Petra

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Explore an amazing sandstone canyon and marvel at the towering façades and tombs of this long-lost Jordanian city, one of the “New” Seven Wonders of the World.

Petra is the mysterious long-lost capital of the Nabatean Kingdom, once a major trading hub in the Middle East. Impressive for its tombs, churches and theaters carved out of its steep canyon walls, the archeological site obtained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985.

With many details lost in the mists of time, it is now commonly assumed that Petra dates from around 4th century B.C. Appreciate its mysterious appeal as you wander through the narrow, natural passageway named “The Siq.” This ancient entrance is a long chasm in the rock that opens up to reveal The Treasury, the most famous of all the sights in Petra. The overall effect is like a curtain being lifted for a spectacular show, especially during the Petra By Night tour with candles.

Take your time to study the details of The Treasury, carved out of the solid sandstone canyon wall. Standing 128 feet (39 meters) high and 83 feet (25 meters) wide, this rock face building is nothing less than impressive, especially since it is over 2,000 years old.

As the canyon widens, the sight of the Nabatean tombs in the Street of Façades is another marvel. Soon, the curved expanse of The Theater appears. Imagine the labor involved in creating this vast amphitheater, designed to hold 4,000 people.

As you progress through the canyon, more and more amazing structures appear. Royal tombs display weathered, detailed ornaments and The Great Temple hugs the hillside. Towards the end, there is one more ancient masterpiece carved out of a conical mountain peak: The Monastery. After climbing the huge stone staircase, enjoy the magnificent views.

Petra is next to the town of Wadi Musa. The archeological complex is open daily and entry fees apply. The on-site Petra Visitor Center has an informative museum, included in the ticket price. Guided tours, horse-and-carriage trips and donkey or camel rides cost extra.

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Top Hotels Close to Petra

Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
3.5 out of 5
Little Petra, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Province
The price is $92 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Situated in the mountains, this holiday park is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra and 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Petra Visitor Center.
4.4/5Wonderful! (35 reviews)
"Just Fabulous! With the travel restrictions that are in place, every business is struggling! This place is amazing and I hope you will choose to support this business! The Dinner was 10JD and it was outstanding! Highly suggest you have dinner under the stars. The beds are soft and comfortable."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2021

Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $147 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
This family-friendly Wadi Musa resort is located in the historical district, just steps from Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Djinn Blocks and Street of Facades ...
4.3/5Excellent! (772 reviews)
"Location, Swiss efficiency, food all good. Rooms beginning to show signs of wear but overall much enjoyed."

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Movenpick Resort Petra
Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $149 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within 15 ...
4.4/5Excellent! (242 reviews)
"Best location, very good hospitality. Besides, "Cave bar" is worth drinking there."

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2021

Petra Guest House
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Relaxing Oasis Villa
Relaxing Oasis Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jordan-Petra, Taybeh Street, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is $38 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Relaxing Oasis Villa
Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $147 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Movenpick Resort Petra
Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $149 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
Petra Guest House
Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
3.5 out of 5
Little Petra, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Province
The price is $92 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Seven Wonders Luxury Camp
Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
The price is $140 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Petra Marriott Hotel
Edom Hotel
Edom Hotel
3 out of 5
Historical Area, Tourism Street, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $53 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Edom Hotel
Petra Bed & Breakfast
Petra Bed & Breakfast
2.5 out of 5
Petra, Wadi Musa
Petra Bed & Breakfast
Petra view hostel
Petra view hostel
2 out of 5
Edge of Umm Sayhoun Village, Wadi Musa
The price is $92 per night from Sep 29 to Sep 29
Petra view hostel
P Quattro Relax Hotel
P Quattro Relax Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Wadi Musa City Center, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $103 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 1
P Quattro Relax Hotel
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