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Unique Petra and Wadi Rum Jeep with Negev Helicopter Experience

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An incredible Israel Jordan Experience
Price $6545 ( 1 Day )

Private Petra and Wadi Rum Jeep Tour, by Helicopter via Eilat

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Photo: Petra, taken by a photographer.

This is truly once in a lifetime Private Tour to Petra and Wadi Rum Jeep Tour, by Helicopter via Eilat

What you will see and do on this experience is like no other day…

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1 Day
  • Included
    Professional and licensed tour guide
    Transportation
  • Optional to add
    Accommodation
    Additional hours and overmileage
    Driver tips (discretionary)
    Entrance Fees dependant on each site outside of itinerary
    Food and Drink outside of itinerary
    Guide tips (discretionary)
    Host for Groups above 20 people
    Overnight for guides and drivers outside Tel Aviv
    Professional photographer to join and take photos with digital copies for your lasting memories

Tour Plan

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An example itinerary

06:50 Private transfer Tel Aviv to Rishon Heliport
07:30 helicopter flight Rishon to Eilat (Ramon Airport or City Centre)
09:15 Eilat arrival transfer to the border
09:40 Meet and assist with formalities Jordan 2 pax
10:00 Enter Jordan with visa for 2 people
11:30 Arrive to Petra for the tour (3 hours)
14:30 Lunch for 2 people
15:20 Depart for Wadi Rum
16:50 Wadi Rum Jeep tour (2 hours)
18:50 Back to Araba Border – (1 January to 31 March best time to see Wadi Rum Sunset)
19:50 Assistance on Departure – departure tax for 2 people – (Border closes 8pm, don’t be late!)
20:10 Eilat border transfer to a helicopter
20:30 Flight Eilat (Ramon Airport or City Centre) to Rishon Heliport
22:15 Private transfer Rishon Heliport to Tel Aviv

22:16 Reminisce begins

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Petra

The vermilion city of Petra, which is often described as the eighth wonder of the world, is undoubtedly Jordan’s most precious treasure and its most visited tourist site. A vast city carved out of stone by the Nabataea’s, an ingenious Arab people who settled in Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. It was a strategic crossroads at the junction of the silk and spice trade routes connecting China, India and southern Arabia to Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. You will take the unique entry point of the city, the Siq. It is a narrow gorge 1km long. This path can be taken in a horse-drawn carriage or on donkeys. You will then fall on the Treasury, the royal tombs, the court, the temples, the amphitheater, the church.

Siq is the ancient main entrance leading to the city of Petra, starts at the Dam and ends at the opposite side of the vault, a split rock with a length of about 1200m and a width of 3 to 12m, and height up to about 80m; most of the rock is natural and another part was sculptured by the Nabataeans. The Siq, the main road that leads to the city, starts from the Dam and ends at the Treasury. It is a rock canal that measures 160 meters in length, 3 to 12 meters in width and reaches up to 80 meters in height. The main part of the Siq is created by natural rock formation and the rest is carved by the Nabataeans.

At the beginning of the Siq, one can still view the remains of the city’s gate. On both sides of the Siq, there are channels to draw water from Wadi Musa (the Valley of Moses), from outside the city to the inside.

From the right, it is evident that the water flowed through pottery pipes but the left channel is carved from the rock and covered with panels of stone, and there are spaces in place to filter water. At the start of the Siq, the original Nabataean dams are visible, and these prevented the flooding in the Siq and collected water for use. The floor of the Siq is paved with stone slabs, part of which can be viewed in its original location.
Aspects of the Siq were decorated with Nabataean sculptures, mostly representing gods. It is believed that the statues of gods and their sculptures were situated very close and even adjacent to the channels due to the Nabataean belief that water was sacred. In addition, on the left side, there are idols called Sabinos Statues.

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The Dam

It was renovated by the government in 1964 in the same way originally built by the Nabataeans. This dam was built to protect their capital from floods that arrived during the seasonal rain from the mountains and hills across the valley.
The dam protected the city of Petra by redirecting the flood waters into a tunnel, which was later titled the ‘Dark Tunnel’. Proving to be successful, the dam thus represented the Natabataean’s skillful and modern infrastructure. During the excavation, it was found that the original name of the old city was Raqeem. However, upon their arrival, the Greeks renamed the city ‘Petra,’ meaning the rock.

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The Treasury (Al Khaznah)

The Siq opens up onto Petra’s most magnificent façade; the Treasury, or Al Khaznah. It is almost 40 meters high and intricately decorated with Corinthian capitals, friezes, figures and more. The Treasury is crowned by a funerary urn, which according to local legend conceals a pharaoh’s treasure. Although the original function is still a mystery, The Treasury was probably constructed in the 1st century BC, However, in reality, the urn represented a memorial for royalty. The Treasury consists of two floors with a width of 25.30 meters and a height of 39.1 meters. The purpose of the Treasury is unclear: some archaeologists believed it to be a temple, while others thought it was a place to store documents. However, the most recent excavation here has unearthed a graveyard beneath the Treasury.

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The Street of Facades

It is a name given to the row of monumental Nabataean tombs carved in the southern cliff face that lies past the Treasury and adjacent to the outer Siq. That when you pass the Treasury, the Siq begins to widen gradually as it reaches into an open area. On both sides, there are a number of Nabataean burial interfaces decorated with grindstones along with other decorations; and some of these interfaces were destroyed by natural factors, it is believed that these interfaces represent some of the senior officials in the city or princes. The tomb Anesho is located in the far south of this group and overlooks the external Siq. Anesho was the Minister of Queen Nabatiyeh Shaqilh II, who ruled between 70 and 76 AD as guardians of the throne of her son, Rabil II. These tombs represent courtier in the middle of the first century AD.

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The Theatre

Carved into the side of the mountain at the foot of the High Place of Sacrifice, the theatre consists of three rows of seats separated by passageways. Seven stairways ascend the auditorium and it can accommodate 4000 spectators. The monument was carved in the mountainside during the reign of King Aretas IV (4BC-AD27) the Romans rebuilt the stage back wall.

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The Royal Tombs

1) The Urn Tomb (The Court): This derived its name from the jar that crowns the pediment. It was probably constructed around 70 AD. It is preceded by a deep courtyard with colonnades on two sides. High up in the facade there are 3 niches which give on to small burial chambers, but which was adapted in 446 AD to serve as a Byzantine church.
2) The Silk Tomb: Located to the north of the Urn Tomb, the tower dates back to the first half of the first century AD. The interface measures 10.8 meters in width and 19 meters in length with a door in the middle, and features four columns. The name comes from the rich color of the sandstone. It is one of the most dramatically colored tombs in Petra.
3) The Corinthian Tomb: The Corinthian Tomb, which lies after the Silk Tomb, was built between 40 and 70 AD. The façade measures 27.55 meters in width and 26 meters in height. T resembles the Silk Tomb and the Treasury, particularly in the upper part, but is less decorated. There are four water basins in the front and on the side, which were used in the cleansing rituals. There are four rooms inside the tomb, three of which are square-shaped and lie on the left with one on the right that has an area of 13 m².
4) Palace Tomb: Located to the north of the Corinthian tomb, the Palace Tomb measures 49 meters in width and 46 meters in height. The lower part consists of 12 decorated columns and four gates. Above the threshold lie 18 pillars. The four gates of the cemetery lead to four rooms for burial, with some graves carved in the walls. This name was given to the cemetery as it resembles a palace.

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Wadi Rum Visit (Jeep Tour)

Photo: Jeep Tour, taken by a photographer.

Wadi Rum also known as the “Valley of the Moon”, it was here that Prince Fayçal Bin Hussein and T. E. Lawrence set up their headquarters during the Arab Revolt against the Ottomans during the First World War. Their exploits are intimately linked to history. Many activities are possible in this exceptional desert and you will meet first of all the Bedouins of the desert who have preserved their traditional way of life with 4×4’s.

Burdah Rock Bridge
The largest of Rum’s three arches is the Burdah Rock Bridge, precariously perched about 80m above surrounding rock. There’s a precipitous hike to the summit.
Khazali Siq: An easy Siq to explore is the narrow fissure that cuts into Jebel Khazali. You can explore on foot for about 150m, far enough GH to appreciate the cool shade and to see inscriptions made by the ancients who used the Siq for the same purpose. Look out for drawings of ostriches, pairs of feet and a woman giving birth.

Lawrence’s House: There is little left of this building, erected on the Nabataean ruins of a water cistern. Nonetheless, legend has it that Lawrence stayed here during the Arab Revolt and that makes it a must on the regular 4WD circuits of the area. Near the building is a Nabataean inscription that mentions the area’s ancient name of Iram. The remote location and uninterrupted view of the red sand dunes are the main attractions.

Visitor Centre Museum: While you are buying your ticket to enter Wadi Rum, spare half an hour to visit the informative museum (next to the restaurant), which helps to give a human context to the desert. The displays also explain environmental issues through information panels in English and natural history exhibits. Ask to see the 10-minute film on some of the highlights of Wadi Rum, shown in the purpose-built cinema.

Lawrence’s spring: This spring, on the edge of the open sands, is a regular stop on the 4WD circuit. Alternatively, it can be reached on a soft sand hike from the Rest House; the walk takes about 1½ hours return. Look for a white water tank at the opening of Wadi Shallalah. After the tank, a path climbs the hill to the spring.

Nabataean Temple: On a small hill in Rum village, about 400m behind the Rest House(follow the telephone poles), are the limited ruins of a 2000-year-old temple, dedicated to the deity Lat. Inside the Rest House, an information board describes the temple and its excavation. The ruins are important because they are evidence of a permanent Nabataean settlement, built on the earlier foundations of a temple built by the Arab tribe of Ad.

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