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How to Spend 1 Day in Petra

How to Spend 1 Day in Petra

Whether you’re on a whistle-stop day trip to Petra from elsewhere or staying nearby with 24 hours to take in this age-old rock carved by the long-ago Nabataeans, planning ahead is essential. Read our tips for what to see and do in a day at this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Morning: Petra’s Highlights

With only limited time, it’s best to focus on Petra’s highlights. Most half- and full-day trips from the town of Petra (Wadi Musa), Amman, Tel Aviv, Eilat, Aqaba, and the Dead Sea include a guide or let you hire one at the main entrance gate. From here, you’ll walk through the Siq, the canyon into the city, to marvel at the showpiece Treasury before continuing along the tomb-lined Street of the Facades to inspect the other must-sees: the Roman Amphitheater, Colonnaded Street, and Qasr al-Bint Temple. Many day trips end here before lunch at a Petra hotel, while longer tours usually let you explore further and include an optional lunch within the site. 

Afternoon: Delve Deeper

If time allows, continue deeper into Petra this afternoon to see another of its highlights—its legendary Monastery. Climb the 800 steps up to this spectacular edifice—originally a Nabataean tomb and far larger than the Treasury—and absorb its Hellenistic frontage and views over the surrounding mountains. Alternatively, hike to the High Place of Sacrifice, ascending steps from the Roman Amphitheater to this once-holy clifftop site, a Nabataean sacrificial platform. Soak in the bird’s-eye views over the gorges below and perhaps descend through Wadi Fasa—one of Petra’s most scenic trails.

Evening: Caves, Canyons, and Candlelight

Petra is especially magical after dark, so if you’re staying in the area, book dinner at the Petra Cave Bar, a restaurant set inside a lantern-studded Nabataean cave tomb. Alternatively, enjoy an evening walk through the candlelit Siq canyon to the Treasury, where a blanket of candles illuminates its façade. Sit on carpets and sip tea as you take in the sense of timelessness and listen to live Bedouin music—a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Full-Day Tour of Petra from Eilat

Full-Day Tour of Petra from Eilat

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Visit iconic and historic Petra from Eilat on this full-day, guided tour with lunch included. Head through the sandstone Siq on route one of the world’s seven wonders built by the Nadateans of Jordan some 2000 years ago. Behold the Treasury monument as well as ancient crypts, mourning halls, baths, and temples. Stand in a 3000-seat Roman theatre built in 1st-century BC and watch the nearby mountains change colours throughout the day.  
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  • 12 hours
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US$199.00
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Petra Day Trip from Tel Aviv with flights - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Petra Day Trip from Tel Aviv with flights - UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Step back 2,000 years on a full-day trip from Tel Aviv to Petra, including round-trip flights to Eilat. On arrival in Eilat, drive through Jordan’s desert for a guided tour of magnificent UNESCO-listed Petra. Marvel at the rose-red rock-cut buildings and monuments, including the Treasury, theater, tombs and colonnaded street, as you hear all their history. Afterward, shop for souvenirs and enjoy a restaurant lunch before your return drive to Eilat and flight back to Tel Aviv. Petra tours from Tel Aviv don’t get much easier!
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  • 16 hours
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US$470.00
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Private Petra and Little Petra Round-Trip Transfers from Amman

Private Petra and Little Petra Round-Trip Transfers from Amman

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If you’re short of time in Jordan but eager to visit Petra and do it on your own terms, this 12-hour private round-trip from Amman is ideal. Your package includes round-trip transportation to Petra and Little Petra in a privately chauffeured, air-conditioned vehicle. On arrival at both sites, choose to explore independently or hire a local guide (additional cost) — it's up to you. Entrance fees are at your own expense.
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  • 12 hours
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US$135.00
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Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman

Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman

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Experience Jordan’s greatest ancient treasure on this private day trip to Petra from Amman. After traveling from Amman to Petra with a private driver, enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of UNESCO-listed Petra: a rock city cut into a sandstone valley some 2,000 years ago. Walk or ride a horse along the Siq entrance canyon, and behold the rose-tinted Treasury, Royal Tombs and more. During your explorations, learn about Petra’s history from your local guide and see lesser-known Little Petra, whose sculpted rock buildings were a suburb of the main city.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$160.26
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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Aqaba

Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Aqaba

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Discover the ancient jewel in Jordan’s crown on this private day trip to Petra from Aqaba. Visit the UNESCO–listed city of Petra and explore deep canyons beneath soaring sandstone cliffs. Marvel at the intricately carved face of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh) as your guide shares details of its construction. Learn of the 6th-century Nabataean people who lived in the valleys, and admire top attractions such as the ancient theater and the royal tombs. Enjoy free time to explore Petra at your leisure before boarding your minivan back to Aqaba.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$173.08
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Petra Day Trip from Jerusalem

Petra Day Trip from Jerusalem

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Visit Petra on a full-day tour from Jerusalem by air that makes the most of your time in Israel. You’ll have four hours to explore Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was inhabited since pre-historic times, taking in cliff-carved temples, a Roman theater, and other Nabataean landmarks. This 16-hour tour includes plane tickets, entrance fees, a guided tour of the site, lunch, and round-trip transport from your hotel in Jerusalem.
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  • 16 hours
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US$615.00
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Petra day tour from Tel-Aviv by bus

Petra day tour from Tel-Aviv by bus

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Even if you don't have time to overnight in Jordan, you can still visit Petra on this day tour from Tel Aviv. Travel by bus over the border and explore the ancient city that was carved out of pink-hued rock cliffs more than 2,000 years ago in the company of your guide. Includes lunch at a local restaurant.
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  • 20 hours
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US$340.00
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Full-Day Tour to Petra from Dead Sea

Full-Day Tour to Petra from Dead Sea

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Visiting Petra alone from the Dead Sea involves hiring a driver on the ground—risking you not getting the day that suits you. Prebook this private full-day tour to save time and secure your ideal date. Then, on the day, travel by private air-conditioned vehicle and on arrival, enjoy the freedom to hire a local guide or self-guide for greater flexibility. Guiding fees and admission are at your own cost.
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  • 10 hours
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US$101.54
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US$101.54
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Private Petra Round-Trip from Amman

Private Petra Round-Trip from Amman

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If you’re planning to visit Petra, this private day-trip from Amman gives you various ways to check it off your list. Choose just private round-trip transport to the ancient city, leaving you to explore independently or hire your own local guide. Or, upgrade to add on a local guided tour, or to an all-in-one package including local guide and entry fees. Whichever you choose, you’ll love the ancient rock buildings and timeless scenery.
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  • 12 hours
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US$135.00
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Private Tour: Petra Walking Tour to the Monastery with Lunch In Petra from Amman

Private Tour: Petra Walking Tour to the Monastery with Lunch In Petra from Amman

Visit the ancient city of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on a private, full-day tour from Amman. The flexibility and convenience of a private tour mean you’ll have more time to explore, joining a local guide for a 4-hour tour of the site, and leaving the crowds behind as you hike to the spectacular hilltop Monastery. With pickup and drop-off at hotels in Amman, this full-day Petra tour includes all transport, entrance fees, and lunch at the Basin Restaurant that's just outside Petra.
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  • 8 hours
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US$320.52
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Petra 1-Day Tour from Dahab

Petra 1-Day Tour from Dahab

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Even if you have only a limited amount of time in the area, you can still visit the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan, on this full-day tour from Dahab, Egypt. With all transfers, including hotel pickup/drop-off and sailing from Taba to Aqaba, you can skip the hassle of travel planning and simply enjoy the experience.
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  • 18 hours
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US$290.00
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Cave Bar Private Special Dinner from Petra

Cave Bar Private Special Dinner from Petra

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Prebook your table to ensure a meal to remember with this private dinner experience at Petra’s Cave Bar, one of the world’s oldest restaurant settings. Then, on the day, enjoy a private transfer to the cave—a 2,000-year-old Nabataean rock tomb—and be shown to your private table. Absorb the historical atmosphere and candlelit surroundings as you dine, and relax knowing your return travel is arranged. Drinks are at your expense.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$128.21
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