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Petra

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The Basics

Petra is a highlight of the Middle East, renowned for its astonishing cliff-bound monuments and Greek-influenced architectural style. Thanks to the city’s Hollywood portrayal inIndiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Petra rose to international fame and is now one of Jordan’s most-visited attractions. Travelers usually approach the site through the long and narrowSiq, a chasm that opens up on the magnificent Treasury—Petra’s most-photographed building. Within the winding mountain ravines you’ll also find tombs, an 8,000-seat amphitheater, and the triumphal arch of the Temenos Gateway.

While it’s possible to catch Petra’s highlights on a day trip from Eilat, Jerusalem, or Amman, there’s enough to see to warrant a multi-day stay. Petra is often included on longer tours of Israel and Jordan that typically include visits to Wadi Rum, the Dead Sea, Jerusalem, and Bethlehem, depending on the length and option chosen. For a personalized experience, opt for a private tour.

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2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
$249.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommended
A trip recommended for everyone on a short "city break" to Jordan. You get to see all the most important landmarks in a comfortably paced 2-day trip. Everything well organised, with good communication prior to start of and during the trip. Plus the guide, Qutaibah, was very friendly and understanding, with all the answers needed!
Jakub_K, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Amman

star-5
What a great trip!
Mark_N, Sep 2021
Day Tour to Petra from Amman
The courtesy of the driver was helpful. We had Ali as a guide into Petra. He has been a guide for 26 years and everyone we encountered knew and respected him. Petra was awesome. Exactly what we expected! Because of COVID19 there were few other tourists so we could travel at our own pace and get uncrowded pictures!
star-4
Great trip, be careful riding the horses.
Solo_Traveler, Jul 2021
Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman
I highly recommend booking this trip, but be cautious about the horse ride. I was brutally thrown off a horse, despite me telling the locals I didn't want to go fast. My driver was very pleasant, pointing out sights on the way to Petra and explaining the history of Jordan. He showed great concern for my health when I reappeared injured from horse ride, offering to drive me straight to the hospital. My tour guide was knowledgeable about Petra, and knew great spots to take pictures!
star-5
The Best Tour Company I experienced!
Bobby_D, Jun 2021
Petra Day Tour Transfers Only from Amman
This was by far the best overall experience I had on a tour in Jordan. From start to finish, Muhammad was a great driver and tour guide for Petra. Also, Muhammad was the best English speaker in Amman, no doubt about it. The ride was in a nice newer vehicle that had good AC and was a smooth drive. I will be using this tour company again!
star-5
Great experience!
Daniel_L, Jun 2021
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman
A great tour. All must see, all Covid friendly activities. Well organized and fully packed with the best of Jordan. Our driver/guide was great, the car was clean, the locations were safe, and the schedule was flexible if need be. My review says I was solo but in reality I was linked up with another solo traveler. Having that companion certainly enhanced my experience but I wouldn't let it stop you if you get the chance and have to travel it alone. Its an experience of a lifetime!
star-5
Go see it!
Robert_S, Oct 2021
Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman
Great experience! A just! I saw so much! I never realized how vast it was. Go see it for yourself! 👍
star-5
Amazing
aneeta1234, Oct 2021
3-Day Tour from Amman: Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea
Jaffa was our guide and he was amazing. Ask him anything and he knows the answer! Great fun trip. Would do it again.
star-5
Ahmad from Jordan Private...
Mary_M, Sep 2021
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
Ahmad from Jordan Private Tours was the most professional and kind tour guide I’ve ever had and I’ve had many. He answered any questions I had and provided information about Jordan and it’s history, always ensuring I understood and asking if I was still interested in hearing more. His English is excellent and he’s very accommodating. I never felt rushed or like I had missed out. 10/10! Unforgettable experience with this company and in Jordan!
star-4
Great trip
Kelsey_M, Sep 2021
3-Day Private Tour from Amman: Petra, Wadi Rum, Dana, Aqaba, and Dead Sea
Ahmed was great. We were only there for a short time due to flight timings but he rearranged the tour to fit everything in for us. He was very accomodating to our needs and nothing was too much of a hassle for him
star-5
Fantastic tour for those...
Slider, Sep 2021
Jordan Pass 2- Night Private Secret Escape Tour Petra, Wadi Rum, & the Dead Sea
Fantastic tour for those who have limited time in Jordan but want to see the highlights. Our driver Basel was knowledgeable and friendly. Looking forward to coming back to Jordan to experience other great places.
star-5
Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)
ANDREAS_C, Sep 2021
Petra & Wadi Rum (1 Day Private tour)
Was a very unforgetable tour which left an amazing feelings for along time, for sure. Our driver Yahia is very responsible, professional, kind, smart and just a good person. He helped us to open Jodran and also to understand it from a very deep and we are very thankfull to him for this. We enjoyed our tour so much and we recommend the Jordan drive tribe to all who want to spend an unforgetable time to Jordan
star-5
Amazing experience
Alyce_H, Aug 2021
Private 3 Hours Inside Petra Tour: Treasury from the Top Off the Beaten Track
Ahmed was amazing! Very friendly and knowledgeable of the area. He didn’t make it seem like a stiff tour with nothing but straight information. He led us to a beautiful site that we would have never been able to navigate on our own. Would highly recommend you book your tours with Ahmed
star-5
Great tour
Jenna_D, Jul 2021
2-Day Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Dead Sea from Amman or Madaba
Booking was easy. I spoke with them on what’s app and they answered all of my questions, even what to wear. They were very accommodating. My driver and guide was Sadeq. He was wonderful. He is very knowledgeable about the area and always willing to wait for you while you view various excursions and will take photos. I had a great time

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Petra is a must-see for adventure travelers and archaeology buffs.

  • Visitors can opt for a 1-day or 2-day pass for entrance into Petra.

  • It gets hot in the Jordan desert; don’t forget to bring sun protection and plenty of water.

  • Remember to dress respectfully in loose-fitting clothing that covers your legs and shoulders.

  • Petra tours from Eilat, Jerusalem, and Amman can last up to 12 hours.

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How to Get There

Petra is 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Jordan, near the town of Wadi Mousa. It takes roughly 20 minutes to walk from town to the archaeological site. A guided day tour is the most convenient way to get there, but Wadi Mousa can also be reached by JETT bus from Amman or Aqaba. Transportation by taxi is also an option.

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When to Get There

Plan to arrive at the main entrance first thing in the morning to explore the site before crowds begin to arrive. Spring and autumn offer the best weather, with warm days and cool nights. Expect temperatures over 100°F (38°C) in summer.

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Petra Monastery Hike

While the Treasury ranks as Petra’s most famous structure, the Monastery is just as impressive and often much less crowded, due in part to the strenuous hour-long hike necessary to get there. Those who brave the journey up some 800 rock-cut steps are rewarded with a chance to explore Petra’s largest carved monument. The path up to the Monastery sits mostly in the shade during the afternoon.

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