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

1. From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea 3-Day Tour

Discover the highlights of Jordan on a 3-day trip with a driver-guide from Amman. Marvel at the monuments of the rock-carved city of Petra, witness the sunset over the Dead Sea and experience Bedouin life at a camp in Wadi Rum. After pickup from your hotel in Amman, Visit Mount Nebo, and Madaba city Churches, then travel along the desert highway toward Petra. Stop at the Dana Reserve and marvel at the beautiful scenery. Continue to Shobak Castle, visit Little Petra, and admire the cut-out rock tombs. Be dropped off at your 3-star hotel in Wadi Mousa for your overnight stay. Spend the day at Petra and marvel at this well-preserved archaeological city. Take your time to explore this architectural feat before heading to Wadi Rum, where you will spend the night in a Bedouin camp. Explore the valley on a Jeep safari and admire the stunning landscapes. Then depart for a Dead Sea beach, passing through the Great Rift Valley to Aqaba City. Arrive in time to watch the sunset at the Dead Sea. Return to Amman in the evening.

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

2. 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 Tel Aviv: Petra 2-Day Tour

3. From Tel Aviv: Petra 2-Day Tour

Our two fully-packed days begin in Tel Aviv, as we head toward the Jordanian border. We cross at the King Hussein / Allenby border, and enter Jordan, driving through the Judean desert for about an hour. We continue towards Madaba, an ancient Jordanian city, and go up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo. Then we will have lunch. From here we will go to a Bedouin camp near Petra where you will enjoy Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea.. On the second day we will tour Petra. One of the seven wonders of the world, and Jordan’s most treasured attraction, Petra is an unforgettable place. It was carved into the red rocks of the soaring cliffs in the early 1st century as the tomb of a Nabataean king, and was hidden under sand for centuries before recently becoming accessible again. We will enter through the Siq, a narrow gorge, and tour the Treasury and Amphitheater with our guide who will explain the sites and history as you marvel at the beauty of each structure. Then you will have free time to continue individually as you wish: climb to the Royal Tombs, walk down the Roman Cardo, hike up to the Monastery, and explore the different sites. We will meet up for lunch in Wadi Musa before returning back to Jerusalem via the Allenby border crossing. This fully guided tour, including full transportation and comprehensive information, can be further enhanced by using our travel app for smartphones and tablets. The app provides you with maps, information and pictures, can be downloaded for free on our site before you embark on the trip so it will not require an internet connection. You can also explore the sites on your own, without the guide, if you prefer to do so. For more information on the sites we’ll be passing, download our free travel app to your smartphone.

Wadi Al Mujib and Dead Sea Panoramic Tour from Aqaba

4. Wadi Al Mujib and Dead Sea Panoramic Tour from Aqaba

Discover Wadi Mujib and the Dead Sea on a private day trip from Aqaba. Take in sweeping views of the area's natural scenery and explore one-of-a-kind landscapes. Enjoy plenty of free time to swim, sunbathe, and savor a buffet lunch. Start your excursion from Aqaba with a visit to Wadi Al Mujib, the lowest nature reserve in the world (closed during the winter). Admire the scenery that stretches along the east coast of the Dead Sea. Marvel at the views of the deep Wadi Mujib Gorge. Continue on to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Located in the Jordan Valley southeast of Amman, it is one of the world’s most unique natural landscapes and the richest source of natural salts. It also hides treasures that accumulated over thousands of years. Take advantage of three hours of free time to spend swimming, sunbathing, and enjoying a buffet lunch at a 5-star hotel (included). After your free time, head back to Aqaba for drop-off.

From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour

5. From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour

This fully-packed two-day tour begins in Jerusalem. Driving through the Judean desert, head towards the border and go through the Allenby Bridge/King Hussein crossing into Jordan. Once in Jordan, visit the historical site of Mount Nebo, a unique viewpoint of the Jordan River's west bank. After lunch at a local restaurant, take your time and gaze at the ancient mosaic map of Jerusalem in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George at Madaba. From there, enjoy a scenic drive south. Eventually, arrive at your accommodation for the night, a Bedouin camp near Petra. The Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner, will open your heart. Before going to sleep on a comfortable bed, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you have a cup of local tea. Wake up and start the day with breakfast in camp before heading out to Petra. One of the world's seven wonders and Jordan’s most treasured attraction, Petra is an unforgettable place. It was carved into the red rocks of the soaring cliffs in the early 1st century as the tomb of a Nabataean king and was hidden under sand for centuries before recently becoming accessible again. A licensed tour guide will lead you through the Siq (a narrow gorge), the Treasury, and the Amphitheater while you marvel at the beauty of each structure. Following, you will have time to explore independently: climb to the Royal Tombs, walk down the Roman Cardo or hike up to the Monastery. Meet the rest of the group again for lunch in Wadi Musa, before returning back to Jerusalem via the King Hussein/Allenby border crossing.

From Amman: Wadi Mujib Siq Trail Private Hiking Tour

6. From Amman: Wadi Mujib Siq Trail Private Hiking Tour

Embark on a private self-guided hiking tour to the Wadi Mujib river canyon. Admire the beautiful natural scenery on an easy to moderate hiking trail, with the potential for swimming in the calm river. Start with pickup from your hotel in Amman by private leisure air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to the Mujib Bridge and pass by the beautiful scenery to reach Wadi Mujib. Be amazed by the breathtaking gorge located 400 meters below sea level. Embark on the hiking trail which is classified as an easy to moderate trek. Enjoy an a self-guided trek at your own pace, where you will follow the course of the river towards the dam. Once the waterfall and gorge are reached, you will be able to enjoy a swim, depending on the water level. Afterward, head back towards your car that is waiting for you. Enjoy a short panoramic tour with views of the city of Amman, before being dropped off back at your hotel.

2-Day Historic Petra Tour from Tel Aviv

7. 2-Day Historic Petra Tour from Tel Aviv

At over 2,000 years old, Jordan’s Petra is one of the world’s most stunning sites. Once home to 20,000 Nabateans, it features ancient feats of engineering to collect water, which was then sold to merchants, caravans, and other travelers making their way through the desert. Inspired by Roman architecture, the Nabateans created magnificent facades, temples and statues which can be visited today. The site is considered one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. This 2-day tour of Petra includes a flight from Tel Aviv to Eilat. Upon arrival at Ramon Airport, please be available via phone. You'll be picked up and taken across the border to Petra, where you will begin your tour. On the first day you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and spend the night in nearby Wadi Musa. In the evening you have an option to explore Petra by night (fee not included). On the second day you will continue your tour of the site, which includes the Treasury and Roman amphitheater. You will also enjoy a tour around a local market before making your way back across the border for your return flight to Tel Aviv.

From Jerusalem: Petra & Wadi Rum 2-Day Tour

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

Departing daily, our Petra and Wadi Rum Tour from Jerusalem is one of the most comprehensive tours offering two full days in Jordan and is one of the best ways to visit two of Jordan’s most exciting sites. Leaving from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, the tour starts with a scenic drive through the Negev Desert en route to the Jordanian Border. Once crossing the border, drive to Aqaba city, overlooking the Red Sea and enjoy some spare time for lunch, coffee and shopping before continuing into the Wadi Rum Desert to the Bedouin Camp accommodation. In the afternoon, enjoy a memorable Jeep Safari tour adventure and gain insight into Bedouin culture. Once back at the Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum, take in the starry night sky and enjoy an authentic Jordanian dinner. The following morning, eat a leisurely breakfast in the campsite before heading to the lost city of Petra, a UNESCO recognized archaeological site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. With a knowledgeable, English-speaking guide, explore the hidden gems of this ancient city. There will also be time to explore Petra at your own pace, taking in the beauty and magnificence of the historic site. From Petra, travel back to the border to Eilat before returning to Jerusalem.

From Dahab: Day Trip to Petra by Ferry with Hotel Transfers

9. From Dahab: Day Trip to Petra by Ferry with Hotel Transfers

Explore Petra on a guided tour of the archaeological city, take in the views from the hill of Al-Habis in Wadi Musa, and have free time to shop and explore in seaside town of Aqaba. Savor a local lunch at a restaurant which includes a soft drink.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation in Dahab. Relax on the air-conditioned drive in a spacious bus on the 1.5-hour drive to the port in Taba. Hop aboard a ferry and relax on the cruise to Aqaba. Travel by bus for about 2-hours to Petra.  Follow your guide on a 2-3-hour walking tour of the archeological site. Enter Petra on foot, though the Siq, a narrow, winding gorge that is over 1 kilometer in length. Visit the Great Treasury (Al-Khazneh Farun), the Roman Theatre, the Royal Tombs (the Rainbow Tomb is a must for photographers). Admire hundreds of monuments, tricliniums (formal Roman dining room), and obelisks, which are all carved from the multi-shaded, rose-red sandstone. A walk through the colonnade of Roman Byzantine Petra brings you to the city center.  Continue to the hill of Al-Habis in Wadi Musa which is crowned with a crusader-era fort). Take in breathtaking panoramic views of deep gullies and uniquely colored rock formations. Rest with a buffet lunch where you can try local specialties paired with a soft drink.  Drive back to Aqaba where you will have an hour of free time for shopping before boarding the ferry back to Taba and transferring back to your hotel in Dahab late at night. 

Amman King's Way Day Tour To Petra

10. Amman King's Way Day Tour To Petra

Meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel in Amman or another location at 8AM. Drive to visit the biblical Madaba Churches where you can enjoy 45 minutes to have a look around. Continue your journey to Mount Nebo where you can enjoy another 45 minutes to explore. After this you will travel further along the King's Way where you will have the chance to pop into various Roman forts, and visit the Nabataean temple. Drive across the upper reaches of the Wadi Mujibm, also known as the Grand Canyon. Marvel at its vastness which extends for nearly 1000 meters downwards.  As you continue your route, check out the crusader castles at Karak and Shobak and visit the ancient town of Madaba. After the tour, your driver will drop you in Petra.

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What people are saying about Western Jordan

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 216 reviews

The 3 day 2 night tour is a great way to have a worry-free experience at all the key sights in Jordan. Everything was well planned and executed and expectations were set very clearly by the tour company, so we knew exactly what we were signing up for (would suggest reading the helpful details before booking). We purchased the Jordan pass as suggested and saved substantially on visa and entrance fees. Special shout out to our driver Ahmed, who was kind, respectful, punctual, and helped us customize each of the three days to our liking. As clearly communicated on the booking description, a basic level of English and facilitation can be expected of the driver, but we would suggest not expecting the driver to be a fully English-fluent local guide. This was perfect for our travel style since we like to explore quickly and extensively on our own at each site, with Ahmed masterfully handling all of the transport and logistics between stops and hotels. He even went above and beyond to order

I am in love with Petra City and Wadi Rum! Advicing everyone to visit Jordan and experience these beautiful places. Our tour guide Mr Murad was a super experienced and helpful person! He explained everything in detailed and showed patience in any situations. Thank you so much for being a part of our amazing tour and thank you for your all respectful behaviours and guidance!

Worth the money and the seemingly endless bus ride and delays at the border crossing which I've seen are standard. Excellent guide and camp and Petra was amazing I wish we had more time at the site as it takes more than 5 hours to walk around it. I'd probably recommend the 3 day tour if you want to explore it all

This has been an Awesome experience. The hospitality of the Bedouin’s and the Beauty of Petra is wonderful.

Wonderful experience. Mohamed was a excelent guide