DAY 13 – FRIDAY NOVEMBER 15: PETRA, WADI RUM
Today was filled with scenic views and spectacular colors. Between the sunny blue skies (with a cool start but with highs in the 70s), the red sandstone, and the orange sunset at the end of the day, we were in awe of the beauty of God’s creation.
After a quick but hearty breakfast, some in the group left the hotel at shortly after 6:30 a.m. and entered the site of Petra. Others enjoyed breakfast at 7 and began at 8 a.m. We all thoroughly enjoyed the spectacular scenery and tombs/ruins of this ancient Nabaetean city! This red-rose ancient city is deemed one of the 7 Wonders of the World. Located in the heart of the Seir Mountains, the land of the Edomites.
We all entered the site through the Siq (canyon). This is the main entrance to Petra that brought us to the first monument, “The Treasury” (“Al-Khazneh”). This well-preserved monumental tomb appeared in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” It was the tomb of the Nabatean King named Aretas (Paul mentions him in 2 Cor. 11:32). His daughter (or granddaughter – depending on dating) was the former wife of Herod Antipas, see Matthew 14).
From the Treasury we now began our walk into the city. Besides passing by many of the Nabatean tombs, we walked by a 3,000-seat theater carved into the sandstone, one of the largest theaters in Jordan. From here, many in the early group walked to the Monastery Tomb at the far west side of Petra, while others explored on their own (e.g. the Royal Tombs). The Aravah and Negev of Israel could barely be seen in the haze to the west. Seven in the group also hiked to the High Place far above the site. We all walked back to the visitor center for a long-waited cold drink and a bite to eat!After loading the bus, we left around 1 p.m. for Wadi Rum. Leaving Wadi Musa, we made one last stop for a panoramic view of Petra below!
“I was blown away by the incredible beauty of God’s creation at Petra and Wadi Rum! Around every corner was another amazing view. It was a fun day walking at Petra and also a fun time on the jeep rides at Wadi Rum! I can’t say enough about this trip!” -Tour Member-
It took us about 2 hours to drive south to Wadi Rum. Here we enjoyed an amazing jeep ride in the desert. It was really fun. We stopped at a few places to take in the beauty of this desert. The sunset was also incredible. We jeeped right to our place for the night in the desert, Captain’s, a Bedouin Village. We enjoy dinner together (cooked underground!) and a brief campfire under the stars. The almost full moon also rose to our delight. We all then retired to our individual tents for the night! Tomorrow we cross back into Israel.
DAY 14 – SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16: SOUTHERN BORDER CROSSING INTO ISRAEL, RED SEA, TIMNAH, MACHTESH RAMON, TEL AVIV, NIGHT FLIGHT HOME