Petra tour packages & holidays
Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1985, the ancient city of Petra, situated in the south of Jordan is definitely worth a visit, even if only for a day or two. Known as the "rose red city, half as old as time," it is the city's absolute magnificence and breathtaking ruins, which draws thousands of people from all corners of the globe each year.
Making your way along the entrance to Petra - which is a winding sandstone canyon about 2km long called the Siq, you will see some small carvings from time to time, but it is the strange and colorful sandstone patterns in the walls of the canyon, which are most impressive. As you exit the Siq, you are faced with the fantastic splendor of the Treasury -- truly a memorable sight. However, it is the urn which sits at the top of the Treasury which pricks the interest of most visitors to Petra. Legend has it that a Pharoah's treasure is hidden inside the urn, and you can plainly see the bullet marks on the urn, where Bedouin travelers have tried over the years, to find out whether the legend is true or not.
Petra is crammed full of many more wonderful, awe-inspiring attractions, such as the Street of Facades, the Roman Theater, the Royal Tombs, as well as the Mountain of Aaron where, if you visit the little church on top of the mountain, you can see the tomb of Aaron, the brother of Moses.
If you're looking for a really unique souvenir to remind you of your holiday in the ancient city, then watch out for vendors selling bottled, decorative sand art. Bear in mind that the sand in these bottles is not artificially colored, but is rather the natural colored sand which has been scraped from the walls of some of the canyons around Petra, Jordan -- a little bit of history, as it were, to take home with you.