- Trip to Petra from Amman with overnight accommodation
- Arrive in the rock-carved city just as the daytime crowds start to leave
- Enjoy overnight accommodation in a 3-, 4- or 5-star hotel in central Petra
- Explore the UNESCO-listed city on a sightseeing tour, led by an expert local guide
- Hear the history of Petra attractions such as the Siq and the Treasury (Al- Khazneh)
Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour
This is the best way to see Petra! After enjoying a free evening in town, you get to learn all about the city's history on a daytime sightseeing tour.
What You Can Expect
Start your overnight tour with a pickup from your Amman hotel, and then travel south to Petra – Jordan’s incredible Nabataean city, tucked away in the heart of the Shara Mountains. Carved into area’s pink-hued rock, the city is one of the Seven Wonders of the World, enjoying a place on the prestigious UNESCO World Heritage list.
After your journey of roughly 3.5 hours, arrive in Petra and check in to your centrally located hotel. Enjoy dinner in your hotel, and then spend the rest of your evening doing whatever you please. Many of Petra’s visitors leave in the late afternoon, so the evening is the best time of the day to wander the streets at leisure, admiring the rocky ruins that abound.
Overnight: 3-star Amra Palace, 4-star King’s Way Petra or 5-star Beit Zaman in Petra
Day 2: Petra – Amman (B)
Enjoy a hotel pickup after breakfast, and then start your Petra sightseeing tour with a visit to the Siq – the city’s most dramatic natural feature. Acting as an extravagant entrance corridor, the 1-mile (1.5-km) gorge – lined by looming sandstone cliffs – leads to the center of the city. Pass its final bend and come face-to-face with Petra’s crowning glory – the magnificent Treasury. Called Al-Khazneh locally, the building is famous for its colonnaded Hellenistic façade, carved into the cliff face to dramatic effect. Pose for all-important photos on the steps in front of the monument, and then continue your tour of town.
As you travel around, your guide will talk to you about the city’s past so you can put the ruins into historical context. While some believe that Petra was once a prehistoric settlement, the most widely believed theory is that it was founded around 6th century BC, when the nomadic Nabataeans decided to put down roots in the city. While many original monuments were reduced to rubble after a devastating earthquake, the buildings carved into the rock face still remain standing, and they remain a testament to the ingenuity and skills of the Nabataeans.
Visit Petra Church – a lovely structure built by the Nabataeans and then re-designed by the Byzantines – as well as the Royal Tombs, a vast burial site just above the valley floor. Take a look inside the amphitheater and imagine it in its heyday when some 3,000 people could sit inside it.
After your tour, enjoy a break for lunch (own expense), and then return to your hotel to collect your bags. Travel back to Amman, and finish your tour with a drop-off at your hotel.