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How to Spend 2 Days in Aqaba

How to Spend 2 Days in Aqaba

Planning two days in Aqaba? An ideal jumping-off point for day trips to Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan’s only port city also serves up a bustling Old Town and the beaches, cruises, and water sports of the Red Sea. Here’s how to get the best from 48 hours in Aqaba. 

Day 1: Petra or Wadi Rum

**Morning:**Make full use of today by booking a private or group tour to one of Jordan’s nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites or even farther afield. Most visitors head for the ancient rock city of Petra or the Wadi Rum desert of orange-hued mountains, but other options include the Dead Sea and even Jerusalem.

 

**Afternoon:**If you’ve picked Petra, spend the best part of the day admiring its relics and facades—hand-cut by the ancient Nabataeans. Walk through the Siq canyon to the Treasury, Amphitheater, and Roman ruins—all ethereally beautiful—and hear their backstories. If you’ve chosen Wadi Rum, meanwhile, rumble through its gorges by 4WD before hikes to see its rock bridges, ancient carvings, and springs. 

 

**Evening:**Wadi Rum takes on a special beauty at dusk and after dark, and some tours are timed to catch the sunset or include an overnight stay in a tented desert camp. If you’re back in Aqaba tonight, however, slow the tempo with supper in the Old Town and an amble along the starlit corniche.

Day 2: Another Day Trip or Beach Time

**Morning:**Devote your second day to Petra or Wadi Rum—visiting the sight you didn’t cover yesterday—or focus on Aqaba’s attractions. Visit 16th-century Aqaba Fort, also called Mamluk Castle, from which Lawrence of Arabia ousted the Turks in 1917, and see the huge seafront Aqaba Flagpole, one of the world’s tallest.

**Afternoon:**Lounge on one of Aqaba’s beaches this afternoon, or crank up the fun with a snorkel cruise to Pharaoh Island, a glass-bottom boat ride, or a scuba dive in the reefs of Aqaba Marine Park. 

 

**Evening:**Tonight, hit Aqaba corniche to watch the sun disappear behind Egypt’s Sinai Mountains across the water. Then, hunt for last-minute gifts such as ceramics and spices in the Old Town before dinner at a traditional restaurant.

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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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$224.95
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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
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$134.62
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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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 1 Day Tour from Aqaba Jordan

Petra 1 Day Tour from Aqaba Jordan

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While in Jordan, high on the itinerary of every traveller is Petra: an ancient city featuring a magnificent tableau of pink sandstone tombs and temples. Departing Aqaba, this 10-hour tour not only takes you to Petra, but also to the sandstone desert of Wadi Rum, where rock sculptures litter the landscape. Take a guided tour of Petra’s ancient architecture, eat a traditional Jordan lunch, and enjoy the convenience of round-trip transport from your Aqaba hotel.
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  • 10 hours
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$170.00
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 Private Lawrence of Arabia Wadi Rum Overnight Bedouin Experience from Aqaba

Private Lawrence of Arabia Wadi Rum Overnight Bedouin Experience from Aqaba

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Experience outdoor adventure in Jordan’s desert wilderness on this overnight Wadi Rum tour from Aqaba. Explore Wadi Rum by 4x4 vehicle with your guide and discover rock carvings dating back 12,000 years. Watch the sun sink below the horizon from the comfort of your campsite and enjoy a traditional Bedouin dinner by the fireside as the stars twinkle overhead. Upgrade your tour to explore the sandy desert on camelback through Wadi Rum.
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  • 2 days
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$233.11
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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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