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Annabelle Thorpe

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Our verdict:

One of the classic 'see before you die' destinations, the rose red city of Petra, carved straight out of the sandstone escarpment, ranks alongside the Pyramids as a triumph of ancient architecture. With its scores of temples, palaces, theatre, tombs and a museum, it's a rewarding destination, even if only for a short stay.

Recommended tour operator: On the Go Tours

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On the Go Tours says

Nothing can quite prepare you for the jaw-dropping experience that is a visit to Petra, especially the first glimpse of the Treasury as you emerge from the long narrow gorge. Now a Unesco World Heritage Site and surely the eighth wonder of the world, the entire rose red city was carved in stone to be the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom more than 2,000 years ago.

We offer a wide choice of small group and tailor-made private tours from four nights up to two weeks or more.

Our three night Petra & the Dead Sea private tour takes in the jaw-dropping Rose City of Petra, Shobak Crusader Castle and Mount Nebo before you head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

We include the outstanding services of an expert local guide and accommodation is in your choice of standard, superior or deluxe hotels (to suit your budget). All transport, in private air-conditioned vehicles is provided.

This three-night tour costs £1,045 per person with departures year round. Flights are an additional cost.

Find out more about our breaks in Petra.

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