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Petra - Lost City in Jordan and One of the New Seven Wonders of the World

Cruise Shore Excursion from Aqaba to Petra, the Ancient City of the Nabateans

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Petra is a fascinating ancient city and was selected as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Lying in a remote area of the southern desert mountains of Jordan, Petra was "lost" to the western world from about the 14th century until the early 19th century. The rose-red city carved into the limestone mountains was prominently featured in the climax of the Harrison Ford/Sean Connery movie, Indiana Jones and the Lost Crusade.

Aqaba, Jordan, which is about a 2.5-hour drive from Petra, is a popular Red Sea port of call for cruise ships sailing between the Mediterranean and the Far East. We visited Aqaba for two days on the Silversea Silver Whisper, which allowed us time to spend a day in Petra and a 1/2 day on a 4-wheel drive excursion into the desert at Wadi Rum. These pictures from Petra capture both the beauty and the mystery of this ancient city carved into red cliffs. Petra is definitely a "must see" for Red Sea and Southwest Asia cruises.

Red Sea Cruise Tour Travel Journal

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Phosphate Mines Between Aqaba, Jordan and PetraPhosphate Mines Between Aqaba, Jordan and PetraDriving to Petra from Aqaba, JordanDriving to Petra from Aqaba, JordanShepherd with His Sheep - Driving from Aqaba to PetraShepherds with Their Sheep - Driving from Aqaba to PetraVillage of Wadi Musa - Gateway to Petra - Ancient Rock City of JordanVillage of Wadi Musa - Gateway to Petra - Ancient Rock City of Jordan
Walking into Petra - Ancient Rock City of JordanWalking into Petra - Ancient Rock City of JordanRiding into Petra - Ancient Rock City of JordanRiding into Petra - Ancient Rock City of JordanWalking Down into Petra - Dwellings and Tombs of PetraWalking Down into Petra - Dwellings and Tombs of PetraWalking Down into Petra - Dwellings and Tombs of PetraWalking Down into Petra - Dwellings and Tombs of Petra
Walking Down into Petra - Dwellings and Tombs of PetraWalking Down into Petra - Dwellings and Tombs of PetraPetra Horse and Carriage - Alternate Transportation into PetraPetra Horse and Carriage - Alternate Transportation into PetraPetra's Obelisk Tomb and Bab As-Siq Triclinium - Petra SightPetra's Obelisk Tomb and Bab As-Siq Triclinium - Petra SightPetra - Entering the Siq at PetraPetra - The Siq Is the Entrance to Petra
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