Archaeological city in the Jordanian Governorate of Ma’an, that is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the Nabataea’s, it is a symbol of Jordan, as well as its most visited tourist attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah “Wadi Araba”, the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as “a rose-red city half as old as time” in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon.

Situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and inhabited since prehistoric times, the rock-cut capital city of the Nabataea’s, became during Hellenistic and Roman times a major caravan centre for the incense of Arabia, the silks of China and the spices of India, a crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. An ingenious water management system allowed extensive settlement of an essentially arid area during the Nabataean  Roman and Byzantine periods. It is one of the worlds richest and largest archaeological sites set in a dominating red sandstone landscape.

The Outstanding Universal Value of Petra resides in the vast extent of elaborate tomb and temple architecture; religious high places; the remnant channels, tunnels and diversion dams that combined with a vast network of cisterns and reservoirs which controlled and conserved seasonal rains, and the extensive archaeological remains including of copper mining, temples, churches and other public buildings. The fusion of Hellenistic architectural facades with traditional Nabataea rock-cut temple/tombs including the Khasneh, the Urn Tomb, the Palace Tomb, the Corinthian Tomb and the Deir “monastery” represents a unique artistic achievement and an outstanding architectural ensemble of the first centuries BC to AD. The varied archaeological remains and architectural monuments from prehistoric times to the medieval periods bear exceptional testimony to the now lost civilizations which succeeded each other at the site.

Overview
Drive from Sharm to Newbie to sail across the Gulf of Aqaba on a ferry to Jordan, where we will take you to the incredible, rock-cut city of Petra. This is truly a site to behold. The ancient “rose-red” city of Petra, carved into the rocky mountains of Jordan’s desert. This UNESCO World Heritage Site will take your breath away with its dramatic setting, rugged beauty, and enchanting history. UNESCO has described it as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”. See: UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage Lists. Petra was chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the “28 Places to See before You Die.
Touring Itinerary

  • Sharm Touring Egypt representative will pick up you from your hotel in Sharm el-Sheikh. “Around 2:30 A.M.”
  • Drive to Newbie city, to join the ferry boat to Aqaba.”2:30 hours”
  • Ferry boat from Nuweiba to Aqaba about “one hour”.
  • Meet & assist in Aqaba marine, then transfer to Petra by Bus about “2 hours”
  • Your first stop will be in Wadi Musa, to stock up with food or souvenirs from the rest house, then go ahead to the Siq canyon.
  • Before your entrance to the Siq canyon, on your left hand, there is a Petra Obelisk tomb, with a five graves, four of them represented in a pyramid shape and one in Statue shape.
  • You will start your visit to the Siq canyon of Petra, by visiting El-Khazna. “Treasury”
  • Upon your entrance to the Siq canyon, you will see the remains of a ceremonial arch, built by Nabataea’s.
  • After 1,5 Kilometer of winding around, the Siq will open on the most impressive of Petra monuments, which called El-Khazna “The Treasury”, carved in the solid rock.
  • Next to El-Khazna, the Siq will turn right and lead you to some niches, tombs, and the Amphitheater.
  • After the Amphitheater, the Siq is going wide and lead you to the main part of Petra monuments, which will be The Royal tomb or the Palace tomb.
  • By the end of your tour in Petra, you will go to have lunch in a five star hotel.
  • Next to lunch, drive back to Aqaba, then join the ferry boat to Newbie.
  • Meet & assist in Newbie, the drive back to Sharm el-Sheikh.

What’s Included

  • All transportation by air Conditioned buses.
  • Ferry boat tickets Nuweiba/Aqaba/Nuweiba.
  • English speaking tour guide.
  • All entrance fees.
  • Jordan visa cost.
  • Departure taxes in both side of Egypt and Jordan.
  • Lunch

What’s Excluded

  • Drinks.
  • Any personal expenses.

Details

  • Trip Duration: about 20 hours
  • Tour Runs: Every Day
  • Start Times: 02.30 AM from your hotel.

Things Recommended to Bring

  • Passport.
  • Valid visa
  • Breakfast box from your hotel reception
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Sun Hat
  • Light shoes.

Price Per Person
Adult: 160 GBP
Child: 150 GBP (Child is till 12 years old)
Special prices for groups

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