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Eliat: Coral Reef Snorkeling Trip with Instructor

1. Eliat: Coral Reef Snorkeling Trip with Instructor

Snorkel the underwater world of Eliat's colorful coral reefs, and admire the more than 10,000 different kinds of fish, sponges, coral and other sea creatures that live there. Take the option for an underwater photo shoot to take some great memories home with you, if you like. Assemble at the meeting point, and rent or purchase your mask, snorkel, and fins from the local partner's diving center. Then, set off an unforgettable journey to Eliat's coral reefs. Receive brief instructions on swimming techniques and equipment safety rules from your experienced instructor before plunging into the water. Capture the experience by ordering an underwater, digital photo shoot from the diving center, at additional cost. Make fantastic souvenirs with photos of your friends and family with the abundant sealife and vibrant corals in the background. Please note that you cannot touch anything while you are underwater so as not to harm the natural balance. For the same reason, it is prohibited to feed the underwater inhabitants.

Eilat: Sailing Experience on the Red Sea

2. Eilat: Sailing Experience on the Red Sea

Leaving Eilat’s northern marina, you will begin your journey by heading southbound on a sailboat. Powered mainly by the wind, the sailboat provides an exceptional experience for everyone. Guided by experienced sailing staff, you will learn the geography and nature of the gulf as well as expert boating techniques. After you anchor in proximity to the coral reef, you can easily jump ship to snorkel and observe the Red Sea’s colorful sea life, cool down in the deep blue water, or chill with refreshments on board. On your way back to the northern marina, you will enjoy beverages and music as you soak in the stunning landscape. This must-see sailing tour takes you into the Red Sea, where you can enjoy the unique contrast between the deep blue sea and the towering desert mountains. Enjoying the rich kaleidoscope of underwater life and sailing on an authentic sailboat is bound to be one of the highlights of your vacation to Israel.

Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

3. Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

After pickup from your hotel, head to the jeep gathering point. From this point you'll ascend through the wadi along Nahal Solomon, Rehoboam Nahal, Jehoshaphat Nahal up to 725 meters above sea level on the way to Mount Joash. At a few stopping points, your guide will share stories about the history of the area.  You'll also stop for a little picnic with pita bread with local labane cheese and a cup of herbal tea, before continuing up to the last point of your trip. From this observation point you'll be able to see four countries, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. After visiting Mount Joash you'll head back to your hotel.

Shuttle Transfer between Tel Aviv and Eilat

4. Shuttle Transfer between Tel Aviv and Eilat

This daily shuttle  is an affordable and convenient option for those who want to travel between Tel Aviv and Eilat in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. With daily departures, including Fridays and Saturdays, the shuttle is ideal to use even when public transportation is available. The shuttle goes directly from Tel Aviv to Eilat, without stopping in any other city.The shuttle departs early morning from a convenient central location in Tel Aviv so that you arrive in Eilat with a full day ahead of you. After a full day in Eilat board the evening shuttle to return you to Tel Aviv.

From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

5. 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.

Eilat: 2-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

6. Eilat: 2-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

Discover the underwater world of the Red Sea without getting your feet wet with this glass-bottom boat tour. Departing from Hananya Beach, travel in the comfort of a boat with all of the luxuries including shaded seating, a snack bar, and sun deck. Spot an array of underwater life such as different species of fish and coral.  Sail along the Gulf of Eilat in a 3-deck ship, with the lower deck located 2 meters underwater for optimal viewing. During your tour, see sights such as the Eilat Coral Reserve, the military port, and the Jordan border. Benefit from an informative commentary from the ship's captain along the way.

From Eilat: Petra Day Group Tour

7. From Eilat: Petra Day Group Tour

Petra was left to history by the Nabataens over 2,000 years ago. The Nabataens were very industrious, creating one of the most unique water systems of their time, and with over 20,000 inhabitants, became very prosperous. They built water cisterns and collected the water from the flash floods, then went on to sell the water to caravans and merchants. The Nabataens created remarkable facades in the sandstone in the typical Roman architectural manner, the most famous of which is the treasury. Included in your package is an optional horseback ride. Ride for the first 200 meters of the route (tipping the carrier is required, ranging from 2-15 dollars at your discretion) and then continue the tour to see the Roman theater, the facades, the tombs, the cisterns, the crypts, and the temples. After the tour, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Travel back to the Jordan border, and begin our return trip towards the border. This route includes a few stops along the way at specific observation points for you to enjoy the beautiful landscapes that Wadi Ram has to offer.

From Eilat: Petra Day Private Tour

8. From Eilat: Petra Day Private Tour

Discovered in the early 19-century, Petra was named as one of the 7 Wonders of the World in 1985. You’ll understand why once entering through the Siq. Seeing the Treasury for the first time is breathtaking. The workmanship and sheer size of it will amaze you. Explore Petra and see facades, tombs, a Roman theater, and burial caves. See how the Nabateans controlled all the water of the region and marvel at the great water cisterns they built. A driver will pick you up from your hotel in Eilat in the morning. After about 3-hours you will arrive at Petra to enjoy the sights and tour with your personal guide. Dine at a local restaurant and try an extensive selection of oriental dishes. You will arrive back at your hotel in the evening.

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

9. 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.

From Jerusalem: One-Way Shuttle Transfer to Eilat

10. From Jerusalem: One-Way Shuttle Transfer to Eilat

The daily shuttle from Jerusalem to Eilat is an affordable and convenient option for those who want to travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle. With daily departures, including Fridays and Saturdays, the shuttle is ideal to use even when public transportation is not available.   The shuttle goes directly from Jerusalem to Eilat without stopping in any other city. Offering one-way trips, the shuttle departs each morning from a central location in Jerusalem.

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What people are saying about Eilat

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 304 reviews

was fun trip, definitely hot so drink more water and take. good to go with hiking shoes and try to put some long sleeve cotton t-shirts so won't burn . overall nice trip. Thank you to our guide

Great time, very relaxing and fantastic hospitality. Enjoyed the yacht and the snorkelling (even had 2 dolphins swim beside me)

it was a out of the world experience it was incredible to be in the world of the fish and swim with them!

Excellent tour! Beautiful landscape, and great tour guides. Thank you Alex and Avi!

The activity was well organised and very Interesting. I strongly recommend it.