Petra is one of the most famous UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the world, and occupies one of the top spots on many a bucket list. The 'Rose-Red City' is absolute must-see when visiting Jordan. The site, which is over 2,000 years old, has been occupied by various civilisations throughout the centuries. The city is half-built and half-carved into the hillsides, which conceal colourful caves.


Petra was established by the Nabateans, acting as an important stop on the caravan trading crossroad between Asia, Arabia and Europe. The city was once home to an estimated 30,000 people, but after the necessity of caravan routes began to fade with the increase of sea travel, and an earthquake destroyed many of the buildings, Petra was abandoned. The only visitors to the site for hundreds of years were nomadic Bedouin tribes, and the ruins soon became nothing more than rumour to the outside world.    

However in 1812, after hearing the rumours of an ancient city hidden within the depths of Jordan, Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt decided to investigate. Disguised as an Arab scholar, and already fluent in Arabic, Burckhardt devised a ruse, claiming he had vowed to make a sacrifice at the resting place of the Prophet Haroun, which was said to be in the ancient city. This was enough to secure him a local guide, and so Burckhardt was able to enter Petra, where he was astonished by the ruins and dramatic scenery. However his ruse was uncovered, and so Burckhardt was forced to make a rather swift exit, with official excavations of Petra only starting over a century later.

Whilst the entirety of the Petra site is extraordinary, the most well-known sites are the Siq, the winding canyon featured in 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', The Treasury, which is the first historical building within the site, and The Monastery, a huge carved temple reached by 800 steps.  



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Exceptional Jordan and Oman

Exceptional Jordan and Oman

Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Dead Sea, Muscat & Jebel Akhdar

Explore the wonders of Arabia with this balanced itinerary, covering highlights of Jordan and Oman from the rose-red city of Petra to the sparkling gold of Muscat's Grand Mosque. This is the Middle East at its finest.

Couples Adventure Beach

SGD $13,700 pp

9 nights
Ultimate Jordan

Ultimate Jordan

Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

This classic tour brings together all of Jordan’s remarkable highlights, including Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. With a fairly relaxed pace, this is a great itinerary for both couples and families.

Couples Adventure Spa & health

SGD $8,700 pp

7 nights
Family Fun in Jordan

Family Fun in Jordan

Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

This short and action packed family adventure to Jordan is the perfect opportunity to mix soft adventure in a country that stimulates the imagination and offers so much more than a week in a beach hotel.

Adventure Couples Eco/ethical tourism Short Break

SGD $5,400 pp

7 nights
Imagine Jordan

Imagine Jordan

Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

Dive into the amazing history and culture of this incredible Kingdom. Enjoy mouth watering cuisine and enjoy Jordanian hospitality throughout this trip. From Amman visit iconic sights such as the Roman ruins at Jerash, and then travelling south to the Red Rose city of Petra and the unique landscape of Wadi Rum before ending with a few days...

Adventure Culture

SGD $4,600 pp

11 nights
Active Jordan

Active Jordan

Amman, Dana, Feynan, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

One of the most magical experiences in Jordan is to get off the beaten track and into the more remote areas where you can meet Bedouins, trek through dramatic scenery and spend evenings underneath incredible starry skies.

Adventure Couples Culture Beach

SGD $8,100 pp

13 nights
Highlights of Egypt and Jordan

Highlights of Egypt and Jordan

Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Petra, Wadi Rum & Dead Sea

This wonderful itinerary brings together the magnificent highlights and local treasures of Egypt and Jordan. Sense a deep connection to these ancient lands as you get off the beaten track, following the trail of mighty Pharaohs and nomadic Bedouins.

Culture Cruise

SGD $10,500 pp

11 nights
Exceptional Jordan and Israel

Exceptional Jordan and Israel

Amman, Petra, Dead Sea, Jerusalem & Tel Aviv

Enjoy the unparalleled highlights of Jordan and Israel on this action-packed itinerary. With thousands of years of captivating history and incredible landscapes, this tour offers plenty of diversity from discovering ancient cities, to travelling through stunning desert scenery, exploring significant religious sites, and floating in the Dead Sea....

Adventure Couples Spa & health

SGD $19,400 pp

12 nights
Ultimate Israel and Jordan

Ultimate Israel and Jordan

Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Ngeve Desert, Petra & Amman

Discover the wonders of Israel and Jordan on a trip that combines important religious sites, inspiring landscapes, magical desert scenery and the saline waters of the Dead Sea, in an area steeped in history, culture and fabulous cuisine. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Middle East as you explore the incredible ruins of Petra,...

Adventure Couples Culture

SGD $23,100 pp

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