A brief overview of the tour

Late afternoon pick up from Eilat for transfer to hotel in Aqaba- Jordan via Arava border crossing. Evening free at leisure in Aqaba. Following morning pick up to commence the tour. Meet your guide and embark on vehicle to Petra via Desert high way for 80 Km. Along the  King's highway near the Palace of Prince Hasan will stop for the spectacular view of the mountains and Biblical landscape. Enter with your guide into the Red Rock city of Petra to see the highlights of this ancient Nabatean culture. You will enter the city through the Siq and be rewarded with the most astonishing and dramatic monument in Jordan: the Treasury. You will also visit the theatre, the tombs and facades and the colonnaded street. We will then have lunch at local restaurant. Return drive via city of Aqaba and then back to Southern border for exiting and return to Israel.

Important and useful notes

  • Rates include: pick-up and drop-off both in Eilat and Aqaba, 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 Aqaba, 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

18:00 Pick you up from your hotel in Eilat (or from the Airport in Eilat and transfer to

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

19:00 "Arava" crossing border issuing visa on arrival Jordan

          Please note this process may take some time

19:30  Transfer to hotel in Aqaba.
Free evening in Aqaba

 

Day 2

08:00 Breakfast

08:30 Pick you  up from Hotel in Aqaba and transfer to  Petra.

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 approximate and is subjected to changes

 

Day 1

Unlike many tours from Eilat to Jordan this tour leaves in the cool of the evening when you are met at your Eilat hotel and taken the short distance to the Arava border crossing between Israel and Jordan and on to Aqaba. By sleeping over in Jordan you avoid paying the mandatory tax levied on tourists who stay in the country for less than a day. After settling into your Aqaba 3 star hotel on the Jordanian Red Sea coast you can then venture out into this charismatic city and explore it at your leisure. See the 14th century Aqaba Fort, the Ayla, Old City which dates back to 622AD, enjoy the cool sea breeze as you wander along the beach front and perhaps the colorful market. Then choose one of the local restaurants to sample traditional Middle Eastern cuisine as you look out across the crystal clear Red Sea with the mountains of Egypt and Eilat as their backdrop.

 

Day 2

After a comfortable night's sleep in your Aqaba hotel and a good breakfast we set out along the Desert Highway to the ancient city of Petra. The Desert Highway will give you a glimpse of the desert landscape with the contrasting colors of sand, red colored mountains in the distance and bright blue sky.

We arrive at the Lost City also known as the Rose City in reference to the many pink hues visible in the monolithic buildings hewn into the rock. We approach the ancient city through the Siq, a narrow naturally formed gorge flanked on both sides by towering rock walls. For an added thrill you can travel the first 200 meters into the Siq on horseback. At the end of the Siq we immerge into the dazzling sunlight in front of the Treasury.

The Treasury is the first of many structures we see in Petra which is hewn from the sandstone cliffs. The Treasury façade rises two stories high and is lined with decorated columns, motifs and statues. We make our way through Petra as visitors to the Nabataean capital did as early as 312BC. Among the breathtaking structures are burial tombs, homes and temples. The Romans spent time in Petra (from 106AD) leaving behind them an immense amphitheatre, temples and the central colonnaded road. Christianity and the Crusaders followed leaving Petra with a monastery and a Byzantine church where we can see what remains of ancient floor mosaics and the three aisles of the basilica.

After our awe inspiring tour of the Lost City of Petra we can relax and enjoy an authentic Middle Eastern meal in one of the local restaurants before beginning our journey back towards Aqaba.

Along the way we'll stop as several points of interest where you can take in the striking landscape of Wadi Rum. Jordan's largest valley is known for its unique sandstone formations, Jordan's highest peaks and the site of several caves with petroglyph prehistoric cave paintings. We arrive in Aqaba and take a short panoramic tour of the city where the knowledgeable guide will point out the city's highlights.  Our Jordanian adventure draws to an end as you are transferred across the Jordanian/Israeli border and back to your Eilat hotel.

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