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

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

2. 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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Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

3. Masada & Dead Sea Tour: Full-Day from Jerusalem

Start the day with pick-up from your hotel in Jerusalem and head to the Dead Sea, via the Judean hills. Your drive continues from there along the shores of the Dead Sea, to the desert fortress of Masada. Arrive at Masada, where your guide will tell you about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. You’ll ascend Masada by cable car and then tour the mountain fortress that was built by King Herod. This is the spot where the Zealots of the 1st century made their last stand against the Roman troops. You’ll explore the site to see the remains of the walls, palaces, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors and Roman baths. When you've completed this part of the tour, descend Masada by cable car. Your next destination is the Dead Sea. Its shores are the lowest point on dry land on earth! You’ll have the opportunity to float and swim in the Dead Sea waters that many believe have special therapeutic effects. Please note: from 17th to 23rd January 2019, the visit to Massasa will be replaced by a visit to Qumeran and Ein Gedi nature reserve.

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From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

4. From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

Begin your full-day excursion with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Ascend Masada by cable car, for an additional fee and explore the site at your own pace. Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud.

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Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Dead Sea Private Tour

5. Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Dead Sea Private Tour

Meet your private guide at your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Drive to the Old City of Jerusalem and start a leisurely walk through the city. Enter the Old City at the Jaffa Gate and enjoy the views of King David's Citadel. Walk through the Armenian neighborhood and see the Last Supper Room and King David's Tomb at Mount Zion. Visit the Jewish Neighborhood to see the Western Wall. Explore the colorful Arab Markets of the Muslim neighborhood of the city. Continue through the Christian neighborhood and visit the Holy Sepulcher Church. Visit the Mount of Olives to visit the Gethsemane Garden. Then, drive across the Palestinian border to visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Visit the ancient Nativity Church and explore the Nativity and Manger grottoes.  Continue the tour by driving across the Judea Desert to the Dead Sea. Visit the famous Dead Sea Resort at Kalia to enjoy a swim in the salty Dead Sea. Afterwards, be returned to your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv.

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From Tel Aviv: Dead Sea Visit & Desert Safari

6. From Tel Aviv: Dead Sea Visit & Desert Safari

Take a 10-hour safari tour of the Judean Desert, and discover the lowest place on earth at the Dead Sea. Available with pick-ups from Tel Aviv hotels, each tour starts with a transfer through a Biblical wilderness. Pass the Inn of the Good Samaritan. Then descend to a point beneath sea level. Enjoy distant views of the Biblical city of Jericho, one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities, and best known as the city that Joshua (Joshua 6) conquered after his troops circled the city walls causing them to fall. Upon arrival at Qumran, see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Now kept in the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem, the Scrolls were kept in good condition for 2,000 years thanks to the lack of humidity in the Dead Sea region. Next, transfer to a 4WD jeep to cross the rough desert terrain. Take a thrilling ride through the desert, negotiating the steep inclines, ravines, sand, and rock. Reach the Cliffs of Dragot and look down on the Dragot River. See the Murbaat Caves with their fascinating square entrances. End your adventure by washing away the dust of the desert and cooling off in the Dead Sea. Change into your bathing suit and float in the mineral-rich water. Make use of nature's natural face mask - the Dead Sea black mud - and lather it into your skin to benefit from the mud's therapeutic properties.

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Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

7. Masada at Sunrise, Ein Gedi, & Dead Sea from Jerusalem

From the Old City of Jerusalem, drive to Southern Israel for a brilliant day amongst nature. Hike in the cool darkness to the very top of the ancient desert fortress of Masada before bathing in the healing, salty waters of the Dead Sea. You will watch the day begin with a spectacular sunrise over the Moab Mountains and the Judean Desert. Then at the top of the mountain, discover the history of one the greatest Jewish symbols of hope and pride. You will ascend and descend the mountain fortress by the famous Snake Path. Then, continue on to the real highlight of the tour, a walk through the stunning Ein Gedi nature reserve with its natural springs, waterfalls and amazing desert plants and wildlife. After your long walk you will be ready to rest your tired feet and float effortlessly in the healing waters of the Dead Sea or take a bath in the therapeutic mud at the lowest place on Earth: A truly unique experience that will leave you relaxed and fortified. Once fully refreshed and treated, you will be ready to make your homeward journey to Jerusalem.

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What people are saying about Tel Aviv

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Our driver / guide Samuel was excellent and very helpful. The only suggestion I may have is that the Ein Gedi trip felt a bit redundant, because of the time allocated to it, especially after very enduring rise to Masada.

A very fun experience, although it is necessary to mention that for what you pay it is short or rather little visits. I don't think it's good that paying € 100 you have to pay for a rather poor meal.

Samuel was awesome! He explained everything with passion. Every activity was a very nice experience. Thank you for the lovely day

It was a great experience. I recomend this tour! Enough time at Dead sea; 2 hours... Guide was excelent! All the best!

a great tour, perfect amount of time for all activities and friendly driver!!