Welcome to Wadi Musa

Wadi Musa’s fortunes depend almost entirely on tourism. Dozens of new hotels were hastily erected in the late 1990s (after the peace treaty with Israel), often with no aesthetic or social sensitivity. Many locals bought into the new opportunities that mass tourism offered only to be stung in the tourism slumps that have followed hostilities among Jordan's neighbours. A moratorium on hotel building remains in place in an effort to curb rampant expansion and to shift the focus to improving services rather than simply ‘packing them in’ – a strategy that has largely worked in a town that takes its custodianship of Petra seriously.

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Queen Alia QAIA Airport Transfer

Our Driver will be waiting for you at the airport once you exit the customs area holding a sign with your name.Private Transfer from Jordan Queen Alia International Airport QAIA to main destinations in Jordan (You may select your destination while booking) starting from Amman city , to the Dead Sea - Hotels area and Petra at Wadi Musa. This is basic transfer service in modern cars with AC, This is NOT a tour , so drivers doesn't really speaks English ( just few words ) and won't be able to explain any details for you. If you are looking for English speaking drivers then you need to Select the a tour - not transfer service.

$390 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Private 2-Day Tour of Petra from Amman

Your journey starts at 12pm with a pick up at your hotel from your host. The drive to Petra is a 3 hour drive south. You will be driven in an air-conditioned, modern vehicle, and en route you will have a chance to stop for a snack, along the way. In Wadi Musa, your driver will assist with your hotel check-in at Petra that night. The tour of Petra starts at 8:30pm sharp and is advised to be at the meeting location 15 minutes prior. You will be met by your group leader to take you through the Siq to the Treasury, both of which are lit with more than 1,000 candles. Once you arrive to the Treasury in, your group leader will direct you to the Treasury to relax and enjoy traditional Jordanian music while enjoying a hot cup of tea. Your guide will also share the story about Petra and the Nabataeans civilization, before walking back down the Siq and returning to your Petra hotel for the night. You will be staying in a 3 star hotel of your choice are family run boutique business with great service.The next morning after breakfast, you will experience Petra by day. Your driver will meet you in the morning, with an 8am departure to arrange your tour. At the ticket window, be sure to visit the newly renovated Petra Museum included in your ticket price. Thousands of years of history housed in the new modern museum. You will also see the remains of this kingdom, including the royal tombs, an obelisk, the Treasury, streets, temples, a theater, and a monastery. In Petra, there a plenty of eateries for a snack or to have lunch. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and a sun hat.Once you are ready to return back to Amman, your driver will be waiting for you at the agreed upon location for your transfer back to the capital.

$75 Outdoor Activities

3-Hour 4x4 Safari in Little Petra

You will be picked up from your hotel or camp in Wadi Musa (Petra), then get ready for one of the best rides of your life during a 3 hour 4x4 safari. A short way along is Petra’s best views, a breathtaking sweep over the central valley of the ancient city, with many of the monuments in view, dwarfed by the mountains. In the beginning, we will drive about 10 minutes to reach Al Wu'ayra Fort which is located in Wadi Musa, 1 km north of the main entrance of Petra. The fort was built during the reign of Baldwin I (1115 – 1118 AD) during the Crusades. Next, we will continue the drive and enjoy the view of Petra mountains along the northern way to Little Petra, passing a Bedouin village before we drive-off road from Kharubat Al Fajah and navigate deeper into Little Petra. Here, we will explore more of the landscape before reaching a Neolithic village dated (7200 BC – 6500 BC) which makes it one of the first settled villages in human history. During that time, the settlement burned down and was rebuild. After its reconstruction, it was only inhabited for a short while, before being totally abandoned. Remains of the houses and a retaining wall are still visible today. They are remnants of one of the first transitions from semi-settled nomads to settled villagers and the start of an agrarian economy. We then continue driving through the mountains to reach Beir Al Aris, which is considered one of the most amazing examples of Nabataean water systems. The huge well collected water during the rainy season. It was so well built, that it is still in use today and the locals use the water for irrigating their crops. Next, we drive to Siq Al Bard and visit the ancient caves there which were used as caravans stations for the traders who used to pass through Petra. Here we will also explore one of the caves containing one of the best fresco paintings in the region. About this time, the day is drawing to a close so we will drive higher into the mountains of Little Petra where we will reach a nice spot to view one of the most stunning sunsets in the world while enjoying tea over the fire along with a light snack. Afterwards, you will be returned to your hotel or camp in Wadi Musa

$149 Multi-day & Extended Tours

2-Day Petra, Madaba, Karak Castle Tour from Amman

ItineraryDay 1: Amman Madaba KarakCastle and Little PetraStop At: Jordan Private Tours and Travel, Amman, Amman GovernorateAmman - Petra Through King's Highway - Madaba - Karak Castle - Little Petra - Wadi MusaYou will be picked up from Amman at 8am in an air-conditioned vehicle with a driver. Passing through the King's Highway and travel onward to Wadi Musa, the nearest town to the archaeological site of Petra, stopping at different places on the way. Start from Madaba city and visit St. George's Greek Orthodox Church (church map) and martyrs churches. You will then be taken to Karak Castle, the Middle East's second largest castle, through Wadi Al-Mujib to Little Petra. You will then be dropped off at your hotel in Wadi Musa. Overnight at hotel in Wadi Musa cityDuration: 10 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: One night sleep at Petra - Wadi Mousa city in 3 stars rated hotel with breakfastDay 2: Petra - AmmanStop At: Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an GovernorateAfter your included breakfast, you'll be start your from your hotel at 7am to head out for a self-guided day in Petra. You will have nine hours of exploring time inside Petra itself; many people choose to visit the treasury, monastery, the high area of Sacrifice and sites in between. You will be picked back up at 4 pm at your original departure point, and driven to your original hotel in Amman.Duration: 12 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$135 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Amman to Petra with Dana Reserve and Shobak Castle: 2-Day Tour

Day 1: Amman -  Petra -  Dana Nature Reserves - Little Petra - Wadi MusaYou will be picked up from  Amman at 8am, passing through the desert highway toward Wadi Musa, the closest town of the Petra archaeological site, stopping at different places on the way. You will visit Dana Nature Reserve and view the amazing scenery of the reserve. Next, you will see Shobak Castle (Crusader castle - known as Montreal as well), and then visit Little Petra. Finally, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Wadi Musa at 4pm for an overnight stay. Overnight at hotel in Wadi Musa based on selection. Day 2- Wadi Musa - Petra tour - AmmanAfter breakfast the next day, you will start your Petra tour at 7am (possible at 6 too ) , and head out for a self-guided day in Petra. You will have nine hours of exploring time inside Petra itself; many people choose to visit the treasury, monastery, the high area of Sacrifice and sites in between. You will be picked back up at 4pm at your original departure point, and driven to your original hotel, concluding the tour.

$2100 Cultural & Theme Tours

Israel and Petra Holy Land Trip: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Masada, Galilee - 9 days

ItineraryDay 1: Welcome to Israel and Transfer to the hotel Stop At: Click Tours Israel, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv DistrictThe beginning of your journey in Israel and Petra. After passport control, the representative of Click Tours will be waiting to welcome you (with a sign with your name on it) at the arrival lounge, ready to drive your directly to your amazing vacation in Israel.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight: Tel AvivDay 2: Tel Aviv / Beer Sheba / Masada & Dead Sea Stop At: Masada National Park, Masada, Dead Sea RegionStart your day meeting up with your tour guide and setting out from Tel Aviv. Drive south and pass the cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon on the way to Beersheba for a short visit in the capital of the Negev Desert. We continue through Arad to Masada, Israel’s prominent archaeological park. We ascend by cable car for a visit with insights into the rituals, politics, and culture of the people who inhabited the desert fortress. This was the last stronghold of Jewish Zealots fighting against the Romans. View excavations, Herod’s palaces, the synagogue, bathhouse, and cisterns. Witness the spectacular view of Roman camps and the Dead Sea. Move to the lowest point on Earth, the Dead Sea, to enjoy the mineral-rich black mud and go for a float in its salty waters. Pass by the oasis of Ein Gedi and travel through the Judean Desert to Jerusalem.Duration: 10 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight: JerusalemDay 3: Jerusalem / Bethlehem / Israel Museum’s / Yad VashemStop At: Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, West BankStart the day at the Israel Museum’s Shrine of the Book with the famous Dead Sea scrolls, then a visit to the beautifully renovated model of the Herodian city of Jerusalem, dating back to the time of the Second Temple. Enjoy Ein Karem; a picturesque village in the south western outskirts of Jerusalem. This small village has great significance in Christian traditions, since this is where according to tradition John the Baptist was born. Visit Yad Vashem the official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, established in 1953, located at the foot of Mt. Hertzl. Visit Bethlehem - the birthplace of Jesus at the Church of the Nativity and Manger Square.Duration: 10 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight: JerusalemDay 4: Jerusalem Old City / Via Dolorosa / Church of the Holy SepulchreStop At: Western Wall, Jerusalem, Jerusalem DistrictEnter the Old City of Jerusalem where you will see the Western Wall and the actual site of the Second Temple, the Temple Mount.Walk the Way of the Cross, the Via Dolorosa, to Calvary and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, housing both the traditional site of Crucifixion and the Tomb of the Resurrection. To the southwest, just outside the Old City, is Mount Zion, with the traditional tomb of King David and the Room of the Last Supper. Enjoy the spectacular panoramic view of Jerusalem - the holy city for each of the world’s three great religions – Christianity, Judaism and Islam, from atop the Mount of Olives. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane where Judas betrayed Jesus. In the heart of a neighborhood in downtown Jerusalem, visit Mahane Yehuda to experience the flavors, aromas, colors and the traders' interaction with the crowds, at the largest open market in Israel.Duration: 10 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight: Jerusalem HotelDay 5: Beit Shean / Nazareth / Safed / Church of the AnnunciationStop At: The Church of the Annunciation, Nazareth, Galilee, Northern DistrictLeave Jerusalem and drive north passing by Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Travel through the Jordan Valley and the new settlements to Beit Shean, and visit the excavations of this beautifully preserved Roman City. On to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation and Christian holy sites.Proceed to Safed, city of the Kabbalah and centre of Jewish mysticism, to visit the beautiful streets of the artists’ colony.Duration: 10 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in a kibbutz hotel in the Galilee.Day 6: Golan Heights / Sea of Galilee / Capernaum / TabghaStop At: Golan Heights Winery, KatzrinDrive up to the Golan Heights passing by Banias, source of the Jordan River, former Syrian fortifications and the Druze villages. Enjoy an Israeli wine country experience, with vineyards surrounded by breathtaking views. Become acquainted with the collection of fine and rare wines enjoying a tour, wine tasting and understanding of the wine production process. Descend to the shore of the Sea of Galilee and proceed to Capernaum, to visit the ruins of the ancient synagogue, the Mount of Beatitudes, traditional site of the ‘Sermon on the Mount’ and Tabgha, the traditional site of the ‘miracle of the loaves and the fish’. · Onwards to Tiberias, the old center of Jewish learning. · Optional sailing on a boat across the Sea of Galilee to experience the tranquility and scenery little changed during the past 2000 years (subject to conditions and fee).Duration: 9 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in a kibbutz hotel in the Galilee.Day 7: Acre / Haifa / Caesarea / Tel AvivStop At: Caesarea National Park, Caesarea, Haifa DistrictAfter breakfast drive through the hills of the Galilee, westwards to Acre (Akko) for a visit of the old, famous Crusader stronghold and medieval fortifications. Continue to Haifa, ascending Mount Carmel for a panoramic view of the city, including the Baha'i Shrine, Persian Garden, and Haifa bay. Proceed along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea to visit the Roman Theater and the Crusader fortress at what is known as the “masterpiece of Herod the Great”. Continue to Tel Aviv‘s domestic airport for a short flight to Eilat, the Red Sea resort. ·Transfer to your Eilat hotel.Duration: 9 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Eilat.Day 8: Petra / Rose City of Petra / Aqaba Stop At: Petra, Petra - Wadi Musa, Ma'an GovernorateAfter breakfast leave Eilat, Israel and cross into Jordan at the Arava border. Drive to Petra through the scenic Jordanian desert, passing by the Wadi Rum area. Enter the Rose City of Petra through the Siq, a narrow passage through the mountains that has inspired people for centuries. Up to the Treasury which suddenly appears at the end of the gorge, leaving visitors breath taken by its' size, color and beauty. Continue into the heart of this ancient city carved into the mountains, passing hundreds of tombs and monuments and a spectacular Amphitheatre, which once held 3,000 spectators. Exit the city and stop for a sit-down lunch in Wadi Musa - the new town of Petra, followed by a visit to Moses Spring before leaving. Drive to Aqaba for a short city tour, before returning to the Arava border and back to Eilat for return flight to Tel Aviv. Transfer from Tel Aviv airport to Tel Aviv hotel for overnightDuration: 11 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Tel AvivDay 9: Farewell for nowStop At: Tel Aviv Marina and Sea Center, Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv DistrictCheck out of the hotel following breakfast.Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for the flight home.Goodbye to Israel! Hope to see you again on your next visit.Duration: 2 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.