A brief overview of the tour

Day 1: From your hotel or from the airport you will be taken to the border where you will be assisted with visa requirements and transfer. From the Jordanian border crossing you will drive along the desert highway to Petra, stopping near Prince Hassan palace for an overview.  Arrive at rose rock city of Petra and enter through the Siq where you will see world famed treasury, the tombs and colonnaded street carved into the mountain.  View the Roman theater and many rock caves along this narrow canyon.  After this visit we will stop for lunch at a local restaurant.  The evening will be free.

Day 2: Before leaving for Wadi Ram you will have free time to explore Petra and to shop in the    Bedouin market.  If time permits there is the option of a panoramic city tour of Aqaba before returning to Eilat.

Important and useful notes

  • Rates include:¬†pick-up and drop-off, meeting and assistance at border crossing in both¬†directions, one night at a tourist class hotel per person in double room on B&B basis in

    Petra, transport, tour guides, entrance fees to Petra for one day tour & lunch.

  • Single room supplement $50 per night.

  • Rates do not cover:¬†$125¬†for border fees,¬†visa to Jordan,¬†pick up and¬†assistance at the border¬†($65¬†if you have already issued a visa to Jordan in advance), gratuities, personal expenses, personal insurance.

  • Insurance companies do not insure for accidents related to horses or any other animals.

  • Valid passport ¬†required on day of travel.

  • 50% cancellation fee for cancellations within 24 hours of departure. No refund on no-

    show or cancellation less than 24 hours in advance.

  • Visa and voucher are usually issued at border crossing but certain passports require advance issue of visa.

  • Visa, voucher, tax and tips payable in cash only, $US, GB pound, Euro and Israeli shekels.

  • Lunch on the first day will be late and no food or drink, including bottled water, are allowed across the border into Jordan so eat a hearty breakfast.

  • Good walking shoes, head covering and cool clothing in summer, very warm clothing in

    winter.

  • Option for extended stay in Eilat before and/or after Petra tour.

  • Option for flights to and from Eilat at $100 each direction.

  • Other languages available in Petra for additional 100 USD per booking and advance notice.

     

 

A detailed description of the tour

Day 1

07:00 Pick you up from the Airport in Eilat and transfer to

          "Arava" crossing border between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan.
08:00 "Arava" crossing border issuing visa on arrival Jordan and

              Please note this process may take some time

09:00 The "Desert way" from the border to Petra along the vast desert highway

11:30 Arrival to Petra, guided tour in the pink heritage city

15:30 Lunch at a local authentic restaurant.

16:30 Transported to the hotel in Petra. Free evening in the city.

 

Day 2

08:00 Breakfast in the hotel.

09:00 Free time to explore Petra and its markets

16:30 Leaving Petra towards the border via Wadi Rum.

18:30 Arrival to Aqaba. if time permits short panoramic  tour at the city

19:00 "Arava" border pass, crossing the border back to Israel.

19:30 Drop you off back at the your hotel in Eilat or at the Airport

 

Tour Description:

Day 1

The tour begins when you are picked up from your Eilat hotel and taken across the Arava border crossing between Israel and Jordan. Air-conditioned vehicle take you through the desert landscape along the Desert Highway. The scenic drive follows the same route that travelers, traders and pilgrims have taken for centuries from Damascus to Mecca and from Aqaba to Petra. We pass the red mountains as they cast their shadow across the sun bleached sand, then we arrive in Petra.

Petra is approached through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked on both sides by 80 meter high walls of rock and running for 1km. We make our entrance through the first 200 meters of this dramatic gorge on horseback just as those on ancient caravans would have done thousands of years ago. After traveling the length of the dim, cool Siq our first sight of the Petra is the dazzling sun drenched Al-Khazneh (Treasury).

The Treasury is a two story structure carved out of the red rock cliff, the façade is 30 meters wide and 43 meters high. Originally created by master Nabataean engineers in the 1st century as a royal tomb the Treasury has tall columns, sculptures and intricate carvings, it is just one of the many architectural wonders we will see in Petra.

We go on a tour of the Rose City passing along the central Roman street passed tombs cut out of the rock; massive buildings created out of the pink hued rock; churches from a later era and temples. The restriction against motorized vehicles within the UNESCO site help to transport us back in time and imagine what it would have been like to visit this bustling Nabataean capital which was once home to over 20,000 people. The Nabataean Arabs established the city in the 6th century, in 100AD the Roman's took over; the 12th century saw the arrival of the Crusaders only to abandon the city soon after.

Once we have completed the day's tour of Petra we enjoy a meal in one of the local restaurants where you can sample authentic Middle Eastern cuisine. We board the luxury vehicle and are taken swiftly to our hotel in Petra where the rest of the evening you are at your leisure.

 

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel you will have free time to wander the streets of Petra. One of the most vibrant parts of the city is the market place. Here you will see locals selling their produce and you can find authentic trinkets and souvenirs or try some of the delicious Middle Eastern snacks like sticky baklava. You can take your time as you have most of the day to relax, immerse yourself in the Jordanian culture, bargain with the stall keepers, and sip dark sweet coffee in a cafe. If you wish to return to the Petra Archeological Park you can do so as your entry ticket is good for two days. In the late afternoon we meet up and take the bus through the natural wonder of Wadi Rum.

As we drive through Wadi Rum the most striking feature is the backdrop of mountains in every shade of red and pink. The 720km² desert wilderness is a protected area and has a pristine natural beauty which we will stop to see at certain observation points along the way.

Our tour reaches, Aqaba, Jordan's only seaport on the shore of the Red Sea. Across the turquoise water we can see Eilat, Israel and the Egyptian Sinai coast. We will take a panoramic tour and, time permitting even a walking tour of Jordan's beach resort city. Here we will see the 14th century Aqaba fort; one of the world's oldest churches; the dynamic market and the beautiful beaches. Our tour draws to an end as we leave Aqaba and cross back over into Israel where you are returned to your hotel.

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