8. From Eilat: Petra Tour with Transfer and Lunch
Petra is an inherritance, that was left to us by the Nabataens over 2000 years ago. The Nabataens were very industrious, creating one of the greatest water systems of their time. Petra was occupied by over 20,000 residents, and was very prosperous. They built water cisterns and collected the water from the flash floods, then went on to sell the water to caravans and merchants, passing through . The Nabataens created great facades in the sandstone in the typical Roman archetectual manner, the most famous of them is "The Treasury". There is a Roman theater, in which you can see the tombs still standing there between the seatings. The amphitheater once held over 4000 seats. There are many temples, statues, facades (numbering about 800) in Petra for you to view.
A driver will pick you up from your hotel at 08:15 - 8:30 in Eilat, and take you to the Jordan border. You will be assisted with border proceedings and continue on to Petra. Tour Petra with a qualified licensed guide. Enter through the Siq (the pathway, a crack in the sandstone), to arrive at "The Treasury". Included in your package is an optional horse-back ride. Ride for the first 200 meters of the route ("Tipping" the carrier is required, ranging from 2-5 dollars at your discretion). Continue the tour to see the Roman theater, the facades, the tombs, the cisterns, the crypts, and the temples. After the tour - lunch in a local restaurant. Travel back to the Jordan border, begin our return trip towards the border. This route includes a few stops along the way at certain observation points in order for you to enjoy the beautiful landscapes, that Wadi Ram has to offer. Arrival back at your hotel in Eilat : between 19:00-19:30.