Al-Khazneh Petra

Destination

Petra Holidays

Jordan's greatest treasure

Jordan’s most iconic site. UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wonder of the World. Setting of Indianna Jones. Petra can claim to all of these titles and many more.

The rose city sits in the south of the country and is less than a three-hour drive from the capital city of Amman. It’s without a doubt one of the top must see sites when visiting the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Its awe inspiring architecture carved entirely into the face of the surrounding cliffs has fascinated people from across the world for over 2,000 years.

Petra was originally built as a stop on the trading routes that stretch across the Middle East, from China to Rome. However, Petra quickly became a notable city in its own right. Inhabited by the Nabateans, Edomites and Romans, it harnessed the knowledge and skills of these civilisations to become the wonder that it is today.

It flourished in the Roman era – caravans laden with incense, silks, spices, and other exotic goods attracted visitors from far and wide. The local Nabateans grew wealthy with proceeds from trading taxes imposed on the markets. And with the expansion of the theatre, aquifers, and infrastructure, Petra quickly became a key city in the region.

After a series of devastating earthquakes, the city was abandoned in about 550AD. It lay untouched and forgotten for over 1,200 years until a Swiss traveller, Johann Ludkig Burckhardt, rediscovered the great city in 1812 while in disguised in Arabian clothing.

Today Petra is a key part of any Jordanian tour and attracts visitors from across the world. The notable features such as the Treasury and the Monastery have become an icon of Jordan across the world. 

Essential Information
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  • Time Zone GMT +3 hours
  • Currency JOD - Jordanian Dinar
  • Visa Information British passport holders are required to purchase a visa on arrival in US dollars or Jordanian dinar
  • Language Arabic, however English is widely spoken
  • Flight Time 5 hours direct flight from London Heathrow to Amman
  • Health Information No special vaccines are required or recommended for travel to Jordan.

Top Tips from our Experts

Zoe

Senior Destination Manager

If you like hiking, you have to trek to the Monastery. It’s only about an hour and a half walking time, but it’s over uneven ground, so wear your walking boots. The spectacular site of it is worth the time to get there. It’s over 50 metres high and completely hand carved, you won’t be disappointed.

Charlotte

Destination Specialist

If you’re staying the night in Petra, the Mövenpick Resort Petra sits directly opposite the entrance to the Petra site – you couldn’t get a more central location.

Take a trip to the Petra Kitchen for an awesome cooking class. You learn some great recipes and then get to feast on what you have cooked. The staff are great and really make an effort to make the evening memorable for you.

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