Private Tour: Petra Day Trip from Aqaba

Duration: 8 hours
Destination: Jordan, Al Aqabah Governorate, Aqaba

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  • 8 hours
  • Aqaba
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Rewind more than 2,000 years in time on this private full-day trip to Petra from Aqaba! Pass by Little Petra the Nabatean’s carvan stop before heading to the main city. Travel in an air-conditioned minivan to this UNESCO-listed city and stroll or ride a horse to the Siq, the rock fissure leading to the ancient city. Be overwhelmed by the Treasury (Al-Khazneh) and view the amphitheater and Royal Tombs as your local guide reveals fascinating details about the Nabataeans who lived here. On this private tour, enjoy round-trip transport and personalized attention from your guide.


  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • All entrance fees included
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences

Start with a pickup in the morning from your centrally located Aqaba hotel or port (depending on option selected). Then, sit back in your private, air-conditioned minivan and enjoy the desert views as you travel north towards the UNESCO-listed city of Petra. Pass by Little Petra the Nabatean’s carvan stop before heading to the main city.

After roughly two hours on the road, arrive at ancient Petra and stroll 20 minutes to the Siq, the rock fissure that serves as the entrance corridor to the city. Alternatively, choose to take a horseback ride to the Siq, available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

With the rest of your group gathered at the Siq entrance, start your walk through the 1-mile (1.5-kilometer) canyon, framed by towering sandstone cliffs. At its final bend, savor your first, memorable glimpse of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh), the stunning rock-cut building that starred in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Admire its finely carved, rose-pink facade, as you hear about its history from your guide.

After snapping pictures here, walk through the gorge and discover more about the Nabataeans who made their homes here, at the junction of key ancient trading routes, in the 6th century. View the theater that once seated 3,000 spectators and continue to the Royal Tombs, a string of chambers and facades built into the mountainside.

After your tour, enjoy between two and three hours of free time to explore further the ancient city that the 19th-century poet John Burgon described as the ‘rose-red city half as old time.’ You may also use the break to enjoy lunch at one of Petra’s several restaurants (own expense).

When the time comes, meet your driver outside the ancient city and board your minivan back to Aqaba. Your day trip ends with a hotel or port drop-off in the late afternoon.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Port pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Lunch included (if option selected)
  • Transport by private air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Entry/Admission - Petra

  • Food and drink, unless specified
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • There is not enough time to climb up to Petra Monastery
  • Helmets are not provided for the optional horseback ride. The ride does not go faster than a steady walking pace, and beginners can be led by an assistant
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Departure Point

Your centrally located Aqaba hotel or Aqaba Port

Departure Time

8:00 AM

Return Details

Concludes at your centrally located Aqaba hotel or Aqaba Port

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.


8 hours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Stephen H

11 Nov, 2019

Our driver picked us up by the ship as arranged. Lovely comfortable, air conditioned car and an excellent driver. Very friendly and got us to Wadi Rum and Petra in good time

The driver got our tickets for us and then handed us over to the private guide in Petra

The guide was again excellent and we had a wonderful and informative tour of Petra

Our driver was waiting for us when we returned and quickly got us to the airport as arranged.

The driver was courteous and very professional and we would give the whole experience 5*
Would definitely recommend this tour especially if you are short of time as we did it all and didn’t feel rushed or missed out. This was the VIP experience we hoped for and got.
Excellent all round highly recommended

Jeffrey E

05 Nov, 2019

The driver was good, the guide mediocre and the travel agency was lousy.
They issued conflicting messages and lied about why the driver was late. The price charged was double what it would have cost if I had done it on site. This reflects badly on La Vacanza Travel and Trip Advisor.

Garth F

01 May, 2017

Excellent tour, tour guide, transportation - 5 diamond

Joachim Å

15 Aug, 2017

A nice day in Wadi Musa Petra.
Note that when you prebook the arrangement, you only pay for a regular guide up to a certain point witin the area. Then the guide will offer you extended tours for a extra charge. The guide will explain different routes within Petra. Unfortunately I didnt ask how much it would be in advance. That came as a chock afterwards, another 50 JOD! On top of that you should be aware of that the guide will present you to different salesmen witin the area for buying souvenirs often handmade of poor women that can cost you even more. Its almost that they expect you to take the horse carriage through the Sic on your way back, which leaves you with another 20 JOD to pay and another 10 JOD to tip the guide.
Still it was the most awesome place to be at and you could feel the history wings over the place.
Dont forget to drink plenty of water. It is really hot was there in the beginning of aug.

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