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How to Spend 1 Day In Aqaba

How to Spend 1 Day In Aqaba

Cupping the Gulf of Aqaba at the northern corner of the Red Sea, Aqaba offers more than sands and sea. In between lazing on its beaches and taking snorkel and scuba trips over coral reefs, visitors can explore historical ruins and bustling souks or the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra. Here are some ways to spend a day in Aqaba. 

Morning: Historical Highlights

Dedicate this morning to Aqaba’s most prominent historical landmark: the corniche-set Aqaba Fortress, aka Mamluk Castle. Admire this 16th-century Ottoman fortification, and reflect on its role in one of World War I’s key battles—when Lawrence of Arabia and his Bedouin forces seized it from the Turks in 1917. Roam the courtyard and then the ramparts for stellar views of the Red Sea. Afterward, head for the nearby Archaeological Museum to check out its prehistoric and Roman exhibits.

 

Alternatively, if this is your only stop in the region, take the opportunity to visit UNESCO-listed Petra on a day trip to this rose-red city, carved from rock 2,000 years ago.

 

Afternoon: Beaches and Boat Trips

If you didn’t strike out to Petra earlier, kick back on Aqaba’s beaches. Hit the public Palm Beach or a private beach club and enjoy the warm sun and cool waters. Perhaps catch a glass-bottom boat to see the underwater world without getting wet, or join a snorkel-stop cruise to Pharaoh Island—a barren islet ringed by fish-filled corals. For your own snorkeling trip, head to the Aqaba Marine Park, where protected reefs await. Drift above the brilliant corals or try scuba diving on an introductory course. Qualified divers also have lots of options, with numerous dive trips available to outlying coral gardens.

Evening: Sunset, Shopping, and Supper

As dusk falls, join locals on a stroll along Aqaba’s corniche to drink in the sunset-and-sea views. Then, head into the bustling Old Town to scour the market stalls and shops for souvenirs such as glass lamps, pottery, jewelry, and spices—remembering to haggle to avoid overpaying. Finally, if it’s a Friday, return to the seafront for Souk by the Sea, a pop-up event featuring craft stands, food stalls, and live music.

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Private Day Tour from Aqaba to Wadi Rum and Petra and return

Private Day Tour from Aqaba to Wadi Rum and Petra and return

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See the ancient city of Petra and the beautiful desert landscapes of Wadi Rum all in one day with this day tour from Aqaba. A private guide will show you many of the most important spots in Petra, including the Treasury and the Royal Tombs, while in Wadi Rum, you'll get to spend an hour and a half on a jeep tour.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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$225.50
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Wadi Rum Half Day From Aqaba Private Tour

Wadi Rum Half Day From Aqaba Private Tour

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Lawrence of Arabia described Jordan’s Wadi Rum as vast, echoing, and god-like. Experience this UNESCO World Heritage site, a wonderland of scarlet dunes, granite mountains, and dramatic gorges, in just half a day on this door-to-door private tour by 4WD and private vehicle. You can depart a time that suits your schedule, but allowing time to catch a desert sunset is recommended.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$134.62
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Private Tour: Wadi Rum from Aqaba

Private Tour: Wadi Rum from Aqaba

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Experience the best of Jordan’s rugged desert on this 6-hour private Wadi Rum tour from Aqaba. Hop into your 4x4 vehicle and enjoy a 2-hour spin through the canyons and gulleys around Wadi Rum. Traverse plunging gorges and head along sandy riverbeds, and pause along the way to capture the views on camera. Marvel at ancient rock formations dating back 12,000 years and gain insight into the region’s rich geology. Sip mint tea in a Bedouin tent, and upgrade your tour to experience a 30-minute camel ride through the desert.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.75
Price varies by group size
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$89.75
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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Aqaba

Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Aqaba

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Discover the ancient jewel in Jordan’s crown on this private day trip to Petra from Aqaba. Visit the UNESCO–listed city of Petra and explore deep canyons beneath soaring sandstone cliffs. Marvel at the intricately carved face of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh) as your guide shares details of its construction. Learn of the 6th-century Nabataean people who lived in the valleys, and admire top attractions such as the ancient theater and the royal tombs. Enjoy free time to explore Petra at your leisure before boarding your minivan back to Aqaba.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$173.08
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One Day Tour to Dead Sea from Aqaba

One Day Tour to Dead Sea from Aqaba

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An independent Dead Sea day trip from Aqaba means haggling with cab drivers or hiring a car and going it alone. This private tour eliminates the uncertainties: providing return transport and a driver-guide to help show you what's what at the Dead Sea. Get your driver’s help in choosing the right resort for your needs, and then enjoy the waters and other facilities (own expense) at leisure before your return.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.00
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Full-Day Wadi Rum from Aqaba

Full-Day Wadi Rum from Aqaba

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Admire Jordan’s UNESCO-listed Wadi Rum on a private day trip from Aqaba. Traveling by 4x4 with a Bedouin driver, explore this extraordinary wilderness to see its mountains, red dunes, and gorges. Hear about its ancient past and links with Lawrence of Arabia, and visit natural rock arches, high-walled Al-Khazali canyon, and more. Finish at a viewpoint to watch one of the wadi’s famous sunsets. Lunch, tea, entrance fees, and Aqaba hotel and port transfers included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$166.67
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Petra and wadi Rum from Aqaba

Petra and wadi Rum from Aqaba

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Explore Petra and Wadi Rum in one seamless day from Amman, without having to worry about transportation or tickets, or jostle for seats on a coach. Travel in the comfort of a private air-conditioned vehicle, and marvel at UNESCO-listed Petra’s facades, tombs, and temples. Then, board a 4WD to tour the canyons, rock formations, and desert of Wadi Rum before your return journey to Aqaba. Entry fees are included.
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  • 8 hours
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$436.00
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$436.00
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Pharaoh Island Tour in Aqaba

Pharaoh Island Tour in Aqaba

Cruise out to Pharaoh Island, a tiny island off the coast of Egypt with its own UNESCO World Heritage citadel with this day trip from Aqaba. Expect to spend your day eating, swimming, snorkeling and, if you’re up for it, listening to music from your on-board DJ; there will even be an underwater viewing area on your ship.
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  • 1 day
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$180.00
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$180.00
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Full Day Petra Tour by Coach from Aqaba

Full Day Petra Tour by Coach from Aqaba

Visiting Petra from Aqaba is easiest by guided tour: freeing you from arranging your own transport, ticket, and guide. With this day trip, travel to the UNESCO-listed rock city by shared coach or minivan, and explore in a small group for a less-crowded experience. See the Siq, Treasury, and more; get free time to explore alone, and enjoy a short horseback ride as an included extra, all alongside included admission.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$217.95
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