About PETRA HOLIDAYS
The entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge over 1 km in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring 80 metre high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colours and rock formations are dazzling and as you reach the end of the Siq, you will catch your fi rst breath-taking glimpse of Al Khazneh (The Treasury). Petra is a legacy of the Nabataeans who settled in south Jordan more than 2000 years ago. The kingdom endured for centuries until Roman Emperor Trajan annexed the kingdom and by the 16th century, Petra was completely lost to the West and remained so for almost 300 years. In 1812 a Swiss traveller named Johann Lugwig Burckhart re-discovered it after persuading his guide to take him to the site of the rumoured lost city.
Petra by Matthew Teller
When To Go
Jordan has a diverse Middle Eastern Climate with hot summers. Although travel is possible throughout the year, not all months are the best time to travel. Spring is more ideal to travel as temperatures are not too high reaching into high twenties during the day with cool nights. Winter can sometimes be harsh as desert regions can experience short rainfalls and cold nights and even in Petra sometimes snow.
Dana Nature Reserve
Morning departure to the Dana Nature Reserve. Apart from its wildlife the reserve is rich with archaeological sites and local culture. Guided hiking tour at the Reserve for two hours. Full day excursion.
Participate in the preparation of a traditional Jordanian meal with the help of local women and under the supervision of a professional chef and enjoy it for dinner afterwards.
Transfer to the enchanting desert of Wadi Rum, Jordan’s largest desert and one of the most spectacular desert landscapes in the world. Jeep tour inside the Wadi until sunset. Watch the most beautiful view whilst drinking a cup of traditional Bedouin tea. A full day trip including stop at Beida.
Overnight at Exclusive Bedouin Camp
After the jeep tour drop off at a Bedouin camp inside the desert for a private traditional Bedouin dinner party with live local music.
With no city lights to dim the night sky, blow out the candles and take in the breathtaking stars. You will see numerous constellations including the Milky Way. Shooting stars and satellites are not uncommon. If you are lucky enough to visit during July or August you will witness the annual meteor shower with 60 meteors visible per hour.
Petra by Night
If you are spending the night in Petra, in the evening follow a candle lit route through the Siq till the Treasury while being told the story of the ancient Nabateans. (Mon, Wed & Thu only)