1. From Sharm El Sheikh: Petra Temple Full Day Tour with Lunch
If you are staying in Sharm El Sheikh, a full-day trip to Petra by ferry is a great way to explore this iconic city. The journey starts early in the morning, where you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to the ferry port. From there, you will board a comfortable ferry that will take you across the Red Sea and through the Gulf of Aqaba. The journey itself is breathtaking, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains and coastline, and offers a unique opportunity to experience two different countries in one day. Once you arrive in Jordan, you will be greeted by a local tour guide who will take you on a tour of Petra. The tour will start with a walk through the narrow and winding Siq, a natural rock formation that leads to the Treasury, one of the most iconic structures in Petra. The Treasury is an intricately carved temple that dates back to the 1st century BC and is a testament to the advanced engineering skills of the Nabataean people. As you continue your tour, you will be amazed by the many other temples, tombs, and monuments that dot the landscape. Some of the must-see sights include the Monastery, a massive temple that sits atop a hill and offers stunning panoramic views of Petra, and the Amphitheater, an ancient Roman-style theater that could seat up to 8,500 people. During your tour, your guide will provide you with insights into the history and culture of Petra, as well as the Nabataean people who built it. You will learn about their advanced water management systems, which allowed them to survive in the harsh desert environment, as well as their trading practices and religious beliefs. After the tour, you will have some free time to explore Petra on your own or do some souvenir shopping in the local markets. You can also enjoy a traditional Jordanian lunch before boarding the ferry back to Sharm El Sheikh.