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Visiting Petra from Israel

Chico, California
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Visiting Petra from Israel

I have just read last year`s thread between Art from Korea and the folks who answered his query, but he didn`t report back on his visit to Petra.

We`d like to hear from anyone who has input/experience with visiting Petra from Israel.

We have a rented car so are fairly mobile. We are planning to drive down from Rehovot to somewhere near Eilat or the Arava area, and visit Petra from there.

Does anyone have experiences with Kibbutz Eilat? (It apparently isn`t possible to contact them directly - there is an automatic reservation page, but no email, and the phone number is just a recording).

We have found some packaged tours to Petra, but prefer to be on our own.

What about these ``bordering crossing fees`` - what`s up with that anyway?

How long does it take to get from the Rabin crossing to Petra? I know we have to take a taxi because the car rental contract doesn`t permit the car to be driven across borders; is the taxi fare from Rabin Crossing to Petra still $75?

How long does it take to drive from the Rabin Crossing back to Eilat - or is there a budget-priced accommodation closer to the border?

thanks

marti.wolfe@gmail.com

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1. Re: Visiting Petra from Israel

See TOP QUESTIONS on the right side of the forum page.

Chico, California
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2. Re: Visiting Petra from Israel

How did I get bounced to the Eilat forum!?!? There is nothing at all about Petra in it!

-marti

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3. Re: Visiting Petra from Israel

The kibbutz you are referring to is called Eilot

Try these contact numbers

++972-8-635-8816 or ++972-8-635-8722

eilot-dirot@eilot.ardom.co.il

or fax: 972-8-635-8846

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4. Re: Visiting Petra from Israel

You probably didn't notice that you posted in the Eilat forum.

Information about Petra itself should be found in the Jordanian forums.

Modi'in-Maccabim-Re...
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5. Re: Visiting Petra from Israel

The tax is for those who go to Jordan for one day. The Jordanians have added a tax to encourage those visiting from Israel to stay overnight. Also the cost for a ticket for one day to Petra is more expensive than a two day entry, to encourage people to stay longer. In short a two day stay is either identical or a little more expensive than one day (including a hotel room!) when coming from Israel.

Chana

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6. Re: Visiting Petra from Israel

The TOP QUESTIONS are on the Israel forum page and has even the information about the new taxes and much more.

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7. Re: Visiting Petra from Israel

We just got back from our trip to Israel and Jordan, so maybe I can give you some current information. We rented a car and returned it in Eilat, then took a taxi to the border. It was a quick and easy border crossing there. After touring Israel, we spent four days in Jordan and left from there, so our situation was different. But all we had to pay was the Isaeli exit tax (101 NIS each) and the visa into Jordan at the southern border was free.

You can take a taxi from the border to Petra. There was one main English-speaking taxi driver who tries to take advantage of tourists coming in at that border because it looks like there is no other alternative but to take his offer. We actually went by taxi by Wadi Rum first, and we got the trip for half of his original price because I had a back-up number to call for a taxi.

The ticket price to get into Petra is 50 JD if you spend at least one night in Jordan. I think it is 90 JD if you are a day visitor. So two can pay for a night's lodging in the difference of the ticket price. The other advantage to spending the night before is that you will get to enter Petra very early when it is cool and the crowds are non-existent. We were at the entry gate at 6:30 and it was magical to have the place to ourselves!

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