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

More about Aqaba (Petra), Jordan Points of Interest

  • 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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Relax At Movenpick Beach Resort

5.5 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 1 8 0

Gather the family for some fun in the sun with a day trip to the popular five-star Movenpick Resort. Adults have an endless array of relaxing and adrenaline pumping activities while the kids four to 12 years of age can check out the Children's Activities Center

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Wadi Rum Scenic Drive by 4wd

5 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 1 1 0
  • Wadi Rum

Visit the dramatic backdrop of David Lean's epic movie, 'Lawrence of Arabia,' the Wadi Rum desert, on an adventurous jeep tour. Home of several Bedouin tribes, it is now a natural reserve, and boasts spectacular rock formations. At the Captain's Desert Camp enjoy a traditional Arabian tea.

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Aqaba Snorkel Adventure

4 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 7 7 5

The treasures of the Red Sea, home to some of the world's most beautiful coral reefs, await on this exciting snorkeling adventure that includes two dive sites and an opportunity to relax and enjoy the tranquility on board. Explore these legendary waters, renowned among underwater enthusiasts, on this bucket list experience. Mask and fins provided.

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Aqaba Highlights & Lunch at Wadi Rum

5 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 1 1 5
  • Wadi Rum

Immerse yourself in Jordan's time-honored culture with this fascinating half-day excursion. A panoramic drive into the City of Aqaba with a stop at the Great Arab Revolt Plaza distinctive by its large Arab Revolt Flag and the Fort. Later, travel to Wadi Rum Visitor Center for photo opportunity before proceeding an unforgettable lunch in a Bedouin tent in the desert.

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Petra - The Lost City

10 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 1 0 0
  • Siq
  • Khazneh
  • Roman Amphitheater
  • Royal Tombs
  • Colonnaded Street

Uncover the mysteries of Jordan's past with this thrilling excursion to the 'Lost City of Petra', hidden deep in the desert. Walk through a narrow gorge, the Siq, to the city and explore its tombs, theaters, obelisks and water channels before enjoying a buffet lunch at a nearby restaurant.

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Aqaba by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (Driver Only)

8 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 9 0 2

Design your own sightseeing tour around Aqaba with your own private car for two. Behold the natural wonders of Wadi Rum, site of the movie "Lawrence of Arabia." Spend a relaxing day at the beach. Or walk through history with a tour of the birthplace of Aqaba.

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Aqaba by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (Driver Only)

8 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 9 0 3

Spend the day with your family and friends with your own private van that seats five. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you to customize your time and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle with a driver at your service.

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Aqaba by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 9 0 6

Enjoy the day you design your way with your own two-person private car complete with English-speaking guide. Created for the adventurous this full-day excursion is endlessly customizable. Shop, sightsee, eat and explore at your own pace and your own personal timetable.

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Aqaba by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 9 0 7

Experience this ancient city via a private five-person mini-van with your own English-speaking guide. Witness the bustling souks, scuba dive in the Red Sea, marvel at the breathtaking colors of the desert or relax on the beach – the time is yours to do as you please.

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Aqaba by Private Vehicle - Minibus Class Full Day (With Guide)

10 hours | Aqaba (Petra) | A Q J - 9 1 1

Experience this ancient city via a private sixteen-person mini-bus with your own English-speaking guide. Witness the bustling souks, scuba dive in the Red Sea, marvel at the breathtaking colors of the desert or relax on the beach – the time is yours to do as you please.

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