Petra tour: Experience one of the Seven Wonders of the World, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will leave you open-mouthed at the grandeur of its scale and its venerable antiquity. Petra has been used as the location for a number of films, including Lawrence of Arabia and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan's national treasures and by far its best known tourist attraction. Located approximately three hours’ journey south of Amman, Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra now enchants visitors from all corners of the globe.
Much of Petra's appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. The site is accessed by walking through a kilometre-long chasm (or ‘siq’), the walls of which soar 200 metres upwards. Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the siq. The towering façade of the Treasury is only one of myriad archaeological wonders to be explored at Petra. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, colonnaded streets and haunting rock drawings - as well as a 3,000 seat open-air theatre, a gigantic 1st century monastery and a modern archaeological museum, all of which can be explored at leisure.
One of the most important and visually-stunning archaelogical sites in the world, Petra is an absolute must-see for anyone visiting Jordan.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick-up from hotel in Amman, Petra, Dead Sea area, Wadi Rum Camp or Aqaba hotel, depending on the option you choose