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From Jerusalem: Petra Day Tour

1. 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 Aqaba: Petra 1 Day Tour

2. From Aqaba: Petra 1 Day Tour

Discover the site that UNESCO described as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage.” One of the 7 New Wonders of the World, Petra was constructed in the 3rd century BC. It encompasses a series of massive temples, tombs, and structures carved into the red desert mountains. There are no other locales on earth that compare to the immensity, ancient craftsmanship, and sheer beauty of the ruins at Petra. Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel in Aqaba, at which point you’ll be driven directly to the site. After ambling through the vast rock formations that form a canopy above the desert sky, you’ll get your first glimpse of the ancient city. Tour the monolithic treasury, mourning halls, caves, tombs, temples — and more breathtaking sights of this one-of-a-kind locale.  After your visit concludes and you stop at the gift shop, you’ll stop for lunch at a restaurant specializing in local delicacies. You’ll return at around 7:00 PM to your hotel, in perfect time to digest the sights over dinner.

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

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

4. 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 Eilat: Petra Full-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

5. From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Guided Tour with Transfers

The tour departs from Eilat and heads towards Petra, crossing the Aravah border along the way. Ride through the dusty desert landscapes, and marvel at the vast sandy scenery that stretches out all around you. Follow the scenic route alongside the mountains before arriving at Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Upon arrival, explore the highlights of the site with your expert guide and listen to fascinating stories and legends about the people who once lived here. As you amble around, admire the vibrant hues of the rocks from which most of the buildings here were carved, earning Petra the nickname ‘red-rose city.' Following your tour, enjoy some free time to wander around the site at your own leisure and focus on the areas that interest you most. After the tour, start the return journey to Eilat in the direction of the port region of Aqaba. Along the drive, stop at a selection of observation points to marvel at the breathtaking landscape of the Wadi Rum desert, where the red rocky mountains blend into the sunny horizon.

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

6. 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 Dead Sea. Float on some of the saltiest water in the world, then head back to Amman for drop-off at your hotel.

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

7. 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. 

From Eilat: 2-Day Petra and Wadi Rum Experience

8. From Eilat: 2-Day Petra and Wadi Rum Experience

Day 1: Leaving Eilat, you will head toward the Jordanian border. You will cross via the Arava Border Crossing, entering Jordan through the famous port city of Aqaba. In Aqaba, you will experience a traditional Jordanian brunch that includes hummus, falafel, foul, salads, fresh pita bread, and more. From there you will continue on to take in the exquisite desert landscape at Wadi Rum, which was made famous in the west by the film “Lawrence of Arabia”. You will travel through the vast scenic desert valley on a 4×4 Jeep tour, which will provide you with the best possible experience of this moon-like landscape. Following your Jeep ride, you will make your way to a unique Bedouin experience in the heart of the dunes and cliffs of Wadi Rum. There you will enjoy classic Bedouin hospitality, including a delicious Bedouin-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night. Before going to sleep, you can sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you drink a cup of Bedouin tea. Day 2: Waking up early the next morning, you will have breakfast before boarding the bus and departing for Petra. This day of the trip is focused entirely on Petra, a famous heritage site set in a stunning red sandstone landscape. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World and the highlight of this trip, Petra was once a major crossroads of the ancient Near East, and its Nabataean people flourished through commerce. You will have the whole morning to tour Petra with your guide, before taking a lunch break at a local restaurant. Later in the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to explore on your own the various sites, such as the monastery.

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What people are saying about Aqaba

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 36 reviews

Magnificent Tour, Magnificent Landscapes and Incredible and Surprising City of Petra! The Bedouin camp is amazing! Electricity and Wi-Fi and private tiled bathroom. Refectory under tent with a magnificent buffet! Crossing the Israeli-Jordanian border a little laborious but it gives you time to get to know the other companions… If you go around in winter, bring warm and waterproof clothes and a light pair of gloves because it is very cold once the sun has set… Beware also of the Bedouins who, despite their legendary sympathy, do everything to rip you off because no price is displayed… Apparently everything is fake and comes from China… to see… The 15-minute horseback ride in 20 dinars ends in 40 with a welcome tip for the Canasson…:-) After calculation, it represents almost $60 for 15 minutes… easy enough !

Best option for those who don't have much time. You have to walk a lot but there are golf carts for those who need it. Go with appropriate shoes for walking a lot. The bus leaves at dawn, many hours are lost at the border for N reasons, lunch is included late. So take lots of snacks in your backpack, it's good to take fruits to help hydrate. Take plenty of water too.

Very long day… Yes! Very tiring…. Yes! But the sight of the Treasury between the rocks is so overwhelming that makes it all worthwhile! If you can take the 2 day tour I guess it would be better but still loved this experience.

Excellent experience, suggestive places and rich in spirituality! Well organized and professional tour. The only advice is to avoid taking the one-day tour, there is very little time available to see the wonders of Petra.

Our guide in Jordan Kareem was amazing - he gave us a day we will never forget! The one day tour is a very long day but worth it. If you have more time I would recommend at least a two day tour.