Petra Tour from Tel Aviv (2 Day Tour)
Our two fully-packed days begin in Tel Aviv, as we head toward the Jordanian border. We cross at the northern Sheikh Hussein border, and enter Jordan, driving through the Judean desert for about an hour.
We continue towards Jerash, where we have lunch at a nearby restaurant before continuing to the ancient city of Jerash, one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. The historical city contains an ancient cardo, a hippodrome, oval forum, temples, and Hadrian’s arch. Step back in time as you walk through the ruins of this 4000-year-old city, while your guide explains this wonderful blend of Greco-Roman architecture and the Mediterranean world.
We then continue to the capital city Amman, where we will drive by sites like the Royal Palace, King Hussein National Mosque, and get a general overview of the city. Before moving on from Amman, we’ll get to taste a delicious local sweet, called Knafeh.
From here we will go to a Bedouin camp near Petra where you will enjoy Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night. Before going to sleep, sit beneath the clear desert skies and stargaze, as you drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea..
On the second day we will tour Petra. One of the seven wonders of the world, and Jordan’s most treasured attraction, Petra is an unforgettable place. It was carved into the red rocks of the soaring cliffs in the early 1st century as the tomb of a Nabataean king, and was hidden under sand for centuries before recently becoming accessible again.
We will enter through the Siq, a narrow gorge, and tour the Treasury and Amphitheater with our guide who will explain the sites and history as you marvel at the beauty of each structure. Then you will have free time to continue individually as you wish: climb to the Royal Tombs, walk down the Roman Cardo, hike up to the Monastery, and explore the different sites. We will meet up for lunch in Wadi Musa before returning back to Tel Aviv via the Allenby border crossing.
This fully guided tour, including full transportation and comprehensive information, can be further enhanced by using our travel app for smartphones and tablets. The app provides you with maps, information and pictures, can be downloaded for free on our site before you embark on the trip so it will not require an internet connection. You can also explore the sites on your own, without the guide, if you prefer to do so.
For more information on the sites we’ll be passing, download our free travel app to your smartphone.
- See beautiful landscapes
- Experience authentic Bedouin hospitality
- Taste traditional local food
- Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World
- Explore the ancient city of Jerash
- Day 1
06:00 – Departing from Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv
09:00 – Crossing the Jordan River Border Crossing
11:30 – Visit Jerash
14:00 – Lunch in a local restaurant
16:00 – Driving through Amman
17:30 – Drive to Petra
20:00 – Arrive in Petra for dinner at Bedouin campsite
- Day 2
07:00 – Breakfast
08:00 – Explore Petra
14:00 – Lunch in Restaurant near Petra
15:00 – Transport to Allenby Bridge Crossing
18:30 – Border Crossing into Israel
20:00 – Transport from the border
22:00 – Arrival in Tel Aviv
*All times are approximate
– Please note that sites may vary depending on crowds and/or religious holidays.
– Please note that failure to send in or insert your correct passport details by 5:00 PM the evening before your tour departs can incur extra costs or result in the cancellation of your booking with no possibility of a refund.
Good to Know
- Central pickup locations, so you spend the maximum time in Petra and Jordan, and not circling the city to pick up other guests!
- Top rated tour, with 5 star customer feedback and a Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor
- One guide that is with you from the moment you arrive in Jordan until you leave taking care of your entire trip.
- No Pre-arranged Visa Required!*
- Leaves from Tel Aviv rather than Eilat, saving you money, long rides on public transport and a mandatory night in Eilat.
- Includes the incredible cities of Jerash and Amman, rather than only seeing Petra.
- Pickup points: Tel Aviv - Abraham Hostel
- Things to bring: Valid passport, Money for border crossing, Warm clothes for the evening, Camera, Cash for drinks, snacks, souvenirs, tips etc. (only JOD or USD are accepted in Jordan)
- Muslim Holidays: During Islamic holy days (especially Ramadan), some sites may be closed or visiting times shortened.
- Religious Objects and Clothing: Please be aware that certain religious clothing and objects can create issues for travelers at the Border crossing. If you wish to bring such items, please consult with our sales desk prior to the tour.
- Forbidden items in Jordan: Any size drones, Telescopes, Telephoto cameras with super zoom lenses (higher than 1000mm)
- Visa Information: 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. For re-entry to Israel, please ensure you are eligible for a Visa On Arrival, or have already arranged a multiple entry visa for Israel in advance.
- Israeli Citizens: Please note, this tour is not available to sole Israeli passport holders, due to restrictions. f you have Israeli Citizenship in addition to a foreign passport, please contact us prior to the tour for special instructions regarding the border crossings.
- *Check with your local embassy, or online
- *Some nationalities do require a pre-arranged visa
- Religious meal requirements (such as Kosher or Halal) are unable to be accommodated on this tour
- Note: If you are traveling alone, you may need to share a room with someone of the same gender, depending on the size of the group.
- Full transportation to all sites
- Full guiding
- Entrance fees
- Accommodation in Bedouin campsite
- Custom made travel app for smartphones & tablets
- Meals (lunch and dinner on first day, breakfast and lunch on second)*
- Border taxes – PAYABLE ONLY IN CASH:
- Israeli exit fee of 107 ILS, payable with ILS, USD or EUR.
- Jordanian visa fee of 40 Jordanian Dinar, payable only cash JOD (there is an option to exchange while crossing into Jordan, on the Jordanian side)
- Jordanian exit fee of 10 Jordanian Dinar, payable only cash JOD
- Room Upgrade (Hotel option available during booking process)
- Travel insurance
Do we 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.
- Please note, this tour is not available to sole Israeli passport holders, due to restrictions.
- If you have Israeli Citizenship in addition to a foreign passport, please contact us prior to the tour for special instructions regarding the border crossings.
Israel – Reentry Visa:
- If you previously received a visa on the spot when you arrived in Israel, you should have no problem with reentering Israel.
- If you had to apply for a visa to enter Israel, please check the conditions of your visa regarding re-entry.
- Students, Foreign Workers and Volunteers:
If you are on a student/volunteer/work visa in Israel it is important to ensure you have or are eligible for reentry as some visas are not multiple-entry.
It is best to visit Misrad Hapnim (Ministry for Interior) to receive further information or receive a multiple entrance visa if required.
Please be aware; Israel gives 3 month visas to many nationalities. Often they will give you a new 3 month visa on each entrance, however they will sometimes refuse this if you have overstayed a visa, or have already been in Israel for more than 6 months in the past year on a tourist visa. If you require clarification, please check with the Israel embassy in your country, or the Ministry of Interior in Israel.
How much are the border fees and what currency do I need?
Border taxes – PAYABLE ONLY IN CASH:
– Israeli exit fee of 107 ILS, payable with ILS, USD or EUR.
– Jordanian visa fee of 40 Jordanian Dinar, payable only cash JOD (there is an option to exchange while crossing into Jordan, on the Jordanian side);
– Jordanian exit fee of 10 Jordanian Dinar, payable only cash JOD
What should I pack & what am I forbidden to bring?
Things to bring
- Valid passport
- Money for border crossing and exit fee.
- Warm clothes for night
Religious Objects and Clothing
- Please be aware that certain religious clothing and objects can create issues for travelers at the Border crossing. If you wish to bring such items, please consult with our sales desk prior to the tour.
Forbidden items in Jordan
- Any size drones
- Telephoto cameras with super zoom lenses (higher than 1000mm)
Where is the pickup point?
At the entrance of the Tel Aviv Abraham Hostel on Levontin St 21.
Can we change our return city?
After crossing back into Israel, we have different vehicles waiting for you to take you to either Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. The size & number of vehicles are determined by the number of participants who departed from each city. Therefore getting off in the other city cannot be guaranteed.
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.
How do we cross back into Israel?
The tour returns to Israel via the Allenby Bridge Border Crossing.
There will be a short stretch of time in which you will be in the crossing without the guide (who will remain on the Jordanian side), while our drivers will be waiting for you on the Israeli side.
For this, it is important to note the following:
* Be patient – during busy periods the crossing might be crowded and slow.
* Returning to Tel Aviv or Jerusalem on your own – there is a small chance that you will be delayed by extra questioning, and have to go back to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv on your own. If you are concerned this may happen to you, please read more about it under “What if I experience issues while crossing the border?”.
This is how it goes, step by step:
Try to stick together as a group to make the process easier, unless someone is delayed for questioning. This is not uncommon, and is not a reason for concern. The group should continue through the border, as the delayed passenger can take a shared taxi back to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv once they’ve crossed the border.
* Please note that our representatives are not allowed into the terminal and cannot
assist you inside.
- Check in your luggage: Once you finish the procedure on the Jordanian side, the bus will transfer you to the Israeli terminal, where you will be dropped off with your luggage. The first queue is to drop off your luggage for security screening and get a sticker on your passport with the number of pieces of luggage. You’ll still need to get the sticker, even if you only have hand luggage.
- First security check: The second queue is to get your passport scanned and put a security sticker on it. Please introduce yourself as a group.
- Hand luggage and personal security check: You will then enter the terminal and put your hand luggage through a baggage scanner, and go through a metal detector. Please remove all metal objects before passing through the detector (coins, belts, phones, etc.).
- Passport control: At this point you might be asked questions about what you have done in Jordan, what your plans are in Israel, etc. Occasionally the immigration asks a person to wait for further questioning. This process may take a while. If you have been delayed, and the Abraham Tours bus has already left with the rest of the group, you can return to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv using the shared taxis (explained further under “What if I experience issues while crossing the border?”).
- Luggage and Passport stamp check: Your luggage and passport will be checked to make sure you have gone through all necessary security procedures.
- Pick up your luggage, pass through customs and you are done! Outside the terminal our driver and bus will be waiting to transfer you back to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.
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 and on the back from Jordan, if a passenger is delayed we will attempt to provide or suggest alternative transport arrangements for this person to join the group, or arrive in Jerusalem at a later point, to ensure the tour is able to run as scheduled for the rest of the tour participants.
In the event you have been delayed while crossing the border:
In this case, if you can’t find any Abraham Tours bus or sign, the bus may have already left with the group to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, so as not to delay the whole group. This is how you can return to Jerusalem or Tel Aviv:
Take a seat in a SHARED Taxi to Jerusalem: Once you exit the terminal, 5 meters from the door, on the left hand-side wall, is a taxi booth for Al-Nijmeh taxi company. Buy a ticket for a seat in a SHARED taxi. The ticket costs 42 ILS per person and 5 ILS per piece of luggage. Be sure that you are taking the shared taxi and not the private, which costs 350 ILS. You will be directed to the taxi, where you may have to wait until the taxi fills up (this, unfortunately, may take some time). Once the taxi departs, get off at the final stop – Damascus Gate.
- Getting back to Abraham Hostel Jerusalem: from Damascus Gate it is a short walk west to the Tram stop. Buy a ticket for 5.9 ILS. The Davidka Square stop (where the hostel is located) is the 3rd stop on the tram, in the direction of the Central Station. Alternatively, you can take a brisk 25-minute walk – follow the Old City walls up the hill to Jaffa Road, and walk on Jaffa, with the tram tracks, all the way to the hostel.
- Getting back to Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv: from Damascus Gate it is a short walk west to the Tram stop. Buy a ticket for 5.9 ILS and get off at the Central Station (6 stations from Damascus Gate). In the Central Station, go up to the 3rd floor. Look for bus number 405 which will take you to Tel Aviv Central Bus Station for the cost of 16 ILS.
Walking from Tel Aviv Central Bus Station: head northeast on Tsemach David St toward Levinsky st. Turn left onto Levinsky st and walk along Levinski for 600 m. Then turn right onto Chlenov St and after 230 m. continue onto Barzilai St. After 140 m. turn right onto Levontin St. The hostel is located on 21 Levontin St. The walk takes 17 minutes or so in total.
Taking a bus: from central bus station take bus number 5 to Allenby/Yehuda Halevi st (4 stops). It’s a short walk from there. A single fare is 5.9 ILS and it takes about 15 min.
* Please note: If you arrive on Shabbat (Friday evening or Saturday during daytime), or after 11:30PM, you should take a share taxi to Tel Aviv instead, which costs 25-35 ILS (no extra payment for luggage). These leave from the corner of HaNaviim Street and Monbaz Street, a 10 minute walk from Damascus gate up HaNaviim street.
Refund your costs: We are happy to reimburse you for the cost of your journey at our Travelers Center at the hostel. Please keep your receipts and we will refund the shared taxi to Jerusalem of 42 ILS, luggage fee of 5 ILS, bus to Tel Aviv of 16 ILS, bus ticket of 5.90 ILS – according to the