Aqaba (for Petra), Jordan
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Approximately 13 Hours
Lost to the desert for centuries, Petra is one of the most spectacular sites of antiquity. A rose-hued city carved out of solid sandstone, Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans -- an industrious Arabian people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, enchanting visitors from all corners of the globe.
Explore on foot, with your guide, this marvelous city that was lost to all but nomadic Bedouins until 1812. Excavations of the site began in 1929 -- today it's your turn to unearth the extraordinary.
Continue exploring the bizarre and intriguing desert landscapes of Jordan, following in the footsteps of British adventurer T.E. Lawrence. The afternoon's adventure begins with a one-hour drive to the famous Wadi Rum. This is the location of the 1920s Arab Revolt championed by Lawrence. Meet up with a Bedouin family and hop into a four-wheel-drive vehicle to forge your way into the Valley of the Moon, passing through some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. The bumps you encounter on your one-hour ride will be well rewarded with dramatic vistas of desert dunes, wind-sculpted hills and striking rock formations.
Please note: Please realistically assess your physical fitness and ability prior to booking, as the walk is uphill, over unpaved, rough walking tracks with many steps. Not suitable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Temperatures are high -- easily 105° at Petra. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring water and a hat, and wear sunscreen. While there are a limited number of carriages, camels and donkeys available at Petra for transportation (at your own expense), they are strictly on a first-come, first-served basis and their use is in no way encouraged as they are not insured. If you choose to take the horse-drawn carriage, you do so at your own risk and there will be no narration during the bumpy ride that ends at the Treasury Building. Your carriage driver will schedule a meeting time with you in front of the Treasury Building for the return. Expect delays; 20 minutes late is not considered late in Jordan. Guests wishing to arrange for a carriage ride must do so directly with their guide and pay the guide, not the carriage driver. Even if you engage a carriage or service animal, you must still travel on foot over uneven and inclined terrain in order to completely view the site. No guest is obliged to stay with the guided tour; guests who they feel they cannot continue (taking into consideration the return walk) can leave the group and return to the entrance on their own.