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

1. 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 Jerusalem: Petra & Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour

2. From Jerusalem: Petra & Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Your tour begins with a drive through the fertile Jordan Valley to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing in the North. Your first stop is Jerash, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman towns. Journey through time as you walk the colonnaded streets behind the impressive Hadrian’s Arch, and discover the Greco-Roman architecture telling 4,000 years of Mediterranean history. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the capital to learn about Amman’s cultural importance and eventful past, featuring palaces, a museum and the Temple of Hercules, and panoramic views across the city. Drive to a Bedouin camp near Petra, savor a traditional dinner, enjoy authentic Bedouin hospitality beneath the clear desert skies and listen to local music, before heading to rest in your tent’s comfortable bed. Day 2: After breakfast, take a day to explore Petra, carved into the red stone by the Nabataeans around 2,000 years ago. Hear about Petra’s complex history, followed by lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, explore the sites by yourself, and admire the Hellenistic architecture, before heading back for dinner. Day 3: Your last day starts with an exciting ride through the exquisite and virtually untouched desert landscape of Wadi Rum. A 4x4 jeep will take you to stunning sights and viewpoints, past towering cliffs of weathered stone and desert animals. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the Allenby Bridge border crossing, and by late evening arrive back in Jerusalem.

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Petra and Wadi Rum: 3-Day Guided Tour from Tel Aviv

3. Petra and Wadi Rum: 3-Day Guided Tour from Tel Aviv

Your three adventure-filled days begin in the early morning at Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv. Drive through the fertile Jordan Valley to the Sheikh Hussein border crossing in the North. Your first stop is Jerash, one of the world’s best-preserved Roman towns. Journey through time as you walk the colonnaded streets behind the impressive Hadrian’s Arch, and discover the wonderful blend of Greco-Roman architecture telling 4,000 years of Mediterranean history. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the capital. Its hilltop Citadel is the perfect place to learn more about Amman’s cultural importance and eventful past, featuring palaces, a museum and the Temple of Hercules, allowing panoramic views across the city. As the evening descends, drive to a Bedouin camp near Petra. Welcomed by a traditional dinner, enjoy authentic Bedouin hospitality beneath the clear desert skies and listen to local music, before heading to rest in your tent’s comfortable bed. After breakfast, embark on an entire day dedicated to exploring Petra. The impressive highlight of this trip, the world wonder was carved into the red stone by the Nabataeans around 2,000 years ago, when it was a major crossroads of ancient civilizations. Let your guide explain Petra’s complex history, followed by lunch in a local restaurant. In the afternoon, explore the sites by yourself, each a stunning example of perfectly symmetrical Hellenistic architecture, before heading back for dinner and another night in the Bedouin camp. The last day starts with an exciting ride through the exquisite and virtually untouched desert landscape of Wadi Rum. A 4x4 jeep will take you to stunning sights and viewpoints, past towering cliffs of weathered stone and desert animals. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to the Allenby Bridge border crossing, and by late evening arrive back in Tel Aviv.

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From Amman: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

4. From Amman: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Amman and heads off on the 225 kilometer journey to the ancient city of Petra. This UNESCO listed location, which dates back over 2000 years, once dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia. Upon arrival, take a stroll through Al-Siq, a narrow and deep pathway that acts as the main entrance into Petra. Inside, admire the Al-Khazneh, also known as the treasury where elegant remains of antiquity can be found carved deep into the rocks. Other highlights of Petra include the monastery, Altar of Sacrifice, Street of Facades, Royal Tombs, the Roman Theater, and more. After soaking up all the sights that Petra has to offer, continue the tour towards Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon. As you head to Wadi Rum, which was the filming location of blockbuster movies such as Lawrence of Arabia and The Martian, allow yourself to be transported into this other-worldly landscape. Embark on an adventurous 4x4 safari ride through the desert and visit several sites including Nabatean Temple while marvelling at the extraordinary mountains that rise from the sand. Later, stop at a picturesque Bedouin for a refreshing cup of Arabic tea or coffee and the opportunity to mingle with the locals. Finally, gaze upon a breathtaking sunset across the silky desert plains before beginning the return journey back to Amman.

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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.

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Petra, Jerash and Amman: 2-Day Tour from Jerusalem

6. Petra, Jerash and Amman: 2-Day Tour from Jerusalem

This 2-day Jordan tour leaves from Jerusalem and includes visits to the incredible cities of Jerash and Amman, as well as Petra. Authentic meals, an overnight stay with local Bedouins and a full day in Petra are all part of the package. Depart Jerusalem in the morning on a drive up the Israeli side of the Jordan Valley. Enjoy views of the stunning landscapes and then cross the border at the Sheikh Hussein Bridge in the north. You’ll have spectacular views of northern Jordan before arriving at the ancient city of Jerash, an incredibly well-preserved Roman city featuring colonnaded streets, baths, theaters, temples and a hippodrome. See a striking blend of Eastern and Western architectural traditions. Your next stop is Jordan’s capital city of Amman. Visit both the modern downtown area of the city, now the economic, political and cultural center of Jordan, and also the old Citadel above the city. At the Citadel, you’ll see the Temple of Hercules and historic palaces, and have excellent views of the modern city. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and try some sweet kanafeh for dessert. After lunch, you’ll continue south to the desert, where you’ll spend the night in a Bedouin camp. The Bedouins, nomadic inhabitants of the desert, have lived in the region for thousands of years. Experience Bedouin hospitality as they share their tasty meals and comfortable tents with the group. The second day is devoted to Petra. You’ll stand in awe at Petra, one of the New7Wonders of the World, poetically described as a rose-red city half the age of time. Carved into the red rocks of the desert cliffs thousands of years ago by the ancient Nabatean people, Petra was hidden under sand for centuries before recently being made accessible again. Your guide will take you to see the iconic Treasury, the amphitheater, the royal tombs, the monastery and much more, before you return to Jerusalem via the Allenby crossing. This is a fully guided tour, with transportation to all sites and an extensive informational travel app for smartphones and tablets that provides additional information about each of the sites you visit. It also contains useful information about border crossings. The app, with maps, information and pictures, can be downloaded before you set out, and doesn’t require an internet connection. You can download the Abraham Tours app for free from the operator’s website.

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From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay

7. From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay

Petra is the most famous tourist site in Jordan today. Petra was once occupied by the Nabateans, and almost everything in Petra was constructed by them. Visiting Petra, you'll be able to see over 800 objects, including the famous treasury, temples, mourning houses, caves, and more. Wadi Rum is everything you'd expect of a quintessential desert: extreme in heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter. It is violent and moody as the sun slices through the chiseled canyons at dawn or melts the division between rock and sand at dusk. It is exacting on the Bedouin who live in it and vengeful on those who ignore the dangers it presents. Experience its power and beauty with your expert guide. Your tour will begin with a pick up from your hotel in Eilat at 08:30 AM. After crossing the Arava border, you will drive to Wadi Musa Petra and tour the site. After the tour, you will eat lunch in Petra and drive to Wadi Rum and stay overnight at an authentic Bedouin camp. Along the way, you will learn all about the Nabataeans, their history, their art, gods, and the Bedouin way of life. Upgrade your experience in the desert to a 4-star tent with a private bathroom which includes a shower and a toilet in the tent.

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From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

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

9. 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.

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From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

10. From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

Day 1: Petra Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel in Amman and head towards Petra. This magnificent UNESCO-listed heritage site is one of Jordan’s greatest treasures. First, walk through a beautiful narrow pathway, known as Al-Siq which serves as the main entrance to the main city of Petra. Then, lay your eyes on the Al-Khazneh Treasury which is carved deep into the rocks of one side of the mountain and is intricately decorated with Corinthian capitals, friezes, and figures. After lunch in Petra, set off to see other monuments such as the Monastery, the Altar of Sacrifice, Street of Facades, Royal Tombs, and the Roman Theatre. Relax during your overnight stay there. Day 2: Wadi Rum The next day, enjoy some free time to wander around before setting off through the peaceful desert landscape towards Wadi Rum. Marvel as extraordinary mountains begin to rise from the pink desert sand. When you arrive, experience the extraordinary beauty of Wadi Rum as you hike and trundle through the narrow gorges and desert plains past the natural rock bridges and towers. This impressive site is where movies like The Martian, Lawrence of Arabia, Theeb, and many others were filmed.  Then, take a Jeep safari with a local Bedouin driver. Explore several sites such as the Nabatean Temple, the Map of Wadi Rum, the Little Bridge, and the Red Sand Dune. Next, have the chance for a camel ride across the desert (at your own expense). Stop at a Bedouin camp and enjoy drinking Arabic tea or coffee as you mingle with the locals. Finally, enjoy the breathtaking view of the sunset across the silky desert plains. Later that night, gaze at the starlit sky in a cozy relaxation area around the tents. Day 3: Dead Sea On your final morning, reconvene with your group and head to the Dead Sea where you can rejuvenate your body and replenish your soul. Standing at around 400 m below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth’s surface. Leave all your worries behind with the services in the resort, including pools, restaurants, bars, play area, gym, and a spa. Take a stroll along the shore, feel the prickles of salt as you swim and float effortlessly on the mineral-rich water. At the end of the journey, visit a local shop to buy beauty and skin-care products made from local mud, salt and minerals. Afterward, head back to your hotel in Amman.

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What people are saying about Ma'an Governorate

Overall rating

3.7 / 5

based on 39 reviews

I had a great experience booking this tour with R&H Bib Transportation and Mr. Mohammed Al Na’Na. Mohammed picked me up on time at 6:00 AM like it said on the page, from there we went straight to Petra, his driving skills are excellent, drives very careful and makes sure that you’re comfortable, the car is nice and comfortable too, with air conditioner, he dropped me outside of Petra and waited for me for around 3 hours until I finished exploring Petra, after that he took me to Wadi Rum, where a Jeep was waiting for me to explore Wadi Rum, I was there for around 2 hours, he also gave me some refreshments, if you have little time like a day this tour is excellent to explore Petra and Wadi Rum in short time, they also have other tours where you can stay days with them and explore more of Jordan, I recommend this tour to everyone, thank you again.

The super friendly driver, from the day before he contacted me by whatsapp to agree, at 6 o'clock we met and super punctual, from Amman we went to Petra, with one stop in a typical Jordanian cafeteria, and he invited me a good coffee! Great gesture, in Petra he gave me about 4 or 5 hours off, I traveled a part on horseback and the rest on foot, then we went for typical food, in a very good restaurant. He offered me the option of going to Wadi Rum, he showed me photos and everything that was included and I was encouraged. The best decision in the world! The incredible sunrise as well as the sunset, the spectacular buffet dinner with a show of how they take the food. A sisha and perfect starry night! The next day we had breakfast and he took me back to Amman! His name is Mohammed Alnana! Great experience.

Petra is amazing!! You have all day, utilize as much time as possible (at least 4-6 hours to get all the way to the end monastery). The driver was great, felt safe on the way over, provided water as it was very very hot! There is so much history and culture, and you definitely want as much time as possible there! The driver and company was also very responsive. Thank you!

This’s been something unique, something magnificent, something unbelievable….another dimension of life

Punctual driver, high driving culture, very willing to help, I recommend it to everyone.