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Treasury (al-Khazneh) Tours

Treasury (al-Khazneh)
First approached by way of a deep, narrow gorge known as the Siq, the Treasury (al-Khazneh) is one of the most dramatic and iconic monuments in the ancient city of Petra. At 131 feet (40 meters) tall, this towering ancient tomb has lost none of its power since Nabatean times.

The Basics
The Treasury is perhaps the most instantly recognizable attraction in the ancient city of Petra, carved from red desert sandstone more than 2,000 years ago by a lost civilization known as the Nabateans. Despite the name, the Treasury (al-Khazneh in Arabic) was, most likely, a mausoleum, not a storehouse: The twin statues on its front are the Greek demigods Castor and Pollux. Movie fans will recognize it as the place where Indiana Jones did battle for the holy grail in the classic adventure movie. 

Set in the lower levels of the city, the Treasury is an essential stop on almost all Petra tours. Tickets are required to access the site. Compared to the 1-day entrance tickets, 2-day and 3-day tickets are excellent value and allow you to explore other areas of the city. Both day and night tours of Petra are available, some of which include horse rides or camel rides. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • One of the new seven wonders of the world, Petra is a must for first-time visitors and history lovers.
  • Approach through the Siq: The Treasury slowly coming into view through the narrow canyon is one of travel’s great sights.
  • If you’re visiting without a guide, expect to be pestered by aspiring guides and donkey boys.

How to Get There
Petra sits just below the tourist town of Wadi Musa, which has minibus connections to both Amman and Aqaba. Taxis are available if you’d prefer not to walk the couple of miles to the site. There’s ample accommodation in Wadi Musa for those who want to take a deep dive into Petra, and full-day tours of the ancient site are available from both Amman and Aqaba.

When to Get There
Summer temperatures of 100°F (38°C) are not uncommon in Jordan, while December and January can be colder than you’d expect of the Middle East. Spring and autumn are the most pleasant seasons to visit. If exploring Petra in summer, aim to arrive early in the day to beat the midday heat: The site opens at 6am.

Indiana Jones at Petra
In Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Harrison Ford gallops down the Siq canyon to the Treasury in a dramatic chase. Horses are available for hire if you’d like to attempt a slower-paced re-creation, and fedoras are on sale at the entrance. For cinematic views of the Treasury, seek out the steep path that starts just beyond the Royal Tombs.
Address: Petra, Amman, Jordan
Admission: Varies
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Petra and Wadi Rum in one day

Petra and Wadi Rum in one day

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Apart from any other similar tours this tour gives you the opportunity to discover Wadi Rum desert and the lost city of Petra in one day. See the ancient city of Petra and the beautiful desert landscapes of Wadi Rum all in one day with this day tour. A private guide will show you many of the most important spots in Petra, including the Treasury and the Royal Tombs, while in Wadi Rum, you'll get to spend two hours on a jeep tour guided by a local Bedouin.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$350.00
Price varies by group size
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US$350.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Petra Tour from Aqaba City Hotels with Local Petra Guide Included

Private Petra Tour from Aqaba City Hotels with Local Petra Guide Included

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Making your own day trip to Petra from Aqaba means arranging your own transport and a guide once there—both unwanted diversions on a hard-earned vacation. With this private full-day tour, everything’s laid on: from return private transport to a licensed guide at Petra, your entry fee, and lunch. So all you need do is admire the ancient rock city with your personal guide, with no distractions or travel worries.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$204.11
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US$204.11

Petra - the Treasure of Jordan (visit from Sharm el Sheikh)

Petra - the Treasure of Jordan (visit from Sharm el Sheikh)

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As one of the most unusual places in the world and Jordan's most sought-after destination, this UNESCO World Heritage site is waiting to be discovered by you. City is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture. Petra was the capital city of the Nabataeans from roughly 300 BC to 100 AD. The Romans took over in 100 AD, then several earthquakes destroyed much of the city and Petra was abandoned. For centuries, Petra was left untouched, until it was discovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. Petra became one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World” in 2008. It was once described as "forgotten by the world for over 1,000 years". It houses towering buildings carved into the pink stone. You can marvel at the Treasure Palace, the Roman Theater and the Temple and the Treasures of the Citadel.
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  • 20 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$317.47
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US$317.47

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