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.
Book your selected tour option, and begin your tour with a pickup from your Amman hotel or from Jordan’s Queen Amalia International Airport.
Meet your driver, and settle inside your private, climate-controlled vehicle for your journey south to Petra, the 2,000-year-old rock city cut into a valley in Jordan’s Shara Mountains.
Follow the modern desert highway through rugged mountains and plains, and make a refreshment stop on route. Then, after roughly three hours, arrive at Petra, and set off to explore either independently or with a local guide (at additional cost depending on option selected).
Head through the main entrance (additional cost depending on option selected), and walk through the Siq, the 1-mile (1.5 kilometer) entrance gorge that leads into the main area of the city.
Take in the awesome first glimpse of the rose-pink Treasury (Al Khazneh), as you round a sharp bend in the Siq, and then head into the rock clearing to take photos of the magnificent facade.
Next, continue through the widening gorge to see more of Petra’s treasures, including the cliff-hewn, 3,000-seater Theater and the Royal Tombs.
If you wish, take the steps or a donkey (additional cost) up to the High Place of Sacrifice, a clifftop site used by the Nabataeans for animal sacrifices and religious ceremonies. See the obelisks to the gods and stone altar, and absorb the stunning views down over the valley from high up.
Plus, if time allows, you may also choose to climb or ride a donkey (additional cost) up to the Monastery, Petra’s largest monument. Set at the end of the canyon, this incredible carved building rivals the Treasury for beauty.
After enjoying around six hours to explore, reconvene with your driver at the entrance, and conclude your experience with a drop-off at the original start point.