Jordan Travel Guide

Your trip to the Holy Land can include a short tour of neighboring Jordan. Israel and Jordan have friendly relations, and the two countries share a border and three border crossings - Jordan-King Hussein Bridge Allenby Crossing (closest to Jerusalem and Amman); Jordan River Sheikh Hussein Crossing (near Beit Shean), and the Wadi Arava Rabin Crossing in Eilat (the closest crossing to Petra). Some nationalities can get a visa to Jordan at the border, while others need to prearrange their visa with the Jordanian Embassy.

The top attraction in Jordan is the ancient city of Petra. This stunning archaeological site encompasses a desert city created by the Nabataean people over 2,000 years ago. The ingenious Nabataeans carved Petra out of red-hued rock cliffs. Merchant caravans stopped in Petra, along the ancient trade route through Arabia.

The easiest way of traveling to Jordan from Israel is with a group tour. There are Petra trips from Israel that depart from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, and Eilat. Longer package tours from Israel to Jordan can include a visit to the Jordanian capital Amman; Jordan’s Red Sea port, Aqaba; the archaeological sites of Jerash, and the mosaics of Madaba. Among the popular things to do in Jordan is a safari adventure in the rugged desert canyons of Wadi Rum.

Wadi Araba Border Crossing

When visitors come to Israel, depending on how much time they have they often want to combine their stay in the Holy Land with a trip to one of its neighbouring countries - Egypt or Jordan. And whilst Egypt has the lure of diving spots, it’s Jordan that most tourists head to, for a chance to see the magnificent lost city of Petra, nestled in the desert.Tourists on a day tour in Petra, Jordan. Photo credit:© istockphotoTravelling in Israel and BeyondIndeed, in the last ten years, there has been an explosion of interest in Petra Tours- it’s an archaeological/historical/geological/engineering wonder, that’s for sure, and with it being reasonably close to Israel, there’s no reason not to take a couple of days to travel there and experience one of the seven new Wonders of the World. No wonder so many people are looking for a Tel Aviv-to-Petra Touror affordable tours to Petra from Jerusalem.Travelling to Jordan OverlandIsrael has three border crossings with Jordan - in the north, the centre and the south of the country. Most tourists opt for the third one, at the edge of the city of Eilat. It is known as the Wadi Araba or the Yitzhak Rabin border crossing. In this article, we're going to take you through the entire process - travelling from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, down to Eilat, located on the Red Sea. Then, from Eilat to the actual border crossing, we’ll go through the hows, wheres and whys - what time the border opens, what time the border closes, how much a visa for Jordan will cost you and how to continue onto Petra, Wadi Rum or Amman, once you reach the other side! OK. Are you ready to find out more?A jeep tour in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan. Photo credit: © istockphotoHow do I get to the border with Jordan from central Israel?Travelling from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa and other parts of the country is not too difficult, since Israel is a small country with well-developed infrastructure. Essentially, there are three ways - public transport (in the form of an Egged bus), arental car (easily available) or a short flight from Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv to the Ilan Ramon Airport, which is 15km from Eilat.Egged is the national bus company of Israel (its green buses are a familiar sight, all over Israel) and they run to Eilat regularly from the big cities. Getting from Tel Aviv to Eilat or from Jerusalem to Eilatwill take around 5 hours and a one-way ticket will cost you around 70 NIS. Buses leave every 2 hours and begin running at 6 am.Eilat is approximately 397 km from Tel Aviv, and 352 km from Jerusalem so, if you don’t hit traffic or stop for coffee, you could technically arrive in 4 hours. There are a number of car rental companies you can turn to - Budget, Shlomo Sixt, Hertz and Eldan included - and prices can be quite competitive, especially if you shop around on the internet.Flying from Ben Gurion to Ilan Ramon airport is your fastest option - it’s a quick and painless 55 minutes in the air and you only have to be at Ben Gurion an hour before departure. Both Arkia and Israir offer regular domestic flights which can start from 150 NIS one way (approx. $46).Al-Khazneh, the Treasury temple at night, Petra, Jordan.Photo credit: © istockphotoHow do I get from the Ilan Ramon airport to the Wadi Araba border crossing?You’ll land in Eilat’s new airport, Ilan Ramon, which is a state-of-the-art facility that opened recently. Located just 15 km north of Eilat, it will take you about 20 minutes to travel from the airport to the city centre. You can journey there either by private taxi (which you can find at a stand outside the building), order anairport transfer beforehand (best done by using a reputable Israeli tour operator like ourselves) or use public transportation in Israel. If you’re taking a taxi, you can ask the driver to drive you straight to the border. You should expect to pay anywhere between 130-150 NIS (40-47 USD) for the entire journey (feel free to bargain) and the journey should take around 20 minutes. Ordering a private car will cost more - anywhere from 200-300 NIS (62-95 USD).If you’re taking public transport, you can use numbers 30, 31, 32 and 50, which all stop at the Eilat Central Station. These public buses run every 20 minutes from the airport to the city. Once you’re in Eilat, you can then pick up their hourly bus in the direction of the border crossing. The only ‘problem’ is that it will drop you around 1.5 km from the border. This means if you have a lot of luggage or are travelling in high season (when it’s very hot) it might not be a good option.However, the cost of using public buses means that you will be able to travel all the way from the Ilan Ramon airport to the Araba/Rabin crossing for less than 10 NIS/ 3 USD (which is very reasonable, in price terms). If you’ve come in a rental car, the good news is there’s a large parking area close to the border where you can leave your car for free (it is forbidden to take an Israeli car into Jordan).Wadi Araba/Yitzhak Rabin border crossing, Israel.Photo credit: © istockphotoIs the Wadi Araba/Yitzhak Rabin border crossing currently open?As we all know, Covid restrictions are changing constantly. At the height of the pandemic, this border was sometimes closed entirely and at other times working on limited opening hours (09.00 to 13.00). But the good news is that, yes, as this goes to publication, the Wadi Araba/Yitzhak Rabin border is currently open for tourists. At present, these are the guidelines you need to follow, in terms of the Corona situation:1. You will need to show proof of a negative PCR test that you have taken no more than 72 hours before crossing the border. The test needs to be carried out by a recognised institution - home tests are not acceptable. There are many clinics and shopping malls across Israel at which you can take this test.2. You must present then a confirmation of entry form to Jordan - of course, it can be filled in online.3. When you arrive at the Jordanian side of the border, you will be asked to take another PCR test. You will have to pay for the cost of this test.Whilst things seem to be moving in a forward direction, vis a vis the pandemic, to save you major time, energy, cost and frustration, we strongly advise that you check with the Israeli authorities before you set off for the border.Camels in Petra.Photo credit: © istockphotoWhat are the operating hours for the Araba/Rabin border crossing?Regular working hours at Israel’s southern border with Jordan are Sunday to Thursday 06.30 - 20.00; Friday and Saturday 08.00 to 20.00. Please note that the border crossing is closed on two of the major Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah (the New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement). Additionally, when political tensions arise between Israel and its neighbours, the border may be closed at short notice. If you’re planning on travelling to Jordan from Israel during an ‘outbreak of conflict’ then keep up-to-date with the local news.Is it possible to buy a visa on arrival at the Araba/Rabin border crossing?The good news is that, for the majority of people, it is very easy to purchase a visa for Jordan on arrival at the border. This can be paid for either with cash or a credit card (see below). Woman in the dunes of Wadi Rum, Jordan. Photo byKaram HamadnehonUnsplashWhat are the facilities like at the Araba/Rabin border?The facilities at this crossing are very modern! As mentioned before, there is a free parking lot close by, vending machines (for buying drinks and snacks), a currency exchange stand and a decent Duty-Free section, stocked with perfumes, alcohol and chocolate. The Araba/Rabin border crossing is also accessible for disabled people. At the car parking lot, there are spaces reserved for those with disabilities. Additionally, the Yitzhak Rabin terminal has passages that have been widened so that wheelchairs can be pushed through with ease. (Wheelchair use is free of charge).There should also be luggage porters there, if you need help.How much will a Jordan visa cost me?At the time of writing this, a visa to enter Jordan will cost you 40 JOD (which is approximately $56) a double-entry visa will set you back 60 JD ($85.00 USD) and if you, by chance, need a multiple-entry visa, expect to pay 120 JD ($170). A bridge in Eilat. Photo credit: © istockphotoWhat happens once I’ve left the Israel side and arrived in Jordan?Once you’ve arrived at the Jordanian side, you will have to show proof of your Corona test from Israel and then a subsequent PCR test, carried out by the Jordanian officials. You will then need to purchase your visa (see above). Once you have a visa, and all your Corona work has been deemed to be in order, you will pass through to the exit terminal. If you are travelling with a group, this will be where you rejoin your guide/bus.If you are travelling independently, you are going to find yourself at the mercy of a ‘taxi cartel’ that operates between the border and Aqaba. It is only a 12-minute journey but there is no public transport, so you really have no other option than to pay the set fee for a taxi.This can be anywhere between 10-12 JOD. Simply tell the taxi driver to take you to the bus station in Aqaba, you can then find "monit sherut" (ten-person vans) that operate regularly and will take you on to Petra or Amman. The Jordanian flag.Photo byYazan obeidatonUnsplashCan I take a Guided Tour of Petra?Yes, you can, and this is something we’d recommend for many reasons. If you take a group tour to Petra, there are many things you won’t have to deal with - visa and language issues, haggling for a taxi to take you from the border to Aqaba, finding transport onto Petra, looking for accommodation and - of course - queuing up for your entrance tickets (in high seasons, the lines can be very long).You’ll also have the services of an experienced guide - someone who speaks fluent English (or perhaps even French, German or Spanish) but knows Arabic too, which is really helpful. He or she will know all the ins and outs of your trip, how to make things go smoothly from start to finish and of course, will always be there in the event that a problem arises.If you book a guided Eilat-Petra tour, a bus will pick you up from central Eilat and take you directly to the crossing. Once there, you will be met by one of our representatives, who will assist you in dealing with the practicalities of crossing. It is a quick and painless way of dealing with the international border, and many people who have taken our trips say that it’s one of the best things about travelling with a guide - knowing that any potential difficulties will be taken care of.Having said that, it is possible to travel to Petra independently - just be aware that you may encounter some hassles along the way, in terms of bargaining for transport, from the border to Aqaba and then onto Petra itself. It will also require more time, of course.A hotel in Wadi Rum, Jordan.Photo byNikolay HristovonUnsplashCan I cross back from Aqaba to Eilat?Absolutely. The border crossing works both ways - just take a taxi from Aqaba to the border and, once there, present your passport to the Jordanian authorities. Depending on how many days you have spent in Jordan, you will be asked to pay an exit tax of 10 Jordanian dinars. However, if you have both arrived and are departing from this crossing, and you have stayed more than 3 nights, this tax will be waived. In terms of Corona paperwork, you will need to:1. Present a confirmation of entry form to Israel:2. Show proof of a negative PCR test to the Israeli authorities. This needs to have been taken not more than 72 hours before entry to Israel & to Jordan and, as with above (crossing into Jordan) cannot be a home test.3. Take a PCR test at the Israeli border, before being granted permission to travel on into Israel.Now all that remains is to wish you a good journey!Boat in the Red Sea, Eilat.Photo credit: © istockphoto
By Sarah Mann

Israel and Jordan Borders

Israel is a country with an enormous amount to see and do, and many tourists find that a week or two isn’t enough to do it justice. However, if you have the time and inlincation, we’d highly recommend a trip across the Israel-Jordan border, where you can visit Amman, the Wadi Rum desert and, of course, the magnificent ‘lost city’ of Petra. Built by the Nabateans in 312 BCE (making it one of the oldest cities in the world), it’s a fantastic attraction which few who see it ever forget.Israel-Jordan Yitzhak Rabin/Araba Border Crossing.Photo credit: © Sarah MannBelow, let’s take a look at the three border crossings between Israel and Jordan, along with plenty of practical information and helpful hints. If you’re thinking of crossing the border, hopefully, this short guide will enlighten you and make your journey relatively smooth and hassle-free...There are three border crossings between Jordan and Israel.1. Jordan River / Sheikh Hussein / Beit Shean Crossing (North)Located in the north of Israel, relatively close to the Sea of Galilee (in the Jordan Valley), this is perhaps the quietest of the three crossings. The Jordan River border crossing operates every day of the year, save for Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement) and Eid al-Hijra (the Muslim New Year). On religious holidays, hours are subject to change - you can check this on the Israel Airports Authority (IAA) or call them at (972) 03 972-3333. For almost every nationality, it is possible to acquire a visa for Jordan at this crossing (prior permission is not necessary). The border office is open on Sunday - Thursday: 06:30 - 22:00. Friday - Saturday: 09.00 - 20.00. For further information, click here.Roman Theatre, Amman, Jordan. Photo credit: © ShutterstockTravelling to the Sheikh Hussein CrossingSuperbus - the number 16 bus runs from Beit Shean and only costs 6 NIS (2 USD) but, unfortunately, does not go all the way to the crossing - it will drop you 1km away and you will either have to walk or take a taxi the remaining distance. Superbus can be reached at 1-700 700 181.Nazarene Tours - This company runs coaches several times a week, beginning in Nazareth early in the morning and arriving in Amman around 2 pm. The approximate cost is 90 NIS (28 USD) one way. For a detailed timetable, click here.Egged -Egged buses run to Beit Shean both from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv and the journey, in both cases, takes approximately 2 hours and costs around 50 NIS (16 USD). This is a great way to reach the southern edge of Israel. and get on a Petra Tour from Eilat.Taxi -A private taxi from Beit Shean to the border (approx. 5 km) will take about 15 minutes. For the exact cost, call Oren Taxis at (972) 52 912-9606.What about a rented car? It is not always possible to enter Jordan with your vehicle - we would recommend parking at the lot next to the terminal (a fee is payable).Our advice: unless you have a good reason to cross here on your own, it might be easier to use one of the other two crossings (see below) since it is probably the least convenient and most costly way to travel between Israel and Jordan. If you'll take a Jordan Guided Tour, you'll also enjoy the convenience of border crossing arrangements and support.Temple of Hercules in Amman, Jordan.Photo credit: © ShutterstockCrossingIsrael-Jordan Border overSheikh Husseinand Heading to AmmanOnce you have passed through the Israeli side and paid your exit fee (107 NIS, or 34 USD) you will need to take a shuttle bus (compulsory) a few hundred metres to the Jordanian side. The cost of this bus is 2 USD.When you exit the terminal, you will notice that you are more or less standing in the middle of nowhere and there is no public transport whatsoever on the Jordanian side. Once you’ve come to grips with this, you have two options for getting to Amman. A taxi to the city of Irbid will cost about 20 JD, and from there, you can take a bus to Amman. Alternatively, a taxi directly to Amman may take less time, but it could get pricey since the driver will also realize that. Whilst you are, at some level, a hostage to the taxi drivers there, don’t panic! A certain amount of negotiation is expected and it is in everyone’s interests that you take the cab, so don’t be afraid to bargain. A taxi to Irbid should cost around 20 Jordanian dinars ($30) and take an hour. To Amman, you should pay double, i.e. 40 JOD or $60 and it should take two hours.Crossing Israel-Jordan Border over Sheikh Hussein with a Tour GuideAfter paying your Israeli border tax, and crossing through passport control, take the shuttle (see above) to the Jordanian side. Please note: your passport must have at least 6 months' duration remaining. Any VAT tax refund for goods purchased in Israel must be claimed in the Israeli terminal. Any individual with dual Israeli nationality must cross the border using their Israeli passport. At the Jordanian end, your English-speaking guide will be waiting for you, to give you any help you need. You will then be able to purchase your visa (approx 40 Jordanian dinars or 60 USD). There is a money exchange on site.Amman, Jordan. Photo by Stefanos Orovas on Unsplash2. Yitzhak Rabin / Wadi Araba Crossing (South)Located in the far south of Israel, 325 km from Amman, theWadi Araba border crossing sits on the Red Sea and connects the two resort towns of Eilat and Aqaba. Normal Operating Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 06:30 - 20,00. Friday - Saturday: 08.00 - 20.00.Like the Sheikh Hussein crossing, in the north of the country, this border is also closed on Yom Kippur and the Muslim New Year. Also, as above, on religious holidays, hours are subject to change - (check with the Israel Airports Authority) and it is, for the most part, easy to purchase a visa at this crossing. The exit fee on the Israeli side is 107 NIS (33,5 USD) and should be paid either in shekels or dollars. This crossing has free parking, a currency exchange booth, and vending machines and is accessible for disabled people. Due to the pandemic, this crossing is operating with limited opening hours and closes each afternoon at 1 pm. This means day tours of Petra are currently unavailable.It is possible to purchase an entry visa for Jordanat this border (see above, the cost being the same as at theBeit Sheancrossing). Worth noting is that the longer you stay in Jordan, the less you will pay when departing this country (presumably this is to encourage people to stay longer than a day trip). If you arrive and depart from Aqaba, and have stayed more than 3 nights in the country, your exit tax of 10 JOD will be waived.View of Amman, Jordan.Photo by Ayman Yusuf on UnsplashTaking a Group Tour to PetraIf you travel as part of organisedIsrael and Jordan tours,your entry documents will be organised by the company and guide. Without a doubt, if you want to travel to Petra, then you should use this crossing. You are far more likely to have a shorter waiting time and journeying to Aqaba, across from Israel’s Eilat - takes only 10 minutes, with Petra being another 2-hour drive. The organized tour option is the most convenient for most tourists, and many like to take a Jerusalem to Petra Touror a Petra Tour from Tel Aviv.Travelling to the Yitzach Rabin Border IndependentlyIf you are driving, it is a long, straight road south to Eilat from the centre (about 4 hours drive from Tel Aviv/Jerusalem) and it is possible to park your car in the free parking terminal at the border. Egged buses also run regularly from major cities to the south and once you are at the bus station, either you can take buses that travel regularly from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to Eilat and once you have arrived at the bus station, you can either take a taxi to the border or a public bus. Quotes of 50 ILS ($15) from taxi drivers can usually be bargained down to 35 NIS ($10). It is a short ride, but the best you can do is try to bargain him down to 25-35 ILS (7.5-11 USD). If you want to save money, take the public bus (which leaves every hour and costs 4 NIS) and ask for the Eliot stop. The only problem is that you’ll then have to walk about 1.5 km further along, and in the summer when temperatures can soar way past 42 degrees (109F) this may completely exhaust you.If you rented a car, you can drive directly to the border terminal, where there is a free parking lot.The Siq, is the entrance to the City of Petra. Photo credit: © ShutterstockCrossing Israel-Jordan Border at Yitzhak Rabin/ArabaThe actual crossing is usually quite fast and comfortable and whilst the terminal is not renovated, or air-conditioned, it usually takes no more than 30 minutes to half an hour. As before, you need to pay your exit tax but then you can simply keep walking (it’s a two minutes walk). On the Jordanian side, you can purchase your visa (if you don’t have one) and then head-on. Most people are heading to Petra and the first city that you have to pass through is Aqaba. If you’re not travelling as part of a tour to Jordan (i.e. on a coach) you’ll have to face the ‘taxi mafia’ to make the 12-minute ride to Aqaba, since there are no public buses. This can be amusing, irritating or downright infuriating, depending on your experience!Essentially, cab drivers there are trying to make as much money as they can since you are a ‘captive audience’. It is quite common if you try to get into a taxi with one or two people you’ve met at the crossing, the taxi drivers will shake their heads and tell you you can only travel with people you know. This way, they get more fares! The smartest way to deal with this is to arrange who you want to ‘taxi pool’ with before you come out into the parking lot, and insist to the cab driver that you are a group. Good luck!Cost of a Taxi to Petra or AqabaTaking a taxi directly to Petra is probably the quickest and most convenient way to travel on your own but it will cost you - around 50-55 Jordanian dinars ($70-$75). Alternatively, you can take a taxi to Aqaba (approx. 10 JOD or 15 USD - although you should bargain!) and then hire a taxi for a cheaper price (around 30 JODs/ 42 USD).If you have time, want to save some cash and are adventurous, you can also take the public minibuses, which leave from the downtown bus station there. They run from 6 am onwards, hold 10 people and only leave when the bus is full, so you might have to wait a bit. However, the cost is only 5 JOD ($7.5) and you’ll get to meet a few people too! Two hours later, ‘inshallah’ (’as God wills it) as they say in Arabic, you will have arrived in Petra.The Treasury, Petra, Jordan.Photo credit: © Shutterstock3. Allenby Bridge/King Hussein Bridge Crossing (Center)The Allenby Bridge border (named after a British commander during the time of the Mandate) lies between the first two borders (see above) and is situated on the Jordan River, about 5 km from Jericho and close to the Dead Sea.About an hour’s drive from Jerusalem (57 km) and another hour’s drive from Amman (53 km), this border crossing is situated in the south of the Jordan Valley. It is important to note that this crossing is only available for foreign tourists, diplomats and some Palestinians. Those who have Israeli citizenship can not cross into Jordan from here. Normal Operating Hours: Sunday - Thursday: 07:30 - 24.00. Friday: 07.30 - 15.00. Saturday:07.30 - 15.00. The terminal has a currency exchange booth, a cafeteria and restaurant, a section where you can buy insurance and a VAT refund area. It is also wheelchair friendly.From Israel into JordanThe most important thing to know, in advance, is that if you are trying to cross into Jordan using this border crossing, you will NOT be able to purchase a visa here. You must apply for a visa at a Jordanian consulate beforehand (either in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv) and should allow anywhere between 3-10 days before it is processed.The most important thing to know before trying to cross into Jordan via the King Hussein Bridge, and perhaps the biggest drawback, is that Jordan does not issue visas at this border. You must apply for a visa at a Jordanian consulate beforehand, and it can take anywhere from 2-15 days to receive it. For more details, contact Jordanian consular services.The second thing to know is that this is the crossing at which you will probably wait the longest to pass. Many Palestinians from the West Bank, who wish to travel internationally, use this route to access the airport in Amman and as well as the high volume of traffic, there are strict security checks. Royal Tombs, Petra.Photo credit: © ShutterstockTravelling to the Allenby Bridge from JerusalemIf you are travelling as an individual you can either take a private taxi (approximately 400 NIS / 125 USD), a yellow taxi van from the Damascus GateBus Station in East Jerusalem (approx. 20 NIS) or an Egged bus 961 (approx 20 NIS / 6,5 USD). Please note that the Egged bus (like the other crossings) will not drop you directly at the crossing - it’s a 2 km walk from the bus stop.After showing your passport and paying an exit tax of 107 NIS (33,5 USD), you will need to take a 15-minute bus ride to the Jordanian side. This bus costs 5 JOD and 1.5 JOD per bag. The buses can be sporadic, so make sure you are not in a rush. After passing through customs, you can either take a minibus to Abdali Station in Amman (7 JOD or 11 USD) or a private taxi (approximately 50-55 Jordanian dinars or 70-75 USD).Crossingthe Allenby Bridgeback into IsraelVisas (if necessary) must be obtained from the Jordanian Embassy in Amman, before crossing here and private cars and tour buses cannot cross here - you will be required to change vehicles. Depending on how long you have stayed in Jordan, you will have to pay an exit tax when crossing the border from Jordan to Israel. If you have stayed more than 3 nights, it will be waived.Wadi Rum desert. Photo by Karam Hamadneh on UnsplashTips for the CrossingIf you’ve already read the above, you’ll quickly realise that public transport at the northern and southern crossings, on the Jordanian side, is pretty limited. This is why many people decide to take organised tours of Petra and Jordanor travel to Jordan within the framework of your Israel and Jordan tour package - it will save you a great deal of hassle.We recommend that you wear comfortable footwear whilst in Jordan (particularly when hiking in Wadi Rum or Petra) and as it is a Muslim country (albeit not overly so) dress modestly. Women should aim to cover their shoulders and knees (no spaghetti tops or tight T-shirts). Drink plenty of fluids in the spring and summer months, as it is incredibly hot. We recommend not drinking water from the tap, but rather buying it in sealed bottles (which are easily available throughout the country).COVID-19 UpdateAs of August 2021, travelling across the Israel-Jordan border is still relatively challenging, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The southern border, between Eilat and Aqaba, has re-opened but has restricted hours, with early afternoon closing. A review of this is planned for some time later in the summer.Insofar as the Beit Shean and Allenby Bridge borders are concerned, there is no concrete information as to when they will reopen since a rising infection rate means that tourists are still not able to enter Israel. As soon as Bein Harim begins receiving incoming groups, we hope to resume our regular tours to Jordan but, at this point, we do not know when this will be.Mountains around Petra, Jordan. Photo by Sam Power on Unsplash
By Sarah Mann

How to Travel from Israel to Petra & Jordan

When visiting Israel it is a pity to miss out on one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the ancient city of Petra which is just across the border in the Kingdom of Jordan. Here is a brief guide about how to make the trip from Israel to Petra and back again in as little as one day (although you could stay overnight in Jordan if you preferred). Since the signing of a Peace Treaty in 1994 the Israelis and Jordanians have a neighborly relationship and Israelis as well as tourists who are guests in Israel are free to cross the border for a day or more. Some visitors even choose to extend their visit and go on to the Jordanian capital of Amman before returning to Israel.Temple of Hercules at Amman Citadel in Amman, Jordan at sunset. Photo credit: © ShutterstockHow to travel from Israel to Jordan?Many visitors like to take guided Petra tours from Israel, in which they'll switch buses at the Israeli-Jordanian borderand be on their way. Travelers who decided to Visit Petra from Israel on their own will have to handle transportation themselves; They'll have to switch between an Israeli Taxi and a Jordanian, and won't be able to take a car they rented in Israel across the border.The actual process of crossing the border can take longer than you might expect and depending on a range of issues it can take anywhere from one to three hours to complete the crossing. For this reason, if traveling independently try to leave early. All travelers arriving with a group must leave with the same group. Note that current regulations are subject to change so check with your tour company or embassy before setting off to the border.Inside The Rose City Of Petra.Photo credit: © ShutterstockWhat is Petra?Petra is an ancient city carved out of rose-colored rocks by the Nabataean civilization as early as 312BC. The city is in southern Jordan on the slopes of the Biblical Mount Hor (Jebel al-Madhbah). Petra has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its 27 intricate carved structures like temples, tombs, and public buildings carved out of the rock and for the ingenious water conduit system. During the Nabataean period, Petra was a major stop along the trade route which ran from the Arabian Peninsula and Egypt up to the Mediterranean and Syria. In the years following the decline of the Nabataean civilization, Petra was also inhabited by Romans ad Christians who both left their mark in the form of a Roman amphitheater and Byzantine Churches. Petra is also called the Lost City as it remained hidden for many years before being rediscovered in 1812. In 1917 T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) led the Arabs in a revolt against the Ottomans at Petra.A couple in Petra. Photo credit: © ShutterstockJordanian VisasNationals from many countries do not require a visa for Jordan; check with the Jordanian embassy in your country or Israel to see if your nationality can travel visa-free.King Hussein Bridge (Allenby Bridge crossing) – Foreign nationals cannot get a visa for Jordan at the border and must be pre-arranged through the Jordanian embassy but those traveling with an Israeli tour group can have their visa arranged by the tour company.Wadi Araba Crossing– As of January 2016 those traveling outside of a group tour will no longer be able to get a Jordanian visa at the Wadi Araba crossing in Eilat and will have to pre-arrange a visa at a Jordanian embassy. If you have pre-arranged your visa at the Jordanian embassy there is no visa fee at the border but you need to pay the $65 border tax.Israeli tour groups can still get visas at the Araba border crossing. If traveling with an Israeli tour group you don’t need to worry about the visa situation as your tour company will take care of the details and let you know of any requirements. The crossing involves a visa fee of approximately $60 and on reentry into Israel, there is an exit tax from Jordan of approximately $13.The Siq, is the ancient main entrance leading to the city of Petra. Photo credit: © ShutterstockCrossing from Israel to JordanThree border crossings connect Israel and Jordan: the Sheikh Hussein crossing, Allenby (King Hussein) crossing, and the Wadi Araba crossing in Eilat.1. Allenby Crossing (King Hussein Bridge Crossing)This is the nearest border crossing to Jerusalem, just an hour away; 5 km east of Jericho and 57km from Amman. The border crossing is open for travelers to Israel Sunday-Thursday 8 am-8 pm for entry and 8 am-2 pm for departures from Jordan plus Friday-Saturday 8 am-1 pm. The crossing operates throughout the year except for the Jewish Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) and the Islamic Feast of the Sacrifice (Eid al-Adha). The crossing is divided into a Departure Hall for Palestinians, Arrival Hall for Palestinians, Departure Hall for Tourists and East Jerusalem Citizens, and Arrival Hall for Tourists and East Jerusalem Citizens. This crossing is for Palestinians and tourists but is prohibited for Israeli citizens.2. Sheikh Hussein CrossingLocated in the north of Israel close to the southern end of the Sea of Galilee this Israeli/Jordanian border crossing is 90 km from Amman. It is open Sunday to Thursday 8 am-10 pm and Friday-Saturday 9 am-8 pm. Amman Citadel. View from atop.Photo byDaniel QuraonUnsplash3. Wadi Araba CrossingThis is the most common border crossing used for tourists traveling to Petra from Israel. This border crossing is located in Eilat on the shore of the Red Sea and is 324 km from Amman. This border crossing services Israeli and foreign tourists who travel on foot or in a vehicle. The Wadi Araba crossing is open Sundays-Thursdays 6:30 am-8 pm and Friday-Saturday 8 am-8 pm. This crossing is closed on the Islamic New Year (Hijra) and Jewish New Year (Yom Kippur). Entrance visas are not issued at this border crossing to individual travelers and should be arranged at the Jordanian embassy in your country or in Israel. People traveling in Israeli tourism company group tours do not require entry visas for this border crossing. If you make arrangements 24 hours in advance (or travel with a guided group that arranges it for you) and have a pre-bought entry ticket to Petra Archeological Site or official entry documents you do not have to stay the mandatory 24 hours in Jordan.4. Across the Red SeaRecent changes to regulations have caused some tour companies to include a tour to Jordan and Petra via the Red Sea and Aqaba. Israeli tourists are taken across the Taba border crossing in Eilat between Egypt and Israel. From there, there are regular ferries across the Red Sea to the Jordanian port city of Aqaba. It takes about 45 minutes to make the ferry crossing. From Aqaba, tours proceed to the ancient city of Petra. Eilat Aquapark. Photo byMichal IcoonUnsplash
By Petal Mashraki

5 Ways to Get from Tel Aviv to Petra

If you want to make the most of your trip to Israel then one of the great options is to include a side trip from Tel Aviv to Petra, Jordan. This UNESCO site and “World Wonder” is close enough to visit on a day trip from Tel Aviv. There are a number of ways to reach Petra, Jordan from Tel Aviv.By Guided Tour1-Day Petra Tour from Tel Aviv: You can easily find a great day trip from Tel Aviv to Petra which includes flights between Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport to the newRamon Airportnear Eilat. Sometours from Tel Aviv to Petrado not include the half-hour flight which can be purchased separately. If you take a tour with a flight, you'll be picked up from the Ramon Airport to the border, then across the beautiful Jordanian desert to Petra. After touring thePetra Archeological Park, you'll be taken back to Israel’s Ramon Airport and take the flight back to Tel Aviv. This is the best option if you don’t have a lot of time but still want to see Petra.Petra Tour and Eilat from Tel Aviv:If you have a little more time to spare then instead of taking just a 1-day Petra Tour from Tel Aviv,choose a tour that includes time in Eilat. You fly from Tel Aviv to Eilat as with a one day tour but instead of continuing straight to Petra you get a day of leisure in Eilat and overnight accommodation in an Eilat hotel. The trip to Petra starts the following day when you are taken from your Eilat hotel across the Arava border and to Petra. At the end of a full-day tour to Petra, you return to Eilat’s Ramon Airport for your flight to Tel Aviv. This is an excellent option if you haven’t included Eilat in your itinerary and want to see this stunning Red Sea resort city as well as Petra.Multi-Day Tours to Jordan from Tel Aviv: For those who have even more time in Israel, you could take a longer tour of Jordan and see more of the country in addition to Petra. A range of Israeli tours includes either a combination of sites in Israel and Jordan or just several days in Jordan. On an extended tour to Jordan from Tel Aviv, you would see places like Amman, Jerash, Madaba, Mount Nebo and of course Petra. Some of the multi-day tours from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to Jordan cross into Jordan via the Sheikh Hussein border crossing rather than the Arava crossing. All of the tours to Petra and Jordan from Israel include assistance at the border crossing, air-conditioned transportation, an awesome tour guide, and accommodation included on multi-day tours. The tours leave on most days of the week and are conducted in several languages.Petra from Tel Aviv by Bus TourThe cheapest Tel Aviv to Petra tour option is by bus. Petra tours from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv by busoffer pick-up in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem; a drive past the Dead Sea, through the Aravah Valley, and across the Aravah border from Eilat to Jordan. From there you continue to Petra for your sightseeing before making the return journey by bus to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem. The downside of this option is a very early morning start and a long bus trip as compared to the other Petra tours from Tel Aviv that include a short flight. However, for those on a budget, it is an ideal alternative.Independent Travel from Tel Aviv to PetraIt is possible to travel from Tel Aviv to Petra independently. First, you will need to get yourself to the Arava border in Eilat. You can do this by taking a bus or flight to Eilat and from there a taxi to the border crossing. Remember to organize your Jordanian visa before traveling. If you are traveling without a tour group you cannot get a visa at the border. On arrival at the border, you will need to present your passport and visa. Once you have crossed into Jordan you will find taxis and self-proclaimed tour guides waiting on the Jordanian side ready to take you to Petra.The cost of traveling to Petra from Tel Aviv independently will include getting to Eilat from Tel Aviv; getting from Eilat to the Arava border; your visa fee(102-177ILS); exit tax from Israel (about 100ILS); transportation to Petra; entrance fee to the Petra Archeological Park(50JD-90JD); transportation back to the Jordan/Israel border; an exit tax from Jordan (about 10JD); transportation from the border to the Eilat bus station or airport and the price of your flight or bus back to Tel Aviv. If traveling from Tel Aviv to Petra independently we strongly recommend you visit your local Jordanian Embassy beforehand to find out about visa requirements.
By Petal Mashraki

Jordan River Border Crossing

After two long years where many countries were hard to visit, and Israel was - to all intents and purposes - closed to visitors and tourists - we’re perhaps seeing a chink of light at the end of the tunnel. COVID rates are down, regulations are being relaxed and, once more, countries are opening to business, including us!North Theater of Jerash, Jordan.Photo byChijui YehonUnsplashHere at Bein Harim, we’re slowly returning to normal with the operation of our many Israel and Jordan tours and it’s a good feeling to see them running again - whether they’re daily, weekly, private, or entail crossing a border. In the case of 3-4 day Jordan packages, which we’re discussing today, even as we go to press, it’s not entirely clear how many different kinds of trips to Petra From Israel we’ll be offering in the near future, but rest assured there will be many! For anyone travelling to Jordan (whether in a group or independently), the lost city of Petra, with its feats of Nabatean engineering and beautiful coloured rock formations, has got to be the highlight of a trip. But it’s not the only place worth visiting in Jordan - there’s also the desert of Wadi Rum (made famous by Lawrence of Arabia), the capital Amman and the Greco-Roman city of Jerash.So, to recap, the good news is that if you’re heading to the Levant, it’s now possible to freely travel both in Israel and Jordan. Today, we’re looking at one of the three border crossings between Israel and Jordan - the one furthest north named Sheikh Hussein, which is probably the quietest of the three in Israel but still used on a regular basis.The Treasury, Petra, Jordan. Photo byBrian KairuzonUnsplashWhere is the border crossing of Sheikh Hussain?The border crossing of Sheikh Hussain lies on the outskirts of the city of Beit Shean, in the Jordan Valley in northern Israel. To drive there from either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv takes approximately two hours.What hours is the border crossing between Israel and Jordan open?The Jordanian border crossing here is open seven days a week, year-round, save for two days - Yom Kippur (the Jewish people’s most holy day) and the first day of Id El Hijra, the first day of the Muslim New Year. Specific hours are: Sunday - Thursday: 08:00- 18:00ִִ; Friday: 8:00 - 18:00; Saturday: 08:30hrs - 18:00.Do I need a visa to enter Jordan?The answer is yes, a visa is usually required if you want to travel to Jordan. However, the good news is that it is easily obtainable and can be purchased at the border crossing itself. So obtaining a visa for Jordan is really not too difficult. Here’s the lowdown:For most tourists of western countries, conditions to meet are quite simple. You must have a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond the time you are planning to stay, and at least two blank pages in your passport that officials will use for stamps.For citizens of other countries, including South Africa, Indonesia, Ecuador and states that make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), visa-free travel is granted, for periods of time that range from one to three months. The ruins in Jerash, Jordan.Photo by Hisham Zayadnh on UnsplashHow much does a visa for Jordan cost?At present, the cost of a single-entry visa to Jordan, valid for one month, is 40 Jordanian dinars (JOD) which comes out to approximately $56. A double-entry visa, which is good for three months, will set you back 60 JOD (approx. $84) and if you need to travel back and forth regularly, then you may want to purchase a multiple-entry visa which costs 120 JOD (approx. $170).How do I travel independently to the Sheikh Hussein border?If you are not travelling to Jordan as part of an organised tour, then - to be honest - this is probably not the best border crossing for you to use, since it is the furthest distance from Petra of the three, and also not easily accessible by public transport. However, it is possible. From Jerusalem, you can take Egged bus 961 from the Central Bus Station, which takes 1 hour 50 minutes. If you prefer things to be organized for you, just take a Jerusalem to Petra tour.From Tel Aviv, you can catch the 843 bus from the Central Bus Station on Levinsky Street - it is a huge building, and you should head to the 7th floor. The journey will take 1 hour 55 minutes. Arriving from either of these cities, you will be dropped off in the centre of Beit Shean and from there you will have to take a taxi to the border - this should cost you around 50 NIS ($15). If you are driving in your own car, it is possible to leave it at the nearby Kibbutz Maoz Haim, which costs approx. 40 NIS per day in parking fees.There is also a bus service that runs three times each week, from Nazareth to Amman. Operated by Nazarene Tours, it is a cheap way to get to the capital since it only costs around 80 NIS one way. The bus leaves Nazareth at 08.30 and, traffic and border controls permitting will have you in Amman by 14.00.Beit Shean, not far fromSheikh Hussein Border Crossing, Israel.Photo byBriana TozouronUnsplashWhat Facilities are there at the Sheikh Hussein Border Crossing?Facilities are quite minimal - there is no bank and no major eateries, so come prepared with your own snacks and lunch. There is a small Currency Exchange where you can exchange notes. There is also a Duty-Free at the crossing, on the Israeli side. The terminal is wheelchair accessible and all staff speak good English. If you’ve forgotten snacks, there is a machine where you can purchase sweets, fizzy drinks, water, etc.What is the Procedure for Crossing the Border into Jordan?Whether you are travelling independently or as part of an organised tour, you will have to pay an exit tax to Israeli officials which stands at 107 NIS (about $30). Your passport will then be stamped and you will be free to continue on your way. You will then need to take a shuttle to the Jordanian side (walking is not an option) which costs 5 NIS (just under $2). Make sure you have this money in small change and give it to the driver of the shuttle.The shuttle will take no more than 3 minutes and will leave you on the Jordanian side of the border. There, you will be met by a Jordanian, English-speaking representative that works with your tour company and they will assist you, by taking your passports and organising the processing of your group’s visas. Once this is complete, you will soon be on your way. Please note that if you have dual nationality, between Israel and another country, you must use your Israeli passport to cross the border.If you are not in a group, after formalities have been carried out, you will find yourself in a deserted open space with just a few taxi drivers, all hungry for your business. There are no public buses from the border onto any Jordanian cities (Amman or otherwise) so you are really at their mercy - of course, they also want you to take their car, so it is possible to haggle about the price of a cab to the capital. In general, you should be prepared to pay around 50 JOD ($70) for this 90 km drive.Amman Citadel, Jordan.Photo by Hisham Zayadnh on UnsplashDo I need to take a PCR test before leaving Israel for Jordan?Since yesterday, the regulations for COVID testing have been updated, both by Jordan and Israel. As things stand, this is the procedure you must follow:1. You MUST be in possession of valid personal health insurance that covers COVID-19 treatment for the entire period of your visit to Jordan.2. Before arriving at the border, you must visit the Gateway to Jordan platform to register your details online, filling in all the relevant information. Once you have done this, a confirmation will be issued to you by email/cellphone, containing a QR code. It is imperative that you understand that without this QR code confirmation, you will not be allowed to enter Jordan.3. No PCR test is required if you are making a short trip, but if you are staying longer than 72 hours in Jordan you may be required to take a test. Ruins of Amman Citadel, Jordan.Photo by Hisham Zayadnh on UnsplashCrossing from Jordan via the Sheikh Hussein Crossing, back into IsraelThe first thing that is worth mentioning is that the longer you’ve stayed in Jordan, the less you will have to pay in departure taxes. No doubt this is to encourage people to book hotels and spend money in restaurants. The departure tax will be around 10 JOD (14 USD), depending on how many nights you’ve stayed in the country. If you have stayed more than three, it will be exempt. Whilst restrictions have been eased substantially since the beginning of the COVID pandemic unless you are an Israeli citizen you will still need to take a PCR test before you leave Jordan and once arriving in Israel. Here is the procedure:1. Two days (48 hours) before your planned arrival, fill out Israel’s entry statement form. In it include your personal information, and sign the health declaration.2. Take a PCR test in Jordan, any time up to 72 hours before your arrival in Israel. This should cost you around 20 JOD (28,5 USD).3. Pay in advance for the PCR test you will be required to take on arrival at the Israel border. This will cost you 80 NIS (25 USD) if you pay in advance, 100 NIS (31 USD) if you pay on the spot with a credit card and 115 NIS (36 USD) if you wish to pay in cash.4. Once you have left Jordan, and arrived in Israel, wait to take your test and then travel directly to your hotel, apartment or place of residence where you should enter isolation. Wait until your result is proven to be negative, or that 24 hours have passed before you venture outside.Please note that these rules and regulations are changing regularly and that they are subject to change at any time. If you are interested in tours to Petra and Jordan, feel free to contact us.
By Sarah Mann

Is it Safe to Travel to Jordan? (2023 UPDATE)

Is Jordan a safe destination for tourists? how about families with young kids? and lone women? How helpful are the local police? Our updated field research has all the answersWhen we’re asked ‘Is travelling to Jordan safe?’ we answer, unequivocally, ‘you bet’. How can we tell? because we don’t just offer day trips to Petrafrom Israel and overnight trips for tourists: many of our staff, friends and family travel across the border too. And if it’s not safe for us, then why would we advise you to travel there?Let’s take a closer look at what travelling in Jordan entails, and why you can feel confident in booking a trip there, whether it’s simply to Petra or a wider tour of the country, taking in Wadi Rum, Amman and Jerash.Is it safe to visit Petra? Sure it isGeneral Safety in JordanFirst of all, we’re happy to say that violent crime is extremely rare when travelling around Jordan. Occasionally, a visitor will have to cope with an incident of petty theft, just like in any other tourist destination around the world. Luckily, there’s a wide police presence in most parts of Jordan; Locals appreciate the safety and they feel you should too.Moreover, the Jordanian police themselves are capable and anxious to help any traveller in trouble. So if you follow some common sense rules (be respectful if you’re near a mosque, choose long pants over shorts if in doubt, and don’t eat food or drink beverages in public when Muslims are fasting during Ramadan), you will be fine.Jordan Police Patrol (by Dickelbers CC BY-SA 3.0)Is it safe for families to travel to Jordan?If we know one thing, it’s that Jordanians love foreign children and will welcome your kids with open arms.Middle Eastern culture is strongly family-oriented and it’s quite normal to take your children everywhere with you, even out to restaurants in the evening. Jordanians (and also Israelis) are no strangers to family-friendly vacation plans and accommodation is bound to be equipped with cots, high-chairs and the like. Moreover, guides, hotel staff and taxi drivers are all consistently helpful when it comes to meeting the needs of the younger members of the trip.Bringing your kids to Jordan is more than a good vacation idea - it’s actually educational. After all, this is a country full of history and archaeology, not to mention the natural beauty of the desert. What better way to capture your child’s imagination than by showing them the Middle East in person, not via a book or laptop screen?You can take the whole bunchIs there a great deal of crime in Jordan?No. There might be incidents of petty theft, and irritating panhandlers - but this is par for the course on any vacation. Attentive Police officers are present in most parts of the country and make sure every visitor will get the best possible service and protection.Crime? Not more than in other countries. And the Camels won't biteIs it safe for women to travel to Jordan?Yes! Many women travel to Jordan each year, both on organised trips and independently, and will tend to tell you that they felt comfortable the entire time. Particularly in more touristy areas, such as Petra and Wadi Rum (did you know Star Wars movies were shot there?), you will see many people on vacation, in all probability quite a lot of them speaking English too! It’s always a good idea, however, for women to dress modestly in Jordan. This doesn’t mean putting on a burka, by the way! Rather, to avoid any unwanted attention, choose clothing that is loose and covers the arms and legs and wear a hat/sunglasses. This isn’t just to ward off intrusive starring either - it will protect you from sunburn! The key, as a woman travelling in the Middle East, is to always be aware of your surroundings and show cultural sensitivity. If you were in Tel Aviv for a day or two, it would be easy to put on a short dress and go out on the town alone. That may not work quite as well elsewhere. Nevertheless, we’re happy to say that, with a little common sense and awareness of local customs, any woman can travel safely in Jordan.Visit Petra worry-freeIs it safe to travel to Jordan solo / independently?An increasing number of people are travelling to Jordan alone, and almost all of them will tell you they had no problems. English is widely spoken in the capital and in tourist areas like Petra and Wadi Rum. Buying a visa for Jordan is usually possible on the border itself and finding a taxi or using a public minibus to get around, once you’ve arrived, is not difficult.What you should bear in mind, however, is that travelling solo in Jordan is not necessarily going to save you time or money. Whilst you can book accommodation online and find local restaurants at which to eat, you won’t have the services of a guide (who knows the area well) and, in the event of a medical mishap, bad weather (which may close roads) or any emergency, you will have to cope alone, which can be frustrating and exhausting.You can do it alone. But why would you?Moreover, travelling alone isn’t much cheaper than booking an organised trip to Jordan, because the company you use will take care of visa requirements, and entry fees to places like Petra and have accommodation lined up for you. Indeed, many people who book a trip to Petra rave about the Bedouin campsites they stay in (which are pretty glamorous, with excellent local food and mink blankets to keep you warm at night).At the end of the day, it’s all about personal preference and whilst we would say that a solo traveller should feel safe travelling around Jordan, the convenience of an airconditioned bus with a knowledgeable guide, and everything is done for you, actually lends a feeling of security to the trip.Enjoy your trip to Jordan - and tag us here at Bein Harim Tours on Instagram, if you would like us to share your photos. Happy travels!
By Sarah Mann

7 Reasons you should visit Wadi Rum from Israel

If you’re vacationing in Israel or looking for an ‘off-the-beaten-path’ trip, then there’s no better place to head to than Wadi Rum, in Jordan.Located in the south of the country, close to the Saudi Arabian border, you’ll find an astonishing landscape that will, in all probability, take your breath away.Welcome to Wadi RumIn the heart of the Jordanian desert, Wadi Rum boasts towering cliffs, dark caverns, narrow gorges, impressive mountains, sweeping dunes, and refreshing springs. Even better: it suits not just those who are looking for beauty and solitude, but adrenaline junkies as well. So let's start with 7 reasons you should visit Wadi Rum, and then talk about how to get there.1. The Martian Scenery Will Blow Your MindAlso known as ‘The Valley of the Moon’, because its desert landscape looks so utterly alien. In Arabic, a wadi is a usually dry riverbed (save for a short rainy season) and ‘rum’ means ‘elevated’ or ‘high’. This gives you an idea of how dramatic the scenery in this part of Jordan is.Just like Mars. Wadi RumYou'll find no roads or buildings in Wadi Rum, and the only thing around you visible will be sandstone and granite mountains. It really does look like the moon’s surface, which is why it’s a popular film location (both ‘Dune’ and ‘The Martian’ were filmed here, and several Star Wars movies).Whether you want to hike, climb, or take a jeep tour, this extraordinary landscape will make this trip unforgettable.Wadi Rum camps. yes, this is Earth2. The Spectacular ColorsThere are dunes all around Wadi Rum and they are truly astonishing - if you want an idea, think of ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ (which was also filmed here). Yellow, red, and orange - they are wonderful to look at and the photos you'll snap will make all your friends jealous. Wadi Rum Jeep trips are an amazing opportunity for photography loversIt’s also possible to ride between the dunes on buggies and jeeps. And for the more adventurous, there’s sandboarding, where you climb to the top of a dune and then slide down it on a board, with both your feet attached. The most popular of these is known as ‘Big Red’.Dunes are a truly unique natural phenomenon and whether you want to climb them or just stare at them, Wadi Rum is the place to do it.Wadi Rum Dunes3. The Authentic Bedouin ExperienceWadi Rum is a Bedouin community; Bedouins are nomads who have roamed Jordan’s empty spaces for hundreds of years. With a reputation for warm hospitality, staying at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rumand living life as they have done for thousands of years is a marvelous experience.ProTip: Sorry, Italy - but Bedouins make the best coffee on earthThe Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum are not uncomfortable either - in fact, some of the tents in which visitors stay are utterly deluxe, with air-con, hot showers, balconies, and mink blankets to keep you warm at night! And when you factor in the traditional Jordanian cuisine you’ll be served, you’ll quickly realize that this is not camping - this is glamping.Finally, if you really want to push the boat out, we’d suggest booking one of the ‘martian tents’. Also known as ‘star pods’ or ‘bubble tents’, they have transparent panels built in, allowing you to look out at the stars. It’s the closest you may ever come to thinking you’re in outer space, and the little extra cost is well worth it.Martian tents in Wadi Rum4. An Uninterrupted Date with the Milkey WayDon't miss stargazing tours in Wadi Rum; This place sits in the middle of a huge desert, which makes it - for the most part - quite undeveloped. The skies, therefore, are an inky black at night, save for the twinkling stars.Most of us live in cities and aren’t used to seeing clear skies. But in Wadi Rum, for approximately 300 days a year, you’ll be guaranteedperfect visibility. With its low latitude and high altitude, it really is one of the best places to stare at the sky and trace the outline of the Milky Way.The stars await. Wadi Rum Stargazing5. It’s a Rock-Climber’s ParadiseWadi Rum is home to some astounding rock formations, all of which were formed millions of years ago (geologists believe it was between two separate Ice Ages). Indeed, the entire valley is cut out of sandstone (soft and white quartz) and granite, making for stunning scenery and remarkable views.Just look at these rock formations!No wonder then that it’s such a utopia for rock climbers; there are limitless opportunities. Do take a guide, however - the topography is complicated and because of the endless streams and canyons, it can be very challenging.Of course, if you don’t want to strap on gear and dangle from the top of a ledge, you can simply trek. However, please don’t forget to take a lot of water (even in the winter, you’ll need to be drinking at least 2 liters per day). Moreover, if you’re going without a guide, take a buddy and let people know your route in advance - finding yourself lost in the desert is no joke!The famous Seven Pillars of Wisdom, in Wadi Rum (by Daniel Case CC BY-SA 3.0)6. It's so close to Petra!You should not come to Jordan without making a trip to Petra (which is 110 km away, about a 2-hour drive). This fabled lost city, built by the Nabateans 2,300 years ago, is the country’s most visited attraction and once you’ve seen it for yourself you will understand why.The Petra Treasury‘The Rose City’ as it is known (because the rocks out of which it is carved are rose-pink, although they change color throughout the day) is quite spellbinding, from the narrow Siq passageway through which you walk to the renowned Petra Treasury (once a tomb and a temple).Note that a single day there might allow you to see some of the attractions of the Petra Archaeological Park, but you'll miss many special gems.Dozens of ancient temples and shrines, all carved into the rosy cliffs. PetraFor those who want to spend more than a day in this lost city,2-day Petra toursare highly recommended; this way, they'll have enough time to explore the whole park, and see the High Place of Sacrifice and the Petra Monastery - both are well worth the trek. Plus, you’ll be able to return to Petra at night and see it lit up with thousands of candles.7. You can Combine Wadi Rum with a trip to IsraelIt’s extremely easy to travel to Jordan from Israel - and many visitors like to see both countries on the same vacation. They usually start in central Israel, where they enjoy many attractions in Tel Aviv - an unstoppable celebration of a city - and the ancient splendor of Jerusalem. Then they take a bus ride or a flight to Eilat, Israel's No.1 resort city, and cross the border to Aqaba, Jordan. Wadi Rum is a few more hours by bus from there.Church of the Holy Sepulchre, JerusalemMany visitors don't like to handle all the details and possible mishaps on their way to adventure - and prefer to travel worry-free, so they just take an organized tour.Here at Bein Harim, we offer such package Israel and Jordan Tours (focusing on historical, religious, and ‘classical Israel’ themes) as well as day trips and privately-guided tours. We’ve been in business a long time and with our professional staff and expert guides (all certified by the Ministry of Tourism) we can make your trip to Israel and Wadi Rum everything you dreamed of - and then some.Interested? Feel free to contact us, and learn more about Israel and Jordan in the Bein Harim Blog.
By Sarah Mann

Better Ways: How to Get from Petra to Wadi Rum? (2023 UPDATE)

Jordan has an enormous amount to offer tourists but, without a doubt, it’s Petra that the majority of people come to see. This is not surprising - it’s an extraordinary spot, a true national treasure and a UNESCO World Heritage site to boot.But there’s another hidden gem in Jordan that more and more visitors are flocking to. It’s the Wadi Rum valley, a natural treasure, also called "The Valley of the Moon", that looks like an alien world; no wonder several Star Wars movies were filmed there.The Wadi Rum reserve is south of Petra, close to the border with Saudi Arabia; The travel distance is 105km (68 miles) and it takes about two hours. Today, we’re looking at how to travel between Petra and Wadi Rum, and the good news is that whether you’re splurging or on a budget, it’s really quite easy. Here are the best ways, updated and tested by our field teams.1. Taxi from Petra to Wadi RumThe city of Wadi Musa sits just outside the Petra Archeology Park and It’s easy to flag down a taxi on the main streets. All you need to do is negotiate the price before you set off. This should be somewhere between 35-40 JOD (after you’ve haggled) and since Petra welcomes many independent visitors, it’s also possible to split the cost with other solo travellers.One thing you should bear in mind, however, is to ask beforehand about the method of payment - some drivers will insist on cash so make sure you are in agreement before you leave town.Pros: FastCons: Payment issues, PriceWadi Musa2.Jordan Car RentalRenting a car in Jordan is quite simple and relatively inexpensive. It gives you tremendous flexibility, you can stop where you choose along the route, and - let’s face it - aren’t road trips great fun?Just note that you’ll need to rent the car either in Amman (the capital) or Aqaba (on the Red Sea, close to the border crossing with Israel) because Wadi Musa, where Petra is located, is really not much more than a small desert town.Pros: Flexibility, faster travel timeCons: Not available in Wadi Musa, and require rental and return in other citiesAmman's streets. Here you could find car rental agencies3. Organised tours in Petra and Wadi RumMany would argue thatPetra and Wadi Rum toursare the best way to combine these two attractions and, without a doubt, it’s the most convenient and hassle-free way to go. If you book a tour of Petra and Wadi Rum, you’ll be transported in a comfortable air-con bus, enjoy the services of a knowledgeable local guide and have accommodation set up for you in advance.This means that you don’t have to think about anything - cash for cab drivers, getting lost in your rental car, buses that are uncomfortable or stop endlessly to pick other passengers up along the way…it’s not an issue. Everything is arranged for you and that’s that.Pros: Worry-Free vacation, comfort, expert guides andCons: Some couldbe pricey. Here are some budget-smartIsrael and Jordan tours100% fun, zero hustle. Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum4.Petra to Wadi Rum byStandard BusThe most budget-friendly option is to take a bus. The local minibus departs daily from Wadi Musa Bus Station at 06:00. Not surprisingly, it will take you much longer than if you’re driving, so factor in about two and a half to three hours on the road, but it’s definitely an interesting experience and a chance to meet the locals.Pros: PriceCons: Longer travel timeStandard Buses are cheap, but take longer to arrive6.Petra to Wadi Rum byJETT BusAlternatively, you can take the JETT bus from Petra to Wadi Rum, which leaves every day at 05:00 from the front of the Visitors Centre. It’s comfortable, has air-con, there are bathrooms on board and the journey time is around 90 minutes. It costs 15 JOD and it’s advisable to book a ticket in advance.Pros: Shorter travel timeCons: Not cheap and not always available if you didn't book aheadJETT Bus (image: official JETT website)7. Private Transfer from Petra to Wadi RumTaking a private transfer is the most expensive but definitely the most convenient option. Once booked and paid for, all you have to do is wait for the driver to arrive at your hotel. Then sit back and enjoy the ride. You can organise these with the reception at your hotel or book them online easily.Pros: ComfortCons: PriceTransfer Van in JordanHow do I enter Wadi Rum?Once you've arrived, stop at the Visitor’s Centre and show your Jordan Pass, which gives you free admission. Otherwise, the cost of entry is 5 JOD. Then it’s up to you what you want to see in this spectacular desert.And you really are spoilt for choice, trust us. From hiking in spectacular canyons, visiting the Lawrence Springs and the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, gazing at dunes, camel riding, taking a trip in a hot air balloon, rock climbing, star gazing, hiring a jeep or simply enjoying a sunset, there’s no shortage of things to keep you occupied for at least a couple of days.The Martian landscape of Wadi RumIs it possible to see Petra and Wadi Rum in one day?Technically yes, but everyone who ever visited Jordan will advise against it. The fact is that both of these places deserve your time and attention and trying to cram them into one day will probably leave you exhausted and frustrated. It’s better to allow a minimum of two days if you really want to enjoy yourselves.Plan a trip to Petra and Wadi Rum from IsraelTourists who visit Israel and enjoy the wonders of Jerusalem and the colours of Tel Aviv tend to include Jordan in their vacation as well. An organised Petra and Wadi Rum tour from Eilator a Tel Aviv to Petra 2-Day tourcould give you time to really see and experience the beauty of these two places, with a guide to make sure you get the most out of your experience. The guide will deal with all the formalities and every possible issue, so you can focus on your fun and adventure.If you’d like any further information about the tours we offer to Jordan, feel free to contact us and take a look at our blog, which is full of useful information if you’re planning a trip either to Petra, Wadi Rum or Israel.
By Sarah Mann

Bedouin Hospitality in Jordan

Everyone who ever visited Jordan will happily show you breathtaking photos of the enormous temples of Petra, all carved into red cliffs. They'll tell you about the otherworldly landscape of Wadi Rum (no wonder several Star Wars movies were filmed there), the interesting local food, and the amazing weather. But if you'll ask what impressed them the most about this country, many will answer: ‘Bedouin hospitality' - And they'll be right.In Bedouin culture, the receiving of guests goes above and beyond what most of us can even understand - that is, every guest who visits them is treated like an actual member of their family!Jordan's amazing desert nomads are a fascinating cultureIndeed, in their tradition, anyone who arrives at their home must be welcomed in, no questions asked - and protected from any harm. Guests will be hosted for three days before they are even asked why they have arrived!For most westerners, this is beyond comprehension.Who are the Bedouins?The Bedouins are ancient Arab people, tribal in nature and living in extended families, who have spent thousands of years roaming the deserts of the Middle Eastern. In fact, in Arabic, Bedouin means ‘desert dweller’ and, historically, these are people who have practiced a nomadic lifestyle, wandering through harsh terrain across the Arabian Peninsula.Independent and quick thinking, their animal-herding skills and ability to migrate into the desert (in the rainy season) and then continue onto cultivated land in the dry periods mean that they can survive in all kinds of adverse circumstances.Bedouin girl in the Lost City of Petra (by Berthold Werner, CC BY 3.0)Bedouins are organized in clans - every ‘tent’ (in which they dwell) is a family and these families connect to form clans. Within the clan, unconditional loyalty is demanded. Bedouin society is patriarchal and there is a structure of kinship, which you see in their wide networks of blood relations (all descended through the male line of course).Leaders of clans then form a Council of Elders and although this Council doesn't have absolute authority, it is very powerful. In some situations, it is Sheikhs who rule the roost and in other smaller tribes, power is usually passed from father to son. Polygamy is also widely practiced and, not surprisingly, men with four wives will often sire large numbers of children!Bedouin Culture in JordanThe Bedouins in Jordan are one of the most well-known ethnic groups and many of today’s population are descended from them. What makes them so different from other groups is their wide-ranging kinship networks - the notion of community is taken extremely seriously.The other thing that cannot be disputed is their incredibly rich culture. Like the fellow clansmen in the Egyptian Sinai, Saudi Arabian, and the Sahara in north Africa, their dress, dwelling places and customs are still easily recognizable.Bedouin passing a rock bridge, Wadi RumBedouin Dress and LifestyleBedouin men wear ‘galabia’ (long gowns) and a keffiyeh’ (scarf) atop the head. You’ll see Bedouin women in long black gowns (called abayas or thwabs) which are beautifully embroidered (often in bright colors) and have long neck openings.If you like it, you could get one yourselfBedouin hospitality: What can you expect?If you really want to experience some authentic Bedouin hospitality, probably the best place to do it is in Wadi Rum. This area of the desert, made famous by Lawrence of Arabia, is a fantastic place to head if you want to camp under the stars, marvel at rock formations like the famous Seven Pillars of Wisdomand the Um-Fruth Rock Bridge, hike in empty spaces, and learn more about a very ancient way of life. These kinds of things might include:1. Drinking fantastic Arabic CoffeeServed on every conceivable occasion (from family dinners to weddings and funerals) this is one of the traditions visitors most appreciate when visiting Jordan. It really is a big production too - from roasting the beans, grinding them down, and then making the actual coffee on the fire, caffeine never tasted so good.The best dark coffee you'll ever drinkThe traditional grinder that Bedouins used was often made of pistachio wood and it’s said that it would ‘play a melody’ as the beans were grinding. This meant that everyone in the neighborhood knew coffee was brewing and that they were invited over!Today, when you arrive at Wadi Rum, it’s likely that the first thing your Bedouin host will do is invite you inside a tent, to drink Arabic coffee whilst you relax around the fire.There is definitely a specific etiquette to all of this. A ‘typical’ coffee-making ceremony will involve some drumming, whilst the beans roast on the fire. Once they have been cooled, they will be ground in a stone mortar, into which cardamom pods will be added. Finally, it will be served to you in teeny tiny cups called ‘feenghal’. The Bedouin black coffee is just splendid: the strong, rich taste is unequaled, rivaled only by Turkish coffee.Bedouin making coffeeFun fact: it’s traditional for Bedouins to serve their guests three cups of coffee - the first as a gesture of hospitality, the second for fun, and the third for protection now and in the future.2. Eating Bedouin BreadFor Bedouins, ‘arbood’ is a staple food - something that men would eat at lunch, years ago, whilst wandering across the desert, taking care of their sheep and goats, often miles from anywhere. It can also be made from just a few simple ingredients - flour, water, and salt, all kneaded together but then - and this is the twist - in a wood fire with hot ashes.The bread is prepared in the easiest way imaginable and it’s not leavened. Since ovens are not readily available, it is cooked in another way - the dough is placed over ashes and then covered with ashes. The dough is then turned with a stick, throughout the bake, to make sure it’s cooked evenly on both sides and the result is wonderful - a little chewy and with a powerful and slightly nutty flavor.Bedouin Bread3. Learning how to Make Kohl EyelinerWomen throughout the world use kohl as an eyeliner/mascara. What most don’t usually know is that it has an interesting history in the Arab world. For Bedouins, kohl is thought to protect against eye infections, not to mention strengthen eyesight, but is tied up with cultural tradition.There are references to kohl in poetry and Islamic texts and, in years past, it was made from the ashes of a gum tree, which they then mixed with olive oil until it turned into a powder. Indeed, Bedouin men wore it because they believed it would protect them both against sandstorms and the ‘evil eye’.Today, it’s an integral part of a woman’s beauty ritual and it is possible to watch it being made by local women before it is applied to your eyes!Bedouin woman4. See the Weaving of Goat-Hair TentsFor hundreds of years, the Bedouins have been making their own tents, out of animal hair. And it really isn’t as easy as it looks because apart from the fact that it needs to be done in the dry season (when the weather is already hot) it’s quite an effort, physically!In the past, these tents needed to be easily put up dismantled and transported and it was traditional to use either camel or goat hair that was densely woven. Mixed in with vegetable fibers, it became a fabric they could put over the poles.Today, many Bedouins still live in tents {called Bayt al-shar in Arabic) which are made out of black goat hair and, inside, divided with cloth curtains into areas for men, women, and cooking. Goat hair is a good material to use as it is ‘breathable’ and provides dense shade during the day and a little heat at night.If you do get a chance to see something like this, it is incredible to watch. The hair is spun into strands by Bedouin women who then weave it together into panels. It really is a simple and elegant design, and it makes you realize how the old ways could sometimes really be the best.A Bedouin Family (by Tanenhaus, CC BY 2.0)How do you get to Wadi Rum, Jordan?Many tourists travel to Israel and Jordan on the same vacation; They usually start in colorful Tel Aviv or majestic Jerusalem, then go south toward Eilat - Israel's best beach resort city. From there, they cross the border to the kingdom of Jordan and take a 2.5-hour ride through the enchanting desert.Israel and Jordan tours are the best way to see both countries knowing you won't miss any attractions, and enjoy the sights worry-free. For example, you can enjoy Eilat's wonderful coral beach and tax-free malls, then embark on a 2-dayPetra and Wadi tour.
By Sarah Mann

7 Common Mistakes Tourists Make in Jordan

The kingdom of Jordan is filled to the brim with exotic attractions, fascinating history, and views you won't soon forget: from the ancient temples of Petra to the colorful landscapes of Wadi Rum that looks like an alien planet. It's not surprising that so many tourists flock to Jordan either by organizedPetra and Wadi Rum Tours or just traveling on their own. But many of them make these common mistakes that could cause unnecessary complications and even ruin their vacation. Here are the seven you must know to avoid. The sights are magnificent, and so are some of the mistakes tourists make1. Relying on credit cardsIn many parts of the modern world, we’re used to whipping out our credit cards for everything - from a large purchase to a cup of coffee. But this is not the case in many parts of Jordan, especially outside the capital; you’ll find that simply a Visa or Mastercard will leave you woefully underprepared when it’s time to settle the bill.Many post offices, grocery shops, cafes, and even restaurants will not take credit cards so do come prepared. The national currency is the Jordanian dinar (DOJ) and, if possible, change money beforehand, to be assured of the best rates.A Cafe in PetraIf you are arriving in Jordan from Israel, and have been in Jerusalem beforehand, there's an excellent place to change dollars (or shekels) into dinars is in the Old City: the Damascus Gate area, where exchange rates are quite competitive. Be prepared to bargain hard though.Keep in mind that while Jordan is not eye-wateringly expensive in the way London, Tokyo, NYC, and even Tel Aviv can be - it’s not super cheap, so err on the side of caution and bring more cash than you think you might need!2. Assuming that it won’t be coldThe fact that Jordan is situated in the Middle East leads many people to assume that the weather will always be hot, on a visit. This is not the case!Whilst summers in Jordan can be scorching, winter days can be rainy and, in the desert, temperatures will drop considerably the moment the sun has gone down.Petra at night. Don't forget to take a jacket!This means that if you’re visiting Petra and Wadi Rum between November and February, you need to bring warm clothing. This should include not just a sweater but a fleece jacket, scarf, hat, and gloves.If you want to be prepared, bring something waterproof to wear too; very occasionally there’s a torrential downpour and if you’re exploring a lost city, you may well be exposed to the elements!3. Thinking Petra is a One-Day stopMany people think a day trip to Petra will suffice when visiting Jordan, but we’d recommend putting aside more time because not only is it an extraordinarily beautiful place to explore (it has UNESCO status) but it’s also much larger than you think.The lost city of Petra incorporates not just the Siq passage and the famous Petra Treasury, but tombs, caves, and a ‘wow factor’ Monastery. If you only have a day in Petra, there’s no way you can fit all that in…after all, even if you hire a donkey, there’s a lot of walking involved!The amazing Petra MonasteryIf you stay overnight (i.e. take a2-day Petra tour) not only will you have the opportunity to see it by night - lit up by thousands of candles - but arrive early in the morning, to walk the narrow Siq passageway and arrive at the Treasury before the daytrippers all arrive, a few hours later.Accommodation in Wadi Musa (the town in which Petra is nestled) is plentiful, and many people love the Bedouin-style upmarket camping option - even better, if you travel onto Wadi Rum, afterward, you can sleep in a ‘Martian pod’ (they have transparent roofs, ensuite bathrooms and transport you to another dimension, hence the name!). Bottom line: Just a one-day trip to Petramight be great, but will leave you hungry for more.4. Thinking Horse and Doney rides are completely FreeEvery Petra Tourstarts at the entrance to the Petra Archeological Park, and every visitor immediately sees plenty of smiling locals offering to take them on a horse or donkey ride down the Siq. This ride is included in their ticket price, but tourists fail to realize the locals expect a big tip when the ride ends. To avoid quarrels, you should always settle the tip before you start and agree on an exact sum.These rides are not free. Donkeys at the Petra Archeological Park5. Ignoring local customsWherever you travel in the world, it’s good to follow local customs…vis a vis the ‘When in Rome’ rule. In this case, remember that however modern some parts of Jordan may look when you arrive (air-conditioning, Starbucks, and Zara clothing) - you are still traveling in the Middle East.Jordan is a conservative country in many respects, which means you need to pay heed to how you dress. A general rule of thumb is to cover the elbows and knees - no ‘short shorts’. Women will do well to wear loose clothing (swap your skinny jeans for some loose pants) and carry a scarf, in case a head covering is needed in a mosque.Drinking alcohol is acceptable in many places but not widespread and being drunk in public should be avoided at all costs. Moreover, if you are visiting during the month of Ramadan please make sure not to eat and drink in public, whilst locals are fasting.One final word of advice - Jordanians are friendly and helpful people and curious about tourists in their country but it may also be a good idea to avoid political debates, for fear they may become rather heated!6. Bringing Drones without a permit The beautiful sights of Petra can be a drone flyer's dream: navigating the Siq, seeing the huge treasury up close and personal, and much more. But note that the Kingdom of Jordan has very strict rules regarding drone flying.You can't enter drones in Jordan without a permit, and such drones will be confiscated at the border crossing! You must fill outthis form and email the CARChere; note the required documents and don't miss any.The use of drones in Petra is prohibited without prior, separate approval from the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA). This is to ensure the safety of visitors and the protection of this site.Don't bring your drone without prior permits!If you want to fly a drone in Petra, you must obtain permission from the PDTRA beforehand. You can contact them throughtheir websiteor in person at the Petra Visitor Center. They will provide you with information on the application process and any fees involved.If you fly a drone in Petra without obtaining the necessary permission, you could face legal consequences, including harsh fines and confiscation of the drone. Additionally, you will be asked to leave the site.7. Walking around fearing for their safetySome people still treat Jordan as some sort of an Extreme Destination: something risky and therefore, exciting. While the Royal Tombs will make you feel like Indiana Johns and a Wadi Rum jeep tour can give you quite a rush - there's nothing perilousabout this country; People visit Petra with their kids. The fact that Jordan is situated in the Middle East does not make it unsafe. Far from it. Along with Israel, Jordan is a pretty safe country to visit. Crimes against the person are very unusual and the police are helpful (they speak English and you will see them at all major tourist sites).Jordanian Police car (by Dickelbers CC BY-SA 3.0)Additionally, if you travel with a company, you’ll have the use of a guide who speaks Arabic and knows the country well. This means you’re even more ‘protected’ in the event you need some help.Traveling in Jordan is a pleasant and safe experience. Of course, always watch your personal belongings because, like anywhere in the world, there are petty thieves around but, other than that, you have no need to fear. For more details, check out our 2023 analysis ofTourist Safety in Jordan.So what are you waiting for? Contact us and find out more aboutIsrael and Jordan Tours- with our knowledgeable guides and professional staff, you’re assured of the trip of a lifetime.
By Sarah Mann

Petra, Jordan on a Budget: 5 Money-Saving Tips [2023 UPDATE]

It's no wonder the Kingdom of Jordan is becoming so popular among tourists nowadays: With the fabled lost city of Petra, Jeep safaris at the otherworldly scenery of Wadi Rum, and relaxing in the legendary Dead Sea, it seems Jordan has something for every taste. However, Jordan is not the cheapest place to take a break. But don't worry: there are ways to make your buck go further in Jordan, taking advantage of a few of our tips right here.The Petra Treasury - the gem of the lost city, all carved into the red cliff1. Get the Jordan PassIf you want to save time, hassle and money, you absolutely must buy the Jordan Pass. There are three categories (Wanderer, Explorer and Expert) which cost between 70-80 Jordanian dinars.All of them give you free entry to over 40 different attractions (including Wadi Rum, Jerrash and various museums and archaeological sites), the ability to download digital guides and the cost of your entry ticket to Petra (for one, two or three days).The Martian landscape of Wadi RumEven better, if you buy the pass before you arrive, and stay more than three nights in the country, the cost of your Jordanian visa will be waived.You can buy the Jordan Pass online, and then just show it at any attraction, on your smartphone. It’s a no-brainer!2. Buy Food at Street Markets to eat on the goJordan isn't an expensive destination, but eating at restaurants in Jordan can actually be quite costly; be smart and head towards local markets, where there are all kinds of street food to be purchased for a song.Whether you’re in the mood for falafel, hummus, pita with meat or fresh vegetables, if you have a backpack (or cooler) you can treat your tastebuds without burning a hole in your pocket. And since alcohol is not always cheap in Jordan (and occasionally - for instance Ramadan - impossible to buy), swap beer for water or juices (you’ll cut down on calories too).If you’re desperate, you’ll certainly be able to find imported snacks but they are costly - so why not just eat the way locals do? Fruit, for instance, makes for a great dessert and whatever you do, don’t forget to try some Medjool dates - they’re a local speciality and with their sweet and caramel-like taste, they’re not known as the ‘King of Fruits’ for nothing.The food is just great and the portions are huge3. Don't skip Public TransportToo bad so many tourists prefer taxis or hire a private driver which can really be quite costly; public transportation in Jordan is pretty great. It’s easy and economical to travel to Jordan from Israel (particularly via the southern border crossing on the Red Sea) and once you’ve arrived in Aqaba or Amman you’ll find it easy to take advantage of buses and sheruts (yellow vans, which accommodate 10 people and leave for the destination only once they are full). If you want to learn more about transportation, check out our full guide -how to get from Petra to Wadi Rum.A shuttle in the Petra Archeological Park4. Take a Day Trip to the Dead Sea rather than Staying OvernightHotels on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea are expensive - there is no getting around this difficult fact - so rather than break the bank, why not take a day trip to the Dead Sea from Amman, using public transport?It’s less than 60km (40 miles) and recently a JETT bus service has started up, which leaves the capital at 08:30. The most inexpensive of the public beaches is ‘Amman’ and costs 12 dinars to enter, but once inside you’ll have not just the use of the beach but also a pool, changing rooms and showers.The Dead Sea5. Book a tour to Petra and Wadi RumFinally, Petra and Wadi Rum are arguably the country’s two most stunning attractions. If you’ve bought the Jordan pass before arriving, then your entry fee will be waived but you’ll still have to find accommodation and restaurants in Petra can be a bit pricey (after all, it’s in the desert, so you’re a captive audience).To be honest, whilst it’s definitely possible to travel to Petra and Wadi Rum on a budget, it’s still going to be a bit of a splurge because they are both in-demand attractions. The alternative, which isn’t a bad idea, is to take a Petra Tour.The Petra Treasury at nightBy the time you’ve crunched numbers, you may well find that it won’t be that much more expensive than traveling independently. You will save time and hassle when crossing the border if you’re with a group, and tour companies always make good deals with local guides, hotels/glamping sites, and even restaurants.You’ll also have the services of a guide at all times, and not only are they knowledgeable but they’re always informed about local events, not to mention being on hand if something goes wrong. This kind of help - from advising you on restaurants to helping you file a report if you’ve lost your passport - can be truly priceless. And this way you'll travel worry-free, knowing you won't miss one bit of this awesome destination. Here you'll find affordable Petra and Wadi Rum Tours, proven to cover any taste and avoid every possible hassle.
By Sarah Mann

Arab Street Food, with a twist: Culinary in Jordan

Like all countries in the Middle East, locals in Jordan place a great emphasis on food - particularly traditional dishes. However, whilst most of the international current culinary scene puts the emphasis on gourmet fare, cutting-edge creations or local food (influenced by Arabic culture) Jordan doesn’t conform to this idea.That’s why, whether you’re visiting Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum or Aqaba, you will find traditional food that is gourmet-inspired, as well as local versions of common Middle Eastern dishes. And that’s before you even get started on the unique creations of Jordan itself.Today, we’re looking at cuisine in Jordan - what meat-eaters, fish-lovers and vegetarians can expect to enjoy when making a trip to this part of the world. And, don’t worry, there will be plenty of tips for those who have a sweet tooth!A Jordanian meal: celebration for every palateWhat Food do they eat in Jordan?Mansaf: one of the most beloved dishes in Jordanian cuisine, mansaf is the country’s national dish. Commonly eaten at family celebrations and festivals, it has deep roots in Bedouin culture and, historically, was made with camel meat.Today, you’ll find it to be a dish of tender lamb with ‘jameed’ (fermented sheep’s milk) then seasoned with a spice mix (which includes cumin, cardamon, paprika, and cloves) then finally decorated with pine nuts and almonds.Jordanian MansafMaqluba: you’ll understand why this dish means ‘upside down’ in Arabic when you see it - it’s a combination of meat, fried rice and vegetables which are cooked and then flipped over, to form a very impressive shape!Maqluba plateKofta Kebab: this is a popular Middle Eastern street food, made with ground beef, spices and green herbs usually served with a yoghurt-garlic sauce and flatbread. Many people who tried kebab in other countries say the Jordanian version is among the best: not too spicy, not too salty, and always juicy enough; arab grill at its finest.Kofta KebabHummus: This quintessential Levantine dip is perfect ‘on the go’ food, as well as at a sit-down meal. Made of garbanzo beans, lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and tahini, it’s incredibly delicious and, even better, full of protein. It’s also a firm favourite with vegetarians and vegans - and you’ll find it on every street corner across Jordan.The best Hummus is in JordanFalafel: Just like hummus, these crunchy, flavorful fried chick-pea balls are mouthfuls of heaven - every chef has their own blend of spices when making them and, served on a plate or in pita bread, they make for a great lunch.Fresh Falafel balls in pita bread with chopped salad, hot peppers, lemon, and tahini sauceFuul: This fantastic fava bean stew, cooked with olive oil and cumin is eaten at home and on the street, and is a delicious and healthy option for when you’ve had enough of hummus and falafel! It’s often served with a side of radishes, tahini, mint or hard-boiled eggs.Hummus, Fuul and EggsTabbouleh: A wonderful Levantine salad, made up of bulgar (a whole grain) cucumber, tomatoes, mint and chopped parsley. It’s then seasoned with olive oil and lemon - and it’s very refreshing, especially on hot summer days.Tabbouleh SaladKnafeh: This Middle Eastern dessert is perfect for anyone that loves sweet treats - made with spun pastry (‘knafeh’), drenched in a sweet syrup and layered with cheese, nuts and pistachio, this is a must-order whilst you’re travelling in Jordan.JordanianKnafehBasbousa: also known as harissa or namoura, this rich, dense cake is made of semolina, yoghurt, rose blossom and coconut and is perfectly served with a cup of tea or Arabic coffee.Great candy. Arab BasbousaCan I drink alcohol in Jordan?It’s certainly possible to drink alcohol in Jordan, and even though it’s a Muslim country you’ll be able to purchase beer, wine and spirits at bars in hotels and sometimes in restaurants.However, public drunkenness is considered a serious ‘no no’ in this country and if you are with locals, or invited to a family home, expect to be offered a range of soft drinks, including:Limonana: this really is the ‘national drink’ of Jordan - and it’s fantastic, particularly in the summer. Peeled lemons, sugar, mint and ice are all crushed together, before being drunk as a ‘slushy’.Limonana - the local freshenerArabic coffee: you can’t travel to Jordan without indulging in Arabic coffee. What makes it so different is the spices that are added to the lightly-roasted coffee beans - cardamom, cloves and saffron. It’s a very complex and fragrant flavour, and rather less bitter than ‘western’ coffee.Traditional Arab Tea: both black tea and mint tea are drinks that are served on all kinds of occasions in Jordan. Mint tea is often paired with sweet treats and black tea usually comes heavily sweetened (ask if you want it ‘just black’).South Jordan RestaurantsPetra and Wadi MusaReem Baladi: if you’re looking for a varied menu and generous portions of food, come to Reem Baladi. The lamb stew and camel meat are both very popular, and there are lots of vegetarian options (including an eggplant dip, which comes highly recommended). Don’t forget to order some baklava and hot mint tea for dessert. The inside is large and there’s also a small terrace, which is lovely in the warmer months.The amazing Petra Treasury; seeing it would build up your appetite!My Mom’s Recipe: traditional Jordanian flavours are on the menu here and you can eat Bedouin-style food outside, with a fine view of the mountains. They also have a buffet option, for those who are looking for a bang for their buck.Al Qantarah: this is an excellent choice if you’re looking for a buffet lunch - there’s a wide range of salads, main courses and desserts, and plenty of fresh fruit too. The staff here are helpful and they are quite child-friendly. Drinks (soft) cost extra but it’s still good value for money.Yummy Bites: a great place to grab sandwiches, wraps and pizza. The staff are very helpful and the place - located on the main street in Wadi Musa - is extremely clean. A good option when you’re visiting Petra.AqabaShinawi: on Al Nahda street, close to the beach, this restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes with a great atmosphere, efficient service and friendly staff. Mixed grills and chicken liver dishes are popular and the hummus and bread (which is very fluffy) go down a treat. Big portions and fair prices,Captains: if you’re a fan of seafood, then head to this high-end restaurant, where you can pick out your own fish and then have the staff cook it for you. The main plates are plentiful, with salads and appetisers and diners rave - in particular - about the shrimp and seafood mixed grill. Please note, however, that alcohol is not served here.Julias: serves good Italian food - think plates of pasta and pizzas - and there are plenty of vegetarian options. Yummy desserts and free coffee at the conclusion of your meal are just more reasons why it’s so popular.Aqaba, by the way, is just across the border from Eilat, in Israel, and easy to get to overland, from one of the three border crossings the two countries share.West Jordan RestaurantsAmmanGhaith: this unassuming local spot serves up good quality food at a cheap price. For anyone who’s interested in Jordanian cuisine, Ghaith offers a fantastic mansaf as well as a tasty shawarma on the menu. Vegetarians will enjoy the hummus and falafel.The citadel of AmmaThe citadel of Amman. Visit the site, then have a great meal!Sufra: serving good-quality, traditional Jordanian food, in beautiful villa-like surroundings, this upscale restaurant can be relied on to serve good quality food. The lentil soup, hummus with walnut and mansaf are all excellent, and if you want to be daring, order the lamb spleen. With its cosy atmosphere and beautiful outdoor area (perfect for warmer days), Sufra is a hidden gem of a restaurant in Amman.Al Quds: extremely popular with locals, Al Quds serves up traditional, affordable Arabic food in clean surroundings. Kebabs, fried fish and the mansaf are continually popular and it’s all very authentic. However, it is not always possible to pay by credit card so make sure you take cash.The Dead SeaBurj al Hamam: located inside the Crowne Plaza Hotel, with astonishing panoramic views of the Dead Sea, enjoy authentic Arabic dishes at Burj al Hamam. With hot and cold mezze, mixed grills, delectable desserts and local wine, as well as gluten-free dishes on offer, you won’t be disappointed.Enjoy the water, then treat yourself to a local, authentic fish dish!Ashur: with lobster, shrimp and salmon for fish lovers and pizzas and pasta for vegetarians, Ashur is a fine restaurant to visit (though not super cheap). Situated inside the Kempinski hotel, popular dishes include the veal milanese, ravioli with pecorino and spinach and panna cotta with a berry coulis.Panorama: offering Jordanian, Arabic and international cuisine, Panorama is perfect for those who like a view - the sun setting over the Dead Sea at dusk is marvellous and on a clear night you can even see the lights of Jerusalem twinkling. They’re also happy to make vegetarian plates for those requesting them.Plan Your VisitIf you're thinking about seeing the Kingdom of Jordan, know this:Many tourists prefer taking organized Israel and Jordan tours, to see both countries on the same vacation while knowing everything will be arranged to make sure their experience will be perfect - and they won't miss any must-see. The most popular kinds are the Tel Aviv to Petra tourcategory, and the Jerusalem to Petra tourcategory - both include day trips to Petra from Israeland tours that include the otherworldly Wadi Rum. Feel free to contact us for details.
By Sarah Mann

The Complete Guide for Camel-Riding

Camel rides are a kind of activity everybody does when they visit the Middle East, especially if they take Israel and Jordan tours. The ride is a great way to experience the traditional, easy way to explore desert landscapes and feel a bit like Lawrence of Arabia. But camels are not horses, and a tourist who doesn't know how to approach them is in for a nasty surprise. This professional guide, written with help from our field experts in Jordan and Israel, will make sure you'll have a great time on your camel ride. let’s take a look at the history of this splendid beast, what it’s like to ride one, and how to prepare yourself before you hop between its hump.Oh, hi there! are we going for a ride?Camels in Arabic CultureThe word ‘camel’ in Arabic actually means ‘beautiful’ and whilst this is not perhaps the first word that comes to mind when describing these animals, it’s true to say they do have a certain charm.Native to the Middle East (and also North Africa/Asia) in Arabic culture, camels are a symbol of strength and hardship. After all, for thousands of years they were the primary means of moving across desolate and inhospitable terrain. They were (and still are) prized as resilient beasts of burden who provide tasty meat (the hump being the most prized part).As for their distinctive features, the Dromedary has one hump and the Bactrian two. Dromedaries make up 90% of the world’s population and they are the ones you’ll see if you‘re traveling in the Middle East.A Camel next to the Petra Treasury, JordanHardy Beasts of BurdenA common myth is that their humps are filled with water but that’s not true! In actual fact, the hump is a place to store fat, which can be transformed at short notice into an instant energy source - this means camels can actually go up to six months without food!Other features that make camels hardy for desert life include double rows of long eyelashes and nostrils that can shut easily - this helps them when sandstorms hit. They can also survive on seeds, dried leaves, and thorny plants when food cannot be found in the desert - and because they have thick lips and a large number of teeth (34), the thorns won’t even injure them!King of the Desert. A Camel and its driverIs it fun to ride a Camel?Yes, it really can be. After all, what better way to see the hot, shimmering desert than from high up, trekking silently in formation across sand dunes, leaving nothing in your wake but footprints?Many adults, and almost all kids, love the experience. Sure, you’ll be bobbing up and down a bit, and you might disembark with sore legs, but as long as you have a positive approach, chances are you’re going to have fun.The other thing to remember is you won’t be alone - you’ll be in a group, led by experienced Bedouins, who have an intimate relationship with the animals and know exactly how they need to be treated. And because they were born and raised in the desert, they know the terrain incredibly well, which means you’re in safe hands.Sit back and enjoy the ride!What to wear when riding a Camel?When riding a camel, it is important to wear clothing that is comfortable, loose-fitting and provides protection from the sun and the elements. Here are some things to keep in mind:Clothing: Prefer lightweight, breathable clothing that covers your arms and legs to protect you from the sun and from any brush or thorns that you may encounter. Loose-fitting clothing is ideal as it allows for ease of movement. Cotton or other natural fibers are good choices. Oh, and don't forget to wear a hat!Footwear: Closed-toe shoes or boots with a sturdy soles are recommended. This will protect your feet from the stirrups.Layering: If you are riding in the early morning or evening when temperatures can be cooler, consider wearing layers that can be removed as the day warms up.Camels resting in Wadi Rum, JordanWhat to expect when Camel RidingSo what does it actually feel like to go camel riding? Well, whilst it’s certainly fun, as we’ve said above, the truth is that it’s not always entirely comfortable or easy! Here are a few things to expect before you get going:Camels grunt, gurgle, and huff; they also moan and bellow loudly. This is their way of communicating with each other. Occasionally, they may even grind their teeth! Don’t be scared - it’s all part of the experience!Camels move slowly - be aware that you won’t be racing across the desert, rather plodding along at a slow and steady pace.Camels are stubborn - if they don’t want to do something, you’ll have a fight on your hands. If things get tricky, however, the Bedouin guides will step in to help you.Camel Riding in Wadi Rum, JordanTips for Riding a CamelAvoid being bitten or kicked: if you’re going horse riding, it’s likely that if you pet your horse, or give them some straw beforehand, they will reach out and smell your hand. Unfortunately, this is not the case for camels - in fact, if you reach out to stroke one, you might end up bitten or kicked.Fun fact: whilst horses only kick forward and backward, camels can kick in all four directions. Having said this, camels can also be very friendly and gentle, so please don’t worry too much - just go with your instincts.Mounting and dismounting your camel: First of all, make sure the camel is kneeling down (ask a Bedouin guide for help, to hold the animal still, if necessary). Then put your left foot in the stirrup and swing your right leg over. Once you’re on, grab onto your saddle firmly with both hands. Lean back as your camel stands up - you’re then good to go.Controlling your camel: This is where your reins come in. On the right side of the camel’s head, the rein will control its direction. On the left side is the rein you’ll use to deal with speed. When you want your camel to move forward, pull on both reins together - but to make it stop, give just the left rein a tug. Oh - and if you want your camel to turn around, loosen one rein and pull the other tight!Camels could be super-nice!Do Camels Spit?Camels spit a lot although, technically, it’s not spitting - they’re actually bringing up the contents of their stomach, and mixing them with saliva. This ‘regurgitation’ can seem alarming but it only really happens when they feel threatened.A Jordanian Camel in front of the famous Petra TreasuryAre Camels faster than Horses?No, horses are generally faster. Camels are known for their ability to travel long distances in hot and dry environments, but they are not typically used for speed. The average speed of a camel is around 20-25 miles per hour (32-40 km/h), whereas horses can reach speeds of up to 40-45 miles per hour (64-72 km/h). Having said that, Camels are better adapted to travel over sand and rough terrain than horses, which can make them faster in certain situations. Camels have large, padded feet that are well-suited for walking on sand and their wide-spaced legs provide stability in uneven terrain. In addition, camels have a unique gait that minimizes the amount of energy they use and reduces the impact on their joints, which can help them move more efficiently over rough ground.Horses can still be faster than camels over short distances because they are able to reach higher speeds. Overall, the relative speed of camels and horses will depend on the specific conditions of the terrain and the distance being covered.You won't go fast, but you'll have a great time!What do you call a Camel with three Humps?"Pregnant"; there are no camels with three humps on their backs. The single-humped camels are known as Dromedary Camels, the double-humped are called Bactrian Camels, and the three-hump thing is just an old joke.The Bactrian Camel is not amusedCamel Riding in JordanJordan is the perfect place for camel rides; the combination of ancient cities carved into red cliffs in Petra, otherworldly sceneries inWadi Rum, and a mystic atmosphere just loops in every adventurous soul - and well, the scene won't be complete without a traditional camel ride.You can get a camel ride at every glamping site in Wadi Rum, and all around Petra. Camel rides can be booked also from the Visitor’s Centre in Wadi Musa, the city right outside the Petra Archeological Park.Finally, if you’re interested in taking Petra and Wadi Rum tours, feel free to click or just contact us; our field experts in Jordan are the best and will make sure you'll have a great vacation.
By Sarah Mann

Petra by Night: A Dance of Fire and Magic

Petra, Jordan is an ancient lost city, a remarkable site you really have to put on your bucket list if you’re visiting the Middle East. Ancient, impressive, and incredibly beautiful, hued out of rock that changes color according to the position of the sun, it’s the kind of place people visit and never forget. But this place also holds hidden splendor, revealed only after the sun sets - a dance of light and darkness, known by locals as Petra By Night.The famous Petra Treasury, Jordan at nightInside Petra, Jordan: Why is it so special?The name ‘Petra’ can be traced back to the Greek ‘Petros’ - rocks. Historically, it was a very important center for trade, since it was situated at a crossroads between the Orient/Far East and the West.No wonder then that trade flourished here, making Petra a place where great wealth was concentrated. In fact, not just luxury goods but even medicine was traded here. Historians and archaeologists think it was established around 312 so by any standards it is one of the world’s oldest cities.The Petra Monastery (By David Roberts, the Cleaveland Museum of Art)Around 2,300 years ago, the Nabtateans (a tribe who came from the southeast of the Arabian peninsula) built this famous ‘Rose City’ (so named because of the color of the rocks from which it was carved).They were master builders and engineers and, as a result, the city had temples, halls, caves, tombs, and marketplaces. These were beautifully carved and sculpted. The city prospered until 363 CE when an earthquake destroyed much of the area. Consequently, Petra was abandoned and traders began looking for other routes. The city, which even had its artificial oasis (also thought up by the Nabtaeans, to ensure that Petra prospered) was soon abandoned.The Petra Treasury by dayFor centuries afterward, the only people who lived there were Bedouins (nomadic tribes, who can actually trace their heritage back to the Spice Route). It was not until 1812, that an explorer named Johann Burkhardt, born in Switzerland, rediscovered it. His journals, which are housed at Cambridge University, describe in detail what he found.Needless to say, the world was stunned.Visiting Petra, Jordan TodayPetra is one of the Seven New Wonders of the World (chosen for this honor in 2007 by a vote of 100 million people). Half-built and half-carved into the rock, it is an extraordinary archaeological site and, even today, only about 20% of it has been excavated.From the Siq, a long narrow passageway, with towering rocks lining both sides of it, to the magnificent Treasury (an elaborate temple carved out of a sandstone rock face) and from the Royal Tombs (a very elaborate burial place) to the Monastery (a legendary monument but with over 800 steps to climb!) Petra is truly a place you have to see before you die.Even better, unlike many other attractions around the world which shut at dusk, it is a site that offers special nighttime admission in the form of a Petra by Night event.What is Petra by Night?Petra by Night is a light show that is held several times a week in the lost city, beginning at 20:30 (occasionally an hour earlier in the winter) and lasting for two hours.You'll start from the main path, all the way to the narrow SiqIt allows a limited number of visitors to walk the fabled Siq passageway, all the way to the Treasury, with candles lit along the pathway to guide them.Once visitors arrive at the Treasury, the entire area in front of the entrance is also lit with candles - more than one thousand! The evening continues with a short cultural show, and musicians playing traditional instruments.Because of the extraordinary topography (enormous cliffs on both sides, wonderful sculptures, a narrow passageway through which you have to walk), the feeling of being here at night is very different from coming in the day.The Siq gorge is glowing in the light of candles and starsIn the day, there’s a great deal of hustle and bustle, not to mention the clip-clop of horses transporting people back and forth along the Siq.At night, it’s a far quieter experience and many people say that walking along this passageway, silently, with the vast rock formations and emptiness of the desert surrounding them gives them goosebumps.It’s also an excellent opportunity for anyone who loves taking photographs to come here - you really will get some remarkable shots.The lights near the treasury in PetraDo I need a ticket for Petra by Night?Yes, it is not free to visit Petra at night. Regular tickets for entrance from 07:00 to dusk range in price, depending on whether you want a one/two/three-day pass. These tickets will set you back 50/55/60 JOD respectively (between $70 and $85).Nor is a visit to Petra by night including in the Jordan Pass. Entrance to the night shows is 17 JOD (about $24) and has to be purchased separately from a day ticket. If you have a child that is aged ten or below, they can enter for free.The easiest way to buy a ticket is either with the help of your guide if you are on an organized trip to Petra, or from the Visitors Centre, which is located at the entrance to the site.ProTip: These 5 simple hacks will help you save money in Jordan.The photos you'll take will be unmatched. Petra by NightWhen can I visit Petra at night?Petra by Night is open to the public three days a week - on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. You can enter the site from 20:00 onwards and stay until 22.30.The only thing to bear in mind is that you cannot take transportation from the Visitors Centre to the Treasury - you will need to walk 1.2km there and back, so be sure to wear comfortable and sturdy shoes and stay on the path.Hot tea is served at the Treasury but you may want to bring a bottle of water for yourself too. And remember, whether it’s winter or summer, the desert can be pretty chilly at night so don’t forget to bring a sweater!ProTip: If you're visiting Jordan, make sure not to make these 7 common mistakes!Is it Safe to travel to Petra in Jordan?Yes, it Is. The Kingdom of Jordan makes great efforts to expand inbound tourism: There's a notable police presence in most areas of Jordan; Citizens feel safe, and you should as well. Jordanian policemen are very competent and happy to serve and protect. Check out this recent analysis of tourist public safety in Jordan, made by our field operatives.The Obelisk Tomb, PetraWhat else can I do in Petra?The Petra Archeological Park is filled with ancient shrines, sacred sacrificial grounds, huge temples - and the Petra Royal Tombs will make youfeel like Indiana Johns (minus the snakes). Some attractions, such as the enchanting Petra Monastery, require hiking and the views are worth each and every step.The photos you'll take will make everybody jealous, and the sights will leave you with amazing stories to tell.If you’re interested in taking a worry-free trip to this lost city, there are many organized tours on offer, giving you the chance to see this magnificent site. Moreover, you can also combine Petra with a trip to Wadi Rum - a desert oasis made famous by the movie, ‘Lawrence of Arabia.’Jeep Safari in Wadi Rum, JordanAnd because Jordan shares a border with Israel, it’s also very easy to visit Petra from Eilat, traveling overland, or taking a day trip to Petra from Tel Aviv (flying down to Eilat early in the morning and then continuing with a minibus and a guide).If you're interested, check out these Israel and Jordan Tours; We’re one of Israel’s oldest and most well-established travel companies and offer organized packages, day trips, and privately-guided tours all around Israel, as well as to Jordan.Don’t hesitate to contact us and see how we can help you with your travel needs. And if you’re curious about life in Israel, and traveling to Jordan from Israel, take a look at our blog.
By Sarah Mann
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