Make your own way to Tel Aviv Sde Dov airport in the early morning. Then, relax on your roughly 1-hour flight to Eilat, Israel's southernmost city, on the Red Sea coast.
On arrival at Eilat Airport, meet your local guide and hop inside your air-conditioned minivan or coach. Cross the border into Jordan at Arava and take the scenic journey along the desert highway to Petra.
Stop at a viewpoint to absorb views of the Petra Mountains, and after a roughly 2-hour drive, arrive in Petra.
On arrival, set off on a guided walking tour of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Sculpted from rose-colored stone more than 2,000 years ago by the Nabataeans, this extraordinary city was once a major crossroads of ancient trading routes.
Follow your guide to the Siq, the narrow entrance gulley to the city that snakes between 650-feet (190-meter) rock walls. Hear about Petra’s history and relish your first sight of the Treasury (El-Khazneh), the rock-hewn building that starred in Hollywood films such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
Marvel at the 131-foot (40-meter) building and hear how its original purpose remains a puzzle. Pose for photos by the magnificent facade before continuing through the gorge to see the spectacular theater, rock-face tombs, colonnaded street and other rock-cut wonders.
Following your tour, refuel with lunch at a local restaurant and enjoy free time to shop for souvenirs at the colorful bazaars.
Afterward, return to Eilat by coach, stopping briefly to see beautiful Wadi Rum on route. Arrive at Eilat Airport and fly back to Tel Aviv where your experience ends at the airport.
Please note: passing through the Arava border controls into Jordan may take to up to an hour, depending on queues.