The wonder of the Rose Red city.
Hidden behind an almost impenetrable barrier of rugged mountains, the rock-carved city of Petra is full of mysterious charm. The approach through the cool gloom of the Siq, a long narrow gorge whose steeply rising sides all but obliterate the sun, provides a dramatic contrast with the magic to come. Suddenly the gorge opens into a natural square dominated by Petra's most famous monument, the Khasneh, whose intricately carved facade glows in the dazzling sun.
More facades beckon you or on until the ancient city gradually unfolds, one monument leading to the next for kilometer after kilometer. The sheer size of the city and the quality of beautifully carved facades is staggering and leads one to reflect on the creativity and industry of the Nabateans who made Petra their capital more than 2, 000 years ago. From their capital at Petra the Nabateans had established an elaborate network of caravan routes which brought spices, incense, myrrh, gold, silver and precious stones from India and Arabia.
After meeting, we take the drive to Petra and visit the site. The city tour begins by taking you past some fascinating monuments carved out of the rock such as Djinn blocks, the obelisk tomb and an ancient dam.
These lead you into the Siq, a natural narrow gorge that is over a kilometer long. It serves as the main entrance into Petra and is certainly the most dramatic way in. The Siq meanders gently towards the ancient city and opens onto a spectacular view of the Treasury (Al Khazna), an intricate façade that first greets you.
The tour then takes you past a street of facades, the theatre, a colonnaded street and ends at Qasr El Bint where you can have your lunch in one of the two restaurants nearby and see the museums located there, back to the visitors' center afterwards. Then take the drive back for departure.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Airport.
End location: Airport.
Duration: 10 hours
Please take in consider any variables that might affect the duration (weather, traffic, time of year etc.)
Transportation via a private modern AC vehicle.
- My service as a tour guide.
- Transportation via a private modern AC vehicle, driving, and fuel.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 JD - per each entrance ticket to Petra.
Only applied if you are getting into Jordan through a land port and leaving at the same tour day .
Note : 1 JD equals $1.4 US.
-Anything you would like to buy (souvenirs, clothes, gifts, etc...).
-Meals or snacks.
-Any drinks (Soft/Hard).
I am not allowed to assest at dockside - you must meet me at the exit to the port territory.
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Mahmoud showed me a very memorable time in Jordan. He brought me to the Wadi Rum where I had experiences I could not have had anywhere else. He was always very kind to me, being patient and understanding . He also took me to Petra and found that there was a way I could see it on an electric golf cart. The time I had there was fantastic and unforgettable. He even let me visit with him in his home. I learned so much about his culture, something I could not have done so well any other way.