib and Dead Sea Panoramic Tour from Aqaba

Start your 10-hour excursion from Aqaba with a visit to Wadi Al Mujib – the lowest nature reserve in the world. Admire the spectacular scenery that stretches along the east coast of the Dead Sea. Marvel at the views of the deep Wadi Mujib gorge. Continue on to the Dead Sea, which is the lowest point on earth. Located in the Jordan Valley southeast of Amman, it is one of the world’s most spectacular natural landscapes and the richest source of natural salts. It also hides treasures that accumulated over thousands of years. Enjoy three relaxing hours swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying a buffet lunch at a five-star hotel before heading Back to Aqaba.

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From Sharm El Sheikh: Day Tour to Petra by Ferry

8. From Sharm El Sheikh: Day Tour to Petra by Ferry

Start your journey to Petra with pickup from Sharm El Sheikh in a modern air-conditioned vehicle between 1:30 AM and 2:00 AM. Travel to the border crossing at Taba, arriving at approximately 6:00 AM. Be met and assisted at the border, and once in Jordan, travel to the port of Aqaba. Hop on the ferry and sail directly towards Jordan’s "Rose City", known worldwide as Petra. Explore the lost city of the Nabataeans, which was carved into the mountains many centuries ago. Choose between walking or riding a camel to the Siq (canyon) which is a natural crack in the rocks. Follow the trail which leads to the city and discover the beautiful carvings of statues, idols, and various structures. At the end of the canyon, you will be able to see the famous “Al Khazneh” which has been standing for more than 2000 years. See the Roman theater, the royal tombs, the Roman collonaded street, and Qasr al-Bent with a guide. After discovering the many beautiful sights of Petra, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before travelling back to the port of Aqaba to take the cruise back to Taba. Finally, upon arrival in Sharm El Sheikh, be transferred back to your hotel at around 11:00 PM.

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From Eilat: Petra & Wadi Rum 2-day Tour

9. From Eilat: Petra & Wadi Rum 2-day Tour

Entering Petra, through the Siq, you'll arrive at the famous Treasury. One of the reasons Petra is one of the seven wonders of the world is the spectacular Treasury facade. With numerous statues, facades, temples, tombs, caves, and a Roman theatre, Petra is an unforgettable experience in ancient architecture. The Nabateans inhabited Petra over 2000 years ago and prospered from building a water conduit system. Water was sold to the passing caravans, merchants, and travelers. After an earthquake in 363 A.D. Petra fell into a decline. Without enough resources to rebuild it the city, people left Petra. Tour Itinerary Day 1: 8:30 AM – pickup from your hotel in Eilat 9:00 AM – cross the border and drive to Petra 11:00 AM – start the touring day 3:30 PM – lunch at a local restaurant 5:00 PM – check in to your hotel and free evening Day 2: 8:00 AM – breakfast at the hotel 9:00 AM – free time to explore Petra or surrounding markets 4:30 PM – pickup from the hotel 6:30 PM – arrival to Aqaba 7:00 PM – drive to border and passport control

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From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

10. From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

The tour departs from Eilat and heads towards Petra, crossing the Aravah border along the way. Ride through the dusty desert landscapes, and marvel at the vast sandy scenery that stretches out all around you. Follow the scenic route alongside the mountains before arriving at Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Upon arrival, explore the highlights of the site with your expert guide and listen to fascinating stories and legends about the people who once lived here. As you amble around, admire the vibrant hues of the rocks from which most of the buildings here were carved, earning Petra the nickname ‘red-rose city’. Following your tour, enjoy some free time to wander around the site at your own leisure and focus on the areas that interest you most. After the tour, start the return journey to Eilat in the direction of the port region of Aqaba. Along the drive, stop at a selection of observation points to marvel at the breathtaking landscape of the Wadi Rum desert, where the red rocky mountains blend into the sunny horizon.

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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 225 reviews

We were picked up at the hotel by Ahmed Hussin, a very good driver and pleasant person, on the way to Petra, he showed us special places. We stayed at the hotel edom in wadi Musa, which we found luxurious. On the 2nd day, on Ahmed's advice, we were in Petra shortly after 6 o'clock, which we found nice, although we are not early risers: the day was still fresh, there was nice light and not many visitors. In the afternoon we were in Wadi Rum - it was fantastic there: the desert with the red sand and the rocks, the sunset, the hospitality in the camp, the starry sky, the tents, the food. The jeep tour on the 3rd day was special. Then it went back direction and still the impression of the Dead Sea. In the evening we were back in our hotel. We felt safe the whole time and it was fun with Ahmed.

It was amazing trip. Very well organized with different activities.Our driver Jazid vas very friendly,calm and helpful. He talk to us different things for the country. The trip was organized very well and we touched the beautiful Dead sea and we tried the delisios local food in the Holliday Inn hotel. We recommend the trip.

The experience is recommended. Read comments here that it was a bit twisty at the border, but everything went well for us. The guide was nice and everything went well.

Jafar no. 1 It was a pleasure to travel with the legendary Jafar, 3 perfect days! we got upgrades to the desert camp for free! TOP!

The tourguide really did an amazing job. You could feel his love and passion for his country.