Petra tour options: Tours from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv to Petra- Jordan.

… it is impossible to convey any idea of the feeling of utter weariness that grows upon the solitary wanderer,
as day by day he penetrates further into the heart of this great and terrible wilderness,
as ravine succeeds to ravine, each more forsaken and desolate than the last.

W.H. Bartlett / Forty Days in the Desert -  1849

 

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Petra tours from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
Petra tours from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
 

 

Special offer for the coming 14 days only:  book your day tour to Petra from Eilat for 224$ (Instead of 259$) only!!! 
 
 

 

View this page for details that all Petra visitors need to know 

 

Due to recent changes at the border we’d like to point out the following;
1)     Visitors to Jordan for less than 2 nights now pay an additional $60 in visa fees, as a  result we are currently advising our 1.5 and 2 day tour guests to add an additional night to their stay in Aqaba before the tour. The advantage of staying 2 nights include a free visa to Jordan, better hotel rates than in Eilat, reduced entrance fees to Petra and a comfortable transfer service included in the booking cost. All in all, this option offers the best value for money and saves about $120 on the visa and entrance fees to Petra.
2)  People who wish to travel for a one day tour should consider the option of staying overnight in Petra (1.5 day tour below) and benefiting from the reduced Petra entrance fees for overnight visitors ($60 less). This option also gives visitors the opportunity to spend several more hours inside Petra exploring the site at their leisure. 
Another option is spending the night before the 1 day tour in Aqaba, this means reduced entrance fees at Petra, better hotel rates than in Eilat and a more comfortable morning pick-up time at the start of the tour.
People  who choose to spend a night in Aqaba before their tour will receive transportation right to their hotel, including help crossing the border.  
 
 
We take your passport details before the tour and arrange the visa for you.  You receive it at the border on the day of your trip. The visa costs $60 for visitors to Petra and there is a further $65 charge for the border taxes and tips so the total border fee on the day is $125 (or $133 if paying by credit card).  People spending two nights or more in Jordan get the Visa for free and since hotels are more comfortably priced than those in Eilat it's an option that a lot of our guests go for. Just one night in Jordan reduces the Petra Entrance fee by $60, so for most people it's definitely worth staying a night or two and taking in more of the sights. Of course you can arrange a visa in advance if you wish but you'll find it's cheaper and more convenient to simply do it through us.

 

Petra from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem

Petra from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem - The most efficient route to Petra remains via Eilat. Options for reaching Eilat include; Car with guide, flight, rented car or public bus. Where possible we advise clients to arrive in Eilat the day before the tour and not the morning of the tour itself.

Guided Drive – A chance to visit some of Israel's most renowned sites while driving to Eilat via the Dead Sea, Massada , Ein Gedi, or Mitzpe Ramon and the Negev desert. This is an increasingly popular choice with visitors wishing to make the most of their Israel trip. Guides collect participants from hotels in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem and takes them on a tour ending in Eilat and stopping on route at some of Israels most incredible sites, there is a choice of tour routes available depending on preferences. for prices contact us.
Special offers for flights to Eilat and back starting from 80$ p.p. per way. Tickets are changeable and refundable.
Ramon Airport (Eilat)
 
Starting from January 2019 all flights to Eilat will arrive to Eilat's new airport - Ramon airport, which is located 11 miles (20km) north of Eilat. As a result visitors will no longer be able to fly to Eilat in the same morning to join the group tours, they will need to fly the evening before and spend one night in Eilat or preferably, Aqaba.
- All our tours incl. border transfers depart from Eilat town, people arriving at the new Ramon airport have two options.
1 - To use the airport shuttle bus (1.5$pp), which departs every 30 minutes, and we meet you at the drop off point at Eilat.
2 - Hire a private transfer $42 for a small vehicle carrying up to 3 people or $52 for a larger car that carries up to 6 pax.
Ben Gurion airport (Tel Aviv)
Starting From July 2019 Sde Dov airport has been closed and all domestic flights to Ramon airport will departure from Ben Gurion airport (Terminal 1)
 
The Egged bus company runs a regular and reliable service to Eilat and tickets can be booked online, night buses are also available. http://www.egged.co.il/eng/ the cost is about 30$ p.p. each way.
We provide return Egged public bus tickets from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat and back for $59.
Rented car: min 3 days, unlimited millage about 250$ includes fuel.

Remember you also have the option of staying the night before the tour in a hotel in Aqaba just across the border from Eilat. Here the morning pick-up time is 8.00 and not 6.50, we have a selection of hotels on offer and provide transportation to each from Eilat.
We are happy to advise you and assist in booking whichever mode of transport is best for you.

 
Special offers for flights to Eilat and back starting from 80$ p.p. per way. Tickets are changeable and refundable.
 
 

The Monastery- Petra, from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
The Monastery- Petra, from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem


You can add a day to:
Mt. Sinai for sunrise and St. Catherine Monastery
Eilat: southern Negev Jeep tour incl camels and Red Sea snorkeling
From Eilat to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv via Mitzpe Ramon and Zin Valley

Petra from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv, tour options:
Prices not incl. the cost of the transportation to Eilat
We provide return Egged public bus tickets from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to Eilat and back for $49 or one way for 28$. 

1 day regular tour to Petra from Eilat, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem:
Price: $224 p.p. children under 12- $134

1.5 day tour from Israel (Eilat, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem) to Petra:
incl the regular day tour to Petra, a night in Petra and transfer back to Eilat the following day:
Price: $340 children under 12- $50 less
High season 6$- 8$ more p.p.
single supplement – 40$. 
 
1.5 day from Eilat to Petra with Wadi Rum option: 
Price:1 person (joining existing tour) – 470$, 2 people: $430 per person.
3 people or more: $415 p.p. children under 12: $50 less
High season 6$- 8$ more p.p.

2 days tour to Petra only from Eilat, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem:
Day 1- One day Petra tour with overnight in Petra, 
Day 2- Touring Petra (local scout available upon request), can incl the Monastery, High place of sacrifice and Aaron's tomb.
$399 children under 12: $50 less
High season 6$- 8$ more p.p.
single supplement – 40$. 
 
2 day Jordan: Petra & Wadi Rum from Israel (Eilat, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem)
Day 1-  Petra tour, overnight in a hotel near or in a Bedouin camp ($12 supplement per person)
Day 2 Wadi Rum by 4x4
1 person (joining existing tour) – 520$, 2 people - $480p.p., 3 people $474 p.p. 4 people and over $459 each. children under 12- $50 less
High season 6$- 8$ more p.p.
 
 
Extra night option in Wadi Rum
 
Optional extra night in Rum- Guests wishing to spend an additional night in Wadi Rum at the end of the tour choose among a regular Wadi Rum camp, 4* camp or a luxury one. We collect the following morning for the return drive to Eilat. An optional 
Regular camp: Shared bathroom.
4* camp: Private bathroom
Luxury and Bubble camp: Fancy facilities
 
Price for adding a night in Wadi Rum in the end of the tour: 
Regular camp: 110$ pp. Shared bathroom, small tents
4* camp: 145$ pp. Private bathroom and big tents (recommended)
Luxury camp: 208$ pp.  Bubble ten in luxury camp: 248$ pp.
Incl: Bedouin camp, 2 meals, transfer back on the next morning to Eilat
 
 
Accommodation in Petra
The tour price includes 3* hotel
Amarin or 7 wonders Bedouin Camp: Recommended, supplement of $12 per person. Hi season sup. 6$ more pp. 
5* Deluxe Movenpick Petra hotel: High Season supplement: 180$, Low Season: $120 pp. per person sharing a room
5* Hayat Zaman Resort: (Taybet Zaman before) Great promotion Price for reopening, it is built on top of the ruins of an ancient 200 years old Arab village on the edge of the Edom Mts.
     Supplement- High Season: 108$, Low Season: 75$ per person sharing a room, highly recommended! No alcohol is served.
3* - La Maison, 7 wonders hotel, Tetra hotel or similar: (no supplement) High season 8$ more pp.
 

Prices of tours to Petra from Jerusalem 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.    

 


Petra: Aaron tomb
Jerusalem/ Tel Aviv to Petra: Aaron tomb
 

Petra tours from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem options:
Prices not incl. the cost of the transportation to Eilat
Desert Eco Tours is the leading tour operator from Israel to Petra, unlike the other companies whose Petra tours are pooled together on shared busses, all our tours are exclusively Desert Eco Tours. Booking with us means an early start, getting to and through the border first and avoiding the inevitable delays that the pooled companies must face. The benefits are obvious and it allows us an average of one hour more touring Petra. Our permanent Jordanian tour staff are selected by us and operate according to our guidelines. Apart from having the best guides available we also use the services of Jordan's leading tour bus company for maximum comfort on route. On particularly busy days we add additional guides to the tour and divide the participants into smaller groups to ensure a high quality tour experience for everyone. We operate a large selection of tours, many of which run on a daily basis and our experienced staff are dedicated to providing the best possible service to each and every visitor.

On our two day Petra and Wadi Rum tours, we spend a whole day exploring the highlights of the spectacular Wadi Rum (8 hours)  in new, 4x4 vehicles driven by our local Bedouin English speaking staff. The ancient jeeps commonly used in the Rum by other companies are often driven by local youngsters and spend a maximum of 4 hours touring the Rum itself.


We encourage visitors to Petra to spend the night before their tour in Aqaba. Spending  one night in Jordan reduces the Petra Entrance fee by $60. The hotels in Aqaba are more comfortably priced than those in Eilat and the later morning pickup times mean guests can enjoy breakfast in their hotel on the day of the tour.

One day Petra tour From Eilat, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem:
Since there is so much to see in Petra it is important we make good use of our time. The day before your tour, your passport details are sent to the border for the Visa lists, this saves us valuable time at the border crossing. You are collected around 7.00 to ensure we are amongst the first to arrive at the border crossing. Our staff will guide you efficiently through the border procedures, as you cross to Jordan your tour guide and tour staff will meet you. Here your Jordanian guide will take care of the border procedures and once the visas are issued we are on our way to Petra

Your tour is exclusively Desert Eco Tours. We operate daily tours in mini buses’ and places are limited ensuring our tours run smoothly and spend more time in Petra, approx 4 –5 hours.
Once aboard the mini bus, you will receive bottled mineral water. It is not permitted to take food or drink into Jordan from Israel.
You now begin the two-hour drive to Petra via Aqaba and the famous Wadi Rum. Your specialist guide will give you an in-depth briefing on the history of Jordan and its culture. As you reach the Wadi Rum area the red desert scenery is particularly striking and we take a moment to take in the remarkable views. This area was the base of TE Lawrence during the Arab revolt (Lawrence of Arabia). Nearing Petra we stop once more at a viewpoint overlooking the town of Wadi Musa (Moses Valley) and on a hilltop in the distance we can see the shrine, which marks the grave of Aaron, Moses’ brother.
Before we start our visit in Petra, we enjoy some local Baklawa (Arabian cake). From the visitors center at Petra’s entrance,  we walk to the Siq Canyon.  Horses are available for this walk but a tip is expected from the handlers ($5).  We suggest participants walk with their guide to the Siq. On the route we see the ‘Silica Quarries’, The Jinn Blocks and the first large site the ‘Obelisk Tomb’. At the entrance to the Siq we see the stone damn that protects Petra from floods and the ancient drainage channels of the site. Entering the Siq we see the remains of the Arch that marked the entrance to Petra. We also see the beginning of the Petra’s ingenious water system that runs the whole length of the Siq. Within the Siq we find several deities and ancient carvings adorning its towering canyon walls. At the end of the Siq we find Petra’s most renowned monument, The Treasury (Khazneh). Here we take a few minutes for photographs before continuing our tour along the impressive Street of Facades towards the Nabataean Theater. We get an impression of some of the most impressive graves, the Royal Tombs. If time allows, we walk along the Colonnade Street and visit the Great Temple. From here we head back to the Siq canyon and Petra’s entrance. We take a late lunch at a restaurant in Wadi Mussa, remember that drinks are not included in the tour price (standard practice). Returning from here to Aqaba and Eilat, en route we see the sunset over Wadi Rum and stop briefly at Aqaba’s colorful Arabian market (souq). After getting an impression of Jordan’s only port city, we return to Eilat hotels by evening.
Note: El Deir  (the Monastery), only on private tours due to limited time.
Price: $224 p.p. children under 12 years old- $134
Incl: guide, transportation, 2 bottles of water, lunch and entrance fees to Petra.
Not incl: Visa to Jordan, border handling and tax and tips.
 
 
Petra with Wadi Rum tour
Petra with Wadi Rum tour

 
We encourage visitors of the overnight tour 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.

1.5 day to Petra from Eilat, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem  
The tour begins with the one day tour from Eilat, when the tour finishes in Petra the group heads back and you continue independently. Visiting any of the major sites that the one day tour does not cover. We book you into a comfortable 3 star hotel next to Petra or a Bedouin camp . The following morning you are picked up from your hotel and driven back to Eilat by our tour representatives. 
Price: $340 p.p. children under 12: $50 less
Single supplement: 40$
High season 6$- 8$ more p.p.
Included: guide, transportation, bottles of water, lunch and one entrance to Petra, night in Hotel.
Not included: visa fee $60 per person.  border tax, handling fees $65 per person and tips.
 
Optional: Petra by night- every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
 
1.5 day to Petra with Wadi Rum option from Eilat, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem 
This tour is similar to the previous 1.5 day tour but includes a Wadi Rum, Bedouin jeep tour.
Instead of heading straight back to Eilat we spend a couple of hours taking in the spectacular Wadi Rum desert scenery in 4X4 jeeps. Driven by professional Bedouin drivers we visit The Seven Pillars, Lawrence’s spring and the Haz Ali Canyon . It was in this area that T E Lawrence lead the Arab Revolt and the epic movie that followed ’Lawrence of Arabia’ was filmed here. The area boasts Jordan’s most impressive desert scenery. Following the tour, a one hour drive takes us back to the border and Eilat.   
Price: 1 person (joining existing tour) – 470$, 2 people: $430 per person.
3 people or more: $415 p.p. children under 12: $50 less
High season 6$- 8$ more p.p. 
Single supplement: 40$
Incl: guide, transportation, bottles of water, lunch and one entrance to Petra, night in Hotel.
Not incl: Visa to Jordan, border handling, border tax and tips, Bedouin camp $10 supplement p.p.
 
Two Day tour to Petra only form Israel: (Eilat, Tel Aviv or Jerusalem)
With optional Monastery and/or High place of Sacrifice and/or Aaron tomb.
We offer a range of  two day tours that are entirely focused on Petra.  The first option listed here is particularly popular with people who are keen to cover as much as they can of Petra's astonishing sites and to get the best from their tour budget. It is a more pocket friendly tour and is particularly appealing to the more outgoing and independent travelers. It allows visitors to get a more comprehensive view of Petra's legendary attractions that are not covered by the one-day tour and to see the sites that most appeal to them. The first part of the tour is with the daily group from Eilat and lead by the specialist tour guide that accompanies the tour. The rest of it spent exploring Petra independently, you have the chance to see all the major sites according to your preferences. Lunch at the main restaurant inside Petra is included and once the one-day tour heads back to Eilat you have the rest of the day to continue through Petra at your leisure. Time allowing you can choose to hike up to the Monastery but you must consult with your guide to ensure there is enough time, this depends on the time of year and whether the tour has run in good time on the day of your visit.  After the first day exploring Petra you are driven to your hotel or Bedouin camp in the nearby Wadi Mousa.
Day two 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 and join the one day tour for the drive back to Eilat. The cost of a local scout to lead you on your route on the second day is $88 inclusive for the whole group. The local scout is generally a young person from the local village with limited English. Their role is simply to accompany the visitor and lead the way to the requested sites, don't expect a local scout to offer guide services or briefings about the places visited, he's just there to keep you on the right track. More details of our two day Petra tour options are available on request.
Price: $399 p.p, children under 12: $50 less
High season 6$- 8$ more p.p. 
Single supplement: 40$
Incl: guide, transportation, bottles of water, 2 lunches and 2 entrances to Petra, overnight in hotel or camp with half board.
Not incl: Visa to Jordan, border handling, border tax and tips, Bedouin camp $12 supplement per person
 
 
 

Tour to Petra
Tours to Jordan from Israel- Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
 

Two Day Petra: With Monastery, the high place of sacrifice and Aaron's Tomb
This breathtaking tour is for experienced hikers only and covers some of the most incredible scenery and mountain trails in the Petra area.
The first day is spent with the one day tour and when the tour group heads back to Eilat with the guide you continue on to explore independently  more of Petra's highlights including a hike up to the 'High Place of Sacrifice' with or without a local scout to lead the way ($80). After exploring Petra you head back to our office near Petra's entrance and are driven to a local hotel by one of our staff.
Day Two; Beginning with a tour of 'Little Petra' we then head over to a dramatic hiking trail that leads us over a stunning mountain trail that leads us to the Monastery along a rarely trodden but fabulous mountain route. We descend from the Monastery into Petra where 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 for the return journey to Eilat.
Additional cost for this tour $190 inclusive up to 3 participants 4 people and more $75 each. $80 supplement for Bedouin scout on the first day, if required.

2 days tour to Petra and Wadi Rum from Eilat
Our most popular Jordan tour remains this two day Petra and Wadi Rum Tour,  it covers both Petra and Wadi Rum in greater depth than shorter tours. It has long been considered the very best option for a high quality Petra tour and authentic Wadi Rum desert experience.
Price:1 person (Joining existing tour) – 520$, 2 people $480 p.p., 3 people $474 p.p. 4+ people $459 each child under 12- $50 less.
High season 6$- 8$ more p.p.Incl: guide, transportation, bottles of water, 2 lunches, entrance to Petra and Wadi Rum, Hotel at half board.
Not incl: Visa to Jordan, border handling, border tax and tips, Bedouin camp $12 supplement p.p.

Aqaba overnight options for the night before the Petra tour:
People who choose to spend a night in Aqaba before their tour will receive transportation right to their hotel, including help crossing the border.
We offer a wide selection of hotels just minutes away from Eilat in the town of Aqaba on the Red Sea. Visitors who choose to stay in Aqaba benefit from lower room rates than those staying in Eilat  in addition to the advantages mentioned. In Aqaba in order to have a good level of hotel and sea front location you will have to reserve 5* hotel.
Selection of hotels to stay for min of 2 people: 
3* Captain:  79$ per person in dbl room (single room supplement: 30$) High season sup. 10$ more pp.
4* City Tower:, recently opened:  $86 per person in double room (single supplement $45) High season sup. 12$ more pp.
4* La Costa:, sea view: $96 per person in double room (single supplement $50) High season sup. 10$ more pp.
5* Hilton Doubletree: recommended 5* hotel in city center – 125$ per person in dbl room (single room supplement: 45$) High season sup. 12$ more pp.
5* Movenpick Aqaba Resort: seafront hotel 169$ per person in dbl room (single room supplement: 85$)  High season sup. 20$ more pp.
5* Intercontinental: 175$ recommended  per person in dbl room (single room supplement: 90$) High season sup. 25$ more pp.
 
Include: 1 night based on 2 people sharing a room, 2 meals, transfer from Eilat to the border and to hotel in Aqaba. 
The price has to be added to the price of your tour to Petra.
 

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