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From Eilat: Petra Day Private Tour

1. 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.

Eliat: Introduction to Scuba Diving

2. 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.

Eilat Mountains: Sunset Jeep Adventure to Mount Joash

3. 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 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.

From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

5. From Jerusalem: Masada, Ein Gedi, Dead Sea Guided Tour

Begin your full-day excursion with a drive through the Judean Desert to the Dead Sea region. Stop at the foot of Mount Masada, the ancient fortress constructed in Roman times. Ascend Masada by cable car, for an additional fee and explore the site at your own pace. Continue to Ein Gedi, a nature reserve and oasis where you can enjoy a short hike. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the Dead Sea and a private beach and spa. Float in the healing waters and immerse yourself in the therapeutic mud.

From Tel Aviv: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour

6. From Tel Aviv: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi and Dead Sea Tour

You will be picked up early in the morning at 2:00 AM from Tel Aviv. Travel to Masada mountain arrive at 5:30 AM and begin your hike to the top. On the way up to the top, enjoy the extraordinary desert sunrise, one that can only be seen in the right place at the right time. Once at the top you will enjoy some time to experience the site. Head back down the mountain and travel to Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. At 8:00 AM arrive at the Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. Enter the reserve to watch the desert wildlife in the magnificent green Ein-Gedi Oasis. 10:00 AM continue your journey to the Dead Sea. Arrive at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and enjoy bathing and floating on it's therapeutic waters. After floating and covering yourself with mud your driver will begin the trip back to Tel-Aviv. At approximately 2:00 PM arrive back in Tel-Aviv.

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

7. 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 Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Day Trip

8. From Jerusalem: Masada Sunrise, Ein Gedi & Dead Sea Day Trip

Depart Jerusalem in the early morning at 3:00 AM. Travel for 1.5 hours to Masada mountain and begin your hike to the top. On the way up to the top, enjoy the extraordinary desert sunrise, one that can only be seen in the right place at the right time. Once at the top you will enjoy some time to experience the site. Head back down the mountain and travel to Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. At 8:00 AM arrive at the Ein-Gedi Nature Reserve. Enter the reserve to watch the desert wildlife in the magnificent green Ein-Gedi Oasis. 10:00 AM continue your journey to the Dead Sea. Arrive at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth and enjoy bathing and floating on it's therapeutic waters. After floating and covering yourself with mud your driver will begin the trip back to Jerusalem. At approximately 1:00 PM arrive back in Jerusalem.

Eliat: Intro Scuba Diving with Instructor

9. Eliat: Intro Scuba Diving with Instructor

Perfect for those who have always wanted to learn how to scuba dive, this 2-hour scuba diving training course teaches you all the tools you need to dive in the open water. After arrival at the state-of-the-art diving facility, you’ll receive a thorough briefing on all of the equipment you’ll be using for the day.  After your instructor tells you everything else you need to know, from correct equipment selection to correct underwater behavior, you’ll be off an running on your first dive—in the vibrant, life-filled waters of the Red Sea. Carefully supervised, your instructor will be alongside you every step of the way as you hit the water for the first time. If you’re unsure of your abilities in the water, you can take a trial dive in the dive center—and if it’s not for you, there are plenty of other options for water activities.  The training program is available to anyone over 12 years old and without health problems that would preclude them from scuba diving. After the course, you’ll emerge with a diving certificate, proving your succesful completion of the course.

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What people are saying about Southern District, Israel

One day trip to Petra from Eilat was excellently organised and planned . The pick up , crossing at the border and handover to local team in Jordan and then drive to Petra and Guide and the overall visit and then lunch and drive back so that we can cross the border in time. precision. The guide , driver and handling agent at the border all did marvellous job and very courteous. One day tour is taxing but if you do not have the then it is fine. We saw the whole Monument. Absolute must do.

Nice tour and friendly guide who shared lots of interesting facts about the place. Besides hiking through the red canyon, we were offered a fun jeep tour and could enjoy beautiful views along the way. Some stops that we didn't expect were even added to the tour which was great!

We had a great tour through Tinma park and even explored modern copper mines while driving off-road on the way to the park. The guide was very friendly and happy to share his knowledge about the area.

Alex is a cool Jew, he is super open minded and explained us not only the natural things about the tour but also any other questions we had on their culture. 100% recommended !

Both my two kids and I felt safe and the help and guidance from the guides were really nice. From Marie