- Holy Land: Petra Extension
Post-Trip, 4 Days
Journey to Jordan and immerse yourself in the wonder and mystery of ancient Petra, delving into its elaborate buildings and tombs carved into soaring cliffs. On excursions in Amman and Wadi Rum, explore spectacular Roman ruins and the iconic desert valley made famous in the film Lawrence of Arabia. Cap off your trip with a festive evening in the capital city of Amman.
Fly from Tel Aviv to Eilat, Israel’s southernmost city, situated on the sparkling Red Sea. Spend the afternoon exploring this idyllic resort town, and go swimming and snorkeling off beaches fringed by coral reefs. Later, cross the border into Jordan, and explore the lunar-like landscape of Wadi Rum, where T.E. Lawrence stayed with Bedouin friends and allies during World War I. Discover epic sand dunes and rose-tinted mountains where Bedouin tribes still make camp. Continue to our hotel at Petra, located just a few steps from this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Spend a full day exploring Petra, the legendary city of the Nabataean people. Hidden in deep canyons, this remarkable site was founded more than 2,400 years ago. Enter the ancient city through its primary entrance, known as the Siq—a narrow chasm between naturally sculpted cliffs that opens to Petra's iconic Treasury. Go on a guided visit of the site, where hundreds of monuments were rediscovered only in 1812. Then enjoy time on your own to explore the Royal Tombs or the Monastery.
Travel north to explore the fascinating capital city of Amman. Visit the ancient hilltop Citadel, home to the iconic, Roman-era Temple of Hercules and the eighth-century Umayyad Palace. In the afternoon, meet with a local organization to learn more about the complexities and challenges of the Syrian refugee crisis, followed by dinner with a local family in their home.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight home.