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

1. 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.

From Jerusalem: Petra & Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour

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

Day 1: Depart Tel Aviv early in the morning. As you drive through Jerusalem, enjoy the stunning views of the Judean Desert landscape along the Israeli side of the Jordan valley, on the way to the Allenby Border Crossing.  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.

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

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

4. From Jerusalem: Petra, Jerash and Amman 2-Day Tour

This 2-day Jordan tour leaves from Jerusalem and includes visits to the incredible cities of Jerash and Amman, as well as Petra. Enjoy 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 and take in stunning views of the Judean Desert landscape along the Israeli side of the Jordan valley. Arrive 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 New 7 Wonders 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. 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.

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

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

See everything Jordan has to offer on this three-day tour from Tel Aviv. See Petra, visit a Bedouin camp, and marvel at the clear, starry skies of the desert. Day 1Begin your tour in Tel Aviv, and head toward the Jordanian border. Enter Jordan at the Allenby Bridge border, and drive through the arid desert for about an hour before enjoying a delicious local lunch. Continue through the stunning desert landscape of Wadi Rum, virtually untouched by humanity. Travel through the moon-like landscape in a 4×4 Jeep and marvel at the red sand dunes, towering cliffs of weathered stone, and desert animals in the light of a beautiful sunset. End your first evening at a Bedouin camp near Petra with an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea. Day 2Early the next morning, enjoy a quick breakfast before heading to Petra. Explore this world-famous archeological site in the morning with your guide before taking a lunch break at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, explore the other areas of Petra, including the monastery, on your own, before heading back to the Bedouin camp for another delicious dinner. Day 3Enjoy breakfast at the campsite and then head to Madaba, an ancient Jordanian city. Walk up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo for a panoramic view. Relax with lunch and then head back to the Allenby Bridge border crossing, arriving back in Tel Aviv in the afternoon.

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

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

7. 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.

From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

8. From Eilat: 3-Day Petra & Cairo Guided Trip with Hotel Stay

Day 1: Start the tour at 8:30 AM when you will be picked up from your hotel or any point in Eilat. Set off for the Arava Border and pass over to the Jordan side. Meet your representative there and continue the drive to the Petra site. The drive takes about 2 hours in total.  When you arrive, enjoy a tour of this iconic archaeological site with your guide. Visit the famous Treasury, the Amphitheater, and much more. After this, have lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Israel and set off on an overnight 10-hour drive to Cairo making a short procedural stop at the Egyptian border. Day 2: When you arrive in Cairo, visit the pyramids, the sphinx, the market, and the museum. Then, eat lunch and go to your 4-star hotel for dinner and your overnight stay. Day 3: After breakfast at the hotel, visit the Saqqara and Memphis area, about 27 km south-west of Cairo. Learn about how Memphis was the ancient capital of Egypt and Saqqara was its necropolis. Hear stories about how the deceased pharaohs and sacred animals were ceremoniously transported from Memphis to be permanently enshrined in one of the many temples on the site. Then, stop for lunch before continuing the tour to Old Cairo. See the Church of St-Sergius, a 5th-century basilica, built over a crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed. Admire the spectacular Citadel of Saladin, built-in 1183 in the medieval stronghold tradition. Also, marvel at the Mohammed Ali Mosque, also known as the Alabaster mosque. Finally, transfer to the Taba Border, where your tour concludes.

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.

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

10. 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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Nádherný výlet na krásná místa! Ačkoliv se nám postupně věnovalo několik lidí, organizace fungovala na jedničku. Obzvláštní pochvalu si zaslouží náš průvodce po Petře a celý první den. Oproti údajům v nabídce byla v ceně i skvělá večeře první večer ve stanovém táboře. Maximální spokojenost.

I was more than expected. The best part was our guide Mahadi, very knowledgeable, caring and overall a great person. Petra is more than what people say or books show, no way of explaining it, you have to see it for yourself.

Perfection! Ali our tour guide made everything perfect. Food, stay, tour, bus - All perfect! Accommodation was incredible- wifi, great food, hot water!

What a fantastic experience the tour guide the 7 Wonders resort were fantastic. The staff were very friendly and helpful i can recommend this to all

perfect services, well organized, Hasan was the perfect guide, in 1 day we absolved 2 must sees in Jordan