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

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

Make the most of your time in Jordan on a 2-day tour from Amman. Travel with an 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.

From Aqaba: 2-Hour Jeep Tour to Wadi Rum

2. 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.     

From Aqaba: Petra 1 Day Tour

3. 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. It 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.

From Eilat, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv: Petra & Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour

4. From Eilat, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv: Petra & Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Start your tour from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv or Eilat, depending on the option selected. Cross the border into Jordan and travel to the port city of Aqaba. Enjoy some time to relax in the city, before continuing to Wadi Rum. Arrive at the Bedouin campsite accommodation in Wadi Rum and take in your new surroundings and the scenic views. Once settled into the campsite, head out on a jeep safari tour in the afternoon as the sun begins to set and the air becomes cooler. Enjoy an overnight stay in the camp where you will indulge in an authentic Jordanian meal for dinner. Day 2: As the sun rises in the morning, enjoy breakfast and the view before traveling to Petra. Upon arrival, take a guided tour of this iconic site and get a deeper insight into the history of the ancient Nabatean city. See the most important structures of the site including the famous treasury, the Khazneh. Return to Wadi Rum for dinner by the campfire and a second overnight stay. Day 3:  Depart from Wadi Rum in the morning and explore Petra at your own pace. Revisit sites from the previous day, or uncover new ones. Hike to the Monastery and explore some lesser-visited parts of the complex. After the final day of sightseeing, travel back to the border and return to your original starting point.

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

5. 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.

From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour

6. 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.

From Sharm El Sheikh: Petra Day Tour

7. From Sharm El Sheikh: Petra Day Tour

Start with pickup from Sharm El Sheikh and travel through the Sinai Peninsula to Taba. From here, take a ferry across the Gulf of Aqaba to Jordan. Make your way to the gorge of Ma'an, where the ancient city of Petra can be found. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Wonders of the World, the city was once described as being "forgotten by the world for over 1,000 years". Petra is home to towering buildings carved into the pink stone. On your tour of the canyon, admire the sight of the Treasure Palace, the Roman Theater, and the Temple and Treasures of the Citadel. One of the most astounding archaeological sites in the world, this tour will allow you to check it off your bucket list. After exploring Petra, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before heading back to Sharm El Sheikh.

Wadi Al Mujib and Dead Sea Panoramic Tour from Aqaba

8. 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.

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

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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based on 242 reviews

We had the best experience with Jafar. When we made the booking I was hesitant to do it, it was our first time at Jordan so we knew nothing about it, except for what the internet said. When we met our wonderful (now-friend) Jafar we felt more than secure. He always tried to make us feel comfortable and gave us the best advices while exploring on our own. He transformed a tour into a JOURNEY we are more than grateful with Jafar and hipe to see him soon. See you tomorrow ! Tuvimos la mejor experiencia con Jafar. Al momento de buscar la reserva teníamos muchas dudas de si hacerlo o no, ya que era nuestra primera vez en Jordania y no queríamos estar limitadas por un tour. Conocimos a nuestro (ahora) amigo Jafar con quien nos sentimos más que seguras en todo momento, nos compartía los mejores tips y recomendaciones para descubrir lo esencial en nuestra cuenta. Transformo un tour en un viaje inolvidable. Estamos más que agradecidas con él. Hasta mañana !

Our guide, Ahmad, was the BEST! Probably the nicest tour guide we've ever had. He made our trip to Jordan so incredible and went above and beyond. He constantly made sure we had cold drinks, bought us Turkish coffee to try, gave us portable wifi for the journey, arranged covid tests and local guides for us, and would always let you know what was a good deal or if you were getting scammed. It was really nice having a private tour as well. The itinerary and tour itself were amazing. The Bedouin camp was beautiful and had great food (we upgraded to the Luxury one and the AC was well worth it). Wadi Rum Jeep tour was super fun especially at sunset. The whole itinerary really gets you to see the highlights of the country with Dana, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba, and the Dead Sea in a short amount of time and we would highly recommend to anyone wanting to see the country of Jordan in a few days to book this tour!

Great Tour and Great experience for our first time in Jordan. Recommend to everyone who is spending a few days in Amman and wants to visit the lightings of South Jordan. Despite the many hours spent in the car, our driver Murad, made the whole trip more than comfortable. Bel Tour e bella esperienza per la nostra prima volta in Giordania. Raccomandato a tutti quelli che spenderanno qualche giorno ad Amman e vogliono visitare i luoghi più noti della Giordania del sud. Nonostante le varie ore passate in auto, il nostro autista Murad, ha fatto sì che tutto il giro risultasse comodo.

Even better than expectations thanks to our driver, and now new friend, Ahmad. A polite, welcoming and engaging person. With this tour we have seen many places without haste since well calculated organization. The accommodations included in this tour were we slept was top notch, clean, with private bathroom, and there were no issues that I could find on this. I recommend this tour and I would re-choose it a thousand times!

It was the best decision to book this. This package has everything included that you need for having an amazing time in Jordan. Our driver Jawdat was especially helpful, providing us with a lot of extra information.