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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Aqaba

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    What to Expect
    Start with a pickup in the morning from your centrally located Aqaba hotel or port (depending on option selected). Then, sit back in your private, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the desert views as you travel north towards the UNESCO-listed city of Petra. Pass by Little Petra the Nabatean’s carvan stop before heading to the main city.

    After roughly two hours on the road, arrive at ancient Petra and stroll 20 minutes to the Siq, the rock fissure that serves as the entrance corridor to the city. Alternatively, choose to take a horseback ride to the Siq, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

    With the rest of your group gathered at the Siq entrance, start your walk through the 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) canyon, framed by towering sandstone cliffs. At its final bend, savor your first, memorable glimpse of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh), the stunning rock-cut building that starred in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Admire its finely carved, rose-pink facade, as you hear about its history from your guide.

    After snapping pictures here, walk through the gorge and discover more about the Nabataeans who made their homes here, at the junction of key ancient trading routes, in the 6th century. View the theater that once seated 3,000 spectators and continue to the Royal Tombs, a string of chambers and facades built into the mountainside.

    After your tour, enjoy between two and three hours of free time to explore further the ancient city that the 19th-century poet John Burgon described as the ‘rose-red city half as old time.’ You may also use the break to enjoy lunch at one of Petra’s several restaurants (own expense).

    When the time comes, meet your driver outside the ancient city and board your minivan back to Aqaba. Your day trip ends with a hotel or port drop-off in the late afternoon.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your centrally located Aqaba hotel or Aqaba Port
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Concludes at your centrally located Aqaba hotel or Aqaba Port
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Port pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
    • Lunch included (if option selected)
    • Transport by private air-conditioned minivan
    • Local guide
    • Entry/Admission - Petra
    • Food and drink, unless specified
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • There is not enough time to climb up to Petra Monastery
    • Helmets are not provided for the optional horseback ride. The ride does not go faster than a steady walking pace, and beginners can be led by an assistant
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed March 8, 2019

    Needs some physical fitness to get to the portal, but you can use a chariot to come back. Quite cold at the wintertime, but still better, compared to the summer height of +40 and more. You are not allowed inside, but the view outside is...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    1  Thank Alexander S
    Reviewed June 18, 2018

    This was our second tour to Petra from aqaba and this time we added Wadi Rum since our cruise ship was docked for almost 18 hours from 7am to midnight. It was a great tour both times booked with Maestro online travel Egypt day tours.The...More

    Date of experience: April 2018
    5  Thank Nicholas S
    Reviewed April 10, 2018

    Impressive!! There are 3 different 'rides' into it - each one only going so far: horses, a rickshaw or a camel.

    Date of experience: October 2017
    3  Thank 496barbaraz
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