We start by picking you up from your location in Aqaba/Eilat Border/Aqaba Port by our English-speaking drivers in new air-conditioned vehicles. We head north, stopping en route for an Arabic coffee or tea. On arriving in the town of Wadi Musa, we will take you to the entrance to the Petra archaeological site. If you want to rent a local guide, our driver can assist you with this. From here you can walk to the Siq (Bab al-Siq), or optionally make the trek to the start of the Siq by horse, which is included if you so desire in your entrance fee to Petra. The walk itself typically takes just about 10 minutes, and you will pass the Obelisk Tomb and Bab As-Siq Triclinium.
Navigating your way through the 1,200 meter-long Siq itself usually takes about half an hour, but this depends on how much you would like to explore (as there are Nabataean artifacts strewn along the way, including remnants of their ancient engravings and water system). You will also be introduced to some of the imagery of their locally-worshiped gods. When you have completed this walk throughout the Siq, you will come face to face with the historic Treasury, or “Khazne” of Petra, famed most recently for its cameo appearance in the Steven Spielberg blockbuster film, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.”
From here, you can continue on to the Greco-Roman Theatre of Petra, and down the cardo, the “colonnaded” or “main street” of Petra, heading toward Qasr al Bint, the Paradesios, the Great Temple, the ancient Roman shops, and finally the Temenos Gateway. Next, you’ll have a couple of hours to explore on your own. If you are feeling fit, or brave enough to use the donkeys, you can climb the steps to the Monastery. En route to the Monastery is another site worth seeing, the Lion Triclinium or “Lion’s Tomb.” It is thus named due to the two eroded lion carvings situated on either side of its doorway. It is thought that this was originally a room where funeral banquets occurred. Having reached the Monastery, after taking a break, we definitely recommend continuing for the extra 200-300 meters following the signs to “the end of the world”, “the sacrifice view”, “the best view this way”, for a great view towards the Negev.
Besides the Monastery, there are numerous other sites to see, including the Temple of the Winged Lion, the Ridge Church and the Blue Church and the Royal Tombs (Urn Tomb; Silk Tomb; Corinthian Tomb; Palace Tomb and the Tomb of Sextius Florentinus). If you do make it to the Tomb of Sextius Florentius, there are steps here leading up to a great view overlooking the Treasury (allow one hour for this). One of the most spectacular panoramic views which we also suggest is from the High Place of Sacrifice. Located just beyond the Treasury, a steep but exhilarating hike will bring you to the well-preserved High Place, where the Nabataeans offered sacrifice to their gods. This can be also accessed via a back path starting from Qasr al Bint, and leading past the Roman Soldier’s Tomb and the Garden Temple Complex.
Please return to the entrance gate to meet your driver at 4:00 PM. Please note, it can take one hour to walk from the Basin Restaurant back to the entrance gate.
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