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Petra, Jordan

Petra and The Kings Highway

The King’s Highway is a most ancient route of great historical and religious significance. It winds its way through forested highlands, open farmland plateaus, deep ravines, the edge of the eastern desert, and the warm tropical Gulf of Aqaba.

Lining both sides of this thoroughfare is a rich chain of archaeological and religious sites – prehistoric villages from the Stone Age, biblical towns, Crusader castles, some of the finest early Christian Byzantine mosaics in the Middle East, early Islamic towns, and the rock-cut Nabataean capital of Petra.

Undoubtedly the highlight of any trip to Jordan and now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. From here they dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia, levying tolls and sheltering caravans laden with Indian spices and silks, African ivory and animal hides.

The Garden Hall, Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan

The Magic of Petra

The kingdom endured for centuries and became widely admired for its refined culture, beautiful architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels. By the 16th century, however, Petra was completely lost to the western world and remained so for 300 years until it was rediscovered by a Swiss traveller in 1812. Today you can see literally hundreds of buildings, facades, tombs, baths, funerary halls and temples. Our selection of elite guides will make your experience of this impressive sight, one of the most memorable experiences of your visit to Jordan.

Experiences

King’s Highway

Drive along the King’s Highway dropping down into Wadi Mujib — Jordan’s Grand Canyon.

Petra Monastery

Hike the 850 steps up to the monastery. Built in the 3rd century BCE as a Nabataean tomb, the monastery is one of the legendary monuments of Petra.

Crusader Castles

Visit the Crusader castles of Karak and Shobak on the King’s Highway.

Petra

Rise early and visit Petra just as the sun comes up with beautiful views without the crowds.

Mount Nebo and Madaba

Visit the ancient Christian sites of Mount Nebo and Madaba, home to a beautiful 6th-century mosaic.

Cooking Lesson

Join in an interactive cookery session before dining on your creation.

Petra by Night

Explore the site of Petra both during the day and at night when it is all lit by candles.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Feynan Eco Lodge £££££

  • Jordan

Located in the heart of the Dana Valley Reserve, Feynan Eco Lodge is a charming retreat that really offers the chance to escape the trappings of modern day life and immerse yourself in Bedouin culture and beautiful mountain terrain. The hotel is solar powered and the 26 guestrooms are simple but comfortable. Some have private terraces which make the most of the views. At night the hotel transforms into a vision in candlelight and the rooftop terrace makes the perfect spot from which to enjoy the night skies, unpolluted by artificial light. Staff at the hotel are from local communities and the candles used at the hotel are all made on site by local women.

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Movenpick Resort Petra £££££

  • Jordan

Located at the entrance to the site of Petra, the Movenpick Resort combines Arabic and oriental styles with beautiful mosaic features and original antiques and artwork throughout. Some of the 183 rooms have balconies and some have views of the mountains or pool. For the ultimate view over the site of Petra, request the Royal Suite. The hotel includes a wellness centre with indoor pool, steam bath and gym plus several restaurants and bars.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Tom Frost

Having travelled to different parts of the world over the years it never ceases to amaze me how you constantly learn and evolve from the adventures you experience. I adore working in an environment where I can share my passion for the world and discuss fascinating stories both from my experiences and that of our clients. In the past year I’ve delved into the wintery beauty of St Petersburg, trekked through the colourful desert in Jordan and sailed down the iconic Nile in Egypt.
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Katie Benden

The excitement of travelling the world has always hugely appealed. Largely cemented from my first solo trip to Egypt and the Middle East. The crazy hustle and bustle of Cairo was a huge assault on the senses, scrambling through the claustrophobic tunnels of the Great pyramid took me out of my comfort zone and I was left humbled by the warm hospitality of the Nubian people in Aswan as we shared dinner together.
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