PREMIUM TOUR: PETRA
Culture & local gems , Less than 1 hour walking, 50
In a nutshell Temples and monuments carved out of the pink rock, a journey into the depths of a narrow gorge almost 100 metres high and the dazzling surprise of the Treasury... an experience of a lifetime.
Good to know
- Siq al-Barid (Little Petra)
- Stairways, temples and triclinia hewn out of the rock
- The Siq
- The Treasury
- Roman tombs, theatres and monuments
- We head from the port towards Petra, known as the 'Pink City': Petra remained unknown for a long time, hidden between the mountains of southern Jordan. Founded by the Nabataeans, a Bedouin Arab tribe, which arrived from Arabia 2,000 years ago, the city resembled a fortress which was built to protect the many passing caravans.
- The northern area of Petra, known as Siq al-Barid, 9 km to the north of the city of Wadi Musa, is presented to visitors as 'Little Petra', with its high gorges and walls hewn deep into the rock. This location has managed to maintain an atmosphere and tranquillity which is no longer found in the central area of Petra; as we enter, we realise why it is called ('the cold Siq'): sunlight hardly ever manages to penetrate the gorge to heat it.
- Just 300 metres in length, the Siq has alternate narrower passages and wider areas where we find various buildings carved into the rock: stairways, temples and triclinia, dining areas most probably used to provide merchants and travellers with refreshment, occupy almost every available surface area. The stairs cut into the rock go in both directions creating a route with different levels which in the past buzzed with life. A young Swiss explorer introduced the beauty of Petra to the world after discovering it in 1812. More recently, the city became a film set for the popular film, 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' by Steven Spielberg.
- We then arrive in the heart of this mysterious city: a narrow path leads us into the entrance of the Siq, originally a river bed and today a very narrow, descending road, which crosses the gorge over a distance of 2.5 km.
- We see the rock faces which soar like majestic towers, 91 metres high, and in the final stretch of darkness, the dazzling façade of the The Treasury appears; 42 metres of solid rock.
- Further along, we see the temples that are as high as towers, royal tombs, Roman theatres, buried gravestones, houses of different sizes and public buildings. The ancient Romans made Petra one of the most unique cities in the world, creating an extraordinary collection of sculptures and monuments from 106 AC, the year they assumed power.
- On the return journey, we take the same route to return to Aqaba.
Good to know
lunch at the restaurant offers some local dishes.
- No food or drinks are allowed on the site.
- The coach transfer from Aqaba to Petra takes approximately 2 hours.
- The excursion includes a walk which takes approximately 45 minutes from the coach park to the site. We return on foot to the car park, taking the same route.
- It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and sport clothes.
- This excursion is not recommended to guests
with mobility problems.
- Places on this excursion are limited. We recommend booking early.