Petra: One of the Seven Wonders

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PETRA: The Icon of The Rose-Red City

The city of Petra, capital of the Nabataean Arabs, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, it is Located 240 km south of the capital Amman and 120 km north of the red sea town of Aqaba, Petra the world wonder is undoubtedly Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction, and it is visited by tourists from all over the world.

It is not known precisely when Petra was built, but the city began to prosper as the capital of the Nabataean Empire from the 1st century BC, which grew rich through trade in frankincense, myrrh, and spices.

Petra was later annexed to the Roman Empire and continued to thrive until a large earthquake in 363 AD destroyed much of the city in the 4th century AD. The earthquake combined with changes in trade routes, eventually led to the downfall of the city which was ultimately abandoned.

By the middle of the 7th century Petra appears to have been largely deserted and it was then lost to all except local Bedouin from the area.

In 1812 a Swiss explorer named Johannes Burckhardt set out to ‘rediscover’ Petra; he dressed up as an Arab and convinced his Bedouin guide to take him to the lost city, After this, Petra became increasingly known in the West as a fascinating and beautiful ancient city, and it began attracting visitors and  continues to do so today.

Petra is also known as the rose-red city, a name it gets from the wonderful colour of the rock from which many of the city’s structures were carved. The Nabataeans buried their dead in intricate tombs that were cut out of the mountain sides and the city also had temples, a theater, and following the Roman annexation and later the Byzantine influence, a colonnaded street and churches.

In addition to the magnificent remains of the Nabataean city, human settlement and land use for over 10,000 years can be traced in Petra, where great natural, cultural, archaeological and geological features merge.

On December 6, 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage Site,, also Petra was chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the 28 places you should visit in your life time


Salient Features:

  • Hotel Accommodation 3*** and 4****
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
  • VISA and Taxes
  • All days Sightseeing by A/C Coach
  • Entry fees and English speaking guide

Cost Excludes:

  • Air Tickets
  • Overseas Travel Insurance Policy (Premium amount is age specific)
  • Mineral Water and any item of personal nature are not included in the cost.

Additional information

Day 1

Grand welcome at the Queen Alia International Airport, Amman by Fellowship representative – Transfer to the hotel in Amman – Check in the hotel – Rest and lunch at the hotel – then drive to Madaba , It is a wonderfully vivid, 6th century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. It has two million pieces of colored stone and a full 25×6 meters in its original state- most of which still can be seen .Clearly visible on the remarkably detailed map are Jerusalem ,the Dead Sea, the Jordan River, Jericho, Nablus, Hebron , the Nile Delta in Egypt and southern Lebanon. Then drive to Monte Nebo you will be able to rest on the natural balcony chosen by God for his prophet “Moses” to contemplate the Promised Land since it is the same site of Moses’ view of the Holy Land more than 3000 years ago. Although there is no actual tomb of Moses and the exact burial place is unknown; this is the same mount and surrounding area where Lord God Himself gave Moses burial. Mount Nebo became a place of pilgrimage for early Christians from Jerusalem. Mt. Nebo offers a fantastic view westward, with a vista that includes the Dead Sea, the West Bank, the Jordan River, and , on a clear day, Bethlehem and Jerusalem – return to Amman hotel – Dinner and overnight at Amman Hotel

Day 2

After breakfast – drive to Petra – Full day visiting the rose-red city known as Sela in the Bible and lost to the world for five centuries until it was rediscovered in 1812. Enter Petra on horseback through a narrow gorge carved in the sandstone and opening on the stunning view of the Treasury, made famous in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom”. Visit the palace, the High Palaces and the Roman-Style Palace Tomb – Dinner and overnight at Petra Hotel

Day 3

Breakfast – Check out – Drive to Amman


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