Spend the day with Bein Harim exploring the beautiful historical and archaeological city of Petra, known for its famous rock-cut architecture and red-colored structures.
After you are collected from your Eilat hotel you be will taken across the Israel-Jordan border into the Kingdom of Jordan. The tour travels along the scenic Desert Highway en route to the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We pass through the dramatic Siq into Petra where the structures were carved out of red cliffs earning it the name, Rose City. To complete the tour we take a brief tour through Aqaba, Jordan’s Red Sea port city.
The tour begins when you are picked up from your Eilat hotel and swiftly taken across the border into Jordan and onto the Desert Highway. While on the scenic route through the desert landscape you can see the morning sun casting a slow moving shadow across the Jebel Mountains. The landscape slowly changes as we get closer to Wadi Rum, the valley cut out of granite and sandstone.
We arrive at the UNESCO World Heritage city of Petra and your knowledgeable tour guide will fill you in on the fascinating history of Petra. Petra was the capital of the Nabataean civilization, the city was established in 312BC and it played a pivotal role in the trade route between Egypt and the East.
The Siq is a 1.2km long, narrow entrance to the city flanked on both sides by high red rock “walls.” You can choose to walk or go on horseback along the first 200 meters of the Siq gorge.
As you approach the end of the Siq, the majestic Treasury towers before you. The Treasury is one of the beautiful buildings carved out of the red stone cliffs along the city’s central Colonnade Street.
We take our time exploring the ancient city and marveling at the incredible craftsmanship of the architects who created Petra out of stone. Temples, houses, tombs and altars are carved out of the red sandstone cliffs of Petra.
The complex city once bustled with 20,000 Nabataean residents and traders, and luckily the regional climate and the remoteness of the location safeguarded the lost city of Petra until it was rediscovered.
Additional Tour Information
WHAT TO BRING AND WEAR
Passport, good walking shoes, water, head covering and cool clothing in summer, very warm clothing in winter
Eilat: 7:30 am
Rates include: pick-up and drop-off in Eilat, meeting and assistance at border crossing in both directions, transport, tour guides, entrance fees to Petra for one day tour, lunch.
Rates do not include: $62 cash for border fees ($46 without the pick up and assistance at the border) , subject to valid currency exchange rate and local revisions, gratuities, personal expenses, personal insurance.
Other languages are available in Petra for an additional $90 per booking and with advance notice.
Pick up is available from all hotels and guesthouses in Eilat as well as from the central bus station and airport.
Departs from Tel Aviv is available for an additional $200 per person.
ABOUT BEIN HARIM
Bein Harim Tourism Services LTD is a one of the leading Israeli government licensed travel services in Israel, specializing in the planning, organization and conducting of custom-made guided tours. The company employs only highly experienced and government licensed tour guides. It offers various tours inside Israel in an extensive range of languages. All its vehicles are approved by the Ministry of Tourism to afford customers top comfort sightseeing.