‘Petra & Aqaba’

Combining one of the ‘New 7 Wonders of the World’ with a Red Sea sojourn

In brief: Petra – 4 nights; Aqaba – 3 nights

Day 1 Fly from London Gatwick to Aqaba and transfer to Petra for four nights.

Day 2 A full-day excursion to the Nabataean city of Petra. On foot through the ‘Siq’ to the Treasury, then to the Street of Façades, the Theatre, Royal Tombs, Colonnaded Street, Byzantine church, the Temple, Monumental Arch, Qasr el-Bint Faroun and perhaps the climb up to the Monastery, el-Deir.

Day 3 Return to Petra for a morning walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice. Afternoon free. A drink at the Nabataean Cave Bar has been arranged. Optional ‘Petra by Night’ excursion.

Day 4 An optional morning excursion to Little Petra. Optional afternoon excursion to Shobak Castle and to view the Dana Nature Reserve at sunset.

Day 5 Travel to Aqaba for three nights. An optional excursion on the ‘Yellow Submarine’, a ‘see-through’ semi-submersible viewing the marine splendours of the Red Sea and Coral Reserve.

Day 6 An optional Red Sea cruise to Pharaoh’s Island includes a barbecue lunch, tour of the fort and option to snorkel.

Day 7 An optional afternoon excursion to Wadi Rum includes a 90-minute four-wheel drive and dinner in a Bedouin tent with local musicians.

Day 8 Return flight.

 

Optional Excursions

Petra by Night £19
This exclusive optional arrangement reveals the magical ‘rose-red’ city by the light of a thousand candles. After listening under the stars to Bedouin stories and music at the Treasury, walk through the heart of Petra to enjoy dinner at Petra’s only restaurant (about two miles of walking, in stages, over sometimes uneven ground with return to hotel by bus).

 

Little Petra £18
Drive to Siq el-Barid (Little Petra) located close to the main site. This is Petra in miniature with a modest gorge but wonderful rock-cut temples, caves and multi-coloured rockfaces and, being less-visited, it has an atmosphere all of its own.

 

Wadi Rum (half-day) £42
Drive to Wadi Rum, where you will take a 4-wheel drive open-top jeep* through the desert. Carry on driving past majestic mountains, explore a gorge and see ancient rock drawings. Watch the sun set over the desert mountain scenery. After dark drive to a Bedouin camp for dinner and enjoy Bedouin singing and music around a camp fire. *Please be advised that the jeeps have no seatbelts and are not suitable for anyone with a bad back.

 

Yellow Submarine £25
"The Coral Whispers" is the first see-through boat (semi-submersible) in the region, which allows participants to see some of the Red Sea's underwater treasures and the magical beauty of the Coral Reserved Area via a window in a cabin three metres under the waters' surface.

 

Red Sea Cruise £29
Red Sea yacht excursion to Pharaoh's Island includes a barbecue lunch, tour of the fort and option to snorkel (charge).

 

Shobak Castle and Dana Reserve £28
An optional afternoon excursion to Shobak castle, then the Dana Nature Reserve at sunset.

 

 

Desert paramours Trek and Travel, Petra - Jordan

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