This tour is a full day tour and includes exploring the key sites in Petra and and concludes by hiking the scenic back trail from the Monastery to the Beida area.
|Trail Name:||Petra full day tour and the back trail from the Monastery|
|Trail Duration:||07 Hours|
|Trail Distance:||13 KM|
|Grade/Level:||Medium/Hard (A reasonable level of fitness is required)|
|Start Point:||Petra Main Gate|
|End Point:||Petra Main Gate|
We will start the tour walking on foot and passing by some great variety of different styles of Nabateans' Tombs carved out of sandstone cliffs and listening to a brief description about the ancient Nabatean civilzation, their monuments and how they were carved. Then, we will walk through the gorgeous canyon of the Siq ( 1.2 km Canyon) which is one of the most interesting parts of the tour where you will arrive at the Treasury Area after you get the first glimpse of it through the gorge of Siq. You will have enough time to take pictures and get familiar with the monument and then listen to a detailed information about the treasury then head down to Facades' Street where tens of tombs carved next to each other with beautiful colorful facades. Then we will make a detour with an easy hike to explore some hidden caves with beautiful layers of different colors and enjoy a great bird's eye view of the Roman Theater then head to Royal Tombs where we will be allowed inside the monument of the Urn Tomb to experience the incredible acoustic inside the largest room that was carved entirely out of the solid sandstone rocks.
Afterwards, we will make our way through the ruins of some ancient Nabateans Houses' foundations then explore the 6th century Byzantine Church that has a well-preserved mosaic floor then stop for using the toilet facilities before setting up for climbing the 860 steps up to the Monastery, the largest carved monument in Petra, up there, there is a nice cafe where we sit down opposite to the magnificent and giant monument of the Monastery enjoying a cup of tea. Then we will make our way out of Petra park using the back trail of the Monastery where you will enjoy a great panoramic views of Wadi Arava and the African Rift Vally which it's landscape is similar to the Grand Canyon. We will explore some foundations of houses dated back to the 4th Millennium BC. Then watching the stunning sunset over the mountains of Petra. Then take the stairs down the hill to where a 4*4 truck will be waiting for us to drive us back to your hotel.
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Trail/Tour Itinerary :
Just before you enter the site you will see the Visitors Centre where you can purchase your entrance tickets(Or we can purchase/arrange it if it is included with our package) , You enter the Petra Archaeological Park (PAP) from the main gate in Wadi Musa. The walk from this gate to the entrance of the Siq, Bab al- Siq , takes 15 minutes at a gentle pace (downhill) and perhaps an extra 10 minutes returning (because it is uphill) i.e. 25 minutes. So remember to add 40 minutes to your total time to get there and back. From the entrance to the Siq , The walk itself typically takes just about 10 minutes, and you will pass the Obelisk Tomb and Bab As-Siq Triclinium. Walking through the Siq itself at a leisurely pace will take ½ an hour. Don’t forget to look out for the Nabataean water channel on your left and the Nabataean ceramic water pipes on your right. Keep your eyes open for the Cameleer carving on the left side of the Siq as you walk towards the Treasury (Al Khazanah). If you look more carefully just beyond, you will see another set of camels heading upwards. Notice the many niches all along the Siq representing the different deities. Give yourself another 10-20 min to explore the Treasury (Al Khazanah) itself, take lots of photos, and prepare yourself to discover a lot more. After having walked through the Siq and explored the Treasury (Al Khazanah), carry on towards the Theatre, the Royal Tombs, the (Royal) court, then walk down the Colonnaded Street towards Qasr al Bint, passing by the Paradesios (sp), the Great Temple the Roman shops, & Temenos Gate on your way. Have lunch and a break, perhaps visit the museums, before starting to walk up the steps to the Monastery.
You then continue by yourselves to the Monastery, 800 steps uphill , On the way you can take a short detour to the Lion Triclinium. This is a tiring climb but the views overlooking Wadi Araba are well worth it. After you descend to the Petra Basin, and if you still have the energy, walk back via the Temple of the Winged Lion, the Ridge Church and the Blue Church and the Royal Tombs (Urn Tomb; Silk Tomb; Corinthian Tomb; Palace Tomb and the Tomb of Sextius Florentinus) before you exit the site taking the same route you came through.
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