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From Tel Aviv: Full-Day Trip to Petra with Roundtrip Flights

1. From Tel Aviv: Full-Day Trip to Petra with Roundtrip Flights

Arrive at Ben Guiron Airport in Tel Aviv 1 hour before your 6:40 AM flight. An hour later, you will arrive at Roman Airport in Eilat, where your driver will pick you up. From there, ride to the Arava border and go through border control and customs at 8:45 AM, taking up to 1 hour. On the Jordanian side of the border, transfer to an air-conditioned car/van/bus and head towards Petra. The transport time is approximately 2.5 hours on a vast and comfortable highway. After traveling along a beautiful scenic route on the mountainside, arrive at Petra’s historical site, and see why it has been named one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. At 11:30 AM, begin your guided tour of the site at the entrance. Included in your package is an optional horseback ride for the first 200 meters of the route. (Tipping the carrier is required, between $2-5 at your discretion.) At 3:30 PM, enjoy lunch at an authentic local restaurant. Leaving Petra at 4:30 PM, stop at a few observation points and enjoy the beautiful desert landscape of Wadi Ram on the way back to the border. Be dropped off at the Eilat Central Bus Station at 7:00 PM, with plenty of time to catch the shuttle to the Ramon Airport for your 8:55 PM flight to Ben Guiron in Tel Aviv.

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

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

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Amman and heads 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.

From Amman: Private Day Trip to Petra with Pickup

3. 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 Amman: Private Petra Day Trip with Guide

4. From Amman: Private Petra Day Trip with Guide

You will leave the hotel early in the morning to drive south to the Nabatean Red Rose City of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, for a classic visit. As you travel, gaze at the desert landscapes and hear tales of Jordan’s history. Hewn into a sandstone valley carved by the Nabataean people more than 2,000 years ago, this ancient rose-red rock city is located 245 kilometers from Amman at the crossroads of age-old trading routes, to dominate ancient Arabia. Reach Petra's main site to learn more about its magnificent history. On arrival, leave your vehicle, and enjoy a 2-hour tour of this UNESCO Heritage-listed wonder with a local guide. First, walk through the famous “Siq”, a narrow path of 1.2-kilometer rock fissure that was once the main entrance to the city, and marvel at your first glimpse of the hauntingly beautiful Treasury “Al - Khazneh” as the canyon suddenly opens up. Admire this rose-pink masterpiece, originally built to house priceless treasures and capture it on camera. Then, proceed through the widening canyon to witness other monuments such as the 3,000-seater Theater, the Royal Tombs, and the Byzantine Church. As you explore, listen as your guide describes how the Nabateans sculpted the buildings, and learn how they mastered the harsh desert conditions to make their lives here. After around two hours of exploring, enjoy some free time. If time permits you can climb up the Monastery on your own or the High Place of Sacrifice, a clifftop altar that was once used for animal sacrifices and other ceremonies. Or use your free time to visit the Petra Museum. After leaving the site pass by Little Petra, a small rocky valley with carvings, that archaeologists believe acted as the Nabatean’s caravan before heading to the main city and as an accommodation stop for the traders who traveled through the city. Then, journey back to Amman, where your day trip ends with a hotel drop-off.

From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Tour

5. From Eilat: Petra Full-Day Tour

After an early departure from Eilat and crossing into Jordan, you will travel 2-3 hours along the scenic mountain route, to Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. After passing the Obelisks in front of the cave, you will enter the narrow, 1,200 meter long canyon, the Siq, where you have the option to ride for the first few hundred meters. As you walk through the gorge with the towering red stone on either side, you can marvel at the incredible sites carved into the red mountain. The magnificent exterior of the treasury with its Corinthian columns is particularly well-preserved as it is deeply carved into the rock and protected by overhanging rock. To give you an idea of the height, the funeral urn alone, tucked away up in the heart of the exterior is eleven feet high.  The monumental building known as Ad Deir, is over forty meters high, its columns reaching more than two stories. At the Roman theater, you can all but wonder who filled the seats. Marvel at the sacrificial altar and the numerous tombs, each uniquely designed. After a late lunch, you will cross back to Eilat.

From Sharm El Sheikh: Petra Day Tour

6. From Sharm El Sheikh: Petra Day Tour

Start with pickup from Sharm El Sheikh and travel through the Sinai Peninsula to Taba. From here, take a ferry across the Gulf of Aqaba to Jordan. Make your way to the gorge of Ma'an, where the ancient city of Petra can be found. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the New Wonders of the World, the city was once described as being "forgotten by the world for over 1,000 years". Petra is home to towering buildings carved into the pink stone. On your tour of the canyon, admire the sight of the Treasure Palace, the Roman Theater, and the Temple and Treasures of the Citadel. One of the most astounding archaeological sites in the world, this tour will allow you to check it off your bucket list. After exploring Petra, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before heading back to Sharm El Sheikh.

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.

Wadi Mujib Siq Trail Hiking Experience from Amman

8. Wadi Mujib Siq Trail Hiking Experience from Amman

Enjoy the convenience of being picked up at your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle by an English-speaking driver. Take in the scenery as you drive to Wadi Mujib. After arriving at the visitor’s center, start your self-guided trek. Follow the trail of the towards the dam. Take a leisurely hike through the shade and enjoy the serenity of nature. Trek between towering sandstone cliffs and cross over the dam on a cantilevered walkway. Reach the base of the waterfall and the gorge. See the Wadi Mujib, a breath-taking gorge that is the lowest natural water reserve in the world. Admire the spectacular biodiversity: over 300 species of plants, 10 species of carnivores, and many species of permanent and migratory birds are native to Wadi Mujib. If the season is right and there’s been enough rain, you’ll have the chance to take a refreshing dip in the water.

Amman: Petra Day Trip and City Sightseeing with Guide

9. Amman: Petra Day Trip and City Sightseeing with Guide

Step back into ancient history as you visit the Nabatean Red Rose City of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Journey through Little Petra, a small rocky valley with carvings believed to represent the Nabatean’s caravan heading to the main city who used this as an accommodation stop for the traveling traders. Move onto the main Petra site and learn about its magnificent history on a 2-hour guided tour. Walk or ride a horse through the famous Siq, once the main entrance to the city. Admire this rose-pink masterpiece as you walk through the canyon to explore the Royal Tombs and the High Place of Sacrifice. Head back to the capital of Amman for a panoramic tour of the city’s highlights. Catch a glimpse of the animated markets and churches bustling with life. Pass King Hussein’s Palace and King Abdullah’s mosque, then gaze at the Roman Amphitheater carved into a hillside. Enjoy some free time in downtown Amman, meet the locals and pick up a souvenir to remind you of your trip.

Amman: Full-Day Private Tour in Petra with Hotel Pick-Up

10. Amman: Full-Day Private Tour in Petra with Hotel Pick-Up

Get picked up from your accommodations in Amman and take a ride to Petra in a modern air-conditioned vehicle. Meet your professional guide when you get there and start your dazzling tour of this ancient treasure. Walk through the long and winding Siq until you catch your first glimpse of the impressive and imposing treasury. Marvel at the amazing architecture that's over 2000 years old. Continue through the Street of Facades, the Roman Theater, and the Royal Tombs until you reach Qasr Al Bint. Finish your tour at the end of the colonnaded street, and take some free time to relax or explore on your own. Go back to the entrance gate and meet your driver when you are ready for your transfer back to Amman.

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Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 89 reviews

My wife and I went on a full day trip with Hassan to Petra and Wadi Ram and it was fantastic. Pick up was right on time at 7am and Hassan was amazing throughout our journey. He made sure my wife and I were well and even made a stop at a Pharmacy for my wife who was not very well. He also gave us some great recommendations on how to explore the various sights in Petra. Mohammed who then took over in Wadi Ram was also fantastic! Hassan drove us all the way to the Dead Sea for the evening and made sure we were well taken care of every step. We highly recommend this tour/driver for anyone coming to Jordan!

Magnificent experience. Mohammed was an excellent, personable and friendly driver. He kept us company during the trip, telling us anecdotes and answering all our curiosities in perfect English. Fantastic tour to Petra! The only flaw: before booking we had written to assistance to find out if the guided tour of Petra was included and they answered yes, but upon arrival we discovered that it was not included. However it must be said that Petra can be visited easily even without a guide, thanks to the brochures at the entrance. Intimate and great experience in Wadi Rum. Really recommended!

This was a great trip. Everything went perfect from my pick up and drop off at hotel. The Sun trail was amazing I did it in my own with no local guide inside the canyon needed. The canyon was easy to navigate and do much fun. It’s a great combination of walking and swimming and climbing ladders . I completed the canyon in a little over 2 hours it was a great experience

A wonderful trip to Petra! My driver Ahmad Ali showed me lots of wonderful sights on the journey and back. He was very kind and hospitable. Thank you for a lovely day. Jordan is beautiful.

perfect services, well organized, Hasan was the perfect guide, in 1 day we absolved 2 must sees in Jordan