A World Heritage Site by UNESCO and one of the 7 wonders of the world, the ancient city of Petra is located in the southern desert landscapes of Jordan. It has been a top tourist destination for holiday-makers and travellers passing through the region for decades. Often referred to as the ‘Rose City’, the main city walls of Petra have been carved into the mountainous valley in Arabah. Whether you decide to book a 1 Day Full Excursion from a beach holiday in Egypt, or have opted to go for the full Jordanian experience with a tailor-made holiday of Jordan… Petra really is one to add to the ever growing bucket-list.
Walking through the length of the lost city
Petra is famous for its unique and vast mausoleums, and even with the endless blogs, pictures and videos available on the World Wide Web, it will always fall under the category of ‘You must see it, to believe it’. It is without question, Jordan’s most iconic and popular touristic attraction with millions of visitors from around the world, coming together to appreciate one of the greatest wonders ever shaped by Man and Nature.
Upon entrance to the City of Petra through the “Siq”, a slender gorge which spans over 1km in length is flanked on both sides by towering 80 meter high cliffs, with the rewarding first glimpse of the Treasury, also known as the Al-Khazneh. It would take around 4 full days to fully experience the City of Petra, leaving no stone un-turned, from the impressive 3,000 seat capacity Roman-style theatre, to the ancient Temples and Monasteries.
A treasure chest for those interested in ancient history and culture
If archaeological museums and discovering ancient history is your passion, Petra should most definitely feature in your next holiday adventure. With two fantastic museums in the heart of the City, both displaying local finds from excavations and a colourful insight into Petra’s lengthy and exciting past. Not to mention the 13th Century shrine built for the brother of Moses, Aaron, which is easily visible from the top of Mount Aaron in the Sharah range. Located inside the site, tourists have the chance to purchase plenty of Petra memorabilia including Bedouin Jewellery, Handcrafted ornaments and multi-coloured sand bottles collected from the local area.
Petra is famous for its unique and vast mausoleums, and even with the endless blogs, pictures and videos available on the World Wide Web, it will always fall under the category of ‘You must see it, to believe it’.
Comfortable walking shoes and protection from the ever blazing Sun is recommended all year round, as plenty of walking is required in Petra. Motorized vehicles are not permitted in the main sites; however horses-drawn carriages can be hired to transport you through the Siq.
For those who are keen Photographers, the best time of day to visit Petra is early-mid morning or later on in the afternoon when the Sun beams down against the colourful rocks and mountains.
Something for the adventure seekers too
Petra is not just a one trick pony, for those interested in archaeology and ancient history but also for tourists who love to indulge in exciting outdoor activities. Hiking holidays in Petra are very popular due to the beautiful hiking trails in and around Petra that surround the mountainous region close to the valley of Arabah that runs from the Dead Sea to Gulf of Aqaba.
Take the full Jordanian Experience
Our knowledgeable and friendly tailor-made team can ensure that you make the most of your precious time in Jordan, from Luxury 5 star hotels to in-depth and complete Guided Tours of Jordan, we have got all bases covered. Alternatively, stay at one of the Top 5 Star hotels in Petra and explore the infamous City of Petra at your own pace and leisure.
Top Hotels in Petra:
- 5* Moevenpick Resort Petra - Located at the entrance to the historical marvel that is Petra and with views over the Great Rift Valley...
- 5* Marriott Petra Resort - The Petra Marriott Hotel overlooks the stunning mountainous backdrop of Petra...
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