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.
This trip runs on Tuesdays and Fridays
“A Rose-Red City half as old as time”
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 and drive for approx 3 hours to Taba dock to take the Ferry at 07.30 am to cross the Aqaba gulf to Jordan.
From there you will drive on an air conditioned coach (approx 70-80 minutes) to Petra where a guided tour begins. We will enter Petra on foot through the spectacularly beautiful narrow and winding gorge over 1kilometre in length, until the gorge opens out revealing the Great Treasury.
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, 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.
Ancient Tombs of Petra
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 and some free time before driving back to Jordan before taking the ferry to Taba. You will then be driven back to your hotel in Sharm.
- All transfers by air conditioned vehicle
- English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to the mentioned places in the program
- Ferry tickets
What’s Not Included
- Drinks in the restaurant
What you need to bring:
- Breakfast box from your hotel
Excursion available on: