Aqaba (Petra), Jordan

The port of Aqaba has been an important strategic and commercial center for over three millennia. Originally called Elath, the home of the Edomites became in Roman times a trading center where goods from as far away as China found entry to Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. Today Aqaba is Jordan's only seaport, and the city serves as an intriguing gateway for travelers. In the surrounding desert lies the lost city of Petra - a city that may date to 6,000 B.C. - and Wadi Rum, where an English soldier mystic named T.E. Lawrence found his destiny as "Lawrence of Arabia."

Perched at the apex of the Gulf of Aqaba, Aqaba offers internationally renowned diving opportunities and the richest marine life in the entire Red Sea. The old fortress on the waterfront dates to the 14th-century. Passengers should drink only bottled water while ashore. Please respect local customs and dress accordingly, avoiding exposed shoulders and knees.

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Points of Interest

  • Siq
  • Khazneh
  • Roman Amphitheater
  • Royal Tombs
  • Wadi Rum
  • Aqaba Museum
  • Colonnaded Street
  • Movenpick Resort
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  • Siq

    The dramatic entrance to the 'Lost City of Petra' is a striking, narrow gorge that winds through towering rock. The canyon boasts prehistoric carvings, and the remnants of a monumental arch.

  • Khazneh

    Khazneh, also known as the 'Treasury', is an ancient tomb carved into the cliff face in Petra. Local legend suggests that treasure was hidden in the urn at the top of the cliff.

  • Roman Amphitheater

    Deep in the 'Lost City of Petra', this Roman Theater, which seats 3,000, was built by the Nabataean in the 2nd century. The entire seating area was hand-carved out of the mountain.

  • Royal Tombs

    The spectacular Royal Tombs in Petra are carved into the face of Jebel Khubtha, a sandstone mountain. The Royal Tombs consist of the Urn tomb, the Corinthian tomb, and the three-storied Palace tomb.

  • Wadi Rum

    Wadi Rum, located in the south of Jordan, is also known as the 'Valley of the Moon'. This protected desert reserve has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and is now home to the Bedouin.

  • Aqaba Museum

    Aqaba Museum houses a wide collection of magnificent artifacts, including coins from Iraq and Egypt, ceramics from the excavations of Ayla (Old Aqaba), and 8th-century Islamic stone tablets.

  • Colonnaded Street

    The main street of Petra once boasted numerous stately columns along its route. At the end of the street is the partially-restored Qasr Al Bint, the only freestanding structure in Petra thought to have been the main place of worship in the Nabataean City.

  • Movenpick Resort

    Nestled on the sands overlooking the Red Sea the resort boasts four swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, a whirlpool, and direct access to a 498-foot-long private beach.

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Snorkeling the Red Sea

4 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-460

iscover the Red Sea treasures. A 15 minutes' drive takes you to the Berenice Beach club to enjoy snorkeling in the Red Sea that is home to some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs.
As you arrive at the snorkeling club, your snorkeling guide will provide you with the snorkeling kit before taking you to the beach to enjoy one hour of snorkeling in a rich sea passage followed by some relaxation time by the beach. Towel will be provided at the club.

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Relax At Movenpick Beach Resort

5.5 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-180

Spend some time on a private beach in Aqaba at the luxurious Movenpick Resort. Relax at the beach by the Red Sea or enjoy this five star resort's swimming pools, Jacuzzi, a sauna and a whirlpool. A roomy sun terraces and an outdoor restaurant. On top a top range of water sports activities including Para-sailing, water skiing and jet skiing, Banana and tube that you can pay for when you get there. Also offers excursions to nearby scuba diving and snorkeling locations as well as sunset cruises and glass-bottomed boat trips - require early booking. The resort has Children's Activities Centre. You will find souvenir shop and a foreign exchange service at the hotel. There is no need to bring a towel with you as you will be given one when you get there.

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Wadi Rum Scenic Drive by 4wd

5 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-110
  • Wadi Rum

An unforgettable day in the Arabian desert awaits, as you join your fellow passengers and guide for a motorcoach ride from Aqaba pier to the sprawling red-sand Wadi Rum desert valley. Fresh-water springs made Wadi Rum a meeting center for caravans heading towards Syria and Palestine, and it was also the stunning backdrop used in the 1962 film, 'Lawrence of Arabia'. The first part of your five-hour tour is by motorcoach, but on arrival at the desert you will transfer to a four-wheel vehicle for a fun two hour drive through the reserve. View the Seven Pillars of Wisdom Mountain, and the Desert Jebels and Inscriptions, awe-inspiring sandstone rock formations that rise from the Wadi floor. Enjoy a unique rest stop at Captain's Desert Camp, where you will enjoy a traditional Arabic tea with delicacies served in a huge Bedouin tent furnished before heading back to port.

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Aqaba Highlights & Lunch at Wadi Rum

5 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-115
  • Wadi Rum

Aqaba is Jordan's only seaport. Located at the southernmost tip of Jordan on the Red Sea, this city boasts a lovely backdrop of sun, sea, and mountains, as well as a pleasant year-round climate. Aqaba also claims a rich history of Nabataean trading, features prominently in the memoirs of Lawrence of Arabia and, for those who are interested in what is under the water, Aqaba boasts some of the most pristine coral reefs in the Red Sea. In the heart of the city you will find the ruins of the old city of Ayla. You can see where the city gates were, as well as mosques, churches and the city walls. Drive by coach to Wadi Rum, a 1¼-hour journey into a red landscape of soaring peaks and plunging valleys. After a short stop will be made at the Wadi Rum visitor's center for a photo opportunity, Arrive at the Desert Camp and enjoy lunch in a huge, carpeted Bedouin tent, followed by Arabian tea and local delicacies. After lunch, board the coach to return to your ship.

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Petra - The Lost City

10 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-100
  • Siq
  • Khazneh
  • Roman Amphitheater
  • Royal Tombs
  • Colonnaded Street

Your journey into Jordan's past starts with a picturesque two-hour drive, accompanied by your guide, through the arid desert to Petra. Your walking tour covers around five to six miles, so wear comfortable shoes, and make sure you have plenty of sunscreen and a long-sleeved top. Stroll through a narrow gorge call the 'Siq', which is the entrance to Petra. Carved in vivid red sand stone, this ancient city boasts numerous monuments including the Khazneh, a tomb carved into the cliff face, the 3,000-seater Roman Theater, and the Royal Tombs, which are carved into the face of Jebel Khubtha, a sandstone mountain. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch served at a nearby restaurant, after which you will have free time to browse for gifts before boarding the bus for the scenic journey back to Aqaba.

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Aqaba by Private Car (Full Day-Driver Only)

8 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-902

Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and driver at your service. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. The Signature Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for guests with mobility limitations.
Capacity: 2 guests. Your private party may be of any size up to the maximum capacity.
Please note: Private cars are ordered per vehicle (not per person), so only one person in the party needs to order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle and driver. Entrance fees for attractions are not included. In many destinations, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited, so guests are encouraged to secure their private vehicle reservation as early as possible.

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Aqaba by Private Van (Full Day-Driver Only)

8 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-903

Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle and driver at your service. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private vehicle, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters. The Signature Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for guests with mobility limitations.
Capacity: 5 guests. Your private party may be of any size up to the maximum capacity.

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Aqaba by Private Car with Guide (Full Day)

8 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-906

Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters. Capacity: 2 guests. Your private party may be of any size up to the maximum capacity.

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Aqaba by Private Van with Guide (Full Day)

8 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-907

Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters. Capacity: 5 guests. Your private party may be of any size up to the maximum capacity..

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Aqaba Private Minibus with Guide - Extended Full Day

10 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | AQJ-911

Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private vehicle, and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests, and take in the sights at your own pace. See the famous sights, or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters. Capacity: 16 guests. Your private party may be of any size up to the maximum capacity..

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