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On our trips to Petra, embark on an unforgettable journey through time. Visit architectural marvels and intricate structures that have withstood the test of centuries.

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What our travelers say about their trips to Petra

Petra to the Pyramids was great!
5/5/23 by 3rd-time traveler Kevin
Tremendous tour. Felt safe the whole time. Nice balance seeing three countries. Petra is pretty incredible but crazy with lots of people, donkeys, horses, camels, etc.
Israel, Jordan & Egypt: Petra to the Pyramids
Petra to the Pyramids
6/2/23 by 1st-time traveler Alicia
If you are looking for an immersive Middle East experience where you can check off several bucket list sights, then this is the tour for you! The food was incredible, the sights were breathtaking, and the Tour Directors and fellow travelers made traveling with GoAhead such a delight!
Israel, Jordan & Egypt: Petra to the Pyramids

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Travel tips for our Petra tours

How many days are ideal for a trip to Petra?

The ideal duration for Petra tours can vary depending on your interests and travel style. However, most visitors find that spending 1–2 days in Petra allows them to explore its main attractions. All of our Petra tours budget at least a day in the area—the majority include a two-night stay in their itineraries.

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What are the top attractions in Petra?

Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, is home to several remarkable attractions that showcase the architectural and historical marvels of the ancient city. While every corner of Petra holds its own charm and significance, here are some of the top attractions to take in on our tours to Petra:

  • The Treasury (Al-Khazneh). Petra’s most famous and iconic structure, The Treasury, is intricately carved into a towering sandstone cliff. It’s exceptionally breathtaking during sunrise and sunset when the light bathes it in warm hues.
  • The Siq. A narrow and winding gorge, the Siq serves as the main entrance to Petra. Walking through this majestic passage, with its towering cliffs and dramatic rock formations, is an enchanting experience. Keep an eye out for the ancient water channels and carvings along the way.
  • The Monastery (Ad-Deir). With its massive carved facade, the Monastery is another awe-inspiring structure in Petra. The journey to the Monastery involves a challenging uphill hike, but the reward is extraordinary. The panoramic views from the top make it a memorable highlight of any visit to Petra.
  • The Street of Facades. As you venture deeper into Petra, you’ll encounter the Street of Facades. This ancient street is lined with monumental tombs and intricately carved facades. It provides a glimpse into the grandeur and craftsmanship of the Nabataean civilization.

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What are the most popular activities to do in Petra?

Known as the Rose City, thanks to the reddish hue of the rock formations from which it was carved, Petra offers a range of activities that allow you to immerse yourself in its fascinating history and breathtaking landscapes. Some of the most popular activities on our tours to Petra include:

  • Exploring the archaeological site. Exploring the ancient city of Petra is a captivating and immersive experience that takes you on a journey through time. The site is a labyrinth of winding paths, rock-cut facades, and awe-inspiring structures that help you imagine the bustling atmosphere of traders, residents, and visitors that once filled these streets.
  • Hiking to the Monastery or the High Place of Sacrifice. These are two of the most rewarding hikes to take on Petra tours. The Monastery trail takes you up a flight of stairs to the massive carved façade of the Monastery and stunning views. The High Place of Sacrifice, perched high atop a mountain ridge, offers panoramic views of Petra and its surroundings.
  • Visiting the Petra Museum. Located near the entrance of Petra, the Petra Museum offers a comprehensive collection of artifacts and exhibits that provide insights into the Nabataean civilization and the history of Petra. It’s a great place to learn more about the site before or after touring Petra.

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What is the weather like in Petra?

The weather in Petra, Jordan, is characterized by hot and dry summers and cool winters. Here’s an overview of the typical weather conditions throughout the year to help you choose the best time to travel to Petra:

  • Spring (March to May). Spring is a pleasant time for tours to Petra, with mild temperatures ranging from around 59°F to 77°F. It’s a great season for outdoor exploration, as the weather is usually comfortable and there is minimal rainfall.

  • Summer (June to August). Summers in Petra are hot and dry, with temperatures often exceeding 86°F and occasionally reaching above 104°F. Staying hydrated and seeking shade during the peak afternoon hours is essential. It’s also worth noting that summer is the busiest tourist season in Petra.

  • Autumn (September to November). Autumn brings cooler temperatures to Petra, ranging from around 59°F to 77°F. It’s a popular time for tourists, as the weather is comfortable, and there are fewer crowds compared to the summer months. Light layers are recommended, especially in the evenings when temperatures can drop.

  • Winter (December to February). Winters in Petra can be cool, with daytime temperatures ranging from around 50°F to 59°F. Nights can be chilly, with temperatures dropping to around 41°F or lower. It’s advisable to pack warm clothing, including jackets and sweaters, particularly for early morning or evening visits to the site.

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When is the best time of year to visit Petra?

The best time to travel to Petra, Jordan largely depends on personal preferences and what you want to experience during your visit. Here are some seasonal factors to consider:

  • Spring (March to May). One of the most popular times to take tours to Petra, spring is mild and comfortable, making it ideal for exploring the ancient city on foot. The landscapes are often adorned with blooming flowers and greenery, adding to the site’s beauty. The number of tourists is generally lower compared to the peak summer season.
  • Autumn (September to November). Another favorable time to visit Petra is during the autumn months. The weather is pleasant, with cooler temperatures and lower chances of rainfall. The landscapes are still relatively green, and the crowds are usually smaller compared to the summer season.
  • Winter (December to February). Winter in Petra can be cool, especially in the evenings and early mornings. However, the temperatures are generally mild during the day, making it a quieter time to explore the site. Winter offers a unique atmosphere, fewer tourists, and a chance to experience Petra’s ancient wonders in a more tranquil setting.
  • Summer (June to August). Summer in Petra brings hot temperatures, especially during the peak months of July and August, often exceeding 40°C (104°F). While the heat can be challenging, visiting early in the morning or late in the afternoon can still provide enjoyable experiences. Keep in mind that summer is the busiest tourist season, so the site can be crowded.

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What food is popular in Petra?

You can find a variety of delicious Middle Eastern and Jordanian dishes that reflect the rich flavors and traditions of the region. Here are some of the popular foods you can enjoy on trips to Petra:

  • Mansaf. Considered the national dish of Jordan, mansaf is a traditional Bedouin dish consisting of tender lamb cooked in a tangy yogurt sauce, served over a bed of rice, and topped with nuts and herbs. It is often enjoyed on special occasions and is a must-try dish in Petra tours.
  • Falafel. This beloved Middle Eastern snack is made from ground chickpeas or fava beans mixed with herbs and spices. These deep-fried balls are typically served in pita bread with tahini sauce, fresh vegetables, and pickles. They make for a tasty and filling meal or snack option while touring around Petra.
  • Shawarma. A popular street food found throughout Jordan, shawarma consists of thinly sliced, marinated meat (usually chicken or lamb) grilled on a vertical rotisserie. The tender meat is then served in warm pita bread with a variety of toppings and sauces, such as garlic sauce, tahini, and pickles.
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What to pack for a tour to Petra?

When packing for tours to Petra, Jordan, it’s important to consider the region’s climate, activities, and cultural customs. Here is a list of essential items to pack for your Petra trip:

  • Comfortable walking shoes. Touring Petra involves a lot of walking and exploring, so pack comfortable, sturdy shoes to navigate the rocky terrain. Opt for closed-toe shoes to protect your feet.
  • Lightweight and breathable clothing. Jordan has a desert climate, so pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for warm weather. Loose-fitting clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton or linen are ideal for keeping cool and comfortable during your visit.
  • Sun protection. Petra can get hot, so pack sun protection essentials like a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen with a high SPF. It’s also advisable to carry a lightweight scarf or shawl to protect yourself from the sun or to cover your shoulders when visiting religious sites.
  • Layered Clothing. While the days can be hot, the evenings and early mornings in Petra can be cooler. Pack a light jacket or sweater to layer up when temperatures drop.
  • Water Bottle. Staying hydrated is crucial in the desert climate. Carry a reusable water bottle and ensure you have access to drinking water throughout your visit. Some accommodations may provide water refill stations.

Once you’ve reserved one of our tours to Petra, we’ll send you detailed information about what to bring with you. Don’t forget to download our free Go Ahead Tours mobile app before you take off, so you’ll have all the info you need about your trip right in your pocket.

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What type of currency is used in Petra?

The currency used in Petra is the Jordanian dinar (JOD). It is the official currency of Jordan and is widely accepted throughout the country.

Though better exchange rates are usually available overseas, it’s worth ordering some JOD from your local bank to use when you first arrive. You may also find it useful to have a supply of U.S. currency in small denominations when bargaining for everything from taxi rides to souvenirs.

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What language do they speak in Petra?

The primary language spoken in Petra, as well as throughout Jordan, is Arabic. Specifically, the Jordanian dialect of Arabic is commonly spoken by locals.

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What are some cultural customs and etiquette to be aware of in Petra?

On trips to Petra, Jordan, it’s important to be aware of and respect the local cultural customs and etiquette. Here are some key points to keep in mind.

  • Dress modestly. Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country, and while Petra welcomes visitors from all backgrounds, it’s respectful to dress modestly. This means covering your shoulders, chest, and knees. We recommend wearing loose-fitting and lightweight clothing to stay comfortable in the desert climate.
  • Greeting locals. Jordanians are known for their hospitality, and it’s customary to greet people with a warm smile and a simple “hello” or “salam aleikum” (peace be upon you). A friendly attitude and polite demeanor go a long way in fostering positive interactions.
  • Respect cultural sites and artifacts. Petra is an ancient archaeological site of great historical significance. Show respect by not climbing on or touching the ancient structures, as this can cause damage. Follow any guidelines provided by your Go Ahead guides to preserve the site’s integrity.
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