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The Ultimate Desert Experience: 5 Days In Petra, Eilat & Dead Sea

If you’re dreaming of a desert escape packed with adventure, nature, and stunning landscapes wrapped up in one, this is the ultimate vacation package. Providing a comprehensive tour of the breathtaking desert region, your five days of exploring is a partly guided tour combining fascinating, informative guidance with individual exploration.

Departing from both Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, the trip begins as we head toward the Jordanian border, crossing the Allenby Bridge border and entering Jordan. Here, we will drive through the wild desert, stopping at Mount Nebo and Madaba, before continuing onto the Seven Wonders Bedouin Campsite— your home for the next two nights.

Enjoy Bedouin hospitality, including an Arab-style dinner and a comfortable bed for the night, and soak up the atmosphere as you rest beneath the clear desert skies to stargaze and drink a cup of delicious Bedouin tea.

As the sun rises on day two, it’s time to explore Petra, a famous archeological site set in a stunning red sandstone landscape. Following breakfast, we will depart on the bus for the city, 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, and its Nabataean people flourished through commerce. You will have the whole morning to tour Petra with a guide, before taking a lunch break at a local restaurant. The afternoon is your opportunity to explore various sites, such as the monastery, before heading back to camp for dinner and your second night at the Bedouin camp.

The following morning commences with an exquisite tour of the Wadi Rum, a desert landscape virtually untouched by humanity. Experience the thrill of the vast scenic desert valley on a 4×4 Jeep tour, providing you with an exploration of this moon-like landscape, the red dunes, towering cliffs of weathered stone, and desert animals—glorious amid the sunset’s beautiful colors.

After, we cross back over to Eilat (Israel) where you will spend the next two nights in Abraham’s lively Eilat hostel. Day four starts with a sailing expedition across the remarkable waters of the Red Sea by sailboat, swimming in its refreshing waters to explore the vibrant sea life, and the option to take in the region’s mountains via a Jeep Tour.

On the morning of your last day, we’ll travel north through the beautiful Judean Desert to the foot of Masada, an ancient fortress beside the Dead Sea. You’ll take a cable car up to capture sensational views and explore the archaeological ruins, before continuing to the Ein Gedi Nature Reserve, an oasis in the desert, for a short hike. You can also take this opportunity to float in the waters of the Dead Sea and immerse yourself in its famous mud.

There is an option to return to either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem to stay overnight at one of our hostels.

For more information on the sites we’ll be passing, download our free travel app to your smartphone.

 

 

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Tour Itinerary

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    Day 1

    Depart from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem
    Cross into Jordan and visit Mount Nebo and Madaba
    Overnight at Seven Wonders Bedouin Campsite

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    Day 2

    Petra
    Guided Tour of Petra
    Overnight at Seven Wonders Bedouin Campsite

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    Day 3

    Wadi Rum
    4X4 Tour of Wadi Rum & cross back into Eilat, Israel.
    Overnight in Abraham Eilat

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    Day 4

    Eilat
    Sailing at the Red Sea Tour
    Optional activity: Eilat Mountains Jeep Tour
    Overnight in Abraham Eilat

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    Day 5

    Dead Sea
    Masada, Ein Gedi, and Dead Sea Tour – self-guided tour
    Return to Jerusalem and Tel Aviv
    Overnight at Abraham Jerusalem / Tel Aviv

    NB: Itinerary is subject to amendment

Good to Know

  • Pickup points - Abraham Hostel Tel-Aviv, Abraham Hostel Jerusalem
  • This is a partly self-guided tour, meaning that it includes full transportation, but no actual guide. Self-guiding materials are available for FREE – Abraham Tours App (Available on Google Play and App store)
  • Things to bring - Hat and sunscreen, water and snacks, passport & bathing suit
  • Modest dress is required In religious places (scarf/shawl for women. No shorts or bare shoulders)
  • Our dorm rooms have an age range limit of 18 to 45 years. If you do not fall into this requirement, please select an upgrade to one of our great private rooms so we can accommodate you.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

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INCLUDED

  • Full transportation to all sites from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem 
  • Accommodation: 2 nights in a Bedouin campsite near Petra, 2 nights at Abraham Eilat
  • Accommodation is based on a shared room, unless you upgrade to a private room and pay for it during the booking process
  • All entrance fees in Jordan
  • Self Guided & Guided Tours and activities
  • Guide for the whole time during the 3 days in Jordan 
  • Meals: Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners.
  • Note: Religious meal requirements  (such as Kosher or Halal) and gluten-free are unfortunately cannot be accommodated on this tour.
  • Note: There is a vegetarian option.

EXCLUDED

  • Room Upgrade – Optional (Single, Double, or Twin)
  • Other meals
  • Masada entrance and Cable Car both ways (74 ILS), Ein Gedi entrance (31 ILS)
  • Border taxes – Israeli exit fee of 188 ILS, payable with ILS, USD or EUR or Credit Card.
  • Jordanian exit fee of 10 Jordanian Dinar, payable only cash JOD (there is an option to exchange while crossing into Jordan, on the Israeli side)
  • Travel insurance
  • Drinks

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