Discover UNESCO–listed heritage and ancient treasures from a lost civilization on this Petra day trip from Amman. Visit the UNESCO–listed city of Petra and delve into deep canyons beneath towering sandstone cliffs with your guide. Admire intricate rock carvings on the mighty facade of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh) and listen as your guide explains their significance. Explore the desert-city on foot and discover top attractions such as the amphitheatre and royal tombs. Then, enjoy free time at your leisure in Petra before your return journey to Amman.
Explore the rose-red city of Petra
Start with a pickup from your central Amman hotel, and then relax on the journey south to the UNESCO-listed city of Petra by air-conditioned coach. After roughly three hours on the road, arrive at the city’s outskirts and enjoy a leisurely 20-minute stroll to the Siq. The naturally formed gulley is the main entrance to the ancient city. Alternatively, enjoy a short horseback ride to the Siq instead!
Meet back up with the rest of your group at the Siq entrance, and start your walk through the 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) gorge, lined by sheer sandstone cliffs. After passing its final bend, come face to face with the Treasury, the iconic Petra landmark famously featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Gaze in wonder at its Hellenistic façade, which was carved into the rock face, as you hear all about its history from your guide.
From the Treasury, continue your walking tour through the ancient city while learning more about its past. Believed to have been founded in the 6th century by the Nabataeans, the city was later hit by an earthquake. Its rock-carved buildings remained intact — a fact that attests to the Nabataean’s expert craftsmanship and ingenuity. Stop for photos by the amphitheater, and walk up to the Royal Tombs, the vast burial site that lies just above the valley floor.
After your tour finishes, enjoy between two and three hours of free time to explore the ‘lost city’ on your own. Perhaps wander over to the Monastery — one of Petra’s largest monuments — or stroll to Petra Church to admire its mix of Nabataean and Byzantine architecture. You can also use the break to enjoy lunch at one of Petra’s several restaurants (own expense).
At the prearranged time, meet your driver back outside the city, and re-board your coach to travel back to Amman. Your day trip then finishes with a hotel drop-off in the early evening.
Please note: If you opt to enjoy the short horseback ride at the start of the tour, helmets are not provided. The ride does not go faster than a steady walking pace, and beginners can be led by an assistant.