The 8 Best Petra Tours of 2019

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Best Budget: Petra Day Tour to the Monastery – Buy Tickets at Viator

"Travelers rave about the tour guides and how they can customize the experience of the site, and their wealth of knowledge."

Best Night Experience: Full Day Private Tour and Petra by Night – Buy Tickets at Viator

"Although Petra is a memorable experience during the day, in the evenings the night show is magical, and this tour offers both."

Best Multi Day: Petra Wadi Rum and Dead Sea – Buy Tickets at Viator

"Visit the ancient town of Madaba to experience the stunning mosaics before returning to Amman."

Best Bedouin Experience: Bedouin Experience Petra – Buy Tickets at Viator

"When evening falls, you’ll have a Bedouin dinner and tea and spend the night in a cave."

Best from Aqaba: Private Day Tour from Aqaba – Buy Tickets at Viator

"Spend three hours marveling at the Treasury, the Street of Facades, and the theater."

Best Camping Trip: Two Day One Night in Wadi Rum Camping Trip and Petra – Buy Tickets at Viator

"While exploring Petra, travelers will see the Royal Tombs and Pharaoh’s Castle."

Petra from Tel Aviv: 2-Day Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum from Tel Aviv – Buy Tickets at Viator

"Enjoy a thrilling sunset jeep tour of the desert after your trip to Wadi Rum."

Most Historical: 2-Day Petra Overnight Tour from Amman – Buy Tickets at Viator

"Experience lesser-visited, Little Petra, thought to be a “suburb” of Petra consisting of tombs, temples, water channels, and cisterns."

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Best Budget: Petra Day Tour to the Monastery

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If you have your own transportation to get to Petra, the “Petra Day Tour to the Monastery” is a great way to learn about the city with an expert guide without having to pay a large amount for a package. The tour begins at Petra where the guide will you through the historical site and provide a wealth of knowledge about its history. Experience the Treasury, the Theater, the Royal Tombs, and the Street of Facades. Then, climb the 900 steps to the Monastery for stunning views of the ruins. The tour lasts four or five hours and does not include entrance fees or meals. Other travelers rave about the tour guides and how they can customize the experience. 

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Best Night Experience: Full Day Private Tour and Petra by Night

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Although Petra is a memorable experience during the day, in the evenings the night show is magical, and the 14-hour, “Full Day Private Tour and Petra by Night” package combines both. Start the morning off with private transfer from Amman for a day spent exploring the Treasury, the Roman Theater, and the Temple of the Winged Lion with a guide. Take a break for lunch (not included). Once the sun sets, see Petra as it is illuminated with more than 1,500 candles from the Siq (the main road leading to Petra) to the Treasury. Entrance fees for the night show are also included.

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Best Multi Day: Petra Wadi Rum and Dead Sea

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Combine a trip to Petra with two other amazing experiences on the “Petra Wadi Rum and Dead Sea” tour. The three-day package includes transportation from Amman to Petra followed by a two-hour guided walking tour of the city including a stop at the Royal Tombs. Then, have free time to grab lunch (on your own) before transferring to a hotel for the evening. In the morning, have included breakfast and get ready for a two-hour jeep adventure in Wadi Rum. Next, head to the Dead Sea for a float in the healing waters before staying overnight at a second hotel. Lastly, visit the ancient town of Madaba to experience the stunning mosaics before returning to Amman. 

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Best Bedouin Experience: Bedouin Experience Petra

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Known as nomadic desert-dwellers, the Bedouins are perhaps the best local guide to Petra one can ask for, and the “Bedouin Experience” two-day tour gives visitors a chance to see Petra with a Bedouin guide. The tour begins at Petra (so you’ll need to arrange transport to the city) with a camel ride through the city and up to the snake monument. When evening falls, you’ll have a Bedouin dinner and tea and spend the night in a cave. In the morning, watch the dawn against the mountains for an awe-inspiring view. After morning breakfast, visit Monastery place, before exploring Little Petra, a similar ancient city with frescos inside the caves. 

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Best from Aqaba: Private Day Tour from Aqaba

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If your base for exploring Jordan is Aqaba, you can easily visit Petra with the “Private Day Tour from Aqaba.” The 10- to 12-hour tour begins with chauffeur pick up at your hotel in Aqaba for a two-hour ride to Petra to meet the guide. Spend three hours marveling at the Treasury, the Street of Facades, and the theater, plus soak in panoramic views of the Royal Tombs. Then, take lunch (either packed or at a local restaurant). Next, take a two-hour journey to the red desert of Wadi Rum for an incredible, two-hour private jeep experience before returning to Aqaba.

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Best Camping Trip: Two-Day/One Night in Wadi Rum Camping Trip and Petra

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Spend a night under the stars with the “Two Day One Night in Wadi Rum Camping Trip and Petra” tour. The trip begins with hotel pickup from Amman, Dead Sea or Queen Alia Airport for a three-hour transport to Petra. Upon arrival, embark by horseback to the canyon, followed by a journey on foot to the iconic Treasury rock façade.

While exploring Petra, you will also see the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs, and Pharaoh’s Castle. Then, drive two hours through the red sand dunes to a camp in Wadi Rum for a Bedouin meal followed by a night sleeping under the stars. In the morning, wake up to breakfast before beginning the journey back. 

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Petra from Tel Aviv: 2-Day Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum from Tel Aviv

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Those staying in Tel Aviv can visit Petra with ease on the “2-Day Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum from Tel Aviv.” The tour includes very early morning hotel pick up in Tel Aviv and border crossing assistance at Arava, followed by a city tour in Aqaba for a chance to see the market and enjoy lunch. Then, head to Wadi Rum where you’ll stay at a Bedouin camp for that night, but not before a thrilling sunset jeep tour of the desert. After resting up, be prepared for your morning tour of Petra followed by free time at the site before returning to Tel Aviv.

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Most Historical: Two-Day Petra Overnight Tour from Amman

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Those interested in experiencing several historical sites during their tour package should consider the “Two-Day Petra Overnight Tour from Amman,” which packs several ancient ruins into one journey. It begins with transportation from Amman with a brief stop at Mount Nebo to take in the views, followed by an hour spent at Montreal Crusader Castle, a fortress that dates back to 1115 A.D.

Next, experience lesser-visited, Little Petra, thought to be a “suburb” of Petra consisting of tombs, temples, water channels, and cisterns. Spend a night indoors in Wadi Mousa, followed by breakfast and a full day exploring Petra on your own before returning to Amman.

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