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Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea 2-Day Tour

1. Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea 2-Day Tour

Explore some of Jordan's most spectacular sites on a 2-day, private tour from Amman.  Day 1: Amman - Petra Depart Amman and travel south to Petra. Founded by the Nabateans, Petra is considered one of the wonders of the world. Located 139 miles (225 kilometers) from Amman, Petra was carved in stone more than 2,000 years ago. It dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia. Upon arrival, walk the narrow path of the Siq to discover the main entrance to the city. At the end of the Siq, see the Treasury (al-Khazneh), which was believed to hold countless treasures. Continue to the monastery and Altar of Sacrifice. Then, transfer to Wadi Rum in the afternoon. Spend the night in a Bedouin camp and enjoy dinner and some nighttime activities. Day 2: Wadi Rum - Dead Sea After breakfast, drive to Wadi Rum by 4WD jeep. Wadi Rum ("Valley of the Moon") is where the legendary film "Lawrence of Arabia" was filmed. Marvel at the unique shape of the mountain as it rises from the rose-red sand of the desert. See towering cliffs of brownish, reddish, and golden colors.  Then transfer to the Dead Sea, famous for the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah. Located 400 meters below sea level, the Dead Sea is one of Jordan's most spectacular sites. Marvel at the calm waters glinting in the scorching sun. Legendary for its high concentration of salt and minerals, the Dead Sea is therapeutic and provides for a unique swimming experience. After some free time to swim, return to your hotel in Amman.

From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour w/ Meals

2. From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour w/ Meals

Our two fully-packed days begin in Jerusalem, 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.

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

3. 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 sun set over the Dead Sea, and experience Bedouin life at a camp in Wadi Rum. Day 1: After pickup from your hotel in Amman, travel along the desert highway toward Petra. Stop at the Dana Reserve and marvel at the amazing scenery. Continue to Shobak Castle and then 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. Day 2: 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. Day 3: 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 Amman: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

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

Begin with a pickup from your accommodation in Amman and head off on the 225-kilometer journey to the ancient city of Petra. 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, where elegant remains of antiquity can be found carved deep into the rocks. See the monastery, Altar of Sacrifice, Street of Facades, Royal Tombs, and more. After soaking up all the sights, continue the tour towards Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon. Next, head to Wadi Rum, 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. 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 Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle or Umm Qais Private Tour

5. From Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle or Umm Qais Private Tour

Choose from a tour from a private tour from Amman to Jerash, Ajloun Castle, and Umm Qais, a private tour from Amman to Jerash, a private tour from Amman to Jerash and Aljoun Castle, or a private tour from Amman to Jerash and Umm Qais. Start with pickup from your hotel in Amman and travel towards you next destination in an air conditioned car or van. Pick a tour with the option to visit the the ancient city of Jerash and explore the city which was a rich a prosperous Greek and Roman settlement. Wander down the Collonaded Street, and discover a well-preserved Roman amphitheater, the Temple of Artemis, the Forum, Oval plaza, and Hadrian’s Arch. Select a tour to Ajloun and visit Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century fortress built by Saladin from the Ayyubid dynasty. View its Arab-Islamic military architecture which guarded the major passages into northwest Jordan. Discover its towers, chambers, galleries, and staircases that form part of the town. Admire the beautiful scenery that surrounds the hills. Climb the tower and take in the fantastic views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Opt for a tour to Umm Qais and visit one of the most stunning Greco-Roman cities in the region. Learn about the ruins of the Decapolis city of Gadara, now known as Umm Qais. Take in the breathtaking views of Jordan, Syria, Israel, and Palestine.  Finally, reconvene with your driver and return to Amman, where your tour ends with a drop-off at any central location of your choosing.

From Amman: Private Day Trip to Petra with Pickup

6. From Amman: Private Day Trip to Petra with Pickup

Depart Amman in the morning and drive along the desert highway to Petra and Wadi Mousa. Upon arrival at the ancient city, enter the archaeological site and make your way to the famous rock-carved Treasury via the stunning Siq canyon. Visit the vast Theater, carved out of the mountainside, and then continue to the Monastery to marvel at the remains of the facade of the holy site. Return through the rock walls via the impressive High Place of Sacrifice, where breathtaking views and amazing rocks of different colors are your reward. Depart in the afternoon and get dropped off at your hotel in Amman.

From Tel Aviv: Petra 2-Day Tour

7. 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.

Petra Full-Day Private Tour from Amman

8. Petra Full-Day Private Tour from Amman

On this 10-hour excursion, you’ll travel from Amman to Petra by air-conditioned sedan, stopping for a break during the 2.5-hour drive. When you arrive at the Petra Visitor Center, a private guide can be arranged for you and your group of up to 3 persons (optional) after purchasing tickets. From this point, you’ll begin your tour of this fascinating site. An English-speaking guide (if purchased) can lead you on tour inside Petra and ensure that you visit the major attractions and learn about the city’s founding. At the end of the narrow canyon known as Al Siq, you’ll marvel at the Grecian-style façade of Al Khazneh. It is recommended that you stay close to your guide so you don’t miss out on any of the commentaries. You’ll hear details of the fascinating history of the Nabateans who built the city out of rocks. You’ll have a chance to rest, eat, drink, and use the facilities in Petra. At the end of the tour, your guide will escort you to the meeting point for the 3-hour trip back to Amman.

From Amman: Private Petra Day Trip with Guide

9. From Amman: Private Petra Day Trip with Guide

See the ancient architecture and geological rock formations of the desert with your guide there to explain the history of the city. Spend some free time to explore before being dropped off again at your hotel. Depart your hotel early-morning to drive south to the Nabatean Red Rose City of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Reach Petra's main site to learn more about its magnificent history. Enjoy a tour of this UNESCO Heritage-listed wonder with a local guide. First, walk through the famous “Siq”, a narrow path of 1.2-kilometer rock fissure that was once the main entrance to the city. Marvel at your first glimpse of the hauntingly beautiful Treasury “Al - Khazneh” as the canyon suddenly opens up. Admire this rose-pink masterpiece, originally built to house priceless treasures. Walk through the widening canyon to witness other monuments such as the 3,000-seat theater called the Royal Tombs, and the Byzantine Church. as your guide describes how the Nabateans sculpted the buildings. Next, enjoy some free-time to explore. Climb up the Monastery, see the Petra Museum, or visit the High Place of Sacrifice, a clifftop altar that was once used for animal sacrifices and other ceremonies. After leaving the sites you will pass by Little Petra, a small rocky valley with carvings. Then, journey back to Amman, where your day trip ends with a hotel drop-off.

Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

10. Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

Start with pickup from your hotel in Amman and hop on a climate-controlled vehicle with a private English-speaking driver and WiFi access. Take in the views of Jordan’s desert landscapes as you travel south to Madaba. See places of interest and particular information on the journey. Upon arrival at Madaba, discover the ancient mosaic town with a history dating back to the 2nd century. See the 6th-century mosaic map of Jordan and Holy Land in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George; marked with points related to historical stories mentioned in the bible. Then, climb Mount Nebo, a sacred Mountain in Jordan which stands at approximately 817 meters above sea level. Mount Nebo is steeped in religious significance as an important Judeo-Christian pilgrimage site. It is where Moses first viewed the Promised Land from the summit and where Prophet Moses is said to have died. Visit the basilica at the summit of the mountain, built by Egyptian monks in the 4th century. Inside, see a collection of well-preserved Byzantine mosaics, illustrating images of wildlife and hunting. Also, enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Next, head to The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ; located on the Jordan side of the Jordan River. It was known as Bethany beyond the Jordan in Biblical times and is considered as one of the three holiest sites of Christianity. Get the chance to pray or simply explore this significant pilgrimage site where many prophets are said to have visited. The Baptism Site, known as ‘Maghtas’ in Arabic is one of the most important recent discoveries in biblical archaeology, having only being discovered in 1996.  After experiencing these holy sights and enjoy the fantastic views, reconvene with your driver for the return journey, ending with a hotel drop-off in Amman.

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4.4 / 5

based on 117 reviews

The tour was excellent from start to finish . Petra was amazing , and we had plenty of time to explore . When we reached the Wadi Rum, the Jeep tour driver was waiting to take us out to the desert, wrapping up with a beautiful view of the sunset . Our tent was such a pleasant surprise , we had booked the deluxe tent and our bathroom ( including shower !) were both spacious and comfortable . The final day , since we had some extra time , we were treated to an side trip to the Red Sea where we took a glass bottom boat tour ($15 JD) . Final stop , Dead Sea , was an interesting experience. Small note , no full shower at the Crown Plaza , it is just the outside shower rinse . The ride to Amman only about 90 mins , but something to think about if you are planning to be dropped at the airport .

Was a wonderful experience we made the most of the two days.Our driver Jaffer was an excellent guide a very knowledgeable individual who knew the inside and outside of the tour he made sure he gave us the best highlights on the tour and made everything possible nothing was a bother .JTTP Jaffer is an asset to your company.

The tour to Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the Dead sea was more than excellent. I chose the classic tent and it was quite comfortable and the beduin dinner was very delicious. Our driver, Qutaibah, was very accommodating and knowledgeable. Without him, I wouldn’t have appreciated this beautiful country this much.

Loved it. The driver was amazing. Really enjoyed the drive there as much as seeing Petra. Couldn’t have been better.

We had an excellent tour with our guide Mohammad who was so informative and helpful over the few days.