• Al-Khazneh Petra

Petra Holidays

Jordan’s most iconic site. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wonder of the World. Setting of Indianna Jones. Petra can claim to all of these titles and many more.

The rose city sits in the south of the country and is less than a three-hour drive from the capital city of Amman. It’s without a doubt one of the top must see sites when visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Its awe inspiring architecture carved entirely into the face of the surrounding cliffs has fascinated people from across the world for over 2,000 years.

Petra was originally built as a stop on the trading routes that stretch across the Middle East, from China to Rome. However, Petra quickly became a notable city in its own right. Inhabited by the Nabateans, Edomites and Romans, it harnessed the knowledge and skills of these civilisations to become the wonder that it is today.

It flourished in the Roman era – caravans laden with incense, silks, spices, and other exotic goods attracted visitors from far and wide. The local Nabateans grew wealthy with proceeds from trading taxes imposed on the markets. And with the expansion of the theatre, aquifers, and infrastructure, Petra quickly became a key city in the region.

After a series of devastating earthquakes, the city was abandoned in about 550AD. It lay untouched and forgotten for over 1,200 years until a Swiss traveller, Johann Ludkig Burckhardt, rediscovered the great city in 1812 while in disguised in Arabian clothing.

Today Petra is a key part of any Jordanian tour and attracts visitors from across the world. The notable features such as the Treasury and the Monastery have become an icon of Jordan across the world. 

Time Zone

GMT +3 hours

Flight Time

Indirect flights are available from Ireland to Amman.

Currency

JOD - Jordanian Dinar

Visa Information

Irish passport holders are required to purchase a visa on arrival in US dollars or Jordanian dinar

Language

Arabic, however English is widely spoken

Health Information

No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Jordan.

Where do we start with Petra? Famous for its rock-cut ruins dating back to the Nabataean era, The Rose City is quite simply, the most staggering archaeological site in Jordan. When you leave the siq, the narrow entrance of the ancient city, you’ll get your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh and its famous pink façade. You’ve seen it in on the front of travel magazines, now it’s time to see if for yourself.

  • Petra at night

    We’ll let you in to a secret, one of the most moving ways to see the city of Petra is by night. You’ll emerge into the famed Al-Khazneh, known as the Treasury, and it will be aglow with 1,500 candles. It’s a spectacle you won’t want to miss.

  • Petra Archaeological Park

    This vast and unworldly landscape of pink-hued rocks across Wadi Musa has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. When you hike the various trails around this 264,000 square-mile site, you’ll understand why. Look out for the Roman amphitheatre which dates to the 1st century AD.

  • Zoe, Senior Destination Manager

    Zoe

    Senior Destination Manager

    If you like hiking, you have to trek to the Monastery. It’s only about an hour and a half walking time, but it’s over uneven ground, so wear your walking boots. The spectacular site of it is worth the time to get there. It’s over 50 metres high and completely hand carved, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    If you’re staying the night in Petra, the Mövenpick Resort Petra sits directly opposite the entrance to the Petra site – you couldn’t get a more central location.

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