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Petra is an ancient city located in the southern Jordanian desert, approximately 240 km southwest of Amman. It is known as the “Rose City” due to the color of the sandstone rock formations that make up the majority of the ruins. The city was established around the 6th century BCE by the Nabataean Arabs, who carved monuments and tombs into the sandstone cliffs.

Petra is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is surrounded by mountains and gorges, making it an incredibly picturesque site. Visitors can explore the ancient city, which includes the Treasury, the Monastery, and the Royal Tombs. There are also many other monuments and temples to explore, as well as caves and a Roman amphitheater.

Petra has a long and rich history. It was an important trade center for the Nabataeans, and was later conquered by the Romans in 106 CE. During the Byzantine period, Petra was an important Christian center, and was later abandoned in the 7th century. It remained largely forgotten until 1812, when it was rediscovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.

Today, Petra is one of Jordan’s most popular tourist attractions. Visitors come to explore the ruins, enjoy the beautiful scenery, and learn more about the city’s history. There are also many festivals and events held in Petra throughout the year, including the Petra Desert Marathon and the Petra Music Festival.

Excursion tips for a day in Petra

As a tourist in Petra, Jordan, there are a number of exciting activities to experience. Here is a list of possible activities to do in Petra on a day:

1. Explore the ancient city of Petra, including the iconic Treasury, the Royal Tombs, and the Great Temple.

2. Take a guided tour of the Siq, the narrow passage that leads to the Treasury, and learn about its history and culture.

3. Visit the Monastery, the largest, most elaborate structure in Petra, and hike up the 800 steps to the top.

4. Explore the ancient Nabatean tombs, the burial places of the Nabatean kings and their families.

5. Visit the Petra Archaeological Museum, which houses a collection of artifacts from the area.

6. Take a camel ride through the desert and visit the Bedouin camps.

7. Enjoy the stunning views from the top of the mountain at the High Place of Sacrifice.

8. Shop for souvenirs in the local markets and bazaars.

9. Enjoy traditional Jordanian cuisine in one of the many restaurants in the area.

10. Take a day trip to the nearby Wadi Rum desert and explore its stunning landscapes.

Experience Petra with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Petra. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Petra

Petra in Jordan experiences a subtropical desert climate, with hot and dry summers, mild and wet winters, and very little rainfall throughout the year. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 40°C (104°F), while in winter they can drop to as low as 5°C (41°F). Spring and autumn are mild, with temperatures ranging from 15°C (59°F) to 25°C (77°F). The area receives very little rainfall, with an average of just 5-20mm (0.2-0.8in) per month.

Cruise weather for Petra

Our weather forecast for Petra helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 33.3 °C
min: 22.3 °C
16.2 m/s
30.2 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
41.9 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 33.0 °C
min: 22.9 °C
13.3 m/s
26.3 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
30.1 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 31.2 °C
min: 21.4 °C
20.2 m/s
33.5 m/s
0.1 %
24.1 m
34.2 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 31.8 °C
min: 20.7 °C
16.2 m/s
30.6 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
39.2 %
1,006 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 32.3 °C
min: 22.4 °C
18.7 m/s
41.0 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
25.3 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 30.8 °C
min: 23.3 °C
27.0 m/s
26.6 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
28.9 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 29.6 °C
min: 20.1 °C
33.1 m/s
34.3 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
29.6 %
1,010 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 29.2 °C
min: 18.9 °C
39.6 m/s
40.0 m/s
10.9 %
24.1 m
33.9 %
1,008 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 31.1 °C
min: 19.8 °C
41.8 m/s
44.6 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
33.0 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 30.5 °C
min: 18.8 °C
34.2 m/s
40.0 m/s
2.5 %
24.1 m
35.9 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 30.6 °C
min: 19.1 °C
28.1 m/s
33.8 m/s
4.2 %
24.1 m
29.5 %
1,009 hPa
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 30.9 °C
min: 19.8 °C
33.5 m/s
44.6 m/s
28.1 %
24.1 m
28.9 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 29.4 °C
min: 18 °C
33.8 m/s
32.8 m/s
3.0 %
24.1 m
35.0 %
1,011 hPa
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 29.5 °C
min: 18.6 °C
30.2 m/s
29.2 m/s
5.5 %
24.1 m
36.8 %
1,007 hPa
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 30.4 °C
min: 18.8 °C
35.3 m/s
35.3 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
24.8 %
1,007 hPa

Cruises to Petra

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Scheduled ship calls in Petra, Jordan
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jan. 25th 2026 Sunday, 25th of Jan. 2026 Queen Anne 08:00 am 08:00 pm

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