Around the time the Greeks were constructing the Tomb of Mausolus – one of the seven wonders of the ancient world – the Nabataeans were building their own Hellenistic wonder. Founded as early as the fifth century BC, the rock-carved city of Petra is the jewel in Jordan’s crown.
To explore these desert ruins, you arrive via a 160-metre-long rock corridor called The Siq. The end of this narrow passage opens out dramatically before the Treasury (Al Khazneh), Petra’s most iconic temple.
The Treasury alone is worth the price of admission, but the UNESCO-listed complex is far larger, encompassing an area of 264 square kilometres. Archaeologists have excavated numerous temples, tombs, a theatre, an altar, gardens, and even an ancient swimming pool.
Petra deserves a thorough exploration, which is why Cox & Kings guests spend two full days touring the ruins alongside an expert guide. There is also an optional evening visit to see the Treasury illuminated by thousands of candles – a truly atmospheric experience.