A brief overview of the tour

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

    Rates do not include: $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.

  • 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 will be served late and

  • no food or drink, including bottled, water are allowed across the border into

    Jordan.

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

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

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

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

 

A detailed description of the tour

Itinerary (approximate):

07:00 Pick you up from your hotel or from the Airport in Eilat and transfer

          "Arava" crossing border between Israel and the Kingdom of Jordan.

08:00 "Arava" crossing border issuing visa on arrival  to Jordan

            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 Drive southwards back to Aqaba through 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 your hotel/ Airport

** Schedule  is subjected to changes

Tour Description:

You will be picked-up from your Eilat hotel and taken through the border crossing between Israel and Jordan. We follow the Desert Highway along the scenic route to the UNESCO city of Petra. We enter through the narrow Siq and visit the many magnificent Petra structures hewed from the red mountain cliffs. On our return journey to Eilat, time permitting, we take a brief tour of Aqaba.

Details:

Your adventure begins with a swift crossing over the Arava border into the Kingdom of Jordan and a drive through the breathtaking desert scenery. The Desert Highway cuts through the barren landscape and in the distance you can see the Jebel Mountain range rising from the sand. The early morning sun casts a shadow of colors across the dramatic desert scene. As we approach Wadi Rum, after a 2-3 hour drive we notice the subtle change of landscape and then we arrive at one of the Seven Wonders of the World ‚Äď the ancient city of Petra.

The tour guide will tell you about the historic significance of this site and give you an overview of the important role Petra played on the trade route between Egypt and the East since its establishment as a Nabataean capital in 312BC. We pass the obelisks and cave tombs, which are just a prelude to the Rose City carved into the red mountains which awaits us beyond the narrow "Siq" entrance.

Al-Siq is a 1.2km long, narrow (at some point only 3 meters wide) gorge with stone "walls" on either side towering 91-182 meters above ground. You can travel the first 200 meters through the Siq on horseback just as a trader, priest or traveler would have entered the bustling city thousands of years ago.

As we near the end of the narrow gorge the passage way opens up and we are met with the sight of the Treasury. A massive 40 meter high structure hewn into the sandstone mountain with two levels supported by intricately carved columns. The central entrance is flanked on either side by statues of the sons of Zeus. Thanks to the rock overhang the Treasury has been well preserved.

The tour takes us up Petra's central Colonnade Street in the city carved out of red sandstone where you can see every shade of red, pink, brown and yellow. Set in the rugged landscape are temples, homes, altars, sanctuaries and tombs from several periods of ancient history. The awe inspiring structures were once alive with activity when Petra was home to 20,000 Nabataeans. The dazzling architecture was created by master engineers who painstakingly built the city over the course of many years.

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