Sharm El Sheikh to Petra and Jerusalem Tour
$330 per person
Duration – 2 days
Days: Monday and Thursday
If you have already bought a tour to Egypt and plan to visit Sharm El Sheikh, you may be interested in a tour to legendary cities Petra and Jerusalem
Sharm El Sheikh to Petra and Jerusalem Tour program:
- We leave Sharm El Sheikh by bus at 21.00. Then we go to Israel border town Taba though Arabian Desert.
- We will make stops to swim in the Dead Sea, buy cosmetics.
- We will visit Jerusalem, observation desk at the Mount of Olives to look at the old city and the Temple Mount, visit Gethsemane where Jesus has spent his last night before crucifixion. We will go to Bethlehem (on the way to Palestine), the Church of Navity, take a lunch break (included in tour cost) in local restaurant.
- Then we go to the Old City, see the Western Wall, and go the Via Dolorosa through the Muslim Quarter – the way that Jesus went to Golgotha.
- We will visit The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Last Supper rooms and the Church of the Sepulchre of Saint Mary.
- Passing Jordan border, settling in 4* hotel.
- Breakfast in hotel (included).
- Visiting the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, carved into the rock.
- Lunch at local restaurant (included).
- Return by ferry to Taba and by bus to Sharm el Sheikh.
What should you take:
- Breakfast from hotel
- Towel, swimming suit
Women should take a shawl to cover head.
Jordan is a unique country. This land has preserved many monuments reminding about the events taking place here since the Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman empires. Ancient buildings closely adjoin or are built on the ruins of earlier civilizations of the Neolithic era and Ancient Egypt. Official statistics counts about 16 thousand monuments. All of them are under state protection and are the pride of Jordanians.
Priceless treasure, included in 2007 in another list – List of World Heritage UNESKO, is Petra. Carved into the steep pink cliffs, this city-fortress was hidden from prying eyes for many years. Only in the early 19th century Swiss traveler Johann Burckhardt, who looked for it for many years, could discover Petra.
Even guides honestly admit that there is no consensus about the origin of the amazing city. According to some sources, it is work of the Nabataeans, other sources claim that the Egyptians built it, and others – the Romans, the fourth – the Crusaders. There also are exotic versions: the city was built by ancient Atlantes.
Officially accepted theory tells: Petra was the capital of the ancient Nabataean kingdom that existed on the territory of modern Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria in the IV – II century BC. The town lies in a valley sheltered by rocks, at an altitude of about 850 m at sea level. This location was very convenient for the people who controlled the trade routes of ancient Arabia and collected tribute for the protection and escort of caravans. A Wadi al-Musa wady goes from east to Petra through the es-Siq gorge.
After a rather long transition among cliffs (height from 70 to 120 m) you can see a magnificent picture – two-tiered facade of the building about 20 m height with columns in the Greco-Roman style and stone carved figures. It’s the El Khazneh. Purpose of the building is unknown.
Next to the amphitheater, there is the whole “street” of pink and red stone facades. In some places they are almost invisible due to heavy weathering. At different heights there are holes in the walls: the entrances to different rooms or tombs.
Some preserved rock carvings and inscriptions. Staircases leading up are carved over fronted tombs in the walls: it was believed that the soul rises via them to heaven. The street leads to one more amazing building – stone carved amphitheater for 3000 people. It is believed that Nabateans built the first levels, and Romans filled the rest. A flat ground is located above it, on the ridge of a hill – a place of sacrifice.
Another large stone facade reminding of El Khazneh is the monastery of el Deir. Its height is 46 m. Not only beauty, but also a giant size of the building is astonishing.
Viewing Peter is better in the rising morning sun or at sunset. Game of shades of pink and red stone will add a sense of magic. No wonder the ancient city is called the eighth wonder of the world.