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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 for (1-7 people) 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 night time 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 Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle & Umm Qais Private Tour

2. From Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle & Umm Qais Private Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Amman and travel towards the ancient city of Jerash. Explore the city which was a rich a prosperous Greek and Roman settlement, first founded by Alexander the Great around 331 BC. Wander down the Collonaded Street, and discover well-preserved examples of Roman architecture including the amphitheater, public squares, temples, and plazas. See the Temple of Artemis, the Forum, the oval plaza, and Hadrian’s Arch. Then, proceed to Ajloun and visit Ajloun Castle, a 12th-century fortress built during the rule of the Ayyubid dynasty under the command of Saladin. Built as a defensive outpost to guard the 3 major passages into northwest Jordan, this hilltop structure is a striking example of medieval Arab-Islamic military architecture. Discover the various towers, chambers, galleries, and staircases that form part of the town as well as the beautiful scenery that surrounds the hills. Climb the tower and take in the fantastic views of the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea. Drive towards Umm Qais, 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: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

3. 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.

Petra 2-Day Tour From Tel Aviv

4. Petra 2-Day Tour From Tel Aviv

Early in the morning, the shuttle will pick you up from Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv. Drive through Jerusalem as you enjoy 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, known to be one of the world’s best-preserved Roman cities. The impressive Hadrian’s arch marks the entrance to colonnaded streets, theatres, temples, and a hippodrome. Walking among these will take you on a journey through time, while your guide shares stories of the city’s glorious past, and how it was once ruled by Alexander the Great. Continue to the capital city Amman, where you will drive by sites such as the Royal Palace and King Hussein National Mosque, and get a general overview of the city. Before moving on from Amman, you’ll get to taste a delicious local sweet, called Knafeh.  An authentic Bedouin campsite will welcome you for a campfire dinner and a good night’s sleep in one of the comfortable tents. The nomadic Bedouins have inhabited the desert for thousands of years, and are famous for their extensive hospitality. After breakfast the next morning, it’s time to visit the UNESCO site of Petra. Carved into the red rocks by the Nabateans some 2,000 years ago, it hasn’t lost any of its magic. Your guide will lead you through the Siq, serving as an entrance corridor to the ancient city that eventually opens up to the iconic Treasury. From here, you’ll continue towards the Royal Tombs, the 3,000 seat amphitheater, the Monastery, and much more, each a stunning example of perfectly symmetrical Hellenistic architecture. Enjoy a delicious lunch in a local restaurant, before returning to Tel Aviv via the Allenby crossing in the late evening.

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

5. 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 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.

Half-Day Tour to Umayyad Desert Castles from Amman

7. Half-Day Tour to Umayyad Desert Castles from Amman

Jordan's Umayyad desert castles are beautiful examples of early Islamic art and architecture and stand testament to a fascinating era in the country's rich history. Take a half-day tour and delve deep into the history of Jordan under the expertise of a professional guide. The structures are called “castles” because of their imposing stature. The desert complexes once served various purposes as caravan stations, agriculture and trade centers, resort pavilions, and outposts that helped distant rulers forge ties with local Bedouins. Inside the castlesm, early Islamic art can be found. The fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings are inspired by the best in Persian and Graeco-Roman traditions and reveal to us countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th Century. Alongside the castles you will also visit the black basalt fort at Azraq, which had been in continuous use since late Roman times, and was the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia during the Arab Revolt

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

8. 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

9. 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 Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

10. From Amman: Dead Sea and Madaba Tour with Hotel Pickup

Begin your 10-hour tour with a drive from Amman to Madaba. Madaba is one of the oldest towns in the Middle East, and home to a number of churches. Many are now in ruin, but you can still see extraordinary mosaics from the 7th and 8th centuries. Visit the St. George and Martyrs churches, and later the Mount Nebo Church. Take in views of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Jericho is usually visible, and on a clear day you may see Jerusalem. Continue to the Jordan River Baptism Site, and then the Dead Sea for an amazing panoramic view. Stop at the Dead Sea Beach for an hour to relax and enjoy lunch, before heading back to Amman.

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I was lucky to spend the day touring the sites of northern Jordan with Mohammed, the best driver in all of Jordan. He was punctual, friendly, interesting, a great conversationalist, and went above and beyond to help me fix a small problem with arranging a pre-flight COVID test back at my hotel later that day. Don’t hesitate to book your transport to Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Qais with this company - if all their drivers are as great as Mohammed, you’ll be in excellent hands.

This was a great trip. Everything went perfect from my pick up and drop off at hotel. The Sun trail was amazing I did it in my own with no local guide inside the canyon needed. The canyon was easy to navigate and do much fun. It’s a great combination of walking and swimming and climbing ladders . I completed the canyon in a little over 2 hours it was a great experience

Great experience. Driver was waiting at arrivals and helped with luggage. Car was comfortable and the driver was very friendly. On board was chilled water and local sweets for us to try as well. Along the way, the driver was very happy to tell us about Amman and Jordan, and gave us good tips on what to do, places to eat etc.

Our driver met us outside of immigration/customs holding a sign with our name.

Friendly, prompt, and efficient service from the airport to my hotel in Amman.