No holiday in Jordan would be complete without a visit to the remarkable rose city of Petra, which was once the thriving capital of the Nabataean empire. Nestled in a secluded valley surrounded by rugged mountains and a lunar-like landscape of rock formations, Petra was left deserted and hidden from the world for hundreds of years. After being rediscovered in the 1800s, the lost city of Petra is now not only Jordan’s leading tourist attraction, it’s also one of the world’s most incredible archaeological sites, and was recently voted as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.Read More
Travel on foot or horseback down a towering narrow canyon known as The Siq (Al-Siq) to reach the Treasury, a magnificent facade carved deep into the rock face. Or those with more time on their hands and keen to get off the beaten track can consider the various other hiking trails into Petra. The ancient city is home to over 800 registered sites including 500 tombs, an 8,000-seat amphitheatre and a Roman rock-carved street. The ancient capital’s largest and most iconic monument is the Monastery, which can be found at the top of a steep sandstone trail.
Perhaps the most incredible way to experience the mystic splendour of Petra for the first time is by night, when the Treasury is illuminated by the glow of thousands of candles laid out on the floor. Under a starry sky you can absorb the mystery of Petra accompanied by a backdrop of hauntingly beautiful Bedouin music. There's plenty of reasons why Petra is Jordan's premier traveller destination - imbued with history and indicative of Jordan's cultural heritage, it should be on everyone's must-see list.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Petra. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Petra on a bespoke touring itinerary to Jordan, take a look at our tailor-made holiday planning section.