Israel to Petra Jordan Family Vacation

Our first family tour review in the Middle East is from Israel to Petra, Jordan. Both these location offer opportunities for something exotic and different in the family vacation scene that can stimulate the desire for travel in both adults and children of varying ages.

The Old City JerusalemThe Old City Jerusalem

The official Israel tourism video site offers a nine day plan for families. Each day is planned out and gives detailed instructions below each video. You can view the videos and plans here. The video playlist below will roll through he series of the series. 

See getting from Israel to Petra

The Old City Jerusalem for Families

You can easily see how kids could become enchanted to the many ancient steps, corridors, alley and cobbled passages that make up the Old City of Jerusalem. While these can present a challenge to strollers those with more mobile kids will appreciate the moderate exercise. 

Jerusalem Market Place

Jerusalem Market PlaceJerusalem Market Place

Children will love strolling through the Market Place in Jerusalem and the samples of halva and cheese they are offered. Although markets are sometimes difficult with you children there are some tricks that can help. We have taught our two year old to touch with 1 finger. She knows if she grabs to hard she looses touching rights. Most of the times she is cooperative and all of us enjoy the market experience together. A trip to the market with our little one is usually filled up with many requests to return. You will find many local and exotic specialties as well as others you will know. The video below give you a taste sample. Opening hours are from 8am to sunset daily with an early 2 pm close on Friday to prepare for the Saturday day off.

VideoOsi stroll in Mahane Yehuda- Market in Jerusalem, Israel

Biblical Zoo

A zoo which brings out the animals in pairs. Noahs Arc style. We could resist but add this for the kids.

Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem

Tel Aviv for Families

While Tel Aviv usually plays second fiddle to Jerusalem in Israel family vacation planning the two locations work together quite symbiotically. The sandy beaches and endless sunny days contrast well with the equally attractive cultural experience.

The Yarkon Park Tel Aviv

Close to downtown and full of ways to enjoy the sunny outdoors the family friendly location occupies acres of the Yarkon river. This video offers a multidude of ways families can enjoy the park from hire paddle boats, skate parks to cycling.

The Yarkon Park

Getting From Isreal to Petra Joran 

 The easiest way to travel is to catch a bus from Jerusalem to the party town of Eilat, and does not require much pre-planning and visa seeking compared to the than the Allenby/King Hussein border.  While in Eilat check out the dive opportunities available and enjoy the Red Sea location. Simply take a bus over to the town. From there it is simply paying JD 55 or less with a little bargaining and taking a taxi up to Petra or Wadi Musa, which is the town that borders the national park.

You can also arrange for your hotels to make taxi bookings and book return trips to save on having to bargain. Alternatively arrange for a one to four day tour of Petra from a travel agency in Eilat. These are available in escorted and  an un-escorted version that lets you plan your own journey.

Petra, Jordan

Now in Eilat you have an easy taxi ride or bus trip over to Petra in Jordan. Most English speaking countries will not require you to have any special visas from this border crossing. The video below may help get you ready for Petra while the scens below may stimulate the kids sense of adventure.

Indiana Jones at Petra

Family Vacation Deals

 The video below will help you see how to find the top family friendly accommodation options anywhere.

We recommend always to check reviews on TripAdvisor (use this link) before booking any travel deals. 

  • Accorhotels -  50% off the second room for kids.
  • All Inclusive-  The top family all inclusive discounts
  • Atlantis, Paradise Island, Bahamas -  Save up to 40%
  • Beaches Luxury Family Resorts-  65% off, free scuba and more.
  • -  Cheap Airfares 
  • Cheap Caribbean - Great family packaged deals by this network are available all over the Caribbean. Including up to 65% off.
  • Cruisedirect - Up to 80% OFF. .
  • Expedia - Discounted Family Vacation packages and last minute deals.
  • First Choice - Amazing all inclusive family holiday specialist in Europe.
  • FlipKey - Family Vacation Rentals in  1200 locations
  • Intrepid Family Adventure - Find Family adventures with 1600 itineraries.
  • G Family Adventures -Big clearance on last minute family itineraries worldwide.
  • Holiday Inn  - Kids Stay and Eat for Free
  • HomeExchange - We are into the sharing economy in a big way and this site makes it easy.
  • HomeForExchange - Another great family home exchange with 13,000 listings in 80+ countries
  • Motel 6 - Pet-Friendly and budget offers. With kids stay free and rooms from $39 road trips are now affordable.
  • Priceline - Save with bidding and Package Offers of up to $500 off
  • TripAdvisor - Allows you to search by family friendly option. Go to place to read reviews. Also one of the best places to find vacation rentals.