As many travelers plan their trips to Israel, they may find themselves looking into its neighboring country as well. Jordan is home to Petra, one of the New 7 Wonders of the World, which makes it a very appealing addition to Israel travel itineraries.
However, going from one country to another is not always the easiest process. Despite the appeal of Petra, with border crossings, new currencies, and a whole new culture, the idea of visiting Jordan can often become overwhelming for travelers. Luckily, there’s a way you can combine the two countries with very little stress: by joining a tour! Here’s why you should take a tour from Israel to Jordan.
Jordan is beautiful and different from Israel
You’d think that a country right next to Israel wouldn’t offer much in the way of new scenery. This is not true at all. Jordan is much more mountainous than Israel. In addition, the desert looks completely different. Going into Jordan is like stepping into a whole different world.
Enjoying the sites in Wadi Rum Desert, Jordan
Transportation from site to site
One of the best and most convenient parts, when you take a tour from Israel to Jordan, is that you don’t have to worry about any of your transportation. Sometimes trying to figure out how to get from Point A to Point B in a whole new country can be a bit daunting. With a tour, you just have to know what times to get on the tour bus, and the rest is someone else’s problem.
Minimize chances of getting scammed
Unfortunately, one of the downsides to traveling is that it seems to increase your likelihood of being scammed. These scams happen all over the world and you usually don’t realize it’s happening until it’s already happened. Traveling to Jordan with a tour group and an experienced, local tour guide can help you minimize your chances of getting scammed.
When we visited Petra, our guide let us know that many of the vendors inside are not actually authentic Bedouin people, but Gypsies who live in the area and want to make money off of tourists. Our guide told us to be careful making purchases as many times things can be inauthentic or heavily over-priced. This extra bit of information made me feel more confident in Petra, and more skeptical about how I spent my money there.
Souvenirs in Petra
Lift the language barrier
Of course, traveling to another country can sometimes mean a change in language. In Israel, you’ll hear mostly Hebrew spoken, with some Arabic and English every now and then. But in Jordan, you pretty much only hear Arabic. If you’re not familiar with this language it can really help to have that local tour guide on your side.
Some signs have English, but people mostly only speak Arabic in Jordan
Learn more about the country
When you take a tour from Israel to Jordan, you have access to a local who knows everything there is to know about life in Jordan. If you have questions about history, customs, culture or daily life, you can just ask your guide! You can learn so much more during your tour than you would if you tried to tackle your first time in Jordan unaccompanied. When you have a guide to explain the history and significance, visiting the sites in Jordan is so much more exciting.
Looking over the ancient city of Jerash in Jordan
Learn more about Petra
We all know the biggest reason to take a tour from Israel to Jordan is to see the ancient city of Petra. Plenty of people visit this site on their own, but they miss out on so much information by doing this. As our tour walked through the Siq (the main entrance to the city) we stopped multiple times to discover ancient carvings, water channels, and even the location where animal sacrifices were made to the gods. I was absorbing so much information and we weren’t even to the real main event yet!
Carvings in Petra’s Siq
On top of that, once we reached the Treasury (the main facade you see in pictures of Petra) our guide took several minutes and explained every last detail of the facade to us. Most people just take some pictures and move on. But with a tour, you really learn and take the time to see the smallest details. This makes the trip to Petra so much more impactful.
So much detail in the facade of the Treasury!
Increased sense of safety
There’s something about traveling in a group that makes me feel just a little bit safer. Not only that, but during my tour in Jordan, our group was accompanied by a member of the Jordanian Tourist Police. He rode the bus with us and visited the sites with us. I never felt like his presence was necessarily needed, but it was nice to know he was there.
Make new friends and meet awesome people
Traveling without a tour, you don’t always get the chance to meet people from around the world who enjoy the same style of adventure as you. But when you travel with the same group of people for multiple days, you are bound to make some great connections! The group I traveled with was just awesome. We had a diverse range of nationalities and ages, but we all got along really well and had a ton of fun together.
Some of my group on a tour in the desert!
If you are visiting Israel and are thinking about going over to Jordan for a few days, I definitely recommend joining a tour. I went on a 3-day Jordan tour with Tourist Israel and enjoyed my time. Going on a tour really saved me time and the headache of having to plan the logistics of a Jordan trip. As much as I love travel planning, it was nice to have someone else do all the work for a change. I also really liked that Tourist Israel had multiple Jordan tours to choose from, so I could pick one that best fit my schedule and my travel goals for the country.
You can find more about how to take a tour from Israel to Jordan with Tourist Israel on their website.
Note: Thanks to Tourist Israel for offering a discounted price on their 3-day Jordan tour. As always, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.