Petra from Eilat: Full Day Experience
Our Petra from Eilat Tour departs early from Abraham Eilat to avoid the morning rush at the border and make the most of our time in Jordan. Upon reaching Aqaba, we indulge in a delectable breakfast of Jordanian Street Food at a local restaurant offering a variety of mouthwatering dishes.
From there we head to Petra a famous heritage site, set in a stunning red sandstone landscape. One of the new Seven Wonders of the World, and the highlight of this trip, Petra was once a major crossroads of the ancient Near East. Its Nabataean people flourished through commerce, carving their capital in the red sandstone and leaving architectural jewels for humankind to wonder at. We will enter via the Siq, and see the treasury, amphitheater, Roman paved colonnaded road, royal tombs, temples, and more.
Following the guided tour, for those up to the challenge, there’s an opportunity to explore additional sites like the Khubtha viewpoint or the Monastery. As the afternoon progresses, we gather for a heartwarming experience at a local home, savoring a family-cooked meal that supports the local community and grants us a glimpse into their way of life.
After a full day, we head back to the border and to our hostel in Eilat.
So, what are you waiting for? Go on a journey to Petra from Eilat for an experience through time and history, surrounded by captivating beauty. Don’t miss out on this extraordinary opportunity!
- Full-day visit to Petra - one of the Seven Wonders of the World
- Jordanian Street food breakfast in Aqaba
- Experience Bedouin hospitality with late lunch in a local home
- Taste traditional local food
- Fully guided with a Jordanian licensed guide
- 1 Day Tour
06:30 – Depart from Eilat
07:00 – Cross border via Arava Border Crossing
07:30 – Local Street Food restaurant for a traditional breakfast
08:30 – Depart to Petra
10:00 – Visit Petra
13:00 – End of the guided tour of Petra. Free time for further exploration of Petra
15:45 – Gather at the Visitor Center to board your bus
16:00 – Visit local home for a Jordanian family late lunch*
17:15 – Depart from Petra to Arava Border Crossing
19:00 – Cross the border to Eilat
19:30 – Arrive back in Eilat
* Occasionally the Bedouin Family is not available to host the group; in which case we will provide a meal at a local community-operated restaurant.
NB: All times are approximate
Good to Know
- Don't forget to bring: Passport, Sunscreen and hat, Money for border fees and Camera
- The Petra Tour from Eilat is a full-day excursion, allowing you to experience the wonders of Petra and return to Eilat by the end of the day.
- Transportation to all sites from Eilat
- Entrance fees
- Breakfast and Late Beduin Lunch
- Full guiding
- Travel Insurance
- Border taxes
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Do I need to arrange for a visa in advance?
Jordan permits most Western countries to receive a travel visa at the border crossing. However, residents of some countries need to apply for a visa in advance. Check with your local embassy, or online. For re-entry into Israel, please ensure you are eligible for a Visa on Arrival or have already arranged a multiple entry visa for Israel in advance.
What currency do I need for the border fees?
The border fees on the Israeli side can be paid in ILS, Euro, USD & credit card. The Jordanian side accepts only Jordanian Dinar in Cash – but no need to worry or pre-arrange anything as you will have some time to Exchange money or use an ATM in Aqaba.
Can I stay in Jordan after the tour ends?
If you plan to leave the tour in Jordan let us know in advance, and we will make the necessary adjustments.
What if I experience issues while crossing the border?
As this tour crosses international borders, our ability to ensure the group is able to cross without delay is limited, due to security, customs and visa related issues. As such, whilst we attempt to wait for all tour participants before departing from the border, both on the way into Jordan and when returning into Israel, if a passenger is significantly delayed we will attempt to provide or suggest alternative transport arrangements for this person to join the group, or arrive in Eilat at a later point, to ensure the tour is able to run as scheduled for the rest of the tour participants.
What are the Border taxes?
Israeli exit fee of 115 ILS, payable with ILS, USD or EUR. Jordanian visa fee of 40 Jordanian Dinar, PAYABLE ONLY IN CASH IN JOD, Paid in the end when crossing back to Israel (there is an option to exchange while crossing into Jordan, on the Jordanian side) *Boarder fees are subject to change by the border authorities
How to get to Eilat from Jerusalem using public transportation?
The distance from Jerusalem to Eilat is 314 km (195 miles), you can easily travel to Eilat using the bus run by Egged Public Transportation. The ride from Jerusalem to Eilat is around 4-5 hours long. Unfortunately, there is no train service at the moment but direct domestic flights are available from Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 1. From Jerusalem Central Station: Bus line 444.
How to get to Eilat from Tel Aviv using public transportation?
The distance from Tel Aviv to Eilat is 350 km (217 miles), you can easily travel to Eilat using the bus run by Egged Public Transportation. The ride from Tel Aviv to Eilat is around 4-5 hours long. Unfortunately, there is no train service at the moment but direct domestic flights are available from Ben Gurion Airport Terminal 1. From Tel Aviv Central Station: Bus lines 390, 393, or 394