Petra is a highlight not just of Jordan but of the entire Middle East, a sublime and mysterious city that sits as an incomparable jewel of ancient architecture. Petra was once an important stop on a Roman trading route, but was only assimilated into the empire in 106 AD. Until then it had been a stronghold of the Nabataen Arab kingdom, whose knowledge of Greek architectural styles is reflected in their astonishing cliff-bound monuments. Today Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Approaching through the long, narrow chasm, or Siq, you come face to face with the graceful columns of the magnificent Treasury, Petra’s most-photographed building. Like almost all structures here, it wasn’t built but rather carved out of the pink-hued rock, which means the interiors are usually modest in comparison with their grand facades. Further sights at ground level include an 8,000-seat amphitheater, numerous tombs and the triumphal arch of the Temenos Gateway.

Climb to higher ground and you'll find an open-air site of ritualistic sacrifices, the huge Monastery and the Triclinium, or Feast Hall, which has the best of Petra's few surviving decorated interiors.

Practical Info

Petra is 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Jordan, near the town of Wadi Mousa, where there is a variety of accommodation. A stay of at least two days is recommended.

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3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea, Amman, null
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3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea

4.5 star rating: Recommended 71 Reviews

Marvel at three of Jordan’s most awe-inspiring sights on this 3-night private tour from Amman, with round-trip transport and hotel accommodation all included. ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

From USD $456.25
6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum, Amman, Multi-day Tours
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6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 15 Reviews

See the highlights of Jordan on a 6-night tour with 3-, 4- or 4-star superior hotel accommodation in Amman and Petra included! Contrast the hubbub of Amman ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $781.25
2-Day Petra and Jordan Tour from Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Multi-day Tours
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2-Day Petra and Jordan Tour from Jerusalem

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Wonder at ancient Petra and other highlights of Jordan on this 2-day tour from Jerusalem with all meals, transport and overnight accommodation at a Bedouin ...  Read more

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $390.00
Private Tour: Petra Day Trip including Little Petra from Amman, Amman, Overnight Tours
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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip including Little Petra from Amman

4.5 star rating: Recommended 51 Reviews

No visit to Jordan is complete without a visit to the rose-red city of Petra, one of the wonders of the world. Carved from the pink-hued stone more than 2,000 ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $243.75
Petra Day Trip from Tel Aviv - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tel Aviv, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Petra Day Trip from Tel Aviv - UNESCO World Heritage Site

4 star rating: Recommended 43 Reviews

Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Petra, in a convenient day trip from Tel Aviv. With your round-trip flights to Eilat, and transfers to Petra included, ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $396.00
2-Night Jordan Private Tour from Amman: Petra and the Dead Sea, Amman, Day Trips
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2-Night Jordan Private Tour from Amman: Petra and the Dead Sea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Marvel at ancient Petra and the Dead Sea on this fascinating 2-night Jordan tour from Amman, led by a private guide! Learn about the 2,000-year-old, rock-cut ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $375.00
8-Day Amman and Petra Main Attraction Tour, Amman, Multi-day Tours
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8-Day Amman and Petra Main Attraction Tour

This 8-day Jordan tour includes a visit to Amman, Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Aqaba's main attractions. This tour is based on 4-star hotels: Corp Executive ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,482.00
Day-Tour to the City of Petra from Tel-Aviv, Tel Aviv, Multi-day Tours
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Day-Tour to the City of Petra from Tel-Aviv

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Visit the world amazing sites of Petra, Jordan in a comfort day trip from Tel Aviv. With your round-trip flights to Eilat, and transfers to Petra included, you ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $395.00
Day Tour to Petra from Sharm el Sheikh, Sharm el Sheikh, Day Trips
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Day Tour to Petra from Sharm el Sheikh

Discover and enjoy this one day trip to Petra by ferry boat from Sharm el Sheikh. Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of ...  Read more

Location: Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt
Duration: 20 hours (approx.)

From USD $255.00
4-Night Jordan Biblical History and Highlights Private Tour Including Petra and the Dead Sea, ... 
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4-Night Jordan Biblical History and Highlights Private Tour Including Petra and the Dead Sea

Visit some of Jordan’s ancient archeological mysteries, natural marvels, and biblical sites on a 4-night private tour from Amman, with hotel accommodation and ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $562.50

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