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Things to Know before commencing on tours to Petra

When you select a historical site as your vacation destination then sure you have made your ground work. But at times we stumble upon a very important place while roaming around a country and get amused by the historical significance that it holds that you never cared to know before getting there.

Background and History:

Petra is one such city that was declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO in the year 2007 for its historical significance and magnificent architectures. Though most of the architectural masterpieces have transformed into ruins after Petra got hit by a devastating earthquake, there are still some majestic buildings like the treasury that depicts the larger than life manner of living and level of prosperity enjoyed by the people of Petra. During the 6th century BC when the city was the capital of the Nabataea kingdom Petra was an important centre for trade and commerce.

The Treasury. Ancient city of Petra carved out of the rock, Jordan

Petra was also known as the rose red city for the color of the stones by which the city had been constructed. However all of Petra’s grandeur and success got destroyed for a devastating earthquake at around AD 663 that damaged its water system, human life and major buildings. Soon the inhabitants abandoned this place and it started getting fader in the history of mankind after the invasion of Saladin at 1189.

However in 1812 Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt dressed as an Arab scholar discovered this city which was under the Bedouins then. After he the world know about this ancient city more research and excavation followed suit and later it became open for tourists’ visit.  Petra also got prominence after it became the backdrop for one of the Indiana Jones movies by Steven Spielberg.

Trip organisers to Petra:

Tours to Petra are conducted from the conducted from the nearby cities like Jordan and Eilate.

The entry fee for one day into the city is $ 127 whereas the overnight tourists and cruise riders pay $ 70 for a day’s access inside Petra. However on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday there are special night safaris at Petra which only costs 17 JD. The safari starts from 8: 30 where the guides will light up candles all the way up to the treasury.

Reliable trip conductors to Petra

You can opt for trip organisers who will pick you from your hotel and after the whole day again drop you back. Mantis Tours- Tours to Petra provide comfortable AC buses with drinking water facilities for the trip; they also arrange for horse rides, border permits and lunch at a premium restaurant during the visit. The charge for every adult traveller is $ 185 and for kids below 12 years it is $ 85. Carry your passport during your visit to Petra as it might be required while buying your tickets.

Petra is one of the must see places in the world not because it being one of the Seven Wonders but because of its grandeur and beauty being an ancient city.

Resources: http://mantistours.tumblr.com/post/142003954822/things-to-know-before-commencing-on-tours-to-petra

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Explore the spectacular desert valley on Jordan Petra tour

There’re several tour operators who organize Jordan Petra tours staring from Israel and one of the finest among them is mantis-tours.com. However one must be very cautious when making a reservation of Petra tours online and for double checking the credentials of the tour operators. Mantis-tours.com is never going to compromise on your tour quality.

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The Petra tours of a day from Eilat of this operator remain the finest option for those visiting Petra from Israel. However with the rise in entry fees to Petra for day trips an increasing number of clients have started joining the tour of two days of this tour operator.  The two day tour that is the most demanded for is its Petra & Wadi Rum excursion from Eilat. This is a tour that has been running on a daily basis for more than a few years and it continues being massively popular with most visitors. The additional 2 Day Petra trips of this tour operator are focused exclusively on Petra & cover its trendiest attractions. Trips of Petra from Eilat of a couple of days have always been the superior option and they’ve become more interesting than ever before.

 People who reserve tours with this tour operator can also make the most of its very unique rates for hotels & domestic air travels in Eilat and all the way through Israel, Egypt & Jordan. The finest hotel deals of this tour operator are kept aside for every tour participant.

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Petra day excursion from Eilat:

Desert Tours has consistently been the most preferred choice for tourists to Petra & Jordan from Israel. All tours of mantis-tours.com are exclusively Desert Tours and this tour operator does not put its Petra tour customers collectively with any additional tour company. Making a reservation with this tour operator implies a premature launch for making it to & right through the border and evading the inevitable holdups that the additional companies face. In this way all clients of mantis-tours.com get around an hour head of touring Petra. The permanent Jordanian trip staff of this tour operator is picked by the company and they operate as per the guidelines of the company. Besides having the finest guides to explore the spectacular desert valley on Jordan Petra tour mantis-tours.com also uses the services of the top bus company of Jordan for greatest comfort during the route.

On the particularly hectic days those on mantis-tours- explore the spectacular desert valley on Jordan Petra tours are provided with supplementary guides. The participants are also divided into smaller clusters to guarantee a better-quality tour experience for all and sundry.

This tour operator operates a great assortment of Petra trips, among which the majority run on an everyday basis and the experienced staff of the company are committed to offering the finest possible trip to all visitors.

On the two-day Petra & Wadi Rum tours of this company a whole day is spent exploring the best parts of the impressive Wadi Rum  in 4×4 vehicles with air conditioning that are driven by the local staff of the company who speak in Bedouin English.


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Travel in style with the Mantis Tourism & Attractions Services

Petra is a beautiful archaeological park, often referred to as the grand rose red city! A Nabataean city located in Jordan’s south, Petra is home some breathtaking architecture that has faced the test of times. Even the ruins of the city define grandeur. A World Heritage Site (UNESCO) since 1985, Petra is now a thriving tourist destination of Jordan. If you are planning a visit, here is everything you should know about it.

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Once a capital of Nabataean kingdom, Petra has been ruled over by the Romans, Saladin until the city lost itself to abandonment. The ruins of the city had stayed perfectly glistening and lost in time until Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer found the city almost two centuries back. If that didn’t titillate the explorer within you then here is a fun fact: Steven Spielberg used Petra among the several filming locations of the famed classic Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade! A Mantis Trip Petra is a must if you have seen the amazing Dr. Jones enjoying his adventures in this millennia old city.

Panoramic shot of the Monastery Ad-Deir in Petra, Jordan.

Entering the Petra is simple even if you are travelling from Israel. Mantis Trip Petra organizers ensure that all travel documents are taken care of if you cross border from Israel so the option is fairly safe. A sandstone canyon called the Siq which is around 2km gives entrance to the city. On your way in, you will see some beautiful minor carvings but the exquisite sandstone patterns designed on the walls are something that you should look forward to seeing. Some terracotta pipes from the roman times are still there.

Walking out of the Siq, you will be amused by the sheer beauty of the Treasury (al-Khazneh) which is among the city’s most grand structures. Local legend states that the urn at the top of the Treasury structure has a grand hidden treasure of a Pharaoh and the legend’s truth has often been tested by Bedouin settlements as the urn bears numerous marks. Next is the outer Siq which is also called the beautiful Street of Facades which is a vast canyon with several tombs lined on the adjacent sides.

Treasury temple at Petra (Al Khazneh), Jordan

As the street of Facades ends, there is the grand Roman Theatre with a seating capacity of 7000. While the Nabataean built the theatre, the Romans made sure that it was big enough to cater to the city’s populace. Little far from the theatre is the Royal Tombs which enjoy a certain element of mystery since it is still not known who the tombs were made for. The Monastery (ad-Deir) is really the show stopper when it comes to Petra’s grand architecture. The biggest carved monument that has been erected since 1st century AD, the Monastery has mesmerizing interiors. With around 800 steps that lead all the way up to the Monastery, it is among the most beautiful structures of the city.

Nearby, there is a city called the Wadi Musa so if you have some extra hours still left on your expedition then getting a view of the city from uphill will be great.

Resources: http://mantis-tour.blogspot.in/2016/03/travel-in-style-with-mantis-tourism.html


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Tours to Jerusalem – An Alternative Family Adventure

Among the most visited and revered cities of the world, Jerusalem is Israel’s top tourist destinations for its religious and cultural significance. Holy to the followers of Abrahamic religions, it is also among world’s oldest cities. Called the City of Gold, Jerusalem is a grand city with an exquisite blend of the first century with modern times. The picturesque neighborhoods, glowing office towers and urban high-rise apartments, all give a classy appearance to the city that has it all.

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The walls along with the Old City are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the religious sites are visited by tourists from all over the world.

Tours to Jerusalem are organized by a vareity of tour operators who provide complete guided trips. The West Jerusalem area is now also called the New Jerusalem as it is the thriving urban-commercial center of the city. East Jerusalem is seen as the Palestinian capital by many. Me’a Shearim, the Jewish centered area of Jerusalem, has the appearance of a 19th century Russian town while German Colony is the place to be if you are looking for some great cafes.

Ancient Citadel inside Old City at Night, Jerusalem, Israel

Ancient Citadel inside Old City at Night, Jerusalem, Israel

With an array of wonderful sites, Jerusalem is extensively visited by people from all across the globe. The Mar Elias Monastery which is a Greek Orthodox Monastery is one of the headlining destinations. It has been constructed over Elias’ tomb and is quite famous for its religious significance. The Tantur theological center is another must see on Mantis Tours to Jerusalem. Next is the St. Simeon monastery which is located in Katamon neighborhood and is said to be St. Simeon’s once residence and burial site. The Ramat Rachel archaeological site is also famous as it has been said to be as old as the biblical times.  The Monastery of the Cross which has only walls all around and only 4 monks living as of now, it is another must visit. If you are in mood for some knowledge, the Israel Museum is place you should keep as a priority visit. The biggest museum in all of Israel, it is home to the “shrine of the book”, model of ancient Jerusalem , extensive sections hosting artifacts and other things of archeological and art significance.

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The Garden Tomb lying at the Nablus Road is said to be the Calvary location and also where the tomb of Jesus lies. The tomb is situated in a beautiful, wide plush garden which offers a nice, quaint getaway from the East Jerusalem.

Another museum to visit while on your Jerusalem tour is the Palestinian heritage museum which is housed in a Palestinian building that’s almost 2 centuries old! With grand exhibitions on the culture, heritage and life of Palestine, the museum also has beautiful collections of dresses-Jewelry along with numerous artifacts.

If you fancy a nice walk then walking around the maze like streets of Yemin Moshe will be great.

It is not important to get a day long expedition as Jerusalem is a big city to cover so make sure that you stay ready with 2-3 days for some grand exploration.


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Take a Petra and Wadi Rum tour in South Jordan

Located a little farther than 100kms apart, Petra-Wadi Rum is among the most sought after destinations in South Jordan. Isolated from the bustling life of Jordan, Wadi Rum is a quaint getaway that can really revive your senses. Inhabited by Bedouin nomads, the place is quite beautiful and unspoiled. Close to Petra, it makes a perfect travel location if you planning a brief tour in south of Jordan.

Desert camp in Wadi Rum at sunset time, Jordan

Getting in might be hard but hiring a proper guided tour service for Petra and Wadi Rum will easily get you access to the beautiful place. It is reachable from Aqaba if you are travelling from Israel and also from Petra if you are already in Jordan. Road connectivity makes it easy to get to so hiring a driver to drive you around in a private or a group tour is a practical recommendation. With no fancy infrastructure, Wadi rum is really just home to some delightful sites like the Lawrence’s House, several Pillars of Wisdom, Shalalah Spring, Umm Fruth Rock Bridge, Jebel Burdah, Khaz’ali Canyon, etc.

Scenic view of the Jordanian desert and camp in Wadi Rum

With bounty of amazing sites to visit, the place has a special grandeur and extensive cultural history. Appearing all red to the naked eye, Wadi Rum appears to be a beautiful cocktail of sites that visiting with a local guide will make you learn so much more about Jordan’s History. Much like Wadi Rum, Petra is glowing red too and the city is even well known for its wonderful sandstone grandeur. While desert remains to be the greatest Wadi Rum attraction, there are some activities that Mantis Petra and Wadi Rum tours organize that you simply can’t say not to. Accommodation is available through the classic Bedouin tents while travelers can relish the wonderful and perfect Jordanian food at the small restaurants in Wadi Rum.

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After the Wadi Rum tour ends, travelling to Petra is easy as it only takes less than couple hours of drive to get there. Known for the amazing ruins and the red sandstone structures, Petra is a marvel in itself! You can enter through the Siq that bears some grand patterns on the interior sides. Soon as you exit this entrance into the city, you will see the Treasury which is the main attraction of this ancient city. Other destinations include the street of Facades, Monastery, the Roman Theater (surprisingly, it was built during by the Nabataean and further developed under Roman regime).

A local event called the Petra by Night is organized on fixed days so if you are keen on enjoying the beautiful architecture of the city by night then getting tickets through the tour operator will surely help. The nearby Wadi Musa is also known for its amazing panoramic view of the city so if you are a visual arts or photography enthusiast then trekking uphill is a must. Coming back from the rear route will give you access to viewing several sites that mainstream tourists end up missing.

Petra and Wadi Rum are surely among the most magnificent Jordanian destinations that you shouldn’t skip.