Visiting Petra is, without question, a one-of-a-kind experience. Classified as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Petra was carved out of the rocky formations in Jordan’s southern desert by the Nabateans over 2000 years ago. What was once the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom, has only been rediscovered 200 years ago by a Swedish explorer. In recent years, more of the ‘Lost City’ has been uncovered, and with it, a plethora of hidden treasures.


A Brief History of Petra

The Nabatean Kingdom chose Petra as its capital around the 6th century BCE, carving a remarkable city out of the reddish rocks formations that Jordan is famous for. The extensive city was one of the most advanced for its time, complete with even a water management system. When the Roman Empire took over, the Nabatean Kingdom served as an effective trade route for spices. 

An earthquake hit Petra around 660 AD, and with its vital infrastructure destroyed, the city was abandoned and largely forgotten until 1812. The Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, discovered remnants of Petra. Though there were Bedouins inhabiting the caves and ruins at the time, archaeologists began to unearth parts of the city. The Bedouin population moved out following its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Discover all the best Bedouin camps in Wadi Rum and join our Petra + Wadi Rum tours for the ultimate desert adventure.

Visiting Petra

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Today, Petra is a National Park and the most popular tourist site in Jordan. Exploring the landmark can take a few days and the best way to discover all the hidden gems is with one of our tours. Most visitors come to Petra for one or two days, which is the most popular choice.

Our Petra Day Tour is a crowd-pleaser, covering all the highlights of the site. This Petra 2 day tour from Aqaba is just as exciting with added thrills along the way. If you want a longer adventure, consider our 4 Day Best of Jordan Tour where you’ll see Amman’s famous structures and so much more.

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How to Get to Petra

Getting to Petra by public transport is possible but a little challenging for most travelers, so tourists opt to arrive either by private transfer, taxi or with an organized tour. Our Petra Tour from Aqaba or this Petra Tour from Amman are most often the best value option because you get to see the highlights in the most efficient time-frame possible. For something more unique, take a cross-country tour; either our 9 Day Best of Jordan and Israel Package or perhaps this amazing 10 Day Secrets of the UAE and Jordan Package.

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