Siq Tours

The signature sight of Petra, Jordan’s signature sight, the Siq is a geological wonder: a stark rift in the land, smoothed by time into a scenic swirl of sandstone. The walls reach more than 500 feet (150 meters), while the path narrows to just 7 feet (2 meters), and the view of the Treasury at the end is one of the world’s great reveals.

The Basics
The Siq is the most common approach to rose-red Petra, the lost city created by the mysterious Nabateans over 2,300 years ago. To enter the Siq, you’ll need a Petra admission ticket; the 2-day and 3-day tickets are excellent value compared to the single-day version. Besides, the site requires lengthy exploration. 

Almost all Petra tours start by walking—or occasionally riding—down the Siq toward the Treasury. One particularly notable Siq tour is the Petra night tour, when flickering candles illuminate the canyon, creating a sense of mystery and drama. It’s worth visiting by day first to savor the Treasury reveal.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Even if you’re not hugely into history, the beauty of Petra makes it an absolute must-visit on any trip to Jordan.
  • Bring your camera: As the sunlit pink stone of the Treasury comes into view between the towering walls of the Siq, it’s an incredible sight to behold. 
  • As you stroll the Siq, keep an eye out for the drainage systems and the niches where guards may have stayed.

How to Get There
You can reach Wadi Musa, the support town for Petra, by minibus from both Aqaba and Amman; the visitor center for Petra is a bit over a mile (2 kilometers) from the station. If you’d like to visit Petra as a day trip, an organized tour with door-to-door round-trip transfers is the most practical option. Note that the site is at least three hours away from Amman.

When to Get There
Beat the crowds by arriving as early as you can bear during Jordan’s tourist peaks: spring (mid-March to mid-May) and fall (mid-September to mid-November). The site opens at 6am year-round, and the best way to arrive early is to stay at one of the many hotels in Wadi Musa.

The Siq at Petra: Not Just a Canyon
While the Siq looks like a canyon—or an Arabic wadi—shaped by water carving a course through the landscape, it’s actually a geological fissure. The Siq was formed when tectonic forces split the land in two, and it’s been smoothed as water followed the line of the fault over the course of centuries.
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Address: Wadi Musa, Jordon, Jordan
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Private 4-Night Jordan from Amman: Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum

Combine one of the New7Wonders of the World with the Middle East's top attractions on a private 5-day tour of Jordan from Amman. Designed for travelers seeking a personalized experience, this tour covers the historic center of Amman, the ancient city of Jerash, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, the Dead Sea, and the otherworldly desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Four nights accommodation, meals and entrance fees as per the itinerary, and airport transfers are included.
  • Duration: 5 days
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  • Duration: 5 days
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Petra Private Tour from the Dead Sea with Monastery and Lunch

Add a trip to Petra to your time at the Dead Sea with a full-day, private tour that explores the best of the ancient city. The flexibility and convenience of a private tour mean you’ll have more time at Petra, going beyond the main site to discover the spectacular hilltop monastery. This full-day Petra tour includes pickup and drop-off at Dead Sea hotels, as well as admission to the site and a buffet lunch at the Basin Restaurant.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Full Day Petra Tour by Coach from Aqaba

Visiting Petra from Aqaba is easiest by guided tour: freeing you from arranging your own transport, ticket, and guide. With this day trip, travel to the UNESCO-listed rock city by shared coach or minivan, and explore in a small group for a less-crowded experience. See the Siq, Treasury, and more; get free time to explore alone, and enjoy a short horseback ride as an included extra, all alongside included admission.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Petra by Night Walking Tour

Experience the magic of Petra after dark on this 4-hour Petra by night walking tour. At dusk, travel to the entrance of the UNESCO-listed city and walk through the Siq gorge, whose shapes are lit by flickering candles. Absorb the romantic atmosphere and at the last bend, marvel at the sight of the Treasury, bathed in the glow of hundreds of candlelit lanterns. Sit on Bedouin-style rugs, sip tea, and enjoy the timeless setting to the soft notes of a Bedouin ‘rababa’ bowed instrument or ‘ney’ flute. An unforgettable experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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One Day Tour To Petra From Amman

Located 140 miles (225 kilometers) from Amman, Petra once dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia. Pass by Little Petra the Nabatean’s carvan stop before heading to the main city. Your visit to this hauntingly beautiful place begins with a walk through the Siq, a narrow path that was once the main entrance to the city. An impressively long, deep and narrow gorge of stunning natural beauty, the Siq is hemmed in by cliffs soaring up to 263 feet (80 meters), and measures three-quarters of a mile (1.2 kilometers).
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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