My husband and I booked a customized tour, where our driver Ghad, picked us up at the Eilat/Aqaba border then took us to Rum Village,where we met Slaman and his adorable son. He invited us in for tea before heading out for an hour camel ride across the desert to Lawrence Springs.
His brother met us there, and we (along with another couple) went on the most incredible desert jeep tour for 6 hours (including a stop for lunch with a Bedouin family in their tent home)before being dropped off at the overnight camp.
The camp was an incredible experience. Shmiley(sorry about the spelling!) was the host there, there were 7 other people staying. The dinner that he was able to prepare (in the middle of the desert - using solar power, fire, and not much else!!!) was so delicious. After dinner, we all sat around the fire, listening to singing, and smoking hookah. overall it was a magical night. Sleeping in a Bedouin tent was pretty cool too. Keep in mind - you are tenting in the desert! Don't expect 5 star hotel!
The next morning, we were driven back to Rum Village, where Ghad met us again to take us to Petra. Petra is incredible. After the end of the day exploring, Ghad drove us back to the border where we walked across to Israel, and caught a cab back into town.
I cannot recommend Classic Tours enough. We had a great experience. The communication was always prompt, and everyone was so friendly and nice.
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