The Last Untouched Wilderness
Tours to Jordan: Madaba, Jerash, Mount Nebo and Petra from Eilat, Israel.
Excursions to Jerash, Madaba and Mount Nebo from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem in Israel
or from Amman and Aqaba in Jordan.
That is the land of genesis as it was in the beginning, almost without form and void,
near darkness on the face of the deep
Amos Keinan- 1982
Negev tour options on the way to Eilat from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, incl
Tour to Petra, Amman, Madaba and Jerash from Israel
Travelling to Jordan: Visit Jerash, Madaba and Mt. Nebo
First Day - We begin our tour with Petra. Departing Eilat early morning we cross into Jordan and head straight to the ancient city of Petra. The tour takes in the most popular highlights of Petra beginning with the Treasury and the Siq Canyon and heading right through the main centre of the site. After lunch in Petra we have some free-time. Time allowing you may choose to take an optional hike up to The Monastery on Jabel A-Deir, or the High Place of Sacrifice, but prior notice is required for these options. Following the tour we meet you at our nearby offices to drive you to your hotel near Petra, or to a Bedouin camp in the desert. Other accommodation options are available below.
An optional 1.5 hour jeep tour in Wadi Rum can be added at the beginning of the day.
You also have the option, for a supplement, of ascending to the summit of Aaron's Mountain to the shrine of Aaron's Tomb (also called Jabal Haroun) we board a local Bedouin 4x4 pick-up for the off-road drive to Mount Aaron. We leave the vehicle where the jeep trail ends and begin the half hour ascent to its summit on foot. On the mountain peak we find Aaron's shrine and enjoy the astonishing panoramic views from the mountain's summit.
Day 2- Visiting the historical sites of Madaba, Mt. Nebo and Jarash. Following breakfast we start the day at Madaba. Madaba is rich in history and renowned for its ancient mosaics and Byzantine churches. We take in the highlights of Madaba including the famous 'Madaba Mosaic Map' (Madaba Map), consisting of 2 million pieces and dating back to the sixth century it depicts Jerusalem and the surrounding areas. Other mosaics are found in nearby churches and museums. Not far from Madaba is the biblical Mt. Nebo, where, according to Jewish and Christian tradition, Moses saw the promised land. After taking in the views from the mountain we head to Jarash. Jarash is widely considered to be one of the most remarkable and best preserved Roman cities in the world. It was hidden beneath the desert sands until just 70 years ago, when excavation and renovation work began. This day is particularly long and includes relatively long drive times. Leaving Jordan for Israel at Eilat or at the Sheik Hussein border.
Price: 2 people $1140 in total, 3 people- $540 p.p. 4 people or more- $520 p.p.
Tour does not incl: border tax, tips and visa to Jordan in case of ending/ starting in Sheik Hussein border.
Private tours: 2-3 people: additional $130 per person, 4-6 people additional $95 per person.
Jerash- Amman- Jordan, tours from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
Wadi Rum 1.5 hours tour in the nature reserve by jeep
This unique tour will be added at the beginning of day 1 of your tour to Petra. There we board our 4X4 jeep, driven by professional Bedouin drivers onto the legendary sandstone area of Wadi Rum. The enchanting Wadi Rum is an area almost surreal in its distinctive beauty. We cross red sand dunes and explore the beautifully eroded pillars of sandstone rock. We visit the famous spring of Lawrence of Arabia and the canyon of ‘Haz Ali' . It was in the area of Wadi Rum that Lawrence was inspired to write his book - ‘The Seven Pillars of Wisdom', Wadi Rums beauty remains intact and it's breathtaking scenery is still an inspiration for those who travel there. Back to Eilat by evening.
Tour Price: $ 48 p.p. (min 4 paying) incl. jeep and entrance fees to Wadi Rum
Petra by Night– a magical two hour tour into Petra walking through the Siq Canyon to the Treasury, all by candle light. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday,$ 25 p.p . incl the transfers.
Jordan tour from Israel, visit Amman, Madaba, Mt. Nebo and Jerash
Options for a third day:
While our two day tour packages to Jordan are packed with sights and action, adding an additional day to your tour itinerary allows you to explore more of Jordan's remarkable historic or natural sights. View our additional one day tour options and see for yourself the selection of superb tour additions we have on offer.
Option 1: Wadi Rum- This day covers the highlights of Wadi Rum. Having arrived at the village of Rum inside the nature reserve, we board 4X4 jeeps, driven by professional Bedouin drivers and journey to the sandstone area of Wadi Rum. Here we go off-road into its unique landscape and get right off the beaten track to explore rarely traveled ancient merchant routes. The enchanting Wadi Rum is an area almost surreal in its distinctive beauty. We cross red sand dunes and explore the beautifully eroded pillars of sandstone rock. It was this area of Wadi Rum that so inspired T E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia). Wadi Rums beauty remains intact and its breathtaking scenery is still an inspiration for those who travel there.
Option 2: Another of Jordan's renowned canyons is Wadi Zered (Hisa). It is staggeringly deep and flows year-round with hot spring water. This remarkable semi-tropical oasis is set against a striking desert backdrop. We drive down to the canyon on a scenic 4x4 route into Wadi Nimla, here we leave our vehicle to take a hike into the stunning Hisa canyon. The canyon has a stream running its entire length and getting your shoes wet is unavoidable. A change of footwear for after the hike is advisable. This tour is a perfect option for the summer months, when you dry off almost as quickly as you get wet. This tour involves 4x4 and hiking and is easier to do than the previous tour.
Option 3: Adding another day in Petra- This is a full day touring Petra independently or with a local Bedouin scout (no guide); Our staff take you from your accommodation back to Petra and you spend the day exploring yet more of the major sites, you may choose to get a closer look at the Royal Tombs and the archeological ruins on the lower grounds, or for the more energetic the 'High Places' of El Deir (Monastery) and the High Place of Sacrifice are particularly popular, you should be aware that to cover both of these high sites on a single day requires an early start and a high level of physical fitness as each one requires a good uphill hiking ability and for most people one 'high place' is enough on a single day. Please advise our office in advance if you wish to see both sites on the same day so we can prepare the early transportation. Lunch is again included. And by afternoon you meet up with our tour staff that will take you to your hotel. The cost of a local scout to lead you on your route on the second day is $80 inclusive for the whole group.
Another option for either day in Petra (with a supplement), is ascending top of Jabel Harun (Aaron tomb), we board a local Bedouin 4x4 pick-up for the off-road drive to Mount Aaron. We leave the vehicle where the jeep trail ends and begin the half hour ascent to its summit on foot. On the mountain peak we find Aaron's shrine and enjoy the astonishing panoramic views from the summit. From here we head down and make our way to Petra's entrance and to our hotel.
We encourage visitors to Petra to spend an additional night in Aqaba before their tour. Apart from the $60 savings at Petra, people staying two nights also get the $60 visa for free. On top of that hotels in Aqaba are cheaper than those in Eilat and the later morning pickup times mean guests get to enjoy breakfast in their hotel before the tour begins.
High season supplement: 6$ p.p. per day on the 3* and Bedouin camp.
Prices of tours to Petra and Jerash from Tel Aviv/ Jerusalem/ Israel do not include Visa to Jordan ($60), handling, border taxes and tips ($65) to be paid in cash at the border ($125 in total). Since $125 is a large amount for a cash payment we are providing the option of paying by credit card at $133 per person.
Tours to Amman, Jerash, Madaba, Nebo Mt. and Petra from Eilat
A selection of hotels in Aqaba Jordan for the night before the tour to Petra
For other 2 day tour options into Jordan
For 3 days tour to Jerash, Madaba, Nebo, Petra and Wadi Rum
Special offers for flights to Eilat and back starting from 80$ p.p. per way. Tickets are changeable and refundable.