Take the opportunity while in Israel to make a side trip to the Kingdom of Jordan; the neighbouring countries are close enough so that a two day Jordan tour is possible. Tours depart from Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city on the Red City. If you are coming from central Israel you will be picked up at the Eilat airport or if you are staying in Eilat you will be picked up from your Eilat hotel. From there the tours cross the Arava border into Jordan and make their way along the Desert Highway in air-conditioned transportation through dramatic desert landscapes to the ancient city of Petra.
The archaeological site of Petra was a city built about 2,300 years ago by the Nabataean people. They carved their temples, tombs and abodes from red-hued rock cliffs and created intricately carved facades that have survived. Petra became an important stop on the ancient trade route from the Arabian Peninsula to the Mediterranean; they devised an ingenious water gathering system and at its peak Petra was home to 20,000 residents.
The tour includes a guided tour of Petra and its most interesting landmark structures. There are two day Jordan tours that stay overnight in a hotel near Petra and other tours that spend the night in Aqaba, Jordan’s Red Sea port city or in Wadi Rum, a desert wilderness with strange rock formations and stunning sandstone mountains. There are two day Jordan tours that spend the second day of the tour on a thrilling jeep safari through Wadi Rum and allow free time to explore Aqaba. Other tours let you spend the second day of the tour in Petra where you can explore independently, visit local markets and time permitting take a brief panoramic tour of Aqaba. At the end of all two day Jordan tours you are returned safely across the Arava border into Israel and back to your Eilat hotel or the Eilat airport where you can take a short flight to central Israel.