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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 Tel Aviv: Petra 2-Day Tour

2. From Tel Aviv: Petra 2-Day Tour

Discover the ancient city of Petra on a guided overnight tour from Tel Aviv. See the many famous sites of the city, including the treasury, amphitheater, and the Royal Tombs with an overnight stay in a Bedouin camp lodge. Start with pickup from a central meeting point in Tel Aviv, and head toward the Jordanian border. Cross at King Hussein / Allenby border, and enter Jordan, driving through the Judean desert for about an hour. Continue towards Madaba, an ancient Jordanian city, and go up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo. Stop for lunch and then visit Kerak, known for its Crusader-era castle. From here, travel to the Bedouin camp near Petra where you will enjoy traditional Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea. On the second day, head to the ancient city of Petra, Jordan’s most treasured attraction. Admire the various structure carved into the red rocks of the soaring cliffs. Enter through the Siq, a narrow gorge and discover the treasury and amphitheater with your guide who will explain the sites and history as you marvel at the beauty of each structure. Then take some free time to explore the site. Climb to the Royal Tombs, walk down the Roman Cardo, and hike up to the Monastery. Meet up for lunch in Wadi Musa before returning back to Tel Aviv via the Allenby border crossing.

From Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle or Umm Qais Private Tour

3. From Amman: Jerash, Ajloun Castle or 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: Private Day Trip to Petra with Pickup

4. 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.

From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour w/ Meals

5. From Jerusalem: Petra 2-Day Tour w/ Meals

Our two fully-packed days begin in Jerusalem, as we head toward the Jordanian border. We cross at the King Hussein / Allenby border, and enter Jordan, driving through the Judean desert for about an hour. We continue towards Madaba, an ancient Jordanian city, and go up to the viewpoint of Mount Nebo. Then we will have lunch and go visit Kerak known for its Crusader castle, the Kerak Castle. The castle is one of the three largest castles in the region. From here we will go to a Bedouin camp near Petra where you will enjoy Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea. On the second day, we will tour Petra. One of the seven wonders of the world, and Jordan’s most treasured attraction, Petra is an unforgettable place. It was carved into the red rocks of the soaring cliffs in the early 1st century as the tomb of a Nabataean king and was hidden under sand for centuries before recently becoming accessible again. We will enter through the Siq, a narrow gorge, and tour the Treasury and Amphitheater with our guide who will explain the sites and history as you marvel at the beauty of each structure. Then you will have free time to continue individually as you wish: climb to the Royal Tombs, walk down the Roman Cardo, hike up to the Monastery, and explore the different sites. We will meet up for lunch in Wadi Musa before returning back to Jerusalem via the Allenby border crossing. This fully guided tour, including full transportation and comprehensive information, can be further enhanced by using our travel app for smartphones and tablets. The app provides you with maps, information, and pictures that can be downloaded for free on our site before you embark on the trip so it will not require an internet connection. You can also explore the sites on your own, without the guide, if you prefer to do so.

From Amman: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

6. From Amman: Petra & Wadi Rum Day Trip with Hotel Pickup

Begin with a pickup from your accommodation in Amman and head off on the 225-kilometer journey to the ancient city of Petra. 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, where elegant remains of antiquity can be found carved deep into the rocks. See the monastery, Altar of Sacrifice, Street of Facades, Royal Tombs, and more. After soaking up all the sights, continue the tour towards Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon. Next, head to Wadi Rum, 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. 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 and Wadi Rum: 3-Day Guided Tour from Tel Aviv

7. 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.

Private Amman Full Tour with Optional Lunch & Turkish Bath

8. Private Amman Full Tour with Optional Lunch & Turkish Bath

Begin your private tour with a morning pick up from your central Amman hotel. Meet your informative private driver who doubles up as your guide, and start out on your explorations of the Jordanian capital’s highlights. As you travel, hear about the history of this fascinating city, whose past stretches back to 3500 B.C. or before. Hear about the city’s days under the Roman Empire, and how it was occupied by the Nabataeans and Byzantines. View one of Amman’s star attractions, the King Abdullah Mosque, famous for its blue mosaic dome, the nearby Parliament Building and Orthodox Church. Next, make your way to Amman Citadel, the hilltop collection of antiquities that looms over the city with a private local guide. Explore the timeworn Roman, Byzantine and early Islamic relics, and pay a visit to the Citadel’s Temple of Hercules and the Archaeological Museum to inspect its collections of ancient artifacts discovered at sites from across Jordan. Then, continue to the Roman Amphitheater with its Hashemite Plaza, a magnificent hillside structure believed to have been built in the 2nd century. Admire the symmetry and scale of the theater built as part of the Roman city of Philadelphia, and could accommodate up to 6,000 spectators. Continue to visit the Museum of Popular Traditions to see the exhibition of traditional dress and jewelry. Pass the “Raghadan Palace”, the burial place of the late King Hussein, and ride around the downtown area for free time at its vibrant markets, traditional mosques like the Grand Husseini Mosque, and churches. Then, stroll along Rainbow Street, Amman’s colorful arts and shopping hotspot, passing the Jordan River Foundation and residence of King Talal. Delve into the upscale neighborhoods of “Abdoun” and “Swefieh”, where luxury shopping malls and swanky private villas line the streets. Your 4-hour tour ends back at your hotel. Alternatively, ask for a drop off at one of the malls on your tour like Galleria Mall, Taj Mall, or Abdali Boulevard, a stylish new enclave of designer shops regarded as Amman’s up-and-coming downtown area. Option Tour with Arabic Lunch: Upgrade to a 6-hour tour and after your city tour, savor a mouth-watering lunch of “Arabic Mezze” (small cold and hot dishes), at a local restaurant. Enjoy small plates, such as hummus along other starters, salads, and assorted bread with barbecued chicken and beef. After your meal, relax with a hotel or shopping mall drop off - your choice! Option Tour with Turkish Bath and Arabic Lunch: Upgrade to an 8-hour tour and wallow in a luxurious Turkish bath experience, including an invigorating steam room session, soapy scrub, and muscle-melting massage. Following a succulent lunch of tasty “Arabic Mezze” (small cold and hot dishes) at a local restaurant. Then, refreshed and revitalized, relax with your choice of either a hotel or shopping mall drop off - your choice!

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

9. 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.

Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

10. Amman: Private Tour to Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Baptism Site

Start with pickup from your hotel in Amman and hop on a climate-controlled vehicle with a private English-speaking driver and WiFi access. Take in the views of Jordan’s desert landscapes as you travel south to Madaba. See places of interest and particular information on the journey. Upon arrival at Madaba, discover the ancient mosaic town with a history dating back to the 2nd century. See the 6th-century mosaic map of Jordan and Holy Land in the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George; marked with points related to historical stories mentioned in the bible. Then, climb Mount Nebo, a sacred Mountain in Jordan which stands at approximately 817 meters above sea level. Mount Nebo is steeped in religious significance as an important Judeo-Christian pilgrimage site. It is where Moses first viewed the Promised Land from the summit and where Prophet Moses is said to have died. Visit the basilica at the summit of the mountain, built by Egyptian monks in the 4th century. Inside, see a collection of well-preserved Byzantine mosaics, illustrating images of wildlife and hunting. Also, enjoy a panoramic view of the Holy Land and the Jordan River Valley from the summit. Next, head to The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ; located on the Jordan side of the Jordan River. It was known as Bethany beyond the Jordan in Biblical times and is considered as one of the three holiest sites of Christianity. Get the chance to pray or simply explore this significant pilgrimage site where many prophets are said to have visited. The Baptism Site, known as ‘Maghtas’ in Arabic is one of the most important recent discoveries in biblical archaeology, having only being discovered in 1996.  After experiencing these holy sights and enjoy the fantastic views, reconvene with your driver for the return journey, ending with a hotel drop-off in Amman.

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Excellent day trip to Petra and Wadi Rum. Our driver Mohammad who is fluent in English picked us up from the hotel at 7am promptly. We stopped for a break two hours into the journey at a rest house. Here your can eat good food and if you want shop for some beautifullly locally made products. Toilets are also available here. Then on to Petra. Here we spent 4 hours at Wadi Rum. It's spectacular. The driver waited for us picking us up at the drop off point. From here it's a 1 hour journey to Wadi Rum. Great experience with Yahya, a local who knows his way around the desert stopping at several points of interest. Yahya was very informative and fluent in English. It's a 2 hour drive in a 4 x 4. On return Mohammad picked us up for our 4 hour journey home. Both Mohammad and Yaha gave us a thoroughly wonderful day trip. Long but worth it.

Great company. Excellent communication. Mohammad contacted us the day before to confirm everything. Younes our driver was very professional, kind, super friendly and a great driver. We really enjoyed our trip. Highly recommend this company.

Amazing trip to Petra and Wadi Rum. Our driver Mohammed was very friendly and helpful during our trip. He was well-read and gave us a lot of interesting information during our trip about Jordan and the sights. Highly recommend this trip!

It was an absolutely fantastic excursion! Jaffar made the whole experience smooth and unforgettable with many add-on perks. Highly recommend!

Hani was out guide and couldn’t recommend him or the tour more. Absolutely fantastic, gave us lots of info about Jordan and the culture.