Private Tour: Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman

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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman
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Experience Jordan’s greatest ancient treasure on this private day trip to Petra from Amman. After traveling from Amman to Petra with a private driver, enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of UNESCO-listed Petra: a rock city cut into a sandstone valley some 2,000 years ago. Walk or ride a horse along the “Siq” entrance canyon, and behold the rose-tinted Treasury, Royal Tombs, and more. During your explorations, learn about Petra’s history from your local guide and see lesser-known Little Petra, whose sculpted rock buildings were a suburb of the main city.
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In Brief

Location:
Amman, Jordan
Country:
Jordan
Duration:
10 hours
Operates:
Daily
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You will leave the hotel early in the morning to drive south to the Nabatean Red Rose City of Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, for a classic visit. As you travel, gaze at the desert landscapes and hear tales of Jordan’s history. Hewn into a sandstone valley carved by the Nabatean people some 2,000 years ago, this ancient rose-red rock city located 245 kilometers from Amman at the crossroads of age-old trading routes, to dominate ancient Arabia. Pass by Little Petra, a small rocky valley with carvings, that archaeologists believe acted as the Nabatean’s caravan before heading to the main city and as an accommodation stop for the traders who traveled through the city. Continue to Petra main site to learn more about its magnificent history. On arrival, leave your vehicle, and enjoy a 2-hour tour of this UNESCO Heritage listed wonder with a local guide. First, walk or ride a horse through the famous “siq”, a narrow path of 1.2 kilometers; rock fissure that was once the main entrance to the city, and marvel at your first glimpse of the hauntingly beautiful Treasury “El Khazneh” as the canyon suddenly opens up. Admire this rose-pink masterpiece, originally built to house priceless treasures and capture it on camera. Then, walk through the widening canyon to witness other buildings such as the 3,000-seater Theater, Royal Tombs, and the High Place of Sacrifice: a clifftop altar that was once used for animal sacrifices and other ceremonies. As you explore, listen as your guide describes how the Nabataeans sculpted the buildings, and learn how they mastered the harsh desert conditions to make their lives here. After around two hours of exploring, enjoy free time, if time permits you can climb up the monastery on your own. Return to Petra’s entrance and rejoin your private vehicle and driver. Then, journey back to Amman, where your day trip ends with a hotel drop off. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a sunhat for this unforgettable adventure. Come and explore one of the world’s wonders of architectural engineering combined with the ingenuity of carving for an unforgettable adventure just like that of Indiana Jones!

Inclusions

  • Hotel pick up and drop off
  • Private Transfer by air-conditioned leisure vehicle according number of participants
  • English-Speaking Driver
  • Horse ride before the “Siq
  • Local English-Speaking Guide for the classic visit of Petra
  • Entry/Admission - Siq
  • Entry/Admission - Al-Khazneh
  • Entry/Admission - Byzantine Church
  • Entry/Admission - The Royal Tombs

Exclusions

  • All type of meals, unless option with lunch selected (Vegetarian meal by request)
  • All type of beverages
  • All type of gratuities (Tips to the Driver, Guide, and Horse Boy) – Recommended
  • Personal Expenses
  • Anything else not mentioned

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Departure Point

Your driver will meet you at your hotel in Amman

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • For clients holding Jordan Pass, the corresponding entrance fees to be returned directly in destination.
  • Pick up and drop off from Amman Queen Alia International Airport available by request for lay over day tour.
  • Local SIM cards and Wi-Fi are available upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).
  • Tours with lunch: Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan are non-alcoholic.
  • Tours with Dead Sea: Swim suit is required.
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

My tour guide, Hassan, could not have been more helpful. He was a complete pleasure to work with, and very knowledgeable about all matters. I would highly recommend him and look forward to touring with him in the future.
• Submitted 12 Nov 2018
DO NOT FORGET TO CONFIRM YOUR TOUR 24 HOURS PRIOR or you will have a meltdown, similar to the one I had, on the morning of our tour March 2, 2018. I am usually on top of things, however I missed the bit about confirming 24 hours prior or you forfeit the tour with no refund. I read that vital information clearly stated on the vouchers in the morning, about 30 minutes prior to our scheduled pick up time. I ran to reception and we called the number on our voucher, as well as the emergency number provided therein with no luck whatsoever. I literally began sobbing, as the entire trip was booked around our Petra visit, when Omar, our driver for the day, walked in smiling. He calmed me down and said he will wait until we have breakfast. He had a great personality, is a very skilled driver which is very important, as traffic in Jordan is mad and spoke English fluently another plus. We did the obligatory bathroom/refreshments pit stop and admired the items for sale see pictures. Once at Petra, Omar got our entry tickets and introduced us to our guide, who arrived shortly after us. We had an amazing time inside Petra and were bewildered how huge it is. Three full days of exploring would not do it justice, but the few hours we had inside were enough for a first visit. We were lucky that it was sunny, as a week prior they had flooding and our guide showed us pictures and a video of people walking in knee high water. For an extra 10 each he took us up above and across from the amphitheater. It was totally worth it as the views and the pictures we took were breathtakingly spectacular. He was very knowledgeable, had a great personality and knew the best angles and spots to take pictures. At Al-Khazneh, we were approached by some of the bedouins, who were hanging around and who offered to take us up the rock, so that Al-Khazneh is behind and below us and showed us pictures of it. They haggled and came down in price every time I said la, shukran no, thanks. I REALLY wanted to do it but our guide advised against it, as the staircase they wanted us to use was unsafe. He suggested a better route, but that started back at the main entrance and we would not have had enough time to see anything else. So this will have to wait until our next trip. We met our driver back at the Sandstone restaurant, located within a short walking distance from the main entrance and after a quick meal, drove to Little Petra. After seeing Petra, it was an underwhelming visit. It is free to visit, but we were accosted by a bedouin at the entrance a rope asking for a donation. We said we had already paid as part of the tour and he tried to shame us for not supporting them financially on the spot as well. After we went in we got followed by various younger bedouins who offered to be our guides. We said we would rather explore by ourselves and we wont be able to pay them if they came along as we did not bring extra cash and they wouldn't let up for a while only to angrily walk away, muttering under their breath. This was mildly annoying but did not take away from all the fun we had on our tour. If you think the price for this tour is steep consider this - the round trip from downtown Amman to Petra, little Petra and back to Amman is around 500 kms or 310 miles or 7 hours drive AND it is cheaper through Viator rather than booking it through the hotel - yes, we checked! : Overall, a fantastic day trip, exploring one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a great value for money! Would highly recommend!
• Submitted 26 Mar 2018
Had an amazing day trip to Petra! My driver, Omar, was very friendly and accommodating. The drive is 3 hours from Amman so we stopped halfway for coffee and a bathroom break. Petra was amazing! Had an incredible tour guide named Abraham at Petra who is an archaeologist so his knowledge was impressive. After 3 hours or so at Petra went to a tasty buffet lunch in the town just outside Petra then headed back to Amman. It was a long but great day about 10 hours total but definitely worth it!
• Submitted 22 Mar 2018
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 12 Mar 2018
I did the Tour to Petra and little Petra with my driver Amer and with a german speaking guide in Petra. Both were absolutely great and I would definitely recommend this tour. Thumbs up!
• Submitted 05 Mar 2018
This was a great tour. As usual Viator did not disappoint. The guide was prompt at picking us up and we traveled the long distance to Petra stopping once for a bathroom and snack break. The driver was pleasant and pointed out items along the journey. Once at Petra our tour guide met us, retrieved the tickets and we were off. The guide gave us valuable information as we walked along. We were than able to explore on our own as our goal was to make it to the Monastery. The information the tour guide provided was very insightful. We made it to the Monastery, but the walk back made us arrive to the meet up point later than discussed. This was fine with both the driver and us as we preferred the time in Petra over visiting little Petra. The driver also took us to a local falafel spot, per our request, and we had the most delicious falafel sandwiches. Overall this was an excellent tour.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
There is so much there to see that some might want to get a hotel at Petra and spend about 2 days there. We hit the highlights and enjoyed it. Our reservation included a horse to ride, but the horses do not go very far on the total walk to the treasury area. We paid extra fro a carriage ride. I would suggest one not pay to ride a horse. For those who can walk that distance, walk it or take the carriage. We could not determine if we were credited for the amount that included the horse, but do not believe we were. We visited in February and the weather was pleasant. The guide who picked us up in Amman charged extra because we were not in a downtown hotel, yet the distance was less to Petra from our location. Did not understand this, but agreed to the charge before booking. What I did not understand was that we were not charged for this at the time of booking and had to pay the guide in cash for the extra charge. The person who picked us up turned us over to local guide once we reached Petra. The restrooms at Petra were filthy. It might be helpful to research the site before you go. This was a bucket list item for many years and so happy we finally got to see Petra.
• Submitted 27 Feb 2018
Incredible tour! Petra is amazing. But, this tour did not include Little Petra, as advertised. But, I was not disappointed, seeing Petra was more than enough for one day.
• Submitted 09 Feb 2018
great driver, who also sent his cousin to pick us up for cheaper than taxi price for the next day to go to the airport. Must see in person!
• Submitted 17 Dec 2017
Our guide in the car as well as inside Petra were phenomenal. This tour was well planned and executed and we would happily recommend this for others. The only thing we would like to note is that the included horse ride is not the ride that takes you to the top and that taking this ride will still require a tip to the locals. Not a big deal as tips are common in Jordan.
• Submitted 12 Nov 2017
We can not rate this tour highly enough. Our driver Amar was incredibly knowledgeable, witty and welcoming. We had an amazing day, learned a great deal and would recommend this tour to anyone. Thank you Amar for making our short stay in Jordan so great.
• Submitted 20 Sep 2017
Truly spectacular. Memorable experience.
• Submitted 08 Sep 2017
Such impeccable customer service! Everything ran smoothly and my driver (Younes) was very friendly, knowledgable and punctual. My tour guide for the Petra site was very informed and knew many key interesting facts about the site. Would definitely recommend this tour!
• Submitted 25 May 2017
It is just an amazing site to behold. Especially knowing that it has been there for ages. Pretty incredible.
• Submitted 18 Mar 2017
Our day at Petra was incredible! I want to give special recognition to our driver, Basel A. Mousa. He was prompt, friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and easygoing. We were even able to book a half-day Dead Sea excursion with him on a whim for the following day also recommended!
• Submitted 18 Mar 2017
This is an amazing tour. Our guide BASEL was extraordinary and helped us all the way long, I fully recommend to take this tour with him. The only recommendation is to take the tour Petra-Wadi rum together and stay in Petra de night, because takes time to see Petra and you can enjoy it at night too.
• Submitted 09 Mar 2017
Besides driving through the fog and snow, this was a great trip. I enjoyed listening to the driver's stories up and back. Both Petra and Little Petra were stunning.
• Submitted 17 Feb 2017
If you have limited time and want to see Petra, this is a great tour! Our family of six was greeted by our guide and driver at our Amman hotel and driven the three hours to Petra. The guide spoke perfect English - he was once an English teacher - and was very knowledgeable and helpful. We spent about 3 1/2 hours at Petra, which wasn't enough to see everything but gave us a really good understanding of the place. The tour exceeded our expectations.
• Submitted 18 Jan 2017
Petra is beautiful, well worth it. The drive is long from Amman,3 hours. The driver did a good job. My tour guide there was knowledgeable and was good but beware of him taking you to a hut to try and get you to buy coins/goods of a man. Seemed like he may get kickbacks for bringing you there.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2016
Good trip and the ruins were fabulous.
• Submitted 14 Sep 2016
I highly recommend this tour, truly excellent and I was traveling alone. Once I booked, I received an email confirmation. The Driver-Omar was prompt and knowledgeable and I felt safe. The tour at Petra was excellent and the tour guide-Shoyab explained everything in detail. My experience was priceless!
• Submitted 31 May 2016
Really nice driver. Awesome place to visit.
• Submitted 29 Mar 2016
Really great tour. We spent the whole day in Petra and had a fantastic tour guide who told us a lot of history and information about local plants and was just an overall friendly guy to spend a day with. We declined the donkey ride at the beginning and the walk was not very far, so we felt like we made the right choice. We weren't able to pack a lunch, so had lunch at the Crowne Plaza restaurant in Petra not the cheapest option, but it was a buffet, so it was good value. We took an additional hike up one of the cliffs to see the view from above. It cost a bit extra, but was very much worth it. The pick up and drop off was incredibly helpful and very flexible. We actually flew right into Amman, got picked up at the airport at 3am, drove straight to Petra and on the return, got dropped off at our hotel on the Dead Sea. The non-Amman pick up and drop off did cost extra, but not as much as hiring separate transport would have and the driver was fantastic driving so far at odd hours with us sleeping half the time. Overall, with all the additional charges, it was not cheap, but considering this was the main highlight of our holiday and we had an incredible time there and everything went smoothly and easily, it was well worth it.
• Submitted 05 Nov 2015
My very friendly driver picked me up at the hotel in Amman and drove the 3 hours to Wadi Musa/Petra. He organised my entry ticket and a guide and after I'd finished walking to Petra city and back, he was there to drive me back to Amman. All in all a very nice day where I didnt have to think about a thing.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2015