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From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay

1. From Eilat: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay

Petra is the most famous tourist site in Jordan today. Petra was once occupied by the Nabateans, and almost everything in Petra was constructed by them. Visiting Petra, you'll be able to see over 800 objects, including the famous treasury, temples, mourning houses, caves, and more. Wadi Rum is everything you'd expect of a quintessential desert: extreme in heat in the summer and freezing temperatures in the winter. It is violent and moody as the sun slices through the chiseled canyons at dawn or melts the division between rock and sand at dusk. It is exacting on the Bedouin who live in it and vengeful on those who ignore the dangers it presents. Experience its power and beauty with your expert guide. Your tour will begin with a pick up from your hotel in Eilat at 08:30 AM. After crossing the Arava border, you will drive to Wadi Musa Petra and tour the site. After the tour, you will eat lunch in Petra and drive to Wadi Rum and stay overnight at an authentic Bedouin camp. Along the way, you will learn all about the Nabataeans, their history, their art, gods, and the Bedouin way of life. Upgrade your experience in the desert to a 4-star tent with a private bathroom which includes a shower and a toilet in the tent.

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

2. 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

3. 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 Eilat: Petra Day Private Tour

4. From Eilat: Petra Day Private Tour

Discovered in the early 19-century, Petra was named as one of the 7 Wonders of the World in 1985. You’ll understand why once entering through the Siq. Seeing the Treasury for the first time is breathtaking. The workmanship and sheer size of it will amaze you. Explore Petra and see facades, tombs, a Roman theater, and burial caves. See how the Nabateans controlled all the water of the region and marvel at the great water cisterns they built. A driver will pick you up from your hotel in Eilat in the morning. After about 3-hours you will arrive at Petra to enjoy the sights and tour with your personal guide. Dine at a local restaurant and try an extensive selection of oriental dishes. You will arrive back at your hotel in the evening.

From Eilat: Petra Day Group Tour

5. From Eilat: Petra Day Group Tour

Explore the city of Petra on this guided tour and discover why it is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Go back in time as you learn about the city's history and see its tombs, temples, crypts, and Roman theater. Petra was left to history by the Nabataens over 2,000 years ago. The Nabataens were very industrious, creating one of the most unique water systems of their time, and with over 20,000 inhabitants, became 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. The Nabataens created remarkable facades in the sandstone in the typical Roman architectural manner, the most famous of which is the treasury. Included in your package is an optional horseback ride. Ride for the first 200 meters of the route (tipping the carrier is required, ranging from 2-15 dollars at your discretion) and then continue the tour to see the Roman theater, the facades, the tombs, the cisterns, the crypts, and the temples. After the tour, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant. Travel back to the Jordan border, and begin our return trip towards the border. This route includes a few stops along the way at specific observation points for you to enjoy the beautiful landscapes that Wadi Ram has to offer.

From Eilat: 2-Day Petra and Wadi Rum Experience

6. 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 Eilat

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 10 reviews

The Jeep Ride in the dessert and Petra activities were amazing. Avoid shopping in the dessert and the gift shops the guide stops the bus. They are 2-4 times more expensive than at the Petra park. Avoid shopping at “Petra View Shop” everything 4 times more expensive. Always bargain the price. Check prices online. In the evening we arrived at our beduin camp “Sand Rose Camp”. A nice place but too loud on my taste. There we had a delicious dinner and a beduin dance show. The tent where we stayed over night, it was actually a small brick room. The beds were clean, we had toilet and running water. The bath appliances where rusty. They have vegan options. At Petra it was crowded, a lot of entrepreneurs wanting to offer a horse/donkey/camel taxi ride. We had enough time to explore it ourselves. On first day dinner was included, on second day breakfast and lunch.

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 !

This trip was a home run from start to finish. I can’t rave enough about it. Our guide Kareem was wonderful. Wadi rum was wonderful. Petra was amazing. The accommodations were nice (bed could have been better - it was saggy). The food was plentiful and delicious. We made friends on the trip. We were taken to “preferred shops”. I’m sure the guide gets kickbacks and we were discouraged from shopping elsewhere. Those stores are vastly overpriced and one shop the storekeepers were pretty aggressive. I know this is somewhat cultural but we got better shopping deals literally everywhere else. Our guide and driver Kareem and Sam took great care of us and it felt genuine. Loved this trip so much.

It was an excellent trip. It took too long to get over the border to Jordan. But otherwise it was a great experience. Our guide spoke good English and was very patient with the group. The lunch was perfect to end the trip. The food was excellent. I went back for seconds!! Sandstone restaurant in Petra is 5 stars..

It was 3 wonderful days from Eilat to Petra! Everything was well organized! Border crossing, bus, food, guide, accommodation! Everything was great! Many thanks to Israel Tours! We can highly recommend it to everyone! It was a wonderful experience for us!