Travel to the world-famous, spellbinding city of Petra and take an optional excursion to the excavations of Petra, cut out of the pink-red rocks
by the Nabataeans in the fourth century BC. It is the ancient capital of the small but once-powerful Nabataean state, after being conquered by the Romans the city fell into decline, completely hidden in the mountains and known only to the local Bedouin until 1812 when the Swiss art historian Burckhardt discovered the city.
The road to the heart of Petra can only be made on foot or horseback. It leads through a crevice, the Siq, which goes on and on and gets ever narrower. Finally you reach the first of more than a hundred temples, monasteries, tombs and other buildings cut out of the rocks. You have all day to look round this beautiful site and take in the breathtaking view of the Wadi Araba. The colourful rock formations make Petra into a unique place of interest, where you can still feel alone in a magical world despite the ever growing numbers of visitors.
You can visit Petra as part of an optional excursion which is organised by the tour leader or you are free to visit it by yourself. If you visit Petra with the group, you must use a local guide. These costs are not included in the ticket price. If you decide to go on your own, you cannot use the service that the tour leader arranges to Petra (for the group). This sounds a bit childish, but a local tour leader can lose his license if there are people in the bus that are not going inside 'as a group'. Naturally, this is something we do not want to happen!