On your way to the site of Petra, you walk (or ride a carriage) through the "Siq", a long and narrow pathway formed in the mountains. Arriving at the end of the "Siq" and into Petra itself is quite an experience.
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Jordan Ministry of Tourism website.
To view some sample Jordan itineraries, visit my Jordanian itineraries page.
There are three border crossings between Israel and Jordan:
- North: Jordan River crossing (Sheikh Hussein crossing on the Jordanian side): This border crossing is located near the Israeli town of Beit She'an, about 30 minutes south of the Sea of Galilee. You can get a Jordanian visa at the border, or Scopia LLC can help you arrange it in advance which helps a bit to expedite the process.
- Center:Allenby Bridge (King Hussein crossing on the Jordanian side): This border crossing is located near the Palestinian town of Jericho, a bit north of the northern edge of the Dead Sea. For a host of reasons, this crossing is considered by tourism professionals to be the least preferred location to cross between Israel and Jordan. Most importantly: when crossing here from Israel to Jordan, you need to have your Jordanian visa in your passport before arriving at the crossing, meaning from a Jordanian embassy or consulate, which can take several days.
- South: The Yitzhak Rabin crossing (Wadi Araba on the Jordanian side) is located just north of the resort cities of Eilat in Israel and Aqaba in Jordan. To cross here, you will need to have your Jordanian visa in advance, which can be arranged by sending Scopia LLC your passport details prior to the tour.
Generally speaking, it's always good to check about the Jordanian entry requirements in advance, as these change on fairly frequently. You can do so here, on the Jordanian Ministry of Tourism website.
For US Citizens, the visa fee to Jordan is about $60 (as of today's rate of exchange). There's also a Jordanian exit tax which needs to be paid when leaving Jordan via one of the crossings. Not to worry with Scopia LLC - everything will be explained in detail and my local partner in Jordan will handle everything.
Of course, there is no law that states you have to visit Jordan coming from Israel. It is very easy to arrange a tour of this beautiful country based on an arrival at Amman's Airport (QAIA). You can see some sample itineraries for Jordan by visiting my Jordan itineraries page.