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Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman

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Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman

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iconOffered in: English and 2 more
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Overview

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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Hotel pick up and drop off
Private Transfer by air-conditioned leisure new vehicle according number of participants
English-Speaking Driver
One day entrance fees to Petra; if option Jordan Pass not selected
Horse ride before the “Siq”
Local English-Speaking Guide for the classic visit of Petra
On board WI-FI
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 Point

Amman, Jordan

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
After pickup from your central Amman hotel, settle into your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your private driver, who doubles as your guide on your journey to and from Petra. 

When you book, take care to list any special interests you have, such as art, history or culture, so your driver can prepare for your private tour in advance if necessary.

Then, sit back and relax as you journey south through Jordan. As you travel, gaze at the desert landscapes and hear tales of Petra’s history. Hewn into a sandstone valley by the Nabataean people some 2,000 years ago, this ancient rose-red rock city was located at the crossroads of age-old trading routes.

After a while, pass by Little Petra, a small rocky valley of carved Nabataean-era buildings that archaeologists believe was a suburb of Petra, and acted as an accommodation stop for the traders who traveled through the city.

See some of the carvings here, and then continue to the main Petra site. On arrival, leave your vehicle, and enjoy a 2-hour tour of this UNESCO-listed wonder with a local guide provided by the Authority of Petra under the Ministry of Tourism.

Walk or ride a horse through the famous Siq, the narrow 1-mile (1.5 kilometer) rock fissure that was once the city’s entrance, 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 Theatre, 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, 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 note: please wear comfortable shoes and bring a sunhat for this unforgettable adventure.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Petra - Wadi Musa
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 Nabataean people more than 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. Reach 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
Stop At:  
Siq
First, walk 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”
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Al-Khazneh
as the canyon suddenly opens up. Admire this rose-pink masterpiece, originally built to house priceless treasures and capture it on camera. Then, proceed through the widening canyon to witness other monuments such as the 3,000-seater Theater, the Royal Tombs, and the Byzantine Church. As you explore, listen as your guide describes how the Nabateans 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 or the High Place of Sacrifice: a clifftop altar that was once used for animal sacrifices and other ceremonies.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Petra
Free time to visit The Petra Museum; if there is time, then rejoin your vehicle and driver. 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. 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 and the Transformers!
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Confirmation will be received at the time of booking.
  • Airport Pick-up and Drop-off by request.
  • Contact your local operator (phone number, emergency mobile number, or email address) a day before to reconfirm pick-up arrangements provided in your voucher.
  • For Jordan Pass holders that purchased tour activity with entrance fees, please inform us to reimburse the entrance fees in destination.
  • Clients are advised to bring hats, sun screen, and comfortable walking shoes.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Tour activity is provided in English. For other languages (Spanish, Portuguese, French, and German) by request.
  • Mobile SIM cards including Wi-Fi are available with assistance of our team upon request and can be subject to a small additional charge approximately: 20 USD. (Prices subject to change by the communication company).
  • For clients with mobility issues and for Golf Cart services at Petra please contact us.
  • Most local tourist restaurants in Jordan do not serve alcohol, if you do not want a dry restaurant please contact us.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • OPERATED BY Zaid Tours and Travel

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Private Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

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Great trip, be careful riding the horses.
Solo_Traveler
, Jul 2021
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!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2021
Thank you very much, looking forward to have you and your family as well as friends again with us.
star-5
Petra Day Trip
Samantha_O
, Jun 2021
The guided tour for part of the visit was wonderful to learn more anout the history. Basel, my driver, was friendly, knowledgeable and extremely courteous.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you. Looking forward to having you, your family, and friends with us again.
star-5
Excellent Private tour of Petra
Cheryl Q
, Nov 2019
Our driver was on time to pick us up from the hotel and made a couple stops along the way to Petra to give us a break since it's around a 3 hour drive. Our guide was excellent - also took his time with an older couple - and was very informative about the history of Petra and the surrounding area. We would highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2019
Thank you, looking forward to have you, your family, and friends with us soon.
star-5
Private tour to Petra and Little Petra
andybY8142XR
, Apr 2019
Fantastic tour from Amman to Petra and Little Petra. Our driver Mahmoud was very friendly and accommodating; our guide George for Petra was very knowledgable and informative. This was a fantastic tour; thank you.
star-5
Terrific Journey
HarlanL60763
, Nov 2018
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.
star-4
Let me first warn you all that Petra...
Stephen H
, Apr 2018
Let me first warn you all that Petra is/was a city. When it says bring comfortable walking shoes, they are not kidding! You will be doing a lot of walking first down, then up! Also know, that Petra is not close to Amman, you will have a very long car ride to and back, so be prepared! With that said, our driver was spot on punctual and collected us at our hotel. He told us it was going to be a very long ride and that we would most likely have one stop. All these things were true, but he navigated through traffic and construction with a masters skill and we made the journey well. Upon arrival, we were told where to meet the driver after our tour just down the street and we were introduced to the guide and we were on our way... The guide did a great job explaining Petra and points as we walked. The guide knew all the photo op stops and didn't let us miss one shot and helped my wife get just the right shot!! The guide portion is about 2 to 2.5 hours. This is pretty much stop and go walking at an accelerated pace. For some it may seemed rushed but in reality, Petra is a city and you have a long way to go, a ton of information to acquire and a limited amount of time to get things done. Though the treasury is the known all of Petra's sandstone beauty will keep you baffled, bewildered and simply amazed as you view through the necropolis to the acropolis. The only down sides would be that after all that walking in the hot sun, lunch was not quite on our minds, and it was a tad chaotic. Also, once you have seen Petra, little Petra pales by comparison. So my advice is, rest up, sleep on the ride there, get your walking shoes ready and know you have a nice long drive back where you can rest some more! I highly recommend this tour, but warn it is physically demanding. Side note: There are donkey's, horses and camels that you can ride. Perhaps walk down and ride back is a better option for some, at an extra expense.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you, looking forward to have you with us soon.
star-5
DO NOT FORGET TO CONFIRM YOUR TOUR...
simply_fantabulous
, Mar 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!
star-5
Had an amazing day trip to Petra...
Jon W
, 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!
star-5
I did the Tour to Petra and little...
Theresa H
, 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!
star-5
This was a great tour. As usual...
jessica.coe
, Feb 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.

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