Al-Khazneh Petra

Destination

Petra – Tours

Tours in Petra

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the ancient city of Petra dates as far back as the fifth century BC and is home to hundreds of archaeological tombs and monuments built into its desert rocks and across the vast Eastern Desert. Lovers of history and culture will be in their element, as a trip to Petra offers a fascinating insight into Jordan’s past civilisations, with mountainous dunes and the Dead Sea creating a stunning backdrop.

Our eight-day Wonders of Jordan tour sees you exploring the historic town of Wadi Musa (the Valley of Moses) carved into the sandstone rockfaces. Walking through the amber-hued Siq – an extraordinary mile-long valley formed by a tectonic fault – you’ll find one of the world’s best-preserved examples of early Islamic architecture: the Al-Khazneh Treasury. Originally a mausoleum to the first century Nabatean King Aretus IV, this monument is made all the more beautiful when visiting at night as part of a mile-long candlelit walk through the Siq. Discover the ruins of the royal tombs of Petra, observing rock inscriptions from AD70, and take a seat in the historic Nabatean Petra Theatre, believed to have been constructed around 9BC.

From here you’ll venture onwards from Petra to the gulf city of Aqaba and its glorious coastline for a spot of retail therapy and relaxation, with excellent snorkelling and watersports facilities at your disposal, then journey to the holy site of Bethany – said to be where Jesus Christ was baptised. As your adventure comes to an end, make sure to take a dip in the Dead Sea and lie back as the mineral-rich waters prop you up.

8 days Petra by night

Wonders of Jordan Tour

 

Only Jordan can lay claim to the lowest point on the surface of the earth, a rose city carved into the desert rocks, the majestic beauty of reefs in the red sea and the diverse metropolis of a rapidly developing...

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6 days Wadi Rum

Jordan Highlights Tour

 

Experience the best Jordan has to offer on this enchanting 5-night private tour. Immerse yourself in the lost city of Petra and the ancient roman city of Jerash. Be rejuvenated by the healing waters of the Dead Sea, the earth's...

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Jordan Highlights Tour

Frequently Asked Questions

After being largely abandoned by foreign settlers and the Nabatean empire for centuries, Petra was considered inaccessible by anybody but its local inhabitants, who guarded the site fiercely. Not much was known of the city, until in 1822, Swiss explorer John Lewis Burckhardt disguised himself in Bedouin dress and embarked on a fact-finding mission, where he happened across what we now know as the Treasury.

The official currency of Jordan is the Jordanian dinar. Though there are many cash machines available across Jordan, not all will accept foreign cards for withdrawal, and you may be subject to international usage fees. It is recommended you convert your cash prior to arrival, as conversion rates here may not be favourable.

With its desert climate, temperatures during the summer months of July and August are on average around 28°C, but can rise to as high as 40°C. As you would expect, the temperature at night can drop dramatically, especially during the winter - between November and February, (day time or night time?) temperatures can drop below freezing.

Historians will revel in the ancient architecture of this holy site. Designated as one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’, Petra and its neighbouring cities allow you to step back in time and discover how past civilisations lived. Explore the vast Eastern Desert by camel, take a dip in the mineral-rich Dead Sea, and immerse yourself in culture seemingly a world away from ours.

Why you'll love Petra...

• Walking through the winding Siq gorge
• Witnessing the Al-Khazneh Treasury at night, as part of a Petra by night tour
• Exploring the archaeological sandstone sites of nearby Little Petra
• Discovering the Urn, Silk and Corinthian royal tombs of Petra
• Floating in the buoyant, mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea
• Taking a camel tour of the Eastern Desert
• Capturing fantastic photos of the endless dunes and historic architecture
• Sampling the local cuisine, such as shish kebabs and joshpara (wheat dough parcels stuffed with beef and spices)

Did you know?

• Once ‘lost’ to Western civilisation, it is estimated that only 15% of Petra has been discovered by archaeologists since its rediscovery.
• Petra was inhabited by three different civilisations, including the Edomites, the Romans and the Nabateans.
• Petra is often referred to as the ‘Rose City’ due to the pink-tinged sandstone hills it is carved into.