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Eliat: Coral Reef Snorkeling Trip with Instructor

1. Eliat: Coral Reef Snorkeling Trip with Instructor

Snorkel the underwater world of Eliat's colorful coral reefs, and admire the more than 10,000 different kinds of fish, sponges, coral and other sea creatures that live there. Take the option for an underwater photo shoot to take some great memories home with you, if you like. Assemble at the meeting point, and rent or purchase your mask, snorkel, and fins from the local partner's diving center. Then, set off an unforgettable journey to Eliat's coral reefs. Receive brief instructions on swimming techniques and equipment safety rules from your experienced instructor before plunging into the water. Capture the experience by ordering an underwater, digital photo shoot from the diving center, at additional cost. Make fantastic souvenirs with photos of your friends and family with the abundant sealife and vibrant corals in the background. Please note that you cannot touch anything while you are underwater so as not to harm the natural balance. For the same reason, it is prohibited to feed the underwater inhabitants.

From Eilat: Timna Park Guided Jeep Tour

2. From Eilat: Timna Park Guided Jeep Tour

This fascinating four-hour tour will open up the wonderful world of the Arava desert and one of its pearls, Timna.  See bizarre colored rocks, natural sculptures, the blue of the sky and the ocher of the surrounding mountains. Your guide will tell you about the amazing history and geology of this unique place. Inside the park, stop a few times and see the incredible history of the copper-related area. Along the way, see the natural mudflats of sandstone and a few pillars of Solomon, Borg Hill, the famous mushroom and arches. Take your hike at a stop near Lake Timna where you can fill up bottles with colorful sand for a souvenir. From there, head back towards Eilat.

Eilat: 2-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

3. Eilat: 2-Hour Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

Discover the underwater world of the Red Sea without getting your feet wet with this glass-bottom boat tour. Departing from Hananya Beach, travel in the comfort of a boat with all of the luxuries including shaded seating, a snack bar, and sun deck. Spot an array of underwater life such as different species of fish and coral.  Sail along the Gulf of Eilat in a 3-deck ship, with the lower deck located 2 meters underwater for optimal viewing. During your tour, see sights such as the Eilat Coral Reserve, the military port, and the Jordan border. Benefit from an informative commentary from the ship's captain along the way.

From Eliat: Red Canyon Guided Tour

4. From Eliat: Red Canyon Guided Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel in Eilat in a jeep. Travel for 20 minutes to the Red Canyon located in the nearby mountains of Eilat. Upon arrival, enjoy a scenic walk for 90 minutes through the canyon. Learn about the geology and history of the region.  Admire the vibrant pink color of the gorges and discover the various rock formations created by water and wind erosion over millions of years. Take a moderately challenging hike in the direction of Ein Natafim. Finally, take in the beautiful views from the Mount Yoash observation point. See 4 different countries from this unique vantage point, as well as the Gulf of Eilat. Afterwards, be returned to your hotel in Eilat.

Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

5. Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

After pickup from your hotel, head to the jeep gathering point. From this point you'll ascend through the wadi along Nahal Solomon, Rehoboam Nahal, Jehoshaphat Nahal up to 725 meters above sea level on the way to Mount Joash. At a few stopping points, your guide will share stories about the history of the area.  You'll also stop for a little picnic with pita bread with local labane cheese and a cup of herbal tea, before continuing up to the last point of your trip. From this observation point you'll be able to see four countries, Israel, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Jordan. After visiting Mount Joash you'll head back to your hotel.

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

6. 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

7. 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: 2-Day Petra & Wadi Rum Tour with Camp Stay

8. 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: Petra Tour with Transfer and Lunch

9. 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.

Eliat: Introduction to Scuba Diving

10. Eliat: Introduction to Scuba Diving

Experience a perfect trial for those who aren’t sure if they’d like to scuba dive or not. Choose from a 25 or 40-minute dive for a taste of the scuba diving experience. After arriving at the dive center, fill out a brief medical form and get a thorough briefing on the equipment you’ll be using. After a transfer to the dive site, you’ll be off and running on your diving experience. The dive begins with a 10-15 minute briefing by an experienced instructor in Russian, English, or Hebrew. Then, on the level that allows your head to stay above the surface, go through a few tasks designed to make you feel confident in the water and with the scuba equipment. After that, proceed to actual trial scuba diving. Your instructor will confidently lead you to the magical underwater world of bright coral and colorful fish, always next to you to assure your safety. After the dive, head back to the dive center, ready to take on further scuba adventures.

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What people are saying about Eilat

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 504 reviews

There were some mistakes and delayed replies, which made me feel anxious. But get your guide and travel agent fixed as soon as they could. Apart from that, all the experience of travel was great. Some tips for future guests, desserts are very cold, especially with Jeeper. After rushing out for the border, the weather was warm. Took off the big coat and the luggage was in different vain. Going to desserts directly without enough clothes. It was really cold on the Jeeper.

Had an amazing trip! Everything we needed was arranged and we still had some time to explore ourselves. Would definitely recomend!

We enjoyed the tour, interesting history, we liked going off road in the Land Rover Defender. Alex was great.

If it is possible, take 2-days tour. One day is too short to discover all.

Awesome experience, great instructors. Definitely recommend trying it!