Petra – “The Rose-red city of Petra.. . ”
Petra, the world wonder, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
– Wadi Rum is everything you’d expect of a quintessential desert: it is extreme in summer heat and winter cold; it is violent and moody as the sun slices through chiselled siqs (canyons) at dawn or melts the division between rock and sand at dusk; it is exacting on the Bedouin who live in it and vengeful on those who ignore its dangers
Day One: Dead Sea – Petra Visit - Petra / overnight
After breakfast, transfer from Dead Sea to south of Jordan to visit of Petra the capital of the ancient Nabatean kingdom. The long-lost city of Petra, carved entirely by man into the rose-red sandstone rocks, puts your imagination to the test. It’s a mystic and glorious place, an eternal tribute to a lost civilization. . Petra was the central meeting point of the Nabatean spice routes. This is originated from the Persian Gulf, Western Arabia and the Red Sea. About two thousand years ago Petra became the capital of the Nabatean Empire. The city was so renowned that one of its kings, Arêtes IV, is even mentioned in the Bible. The natural richness of the mountainous area combines in a superb way with the refined culture and massive architecture of the Nabatean, who carved their theatre, temples, façades, tombs, monasteries, houses and roads entirely into the rose-red sandstone rocks. No wonder UNESCO placed Petra on its World Heritage List. One enters Petra by passing the Siq, a deep and narrow gorge, at the end of which all of a sudden dramatically appears the most famous monument in Petra: al-Khazneh or the Treasury and (Monastry:Hidden high in the hills, the Monastery is one of the legendary monuments of Petra. Similar in design to the Treasury but far bigger (50m wide and 45m high), it was built in the 3rd century BC as a Nabatean tomb. It derives its name from the crosses carved on the inside walls, suggestive of its use as a church in Byzantine times. The ancient rock-cut path of more than 800 steps starts from the Nabatean Museum and follows the old processional route) after visit back to the hotel for dinner and overnight
After breakfast ,drive to the wonderful desert Wadi Rum to do 2hr jeep safari sunrise to experience a journey to another world, a silent and timeless place where you will be dwarfed to insignificance. ‘Vast, echoing and Godlike’, that’s how Lawrence of Arabia described the uniquely shaped massive mountains rise out of the rose-red desert sand, and then transfer to Aqaba free to enjoy sun, swimming and snorkeling and shopping (Aqaba: the only Jordan Port situated in the depth of Aqaba Golf, and occupied the reserved extremity of Wadi Araba. Aqaba was till today an important intersection for the commercial roads. More than its functions as a port, Aqaba become a principal touristic attraction pole, and recently established as free zone then check in at the hotel then dinner and overnight