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I am going to Israel later in the year and would like to visit Petra while im in the region.

I understand that as an Uk citizen, I need visa but I dont need to apply for one pior to travelling?

Ideally I would like to travel to Petra on a day trip from Israel/Palestine, is that feasible? It seems most people travel all the way to Eilat(but it sounds very touristy) and then up to Petra. Is it possible to get to Petra over the Allenby Bridge?

Are there companies doing one day yours from Israel/Palestine?

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We drove to Eilat, parked the car, walked across the border, then took a taxi to Petra. I can't remember exactly why we didn't go over the Allenby Bridge -- but it was more difficult. Petra was the highlight of our trip to Israel -- I'd recommend giving it more than a day trip. –  g . Aug 8 '11 at 8:52
    
Where do you recommend staying if we where to do more than a day trip to Petra? –  Dan Aug 9 '11 at 21:29
    
Unfortunately the place we stayed has been shutdown... just as well because I wouldn't have recommended it! –  g . Aug 9 '11 at 23:27
    
I was talking more in terms of general location rather specific hotel? –  Dan Aug 10 '11 at 8:23
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Yes, (as of 2002) you can cross at Allenby bridge and then take a mini-bus to Petra; however, you'll want to get your visa in advance. Crossing at Eilat would probably be faster.

You will probably want to spend two nights at Petra, so that you can have a travel day, a day to visit the ruins, and then another travel day. There are many inexpensive hostels around Petra; you won't have trouble finding one. I stayed at "Hotel Valentine".

I posted some information on how to travel from Israel to Jordan in the question "Jordanian visa rules when coming from Israel".

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From what I know going into to Jordan from Israel is harder than going from Israel to Jordan. If you haven't booked your trip yet I would consider flying into Jordan then making your way to Israel. If possible I would stay for 2 nights for what it's going to cost you ro get there. You can see the Wadi Rum while you are there as well. I didn't look into one day tours from Israel but I did see companies that were offering 2 or 3 days but that was from Egypt. But Egypt doesn't have the same complex relationship that Israel has with other countries in the region.

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"going into to Jordan from Israel is harder than going from Israel to Jordan" - don't you mean it "... is harder than going from Jordan to Israel" –  EdmundYeung99 Aug 8 '13 at 11:43
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