Established in 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, Petra has been chosen by the BBC as one of “the 40 places you have to see before you die” with its spectacular architecture cut into the rock and water conduits. What better way to get here than by boat.
Petra remained unknown to the western world until it was discovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. Since then it has become Jordans most visited tourism attraction.
Described as “one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage”, and included in BBC’s “40 places you have to see before you die”, Petra is a must see on a holiday to Sharm, Egypt.
Lying on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin amongst the spectacular mountains of Wadi Araba, Petra is famous for its architecture and water conduits system, as well amazing Roman theatre and scenery.
We will pick you up from your hotel in Sharm el Sheikh
We will pick you up from your hotel in Sharm el Sheikh and drive for approx 2.30 hours to Taba dock to take the Ferry boat at 07.30 am to arrive at 8.45am in Aqaba
From there you will drive on an air conditioned coach to Petra where a guided tour begins. We will enter Petra on foot through the spectacularly beautiful narrow and winding gorge over 1kilomete in length, until the gorge opens out revealing the Great Treasury (which can be seen in the pictures below).
After visiting the Great Treasury your guide will take you around the grand Roman Theatre of Petra.
Beyond the Street of Facades lies the Theatre, which was constructed in the early 1st century AD by Nabataeans and enlarged and improved by the Romans shortly after their annexation of the Kingdom in 106 AD. They accomplished this by ruthlessly gouging away a street of houses or tombs in order to extend the rear of the auditorium, which could then accommodate 3000 people.
This also improved the acoustics of the theatre and supported a drain, which took the run-off water around the sides of the theatre. The standard Roman-design theatre today lies open to the Outer Siq, but would originally have been enclosed by a wall and completely cut off from the street.
Next on your guided tour is the the Royal Tombs (the Rainbow Tomb is a must for photographers), as well as hundreds of monuments, tricliniums, and obelisks, all carved from the multi-shaded, rose red sandstone.
You will then have lunch at the Movenpick hotel, before driving back to Aqaba at 6.45 pm, an hour free time for shopping, and then take the ferry at 07.30 pm back to Taba, drive back to your hotel in Sharm .