Petra (from Aqaba) cruises

Travel to the astonishing hidden city of Petra, Jordan, looming like a mirage that melts into the red sandstone hills of the desert. Dating back to 7,000 B, Petra was the capital of a flourishing civilisation that stretched from the Mediterranean to the Red Sea. Aqaba offers internationally renowned diving and the richest marine life in the entire Red Sea.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Aqaba City & Wadi Rum

    Get to know the historic city of Aqaba, and travel out to the stunning desert landscape of Wadi Rum for a Bedouin style luncheon.

    Aqaba City & Wadi Rum

    Discover the city of Aqaba on a panoramic drive that takes you into the heart of the city. You’ll pass by the ruins of the old city of Ayla, as well as mosques, churches and the city walls. A short photograph stop will be made at the Great Arab Revolt Square, distinctive by its large Arab Revolt Flag.

    A little over an hour’s drive from Aqaba lays a vast, timeless and hauntingly beautiful valley, called Wadi Rum, the largest and most magnificent of Jordan’s desert landscapes. In this sublime place, the uniquely shaped mountains raise out of the rose-red desert sand. Geologists think that this protected nature reserve resulted from a great crack on the surface of the earth caused by an enormous upheaval. The Wadi Rum area has been inhabited since prehistoric periods and it was here that T. E. Lawrence lived and helped the Arabs. Wadi Rum was also the backdrop for the film ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ and ‘The Martian’. A short stop will be made at the Wadi Rum visitor’s centre for a photograph opportunity.

    Afterwards, head to Captain’s Desert Camp. If time permits, a brief photograph stop will be made en route to view the Seven Pillars of Wisdom in the distance. Upon arrival to the Camp, you’ll receive a traditional Bedouin welcome of Arabian tea and local delicacies, before making your way into a Bedouin tent for luncheon.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. There is minimal walking on this tour. The tour may operate in reverse order with luncheon served before the city drive, a shopping stop may be included if time permits. Please note this tour does not include the Wadi Rum central desert as this is inaccessible by coach.

    Tour code

    AQJ_002

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Relax on the Beach

    Relax on a private beach at the luxurious Movenpick Resort, perfect for those who have visited Petra before.

    Relax on the Beach

    Hop onboard your coach for a short transfer to the beautiful Movenpick Resort, majestically situated overlooking the Red Sea.

    Take full advantage of the 5 star facilities, including 4 swimming pools, a beach restaurant and the private Red Sea Beach. You’ll find a souvenir shop and a foreign exchange service at the hotel. There is no need to bring a towel with you as you will be given one upon arrival.


    BEACH/WATER RELATED EXCURSIONS
    For any excursion involving water, passengers are reminded to exercise particular care. Alcohol and eating a full meal should be avoided before swimming. If buoyancy aids are provided for an activity they must be worn at all times. You should bear in mind that the sea is unpredictable. Lifeguards are unlikely to be present and there may not be a flag system to indicate whether or not it is safe to go in the water. In addition, beach activities may not be supervised or accompanied and so you should take care to satisfy yourself as to the safety of the beach and/or the sea at the time of your excursion. Please exercise caution when entering the sea as the seabed and aquatic environment is capable of springing surprises and we have not inspected the beach or seabed for its safety. Children must be supervised by you at all times near water. All activities on the beach, water and in the sea are undertaken at your own risk. You’ll need to take swimwear, a towel, sunscreen and flat shoes that can be worn in the water.



    This excursion will operate by coach. This excursion will operate by coach. The operation of the tour is subject to weather conditions. Lunch has not been included on this tour to allow for maximum flexibility as you can purchase beverages and food at the resort. There are independent suppliers on the beach resort that may offer watersports. These are provided by parties unconnected to P&O Cruises. Towels, changing room and pool facilities are included and sun beds and umbrellas are subject to availability. Please remember to take swimwear, a hat and sun block. Before you book this excursion, you must refer to the ‘Beach / Water Related’ paragraph under the Guide to Symbols in this brochure.

    Tour code

    AQJ_003

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    5¾ hours

  • The Lost City of Petra

    Famously described as 'the Rose-Red City half as old as time', this UNESCO world heritage site is a 'must see'.

    The Lost City of Petra

    The mysterious city of the Nabateans, Petra, is so securely concealed by the craggy encircling mountains that it was once ‘lost’ for 1,000 years and is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. From this natural fortress, the Nabateans commanded the trade routes from Arabia and the East, until the Romans conquered them in 106 AD. On arrival, you will walk to the entrance of the Siq - a very narrow, twisting pathway between towering sandstone and rainbow-coloured cliffs. The narrow passage is an adventure in itself, for the towering walls create an artificial gloom until you suddenly emerge into the blinding light, and there before you is the Treasury, your first glimpse of the ‘Rose-Red City’.

    The Treasury is the most famous and outstanding of all the monuments; it’s Pediment, Rotunda and Corinthian pillars are all carved from the solid rock, and it is in a marvellous state of preservation. Your guide will lead you down the Outer Siq, passing the Street of the Façades before the fine Nabatean Theatre comes in to view. There are tombs everywhere because they were cut into the rock, whereas the temples and public buildings were free standing and destroyed by earthquakes.

    The site is surrounded by stunning mountains and as you approach the main Colonnaded Street, you will pass a series of fascinating tombs; The Urn, the Corinthian and the Palace Tomb are known collectively as the Royal Tombs. The Palace Tomb is one of the largest, a three-storey imitation of a Roman Palace. The partly restored Qasr al-Bint is the only freestanding structure in Petra and is thought to have been the main place of worship in the city.

    Enjoy a buffet luncheon in a local hotel and reflect on the sights of this unforgettable day of your life.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. The journey to Petra will take approximately two hours each way. This tour involves extensive walking with a total walking distance of approximately five to six miles over undulating terrain. Whilst the ground is mainly sandy, in places it can be rough, stony and uneven. You should stay in the company of your guide for the inbound walk to the site, which means it is not feasible to do the tour at your ‘own pace’. Inside the site guests will be given free time to explore and will return to the lunch venue independently.

    Horses are available at the entrance of Petra at Elji to ride to the entrance of the Siq, however due to our concerns for your safety, even experienced riders are strongly recommended not to use this form of transport and the horses are not permitted to pass through the Siq.

    There are carriages available to ride both on the way in and out at an extra cost, which you can independently arrange. Again, carriages are not advisable due to concerns for your safety and you will not be able to follow the group, thus missing out on the guide’s briefing, to do so would be at your own risk.

    It is advisable to wear comfortable, flat walking shoes, a hat and a light, long-sleeved top to protect your arms and shoulders. It is recommended that you take a bottle of water with you. Wearing sun block is highly recommended as you will be in the sun for most of the day. It can also become cold and windy, so please bring a jacket. There are bathroom facilities at the Visitors’ Centre and half way through the walking tour, after the Treasury and at the end of the tour. Coaches will be equipped with toilets and there are facilities available upon arrival at Petra. Please note that credit cards are not accepted inside. Due to its popularity Petra can often become crowded, particularly when high numbers of people are walking through the Siq.

    Tour code

    AQJ_001

    Features

    • Activity high

      Activity Level: High

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    10 hours