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Overview

Step back 2,000 years on a full-day trip from Tel Aviv to Petra, including round-trip flights to Eilat. On arrival in Eilat, drive through Jordan’s desert for a guided tour of magnificent UNESCO-listed Petra. Marvel at the rose-red rock-cut buildings and monuments, including the Treasury, theater, tombs and colonnaded street, as you hear all their history. Afterward, shop for souvenirs and enjoy a restaurant lunch before your return drive to Eilat and flight back to Tel Aviv. Petra tours from Tel Aviv don’t get much easier!
  • Full day trip to the Red City of Petra to see ancient rock-carved architecture
  • Includes return flights from Tel Aviv to Eilat
  • Walk through the impressive Siq and see the Treasury building
  • Visit Petra's theatre, tombs, facades and colonnaded street
  • Return transport from Eilat to Petra by air-conditioned coach
  • Enjoy traditional lunch
Make your own way to Tel Aviv Sde Dov airport in the early morning. Then, relax on your roughly 1-hour flight to Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, on the Red Sea coast. 
On arrival at Eilat Airport, meet your local guide and hop inside your air-conditioned minivan or coach. Cross the border into Jordan at Arava and take the scenic journey along the desert highway to Petra.
Stop at a viewpoint to absorb views of the Petra Mountains, and after a roughly 2-hour drive, arrive in Petra.
On arrival, set off on a guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Sculpted from rose-colored stone more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans, this extraordinary city was once a major crossroads of ancient trading routes.
Follow your guide to the Siq, the narrow entrance gulley to the city that snakes between 650-feet (190-meter) rock walls. Hear about Petra’s history and relish your first sight of the Treasury (El-Khazneh), the rock-hewn building that starred in Hollywood films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Marvel at the 131-foot (40-meter) building and hear how its original purpose remains a puzzle. Pose for photos by the magnificent facade before continuing through the gorge to see the spectacular theater, rock-face tombs, colonnaded street and other rock-cut wonders.

Following your tour, refuel with lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs at the colorful bazaars.
Afterward, return to Eilat by coach, stopping briefly to see beautiful Wadi Rum on route. Arrive at Eilat Airport and fly back to Tel Aviv where your experience ends at the airport.
Please note: passing through the Arava border controls into Jordan may take to up to an hour, depending on queues.

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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M
, May 2018

This tour was the worst we have ever experienced. Viator contracted with Fun-Time tours. We were told to be at the Sde Dov airport at 5:00 for a 6:40 flight. The airport wasnt even open at that time.
We spent 3 hours at the border crossing from Israel to Jordan. Was the group too large 60 people for the passport control people to handle in a timely manner? No explanation was given.
Then we spent another 2.5 hours waiting for our guide to buy tickets to Petra due to some rain showers in the area. The guide gave few instructions or explanations so most of us had no idea what to do.
By the time they herded us into crowded convoy vehicles, we had 10 minutes at the Treasury and 5 minutes at the temple. The convoy spent most of our time driving on the city streets to arrive at those places.
We met at a the Sandstone restaurant at 5:00 and we were back on the bus by 5:30. However, some people were called out to go to the office to settle their accounts. Couldnt they have done this while the rest of us were eating? The bus didnt leave Petra until 6:10 for the 2-hour drive back to the border. Our return flight was at 8:55. The guide never explained what we saw in Petra nor did he give us instructions for reentry into Israel.
We ran through the passport control, got on the shuttle which left 2 people behind. We dashed through airport security and got our boarding passes barely in time to catch the last flight out. Of course, it flew into TLV instead of Sde Dov.
The trip was poorly organized with very little instruction. The guide seemed to go through the motions and not really care. We paid a lot for our 15 minutes in Petra and would never recommend this tour to anyone.

J
, Apr 2018

This tour overall was excellent, but I would advise staying overnight. It would have been an advantage to allow for more exploration time. There were a few problems that are likely amenable to improvement:
1. This was advertised as a small tour with 15-20 people. It was a large tour with a full bus load, about 70-80 people.
2. The 2.5 hours spent at the border waiting for all the border crossing things to be completed seemed highly inefficient. There may be a better way to do this, but maybe not.
3. The return to the border and then to Tel Aviv from the Eilat airport was chaotic and disorganized. First, the return from Petra was delayed for one hour while 4-5 people worked out problems with their credit card payment for the tour. This made the bus return late and we missed our scheduled flight back to Tel Aviv. No one seemed to know what to do. There did not seem to be one person who assumed responsibility for getting us back to Tel Aviv according to plan.
If there is a more reliable local company, it would be wise for Viator to change from Ben Harim.
It is a shame for these preventable mishaps to have detracted from the beauty of the trip.

m
, Mar 2018

It was a good trip and we had great weather. I did not realize Petra was so large. I wished I had planned on a longer trip. We had a total of 3 hours at the site itself. You live and you learn.

D
, Mar 2018

This is a great tour if you have only 1 day to see Petra. However, I highly recommend taking the 2 day tour and sleeping in the camp. For the tour, you need to be at the airport very early for check in. The airport is conveniently located very close to the beach areas. Be sure to bring walking shoes and sunscreen. Flt was on time and uneventful. There was a slight hold up at the Jordanian side of the border, but my impression is that it is normal. Our guide, Nezar, was extremely knowledgeable about Petra and Jordan and the surrounding areas. He was also efficient and organized in managing the group and keeping us on schedule. The first stop in Jordan was at a souvenir shop for a bathroom break. Then you head to Petra. By this time, the sun is straight up, so you need to be sure you have your sunscreen on. If you are not up for the walk down the canyon or back up the canyon, you can take a horse or carriage ride. The food at the restaurant was great and we made it back to the airport with ease.

c
, Mar 2018

Wonderful trip. Everything from booking, getting tickets at airport, tour guide in Jordan was excellent. The lunch was not something my husband or I would eat. That said, we would do the tour again. The only hitch we had was the person to meet us at the airport when we
Arrived at Eilat was very late so much we began to wonder if someone would show up. Obviously they did and it went without a problem
On both Israel side and Jordan. We paid in cash the border visa and the border crossing fee. 65.00 and 60.00 for a total of
135.00 American per person. Make sure you have exact change for your visa etc. do not show up thinking you will exchange dollars there. Take exact cash amount with you. Do not rely on a credit card it makes it difficult if not impossible. If you have exact amount it is
A simple process at border. You pay border crossing on Israel side before you board the bus. At the border you pay the visa amount to the Jordan side.

A
, Jan 2018

Petra is one of those places like the Taj Mahal and Hagia Sophia - no photograph can completely capture its beauty and majesty. The trip began with an early morning flight, from the conveniently located Sde Dov airport, to the beautiful city of Eilat. After a few hours on the border, going through the bureaucracy on both the Israeli and Jordanian sides of the border, we boarded the bus to Petra. An employee of the tour company, on the Jordanian side, provided some much needed comic relief during the wait. On the way back, the border crossing took all of about 10 minutes!

Petra is an incredible place. Petra covers a very large area and the scale of the structures is amazing. The scenery, along the way, is spectacular. I would take this tour again, but I would probably stay longer and Petra and spend some time in Eilat.

t
, Jan 2018

This was a great trip to see Petra, but it is a very, very long day. Everything on the trip was great except the customs going into Jordan took about 2 hours, which shortened the time in Petra, but we still had enough time. If I was doing this again I would travel to Eilat the day before and spend the night there. Then book the tour that is offered from there. It will make you live easier and the day shorter. Otherwise was very neat to see this place.

T
, Jan 2018

Seeing Petra is amazing. Through no fault of the tour company - it is a very long day. That said, the experience and learning the history and significance of Tetra was very enjoyable!

M
, Jan 2018

Beautiful location but spent half the trip doing security check from Israel to Jordan. Our tour group was quite large and we had to go one by one for every single process, paying, passport pics, checking in. I think we no joke spent 5hrs trying to cross the border then we sped through our tour, not having enough time to appreciate the site. At the end of the tour, the bus just left us at the airport with no guidance. Again because of security the whole tour group almost missed the flight back. The plane had to wait for everyone to go through security to leave. I would recommend just doing a day tour in Israel and planning a separate trip to Jordan so you don't waste time and money since its an expensive tour.

M
, Jan 2018

Forget it. The bus windows were so dirty you couldn't see anything. The driver and the guide couldn't careless - very unprofessional.


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