• Location: Aqaba, Jordan
  • Duration: Flexible
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When your cruise ship docks in Aqaba, take a private full-day shore excursion to Petra. Traveling past Wadi Rum and the Sharah Mountains by air-conditioned car or minivan, arrive at this rose-red city, carved by the Nabataeans some 2,000 years ago. Tour the highlights with a private local guide; walking through the Siq canyon to witness the Treasury, tombs, amphitheater and Roman street. Learn about Petra’s history, and afterward, savor lunch at a local restaurant. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, with the opportunity to customize your sightseeing to your interests.

Highlights

  • Private, full-day shore excursion to Petra from Aqaba
  • Travel by Jordan's Wadi Rum and Sharah Mountains to the ancient, UNESCO-listed rock city
  • Discover the spectacular rock-hewn monuments with a knowledgeable private local guide
  • Walk through the Siq canyon and see the Treasury, amphitheater and other sites
  • Learn why and how the Nabataeans built the city 2,000 years ago
  • Refuel with lunch at a local restaurant
  • Enjoy a flexible itinerary and personalised attention from a private Petra guide

What You Can Expect

Customer Reviews

gcrogers49

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was a really satisfying tour. My wife and I had always wanted to see Petra and our tour provided an insightful and comfortable way to do it. We were met at the port one step away from the ship by the representative and taken to the car and driver that drove us to Petra approx. 2 hours. The ride was comfortable and our driver pointed out a number of intersting things during the ride. Once we arrived at the site, we were given our tickets by the driver who then introduced us to our guide. The walk to the Treasury building that is often used as a picture for the site took about an hour. Our guide stopped along the way to show us many of the antiquities. He was pleasant and his delivery of the information was easy to follow. The sights along the walk to the Treasury building were spectacular and well worth the long trek to the site. Viator, in selecting this company for our tour, made a great decision! The experience was awe inspiring.

Susan G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Great excursion. Our driver was great. The guide at Petra was great, and we had a nice lunch at a local restaurant.
It couldn't have been a better trip, and we knew we were in good hands and would get back to the ship in time.

sweetvaiolette

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

Great tour but chose time of year wisely - not Summer. Temps over 100 and sun blazing. Walk each way down and back up path to temple around an hour with rickety horse carriages racing up and down the path crowding you out and vendors with cheap junky items selling their wares. We had a GREAT private tour guide. Would have liked to do extended walk about it but was way too hot for most to endure. Additional horseback ride on Arabians, challanging racey and definitely not for any but good riders. Camel rides near temple. Side trip to Wadi Run very nice kind of like Momument Valley in USA and bumpy back of truck tour if you are really sturdy enough.

patquan

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

This tour was one of the highlights of our holiday. The driver and the tour guide were top notch. They went out of their way to make sure our day was special. We arrived a little early into port and the driver was waiting. He was helpful with info on the area and it made the drive to Petra very entertaining. The guide was very experienced. The restaurant was very good. There was a large bus group from a University there and the restaurant handled the large group well. The food was very good. We highly recommend this tour.

loriireland48

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Just Brilliant, words can't do it justice, a wonderful day and a great guide Adnan.......just do it it's a must

denise p

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

Since we were unable to schedule Abdullah Nawafleh for a private tour we appreciated Radwan as our guide, he even took us shopping since our luggage had been delayed for over 2 weeks!! He was knowledgeable about the culture and spoke American English quite well.
We were very disappointed we couldn't have him as our guide for the historic Petra area they are assigned within the Petra site What a difference a good guide makes!!!

Leonard K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2016

Guide was amazing, had a long history with the sight and was very informative.

Terri T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

This experience was as advertised and more. We went with two other couples, six to a van and it was very comfortable. Our guide was both knowledgeable and friendly. Our driver very accommodating. Would not hesitate using this tour group again. We would highly recommend them for not only this tour but others as well

Linda B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We enjoyed this tour very much. Organisation beforehand was easy and communication was good. The driver picked us up at our pre arranged time of 7.30 am on the dock at Aqaba. He was very helpful and friendly and gave us an insight into the culture and places of interest along the road to Petra.. The mini van was well used but clean and the air conditioning was in good working order.

Petra itself is everything you have heard and more. I was surprised at the scale of the site. Our guide at Petra was excellent describing the history of the civilisations that lived there and explaining the tombs and pointing out interesting rock formations and colours. He took us away from the main pathway to view it from a different perspective. We chose to walk but horses, carriages and camels were available although some of them looked a little weary. The main track was busy and on the way back you had to dodge what horses, camels and donkeys do best! We had no problem with hawkers if you say no they go away. I had intended to climb up to the monastery but did not make it as I was limited for time and the heat was tiring so decided to keep my energy for the return walk back up to the entrance. It is a long walk in the heat along the main track to the Roman ruins. You cannot cover the whole area in a short visit. If I was going to go up to the monastery or the place of high sacrifice you probably need to go there first and wind your way back if the heat and walking.

Only big downside was that the restaurant lunch was not good with dirty tablecloths and flies. Food was self service. We didn't eat much and had 3 soft drinks provided as part of the tour only they charged my husband 9 for 3 soft drinks 2 tonics and 1 Sprite. I was away from the table at this point so did not realise until we were back in the car on the way back to the ship. So not only was the restaurant terrible but they ripped us off as well!. Our driver did try to correct this by phoning the restaurant to complain about this and asked if we wanted to return to get the 9, but we were anxious to return to Aqaba and the ship as the ship was departing that evening. I have not scored the tour company down on this as I believe they tried to remedy the situation but I would think carefully about using this restaurant in future. Generally our expeience of people in Jordan was that they were friendly and helpful. Our driver was very proud of his city Aqaba which has grown substantially in recent years. We arrived back in port in good time for our departure.

Gary T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Petra was a wonderful place and our personal tour guide was great. Our only complaint was that our driver didn't speak English very well so he couldn't answer many questions about life in Jordan. That was disappointed. Otherwise, a great tour!

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