About Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I purchase shore excursions on this website?

A: Yes, most Seabourn shore excursions can be purchased in advance online once you have booked your cruise and know your itinerary. To purchase a shore excursion online, click the Find Shore Excursions link above.

Q: Do I have to buy the shore excursions online?

A: No. Purchasing a shore excursion online provides immediate confirmation. You can also contact us by phone to purchase tours from our Destination Specialists by calling 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187. You can also purchase excursions after boarding your ship. Space is limited, so book early for the best selection.

Q: Can I purchase tours for both myself and my companion?

A: Yes, you can purchase tours online for all guests on the booking.

Q: How do I know which tours are right for me?

A: Excursion descriptions are marked with various symbols to indicate the amount and difficulty of walking, as well as occasional special interest content. In addition, specific information about restrictions or suggested cautions is included in the tour descriptions. Once you are on board, the Tour Manager can help you assess the suitability of a specific tour in a personal consultation.

Q: What if I need to cancel my excursion?

A: We understand plans change. However, last minute cancellations can result in costs to us or to our third party service providers. Cancellations of shore excursions, spa services or gift orders made more than three days prior to embarkation will be fully refunded; cancellations made onboard or within the three day window prior to embarkation may be subject a cancellation fee. Cancellation fees for certain shore excursions may be up to one hundred percent (100%) of the shore excursion price, depending on the shore excursion. For onboard cancellations of shore excursions, therefore, please speak with the Shore Excursion department onboard for the actual cancellation fee amount. Cancellations of spa services within twenty-four hours of the appointment are subject to a fifty percent (50%) cancellation fee. All cancellations made onboard will be refunded in the form of onboard credit, regardless of whether the purchase was made by a guest or a third party.

Q: What if I want to do two tours in the same day?

A: In many ports, it is possible to do two tours in the same day. However we recommend that you confirm with a destination specialist at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 at the time you are booking your excursion. If there is a time conflict, you will be able to select the tour you prefer.

Q: What if I want to do something that’s not offered on a tour?

A: In most ports Seabourn's staff, both ashore and on board, are capable of arranging a wide range of individualized activities. You can make your custom request by calling us at 800-984-3225 or +1 206-626-9187 and speaking with one of our Destination Specialists to arrange your experience before you sail. Our hours of operation are 6am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday 8am-3:30pm (Pacific Standard Time).

Q: What if a tour is cancelled?

A: If Seabourn cancels a tour due to safety, security of other conditions beyond our control a full refund will credited to your onboard account.

Q: Is it customary to extend gratuities to local tour guides?

A: Yes. Seabourn tour prices do not include gratuities for guides, drivers and other tour operator staff.

Petra: Hidden Treasure of the Ancient World : A UNESCO Partner Tour

Approximately 9 Hours
Considerable Walking 
Discovery Tour

UNESCO World Heritage Site

A scenic two-hour drive takes you from the pier in Aqaba to the Petra Visitor Center, located in Wadi Musa. Either on the motor coach on the drive to Petra or on the return drive to Aqaba, your experience will be enriched by an expert lecturer highly specialized in the history and culture of Petra.

Lost to the desert for centuries, Petra is one of the most spectacular sites of antiquity. This rose-hued city carved out of solid sandstone is the legacy of the Nabataeans -- an industrious Arabian people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered a new Wonder of the World, enchanting visitors from all corners of the globe. The area was lost to all but nomadic Bedouins until 1812, and not until 1929 did excavation of the site begin.

Upon arrival at this amazing site, proceed on foot to the mile-long siq -- a narrow gorge whose steeply rising sides all but obliterate the sun, providing a dramatic contrast for the magic to come. Share the amazement of travelers who have gone before you, as you reach the end of the canyon walls and catch your first glimpse of the immense and iconic Treasury building with its towering columns and intricate carvings. The Petra basin boasts more than 800 individual monuments, including buildings, tombs, baths, funerary halls, temples, arched gateways, and colonnaded streets, that were carved from the brilliantly-colored sandstone by the technical and artistic genius of its inhabitants.

Celebrate your adventure over a buffet lunch of Arabian and Western foods at a leading hotel nearby, before returning to Aqaba.

Please note: Tour requires considerable walking. There is a strenuous walk into and out of the Petra site along an inclined path that includes slippery and unpaved surfaces. The walking at Petra itself is mostly level. Total walking distance is up to five miles with only two benches along the way. Temperatures are high. Shade is limited; please dress accordingly. Bring a hat and wear sunscreen. While there are a limited number of carriages, camels and donkeys available at Petra for transportation, they are available 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 ride. 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. Not advisable for guests using a wheelchair or for those with mobility limitations. Participants should be in good physical condition; 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.