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Petra

Explore an amazing sandstone canyon and marvel at the towering façades and tombs of this long-lost Jordanian city, one of the “New” Seven Wonders of the World.

Petra is the mysterious long-lost capital of the Nabatean Kingdom, once a major trading hub in the Middle East. Impressive for its tombs, churches and theaters carved out of its steep canyon walls, the archeological site obtained UNESCO World Heritage status in 1985. 

With many details lost in the mists of time, it is now commonly assumed that Petra dates from around 4th century B.C. Appreciate its mysterious appeal as you wander through the narrow, natural passageway named “The Siq.” This ancient entrance is a long chasm in the rock that opens up to reveal The Treasury, the most famous of all the sights in Petra. The overall effect is like a curtain being lifted for a spectacular show, especially during the Petra By Night tour with candles.

Take your time to study the details of The Treasury, carved out of the solid sandstone canyon wall. Standing 128 feet (39 meters) high and 83 feet (25 meters) wide, this rock face building is nothing less than impressive, especially since it is over 2,000 years old. 

As the canyon widens, the sight of the Nabatean tombs in the Street of Façades is another marvel. Soon, the curved expanse of The Theater appears. Imagine the labor involved in creating this vast amphitheater, designed to hold 4,000 people.

As you progress through the canyon, more and more amazing structures appear. Royal tombs display weathered, detailed ornaments and The Great Temple hugs the hillside. Towards the end, there is one more ancient masterpiece carved out of a conical mountain peak: The Monastery. After climbing the huge stone staircase, enjoy the magnificent views. 

Petra is next to the town of Wadi Musa. The archeological complex is open daily and entry fees apply. The on-site Petra Visitor Center has an informative museum, included in the ticket price. Guided tours, horse-and-carriage trips and donkey or camel rides cost extra.

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Movenpick Resort Petra £171
Movenpick Resort Petra

Movenpick Resort Petra

Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Wadi Musa resort is located in the historical district, just steps away from Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Djinn Blocks and Street of Facades are also within 10 minutes.

    Petra Bubble Luxotel £231
    Petra Bubble Luxotel

    Petra Bubble Luxotel

    Little Petra Main Street Maan, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Wadi Musa, this tentalow is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra and within 6 miles (10 km) of The Treasury and High Place of Sacrifice. Great Temple and Byzantine Church are also within 6 miles (10 km).

      Petra Guest House £110
      Petra Guest House

      Petra Guest House

      Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within 15 minutes.

        Shaqilath Hotel £54
        Shaqilath Hotel

        Shaqilath Hotel

        Wadi Musa, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in the heart of Wadi Musa, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within 1 mile (2 km).

          La Maison Hotel Petra £63
          La Maison Hotel Petra

          La Maison Hotel Petra

          Tourism Stret, Petra, Wadi Musa
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            This family-friendly Wadi Musa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Djinn Blocks and Street of Facades are also within 15 minutes.

            Petra Marriott Hotel £93
            Petra Marriott Hotel

            Petra Marriott Hotel

            Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the historical district, this luxury hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Petra, Petra Visitor Center and Street of Facades. Djinn Blocks and Obelisk Tomb are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              Petra Boutique Hotel £98
              Petra Boutique Hotel

              Petra Boutique Hotel

              Tourism Street, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in Wadi Musa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within 15 minutes.

                Petra Sella Hotel £192
                Petra Sella Hotel

                Petra Sella Hotel

                Main Street, Tourist street, Petra, Wadi Musa
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Wadi Musa, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Moses' Spring and Petra. Petra Visitor Center and Street of Facades are also within 2 miles (3 km).