Today we have a full day visit of classical Petra. The soul-stirring, Red Rose City of Petra is chief among Jordan’s archaeological riches, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans, an industrious Arab people who settled in south Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. We enter the site through the famous Siq, a 1km long narrow gorge flanked by towering cliffs. We will stop at Petra’s most spectacular monument, the Khaznet al-Faraoun (or Treasury) and afterwards visit the Roman amphitheatre.
Afterwards there will be some free time for independent exploration of the area. You may wish to hike through colourful sandstone formations to the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice with its magnificent view of the Petra mountains. Various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, facades, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples and haunting rock drawings and reliefs.
This afternoon we will depart Petra and transfer to Wadi Rum, where we will enjoy a traditional dinner at our Bedouin camp.
Note: Your entry ticket into the city of Petra includes a horse ride into the site and you will have the option to ride a donkey to the end of the Siq. In line with our commitment to animal welfare in tourism we encourage you to walk, rather than ride a horse and donkey. There have been a number of instances where travellers have been upset by the treatment of the horses and donkeys by their handlers.
Approx walking time/distance: 3-4 hrs, 6-8 kms.
Approx driving time/distance: 1.5 hrs, 100 kms.
Overnight: Wadi Rum Camp