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$135 Day Trips & Excursions

Tel Aviv to Bethlehem and Jericho Full-Day Guided Trip

Leave your central Tel Aviv hotel in an air-conditioned coach and travel through the Judean desert to Jericho. On route, see the Inn of the Good Samaritan, the site associated with the much-loved biblical parable.Pause at the sign that marks sea level and get views over the Jordan Valley, the place where Jesus is believed to have been baptized; and Jericho’s oasis, as you descend to the world’s oldest continuously populated city. Mentioned in the Old and New Testament, Jericho’s walls were, according to the Bible, felled by the trumpet sounds of Joshua’s Israelite army. The ancient city is also thought to be where Jesus returned after his time in the wilderness.Gaze at Mt Temptation, the mountain that towers over the city, and see Tel mound and Elisha’s Spring, the latter mentioned in the Bible. Your guide will also show you the sycamore tree that the Bible recounts as having been climbed by the tax collector Zacchaeus to get a better view of Christ.Either break for lunch (own expense) in Jericho or on your visit to Bethlehem, depending on timings. Having explored Jericho, relax as you drive to Bethlehem, Jesus’ believed birthplace. When you arrive, stroll around Manger Square and enter the Church of the Nativity. Descend into the Grotto of the Nativity, where a star marks Jesus’ birthplace. Continue to the Church of St Catherine where Saint Jerome translated the Bible from Hebrew to Latin.Lastly, view Shepherds’ Field, where a church commemorates the spot where shepherds were reputedly told of Jesus’ birth. Afterward, return to Tel Aviv, where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.

$48.75 Tours & Sightseeing

Petra by Night Tour Ticket

Meet at the Petra visitor centre at 20.15 ready for the 20.30 departure for the tour. Start the visit at the mile-long entry gorge, The Siq of Petra, which is mysterious enough in the daytime, however becomes a fairy-tale magical at night, lit only by flickering luminaries. This is also true for Petra’s imposing Khazneh (the Treasury) monument. There’s a little music (Bedouin shepherd’s flute), and a little storytelling by one of the local guides, however this experience is more about atmosphere than content. Just think of it as organic sound and light.

$48.75 Private & Custom Tours

Private Petra Walking Tour: Including The Monastery

Your guide will meet you by the main gate of Petra at a pre-arranged time before setting off to explore the hidden city. During the lengthy walk, you'll encounter vendors selling exotic souvenirs before being rewarded by views of the Siq, a dramatic, red-hued gorge considered one of the highlights of Petra. Once you reach the treasury (al khazneh), the real tour begins. You will think that is the first monument in the city as you descend down, and see more façades through the street before seeing the theater, which could be the beginning of the city. After a few minutes, enter the residential part of the city as you see the remains of houses everywhere, before you get through the cardo (Roman street). After you finish exploring (down town) Petra, get ready for the big climb to the monastery. While your guide will not be able to take you to every single monument in Petra, they will be able to advise you what to do next after you finish the tour. After 4 hours the tour will conclude and you will have the choice to have lunch inside Petra (not included). You will then have free time to go back to the main gate of Petra to explore on your own.

$650 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private 4-Night Jordan from Amman: Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum

Day 1: Amman Airport - Amman (D) 40 KMTransfer from Queen Alia International Airport to the hotel in Amman. Dinner and overnight in Amman hotel. Day 2: Amman Panoramic City Tour – Jerash – Dead Sea - Amman (B, D) 245 KMPick up from hotel in Amman. Panoramic tour of the city, known as Philadelphia: a panoramic tour of the city center, downtown with its Roman Theater, traditional markets, churches, mosques, and the new modern city. Departure to Jerash, one of the most complete and best preserved cities of the Roman Empire. Visit the streets, theaters, temples and other significant places.Then, you'll  transfer to the Dead Sea. It is lowest point on earth and known for the Biblical story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, who were turned into salt. Free time at the Dead Sea Tourist Beach Rest house, for a short swim. Returning to Amman. Dinner and overnight in Amman hotel. Day 3: Amman – Wadi Rum - Petra (B, D) 425 KMBreakfast at the hotel. Depart to visit Wadi Rum and spend two hours exploring in a 4x4 vehicle. Wadi Rum is a uniquely shaped massive mountain that rose amongst the rosy red sand of the desert with towering cliffs of various brownish, reddish, and golden colors. Departure to Petra. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.Day 4: Petra - Amman (B, D) 245 KMAfter breakfast, visit Petra, which is one of the New7Wonders of the World. A city carved in stone more than 2,000 years ago. First, walk the Siq, a narrow path of 1.2 kilometers (0.8 miles), which is the main entrance to the city. At the end of the Siq, you;ll behold the Treasury, the most-photographed feature of Petra. Other monuments we will visit are the Theatre, the Byzantine Church, and the Royal Tombs. Return to hotel Amman. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Day 5: Amman - Amman Airport (B) 40 KMBreakfast and transfer to Amman International Airport to coincide with the departure flight.

$53.50 Private & Custom Tours

Full-Day Private Tour to Petra from Dead Sea

The tour to Petra is an ideal journey to the new Wonder of the World and an UNESCO World Heritage site and Jordan’s Treasure.The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is south of the capital Amman and the Dead Sea. Once in Petra (Wadi Musa), your driver will take you to the Petra Visitor Center to arrange your ticket and your local Petra guide (optional) and prepare your tour. Feel free to browse the center before or after your tour. A horse and carriage are available for hire, just ask your driver or guide for assistance. Petra is a rich day full of history and stories and your local guide will be with you until the Treasury and beyond. The towering Treasury is first glimpse and is breathtaking as you end the Siq to continue the rest of your tour into the Petra Valley. It is recommended that you take photos around the entrance of the Treasury prior to your walk towards the Roman-like Theater from the early 1st century AD, and the countless temples, altars, and colonnaded streets; though don’t go far from your guide ( If Hired ) as they share the Nabataeans stories. By this time, you have covered the highlights of Petra and it is suggested that you return back towards the entrance to meet your driver at the pickup agreed location for your journey back to Dead Sea. Sit back and enjoy the ride to your hotel.

$108.75 Outdoor Activities

Horseriding Trip to Mount Aaron in Petra

Start your tour with pick up from your Petra hotel, from where your guide will take you straight to Petra to greet your horse. Once you feel comfortable, follow your guide through the Siq, a red-hued gorge that marks the entrance to the ancient city of Petra. Relish the early morning tranquility and lack of crowds, and visit the treasury, famous for featuring in the Indiana Jones films. Then to carry on through Petra, to see the theater & other ancient monuments, heading west in order to reach the cardo. Canter through a foot bath that takes you to see different monument, and then ascend on foot to the summit of Mt. Aaron, where a shrine to the brother of Moses resides. Horses will not take you all the way to the top, so you have to do some climbing yourself to the top of the mountain. Spend around 40 minutes at the top enjoying the view and exploring the shrine before you head back the same way and enjoy drop-off at your Jordan hotel.