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From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour

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

2. 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 Dead Sea. Float on some of the saltiest water in the world, then head back to Amman for drop-off at your hotel.

From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

3. 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.

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

4. 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 Eilat: Petra & Wadi Rum 2-day Tour

5. 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 Aqaba: Petra 1 Day Tour

6. 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 Sharm El Sheikh: Day Tour to Petra by Ferry

7. 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.

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

8. 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 Sharm El Sheikh: Petra Day Tour

9. 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.

From Aqaba: Private Dead Sea Day-Trip

10. From Aqaba: Private Dead Sea Day-Trip

Start your tour with a convenient pickup from your accommodation in Aqaba. Meet your English-speaking driver and set off in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle on a 3.5-hour drive to the Dead Sea. Along the way, stop to take photos at Lots Wife's Pillar, a pillar of salt with religious significance and the bottom of Wadi Mujib, an impressive river canyon which flows into the Dead Sea. Arrive at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at 420 meters below sea level. Enjoy the unique opportunity to float in the mineral-rich waters of this salt lake. Coat your skin in the therapeutic black mud found in tubs along the shore.  After this, head into the 4-star Dead Sea Spa Hotel to enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. You can make use of the changing room and shower facilities here and will be provided with towels.  In the afternoon, return to the vehicle and take the transfer back to Aqaba where you will be dropped off back at your accommodation and the tour concludes. Feel relaxed and refreshed after you rejuvenating spa experience.

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Overall rating

3.0 / 5

based on 37 reviews

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.

Abbiamo avuto Ahmed Habi come guide e devo dire che ha fatto la nostra gita ancora più bella. Ci ha fatto non solo vedere posti mozzafiati ma con la sua gentilezza, passione e conoscienza ci ha creato un avventura che non dimenticherò mai. Solo da raccomandare

We were fortunate to have a great guide in Gaweat Yassin. Very knowledgable, friendly , and accommodating. Time was used efficiently to see everything beautiful in south Jordan.

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.

friendly and experience guide, knowing the places and respect my time and space. highly recommendable.