Drive from Petra to Eidha - the "Little Petra" - and continue to Wadi Rum on a full-day Jeep safari through breathtaking Jordanian landscape. End at Aqaba on a full-day tour of scenic marvels and fascinating Bedouin lifestyles.
What to Expect
Take a scenic full-day Jeep safari from Petra to Aqaba, driving through breathtaking landscape that is littered with history. Starting in Petra, you will visit Umm Sayhun, Al-Beidha and Wadi Rum, exploring the world of the Bedouins in a maze of monumental rocks and gorges.
Beyond Umm Sayhun, a short distance north of Petra, the road runs between wild and beautiful outcrops of rock, the color of pale honey. It is called al-Beidha in Arabic, or “The White One.”
Turning left at the T-junction, some steps to the right of the road lead to an opening in the rock which in turn leads to the largest Nabataean cistern in the Petra area. Still used today by the Amareen Bedouin, you will see the vast space chiseled out of the rock in order to store the water that was vital for this major agricultural area, the breadbasket of the northern suburbs.
Al-Beidha was also one of the main commercial areas of Petra, the entry and exit point for the trade routes to the north and northwest. Here, the caravans from the Negev, Gaza, Askalon, Jerusalem, and the Phoenician coast would arrive and settle for a while to engage in trade, their camels and donkeys quartered in the broad acres near the cistern. The merchants probably stayed in the cool seclusion of the Siq al-Barid, the cold gorge, whose entrance is at the end of a narrowing of the valley.
Just before the entrance you will see a façade of luminous simplicity. It appears to have been designed more for the living than for the dead and was possibly the office of the collector of tolls of the trading caravans that lodged here. Like all the monuments of Siq al-Barid, this façade is thought to have been carved in the first half of the 1st-Century AD, when the whole quarter was developed during a period of Petra's expansion.
This is a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humanity and its destructive forces. The weather and winds have carved the imposing, towering skyscrapers, so elegantly described by T.E. Lawrence as “vast, echoing and God-like."
A maze of monolithic rockscapes rise up from the desert floor to heights of 5,740 feet (1,750 meters), creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquility of the boundless empty spaces and explore the canyons and water holes to discover 4,000-year-old rock drawings, and the many other spectacular treasures this vast wilderness holds in store.
- Transportation by new air-conditioned vehicles according to group size
- Professional English-speaking driver
- All transfers as described in the program
- Local taxes for the above mentioned services
- Entrance fees as per the above program
- Jeep tour in Wadi Rum for 2 hours
What's Not Included
- Tips for guide and driver
- Food & beverage not mentioned