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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.  Choose from 2 tent styles: the Deluxe style with a private bathroom and air-conditioning/heating, and the Classic style with a shared bathroom and no air-conditioning. 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 Amman: Private Day Tour to Petra & Wadi Rum

2. From Amman: Private Day Tour to Petra & Wadi Rum

Experience the incredible sights of Jordan in a single, action-packed day tour from Amman. This adventure allows travelers staying in Amman the ability to explore two of the world's most awe-inspiring destinations. Embark on a journey that begins at Jordan's crown jewel, the legendary "lost city" of Petra. As one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Petra unveils a millennia-old Nabatean city, perfectly preserved beneath layers of sand until its rediscovery just 200-years ago. Wander through Petra's intricate rock-cut architecture, marvel at the iconic Treasury, and immerse yourself in the rich history that emanates from every ancient stone. Continue on to the mesmerizing landscapes of Wadi Rum. Prepare to be captivated by the majestic desert scenery, with its towering sandstone cliffs, dramatic rock formations, and vast golden dunes. Experience the timeless beauty of this UNESCO World Heritage Site as you venture deep into the heart of Wadi Rum, immersing yourself in its otherworldly tranquility and Bedouin culture. Conclude this unforgettable journey with a comfortable transfer back to your hotel in Amman.

Petra Full-Day Private Tour from Amman

3. Petra Full-Day Private Tour from Amman

Awaken before dawn in Amman, the city's heartbeat still slumbering. Your chariot awaits, a sleek mirage against the sun-kissed horizon. Together, you'll weave through landscapes painted in ochre and gold, chasing the whispers of a rose-red wonder in the distance – Petra. As you near, the desert unfolds like a tapestry – ancient ruins whispering tales of forgotten empires, Bedouin tents clinging to the wind's embrace. Then, the Siq, a narrow canyon carved by time, paints the air with a thousand shades of ochre. Each bend a silent promise, each footstep a pulse of anticipation. Suddenly, the canyon bursts open, revealing a sun-drenched amphitheater. There, bathed in the dawn's rosy kiss, stands the Treasury – a masterpiece etched in living rock, its facade blushing with the desert's secret desires. Choose your adventure: saddle up for a majestic horseback ride through the Siq, the wind whipping tales through your hair, or savor the ancient whispers on foot, each step an echo of forgotten footsteps. Petra unfolds. Wander down the Street of Facades, where time stands still amidst tombs and temples adorned with intricate dreams. Witness the majesty of the Royal Tombs, perched like silent sentinels atop the cliffs, their presence a testament to a civilization that danced with the desert wind. Unravel the deeper secrets with a knowledgeable guide (available for hire at the visitor center with your driver's assistance). Let their stories breathe life into the stone, revealing the whispers of history and the vibrant culture that once thrived within these hallowed walls. Discover the ingenious water channels that nurtured this desert jewel, the hidden tombs tucked away in secret alcoves and the echoes of trade routes that once pulsed through the canyons. This is your Petra, a symphony of silence and wind, unfolding at your own pace. Savor a leisurely lunch under the Jordanian sun, capture timeless memories with every click, and lose yourself in the desert's embrace. Remember, the Monastery's promise can wait – let it be a whisper on the wind, an invitation for another adventure. As the sun paints Petra in fiery hues, it's time to return to Amman. But carry this rose-red wonder within you, a secret shared only with the desert wind. Ready to experience your Petra? Just let me know, and let's make it an adventure forever etched in your soul.

Amman/Dead Sea: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

4. Amman/Dead Sea: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

Are you ready for a whirlwind tour of Jordan's crown jewels? This one-day adventure combines the ancient wonders of Petra with the breathtaking landscapes of Wadi Rum, guaranteeing an unforgettable experience. Here's what you can expect: Petra: Early morning pick-up at your hotel in Amman or Aqaba. Journey through the dramatic Wadi Musa desert, culminating at the iconic Siq entrance to Petra. Walk the Siq, a narrow gorge carved by millennia of wind and water, feeling the anticipation build. Emerge into the Treasury, Petra's most famous monument, and be awestruck by its scale and intricate carvings. Explore the ancient city, discovering tombs, temples, and amphitheaters carved into the rose-red sandstone cliffs. Learn about the Nabataean civilization, who built this incredible city over 2,000 years ago. Enjoy a delicious lunch at a local restaurant within Petra. Wadi Rum: After lunch, drive to the stunning Wadi Rum, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its otherworldly landscapes. Hop on a 4x4 jeep for a thrilling ride through the Martian-like terrain, passing towering sandstone formations and hidden valleys. Experience the Bedouin lifestyle by visiting a traditional tent and sipping on authentic tea. Enjoy breathtaking views from atop Jebel Khaz'ali, also known as the Lawrence Spring. Watch the sun dip below the horizon, painting the desert in a kaleidoscope of colors. Return to your hotel in Amman in the evening, brimming with memories and photographs.

From Eilat, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv: Petra & Wadi Rum 3-Day Tour

5. 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. Stay overnight at a hotel in Petra. 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

6. 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 2:00 AM heading south through Jerusalem, 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 stables 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.

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

7. 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. Enjoy floating at the Dead Sea, and return to Amman in the evening.

From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour

8. From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour

Start your tour with pickup at the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem. Then, drive through the desert in a comfortable vehicle until you reach the Arava Border. Cross the border with assistants, a procedure which may take up to an hour.  At 8:30 AM, transfer from the border to Petra in a new air-conditioned vehicle. This ride takes approximately 2-3 hours.  Enjoy the scenic route along the mountainside before arriving at Petra's historical site, known as one of the New7Wonders of the World.   At approximately 11:30 AM, begin your tour of Petra at the entrance to the site with a maximum group size of 25 people. Explore the highlights of this impressive site with your guide. Next, start your journey towards Aqaba at 4:30 PM. Make a few stops at certain observations points along the way to appreciate the beautiful landscapes that Wadi Rum has to offer.  At 7:30 PM, return to the Israeli territory with the assistance of your guide and arrive back at the pickup location in Jerusalem by midnight.

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

9. From Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea Private 2-Day Trip

Day 1: From Amman, your journey begins with a scenic drive towards the magnificent city of Petra. Upon arrival, be enchanted by the pink rock formations and the ancient wonders that lie within. Immerse yourself in the rich history as you walk through the narrow Siq, a natural sandstone gorge. Marvel at the iconic Treasury, admire the ornate facades of the royal tombs, and explore the fascinating sites that make Petra a true archaeological wonder. After exploring Petra, the adventure continues as you head into the fascinating desert of Wadi Rum. As the sun sets, you'll find yourself in the midst of a vast expanse of golden sand dunes and rugged mountains. Get caught up in the spirit of the desert as you settle into a Bedouin camp where warm hospitality awaits you. gather around the campfire as you gaze at the twinkling stars in the night sky. Day 2: Wake up to the tranquil beauty of Wadi Rum ,Get ready for an exciting 2-hour jeep tour (if option selected) . Get swept up in the thrill of traversing the gently rolling sand dunes, discovering ancient rock inscriptions, and admiring the mesmerizing rock formations sculpted by wind and time. Every turn reveals a new wonder, from hidden canyons to towering natural arches, and provides ample opportunity for unforgettable photos and beautiful memories. After bidding farewell to Wadi Rum, your journey takes you to the remarkable Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Here, the therapeutic effects of the mineral-rich waters await you. Immerse yourself in the floating water and experience the unique sensation of floating effortlessly. Treat yourself to a revitalizing mud bath where you spread the mineral-rich mud on your skin for a natural spa experience. Feel the rejuvenation as the minerals work their magic. Finally let the tranquil environment relax you even more. With unforgettable experiences in your heart and mind, return to Amman and reflect on the wonders and memories you experienced on this captivating 2-day journey through Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.

From Amman: Private Petra Day Trip with Guide

10. From Amman: Private Petra Day Trip with Guide

You will leave the hotel early in the morning to drive south to the Nabatean Red Rose City of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, for a classic visit. As you travel, gaze at the desert landscapes and hear tales of Jordan’s history. Hewn into a sandstone valley carved by the Nabataean people more than 2,000 years ago, this ancient rose-red rock city located 245 kilometers from Amman at the crossroads of age-old trading routes, to dominate ancient Arabia. Reach Petra main site to learn more about its magnificent history. On arrival, leave your vehicle, and enjoy a 2-hour tour of this UNESCO Heritage listed wonder with a local guide. First, walk through the famous “Siq”, a narrow path of 1.2 kilometers; rock fissure that was once the main entrance to the city, and 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 and capture it on camera. Then, proceed through the widening canyon to witness other monuments such as the 3,000-seater Theater, the Royal Tombs, and the Byzantine Church. As you explore, listen as your guide describes how the Nabateans sculpted the buildings, and learn how they mastered the harsh desert conditions to make their lives here. After around two hours of exploring, enjoy free time. If time permits you can climb up the Monastery on your own or the High Place of Sacrifice: a clifftop altar that was once used for animal sacrifices and other ceremonies. Free time to visit The Petra Museum; if there is time, then rejoin your vehicle and driver. Pass by Little Petra, a small rocky valley with carvings, that archaeologists believe acted as the Nabatean’s caravan before heading to the main city and as an accommodation stop for the traders who traveled through the city. Then, journey back to Amman, where your day trip ends with a hotel drop off.

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Wonderful experience, we spent 2 days in wonderful places, in every place where we had lunch the food was always exceptional, especially in the Bedouin camp, very clean and spacious rooms. Thanks certainly go to our guide, Qutaiba, a wonderful, friendly and helpful person, who made this tour even more special, he cheered up our days with riddles and stories but always very knowledgeable when it came to explaining the attractions visited. I will always associate this fantastic experience with these magnificent people who accompanied us, the other guide, Murat, and also Mohamed, the camp manager of the Bedouin camp, were also part of this unforgettable journey. Thanks for welcoming us.

Amazing! My driver Ramzi was incredibly polite, generous and funny. I had incredible and interesting conversations with him and we stopped whenever I wanted to have a break, have a coffee or go to the bathroom. There was WiFi, Drinks and Snacks in the car and Ramzi made sure that you will get there comfortably and safely. Petra was beautiful and I took loads of pictures. After I was done, Ramzi picked me up straight away and we drove back. Thanks to him, the 3-hour drive felt like 15 minutes. Make sure to ask for him when you book this ride. I can’t imagine a better companion than him!

Just got back from this tour to Petra. We selected the driver only option which we definitely recommend as we feel a guide isn’t necessary while there. Our driver fox was very nice and accommodating! Stopping throughout the drive for restroom stops and to get something to drink/eat. He also provided lots of information about Jordan and what to expect when in Petra. There is plenty to see within Petra and we spent 5 hours there. There is a lot of walking required to see everything but it’s more than worth it.

One of the most well organised and incredible tours I have ever done in a country. Jafar our guide was amazing, funny, and so helpful. You get to see the real Jordan on this trip, breathtaking scenery and just when you think Petra is breathtaking wait until you see and experience Wadi Rum. Nothing needs to be improved it’s was perfect in every way.

Very good guide, who explains well the history of Jordan and its background. He gave detailed information about Jordanian daily life. He knows how to speak fluent French which is very useful. He organized many stops to take pictures and give further explanation. Together with opportunity if we want local food.