Day 7 & 8: Petra – Overnight in Petra
Depart Feynan and drive along the Wadi Namaleh road, boasting some of the most stunning views of the surrounding desert landscape and head to one of the world's most beautiful sites, and 7 wonders of the World, the Jewel of the Middle East, the rose-red rock city of Petra. Surrounded by imposing mountains and approached through a deep, narrow cleft in the rocks known as the Siq, Petra is a unique and memorable place, an altogether overwhelming experience that neither you or your family will forget. Approaching the Siq you will follow its towering sandstone walls towards the site of the captivating and iconic splendor of the beautiful Khazneh (the famous Treasury), one of the city’s most iconic structures. A guided orientation tour will then take you and the family to some of the key parts of this remarkable and ancient site, one of the most impressive and exciting anywhere in the world. You will see the Royal Tombs and enjoy the site of its amazing theatre, with 8,000 seats carved from the solid rock that surrounds it. If you happen to be in Petra on a night that it is available, the Petra by night tour is a must! Tours start at 8.30pm and finish at 10.00pm every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
If you have extra time, return to the city the next day and you can climb steep paths to the sacrificial ‘High Places’ (altars) and hike to the top of Jebel Harin (1396m) for a stunning view over Wadi Araba and the Negev Desert. The Monastery is the largest of Petra’s monuments and certainly worth the steep climb up to it. Towering to a height of 40m its doorway alone measures 8m in height, dwarfing anyone framed within it. This is truly a place to lose oneself in the history and ambience of the past.
You and your family can go to Petra Kitchen if you wish to learn some of the secrets of Middle Eastern cuisine. Prepare the evening meal and treat yourselves to some tasty delights. A fun experience for the whole family.