Petra and Aqaba Tour
Duration: Half Day
Discover the awe-inspiring beauty of the Rose Red City of Petra during your holiday in Egypt. Voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this historic site is undoubtedly Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. Explore ancient ruins, temples and rock tombs before travelling onwards to Aqaba, the country’s only seaport. This unique day of wonder and discovery offers the experience of a lifetime.
Your day will begin with a transfer from your hotel to Taba Heights Marina for a ferry journey (approximately 1 hour) to Aqaba, where your Jordanian adventure begins. Travelling along the Kings Highway, we head towards the magnificent city of Petra, which can be reached by walking along a narrow winding passageway from the entrance of Siq Canyon. Nothing can prepare you for the breathtaking scenery the other side as Nabataean architecture is revealed before you. Beautifully carved into the rock faces, these majestic structures boast dazzling shades of red, orange and pink – hence Petra’s nickname ‘Rose Red City’.
Petra was constructed by the Nabataeans (ancient Semitic Arab people) as their capital in 100 BC and it became the centre of their caravan trade. However, evidence suggests that settlements had begun in and around the area during Egypt’s 18th Dynasty. The city was designated a World Heritage Site in 1985 and UNESCO described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage”. It is undoubtedly the most spectacular ancient city remaining in the modern world.
Your knowledgeable Jordanian guide will reveal the highlights of this vast urban centre, including the Treasury, Petra’s greatest monument, and the Amphitheatre, which was constructed by the Nabataeans long before the Romans entered the city. You will also be able to explore the many ancient rock tombs and royal burial monuments, as well as churches, temples and ancient water channels, which once brought water from the spring in Wadi Musa into the centre of Petra.
Returning through the canyon, we enjoy a buffet lunch and refreshments before driving south back to Aqaba, Jordan's only seaport. Located at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba, on the border of Israel, this ancient coastal town has been an inhabited settlement since 4000 BC and is strategically situated at the junction of trading routes between Asia, Africa, and Europe. Today it is a popular beach resort for tourists looking for watersports such as windsurfing and scuba diving. Spend time exploring and relaxing here before your return ferry journey and onward hotel transfer.
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