02.07.2024
2 min.

Lost amidst the rugged Jordanian desert sands lies Petra, a city carved from the rose-red sandstone cliffs. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, often nicknamed the “eighth wonder of the world,” is a captivating testament to the ingenuity and artistry of the ancient Nabataeans. Prepare to be awestruck as we explore the history, secrets, and must-see sights of this extraordinary archeological marvel. 

A Journey Through Time: 

The Nabataeans, a nomadic Arab tribe, established Petra around the 1st century BC. They transformed the unforgiving desert landscape into a thriving trade hub, strategically located along caravan routes. Their architectural skill is evident in the elaborate facades, intricate carvings, and hydraulic engineering marvels that brought water to the arid city. Petra’s prosperity continued under Roman rule, but by the 7th century AD, it was gradually abandoned and remained hidden to the Western world for centuries. 

Rediscovering the Rose City: 

In 1812, Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt rediscovered Petra, captivating the world with tales of a “rose-red city half as old as time.” Since then, Petra has become a pilgrimage site for archaeologists, historians, and travelers alike. As you explore the city, imagine the bustling markets, religious ceremonies, and everyday life that unfolded within these ancient walls. 

Unveiling Petra’s Wonders: 

  • The Siq: Your journey begins with a walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge that snakes its way for over a kilometer. Towering sandstone cliffs on either side create a dramatic entrance, heightening the anticipation of the wonders that lie ahead. 
  • The Treasury: Emerging from the Siq, you’ll be greeted by the awe-inspiring Treasury, also known as Al-Khazneh. This magnificent facade, intricately carved with figures and friezes, is believed to have been a royal tomb. 
  • The Monastery: Carved high up on the mountainside, the Monastery offers breathtaking views and even more intricate carvings. The climb to the top is challenging, but the reward is truly unforgettable. 
  • The Roman Theater: Dating back to the 1st century AD, this well-preserved theater is a testament to Roman influence on Petra. Imagine the crowds gathering here to watch plays and performances. 

Beyond the Main Attractions: 

  • The Royal Tombs: Explore the elaborate facades of the Royal Tombs, each a testament to the wealth and power of the Nabataean kings. 
  • The High Place of Sacrifice: Hike to the top of this mountain peak for panoramic views of the city and surrounding desert landscape. 

Experience the Magic of Petra by Night: 

For an unforgettable experience, consider attending Petra by Night. Held on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, this special event allows visitors to explore the Siq and Treasury illuminated by over 1,800 flickering candles. Imagine the warm light creating a magical atmosphere on the rose-colored sandstone, creating a truly amazing moment. As you walk through the Siq, Bedouin musicians fill the air with traditional music, further transporting you back in time. 

Planning Your Petra Adventure: 

  • The best time to visit: Spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November) offer pleasant temperatures. Summers can be scorching, while winters are mild but occasional rain can make navigating the Siq slippery. 
  • What to wear: Comfortable shoes are essential for walking on uneven terrain. Dress modestly, especially if visiting during Islamic holy months. Sun protection and a hat are recommended year-round. 
  • Getting There: Petra is located around 2.5 hours south of Amman, Jordan’s capital city.  

Petra: A Timeless Legacy 

A visit to Petra is an experience that transcends time. It’s a journey through history, a marvel of engineering, and a breathtaking display of artistic achievement. Whether you explore by day or experience the magic of Petra by Night, this rose-red city will leave you with lasting memories.  

 

Silvia P
Silvia P
2023-09-10
Fantastic tour with an Italian speaking guide We received an excellent service and support from zamantours. Our Italian-speaking guide, Abdullah, was outstanding: he gave us precise and comprehensive information about places and culture, he was highly flexible in the program and tireless in his work. He has been a reference for us throughout our trip. Also Yusef, the driver, was kind and flexible. All the personnel were always punctual and professional.
Paula S
Paula S
2023-07-27
Amazing experience It was a wonderful experience. Petra is an awesome place, breathless sunset at the Wadi Run desert, there are many archeological sites and significant religious places of the Bible.Floating on the Dead Sea was just incredible. Thanks to Ahmed, our tour guide, he's really professional and kind, with a great sense of humor and Samir, excelent and safety driver, both of them are the best advicers in Jordan.
Alberto D
Alberto D
2023-07-01
Best experience in Jordan We enjoyed one week touring Amman, Jerash, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. The sites were extraordinary, the guide Fadl very competent and the driver Samir very kind. Hotels were first class, people always very friendly. Food very appreciated.
Maclain N
Maclain N
2023-06-13
Skip the Petra by Night experience. Don’t be tricked into doing Petra by night. We saw it last night on 6/12/23 The production value is horrible and the show is really short. Basically by the time you hike down the show is over within 30 min and it is not lit well. The city of Petra is amazing by day and the donkey ride to the monastery was the an incredible experience but I would NOT recommend the night experience.
Deepan P
Deepan P
2023-06-04
1-week trip to Jordan Excellent organization, accomodation, and meals. Our driver Hisham is very knowledgeable, great communication and attitude that made our trip memorable. Hisham is a very safe driver, took us often on interesting side routes, and made extra effort to show as much of Jordan as he could in the time we had. He is punctual, and checked on our accomodations and visits. Hisham cares deeply about Jordan and his guests
John Moorcraft
John Moorcraft
2023-04-18
Family Holiday with 5yr old expertly delivered. We booked our holiday for our five year old through Zaman and couldn’t have been happier. Everything around booking was painless and easy. All airport procedures were a breeze and they fast track you through immigration. We were out of the airport with all luggage within 15mins of landing! Our driver, Sayall, was outstanding with my daughter and ensured she was the focal point of the whole trip. First class. I would strongly recommend the Hilton in the Dead Sea if you have young children. Very friendly and great swimming pool. The Labdmark Hotel in Amman also good for kids and 100pct do the children’s museum. Our kid loved camel riding in Wadi Rum and found Petra fascinating (she climbed up to the high place of sacrifice). She enjoyed snorkelling as well. I’d caution against the Intercontinental in Aqaba. The policies there on swimming pool access work against 5-10yr olds. I’d look elsewhere there given the pricing structure. Overall, if you want to go to Jordan (and you should) and you want to travel with young children then Zaman will have you sorted. Top agency and it really worked for us.
fabrizio g
fabrizio g
2023-04-06
Grazie Sam! Grazie Mohammad Saleem ci hai guidato attraverso la Giordania con professionalità competenza simpatia sempre molto attento alle nostre esigenze. Lo abbiamo molto apprezzato
Cheri R
Cheri R
2023-03-05
Terrific value, tremendous fun Samanta of ZamanTours, whom we accessed through KimKim, was honestly fantastic. She planned our itinerary around our dates and requests, got us luxury hotels and meals, and best of all--arranged for driver/guide Hamdi Das. We were able to contact her anytime and she was immediately responsive (we made an error and she was able to help us rectify it--cheerfully!). All communications were clear and easy--fantastic Hamdi accompanied us to every entrance (even hotels) and made sure there was never a problem. We had 6 terrific days in Jordan, and are so completely happy. On our flight home, we talked with others who had used a luxury tour group and our experiences were hugely better --at half their price! We highly recommend Samanta at Zaman Tours and Hamdi, guide/driver-extraodinaire.
Carmelo L
Carmelo L
2023-03-05
Amazing tour of Jordan Dear Zamantours, We would thank you for the quality of the service provided us during our travel in Jordan. We were very happy for the assistance we got at the Airport and especially for the professional driver Mr. J. Al Z. who has safely and kindly driven us for the entire week across Jordan A special thanks for our tourist guide Mr.M. Al-S. that made an excellent job explaining us a lot of things about Jordan History and beeing available for each of our need. Thank a lot for your great work Kind regards Carmelo & Fiorella
Peter Tass
Peter Tass
2023-02-23
Petra once in a lifetime tour Zayed was extremely helpful. Beautiful waiter. He attended to us all the time. And the cocktails were very well priced.