-Situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and inhabited since prehistoric times, the rock-cut capital city of the Nabateans, became during Hellenistic and Roman times a major caravan centre for the incense of Arabia, the silks of China and the spices of India, a crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. An ingenious water management system allowed extensive settlement of an essentially arid area during the Nabataean, Roman and Byzantine periods. It is one of the world's richest and largest archaeological sites set in a dominating red sandstone landscape.
- Pick up around 1 am from hotel then heading to taba . to take our ferry to Aqaba tthen transfer to Petra by air conditioned bus
- Walk through the Canyon of Siq :
We start the tour on foot through the Canyon, a narrow winding gorge over 1 kilometer in length , one of the reasons why Petra was such an attractive site for the Nabateans is its virtual hiding behind a narrow ans easily defensible canyon known by the Siq
-Visit Alkhazenah or the treasury of the pharaoh :
As you come to the end of the beautiful ravine, a very narrow opening offers a peephole to one of the most spectacular in Petra. carved out of the sand stone mountain face probably in the first century BC, Scholars debate as to it's actual function .
-Visit the Roman theater & The royal tombs :
The roman theater which dates back to the Byzantine period . visit to the royal tombs Not a lot is known about the ancient culture of the Nabateans, except that they were excellent engineers with amazing skill and craft .they built water conservation and irrigation systems and carved their homes, temples and toms right out of the rocks.
-Visit of Al Habis Fort :
Afterward we continue our tour to the hill of Al-Habis fort which dates back to the crusaders times. for a breathtaking panoramic view of deep gullies and uniquely colored rock formations
-Back to Sharm El Sheikh :
Drive back to Aqaba , one our free time for shopping, then take a ferry to taba , then transfer to sharm to your hotel.