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Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide

Thinking of visiting petra, jordan from how to get there, to ticket prices and the best time to visit, this guide will help you plan your trip to petra. .

From what to wear and what to see, to how to get there and how much it costs, find out all the answers in this ultimate travel guide to Petra.

I visited the ancient ruins of Petra last month, and before I left the UK I found myself in a Google frenzy.

I was searching all sorts of things…

What should women to wear in Jordan?

How hot is it in Petra?

Do I need to cover my head?

Can I buy food once I’m inside Petra?

Is there water for sale?

How to get to Petra?

How much is the Petra entry fee?

How long does it take to tour the site?

Is it safe to travel to Petra in Jordan?

So many questions! Surprisingly I couldn’t find a Jordan travel blog with all the answers!

I thought it’d be helpful to impart some of my newfound knowledge for any of you who are planning on visiting Petra soon.

The Monastery in Petra, Jordan

How much is the Petra entrance fee (2023)?

As of 2023,  a one-day ticket to visit Petra costs 50 JD (£57 / 70 USD). As there is so much to see, many people opt to visit for multiple days. A two-day ticket costs 55 JD and three-day ticket costs 60 JD.

Children under 12 enter free. Petra By Night tickets cost 17 JD (more info on that below). Remember to take your passport in order to purchase your ticket.

Oh, and if you’re a resident of Jordan it’s super cheap… just 1 JD!

How much does it cost for a guided one day tour of Petra?

Usually, private tour guides for the main trail cost 50 JD. You can organise everything at the visitor centre when you arrive. If you want to plan something in advance, with transport and a tour guide, there are plenty of Petra day tours you can book to travel to the site with.

For example, I visited with Abraham Tours who were very friendly and efficient. Find out more about my experience here .

What time does Petra open and close?

Petra’s Visitor Centre is open each day from 6am to 6pm during the summer and 6am to 4pm in the winter. This is the place to buy Petra tickets, arrange a guide or pick up a Petra map, and what I’d consider to be the Petra opening hours.

However, there doesn’t seem to be an official ‘closing time’, but there are instructions at the front gate saying you need to leave the site by 7pm in summer and 5pm in winter, unless you’ve got a ticket for Petra By Night. 

When is the best time to visit Petra?

I’d recommend getting to the site as early as possible. We arrived at 8am and avoided lots of the big tour groups, making for a more pleasant experience.

It can get extremely hot during the day so you’ll want to prioritise the bigger treks in the morning and late afternoon. Also, avoid rainy days as the valley is prone to flooding.

How much is a horse and carriage, donkey or camel in Petra?

You actually get a horse ride included in your ticket at the entrance, but it’s often thought of as a bit of a scam! The owners will ask for costly tips, so if in doubt agree the final fee before you accept the ride, or avoid altogether.

A horse and carriage from the entrance to the Treasury costs 20 JD (two ways) and 40 JD to get to and from the main basin area.

As there are lots of trails, many of them steep with numerous steps, many people choose to travel by donkey. As camels and horses can’t travel up steps, and there is much debate as to how well any of the animals are kept, it’s best to walk unless you’re not very mobile.

Riding donkeys in Petra, Jordan

How long does it take to walk to The Treasury?

At a reasonable pace, it’ll take you around 30 minutes to walk from the entrance, along The Siq, to The Treasury.

The Treasury in Petra, Jordan

How long does it take to get to The Monastery?

At a reasonable pace, it takes around 1 hour 30 minutes from the basin area (just beyond The Treasury) to reach The Monastery. There are 800 rock cut steps to get up there. The thing to remember about Petra, is that you’ll be on your feet all day, so wear comfy shoes.

The Monastery in Petra, Jordan

What are the key sites I have to see on my first visit to Petra?

The Siq, The Treasury, The Monastery, High Place of Sacrifice and the Royal Tombs. It’s too much to see in a day but if you have the chance to stay a few, then that’s the dream itinerary!

What should a woman wear to visit Petra?

While it may be warm, most women were still respectful of the Jordanian culture and chose to cover up. I wore a long skirt with leggings, my Converse trailers, a T-shirt and cardigan.

I took a scarf too. I’d recommend sturdy trainers or walking boots rather than sandals or flip-flops. Here’s some inspiration…

I actually wrote a post to help you pack for Petra:  What Clothes Women Should Pack To Visit Jordan

What should a man wear to visit petra.

Again, most men were in trousers rather than shorts, with a T-shirt and sturdy trainers or walking boots. Here’s some inspiration…

READ MORE: What To Wear In Jordan – A Men’s Packing Guide

How to get to petra, jordan.

Want to know how to get to Petra, Jordan? Many visit Petra as part of an organised tour – but that’s not the only way! There is the option of public transport from Amman and Aqaba, or you can hire a car and drive.

Driving from Amman to Petra takes about three hours, or it’s just under two hours from Aqaba.

If you’re looking for public transport to Petra,  JETT Bus leaves from Abdali station in Amman at 6.30am and arrives to Petra around 10.30an. It then returns to the city at 5pm.

Or from Aqaba, public buses leave from the central market and travel to Petra. More info here .

You can book a group tour to Petra from Amman here , from Eilat here or Jerusalem here . There are also some from Tel Aviv, Israel if you’re looking at visiting Petra from there. 

How much time do I need if I’m visiting Petra for the first time?

How long is a piece of string?! I only had around 6 hours at Petra, but could have easily spent several days. We raced around the site, keen to pack as much in as possible, but it would have been nice to explore at a leisurely pace.

I’d opt for two or three days, and stay at a hotel nearby so you can enter the site early in the morning.

READ MORE: A Tour Of Petra, Jordan

What trails are there in petra and how long do they take.

I could write all this info out, but as I snapped this handy pic at the entrance, I’ll let that to the talking. 

Petra Trails

What is Petra By Night?

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday there’s magical light show at Petra, with 1500 candles lighting the route to along The Siq to The Treasury.

Along with the beautiful views, there are tales from local Bedouin people and live music.

The experience begins at 8.30pm from Petra Visitor Centre and finishes at 10.30pm. Tickets cost 17 JD. You can find out more here: Petra By Night .

If you want to book in advance for Petra by Night,  you can book here. 

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What should I bring to Petra?

  • Big bottle of water
  • Scarf   

How safe is Petra?  

I’d read a few blogs before travelling, and had a pretty mixed impression on safety at Petra. I was with my boyfriend so didn’t feel nervous, and saw plenty of solo female travellers exploring the site.

I think the biggest dangers are to do with being scammed and ripped off, so as long as you know what price you’re aiming for when you’re haggling, you should be fine!

There are parts where the ground is quite even and rocks are crumbling, so be sure to wear sensible shoes and look where you’re going.

Where should I stay in Petra?

Camping isn’t permitted within the site, so the best option is to book a hotel or camping experience nearby. Have a search, or scroll down for my suggestions…

Luxury – £70+ per night

Movenpick Resort Petra  – If you’re wondering where to stay in Petra, you can’t get any close to the site than this!

Just two-minutes walk from the entrance, this 5-star hotel is perfect for those wanting to relax in style after a busy day exploring. There are several restaurants, a swimming pool and all the other amenities you could possibly need!

Bed and breakfast: 126 JD / £143 / 177 USD.  Check latest prices here.

Movenpick Resort Petra

Petra Marriott Hotel – Another 5-star hotel in a stunning location, this smart hotel has an outdoor pool and a restaurant, plus comfortable stylish rooms, some with Jacuzzis. Check latest prices here.

Hayat Zaman Hotel & Resort – A 5-star hotel in a traditional stone style, set in the hills with a pool and spectacular views, this is another great option for staying near Petra. Rooms start around £70 so it’s great value too. Check latest prices here.

The Old Village Hotel & Resort – This stone hotel is one of the most charming places to stay, and is just over a mile from the entrance to Petra. There’s a gorgeous indoor pool, terrace with beautiful views and a restaurant on site. Check latest prices here.

The Old Village Hotel & Resort Petra

Mid-Range – Between £30 and £70 per night 

  P Quattro Relax Hotel  – A 17-minute walk to Petra, this is a comfortable mid-range hotel with a buffet breakfast, free wifi and an indoor pool.

Bed and breakfast: 50 JD / £57 / 70 USD.  Check latest prices here.

Petra Sella Hotel – Really convenient for visiting Petra, this hotel is around 10 minutes walk to the entrance. There’s free WiFi, AC and views of the mountains, plus it’s close to the town too. Check latest prices here.

Budget – under £30 per night

Seven Wonders Bedouin Camp  – This camp is an incredible place to stay out in the desert, yet only 15 minutes drive to Petra’s entrance. The traditional Bedouin tents are warm and comfortable, and the location is truly magical!

Bed and breakfast: 20 JD / £22 / 28 USD  

Bedouin camp, Jordan

Rocky Mountain Hotel – Located in the centre of Wadi Musa (not to be confused with Wadi Rum!) this Petra guest house has free WiFi, AC and a rooftop terrace with spectacular views of the mountains. They also have a free shuttle twice a day to and from Petra which is a great bonus! Check latest prices here.

I’d also recommend checking out some of the options on Airbnb – lots of them are great if you’re travelling as a group or family, are on a budget or don’t want to eat out all the time. I found a few options that would be perfect for groups, including this one that sleeps 16+ people. There are also several cosy apartments that would be ideal for couples. You can search here…

What can I buy at Petra?

There are a number of stalls within the site selling water, tea, Turkish coffee, scarves, jewellery, antique coins and other nic-nacs. We bought a lovely scarf for 5 JD (a price we negotiated). We also had a free cup of tea thrown in!

Is there Wi-Fi at Petra?

You’ll find Zain free Wi-Fi points around Jordan, and my phone picked it up next to the Visitor Centre at Petra.

Once out in the site, a few small stalls and café claimed to have Wi-Fi but I didn’t test it out. It was nice not to be looking at my phone all day!

And finally… Are there toilets at Petra?

Yes, of course! Don’t panic if you get caught short. There are toilets around the site, but they’re not everywhere, so pick up a map at the start and plan your route.

There are plenty by the entrance and I found one by The Monastery, which was a makeshift portaloo. It had toilet paper and a bowl outside to leave a small tip for the pleasure!

Makeshift toilet at Petra, Jordan

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With a passion for food, fun and adventure, Chloe is the content creator behind one of the UK's top travel blogs Wanderlust Chloe. From volcano boarding in Nicaragua, to sailing around Sicily and eating her way around Japan, her travels have taken her to some of the coolest spots on the planet. Named Travel Influencer of the Year in 2022, Chloe regularly works with a number of tourism boards, producing inspirational travel content across multiple platforms. Find out more about Chloe here.

36 thoughts on “Top Tips For Visiting Petra, Jordan: The Ultimate Travel Guide”

I appreciate this post! I am going at the end of the month and this is just the info I needed and I am more excited now about staying the camp. Happy Travels

Thank you! It is such a unique experience!

Were you able to sign up for ‘Petra by night’ while on your tour with Abraham tours? We”ll be doing an abraham tour of Petra/Wadi Rum. Did you get to shower? was there running water to brush teeth and stuff….I wish I got more information as to what to expect with Abraham Tours…

Hey Andee! There was a shower with running water at the camp we stayed in near to Petra. It was fine for brushing teeth and washing faces, but as it was chilly outside I chose not to shower that evening! Some people did though – hope that helps. I didn’t sign up for the night time visit to Petra but it may be something you can organise directly with Abraham. It’s an amazing experience so enjoy it!

It literally looks like something out of Aladdin!! So magical!

It really is one of the most incredible places I’ve ever been. It’s a tricky one to plan though so hopefully this will help a few people out 🙂

Wow Jordan was never on my radar, but this guide got me interested in it. Thanks for the great and full guide.

Thanks so much! It really is a proper bucket list place! I loved it.

Thank you so much for all the tips Chloe, this is so useful! Petra is definitely on my bucket list. Did you feel safe while traveling in Jordan? P.S. thanks also for writing a small section on how to dress – I’ve seen pictures of girls wearing totally inappropriate stuff uhh.

Thanks so much! Glad you found it useful. I’m working on a whole feature on What to Wear in Jordan for that reason precisely. I was shocked at how disrespectful people were of the culture, just to get that perfect Instagram shot. So bad!

The image of Seven Wonders Bedouin camp is so beautiful! Are they candles that are lit on the cliffs behind? Definitely need to visit Jordan one day!

Thank you Lisa – it was such a wonderful experience. They looked like candles but I think they were large fairy lights as it’d be hard to clamber up to the top to light candles! It’s well worth a trip – totally magical experience and you’d love the photography opportunities there.

I’ve always wanted to visit the Treasury ever since watching Indiana Jones haha, it looks so awesome!!

Ahhh it is soooo amazing! I knew it would be special but it went beyond expectations. Hope you get the chance to visit one day 🙂

What stunning photos! I play Uncharted and this absolutely reminds me of that. I’d love to visit Petra but I’ve always been reluctant to plan because it’s so meticulous! This is a really cool straightforward guide, though!

Thank you so much! I hoped it would cut the jargon and give people a simple to follow guide. I found a lot of the info around very very confusing! Hope you get the chance to visit one day – so worth it, I promise!!

Did you get a camel or donkey ? If so how much should we pay? with the animals take us the whole trip? is there water or food for the animals or do we bring it with us?

Hi Sarah, we paid 15 JD for two donkeys up the Al-Kubtha trail (the viewpoint overlooking The Treasury). The camels don’t go up steps so I think you’d just ride those down on the main paths. Assuming they’re a similar price! You don’t need to worry about food or water for the animals as far as I know their owners take care of everything. I was a little unsure of their welfare generally, and if you have time/energy I’d suggest walking the routes. We were in a hurry to get to the viewpoint so took a donkey but I wasn’t sure about it all! Have an amazing time though, Petra is incredible!

Unless you cannot walk, don’t even consider the ‘free’ ride to the Treasury – it was much slower than walking and then we were hassled to book a return time, which limited us. But we had a great day!

Best guide I’ve read on Petra so far, and I’ve read many. Only missing the visa info, but this was so good, its ok 😉

Beautiful sights!

So, you can just walk right up to the visitor center and buy a ticket to get in?

Hey Tim – yep buy them on the day if you want!

The culture of Jordan is quite interesting to learn and explore. This is the type of place that i love to travel with. Keep us updated.

Thank you for such informative blog. It is really very useful… Hope to have a grt time at Petra in October.

Thanks so much! I hope you have a wonderful time!

Very informative. We plan to travel end December. Wondering if two days would be sufficient as days are quite short and one has to get out by 5 pm. What would be timings for the night visit?

Hi Nalin, thanks for your comment. Glad you found the post useful. I can’t find the timings for Petra by night in Dec sadly. I think it’d be enough time though. We only had a day there and rushed to see everything – 2 would have been perfect! Have an amazing time!

Thank you for your great info. Off to Jordan very soon and although easy to get info about most things, everyone else has not mentioned toilets in Petra. Was getting a badge concerned! Now able to go with an easy mind. Thanks so much.

Haha it’s the little things like that which are the difference between whether it’s a comfy and relaxed day or not! Have a wonderful time – it’s SUCH a special place!

As for tickets, you really should mention the Jordan Pass – or did I miss that somewhere? It’s just 70 JD for one day, or 75 for 2 days, it also covers the 40JD visa fee on arrival, and it allows you into dozens of other sites around the country for free (I used it today at the Citadel and Roman amphitheatre in Amman, for example). So it’s a major savings off the ticket price at Petra as long as you purchase it online before you arrive in Jordan. Thanks for the other info!

Great highlights and tips! Thanks for sharing about your experience and tips to seeing Jordan! It’s a magical place.

Thanks for your informative blog on Petra

– ? love from India

What do you recommend doing in Jordan other than Petra. We have three full days. Thanks.

I really enjoyed Amman and Jerash. I didn’t make it to the Dead Sea or to Wadi Rum, but they’d be on my list for next time!

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Julie Last updated: December 23, 2023 Jordan 29 Comments

Best Things Petra

Petra is one of the most popular places to visit on the planet. Take a look at almost any traveler’s bucket list and Petra will be on it. Why? Because it really is amazing. But guess what. There is so much more to Petra than the Treasury, the iconic façade featured in every travel book and brochure about Petra.

Petra deserves two days to be seen properly. Yes, many people visit Petra on a day trip, spending only a few hours here, but they are missing a lot. To really experience Petra you need more time here.

We spent 24 hours in Petra, arriving in the morning. We spent the day seeing the best of Petra, and then we stayed the night in the town of Wadi Musa. The next morning we were the first ones back in Petra. By sleeping overnight in Wadi Musa, we were able to catch sunrise and sunset in Petra, the best times to be here. The lighting is awesome, the day trippers are gone, and if you are lucky, you could get the Treasury all to yourself.

Treasury Petra

We visited Jordan on a two day tour with Desert Eco Tours. We visited Petra with a guide, Mohammad. Normally, we are not huge fans of tours. In this case, having a guide was very worthwhile. Mohammad explained to us the importance of the sites as well as took us on a hike through Petra, giving us a view that most visitors never get to see. Yes, we loved seeing the Treasury, but the hike and the other side trips are what really made this visit phenomenal.

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What is Petra?

Petra was the capital city of the Nabataeans from roughly 300 BC to 100 AD. The Romans took over in 100 AD, then several earthquakes destroyed much of the city and Petra was abandoned. For centuries, Petra was left untouched, until it was discovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. Petra became one of the “New 7 Wonders of the World” in 2007 and since then it has been making the bucket lists of travelers all over the world.

Best Things to Do in Petra

Stretching out in a line from the town of Wadi Musa, visitors enter the park and then follow the trail into the Siq, the legendary canyon where tourists get their first views of the Treasury. Continue the walk past the Treasury, visiting the Royal Tombs and Roman ruins. Those with enough time and enough energy can continue onto the Monastery, another monument that rivals the Treasury in its splendor. There are numerous other side trips and interesting things to see in Petra, as well as rides on camels and donkeys if you so desire.

Petra Map

Map of Petra, from Jordan Travels website.

Every visitor’s journey starts at Bab As-Siq, the trail that runs from the ticket booth to the Siq. There are tombs and monuments to see along the way, such as the Obelisk Tomb.

The Siq is a gorge that was formed when tectonic forces broke the mountain into two pieces. It is a delight to walk through, a snaking path with rock walls towering high above your head. It is almost suspenseful…around every bend you expect to get that famous view of the Treasury.

Siq Petra

The Siq | Best Things to Do in Petra

The Treasury

This is it, the view that draws so many visitors to Petra. Completely carved out of the sandstone mountains, the Treasury was built as a tomb for the Nabataean King Aretas III. The Treasury is the highlight of Petra, but this is only really the start of a visit here. There is so much more to see.

Treasury View from Siq

The Treasury | Best Things to Do in Petra

Street of Facades

From the Treasury, the journey continues. The path widens, taking visitors to a much more open area. Here are tombs and houses built into the sandstone mountains by the Nabataeans 2000 years ago.

Petra at Dusk is Beautiful

This is the view from the hiking trail to the High Place of Sacrifice | Best Things to Do in Petra

Hike through Petra

Not far past the Treasury, Mohammad took us “off-road” to unmarked hiking trails. In no time we were hiking up and over the normal walking trails for some of the best views of the day.

From our highest vantage point we could look out over Petra towards the Roman ruins and the path to the Monastery. It was a short, somewhat strenuous hike, and worth it to leave the other visitors behind and get these unique views over Petra.

If you are interested in doing this, it is worth hiring a guide! The hiking trail was completely unmarked and almost impossible to follow if you didn’t know what to look for.

Hiking Petra

At the end of the trail, we descended back down in front of the Royal Tombs. It was here we met a lady cooking bread over a fire.

Making Bread

The Royal Tombs

Here lies a series of facades carved from the sandstone mountain, the tombs of Nabataean royalty.

Royal Tombs Petra

Royal Tombs | Best Things to Do in Petra

Cave Walls of Petra

These are the interior walls of the Urn Tomb, the most popular of the Royal Tombs.

The Colonnaded Street

The Colonnaded Street is the remains of the Romans who took control over Petra in 106 AD. Those Romans were masters at building, and their road still remains today, along with several columns lining the side of the road.

Colonnaded Street

Colonnaded Street | Best Things to Do in Petra

The Great Temple

This Nabataean Temple was built in 100 BC and is the largest freestanding building in Petra.

Roman Ruins Petra

Great Temple | Best Things to Do in Petra

The Monastery (Al-Deir)

This you have to see. It is just as impressive as the Treasury. Good thing, because it requires quite a hike to get to it.

The hike to the Monastery has visitors climbing over 800 steps for a solid 20 minutes or more of hiking. It is an almost entirely uphill journey. Along the way visitors pass numerous stalls, worked by women, selling scarves, souvenirs, and jewelry.

Path to Monastery Petra

For those not up to the hike, donkeys rides are an option, costing roughly 10 JD in one direction.

The Monastery is larger than the Treasury and just as well preserved. There is a small restaurant overlooking the Monastery, a great place to relax, grab a bite to eat or a cup of freshly squeezed pomegranate juice, while enjoying the view.

Monastery Petra

The Monastery | Best Things to Do in Petra

Best View in Petra

From the teashop there were signs pointing us towards the “Best View in Petra.” Just out of curiosity, we had to see the best view. How can you beat seeing the Treasury from the Siq or the Monastery after a hot, tiring, uphill hike?

Best View in Petra

To get to the “Best View of Petra” required going on another short, uphill hike. Once at the top of a small mountain, this was our view. Now we were overlooking the Monastery and the nearby mountains. What do you think? Is this the best view of Petra?

Monastery Petra Best View

High Place of Sacrifice

Our hiking and climbing was not over yet. We walked back down the path from the Monastery, along the Colonnaded Street, past the Royal Tombs, and to the path to the High Place of Sacrifice. By now it was 4:30 pm. We were tired but we had one last thing to see.

This climb was a little shorter and a little easier than the path to the Monastery. Again, it was an uphill climb, this time the reward being a view over Petra from a different angle. And again it was worth it.

We are suckers for a good viewpoint, and from the High Place of Sacrifice we could see far out across Jordan.

High Place of Sacrifice Petra

View from the Place of High Sacrifice | Best Things to Do in Petra

Tim also loves freaking me out, standing on the edge of drop off to have his photo taken. And usually this requires me to find an almost equally unsafe vantage point to shoot the photo. This time we both made this pic…Tim looking out over Petra and my shadow at the bottom of the photo.

Dangerous View of Petra

Petra at Sunset

Petra closes around 6 pm. There does not seem to be an enforced closing time. At 5:30 pm there were no park guards ushering people towards the exit. Still, most people made their way to the exit on their own. Tim and I took this opportunity to spend as much time as possible in front of the Treasury while tourists filtered out of the park. Wait long enough and you can get photos of the Treasury without anyone else in them. And this is the advantage to spending the night in Wadi Musa…the chance to see Petra at sunset and sunrise.

Technically, we did not get to see Petra at sunset. We were here in April and the sun set past the 6 pm closing time. Still, to have the Treasury almost to ourselves in the fading light was still a fantastic experience.

Treasury Side View Petra

This is the last of the visitors, camels, and horse drawn carts before closing time.

Julie Rivenbark Petra

Petra at Sunrise

The park opens roughly at 6 am. Again, there is no discreet time. It seems to change depending on the season and the mood of the person working the main gate. At 6:10 am, Tim and I re-entered Petra. The sun was already rising, just because of the time of the year, but our early start gave us 20 wonderful minutes in front of the Treasury all to ourselves. It really was an awesome experience. Of course we took more photos, but it was nice to grab a seat on one of the few picnic benches and just stare up at the Treasury.

Petra without people

Petra at sunrise | Best Things to Do in Petra

Looking Up at Petra Treasury

Petra by Night

We missed this, unfortunately. Three nights a week (Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 20:30) the Siq and the area around the Treasury are lit by 1500 candles. This is a unique way to see Petra and many describe it as “magical.”

Aaron’s Tomb

This is one of the holiest places in Petra, the tomb where Aaron, Moses’ brother, is buried. To get here it is a very strenuous, 6+ hour hike. Having a guide is strongly recommended. Most people come here for the amazing views. This is the highest point in the area, giving hikers a view of Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Israel.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much time do you need at Petra?

At a minimum, 24 hours is needed to see Petra. Staying overnight allows visitors to catch sunset and sunrise. You will also be in Petra before and after the day trippers arrive. It is worth it to hike to the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice. If you have time, hike to Aaron’s Tomb and spend some time in Wadi Musa.

We usually visit sites fast…we get in, see it, and get out. We are not ones to linger long. Petra was different. Do not underestimate how much there is to do here.

When is the best time to go to Petra?

Spring and Fall are the best times (March to May and September to November). Daytime temperatures are very pleasant. The winter can be bitterly cold at night and chilly during the day. During the summer months it can be unbearably hot.

Where to Stay

We stayed at the Petra Guest House in Wadi Musa. This is a three star hotel (although it seemed nicer than that!) operated by Crowne Plaza. It is the first hotel on your left as you exit the park, making it very convenient. In the hotel is a restaurant offering dinner and breakfast.

The best part of the hotel was the Cave Bar, the “oldest bar in the world.” Being 2000 years old, this once was a Nabataean tomb now converted into a bar. This is a great place to end the day.

Petra Cave Bar

Desert Eco Tours

We hired Desert Eco Tours to take us on a two day tour of Jordan. Our tour started on a Friday morning with a border crossing from Eilat to Aqaba. From Aqaba, we were driven two hours north to Petra. Mohammad, our guide for the day, spent several hours with us, explaining the history behind Petra and he took us on the amazing hike that we never would have known about on our own. After lunch, Mohammad left, leaving Tim and I to explore on our own. This is when we hiked to the Monastery and the High Place of Sacrifice.

We highly recommend Desert Eco Tours. Having a guide made our experience so much better. Plus, Desert Eco Tours took care of getting our Jordanian visas for the border crossing, booked our hotel in Wadi Musa, and the next day took us on a phenomenal hiking tour of Wadi Rum.

If you have any questions about things to do in Petra, let us know in the comment section below.

More Information for Your Trip to Jordan

Here are our articles about Jordan and nearby Israel and Egypt.

WADI RUM, JORDAN: Journey through Wadi Rum in photos and how to hike to Jebel Arch, a challenging hike with incredible views along the way.

ISRAEL & JORDAN ITINERARY: In our 10 Day Israel and Jordan Itinerary, learn how to visit the highlights of both countries, with travel tips and essential planning information.

PLACES TO GO IN ISRAEL: Learn about the best things to do in Jerusalem , get information on how to visit Masada and the Dead Sea , and what it is like to road trip through the Negev Desert.

EGYPT: If you are also considering adding on a visit to Egypt to your trip, we check out our 10 day Egypt Itinerary , our Best Things to Do in Egypt article, and our Egypt Travel Guide for important planning information.

TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY: For more information about the camera gear we carry, check out our Travel Photography Gear Guide. And tips and tricks for taking great photos in our article How to Take Better Photos while Traveling.

Read all of our articles about Jordan in our Jordan Travel Guide.

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Thanks so much for the information you have given. We will only have approx 4 hours at Petra altogether and as we are on a cruise we can’t be late. I understand we can walk one way only and get collected at another entrance near the Monastery, is that correct? We would start at the information centre then to the Treasury and I would like to hike to the Monastery and get picked up at that exit? Can you give any information about this or is it too risky?

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I don’t know anything about there being a one way route through Petra. We were able to walk out and back through the Siq, and from I found on a quick search, it still looks to be this way, unless the rules have recently changed. Four hours is plenty of time to walk to the Monastery and back to the entrance of Petra. You can inquire with the cruise company about transportation to and from Petra and where the pick up spot will be at the end of the day, but I imagine it is at the main entrance, since this is how most people exit Petra, unless you are doing a special hiking tour of the area. Cheers, Julie

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Hi, we are going to Petra on February 10, 2023 on a cruise ship. Unfortunately, only for one day. I am looking at the ship’s tour to Petra. It is telling me that it is strenuous. My husband has Copd. Is this something that he is able to do? He might not be able to hike, but how bad is it to get to the monastery, the Siq and the Treasury?

Hello Valerie. It’s a slightly downhill walk through the Siq to get to the Treasury (and it will be slightly uphill on the way back). It’s not strenuous and it is doable for most people. There are horse pulled carriages that you can use, but I would only use them if absolutely necessary, since I have heard the horses are mistreated. Getting to the monastery is a longer walk with some uphill sections, so it is probably best to skip the monastery. But the Siq and the Treasury is the highlight of a visit to Petra, and you will be able to see this. Cheers, Julie

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Hi Julie, I have been using your blog for years! Would you stay in the Petra Guest House lodging again or explore other options? I am travelling solo. Thank you, Jane

Yes, we would stay there again. We had a great experience and loved that we could walk right into Petra from the hotel. Cheers, Julie

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Thank you for sharing such helpful and useful information however, one cannot just say Israel. without mentioning Palestine. What you right next to Jordan is Palestine, Israel existed and became a part of it much later. When people travel the world and share their stories, they are also responsible for sharing the accurate history.

Best, Rosie

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Rosie, please tell me one King of Palestine, if what you say is true about Palestine existing before Israel. The first 3 Kings of Israel were Saul, David and Solomon. The first King of Israel where there is archeological evidence, i.e. proof and not just writings, is of David, who was King in approximately 1000 BCE. So please provide some evidence of your claim. Oh, and by the way, note that 2/3 of Palestine is….you guessed it…Jordan! (This is also proved). So I agree with you, when people travel they should know the history. That is, the correct history and not propaganda.

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Visiting Petra in Jordan: Everything you need to know

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A first-time guide to visiting Petra archaeological site in Jordan, with all the information you need to know, from how to get there and where to stay to the best time to visit and how much it costs.

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Visiting Petra in Jordan: Everything you need to know

The spectacular carved rock tombs of Petra in Jordan often top travel wishlists. But unlike many dream destinations, it’s actually fairly easy and not too expensive to visit Petra. There’s accommodation from tented camps to five-star resorts, there’s good public transport or it’s simple to drive yourself, it’s safe and the people are incredibly welcoming.

So if you want to visit Petra, which is the best way to do it? While plenty of companies offer organised tours, it’s also an easy place to visit independently. Here’s everything you need to know when planning a trip to Petra – including how to get there, the closest hotels, best times to visit and even the best places for a drink after a long day exploring.

What you need to know about visiting Petra

The Monastery

Where to stay in Petra

A whole town – Wadi Musa – has grown up to cater for visitors coming to Petra. The town has hotels of all types and budgets, which start right next to the entrance and stretch up into the hills, as well as plenty of places to eat, souvenir shops and travel agencies.

Luxury: The Mövenpick Resort * is just across the street from Petra. It’s a big five-star hotel with over 180 rooms and seven restaurants, bars and cafés on site, as well an outdoor pool and a roof terrace with amazing views where there’s often live music at sunset.

Mid-range: The four-star Petra Guest House * is a close as you can get to Petra, next door to the visitor’s centre. It has a mix of rooms and self-contained chalets overlooking the mountains around Wadi Musa, along with a restaurant, terrace and cave bar.

Budget: If you have a car then the hotels a bit further away up on the hillside are good value and come with stunning views. The Rocky Mountain Hotel * is a simple, family-run guesthouse with free tea and coffee on the roof terrace and free shuttles to Petra.

Looking for somewhere to stay near Petra?*

Bedouin musician playing a rebab in Jordan

How to get to Petra

If you’re staying in central Wadi Musa, Petra’s just a short walk away. Hotels further out often run a free shuttle to the visitor’s centre a couple of times a day, though it does mean you’re limited to fixed times. Otherwise there are plenty of taxis outside the visitor’s centre, especially in the afternoons, and you’ll pay around JD5 (£6/$7) within Wadi Musa.

If you are driving to Petra, it’s 236km (around 3 hours) from the Jordanian capital Amman to Petra via the faster Desert Highway or 255km (4.5 hours) via the slower but more scenic King’s Highway . Or the coastal resort of Aqaba to Petra is a 126km drive (2 hours).

Tombs carved into the rock at Petra, Jordan

There’s a free car park in Petra opposite the bus stop, in front of the Petra Moon hotel. This bus stop is also where you can catch the JETT buses which connect Wadi Musa to Amman and Aqaba if you’re travelling around Jordan using public transport. The buses are comfortable and reliable, and you can pre-book a seat in advance on their website.

The bus from Amman to Petra takes three hours, departing Amman at 6.30am and returning at 5pm, and costs JD10 (£11/$14) one way. Aqaba to Petra is also a three-hour journey, departing Aqaba at 8am and returning at 5pm for JD15 (£17/$21) one way.

Or if you’re limited on time and looking for an easy way to visit Petra, there are various tour packages available which include transport and entry tickets. There are day trips from Amman * and Aqaba * in Jordan or Eilat * and Tel Aviv * in Israel. Or longer tours which give you two/three days at Petra, sometimes combined with a visit to Wadi Rum.

Walking down the Siq to the Treasury when visiting Petra, Jordan

How much do tickets for Petra cost?

Petra is one of those places where the longer you spend there, the better value it is. A one-day entry ticket costs JD50 (£57/$71) per person, but a two-day ticket is only JD55 (£64/$78) and a three-day ticket is JD60 (£69/$85). Children under 15 get free entry.

Note that these are the prices you pay if you’re staying in Jordan; if you’re on a day trip and not staying in the country overnight then the price is JD90 (£103/$127). You also pay the higher fee of JD90 if you visit Petra on the day that you arrive in the country, but if you go back the next day you can get a refund of JD40 (£46/$56).

You can buy tickets at the visitor’s centre using either cash or credit card. You can also pick up maps, guide books and hire a guide here, costing JD50–100 (£58–£116/$71–$141).

If you’re going to be visiting other sites in Jordan, you also can get a Jordan Pass which includes entry to Petra plus 40 other sites and museums, including Jesash, Amman Citadel and Wadi Rum. The pass cost JD70 (£81/$99) for one day entry to Petra, JD75 (£87/$106) for two days or JD80 (£93/$113) for three days, and you can buy them online.

Looking out over the triumphal arch and into Petra’s city centre

When is the best time to visit Petra?

The best time to visit Jordan is during the spring and autumn months – March, April and May or September, October and November. At this time of year it’s usually dry but not too hot, with average high temperatures from 19°C–28°C (66–82°F).

Summer can get very hot with average high temperatures peaking at 33°C (91°F) in July and August, and very little shade on the site so avoid the hottest part of the day. Winter is the quietest season for visiting Petra but can be cold and rainy. January sees around eight rainy days and average temperatures ranging from 2–13°C (36–55°F).

The Royal Tombs at Petra

When time does Petra open and close?

Petra is open every day, with the ticket office opening from 6am to 6pm in the summer and from 6am to 4pm during the winter. The site closes around sunset and the quietest times to visit Petra are usually in the early mornings and late afternoons.

Petra is also open on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights when the Siq and Treasury are illuminated by candles for Petra by Night . Tickets cost JD17 (£19/$24) and the tour starts at 8.30pm and finishes at 10.30pm. It’s really popular so I’d recommend hanging back so you can experience the magic of the Siq away from the scrum of visitors.

Petra by night, Jordan

How long should I spend in Petra?

Many people visit Petra on a day trip , but as it’s such a large site you need to prepare for a long day and focus on the highlights – the walk down the Siq to the Treasury, the Amphitheatre, Colonnaded Street, Qasr al-Bint and Royal Tombs. If you have a full day you can also add in the walk up to the Monastery, which is around 45 minutes each way.

Staying overnight in Wadi Musa the night before means you can get to the site early before the day-trip crowds – you could also add on Petra by Night if you’re there on the right day.

If you have time, then two or three days gives you time to see Petra’s sights at a more leisurely pace. You can also add in some of Petra’s hikes like the steep trail to the High Place of Sacrifice (4–5 hours) or the Al Khubtha trail (2–2.5 hours) for those famous views down to the Treasury. And with longer you could also visit Little Petra, 9km away.

Read more: How to spend one day in Petra, Jordan: Itinerary and tips

Exploring the archaeological site

What should I wear at Petra?

As you’ll be walking over sandy and rocky ground and covering a few miles, walking shoes or sturdy trainers are the best bet. As Jordan is a Muslim country, it’s advisable to cover your shoulders and knees – I wore a long-sleeved cotton top and trousers. It’s not necessary for women to cover their hair, though a scarf is a useful shield from sun and dust.

Early mornings can be cool if you’re visiting Petra in spring or autumn so an extra layer is useful, or a raincoat in winter. There’s very little shade around the archaeological site, so bring a hat or scarf and sunglasses, and don’t forget plenty of sunscreen.

Views from the Urn Tomb when visiting Petra

How much walking will I have to do?

Petra stretches over a massive 60 square kilometres so you’ll end up doing a lot of walking. It’s around 2.5 miles/4km from the entrance to the site to the basin, the further point. Plus you’ll need to add on extra mileage for sightseeing diversions and any of the climbs up to the Monastery or the viewpoints overlooking the Treasury.

Previously you could take a horse and carriage from the visitor centre to the Treasury, but these have now been replaced by electric golf buggy-style carts. A ride in the carts costs JD25 (£29/$34) and it cuts out around 30 minutes’ walk – particularly welcome at the end of the day as it’s bit of a slog uphill on a sandy path after a long day of walking.

Donkey at Petra

There are also camels, donkeys and horses around the site with handlers offering rides back to the Treasury or up to the Monastery. But we don’t recommend using them as there are concerns about animal welfare, with animals being forced to carry heavy loads and climb steep steps in the hot sun. Their hooves are also damaging the stone around Petra.

If you do decide you want to take a ride, do check that the animals look healthy, well fed and well cared for, as there have been reports of mistreatment. The animal charity PETA run a clinic at Petra where you can report any abused or injured animals.

Camels at Petra Jordan

Can I get food and drink at Petra?

Most hotels in Petra will supply a packed lunch if you ask the night before, and there’s a line of stalls outside the entrance where you can pick up drinks and snacks like chocolate and crisps. Prices inside the site are higher so it’s worth stocking up before you go in.

Bottled water is widely available at stalls in and outside the site, but it’s a good idea to bring a refillable water bottle with a purification system so you can fill up with tap water, both to save money and to cut down on plastic waste which is becoming an increasing problem.

There’s a mixture of places to eat and drink inside Petra, from Bedouin tea stalls and simple kiosks to cafés, and there’s even a full restaurant near the museum called The Basin, run by the Crowne Plaza hotel, where you can have a buffet lunch and glass of wine.

Souvenir stalls near the Monastery

What else should I know about visiting Petra?

Petra is well-equipped with toilets, with toilet blocks at the visitor’s centre, near the Theatre and museum. There are also portaloos at the start of the Siq and at a couple of cafés.

There are souvenir stalls all over Petra (and sellers can be pushy) but one worth a stop is a jewellery stall by the museum run by New Zealander Marguerite van Geldermalsen. She came to Jordan as a backpacker in the 1970s and ended up marrying a Bedouin who lived in a cave in Petra. She’s written a book about her experiences called Married To A Bedouin .*

And finally, if you’re in need of a drink after a long day of walking, some of the nicest places to stop on the way out are the Movenpick Hotel’s Arabian-style bar or the Cave Bar by the Petra Guest House – a 2000-year-old Nabataean tomb converted into a bar.

Map of visiting Petra, Jordan featuring the main sights

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Wednesday 27th of December 2023

Thanks a lot. The blog was useful during my trip in Oct 2022.

Lucy Dodsworth

Saturday 30th of December 2023

That's great to hear!

Wednesday 13th of December 2023

Hi Great site i am a walker however trying to Gage how far need to walk I am visiting April next year trip from cruise port with TUI which are the must sees? and how long from the entrance i am not sure where coaches park either?

Wednesday 20th of December 2023

Hi the coaches park fairly close to the entrance and there are golf buggies available to take people to the Siq (which is definitely the most famous spot) – this post might be useful if you are limited on time and looking to focus on the highlights https://www.ontheluce.com/one-day-in-petra-itinerary/

Monday 16th of October 2023

Heya, what a fantastic site, full of info. We will be travelling to Petra shortly, and getting a rental car, and travelling with children (aged 10), is there parking if we get a hotel away from the visitors centre, and how easy is it to get around with said children. Can we park close to the entrance?

Thank so much

Thursday 26th of October 2023

Hi Nicola, yes the parking area is close to the entrance, near the bus stop, so there's not too far too walk to the visitor centre.

Tuesday 15th of August 2023

I will be in Jordan And Petra for two weeks mid 2024. What is available as transport to get from Amman to Petra and around both areas? Not driving myself though.

What do you suggest other than these two sites?

Thank you! As much info as possible appreciated.

Tuesday 5th of September 2023

Hi, the JETT buses run daily from Amman to Wadi Musa (the town at Petra), departing at 6.30am and arriving at 10.30am, and returning around 5pm. A single ticket is JD 10. You could also take a tour which includes transport. If you have time you could also add on a trip to Wadi Rum or Aqaba.

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

Thank you! This article is illuminating, comprehensive, and encouraging. Greatly appreciated!

Wednesday 22nd of March 2023

Thanks so much!

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The ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan’s national treasures and by far its best-known tourist attraction. Petra is the legacy of the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled in southern Jordan more than 2,300 years ago. Admired then for its refined culture, massive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels, Petra is a UNESCO World Heritages Site, and one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Inhabited by the Nabateans, Edomites and Romans, Petra brought together the knowledge and skill of these civilizations to create this world wonder. Caravans laden with incense, silks, spices and other exotic goods would rest at Petra.

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as-Siq to al-Khaznah (the Treasury) Trail (main trail)

One of the most visited trails in Petra, starting from Petra’s Visitor Center, through as-Siq to al-Khaznah (the Treasury). While most tourists think that the trail ends at the ancient city’s main attraction, The Treasury, the main trail continues past the Siq, passing by the Royal Tombs, Colonnaded Street, and ends by Qasr al-Bint (the Daughter’s palace).

Duration: This depends on the pace of the tourist but can take up to an hour from the visitors’ center to the Treasury.  Level: Easy  Contact information/ how to book:  Tickets can be purchased at the Petra Visitors’ Center  Location

al-Khubtha Trail

This trail starts from the Visitors’ Center and takes you into the ancient city of Petra through as-Siq and past some magnificent monuments. This includes what is known as the ‘street of facades’, as well as a theater craved out of the rock, after which you will explore the intricately carved ‘royal tombs’, which include the Urn Tomb, Silk Tomb, Corinthian Tomb and Palac Tomb, before reaching al-Khubtha High Place and Cistern to enjoy the breathtaking view . The trail takes around 4 -5 hours to complete Difficulty: Hard Contact information/ how to book:  Please book a guide through the Petra Visitor’s Center  Location

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Petra by Night

Visiting Petra during daylight is awe-inspiring; to experience it at night by the light of 1,800 candles is truly out-of-this-world! Walk through as-Siq to the Treasury following a candle-lit path and enjoy the soul-stirring music of the Bedouins at the Treasury. Tours start at 8.30pm and finish at 10.00pm every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Allow yourself plenty of time to walk through as-Siq - you don't want to miss the show!

Contact information/ how to book: Tickets can be purchased at the Visitors’ Center or through your hotel. Location

ad-Dayr main trail

This trail begins at the end of the Main Trail, from the museum inside Petra, which is located next to the Basin restaurant. It leads you northwards up ancient steps and after a short walk you reach the Lion Triclinium, which is set in a small side wadi on the left. Continue past this up the carved stairway to reach a hermitage with chambers excavated in the rock and decorated with many carved crosses. You then move on upwards to reach Ad-Dayr, which lies a short way beyond and offers a fantastic view over the area. This trail can be self-guided. Difficulty: Moderate Contact information/ how to book:  It is optional to book a guide through the Petra Visitors’ Center. Location

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ad-Dayr back route

This trail takes you off the main track to reach Ad-Dayr, or the Monastery, via a back-road route. The trail begins at Kharrubat al-Fajjah, which is 50 meters west of the main road to al-Bayda, and ends at Ad-Dayr. The beginning of this trail is easy, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful landscape of the area and the mountain views overlooking Wadi Araba as you walk. It also takes you through an agricultural area. Donkeys can be used for the round trip, taking you from the starting point to the beginning of the steps that lead to Ad-Dayr and back again. From the visitor center you can go by car or bus to the beginning of this trail, which starts at a site that is just off the main road leading to al-Bayda. Duration: 4-5 hours Level: Hard Guided only Contact information/ how to book:  A guide can be booked through the Petra Visitors’ Center 

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Visiting Petra in Jordan (2024) – the ultimate travel guide

The Rose City of Petra in Jordan has enchanted visitors, since the ruins of this ancient Nabataean city were rediscovered by Europeans in the nineteenth century. As Jordan’s top visitor site, it’s one of the highlights of any visit to the country and one that lived up to our expectations. To help you make the most of visiting Petra in Jordan, we’ve put together this travel guide with all our top tips.

Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Despite the crowds, ubiquitous souvenir stalls and animal ride sellers, Petra seemed to increase its charms and mysteries the more we explored beyond the Siq and Treasury. But to make the most of your visit you do need to plan ahead for where to stay and how long to come for, as well as the top things to see and other things to look out for.

Our aim in this article is to cover most of the things you need to know before you visit, on arrival and while inside the archaeological site of Petra. Let’s go and discover your inner Indiana Jones!

The Treasury at Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

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We also have another article about Petra, that covers the top things to do in Petra in much more detail including our recommended itineraries. Read: 20 best things to do in Petra – plus itinerary ideas

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Petra travel guide – tips before you go

In this section you’ll find our tips to help plan your trip, such as accommodation , getting there , tickets and how many days you need to visit Petra.

Where is Petra?

Petra is located in the south west of Jordan, 230 km (3 hrs drive) from the capital of Amman in the north or 130 km (2 hrs drive) from the Red Sea resort of Aqaba to the south.

Most international travellers fly into either Amman or Aqaba, then visit the Petra archaeological site as part of a circular tour of Jordan, visiting Amman, Petra, Wadi Rum, Aqaba and the Dead Sea.

Map of Petra location in Jordan Heatheronhertravels.com

Where to stay in Petra

The town that serves the archaeological site of Petra is Wadi Musa and this is where the majority of visitors stay. When transport to Petra is mentioned, the bus or taxi will actually take you to the town of Wadi Musa.

Wadi Musa is roughly divided into the lower town, which is closest to the Petra entrance and visitor centre, and the upper town which is around 15 minutes walk up the hill.

We would recommend staying in the lower town, since the last thing you want after a long day walking around the huge Petra site is an uphill walk to your hotel. There are a range of hotels, shops and restaurants in the lower town and you’ll be 5-10 minutes walk from the Petra Visitor Centre and entrance.

If you are on a tight budget you may decide to stay in the upper town, since this area offers more choice of budget accommodation. You’ll also find a wider range of restaurants up the hill. There are taxis available outside the Petra Visitor Centre, so you can take one of these between the lower and upper town, if you don’t want to walk.

In the lower town we can recommend the following hotels, with something for all budgets:

Esperanza Hotel Wadi Musa

Esperanza Petra – A good budget hotel with rooftop restaurant in the lower town of Wadi Musa (we stayed here)

Petra Guest House Hotel

Petra Guest House Hotel – A mid range hotel with famous cave bar located next to the Petra Visitor Centre

Movenpick Resort Petra

Mövenpick Resort Petra – A luxury hotel with swimming pool that’s opposite the Petra Visitor Centre

How to get to Petra

By car to petra.

It’s easy to hire a car in Jordan (we managed it!) and use it to organise a self drive trip of the country that includes Petra. If you’re flying into Amman, it’s probably easiest to arrange a hire car from Queen Alia international airport, located just south of Amman.

From the airport, it’s an easy drive south, on the main Route 15 dual carriageway. An alternative road south (there are only two) is the more scenic ‘King’s Highway’ that runs through smaller towns and villages. From Aqaba, you can also easily hire a car and drive north to Petra.

JETT Bus from Petra to Amman Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

By Bus to Petra

There is one bus a day in each direction between Amman and Petra with JETT .

The bus leaves Amman from Abdali bus station daily at 6.30am and the journey takes around 3 hours. On the return journey the bus leaves Petra at 5pm, from the bus station just above the visitor centre. Cost for a 1 way trip is 10 JD.

If you are coming from Aqaba to Petra the daily bus leaves at 8am and from Petra to Aqaba leaves at 5pm. The journey takes around 3 hours and cost is 15 JD.

The ancient city of Petra Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

If you don’t want to drive yourself and prefer to have a taxi transfer, the JETT website has some easily bookable options for taxi transfers from Amman or Aqaba to Petra.

You can also ask your hotel to arrange a taxi transfer to take you to Petra. It’s also easy to arrange a taxi transfer to take you directly from Queen Alia International Airport (just south of Amman) to Petra, which is a 2.5 hour drive.

Take a group tour to Petra

If your whole holiday has been arranged as part of a tour, then transport will be taken care of. But if you arrive in Jordan as an independent traveller with no fixed plan, you can still take a group tour like the ones below.

3 day tour of Jordan from Amman – This tour includes an overnight stay and visit to Petra. The second night is spent in a desert camp at Wadi Rum, with a visit to the Dead Sea on the way back to Amman.

2 day tour of Jordan from Amman – This tour includes half a day visiting Petra, with an overnight stay and visit Wadi Rum and a quick stop at the Dead Sea.

Petra full day tour from Amman – For those with very limited time, this day trip from Amman is a good option, although bear in mind the drive is 2.5 -3 hours each way, so this will be a long day.

Petra full day tour from Aqaba – This day trip from the Red Sea resort of Aqaba allows for a 3 hour tour of Petra, so you’ll only get to see a few highlights.

Most tours start in Amman and take in Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea over the 2-3 day period. This could be a good option for solo travellers, but bear in mind you may only get half a day to see Petra.

That’s a shame, since Petra is a large and amazing site, that deserves at least 2 days to see the highlights. So if booking a group tour, check how long you will actually spend at Petra.

Read about our canyoning adventure at Wadi Mujib in Jordan

At the Royal Tombs, Petra Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

How long do I need to visit Petra?

We recommend spending 2 full days in Petra, if you want to see the main highlights at a comfortable pace. We had 2 days and 3 nights in Petra and felt it was about right.

If you have 3 days you can see the main highlights and additionally explore some of the interesting hiking trails that take you a little off the beaten track.

If you have only 1 day, you will need to start early and stay late to do justice to the site. Alternatively, you may need to leave some key sites such as the Monastery out of your itinerary.

Bear in mind that Petra is a huge archaeological site covering over 200 km square, with the main trail through it being around 8km in length. However long you stay, prepare yourself for a lot of walking!

The Monastery in Petra Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Best time to visit Petra

The best time to visit Petra is Spring (March – May) or Autumn (September to November) when the days are warm and sunny but not too hot for sightseeing. The evenings and early mornings can be cooler at this time, so be sure to pack a few extra layers.

In Spring the desert is at its greenest after winter rains, with wildflowers and oleander blooming. Rain mainly falls between November and March, but there can be occasional rain showers outside these months. Heavy rain brings the danger of flash floods in the narrow wadis or ravines around Petra, so watch the forecast and follow local advice.

We visited in August when the temperatures rose above 36 degrees celsius and can say from experience that it’s not the ideal time for sightseeing due to the heat! It wouldn’t have been our first choice but we were visiting Jordan for a friend’s wedding. We tried to beat the summer heat of Petra by getting up early and entering the site at 6.00am when it opened.

Little Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Petra travel guide – tips for when you arrive

In this section you’ll find our tips to organise your visit to Petra once you arrive, including buying tickets , opening hours and the Petra Visitor Centre .

Petra Visitor Centre

The Petra Visitor Centre is the point of entry to the Petra archaeological site, in the lower town of Wadi Musa. A short distance from the Petra Visitor Centre is the JETT bus station and several free car parks. Outside the visitor centre is an ATM machine.

On entering the Petra Visitor Centre (you may need to have your bag checked) there’s a courtyard with several souvenir shops and cafes. The centre itself has a ticket office, where you buy your ticket (if you don’t have a Jordan Pass). Both cash and cards are accepted, but there’s a small extra fee if you pay by card.

In the same hall as the ticket counters is a booth where you can engage one of the official guides at set rates that are posted on the wall (starting at 50JD for a 3 hour tour of the main Petra sights). You can also hire a guide for some of the more difficult hiking trails within Petra.

Exhibition inside the Petra Visitor Centre Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

At the back of the visitor centre is an information counter and exhibition hall which gives background about the history of Petra. This is a useful place to stop on the way out, if you don’t have time to visit the Petra Museum, which is right by the Visitor Centre and also free.

Also within the Visitor Centre is a counter for sale of Petra by Night ticket, but these only go on sale a few hours before the event itself.

Tip: If you visit in hot weather as we did, both the visitor centre exhibition room and Petra Museum are blissfully air conditioned after a long hot walk back from the Siq.

Petra Museum Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Opening Hours for Petra

The Visitor Centre and Petra archaeological site opens at 6am and closes at 4pm in winter and 6pm in summer. While your ticket will be scanned on the way into the site, on the way out there did not seem to be any check of who had left the site.

Having said that, there is no lighting within the site and staying overnight in Petra is forbidden, so you shouldn’t linger after the official closing time.

Ticket costs for Petra

The jordan pass.

Before you plan your trip to Jordan and Peta, you need to know about the Jordan Pass . The Jordan Pass is available to purchase before you enter the country and includes the cost of your tourist entry visa and ticket to Petra, as well as free entry to some other attractions in Jordan.

You can buy the Jordan Pass online before you travel and the cost varies depending on how long you want to stay at Petra. A Jordan Pass for 1 day in Petra is 70JD, for 2 consecutive days at Petra is 75 JD and for 3 consecutive days at Petra is 80 JD. Since the Jordan Pass includes the cost of tourist entry visa, you need to buy before you arrive in Jordan.

If you buy your ticket for Petra at the visitor centre, the price is 50JD for 1 day, 55 JD for 2 days and 60 JD for 3 days. With the cost of the tourist entry visa being 40 JD, this means you save at least 20JD if you buy the Jordan Pass and possibly more if you use it to visit multiple attractions.

The Theatre view from the Al-Khubtha trail Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Buying tickets at the Petra Visitor Centre

If you find that the Jordan Pass does not work for you, you can just buy your ticket to Petra at the visitor centre. If in doubt about how many days you will be visiting Petra, I’d book the ticket allowing 2-3 days, since each extra day only costs 5 JD more.

The prices mentioned above are for visitors who stay at least 1 night in Jordan. Non-accommodated visitors or local residents pay a different rate. Children under 12 go free. You need a Petra general ticket (either via the Jordan Pass or the ticket office) to attend Petra by night but there is an additional charge to buy the Petra by night ticket.

If you are visiting Petra as part of a pre-booked tour, check whether the entry ticket to Petra is included in your tour fee.

Important: You need to show your passport at the visitor centre when you buy the tickets, or when you show your Jordan Pass to pick up the ticket.

Petra Museum Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Petra Jordan – tips for visiting the site

In this section of our Petra Jordan guide, you’ll find our tips once you are inside the Petra archaeological site, including what to see , how to plan your time in Petra and maps to navigate the site.

A brief history of Petra

It’s amazing that the history of the Nabataean people, who built Petra, is so little known, considering they once dominated the region.

Originally pastoral nomads, the Nabataeans grew rich by controlling the lucrative overland spice trade from Asia to the Mediterranean. Their capital, Petra was built from the 1st century BC, as a hidden city on the trade route, where merchants could rest safely before moving on across the desert.

As the spice trade shifted westwards to easier routes along the Red Sea and Dead Sea, the Nabataean Empire declined, and the Romans eventually annexed their territory. Petra continued as a thriving Roman settlement, until an earthquake in the 4th century AD destroyed much of the city.

In later centuries Petra was abandoned and taken over by local Bedouin who used some of the tombs and buildings as houses. But a visit in 1812 by a Swiss Explorer who entered the city disguised as an Arab pilgrim, awakened the interest of 19th century European travellers in Petra.

Artists such as David Roberts who visited Petra in 1839, created paintings and lithographs that are still sold in Petra today and put the ‘Rose-Red City’ on the wish list for many Victorian travellers.

Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Top things to see in Petra

For more information about these highlights, read my article about 20 best things to do in Petra – plus itinerary ideas

Petra in one day

If you just have one day, I’d walk down the Siq to the Treasury, then take the trail up to the High Place of Sacrifice. After coming down by the same route, bypass other attractions as you walk to the Basin area and have a rest and snack at one of the 2 restaurants.

Then climb up to the Monastery and after seeing it, come back by the same route. For the rest of the afternoon, explore the Royal Tombs, allowing a further hour to walk back from there to the Visitor Centre. Phew! that was a long and tiring day!

  • The Siq – This narrow gorge leads the traveller into Petra, ending with the much photographed view of The Treasury. The gorge was created as a natural split in the rock, with layers of different coloured sandstone.
  • The Treasury (Al Khazna) – The best known view of Petra, this is the monument that you meet first, carved into the face of the cliff. The small rooms behind the facade were made as the tomb of a king in the 1st century, and the name derives from the legend that treasure was once concealed in some part of the building.

The Treasury at Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • High Place of Sacrifice – After the Treasury, a path leads up through a gorge bringing you to a plateau with amazing views of the ancient city below. At the highest point is a rock altar that was used for religious ceremonies and sacrifice.
  • Royal Tombs – Carved into the cliff face are four major tombs, with large chambers that you can enter, although they are now empty. You’ll admire the intricate rock carving from the 1st and 2nd century AD and the swirling coloured layers of stone.
  • The Monastery (Ad Deir) – At the furthest end of the site from the Treasury, 800 steps lead up a gorge on an arduous hike to the Monastery. This carved facade of a tomb rivals the Treasury in its size and magnificence, and is so called because it was later used as a church.

The Monastery at Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

More Petra highlights if you have time

If you have additional time after covering the key highlights above, here’s what you should see.

The theatre at Petra Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • The Theatre – a theatre built by the Nabataeans and repurposed by the Romans, that could hold up to 4000 spectators.
  • The Great Temple – the remains of the ancient temple complex with columns and remains of the stone walls, built in the 1st century BC by the Nabataeans.
  • The Colonnaded Street – the remains of a colonnade that was built by the Nabataeans as the city’s main shopping street.

The colonnaded street at Petra Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • The Church – built around the 5th century, with a well preserved mosaic floor.
  • The Treasury Viewpoint – behind the Royals Tombs is the start of a trail (Al Khubtha Trail) which takes you on stone steps up to a viewpoint looking down on the Theatre. After a further scramble downhill to a Bedouin tent on the cliff edge, you get a view over the Treasury. Be warned it’s an arduous trail that takes 2-3 hours round trip. There’s another more accessible viewpoint which you climb from the Treasury area, but you may need to tip a local ‘guide’ to take you up there.

Treasury Viewpoint in Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • The Petra Museum – this excellent modern museum is right by the visitor centre and is free to visit. It tells the story of the Nabataeans and history of Petra, with all the main artefacts that were found at the site. The Museum stays open quite late, allowing you to visit after your day at Petra.

Highlights outside the main Petra site

These are well worth visiting and could be fitted in on your second day, bringing you into Petra by the ‘Back Door’ and down to the Petra Old City area by lunchtime. After refreshments at one of the Basin restaurants, you can visit further sites such as the Temple and Colonnaded street, before returning via the Treasury and Siq.

  • Little Petra (Siq Al-Barid) – This smaller gorge area with carved tombs and facades is a short drive from the main Petra site and is much quieter and smaller. It’s well worth a visit and there’s a free car park, or a free minibus shuttle that will take you there from the back of the Petra Visitor Centre (first shuttle 7.30am).

4 wheel drive truck from Little Petra to Monastery hike Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • The hike from Little Petra up to the Monastery – From Little Petra a 20 seat 4 wheel drive vehicle is available to drive you (cost 5 JD cash) to the start of the hike up to the Monastery. From where you are dropped off the trail is obvious and easy to follow, bringing you up to the Monastery by the so called ‘Back Door’ of Petra. The trail winds along the side of the cliff, with stunning views. Being a lot less crowded than the main Petra site, this was one of our personal highlights. You need to have already purchased your Petra ticket to take this trail, since tickets are not sold at Little Petra.

Hike to The Monastery at Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Petra by Night tickets

Petra by Night is a chance to experience the area in front of the Treasury after dark, lit up by hundreds of flickering candles. You need to have a general ticket for Petra to attend, and you need to buy an additional Petra by night ticket. The cost of the Petra by night ticket is 17 JD with children under 10 going free.

Petra by night happens every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, so it’s worth timing your visit for one of these days. The experience starts at the visitor centre at 8.30 pm when you are allowed to walk down the track, into the Siq and on towards the Treasury. The event is finished by 10.30pm, when you leave the Treasury area to walk back to the visitor centre.

Petra at Night Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Our Petra by Night experience

We had a fun experience and were glad that we had done Petra by night. Arriving at the Visitor Centre 20 minutes before the start time, we found that a long queue was already developing.

Once the gates were opened we walked down the path which was lit on both sides by flickering candles. Some of the rock carvings en route were also illuminated. Passing through the Siq we reached the Treasury where hundreds of lamps were burning on the sandy ground in front of the Treasury.

Petra at Night Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

We took a seat on the rows of stools, which were arranged towards the back with empty space in front. The space in front of us was gradually taken up by those who arrived later and had to sit on mats the ground.

The performance involved an introduction to the history of Petra, followed by a performance of some traditional music. We were also served a complimentary cup of mint tea. Throughout, the Treasury was lit up with a succession of different colours.

Petra at Night Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

The narrator made a point of telling us that this would not be some slick light show but an authentic cultural experience. While this was the case, it all felt quite low key, considering that it happens so regularly for so many people.

You might imagine a quiet and magical experience, allowing you to appreciate the beauty of Petra by candlelight. The reality was hundreds of people in a confined area, all chatting and taking photos. Throughout the performance, latecomers were constantly being ushered through to find a seat in front of us, which was quite distracting.

My advice is to arrive as early as possible to take your photos and get a seat in the front row of the stools (unless you want to sit on the ground). Then relax and take the whole experience as it comes, without too many pre-conceptions.

Petra at Night Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Map of Petra Archeological site

Paper maps are available in several languages including English from the Petra Visitor Centre. We could not find any copy of this map online, so we’ve taken a photo of it below.

Visitor Map for Petra Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Below is our own map showing locations of the key things to see in Petra,as well as restaurants and toilet locations. There are also numerous stalls selling souvenirs, drinks and snacks, which are too many to mark on the map. For more detail, click on this link or on the map below.

Map of Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Visiting Petra – more tips for a great visit

In this section of our Petra Guide you’ll find other tips to ensure you have a great visit to Petra, such as what to wear , the facilities available and avoiding common scams .

What to wear for Petra

There are two main considerations about what to wear when visiting Petra. One is respect for the local Muslim culture and the other is the weather conditions.

Views over Petra Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Out of respect for the local Bedouin, it is better for both men and women to cover their shoulders and knees, with no revealing or figure hugging outfits for ladies. Although many local women and men wear a scarf or head covering, it’s not required for visitors to do so, unless you want to shield your head from the sun, dust or rain.

Having said that, Petra is a major tourist attraction and we saw a few people oblivious to the local culture wearing vest tops or short shorts as they would at home. There’s no official who will stop you, but you may get unwanted stares and attention from the young men and teenage boys who ride around trying to sell donkey rides.

If you want to wear long shorts in the burning heat of the summer, that seemed acceptable for men. Most women we saw wore loose long trousers, skirts or cut offs and t-shirts or loose shirts that covered their shoulders.

As Petra is open all year round you’ll also need to dress for the weather, both variable temperatures and potential rain showers. If heavy rain is forecast it’s likely the site will close due to the danger of flash floods.

Little Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

In the desert the temperatures in spring and autumn can vary greatly, from early morning when it’s chilly, to the middle of the day when you’ll only need a t-shirt if the sun’s out. So the best approach is to dress in layers, with a sweatshirt or light jacket and perhaps a scarf, that you can remove as the temperatures rise.

A hat or scarf to cover your head is also recommended as the sun can be quite strong. On sunny days don’t forget your sun screen. The terrain is stony and rough in places, so trainers, walking shoes or hiking sandals are the best footwear.

How to avoid the crowds at Petra?

While spring or autumn offer the most comfortable temperatures to visit Petra, these are also the when the site is most crowded. Here are a few tips to avoid the crowds at Petra.

  • Start early when the site opens at 6am. This way you will have walked through the Siq, photographed the Treasury, and moved on to other sites before the main guided groups come through mid morning.
  • Stay late or arrive later in the day. The site closes around sunset, at 4pm in winter or 6pm in summer but most of the crowds will have dispersed by mid afternoon.
  • Consider taking a break in the middle of the day. This might mean that you return to the visitor centre and rest at your hotel, although it requires a long walk back to the entrance. Perhaps it’s better to find a quiet spot off the main trail to rest and relax with a leisurely picnic.

The Treasury at Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • Get off the main trail by taking one of the hiking routes up the hill, such as up to the High Place of Sacrifice. It’s surprising how few people do and how quickly the crowds thin out.
  • On your second day, enter Petra by the “Back Door” as we did for a gentle hike to the Monastery, then descend the 800 steps, going against the flow of the crowds coming up from the valley.
  • Visit the site independently, so that you can make your own schedule. While guided tours are convenient for transport, you are likely to be visiting Petra at the busiest time of the day.

Animal rides at Petra

Around the whole site of Petra there are lots of local Bedouin who will offer you a ride on a donkey, horse or camel. It’s possible that on such a big site at Petra, you may be flagging at times and welcome the opportunity to rest and take one of these rides.

orses for hire at Petra Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

This is one of the main ways that the local Bedouin make money in Petra, but you will read a lot of discussion online about animal welfare and the ethics of animal rides in general. We generally avoid animal rides and didn’t take any in Petra, but if you are considering it, here are a few things to think about:

  • If you choose to take an animal ride, try to pick one that looks well cared for. If you see any mistreatment, signal your disapproval to the animal handler or report any major issues at the Visitor Centre.
  • Bear in mind that donkeys would traditionally carry goods much lighter than the average western tourist. Carrying heavy travellers up and down steep slopes to the Monastery or other high places in hot weather is exhausting work for them. So maybe it’s OK for children or lighter adults, but if you’re a bit heavier I’d give the donkey a break and walk.
  • The routes up to the Monastery, High Place of Sacrifice and trail above the Royal Tombs have steep stone steps, and are narrow with steep drops in places. Going up might feel OK but I think that going down the steep stone steps on a donkey or horse would be quite hair-raising, even the Bedouin do it without a care in the world!

Camels for hire at Petra Treasury Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • There are horse drawn carriages that run between the Basin area and Treasury and I feel this would be more acceptable to take a ride at the end of a long and weary day, since the route is relatively flat. You can also order a golf buggy style Club Car to take you from the Visitor Centre to the Treasury and back.
  • At the end of the Siq there are horses waiting to take you back to the Visitor Centre. Admittedly, this could be quite an attractive proposition if you are feeling tired at the end of the day. Technically the price of the horse ride is included in your ticket for Petra. However, a mandatory tip is expected (upwards of 5 JD per person) and will be demanded. Therefore it’s best to establish an acceptable tip with the handler before you accept the ride.
  • With any animal rides, such as a photograph on a camel in front of the Treasury, it’s best to agree the cost before getting on the animal. We didn’t take any animal rides so I don’t know the going rate, but you can always ask other travellers you see at the end of their ride, or check with a few different animal handlers.

Where to eat in Petra

There are a couple of restaurants to eat within the Petra archaeological site, but many more stalls that will sell you a bottle of water, canned drink, mint tea or fresh orange juice. Bear in mind that due to the nature of the archaeological site, the places that have access to electricity and running water are limited.

As a minimum for your day in Petra, I would pack some snacks and a couple of bottles of water in your bag, especially if you plan to take any of the hikes off the main route. Most hotels offer a packed lunch at a reasonable cost for you to order the night before, which is what we took into Petra.

The Nabataean Restaurant in Petra Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

You will find cafes that serve drinks at the Treasury, the path for the High Place of Sacrifice, opposite the Royal Tombs and in the Basin area at the start of the walk up to the Monastery.

Of these the only ones that are proper restaurants, serving a full meal and snacks are the two in the Basin area: The Nabataean restaurant and the Basin restaurant .

In the town of Wadi Musa that serves Petra, there are numerous restaurant options to choose from for your evening meal.

Are there toilets in Petra?

There are public toilets in several places throughout the Petra archaeological site, normally with an attendant who keeps them clean and in good order. Before you enter the site there are toilets in the Visitor Centre, then a portable toilet at the entrance to the Siq.

After seeing the Treasury, there are further public toilets at the turning for the High Place of Sacrifice, opposite the Royal Tombs and in the Basin area before the climb to the Monastery.

At the Monastery we did not see any public toilets but heard that there is a portable toilet. You may need to bring your own toilet paper or give a small tip for the attendant to give you some.

Other facilities in Petra

At most of the places mentioned that have a cluster of cafes and public toilets, there is also a wifi hotspot , although we did not try this out as we had good phone signal for most of the time.

If you have any health issues, it is best to return to the Visitor Centre for help, or there is a First Aid Clinic near the Basin Restaurant.

If you want to stop for a picnic, we did not see any organised picnic areas with tables and benches. However, there are plenty of places to perch on a rock or ledge throughout the site.

Souvenir shops at Petra Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Throughout the whole site are numerous souvenir stalls run by the local Bedouin and if you are ever in doubt of the main path, you can usually tell by the location of the stalls!

Paper maps are available at the Visitor Centre, which give the locations of all the facilities.

Are there guided tours for Petra?

There are many organised group tours that take you to Petra and other key tourist attractions, such as Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea. We didn’t use these ourselves, but could be a good option if you are travelling independently and don’t have your own transport.

Hiring a guide at Petra

Once you arrive at the Petra Visitor Centre, there’s an official guide stand opposite the ticket counters. Here an official guide is available to talk you through the options and answer questions. The prices and trail options are also clearly posted on the wall of the kiosk.

Prices start at 50 JD, for a 3 hour tour with an official guide to explain the history the main sites of Petra. If you are a small group and especially interested in history, this could be a good option. Because there were just two of us, we found it a bit expensive and so relied on the explanations in our guidebook.

Most of the shorter trails around Petra can also be explored independently. However there are some where a guide may be advisable, if they are more remote or you are not a confident hiker. The price of a guide for the different trails varies but as an example a 5 hr trail costs 120 JD or a 6-8 hr trail costs 150 JD.

We personally find that an experienced guide adds a lot to the experience, but for these prices you will get best value if you are a group of 4-6 people.

Hiking from the Place of High Sacrifice Petra Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Unofficial guides in Petra

Within the Petra site, it’s possible that you may be approached by local Bedouin offering to guide you. If they don’t have an official guide’s badge, you take these unofficial guides at your own risk, as the cost and quality of service may be variable.

The exception is those who stand in the Treasury area and will offer to take you up to the viewpoint immediately above the Treasury. We didn’t try this, and if you know the way you are probably free to walk up yourself. But if you want to take the most popular social media photo looking down on the Treasury, it may be better to pay a pre-agreed tip to be taken safely to the best spot.

Views over Petra from the High Place of Sacrifice Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Sustainable travel in Petra

The responsible traveller will want to ensure that such an amazing site as Petra is preserved for generations to come. With this in mind, here are a few tips for an eco-friendly visit.

  • While there are rubbish bins in Petra, I personally think it’s better to take all your rubbish out of the site where it can be properly disposed of through your hotel. You should certainly not drop any litter, especially on the less visited hiking trails.
  • Plastic water bottles are a big issue, since there is no recycling that we were aware of in Petra. On the one hand I would not recommend drinking tap water in Jordan, in case you get a tummy upset (we did). However if there’s a safe source of filtered water in your hotel, it’s better to fill your bottles there before entering the site. You can also use a water bottle with a built in filter. Another option is to rehydrate on the local beverages of hot mint tea or freshly squeezed orange juice at one of the stalls in Petra.
  • Erosion in a desert landscape can be an issue, so if you go on any of the hiking trails, be sure not to wander off the trails which are usually obvious and well marked. Climbing is not allowed due to the risk of rockfalls.

The trail through Petra Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • If you like to buy souvenirs of your trip, try to choose items that are made in Jordan. There are many handicraft projects in Jordan that provide a much needed income for women living in rural communities. We saw many scarves and other souvenirs on sale throughout Petra that did not appear to be locally made. Anything locally made will also normally have a sign to tell you this, or you can ask the stallholders.
  • If you choose to hire one of the animal rides in Petra, be mindful of animal welfare and choose an animal that looks well cared for. See my other comments in this article about animal rides.
  • There are a lot of teenage or younger boys around the Petra site, generally involved in the family business of animal rides, souvenir shops or cafes. I prefer not to do business at any stalls where I can see children working, if they look as if they should be in school.
  • It would be disrespectful to take photos close up of local stallholders and Bedouin around Petra, unless you ask permission first. If there’s someone who is obviously giving a public performance such as playing traditional music, a tip would be expected if you stop and take a photo. If you want to take photos close up of animals such as camels, you should also ask permission and be prepared to tip.

Camels at Petra Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

Is Petra safe?

In general we felt very safe at Petra and in Jordan in general, since the country has a very low crime rate. Petra is the country’s flagship tourist site, which is well managed and has tourist police within the site.

Jordan, while a stable country, is unfortunately surrounded by neighbours where conflicts and wars may flare up, so you should always check your Government’s advice on travel in the region.

Here are a few other issues to watch out for.

  • The Bedouins running the donkey, horse and camel rides can be very persistent, to the point of nuisance. So if you have no intention of using their service, it’s best not to get into too much banter and walk away politely if they become annoying.
  • The animal rides are mostly run by young men, who tend to especially target younger women in conversation, to a point that can verge on harassment. As an older woman accompanied by my husband I didn’t feel it too much but heard other women complaining about it. One way to avoid cultural misunderstandings is to dress and behave in a more modest way. However if you feel you are being harassed as a woman, even after a few polite “no thank yous”, it’s best to avoid further conversation, move into a busy area and gravitate towards an older Muslim woman or other travellers.
  • In a culture where bargaining is expected and the price of anything is what you’re prepared to pay, be alert to obvious scams. It’s best to stick to the official guides that can be booked at the visitor centre, as anyone else offering their services within the site may not be qualified. The cost of souvenirs and animal rides is also fluid, but you can cross check typical prices with other travellers.

Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • You should take care of your belongings, as at any crowded tourist site, since pickpocketing is always a risk. Be sure to report any thefts to the tourist police or at the visitor centre.
  • As a desert landscape with deep wadis and ravines, Petra has in the past been affected by flash floods after heavy rain. Watch the weather forecast and if rain is due, it’s best to postpone your visit. The authorities are hugely aware of this risk and will close the site if any danger is forseen. However be sure to seek and follow local advice and be aware of the high risk if you get caught in a wadi (dry river bed) during a rainstorm.
  • There are many hiking trails up steep paths that may at times have unfenced drops beside them. Be sure to wear appropriate footwear for the stony, rocky and sometimes slippery terrain, taking care on such climbs and descents.

The Treasury at Petra in Jordan Photo Heatheronhertravels.com

  • There are also a couple of viewpoints overlooking the Treasury, where people love to take that stunning social media selfie. I’ve done it myself with caution, but have been shocked how many people are willing to hang off a sheer cliff edge to get the perfect photo!

Recommended hotels for Petra

More information to plan your trip.

You’ll find more information to plan your trip on the following official tourism websites

  • Visit Petra Official Tourism Website
  • Visit Jordan Official Tourism Website
  • Jordan Pass Official Website

Explore the 20 best things to do in Petra Jordan plus itinerary ideas for 2024

Best Things to do in Petra by Heatheronhertravels.com

Guide Book for Jordan

We found it extremely useful to have a guidebook to Jordan. Signage at the top sites like Petra can be limited and hiring a guide can be expensive. We recommend and used the Lonely Planet Guide to Jordan .

Lonely Planet Jordan

Need a guidebook for Jordan? We recommend the Lonely Planet Jordan Travel Guide

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How to Visit Petra Like a Pro – Guide to Jordan’s Lost City

Last Modified: January 21, 2023 //  by  Anda //   22 Comments

Most people who travel to Jordan want to visit Petra. In fact, I don’t think I’d be wrong in saying that that Petra is the very reason why most people travel to Jordan these days. This alluring city that laid hidden for centuries, has been attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors ever since it was discovered. There is a reason why Petra is one of the world’s most amazing destinations .

Unfortunately, very few of those who flock to the mysterious city of Petra are truly prepared for this visit or know what to expect. So in this post I’ll try to cover all the questions you may have about visiting Petra.

Table of Contents

A Brief History of Petra

What to expect when you visit petra, top sites to visit in petra, where to stay in petra, when is the best time to visit petra, how to reach petra, admission fees and hours of visitation, how much time do you need for visiting petra, what to wear when visiting petra.

Petra was once the thriving capital of the Nabatean Kingdom . Nabateans were the people who inhabited the area until 100AD, when the Romans invaded it and took over Petra.

Because of its location at the crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Phoenicia, Petra was a major caravan centre during the Roman period. However, in time the city’s importance declined and Petra was ultimately abandoned and forgotten.  Since it wasn’t marked on any modern maps, Petra remained ‘hidden’ to the Western world for more than 500 years.

The Temple of Dushares in Petra

In the 19th century, a Swiss explorer by the name of Burckhardt discovered the prehistoric city of Petra accidentally. In the last two centuries since its discovery, Petra has seen more visitors than it has seen in its 3000 years of existence!

Petra is a vast conglomerate of elaborate tombs and religious high places half-built and half-carved into red sandstone cliffs. But no matter how much you read about Petra, or see pictures of it, that first glimpse of the lost city of the Nabateans will take you by surprise.

Trails in Petra

Petra is really big!

The first thing that will grab you when you first visit Petra is its size. Even the tombs and the public buildings that line Petra’s main street look like they were built for giants. Petra is huge, stretching for at least 60 square kilometers through canyons, along river beds and up the mountains.

There are lots of hiking trails in Petra

Most of the sites in Petra are close to the main street and don’t require any special effort to visit. Other sites, like the Monastery , or the viewpoint for the Treasury , that can only be reached by hiking steep trails, with numerous steps.

Hiking trail in Petra

There are also some sites, like the High Place of Sacrifice , that can only be accessed by going off-road, on unmarked trails. Those trails are almost impossible to follow if you don’t know what to look for. If you are interested in going off-road, I suggest hiring a local guide.

Expect to walk mostly in the sun

There is barely any shade in Petra, so be prepared to do a lot of walking in full sun. This makes hiking in Petra really difficult during the summer months and even in the fall. You get no break from the sun, so wearing a hat or a scarf and lots of sunscreen is a must! Also, drinking lots of water

Camels walking in Petra

Petra is packed with working animals

There is an abundance or working animals in Petra that are used for tourist transportation. While they are a source of income for the Bedouins, there is much debate as to how well these animals are kept and cared for. Donkeys and mules haul tourists up 900 steep and eroded steps to the Monastery, horses and camels carry tourists through the city, by pulling carriages and carts.

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There seems to be a need for some tourist transportation in Petra. Especially for elderly people who can’t climb up steps or walk long distances. However, we mainly saw young, strong people riding the donkeys.

Carriages in Petra

Some of these animals looked really abused and deprived of food and water. We personally witnessed the whipping of an exhausted donkey that was struggling to hike the steep steps to the Monastery. I would strongly discourage people able to walk from riding these animals!

There are quite a few places to eat and drink in Petra

I don’t think anybody comes to Petra to eat and drink, but it’s good to know that if you want to grab a bite or have a drink, there are several eateries on the site. You’ll see them along the Street of Façades and beyond, but you’ll also receive a free map with your ticket so you can locate them. We brought a few snacks and lots of water, so didn’t try any of these eateries.

Eatery in Petra

Petra is really big, so unless you have several days to explore the site, you should choose some bits to focus on. You can concentrate on the ones along the main pathway towards the centre of Petra past the Street of Façades and the grand Royal Tombs.

Map of Petra

The Bab Al Siq and the Obelisk Tomb

Right after you pass the Visitor Centre, you’ll start walking along a wide path known as the Bay Al Siq. There are several monuments and tombs in this area, among which you’ll notice the Obelisk Tomb . The tomb has four pyramidal obelisks, which were funerary symbols of the Nabataeans.

The Obelisk Tomb in Petra

The entrance passage to the hidden city of Petra is via a towering, narrow canyon called  the Siq . The path twists and turns between strangely eroded cliffs for over a kilometer.

The Siq in Petra

Walking the Siq is one of the most pleasant experiences in Petra. The 150 m high emerging walls close to a few meters apart, blocking out sound and light. It’s about the only place in Petra where you’ll enjoy shade.

View of the Treasury from the Siq

The ‘Treasury’

At the end of the Siq the path narrows becoming completely dark. As you step out into the sunlight you’ll find yourself in front of the  Khazneh , or the Treasury . That first glimpse of the Treasury through the narrow passage is a sight you’ll never forget.

Visiting the Treasury in Petra

Carved directly into the cliff, the 40-meter high Treasury was never a treasury, but rather a beautifully ornate tomb which became Petra’s most iconic site.

The Street of Façades

From the Khazneh, the pathway broadens into a wider area lined with large tombs carved into the rock. The area which is known as the Street of Façades , is a cliff face with a cluster of tombs considered to be the oldest ones in Petra.

The Street of Façades

The Theater

Further down the road is Petra’s spectacular Theater , built by the Nabataeans around the 1st century AD. The Theater which was later enlarged by the Romans, can seat 8,500 people!

The Theater in Petra

The Royal Tombs

After passing the Theater, on the right side of the wadi you’ll notice the great massif of Jebel Al Khubtha. Within its cliffs are carved some of the most impressive burial places in Petra, known collectively as the ‘ Royal Tombs ’. They look particularly impressive in the afternoon light.

The Royal Tombs

The Colonnaded Street

Downhill from the Theatre is the Colonnaded Street , that marks the centre of the Ancient City. 

The Colonnaded Street

The street ends at the Roman Gate, built in the 2nd century A.D. Originally, the gate had huge wooden doors and side towers and marked the entrance to the sacred courtyard of the temple.

Temenos Gateway in Petra

The Monastery

The hike to the Monastery was the highlight of our visit to Petra. Hidden high in the hills, the Monastery is one of the most spectacular monuments of Petra.

The Monastery in Petra

The Monastery (called  Ad Deir  in Arabic) is half-carved, half-built out of rock. The design is very similar to that of the Treasury, but far bigger. The structure was built in the 3rd century BC as a Nabataean tomb.

Hiking trail in Petra

Hiking to the famous Monastery is quite exhausting, involving climbing almost 900 steep steps! Nonetheless, the hike is really beautiful, allowing bird-eye views of the entire archeological site.

The nearest town to the archeological site of Petra is Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses). The town sits on a very steep hill at the bottom of which is the main entrance to Petra.

There are plenty of hotels in Wadi Musa to choose from, but you should choose a hotel that is near Petra . Prices range from $55 to over $380/night and don’t necessarily reflect the quality or cleanness of the rooms.

We didn’t want to spend a lot of money since Jordan is an expensive country anyway, so we chose an $85/night hotel (Al Rashid). However, despite the good reviews on TripAdvisor, we weren’t happy with it. The hotel was clean, but very old and outdated. If you want a nice hotel room, you’ll probably have to pay over $130/night.

There are several nice hotels in Wadi Musa, like Petra Guest House Hotel , La Maison Hotel , or Petra Boutique Hotel , which are also within 2 miles from the archeological park entrance.

Spring and fall (March to May and September to November) are the best months for a trip to Petra. The days are warm, but the nights are cool. Although temperatures get into the high 20°C during the day, it’s not too hot for hiking.

The summer months in Petra are very hot. In June, July and August temperatures may get as high as 40°C. While you may have Petra all to yourself, hiking in that kind of heat is brutal.

In the winter months (December to February) Jordan experiences more rain and sometimes even snow. Nonetheless, winter is also a great time to visit Petra. The cool temperature is perfect for hiking. 

Visiting Petra in fall

The best times at the site are in the early mornings, before the crowds arrive, and late afternoons when most tourists already left.

Petra lies about 230 km south of Amman, the capital city of Jordan, and 120 km north of Aqaba, the southernmost city in Jordan. Depending on how you choose to travel to Jordan , there are several ways to reach the archeological site of Petra.

The fastest way to get to Petra from any point in Jordan is to rent a car and drive yourself there. If you are coming from Amman it’s a 3-hour drive on Desert Highway, or 2-hour drive from Aqaba.

You can also hire a taxi that will drop you at the visitor center parking lot. If you choose this option, try to negotiate the price before you get into the cab. The cost they quoted us was 35 JD ($50) one way, from Aqaba to Petra.

The cheapest way to travel to Petra is by JETT Bus that runs daily between Aqaba and Petra or Amman to Petra . The cost from Aqaba is 18 JD ($24) round trip. From Amman the ticket is probably more expensive.

The easiest way to get to Petra is to join a guided tour. This option is much more expensive, but it’s the most convenient one. You let someone else do all the planning and you sit back and enjoy your day. There are tour packages available from Amman and  Aqaba  in Jordan, or  Jerusalem , Tel Aviv and  Eilat   in Israel.

The ticket price for one day in Petra is 90 JD. If you are staying in Jordan overnight, the ticket price is only 50 JD for a day, 55 JD for 2 days, and 60 JD for 3 days. So the longer you stay, the more you save. Children under 12 are free.

Petra Main entrance

You can buy your tickets at the Visitor Center with cash or credit card. If you are planning to visit other sites in Jordan, I recommend buying a  Jordan Pass . The pass will give you free entry to Petra and many other sites, including Jerash and Wadi Rum.

The Visitor Center is open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in summer, and from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in winter. Visitors need to leave the site by 7:00 p.m. in summer and 5:00 p.m. in winter.

Petra by night

On Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays between 8:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. you can experience Petra by Night . This beautiful candlelight show with music played by the local Bedouins allows you to visit the Siq and Treasury away from the hordes of tourists.

There is so much to see in The Rose City of Petra! I wish I knew this when I was planning our Jordan itinerary ! Many people spend only a day in Petra, but if you want to do some of the hikes you’ll need much longer than that.

We started at 6:30 a.m., right after the gates opened, and were hiking and exploring straight through until 6 p.m. We saw A LOT, but we still missed several sites we were hoping to see. Ideally, you should spend two full days in Petra to properly explore the sites and enjoy what you see.

You’ll be walking a lot in the heat and on uneven terrain when you visit Petra. Therefore, wearing loose, comfortable clothes and sturdy shoes is a must, if you want to enjoy your visit. I’ve seen people hiking in sandals, or sneakers, but from my experience hiking boots are the best choice for Petra.

Hiking to the Monastery

You should also try to dress in layers. The weather may be a little cool in the morning, but after the sun goes up it gets very hot. Remember, this is a desert and the sun is very cruel.

Bring a hat, a scarf and lots of sunscreen with you. Also, buy a hiking pole from the main entrance. They sell for $7-8 and are totally worth the investment. Your joints will thank you on the steep trails of Petra!

Bedouins in Petra

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Reader Interactions

Giancarlo Pena

March 5, 2023 at 10:59 pm

Hi! I am planning to go to Abu Dhabi during the first week of April and would love to do a day trip to Petra. I would fly in at 9:00 am and take the red-eye back at 11:00 pm. Would that be enough time?

I know I would have to drive there and back from AMMAN airport, so would tickets be available by then, or should I buy tickets prior to my arrival?

Thank you so much!

March 8, 2023 at 12:55 pm

Hi Giancarlo, Petra is bigger than you think and visiting it takes at least one full day. From what I see your schedule is pretty tight. Driving from Amman to Petra takes around 3 hours (one-way), so if you arrive in Amman at 9:00 you’ll be in Petra the earliest around noon (possibly later). The park closes at 6:00 p.m., so that will leave you with 5 hours, at the most. Considering that you have to catch a plane at 11:00 p.m., I’d say your visit would be not only very rushed but also very stressful. As for buying tickets ahead of time, I don’t think it would be necessary. Most visitors come to Petra early morning, so around noon you won’t be faced with long lines.

November 22, 2021 at 9:00 am

I’m really grateful you mentioned the donkeys in the context of not using them – I visited yesterday and my experience was completely ruined by what I witnessed towards the donkeys and camels; the behaviour of the handlers is disgusting, and I would also urge absolutely everyone to avoid financing this abuse at all costs. This is a great review in general, and you’re absolutely right about needing multiple days to explore fully, my legs are still aching 24 hours later after the back entrance hike to the front gates, and I still didn’t see everything!

November 22, 2021 at 9:08 am

Thank you for your comment. I’m saddened by the fact the the animal abuse continues in Petra. I was hoping it was just an incident, although I’ve heard other people complaining about it.

January 14, 2020 at 3:36 am

For quite sometime now I have been dreaming of Petra. I so want to get there. And see the lost city with its abandoned wonders. I even dreamt of the treasury once… something about me on a horseback. Seeing all this in your post, reminds me to start planning and maybe fulfill that dream this year. I am definitely gonna take the tips that you have shared and yes, petra at night is on!

Anda Galffy

January 14, 2020 at 8:38 pm

Hope you’ll get to visit Petra soon, Ami.

January 11, 2020 at 4:14 pm

I never would have guessed that Petra gets snow! Regardless of when I visit, I know I definitely want to see the night light show. It looks even more mysterious being a hidden city at night with the candlelight.

Yukti Agrawal

January 11, 2020 at 12:53 pm

What a timely post, as I was planning to visit Jordan in a very short period of time. The Obelisk Tomb really looks interesting and it would be great to take beautiful photos of ancient ruins. Walking through narrow zig-zag alleys of the Siq also looks beautiful thing to do here. Amazing photo of The Treasury.

Bhushavali N

January 11, 2020 at 2:50 am

Ofcourse, like everyone else, Jordan is in my wishlist as well! And you’re right, that place totally needs a dedicated study about it before visiting there, even as a tourist. Without knowing the history, importance and the excavation of it, its just pointless! Good to know that there are donkey rides available. While we mostly walk, sometimes it gets a bit exhausting with our toddler!

January 10, 2020 at 8:24 pm

This is so cool! Your blog is very informative and detailed. As seen in pictures the people were like ants because of these huge structures. Hopefully I’ll be able to have a tour there soon.

Marion Halliday

January 10, 2020 at 12:38 pm

I’ve always been fascinated by Petra and I’ve seen many photos over the years, but I still had no idea of the sheer scale of the city! While the traditional tourist sites look amazing, I particularly like the idea of going off the main trail to some of the less visited sites like the High Place of Sacrifice and the Lion monument. I can see how easy it would be to spend at least 2 or 3 days there – that’s a great travel tip 😀

January 10, 2020 at 6:35 pm

Thank you Marion.

January 9, 2020 at 4:26 pm

When I first time saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and heard for the first time the nickname of Petra the “Rose City,” Perta became my must-see place to visit. I hope I will do it soon. I would love to see The ‘Treasury’ and The Royal Tombs Accessed and narrow canyon called Al Siq because I love slot canyons. I like to taste local food, so it’s great to know about the Street of Façades. Your article is very detailed and will be helpful during trip planning for sure.

January 9, 2020 at 7:16 pm

Thank you, Agnes. I’m glad if you could use the information for your trip.

Linda (LD Holland)

January 9, 2020 at 6:20 am

We loved our visit to Petra. But I wish I read your blog post before we went. We didn’t have control over the timing since we went on a tour. And mid-day was crazy busy. And hot. We really did not understand how big the site was. And how much of the walk you did without cover. I agree that one day may not be enough if you really want to hike and spend some time at the site. I guess it just means we need to go back. There was so much more of Jordon to explore as well.

January 9, 2020 at 11:20 am

It’s great that you could visit Petra even for a short time, Linda.

January 9, 2020 at 1:43 am

This has been on my radar for years and there are still good flight prices to Jordan from London, UK. However I am waiting for my daughters to grow up a little bit more so I am going to hold off for a few years, not because I want them to see Petra in it’s amazing glory but also to educate them. I really cant wait to give them history and geography lessons whilst on the road and give them the early start in life. 🙂

January 9, 2020 at 11:21 am

I know what you are saying, Danik. It’s difficult to travel to Jordan with two little kids.

January 8, 2020 at 11:54 pm

Really informative guide! I really loved Petra and I could recommend the Movenpick as a good local hotel – amazing food too.

January 9, 2020 at 11:25 am

Thanks, Fiona. I should check it out for next time.

Rhonda Albom

January 8, 2020 at 2:58 pm

Petra has been on my bucket list for years. Thanks for all the good advice. I think I will have to stay for at least 2 days. I am going to look at your recommendations for nearby “nice” hotels as I wouldn’t want to have to make the same trip from Aqaba multiple days in a row.

January 8, 2020 at 7:46 pm

You are long due for a trip to Jordan, Rhonda. I know how much you want this trip and hope you’ll get there soon.

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The Complete One Day Petra Guide (+FREE Trail Map)

Is one day in Petra enough?


One day is enough time to see all of the main attractions of the Lost City of Petra. This complete one-day Petra guide will help you to make the most of your visit.

As a bonus, you will find a map of Petra with trails and all of the mentioned places at the end of this post.

You will also find tips for the best time to visit Petra, how to not get scammed in Petra, what are your eating and drinking options in Petra, or where to stay in Petra (Wadi Musa).

Petra, the ancient city carved into red cliff faces, is hidden in the rocky mountains and canyons of Jordan and its origin dates to 5th century BC. Petra is called the Lost City because it was unknown to the world for hundreds of years until its discovery in 1812 by a Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Until then, only Bedouins were inhabiting Petra.

Petra is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list and is one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Today, Petra is the most visited tourist attraction in Jordan. Almost 800 000 tourists visited Petra in 2017.

Treasury (Al-Khazneh)

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Petra offers hundreds of sites to explore, and lots of others are waiting to be discovered. But certainly, there are some highlights of Petra.

The best places in Petra to see are:

With this itinerary, you will visit all of the main attractions in Petra.

The 1.2 km long Siq with its high orange walls is simply breathtaking.

The orange walls of the Siq

The Treasury is one of the most photographed and visited places in Petra. Tourists are not allowed to go inside.

This guide will tell you how to get to the Treasury viewpoint for even better photos.

The Treasury in Petra

The Theatre was carved into the side of the mountain by the Nabateans and enlarged by the Romans later.

Theatre and Petra City Centre from above

The western cliff of the Khubtha mountain hides some majestic tombs. Don't skip them, you can go inside!

The view of the Royal Tombs from the High Place of Sacrifice

The Monastery is located at the very end of Petra. Definitely worth the walk. It's forbidden to go inside.

The Monastery in Petra

Hiking trails in Petra

There are four major trails in Petra that will take you to its main attractions:

  • High Place of Sacrifice Trail (Wadi al Farasa Trail)
  • Monastery Trail (Ad-Deir Trail)
  • Treasury Viewpoint Trail (Al-Khubtha Trail)

Except for the Main Trail, all of the other trails are officially rated as hard. I rate them as moderate since I don't consider hiking uphill as hard. Especially when the trails are well maintained, and there are no obstacles. If you can walk without any problems, it will be moderate for you too.

The Main Trail is the most crowded trail with attractions such as the Siq, the Treasury, the Theatre, the Colonnaded Street, or the Great Temple. It begins at the Petra Visitor Centre and ends at the old Museum and The Basin Restaurant by Crowne Plaza. The terrain of the Main Trail is mostly flat with no steps or obstacles to climb.

With this one day Petra itinerary, you will not walk the Main Trail straight in a row, but you will take side trails.

  • Length: 4 kilometers (one way)
  • Duration: approx. 1 hour and 20 minutes (one way) without stops
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Color on the map: yellow ◼

The High Place of Sacrifice Trail, also known as the Wadi al Farasa Trail, begins with stairs right after the "Why Not Shop" and ends at Qasr al-Bint (Temple of Dushares). This trail will take you to the High Place of Sacrifice offering an astounding view of Petra, the Lion Monument, the Garden Temple, the Roman Soldier’s Tomb, or Qasr al-Bint.

  • Length:  3.5 kilometers (one way)
  • Duration: approx. 1 hour and 30 minutes (one way) without stops
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Color on the map: blue ◼

The Monastery (Ad-Deir) Trail begins at the Basin Restaurant by Crowne Plaza and ends at the Monastery (Ad-Deir). Expect lots of stairs.

  • Length:  3.2 kilometers (return)
  • Duration: approx. 45 minutes to the Monastery and 25 minutes back without stops
  • Color on the map: green ◼

The Treasury Viewpoint (Al-Khubtha) Trail begins shortly before the Royal Tombs and ends at the Treasury Viewpoint. Along this trail, you can visit the majestic Royal Tombs – the Urn Tomb, the Silk Tomb, the Corinthian Tomb, and the Palace Tomb. Also, there will be several viewpoints from the top of the hill. You will climb a lot of stairs again.

  • Length:  3.4 kilometers (return)
  • Duration: approx. 45 minutes there and 30 minutes back without stops
  • Color on the map: red ◼

One day Petra itinerary

How to spend one day in Petra?

This one-day Petra itinerary will take you to all of the main attractions and the best viewpoints in Petra.

You will walk about 18 kilometers . Start as early as possible to have enough time to enjoy all of the places. You should leave Petra before dark. If you are quite fit and able to climb stairs, then you will easily make it.

In March, we did this route starting after 8 AM and finishing at 5 PM. See the route itinerary on the map at the end of this post.

The map of Petra with hiking trails

You will begin your hike at the Petra Visitor Centre in Wadi Musa. During the first part of this trail (950 m), you will walk through Bab as-Siq (Gateway to the Siq) where you can see the Obelisk tomb .

Bab as-Siq – the gateway to the Siq – and the Obelisk Tomb on the left

The next part will take you to the famous and stunning Siq (1.2 km). It's a 3–12 meters wide corridor with its walls reaching up to 182 meters. Enjoy the shade if you are visiting Petra during a hot day.

Entrance to the Siq

At the end of the Siq, you will see the Treasury through the narrow canyon. Take a short break and appreciate the magnificent Treasury (also known as Al-Khazneh).

The first glimpse of the Treasury from the Siq

There is a chance you will be approached by local guides offering you to take you to an epic view of the Treasury, but refuse their offers . The thing is there are two viewpoints. One is directly opposite the Treasury (on the left side when you get out of the Siq) – the way there is officially inaccessible for tourists and might be quite dangerous. But they will happily take you there for some money.

This Petra guide will show you how to get the Treasury Viewpoint – located on the right side when you get out of the Siq. For this viewpoint, you do not need any guide, the trail is safe, and you don't have to pay anything.

The view of the Treasury from above

After the Treasury, the Street of Facades begins. You will walk this street for 390 meters, and you can explore some tombs and houses around.

The street of Facades

When you reach the open area, you will see toilets and small shops on your left. Turn left behind the "Why Not Shop"  and take the stairs leading to the High Place of Sacrifice.

Why Not Shop and the beginning of the High Place of Sacrifice Trail

The first physical test of the day begins here on the stairs. You will climb a lot of them! The first part of this trail (1 km) goes up a canyon and will take you to the High Place of Sacrifice. When you reach a small stand with souvenirs, turn right.

The view of the Street of Facades and the Theatre

After a while, you will find yourself at a crossroad with a signpost, and you will see a small tea/coffee house on the left and two obelisks behind you on the left. Turn right where a few other steps await you. Just before the end of the stairs, there is a fork, and it doesn't matter which path you take. You can make a loop or walk there and back the same way, but the High Place of Sacrifice is on the west side of the ridge.

The crossroad with one of the Obelisks before the High Place of Sacrifice

Continue further where a reward in the form of an epic view of Petra awaits you. Have a rest and enjoy the scenery with a tea you can buy at the Bedouin tent there.

The view of Petra from the High Place of Sacrifice viewpoint

Head back to the crossroad and continue straight. You will start descending towards Wadi al Farasa, and after 600 meters you will have the Lion Monument  (the Lion Fountain) on your left. After another 200 meters, you will get to the Garden Temple followed by the Roman Soldier’s Tomb, the Garden Triclinium, and the Renaissance Tomb .

You will meet Bedouins also out of the Main Trail

Shortly after the Renaissance Tomb and after leaving the canyon, more trails will be available. It doesn't matter which one you choose as far as you keep walking northwest – they will lead you to Qasr al-Bint and the Main Trail.

Have a tea or a coffee on your way to the Main Trail

When you arrive back to the Main Trail, it will be probably around noon. If you didn't bring your own food, you can eat at one of two restaurants  – Nabataean Tent Restaurant (packed lunch for 7 JOD, lunch buffet for 10 JOD) or The Basin Restaurant by Crowne Plaza (lunch buffet for 17 JOD). If you are not hungry, you will have a chance to get a sandwich at the Monastery for 3 JOD.

Another stair challenge of the day. Head north of the restaurants (there was no signpost) – you will get to a canyon and first stairs after 270 meters. After another 120 meters, you can take a short detour to the Lion Triclinium . Just walk in the small canyon behind the signpost.

When you reach the Monastery , you can take a rest at a nearby café with a view of the fabulous monument and have some tea, coffee, snacks, or fresh juice for reasonable prices (3 JOD for sandwich, 3 JOD for fresh juice, 2 JOD for tea/coffe).

After the rest, walk towards the west to visit epic viewpoints of the Monastery and surrounding mountains . It will take you 5 to 10 minutes to hike to the first one with a view of the Monastery. This viewpoint is located on a rock and is marked with a "The Best View" sign.

The next viewpoint with a view of a canyon is located more to the west on the edge of the canyon and is marked with signs such as "Wadi Araba View,"   "Grand Canyon view,"  or "Do Not Miss This Spectacular View. "

You will be able to see Israel and Palestine from both of the viewpoints and enjoy tea from local Bedouins.

The view of the Monastery from the nearby lookout

It's time to head back. Prepare for traders saying you promised them to buy something on your return.

You will pass the restaurants and will walk the Colonnaded Street . Visit the Great Temple and the Nymphaeum on the way to the Royal Tombs and the Al-Khubtha Trail. You can also make a short detour to the Temple of Winged Lions and the Byzantine Church , which are located on the hill to your left.

It is less than 1 kilometer to get to the beginning of the Al-Khubtha Trail and the Royal Tombs area.

After your walk through the city center of Petra, you will have the Royal Tombs in front of you. Visit the tombs now or after the hike to the Treasury Viewpoint.

Regardless, follow the path along the Royal Tombs to the north, where you will find the stairs leading to the top and to the viewpoint. It is around 500 meters from the Main Trail to the beginning of the stairs. You don't need any guide for this trail or to pay an entrance fee. This is your last stair mission of the day!

The section with the stairs (around 600 meters) is most exhausting and will take you 20–30 minutes to reach the top. Various viewpoints are accessible during this hike, and you will be able to see the whole city center of Petra and the Theatre .

A few signposts will help you to navigate there, but the trail is pretty straightforward with almost no chance to get off the path. The last part of the trail is slightly downhill so don't get confused by this. There will also be several lookouts of the Treasury, but from the angle.

The Al-Khubtha Trail will take you to the Treasury viewpoint

When you reach the end of the ridge, there will be a Bedouin tent with the "The Most Beautiful View In The World" sign. The Bedouins will be happy to have you there, chill and take photos, but in return they want you to buy a cup of tea, coffee, or a cold soft drink for 2 JOD. This is the best place to take photos of the Treasury from above. You can also ask them to use their back door to get to a lower platform below the tent.

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The Treasury viewpoint

Now you need to return back to the Main Trail the same way you came here.

The northern part of Petra and the Bedouin village of Uum Sayhoun in the background

Pass the Royal Tombs again and head to the last sight of this itinerary – the Theatre .

Sunset at the Urn Tomb

From there, you will walk the Main Trail back to Wadi Musa. It is 2.8 kilometers long walk from the Theatre to the Visitor Centre, and it will take you around 1 hour.

When is the best time to visit Petra

The best time to visit Petra is early morning to avoid the crowds . And you want to enjoy the Siq and the Treasury without people, especially if you want to take beautiful photos. Petra opens at 6 AM, so begin your walk as early as possible. We started our hike after 8 AM, and it was already crowded, mainly in the front of the Treasury.

During hot summer months, the early start will help you to avoid the heat for a while.

The best months to visit Petra are March to May and October to November, so you escape the coldest and hottest months. Moreover, during winter, raining may cause some parts of Petra inaccessible or flash floods. But if you don't mind cold and want to enjoy less crowded Petra, head there in winter.

We visited Petra in the middle of March, and the weather was sunny and quite hot.

Opening hours of Petra

Petra is open to tourists daily throughout the year.

Petra has opening hours for two seasons:

  • summer: 6 AM to 6 PM, leave before 7 PM
  • winter: 6 AM to 4 PM, leave before 5 PM - please note that one of my readers mentioned (February 2023) Petra is opening at 6:30 AM while the official websites still state 6:00 AM

Petra by night runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. You start at 8:30 PM at the Petra Visitor Centre and get back at 10:30 PM.

A goat enjoying dinner at sunset in Petra

Petra entrance fees

How much is the entrance fee to Petra? It depends on how long you will be in Jordan and on how many days you want to spend by exploring Petra.

If you are visiting Jordan for at least 4 days (3 nights) and planning to visit Petra, the Jordan Pass is a must. It waives the tourist visa fee and includes entrance to Petra and to over 40 other attractions in Jordan such as Jerash, Wadi Rum, or the Karak castle.

The tourist visa fee for Jordan is 40 JOD and the price for one day ticket to Petra is 50 JOD (if you stay for at least one night in Jordan). You will save 20 JOD with the Jordan Pass. Buy you Jordan Pass online prior your arrival to Jordan!

The price of Jordan Pass varies depending on how many days you want to spend in Petra:

  • 70 JOD – 1 day visit to Petra (Jordan Wanderer)
  • 75 JOD – 2 consecutive days visit to Petra (Jordan Explorer)
  • 80 JOD – 3 consecutive days visit to Petra (Jordan Expert)

If you are staying for 3 days (2 nights) and less in Jordan, the entrance fees to Petra are as follows:

  • 50 JOD – 1 day entry to Petra
  • 55 JOD – 2 consecutive days entry to Petra
  • 60 JOD – 3 consecutive days entry to Petra

Buy the tickets to Petra at the Petra Visitor Centre, online booking is not possible nor necessary.

Already too confusing? Well, the Jordanian officials prepared even more complicated solution for those crossing the Eilat – Aqaba border.

If you travel to Jordan from Israel, enter via the South Wadi Araba Crossing Border (Eilat – Aqaba) and stay in Jordan for 2 consecutive nights, you will get free visa and pay 50 JOD entrance fee to Petra. You might end up paying 10 JOD departure tax when leaving Jordan via South Wadi Araba Crossing border, but the information on this differs (you might not pay anything). For more information, read about  crossing the border from Eilat to Aqaba via South Wadi Araba Crossing Border and this discussion on TripAdvisor .

If you are taking a short one day trip to Jordan without an overnight stay, for example, a one day tour to Petra from Israel , you will pay 90 JOD to enter Petra.

The entrance fee for Petra by night is 17 JOD . It's not included in your day ticket or Jordan Pass.

Buy the ticket at the Petra Visitor Centre or at your hotel. There is no daily limit (March 2019).

You also have to show your day ticket or Jordan Pass to get in for Petra by night.

Sunset in Petra

How to get to Petra

The closest airport to Petra is in Aqaba. It is 125km away, and it takes about 2 hours by car. Lowcost airlines providing flights to Aqaba are Ryanair, easyJet, and seasonally also Norwegian. Flights to Amman are cheaper and more lowcost airlines are available – Fly Dubai, Laudamotion, Norwegian, Pegasus Airlines or Ryanair. Amman airport is 205km far from Petra, and it takes about 3 hours by car.

If you do not want to rent a car, your best options are JETT buses. Cheaper minibuses are available, but the schedule is not fixed. Lastly, you can use a taxi, which can be convenient when traveling in a group.

In the case of minibuses, you should always ask locals or your hotel to confirm the departure time and to book your seat.

Renting a car in Jordan is your best option since Jordan does not have good and frequent public transportation.

We rented our car with Sixt via Rentalcars (2 drivers included in the price). We were not pushed into any additional insurance or upgrades, and they also didn't try to charge us for any already existing scratches after the drop-off.

Free parking is available at different parking lots near the Petra Visitor Centre. Find them on the map at the end of this post.

JETT bus from Amman to Petra departs daily at 6:30 AM from the  JETT bus station in the Al-Abdali district and arrives in Petra at 11 AM. The price is 11 JOD. It seems you can buy the one way ticket only in their mobile app ( Android , iOS ) or at JETT offices in Amman.

Alternatively, you can take a minibus from the South bus station (Wihdat bus station) in Amman for 7 JOD . They should operate the route Amman – Petra every hour between 6 AM and 4 PM, and depart when full. So it might happen you will need to wait for more passengers, pay for the empty seats, or the minibus will not leave at all.

You may try to get Uber to Petra the price should be about 70 JOD . Otherwise, there will be taxi drivers willing to drive you to Petra. It should cost around 80 JOD , but the price depends on your haggling skills.

JETT bus from Aqaba to Petra is also available. It departs daily at 8:00 AM from the JETT office in Aqaba and the price is 12 JOD . You can book this bus ticket online , or at their office.

Minibusses to Petra departs from Aqaba bus station between 6:30 AM and 12 PM. As in the case of Amman, they leave when full too. The price should be 1.85 JOD .

The price for a taxi from Aqaba to Petra should be around 40–50 JOD , but again, it depends on your haggling skills.

JETT provides a bus connection between Wadi Rum and Petra for 12 JOD , and you can buy the ticket online . The bus departs at 10 AM from the Wadi Rum Visitor Centre .

A minibus is also available, it should depart at around 9 AM from Wadi Rum Village, and the price is 10 JOD .

Taxi from Wadi Rum to Petra should cost you around 30–40 JOD .

Tours to Petra are the best option if you do not want to drive in Jordan or deal with public transportation. You will easily find tours to Petra from Amman, Aqaba, or Israel .

The company JETT also provides  tour (return) trips to Petra,  and you can book it online. From Amman and Aqaba for 18 JOD , Wadi Rum – Petra – Aqaba for 18 JOD and many more.

There is many small shops and stalls selling drinks and snacks inside Petra. The price for a bottle of water is usually 1 JOD and for other soft drinks and snacks 2–3 JOD.

There are two restaurants in Petra . Both are located in the Basin area at the end of the Main Trail.

  • Nabataean Tent Restaurant – smaller and cheaper restaurant offers a lunch buffet for the price of 10 JOD or packed lunch for 7 JOD.
  • The Basin Restaurant by Crowne Plaza – the price for lunch buffet is 17 JOD, drinks not included.
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Tea and coffee are available at almost every Bedouin tent or stall. The price is usually 2 JOD. If the Bedouins invite you, a tip may be expected.

Scams in Petra

Petra is a safe place to visit. You may run into several scams and con artists in Petra. Don't let this stop you from visiting this ancient city. If you are unsure about any situation, contact the tourist police in Petra (find the locations on the map).

There have been reports Bedouins will block your way and ask you to pay them (tens of dinars) so you can hike the Al-Khubtha Trail – the trail that leads to the Treasury overlook. Don't pay them anything, they have no right to ask money for this hike, and the trail is accessible free of charge to anybody. We didn't encounter this scam.

In case this happens to you, the nearest tourist police office is located opposite the "Why Not Shop. "

Some girls might become a target of Bedouins trying to seduce them to take advantage of them later. That includes sex, marriage and asking them for money . But remember that  not every Bedouin has bad intentions .

You will be approached by horse handlers telling you the horse ride is included in your ticket. What they won't tell you is a tip is more than expected after the ride (even 10 JOD). If you refuse to pay, they won't be happy at all.

Happy hours, big discounts and the best prices – typical lies to attract less experienced tourists. Don't forget to bargain.

On your return from the Monastery, vendors will be telling you that you promised them to buy something on your way back. They won't forget to add they are honest and truthful so you should keep your word.

Before or after one day in Petra, it is convenient to stay for one night in Wadi Musa – the city next to Petra. There are many options for accommodation in Wadi Musa – hostels, guest houses, hotels, or luxurious hotel resorts like Petra Marriott Hotel  or Mövenpick Resort Petra .

We stayed at the  Petra Capsule Hostel , which is probably not the type of hostel you are used to. Your bunk bed is actually a capsule, and it is pretty cozy. Each of the capsules is for one or two persons, has its own light, power outlets, and if you are lucky, a big window overlooking the city. But don't worry, you will not share a capsule with a stranger. Private rooms are also available.

If you are looking for some unique accommodation in Petra, go for Petra Bubble Luxotel , which is located 7 kilometers north of Petra. Each bubble has air conditioning which is a must for such a type of accommodation.

Another often recommended place to stay in Petra is Rafiki Hostel with very good reviews. They offer dorm rooms and private rooms.

Rafiki Hostel

Interesting concept of a hostel located in the city center.

Petra Capsule Hostel

Petra bubble luxotel.

Luxurious and unique accommodation with the scenery of Mars.

Mövenpick Resort Petra

5-star resort located next to the entrance to the ancient city of Petra.

The rules prohibit overnight stays in Petra. Yet, Bedouins offer overnight stays in their caves in Petra . You can find their offers on Couchsurfing and Airbnb . But this might not be the best decision for solo traveling girls.

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Did you know?

Several movies were shot in the ancient city of Petra. The most famous films are:

  • Queen of the Desert (2015) 5.7/10
  • Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) 6.0/10
  • The Mummy Returns (2001) 6.4/10
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) 8.2/10

Free Petra map with trails

I created a map of sights, viewpoints and trails in Petra on Google Maps. It will help you to navigate inside Petra and follow the itinerary.

The Petra map includes:

  • trails in Petra
  • sights in Petra
  • the best viewpoints in Petra
  • toilets in Petra
  • restaurants in Petra
  • some tea/coffee spots in Petra
  • tourist police posts in Petra
  • free parking in Wadi Musa
  • hotels and hostels in Wadi Musa

View a larger map by clicking the enlarge button in the top right corner of the map. Can't see the map? See it here .

There is also  Lonely Planet Jordan travel guide  that covers Petra and describes its history and sights.

This free Petra map will be handy for navigation in Petra. You can view it in your Google Maps on your iPhone or Android phone.

You need to have Google Maps installed on your phone ( Android , iOS ).

  • Log in to your Google account in your web browser.
  • Return to this page and click the star next to the map name. It will save the map into your maps.
  • Open the Google Maps app on your phone (you need to be logged in to your Google account).
  • Tap the menu icon > Your places > Maps (swipe to the left in the top menu).
  • Select  Petra map with trails .

If you have previously loaded the map online in your Google Maps app, then yes, you will be able to use the Petra map offline.

Is Petra on your bucket list? I hope this complete one-day Petra guide will help you with your trip. Let me know in the comments if you have any question!

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20 comments on “The Complete One Day Petra Guide (+FREE Trail Map)”

Thanks a lot. The blog was useful during my trip in Oct 2022.

Thank you for the map and great information. We are planning two days in Petra. If you have time how would you break up the main attractions? Thanks again for this great site

I hope you can see the map here https://travelsurfrepeat.com/complete-one-day-petra-guide-free-trail-map/#45-free-petra-map-with-trails . I'd do the blue route one day and the green + red one the next. Of course, you'll do the yellow one twice.

We have two days as well, but on our first day we won't be able to start before 1230h. Wondering if this would work:

Day 1: Red trail Day 2: Yellow trail + Blue trail + Green trail

(of course, some of the yellow trail would be repeated on Day 1)

Your inputs would be appreciated. Thanks!

Hey Anil, yes, I think this is totally doable. Enjoy your trip!

Thanks for the details! We're day one (of two) on our Petra trip and your post and map have been very useful. Only thing I would add as an update is that the opening hour in February is 6:30 instead of 6:00. Us and a group of 8-10 other people were similarly confused since even our hotel confirmed it was 6:00. I guess low season and winter.

Thanks for the update, Ceigna! I just checked Petra and Jordanpass websites, and they still say 6:00, so I'm not surprised the hotel confirmed that. Enjoy Petra!

This post was a life saver! We had about 24 hours in Petra and your itinerary was perfect - saved our trip! Exhausted after all the walking but so worth it! Thank you so much!

hi! I can't view or download your map, please help!! 🙁

I could not load it as well. Find it in the page source code. Here is the link to it


Hey, sorry about that and my late reply. It's some issues regarding cookies and some browsers. Hopefully, it will be fixed soon. In the meantime, I added a link to the map. You can find it here https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1p0WZITvbOLhe_9MB51eylKyro2OqSxOz&ll=30.344100370450807%2C35.454467700000016&z=13 .

Hi Slavek.Your blog has been excellent with short but very useful information. Thank you very much. We are two Turkish friends. We planned to go to Jordan in March 2023. It will be a one-week vacation. I would appreciate it if you could send me materials and maps that can help us to my e-mail address. We wish you health and happiness. Ali

Thank you very much for this detailed guide and map Slavek! We had only one day in Petra and I was really enthusiastic make most of it. Your detailed description on each trail, together with general overview on Petra were extremely helpful and made our Petra trip great. It was also bit tiring 🙂 - it took bit longer for us, but no complaints on that, it worth it! Thanks so much again.

Thank you Slávek, for this wonderful document! Will be very useful for my upcoming trip to Jordan! One question though, your map is not showing one your page anymore. Would you be able to fix this, could be gold as well! many thanks again!

Regards, Maurice The Netherlands

Hey Maurice, thanks for the heads up about the map. Is it happening on mobile? Because I'm not able to see it on mobile either, but I can see it on computer. Will try to fix it. In the meanwhile, you can visit the map here https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1p0WZITvbOLhe_9MB51eylKyro2OqSxOz .

Hello Slavek, it wasn't working on my desktop but the new link that you shared workd perfectly fine! Thank you so much, valuable info!!

Thank you very much Slávek. These are exactly the informations the travelers are looking for. Thank you also for the map, it works fine online. But how can I load this map for offline usage - in google maps? I know how I download the map, but in offline mode all your marks are not available. I exported as kml and than imported in Locus Map App, that woks fine also offline, but I'm looking for a possibility to see your map with all your notices offline in google map.

Hey Emil, damn, I thought it will work offline once you load the map online. But it seems it doesn't, I'm also not able to open the specific points when offline. So I guess Locus or other apps are the only option 🙁

Thank you so much for this detailed post and especially the trail on Maps! We are going next week and this will definitely prove very useful! 🙂

Glad you like it! Enjoy your trip, Petra is amazing!

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22 Must-Know Tips for Visiting Petra, Jordan

Last Updated on July 21, 2023

Going on a trip to Petra, Jordan? These must-know tips for visiting Petra will kickstart your planning.

Alongside the Dead Sea and Wadi Rum , the ancient city of Petra is one of the most popular tourist sites in Jordan.

Petra is a massive site that can take days to hike. It was, after all, a large city during the Nabatean period! Because Petra is so expansive, it’s important to learn must-know tips for visiting Petra ahead of your trip. This will help ensure your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site goes smoothly!

1. Buy the Jordan Pass for your trip to Jordan.

2. book to stay in wadi musa., 3. spend more than one day at petra. , 4. get an early start when you visit petra. , al-khazneh (the treasury), the theatre, royal tombs, colonnade street, ad deir (the monastery), high place of sacrifice, the treasury viewpoint, 6. plan your petra itinerary in advance., 7. don’t pack too much into one day at petra., 8. plan for the weather. , 9. wear good walking shoes to petra.  , 10. pack a lunch for your petra visit., 11. don’t forget your sunscreen. , 12. dress comfortably and respectfully. , 13. download offline maps to navigate around petra. , 14. learn the history of petra ahead of your visit. , 15. consider hiring a guide in petra (but it isn’t necessary)., treasury viewpoint 1, treasury viewpoint 2, 17. carry cash on you while visiting petra. , 18. skip the donkey and camel rides in petra. , 19. if you have time, visit little petra, too. , 20. check for tickets to see petra by night. , 21. pack in and pack out: don’t leave litter behind at petra., 22. practice responsible tourism when visiting petra. , your guide to visiting petra: petra faq, tips for visiting petra.

Let’s dive into 20 essential tips for visiting Petra! And be sure to read to the end of this blog for quick FAQ answers to common Petra questions.

The Jordan Pass is a sightseeing pass that you can buy before arriving in Jordan. The pass includes your visa fees as well as access to more than 40 tourist sites, including Petra, and the fees to visit Wadi Rum. 

There are 3 different Jordan Pass packages which range between 100 USD and 120 USD. The main difference between the packages is the amount of days each pass allows for visiting Petra. 

The cheapest Jordan Pass includes 1 day in Petra, and the most expensive pass includes 3 days in Petra.  

The pass has to be bought before you arrive in Jordan. When entering Jordan you will present that pass (printed, along with ID) to receive your on arrival visa – the pass will waive all visa fees. You will present the pass and ID at tourist sites as well, to enter for free. 

We purchased the basic Jordan Pass, which was more than worth it because Jordan’s visa fees and the entrance fees to visit sites like Petra and Wadi Rum are expensive. 

For example, our visa cost 40 JOD, and Petra fees start at 50 JOD. The pass, which we bought for 70 JOD, was already worth it just by entering Jordan and going to Petra! 

Wadi Musa is a small town, nicknamed the “Guardian of Petra” because it’s so near the ancient city. The town is small, but has plenty of hotels, restaurants, and even a Turkish bath. 

From most hotels in Wadi Musa, it’s just a 10 minute walk to the entrance of Petra. This makes Wadi Musa a convenient home base for exploring Petra. 

There’s a range of accommodation to choose from in Petra, from budget hotels to luxury hotel chains. Just be sure to book your accommodation in advance, because this town is typically busy with tourists.

It is definitely possible to see the highlights of Petra in one day, but because this ancient city is so big, it can be tiring to fit it all into a single visit. 

Spending 2 or 3 days in Petra makes it possible to explore the city at a more leisurely pace. And, you’ll have time to see some of the lesser known sites, and walk some of the less busy trails. 

This is one of the most important tips for visiting Petra. You’ll want to start as early in the morning as possible when visiting Petra. Especially if you have one day to visit the ancient city! An early start will mean you have more time to see all there is to see. 

Another benefit of arriving early is that you beat the crowds, and the midday tour groups. If you are visiting Petra in the summer, you’ll also avoid the midday heat. 

We got the Petra entrance gates for 6:00 AM sharp when we visited, which is when the city opens to tourists. 

Although waking up at 5:00 AM was hard, the early morning was worth it. Our hike through the Siq (approx. 1.2 kilometers) was beautifully quiet, and we were entirely alone!

When we reached the famous Treasury, there was a small group of other early starters. Everyone there respected each other’s wish to have a photo in front of the Treasury. 

5. Know what you should see at Petra. 

Petra is massive! In fact, I had no idea how big the city was until I actually hiked around it. Because of Petra’s size, it’s important to be familiar with the sites that are notable to visit. Here’s a summary of the main sites to see at Petra: 

The Siq is the main entrance to the Nabatean city of Petra. Also known as “Siqit”, it’s a path that winds through a narrow gorge for 1.2 kilometers, before arriving at Petra’s most famous ruin, Al Khazneh (also known as The Treasury). The Siq is a given when you visit Petra, because it’s the only way to enter and exit the city. 

Al-Khazneh is one of the most elaborate temples in Petra. The structure is believed to have been the mausoleum of the Nabatean King Aretas IV in the 1st century AD. The facade of Al-Khazneh is intricately carved out of a tall sandstone cliff, standing almost 40 meters high. 

Carved into the side of the mountain at the foot of the High Place of Sacrifice, The Theatre is an auditorium that has three rows of seats which are separated by passageways. There are 7 staircases which ascend into the auditorium, which accommodate up to 4000 spectators at a time. 

The Royal Tombs are high up on the side of a cliff, overlooking Petra. To reach them you climb a stairway that leads to the famous Urn Tomb, which was used as a place of worship during the Byzantine Empire. 

Next to the Urn Tomb are several other ancient tombs. From the tombs, you have sweeping views of Petra and the surrounding desert. 

The Colonnade Street runs through the center of Petra. The street was originally created by the Nabataeans, and then later refurbished during the period of Roman occupation. 

It would have been one of the main shopping districts of ancient Petra. Although the street is now mostly in ruins, it’s an interesting walk to see the many excavated (and unexcavated) sites on either side. 

The Monastery is high up in the hills of Petra. The monument has a similar design as The Treasury, but is much larger. Built originally as a Nabatean tomb, it likely served as a church during the Byzantine period. 

The High Place of Sacrifice is quite literally that: an ancient altar that was likely used for sacrificing animals, which is up at the top of a mountain. 

To reach this monument, you have to take on the challenge of climbing many many steps, but it’s worth it for the beautiful views of ancient Petra that you’ll be treated to at the top. 

There are two main Treasury viewpoints that you can climb to for spectacular views of Al-Khazneh. Later in this guide, I’ll cover how to access the viewpoints without a guide. 

Petra is a large city, and so it’s important to plan your itinerary in advance so that you can make the most of your visit. Plan a walking route that will cover the sites that you definitely want to see.

A classic “highlights” visit to Petra should include the Siq, the Treasury, and Al-Deir Monastery. These three sites can be visited within 6 hours, potentially less time depending on how quickly you walk. Just note that the trek from the Treasury to the Monastery takes about 1.5 to 2 hours, each direction. 

To see the 8 main sites of Petra (The Siq, The Treasury, The Monastery, Theatre, Royal Tombs, Colonnade, High Place of Sacrifice, and the Treasury viewpoint) you’ll have to have a long day. Alternatively, plan to spend 2-3 days exploring Petra.  

Petra is a massive archaeological site, and so you don’t want to pack too much into one day. The distances between sites often don’t look far on a map, but in fact, the walks are long. 

Budgeting your time while hiking in Petra will depend on what you intend to see, and your pace. Keep in mind that Petra closes daily at 6:00pm in the winter, and 8:00pm in the summer. The peak traffic hours are between noon and 4:00pm, this is when the tour groups from other parts of Jordan and Israel arrive by bus.

The best time to visit Petra is during the spring and autumn months because temperatures aren’t too high, and the crowds are smaller. The summer months (July and August) tend to be super busy, and very hot. The winter months are cooler.

We visited in February, which is Jordanian winter. In the morning it was quite chilly, and so I wore a lightweight down jacket with a long sleeve shirt underneath. Later in the day when the sun was high in the sky, I switched into a t-shirt.

This may be one of my unusual tips for visiting Petra, but I think visiting in winter is a good call. In the winter the weather is better for hiking, and, there are less tourists, so Petra isn’t as packed. Traveling anywhere in off-season is a great way to reduce overtourism , too!

The ancient city of Petra is expansive, mountainous and rugged. This tip for visiting Petra will save your feet! Throughout your Petra visit you will do lots of walking, and so wear comfortable walking shoes, hiking sandals, or lightweight hiking boots. 

There are restaurants and shops within Petra where you can buy food and water, but packing a lunch will make for a smooth day. 

Many hotels in Wadi Musa will prepare a lunch for you if you request one in advance. If you bring a packed lunch, you have the freedom to find a scenic spot to sit down and enjoy a picnic.

And of course, bring lots of water. You’ll be walking all day in the sun, and so it’s important to stay hydrated.  

Petra is located in southwestern Jordan, and the ancient city is surrounded by desert. And in many areas of Petra, it’s impossible to stay in the shade. It doesn’t take much sun to end up with a sunburn in this region of the world! Pack eco-friendly sunscreen and be sure to apply it repeatedly throughout the day. You can also supplement sunscreen with a good hat, sunglasses, and clothing that covers your skin. 

It’s important (as with traveling anywhere) to respect the practices of the region you’re visiting. So while traveling Jordan and visiting Petra, be mindful of local customs and culture. 

It’s custom in Jordan for people, especially women, to dress modestly. Local women generally cover up their legs, arms, and sometimes their hair. 

Visitors don’t necessarily need to follow local dress exactly, but out of respect, stick to your more modest outfits.

Maps are provided at the entrance gate to Petra. While the maps they give are helpful, an offline downloaded map will help you to accurately follow walking routes, and calculate how long it will take to reach specific sites.  

You can use the offline maps application Maps.Me, or download Google Maps (offline) for your visit. While there is some data connectivity as well as wifi available within Petra, having your maps downloaded offline will ensure you always have access to them. 

The ancient city of Petra has a long and fascinating history. Learning that history is part of what makes a visit to Petra so engaging and special! 

Before visiting Petra, dive into some resources to discover how the city was built, how it evolved over decades, and how it was lost for many years, before being “discovered” by a Swiss explorer in 1812. 

This free documentary by Geographics is a great starting point for your Petra learning!

Hiring guides is a wonderful way to learn about history and culture, and hiring a guide also helps to support local economies while you travel. There are plenty of guides available at the entrance of Petra, and also inside Petra. 

You can’t go wrong with a guide, but it’s also perfectly fine to visit Petra without one. Just be sure to take the time to learn Petra’s history ahead of your visit. That way, you’ll be able to visit the sites with an understanding of their history and significance.

16. Hike to the famous Treasury viewpoint.

It is probably the most popular image of Petra on social media: the view of the Treasury from above. It’s popular for a reason. The views of Al-Khazneh from high up are spectacular! If you only take away one of these tips for visiting Petra, let it be this one. Hike up to the Petra viewpoints!

There are two main viewpoints of the Treasury that you can access when you visit Petra. One is quicker to reach, but is overseen by Bedouins who charge money to take you up to the point. 

The quicker to reach viewpoint is accessed by turning left when facing the Treasury (just after the Siq). Local Bedouins will be happy to show you the start of this trail if you can’t find it. 

Throughout the day this viewpoint has an ongoing assembly line of tourists waiting to have their photo taken. It’s a great viewpoint, but the other viewpoint is quieter.

To reach the other viewpoint, go first to the Royal Tombs. The trail to this viewpoint is at the Palace Tomb, which is clearly marked on your map. 

Follow the path pas t the Palace Tomb, and you will see a set of stairs which veer to the right. This is the starting point.  

The first half of the trek is about 30 minutes of grueling staircases, but they eventually level out. Once the path has leveled, it becomes a little harder to follow the route – this is where an offline map on your phone comes in handy. 

When you arrive at this viewpoint, you’ll find a tent with a small cafe inside. While it’s free to sit at this viewpoint, I do recommend buying a drink from the little cafe run by Bedouin men.

Although it was a longer hike to reach this point, it proved worth it because there was barely anyone else there.

Be sure to carry cash on you for any souvenirs, meals, or drinks you might want to buy while visiting Petra. If you think you will be hiring a guide, donkey, horse or camel, be sure to bring at least 20 JOD. 

It is customary to negotiate prices in Jordan, but don’t expect to be able to negotiate more than 30% off the originally given price. And out of respect for local tradition and religion, do your best to not interrupt praying shopkeepers (this goes for traveling all over Jordan).

All throughout Petra you’ll be invited to ride donkeys or camels. Although it looks like fun (and makes getting around Petra much easier), staying away from riding any animals is one of the tips for visiting Petra that you shouldn’t ignore.

There are concerns about the well-being of animals who work in Petra, and so by skipping any rides you can avoid supporting animal labour . If you are physically able, stick to hiking the site. This means you’ll also have the freedom to stop, rest, and take pictures as you go.

Little Petra, also known as Siq al-Barid is an archaeological site located north of Petra and the town of Wadi Musa. It takes about 30 minutes to get to Little Petra from Petra. 

Little Petra tends to have fewer tourists, is easy to walk around, and it’s a fascinating site. It’s less demanding to explore compared to Petra because all of Little Petra’s main sites are within a 30 or 40 minute walk. If you have time while in the area, it’s worth making the trip to this archaeological site. 

Petra by Night is a special experience of Petra. After the sun goes down, the ancient city is lit up with thousands of candles. The experience includes the walk from the entrance of Petra to The Treasury.

At The Treasury, you’re seated on mats, served tea, and get to listen to live music. Once the show is done, you walk back the way you came. You aren’t able to go beyond the Treasury during Petra by Night. 

I’ve read mixed reviews about the Petra by Night experience. My partner and I weren’t in Petra on the right nights to be able to do it, so I can’t give my personal thoughts on it. 

Petra by Night runs every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week, starts at 20:30 from Petra Visitor Centre and delivers you back by guide to the Visitor Centre around 22.30.

This tip isn’t specific to visiting Petra. No matter where you are in the world, be sure to pack in and pack out. “Packing in and packing out” is the practice of leaving zero trace when you’re exploring nature. 

This means you should avoid leaving any litter behind, even if it’s organic. If you end up with litter while exploring Petra, hold onto it and dispose of it properly when you can.

Responsible tourism is all about making choices that minimize the negative impacts of your travels in favor of ones that are neutral, or contribute positively when traveling. It’s about traveling in a way that is better for people, the planet, and wildlife.

You can be a responsible traveler in Jordan by supporting local communities as you travel, minimizing your waste, respecting and following local customs, and paying fair prices (stay away from bartering too low!).

What is Petra Jordan famous for?

Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system, all built by the Nabataeans. The sandstone city is also known as the “Rose City” because of the colour of the stone from which it was carved.

What is the best time of year to visit Petra Jordan?

The best time to visit Petra is during the spring and autumn months because temperatures aren’t too high, and the crowds are smaller. The summer months (July and August) tend to be super busy, and very hot. The winter months are chillier, but the cooler weather makes it more comfortable to hike around the site.

Is it safe to visit Petra in Jordan?

Petra and the rest of Jordan is safe to visit. As with traveling anywhere, if you follow the general rules, local customs, and use your common sense, you won’t likely encounter problems. 

Who built Petra in Jordan?

Petra was built by the Nabateans around the 3rd century BC, in what is now southern Jordan. At that time, the Nabateans were amassing great wealth by trading with the nearby Greek and Persian civilizations. They used this wealth to carve palaces, tombs, temples, storerooms and more from the soft stone cliffs of the region.

Is Petra in Jordan or Israel?

Petra is a famous archaeological site in southwestern Jordan. The city was built by carving into sandstone cliffs, and the city is surrounded by desert.

How many days are enough to visit Petra Jordan?

While one day is certainly enough to see the highlights of Petra, spending 2 to 3 days makes it possible to visit at a more leisurely pace. Spending more than one day at Petra also means you’re able to explore some of the lesser known sites and trails.

Want to read more about traveling Jordan?

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  • Your Essential Guide to Driving in Jordan

Erin has been traveling for over a decade, both solo, and with her partner. She’s now traveled to countries across 6 continents, and has lived in 2 countries abroad. Erin also hosts the travel podcast, Curious Tourism , where she interviews travel industry thought leaders and experts about responsible tourism. Learn more about Erin, and get in touch with her, here .

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Oh man, these views are a bucket list dream of mine! I think I’d just be in awe. You’re so smart for grabbing that flight deal when you saw it!! The momma cat also would’ve just made my day haha 🙂 xx Bri

Squeeee this is stunning! I have heard of that secret viewpoint before, but I’ve never seen it including a kitty! 😀

It is funny the way instagram only shows a couple of famous places, leaving so much beauty out! It’s actually reassuring that there is far more of the world to see when you step away from the photos. 😉

I would love to visit Petra, budget or not, but this is still really helpful because why not save some money if you can, right?! That’s a great view, and some really good tips of what to expect

How did you like Jordan? Thank you so much for sharing this.

Petra has been on my list for so long, it looks amazing and has so much culture. thanks for sharing this post.

We plan on going to Jordan in 2022. I can’t wait to go. It’s been a long time waiting!

always love to read travel blogs because i get to learn more about how people survive in a foreign place to them.

I woul have skipped the donkey rides for the same reasons, What a beautiful place to visit though!

This is such a helpful post for me, as I am planning to visit Jordan and Petra this year. I will be spending 2 days at Petra, trying to see as much as possible. How is the hike up to the viewpoint, would it be ok for someone who is afraid of heights?

Hey Joanna! I’m so excited for you, Jordan and Petra are incredible. I think you should be okay to do the hike to the viewpoint despite a fear of heights. You do end up very high up, but in most parts of the hike there are walls in place to protect you from falling. Once you reach the viewpoint, you can stay away from the edge if you are nervous by the height. I felt very secure 🙂 Feel free to reach out if you have any other questions for your trip!

It looks like you had a great time on your trip to Petra. Thanks for sharing your travel pics. I enjoyed them.

I would absolutely love to visit Jordan one day. All of these photos look amazing! If I ever get the chance to I’ll definitely keep these tips in mind. Thanks for sharing!

Jordan is such a fresh tourist destination. Loved your pictures and tips!

This country looks so beautiful!!

What a helpful guide! I love that view of the Treasury Point from above. And what a cute cat! Reminds me of Eastern Europe where there are so many "stray" cats that locals feed and are so friendly.

This is such an informative post! And yeah you gotta jump when you see a $300 flight from Canada basically anywhere!

I’ve seen Petra first in Raiders of the Lost Ark film and I think the Mummy if I am not mistaken. I’m so amazed on how it looks and wonder how it has ever been built. You are lucky to see it.

Wow, your trip sounds so amazing! I am dreaming to go! Your photos are giving me serious wanderlust. Hopefully I can find a good flight deal!

Petra is incredibly high on my bucket list and I hope to visit there this year or next! Thanks for such a detailed post about the area – love your photos!

Great trips to go to this fabulous place in the world!

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A Practical Guide to Visiting Petra in Jordan (And What to See Beyond the Treasury)

The Treasury in Petra Jordan with text overlay

The ancient site of Petra is one of the 7 New Wonders of the World – read on for everything you need to know to plan a perfect visit to Petra!

The ruins of Petra is Jordan’s most-visited tourist attraction and also one of the best preserved archaeological sites in the world. Though it’s not known precisely when the city was built, it’s thought to have prospered around the 1st century B.C. when Petra was known to the Nabataeans as “Raqmu”.

The Treasure in Petra Jordan

The city was a major trading hub for frankincense, myrrh and spices in the region, and was later annexed to the Roman Empire and continued to thrive until a large earthquake destroyed much of the city in the 4th century A.D.

It was largely deserted by the middle of the 7th century until in 1812, when a Swiss explorer set out to “rediscover” the lost city of Petra by convincing his Bedouin guide to take him there.

The Siq in Petra Jordan

The Petra Archaeological Park in Jordan features spectacular rock-cut architecture set in a vibrant red sandstone landscape as well as towering mountains lined with deep passages and gorges.

The Nabataeans buried their dead in intricate tombs that were cut out of mountain sides, and the city was home to temples, a rock theatre, colonnaded street and churches.

#LovePetra sign in Petra Jordan

Petra is not only one of the “ New Wonders of the World ” but also a UNESCO World Heritage Site . The ruins of Petra was inscribed as a World Heritage Site for the “ unique artistic achievement and an outstanding architectural ensemble of the first centuries BC to AD. The varied archaeological remains and architectural monuments from prehistoric times to the medieval periods bear exceptional testimony to the now lost civilisations which succeeded each other at the site ” and “ the vast extent of elaborate tomb and temple architecture; religious high places; the remnant channels, tunnels and diversion dams that combined with a vast network of cisterns and reservoirs which controlled and conserved seasonal rains, and the extensive archaeological remains including of copper mining, temples, churches and other public buildings. “

Visiting Petra in Jordan

A trip to Jordan simply isn’t complete without a visit to Petra. You could read a hundred guidebooks about the various landmarks in Petra, or see a thousand photos of The Treasury or The Royal Tombs; but nothing can prepare you for the overwhelming flood of awe and amazement when you catch your first glimpse of the Treasury through the Siq or make your way down the Colonnaded Street.

If you are planning to travel to Petra, read on for essential Jordan travel tips, how to get there, the best things to do and see in Petra in 1 day and more.

Visiting Jordan for the first time? Click here for an easy 7 day Jordan itinerary or head on over here for even more destination guides !

Quick tips for your first trip to Jordan

Jordanian Dinars in Jerash

✈️ The major international airport is located in Amman – the Queen Alia International Airport (airport code AMM). The best way to get to Petra is to fly into Amman. From there, the drive will take approximately 3 hours.

🛂 You need a visa to enter Jordan , but the good news is that citizens from a large number of countries can buy a visa on arrival in Jordan for 40 JOD (approximately US$56). You can pay this fee by credit card at the airport.

🎟️ Alternatively, if you plan on staying in Jordan for more than 3 nights then you should consider purchasing the Jordan Pass . A Jordan Pass grants you entry into over 40 attractions across Jordan, including Petra. You can choose the “Jordan Wanderer” Jordan Pass which costs 70 JOD (US$99) and includes a 1-day visit to Petra, the “Jordan Explorer” which costs 75 JOD (US$106) which includes a 2-day visit to Petra or the “Jordan Expert” which costs 80 JOD (US$113) which includes a 3-day visit to Petra. If you do not purchase the Jordan Pass then the standalone 1-day ticket for Petra costs 50 JOD (US$70), 2-day ticket costs 55 JOD and 3-day ticket costs 60 JOD. Read more about Petra entrance prices here or click here to read my review of the Jordan Pass.

💱 The Jordanian Dinar (JOD) is used in the country and the rate is approximately 1 JOD: US$1.4, or 1 JOD: 1.24 Euros. Cash is king so make sure you have a few small denomination notes handy for tipping.

📱 Stay connected by purchasing a SIM card at the airport in Amman – it will cost you approximately 11 JOD for 10 GB of data, and the SIM card is valid for 10 days.

🌤️ The weather in Petra does fluctuate through the year. Temperatures can reach over 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit) from May to October, and fall below 10 degrees Celsius during November to February. The park is fairly exposed so you’ll need to dress appropriately – that means plenty of sunscreen and a hat in summer, and warm clothes during the winter.

🗓️ Tourism numbers in Jordan are manageable and nothing like the crowded sites in places like Italy or Greece – we found that none of the attractions were overwhelmingly busy in May. The best time to visit Petra tends to be when the weather is milder from March to May or September to November.

🌐 Arabic is the most spoken language in Jordan , and most people, especially those in hospitality or food & beverage, speak English very well so you shouldn’t have a problem with communication.

You might also like: 11 important things to know before you travel to Jordan

Is it safe to visit Jordan?

Street art in Amman Jordan

In my personal experience, Jordanians are hospitable, friendly, culturally open-minded and very helpful. We did not experience any pushiness in other parts of Jordan, but there was a minor amount of hassling from camel, horse and donkey carriage-drivers and souvenir-sellers within the Petra Archaeological Park. Usually, a simple “no, thank you” will suffice.

Though Jordan shares borders with Iraq and Syria, the country has been relatively immune to the instability plaguing the region. Read more about safety and security in Jordan here. If you are visiting Jordan, you should stay at hotels with a visible security presence, be alert to possible threats (especially at tourist locations and religious sites) and monitor local and social media for updates.

Visiting Petra in Jordan during Ramadan

Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslims. The dates of observance varies according to the Islamic lunar calendar. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset, and alcohol is not sold (except in some larger hotels and restaurants).

Some places may switch to a special Ramadan menu, and shops and even tourist attractions may close early . In general, you should try to avoid eating and drinking (even water) in public as a sign of respect during Ramadan. However, it would not be advisable to stop hydrating and drinking water if you are exploring Petra, especially if you are getting around on foot.

During Ramadan, the Petra Archaeological City opens at 7 AM and closes at 4 PM.

How to get to Petra

Road to Petra in Jordan

From Amman to Petra, the drive will take you approximately 3 hours. From Aqaba to Petra, expect to drive for 2 hours, and if you are traveling to Petra from Wadi Rum it will take just over an hour by car.

The easiest way to get around Jordan is by car, so we rented our trusty Toyota through Budget – expect to pay US$30-40 USD per day, and extra for any additional drivers. The best thing about renting through Budget is that there is a very low excess (AKA deductible) of 350 JOD as their cars already have a basic level of insurance.

You’ll need to show your local driver’s license, and they might ask if you also have an international license. Make sure you check the car with an attendant from the rental company to make a note of any existing scratches and damage , and take your own photos and video so you have a record in the event of any disputes. Click here to check for current car rental rates!

Looking for the best prices for rental car companies around the world? Click here to book your rental car ahead of your trip. Bookings can be cancelled or amended if your plans change!

Petra is located within a town called Wadi Musa , and driving around Wadi Musa is easy if you have access to Google Maps. There are several one-way roads and the occasional spot of traffic, but it’s manageable otherwise. You can park your car 100 meters up the road from the Petra Visitor Center (the main entrance to Petra Archaeological Park) for 3 JOD – look for the parking lot with tons of tour buses. Most hotels offer free on-site parking.

If you are trying to get to Petra by public transport, you can take the JETT Bus from Abdali station in Amman or by public minibuses. A taxi from Amman to Wadi Musa/Petra will cost approximately 70 JOD (US$100).

Where to stay in Petra

Petra Marriott Hotel in Wadi Musa Jordan

Wadi Musa is the nearest town to the archaeological site of Petra. When visiting Petra in Jordan, there are a number of hotel options to suit all budgets, but if you are looking for an upscale hotel with excellent facilities and service then I highly recommend the Petra Marriott .

Petra Marriott Hotel in Wadi Musa Jordan

Though the décor is a little dated at the Petra Marriott , the rooms are spacious and comfortable, and we were upgraded to one with a stunning view. The breakfast and dinner buffets are plentiful, fresh and reasonably priced, and the sunset view from the pool can’t be beat.

The staff hospitality is extraordinary at the Petra Marriott – everyone went above and beyond to make our stay enjoyable, and the hotel is just 5 minutes away by car from the Petra Visitor Centre. Though many people opt to stay on the main strip, we actually appreciated being far from the crowds. The Petra Marriott is one of the best hotels in Petra – click here to see current rates and availability .

Looking for more options for where to stay in Petra? Based on extensive research we would also consider staying at these properties, or you can also check out some other highly rated hotels in Wadi Musa here. Mövenpick Resort Petra : If you prefer to stay within walking distance of the Petra entrance then you really can’t get closer than this. The 5-star Mövenpick Petra is directly across the street from the Petra Visitor Centre, and boasts several on-site restaurants and facilities. Reviewers love the rooftop restaurant and helpful staff. Click here to check rates and availability at Mövenpick Resort Petra. H Luxury Hotel : A brand new luxury hotel in Petra, H Luxury offers modern and comfortable rooms about 5-minutes away on foot from the Petra Visitor Centre. There is a rooftop terrace and indoor pool, and previous guests rave about the excellent service and value-for-money. Click here to check rates and availability at H Luxury Hotel.

View of Petra from the Petra Marriott in Wadi Musa Jordan

Wondering how long to stay in Petra? I recommend 1 day in Petra at the very minimum, or 2 nights if you plan on doing “Petra by Night”. Those who want to fully explore the entirety of the park and its various trails can stay for 3 days or more.

What to bring to Petra

  • A printed or e-copy of the Jordan Pass if you purchased one
  • Your passport (it will be checked if you are using a Jordan Pass)
  • Cash (for snacks and extra bottles of water)
  • As much water as you can carry in your refillable bottle
  • A handheld fan
  • Your camera – I opted for a 24-70 mm lens but a phone camera works fine during the day as well. You’ll want to bring a small tripod if you attend “Petra By Night”

There are a handful of bathrooms and small restaurants/shops within Petra Archaeological Park.

What to wear to Petra

The Siq in Petra Jordan

The pathways and dirt roads within the Petra Archaeological Park can be pebbly, uneven and dusty. You absolutely need to wear proper walking shoes, leave the flip flops, wedges and heels at home. Though most people in Jordan are Muslim, we did not find that Jordan was extremely conservative.

You will find that many tourists wear shorts and sleeveless tops in public, but I would recommend that as a sign of respect and cultural sensitivity you are mindful of what you wear in Petra and Jordan as a whole. I wore loose pants, a tank top and short-sleeved cardigan to cover my shoulders. You should try to wear breathable clothing that’s easy to walk in.

How to get around Petra

Tourists visiting Petra in Jordan

On foot: Most people get around Petra on foot. You need solid walking shoes and plenty of water.

Horse Carriage in Petra Jordan

By horse carriage, donkey or camel: Carriages were introduced for people who are unable to walk all the way to the Treasury, and horses, camels and donkeys have long been used as working animals in this region.

Donkeys in Petra Jordan

That being said, during our 7-8 hour visit to Petra I don’t recall seeing any of the animals being provided with water within the park (when they were outside the stables), and many were tied up in the sweltering heat with no shade. We also saw horse carriage after horse carriage and camel after camel ferrying people back and forth, all day long.

I vividly remember seeing this one same carriage and driver at least 3 to 4 times in the park, and wondering whether the horse had time to rest between trips. I did not see the stables, so can not speak to the conditions under which the animals are kept, but the authorities have pledged to intensify efforts to improve the conditions of animal welfare at Petra (and even encourages visitors to report any suspected abuse).

It is important to bear in mind that some people depend on these working animals for their livelihood. A community leader from Petra told The Jordan Times that around 90 per cent of Um Sayhoun’s population (the village beside Petra) depend on tourism as their only income. Another tourist guide also pointed out that donkeys are the only means to carry water and goods to the shops at the Monastery and to other monuments in Petra.

If you have mobility issues and need some help getting around Petra Archaeological Park, I recommend choosing a carriage that is operated by an adult rider/driver, taking a close look at whether the animal has any exposed wounds, and seeing whether it has access to water and shade between rides. If you are able to and do not experience mobility issues, I would recommend that you reconsider using the horse carriages, donkeys and camels in Petra.

By golf buggy: For those with mobility issues, not to worry: there also appears to be an electric golf buggy for hire in Petra from the visitor center.

Petra opening hours

Petra By Night in Jordan

The ancient site of Petra and its Visitor Center are open to visitors daily from 6 AM to 6 PM during the summer and 6 AM to 4 PM in the winter. As I mentioned earlier, the opening times may vary during the month of Ramadan.

Ticket for Petra By Night in Jordan

Though Petra Archaeological Park closes in the early evening, the park does open at night 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday . The thrice-weekly “ Petra By Night ” show is a magical experience not to be skipped if you can time your visit properly. It is an incredible way to see part of the rock city and starts with a candlelit walk along the entire Siq to the Treasury, where musical performances are held under the moonlight and shimmering stars.

Petra By Night in Jordan The Siq

There is no limit to the number of tickets sold for Petra By Night, and you can not book a ticket in advance. You also need to have a valid ticket for regular entry into Petra (or your Jordan Pass). Petra By Night begins at 8:30 PM at the Petra Visitor Center, and you should plan to arrive 30 minutes early to sort out your tickets.

Petra By Night in Jordan

The event finishes at around 10:30 PM, but performances finish and crowds start to clear out of the Treasury by about 9:30, 9:45 PM. Tickets cost 17 JOD per person and is not included in your Petra entrance ticket nor is it included in the Jordan Pass.

You might also like: Jordan Pass Review – Is It Worth Purchasing?

What to see in Petra

Bab Al Siq in Petra Jordan

Petra Archaeological Park covers an area of 264,000 square meters…it would take weeks to explore the entirety of the complex. There are various trails that you can take, with the Main Trail starting at the Petra Visitor Center in the heart of Wadi Musa.

Click here for a high-resolution map of Petra including trail routes, approximate round-trip walking distances and durations as well as the level of intensity of each trail, or click here to read more about each trail in Petra Archaeological Park.

Map of Petra in Jordan

Though The Treasury is often hailed as the face of Petra, there are actually tons of breathtaking monuments to visit: here are some of the key highlights and places to see in Petra!

The Siq in Petra Jordan

From the main entrance at the Petra Visitor Center, a 10 to 15-minute walk will take you to the opening of the Siq. The narrow gorge is 1.2 kilometres long and was formed from a splitting of the mountain. The rock canal is 3 to 12 meters in width and reaches up to 80 meters in height.

View of the Treasury from the Siq in Petra Jordan

The dramatic grooves and waves lead visitors into the heart of Petra and the most famous attraction, The Treasury.

Wondering where to stay in Petra? We recommend Petra Marriott , one of the best luxury hotels near Petra Archaeological Park and a 5-minute drive from the main entrance of the Petra site. Click here to check availability at Petra Marriott . Looking for more options for where to stay in Petra? Based on positive online reviews and feedback, we would also consider staying at these properties, or you can also check out some other highly rated hotels in Wadi Musa here. Mövenpick Resort Petra : If you prefer to stay within walking distance of the Petra entrance then you really can’t get closer the 5-star Mövenpick Petra. It is located directly across the street from the Petra main entrance. Click here to check rates and availability at Mövenpick Resort Petra. H Luxury Hotel : A brand new boutique hotel in Petra, H Luxury offers modern and comfortable rooms about a 5-minute walk from the Petra entrance. Click here to check rates and availability at H Luxury Hotel.

2. The Treasury

The Treasury in Petra Jordan

The Treasury, or Al Khazna, is a towering facade carved into the mountain and is perhaps Petra’s most famous landmark. It stands almost 40 meters high and is crowned by a funerary urn, which according to local legend conceals a pharaoh’s treasure.

It was probably constructed in the 1st century B.C., and its function is unclear – some archaeologists believe it to be a temple, while others think it was a place to store documents. However, the most recent excavation unearthed a graveyard beneath the Treasury. You can not enter The Treasury.

Facade of the Treasury in Petra Jordan

Some people stop here and don’t explore the rest of Petra – if that is what you’re planning to do, then you should expect to walk approximately 4.2 kilometres (return) between the Petra Visitor Center and The Treasury. It will take you anywhere between 30 minutes to an hour each way.

Climbing to the Treasury Viewpoint in Petra Jordan

There are several viewpoints in Petra where you can see the Treasury from above. Though you COULD try to find your own way there, you might get hassled by local guides who make a living off taking tourists to and from these viewpoints. When we arrived at the Treasury, we were approached by a guy who offered to take us to the “secret Treasury viewpoint” for 7 JOD per person.

After a bit of umming and ahing, we agreed and set out with a group of 6 others to climb to one of the Petra Treasury viewpoints. The trek was moderately challenging and involved some rock climbing, but only took 15 to 20 minutes. At the Treasury viewpoint, you can buy tea or water from the shopkeeper – if you don’t purchase anything, you will be asked to pay 1 JOD per person to take a photo there.

The Treasury viewpoint in Petra Jordan

Though I am diligent about researching trips ahead of time, I did not know that these “shortcut” hikes to the viewpoints are illegal. I feel absolutely terrible to have partaken and have since learned that these illegal hikes contribute to significant deterioration of the sandstone in Petra. You can read more about the impact of tourism development on Petra and the local communities here. I would therefore recommend that you stick to the marked trails in Petra.

Ready to book your Petra trip? We enjoyed our stay at Petra Marriott , one of the best luxury hotels near Petra Archaeological Park and a 5-minute drive from the Petra Visitor Centre. Click here to check availability at Petra Marriott . Looking for more options for where to stay in Petra? Based on positive online reviews and feedback, we would also consider staying at these properties, or you can also check out some other highly rated hotels in Wadi Musa here. Mövenpick Resort Petra : If you prefer to stay within walking distance of the Petra entrance then you really can’t get closer than this. The 5-star Mövenpick Petra is directly across the street from the Petra Visitor Centre. Click here to check rates and availability at Mövenpick Resort Petra. H Luxury Hotel : A brand new luxury hotel in Petra, H Luxury offers modern and comfortable rooms about 5-minutes away on foot from the Petra Visitor Centre. Click here to check rates and availability at H Luxury Hotel.

3. The Theatre

The Theatre in Petra Jordan

Walk to the right of The Treasury along the Street of Facades and you will find The Theatre. Carved into the side of the mountain at the foot of the High Place of Sacrifice, the Theatre could accommodate 4000 spectators and is the only one of its kind in the world.

4. The Royal Tombs

The Royal Tombs in Petra Jordan

Further past The Theatre are the Royal Tombs that overlook the city. The four tombs are the Urn Tomb, constructed around 70 A.D. with niches that open into small burial chambers, the Silk Tomb featuring multi-coloured rock on its facade, the Corinthian Tomb with water basins for cleansing rituals, and the Palace Tomb with a five-storey facade and burial rooms.

5. The Great Temple

The Great Temple Complex in Petra Jordan

The Great Temple Complex represents one of the major archaeological and architectural components of central Petra. The complex covers approximately 6000 square metres and features massive 15-metre-tall columns. It’s thought that the sanctuary was constructed by the end of the 1st century B.C. by the Nabataeans.

Ready to book your Petra visit? We stayed at and recommend Petra Marriott , a fabulous luxury hotel near Petra Archaeological Park with a beautiful pool overlooking the valleys. It offered up stunning sunset views and we enjoyed the buffet selection. Click here to check availability at Petra Marriott . Looking for more options for where to stay in Petra? Based on positive online reviews and feedback, we would also consider staying at these properties, or you can also check out some other highly rated hotels in Wadi Musa here. Mövenpick Resort Petra : If you prefer to stay within walking distance of the Petra entrance then you really can’t get closer the 5-star Mövenpick Petra. It is located directly across the street from the Petra main entrance. Click here to check rates and availability at Mövenpick Resort Petra. H Luxury Hotel : A brand new boutique hotel in Petra, H Luxury offers modern and comfortable rooms about a 5-minute walk from the Petra entrance. Click here to check rates and availability at H Luxury Hotel.

6. The Monastery

The Monastery Ad Deir in Petra Jordan

Also known as Ad Deir, The Monastery is another one of Petra’s crown jewels and is one of its largest monuments standing at 47 metres wide and 48.3 metres tall. The space was used for the meetings of religious associations and was later re-used as a Christian chapel. The Monastery dates back to the early 2nd century A.D., and is one of the most popular places to visit in Petra.

Ad Deir Trail in Petra Jordan

There are 2 ways to get to the Monastery: from the main trail, or via the “back route” from Little Petra. We took the main trail – from the visitor center, you take the main trail (approximately 8 kilometres) followed by the Ad Deir trail (approximately 2.5 kilometres) which means you walk 10+ kilometres each way.

Ad Deir Trail in Petra Jordan

If you are planning on taking the main trail to the Monastery, you will end up spending 7-8 hours walking in Petra. The trail is mostly flat until you reach the Ad Deir trail which involves an uphill climb and 800-plus steps. This trailhead begins behind the Basin Restaurant.

Alternatively, if you have more than 1 day in Petra then you can consider visiting the Monastery from the back trail . For this trail you will need to go with a licensed guide from the Petra Visitor Center.

800 steps to The Monastery in Petra Jordan

Personally, I really struggled with the heat when we visited Petra in May. The 800 steps to the Monastery damn near killed me, and I was not in the best mood when we finally arrived at the monument. Though it’s sometimes touted as the “quieter” or “less visited” version of the Treasury, there were still hordes of tourists at the Monastery – not exactly “off the beaten track”.

Coupled with the fact that the Ad Deir trail is covered with donkey and mule manure (you can imagine how that smells in the sweltering heat), it’s not exactly the most pleasant hike!

The Monastery Ad Deir in Petra Jordan

Would I recommend that you visit The Monastery from the main trail? Only if you are in good physical shape, have plenty of water and have your heart set on visiting Ad Deir. Otherwise, I might recommend turning back after visiting The Great Temple Complex or continuing on if the weather is more forgiving.

Where to go after Petra

Wadi Rum Desert in Jordan

Traveling through Jordan for a few more days and don’t know where to go? If you’re traveling from north to south you can get from Petra to Wadi Rum in just over an hour, and from Petra to Aqaba in about 2 hours. If you’re traveling from south to north you can head from Petra to Amman in 3 hours. Head on over here to read my travel guide to Amman.

Petra By Night in Jordan

Ready to book your stay in Petra? I recommend staying at the Petra Marriott , one of the best luxury hotels near Petra Archaeological Park. Click here to check availability at Petra Marriott . You may also consider staying at Mövenpick Resort Petra (a 5-star hotel across the street from the Petra Archaeological Park entrance) or H Luxury Hotel (a brand new boutique hotel in the heart of Wadi Musa town). you can also check out some other highly rated hotels in Wadi Musa here.

Heading to Jordan? You might also find these guides helpful:

  • Planning a trip to Jordan?   Read this first for the top things to know before you travel to Jordan
  • Consider purchasing the Jordan Pass if you are exploring the country and visiting multiple heritage sites.  Here is my Jordan Pass review
  • Starting your trip in Amman? Read my Amman city guide and make sure you plan a day trip to the ruins of Jerash
  • You can get a good taste of what Jordan has to offer in just 7 days. Click here to read my easy 1 week Jordan itinerary
  • Thinking about visiting Egypt as well? You might want to check out this  2 week Egypt + Jordan itinerary for some ideas

I hope you found this Petra itinerary helpful. Are you planning a trip to the lost city of Petra? Comment below with any questions and I’ll do my best to answer them!

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20+ Destinations for Tea Tourism: Amazing Tea Fields, Teahouses & Tea Rituals Around the World

Your guide to the best tea plantations, charming teahouses, and history steeped tea traditions around the world.

From Europe’s only tea estate to Asia’s highest tea plantation, from rituals in the Middle East to customs in Latin America, tea is a tradition shared between many different cultures .

More than a beverage, tea is prepared and drunk for social cohesion, for ceremonial use, and for health benefits. Exploring the world through the lens of a teacup grants priceless insights into history, colonialism, and reveals how some countries have forged their identity or made a name for themselves through chai.

In no particular order, here are 21 of the very best destinations around the world for tea lovers, chosen for their immersive tea experiences and splendid tea fields.

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World’s best tea tourism destinations

Moc chau, vietnam.

Three women dressed in conical hats pick tea in a field in Moc Chau, Vietnam.

Sparkling, silent tea fields shrouded in mist, conical non hats bobbing amongst rows of emerald-coloured bushes disguising the busy hands plucking leaves beneath: Moc Chau District is a lesser-visited part of Northern Vietnam , but it’s everything a tea lover could hope for.

While the country is better-known for its coffee plantations in the Central Highlands and around Dalat , the north is the centre of the tea industry. Initially tea seeds were planted here in the 1880s by French colonists, giving Vietnam its first taste of locally grown tea – which up until then had been widely drunk, but always made with imported leaves.

Five hours west of Hanoi near Pu Luong National Park , Moc Chau isn’t the country’s largest tea-growing region but it is the most beautiful. Majority of the plantations here and in Thai Nguyen north of Hanoi are run by smallholder farmers. As a result, the fields are not as commercialised as in other countries – visitors can simply drop in and observe the pickers, tour the factory, or do a tea tasting.

Green tea is by far the most popular variety of tea sipped at cafes in Hanoi and beyond. There are a few notable specialty teas to try too, including lotus tea, made from green leaves that absorb the aroma of lotus flower after being left to steep in the blossoms overnight.

Tea tourism in Darjeeling, India

A canister of Pure Darjeeling tea alongside rolled betel leaf at a market in India.

There’s a good reason why Darjeeling tea is often called the ‘champagne of tea’. The mountainous region of West Bengal, India, where Darjeeling is located offers ideal conditions for growing top-quality tea. Darjeeling tea is light, fragrant, and rich. Tea lovers from all over the globe flock to the hilltop town, surrounded by tea gardens, to sample some of the finest tea in the world.

It was the British who discovered that Darjeeling was well-suited to tea cultivation, and they began importing tea plants from China in the mid-1800s. Tea also grew indigenously in the region, and the tea planters experimented with blends. Slowly, a thriving tea industry evolved, and Darjeeling was developed as a hill station for the British Raj.

Today, the tea plantations, colonial remnants, and stunning location in the Himalaya – dominated by mighty Kanchenjunga, the world’s third-highest mountain – are a big draw for both international and domestic tourists. There’s a lot to see and do in Darjeeling, from riding the ‘toy train’ to touring the tea gardens, and sampling tea at tea shops and hotels in town.

The Raj-era Windamere Hotel is the ideal place to watch the mist swirling around the top of Observatory Hill while sipping tea on the terrace or inside by a cosy fire. You can also stay in a tea garden.

The exceptional Glenburn Tea Estate and Boutique Hotel offers rooms in a renovated colonial mansion and a tour of the estate and tea production facilities. In Darjeeling, it really is all about the tea!

By Mariellen from Breathe Dream Go

Ooty in Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

Tea fields leading to a lake in Nilgiri, India.

Nilgiri, which means ‘Blue Mountains’, is located in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu and spills over into neighbouring Karnataka and Kerala . The most important city is Udhagamandalam, shortened by the British to ‘Ootacamund’ and then to ‘Ooty’, a hill station which also served as a retirement place for British officers.

It was the British who brought tea to South India after its success in Darjeeling and other parts of the north-east. One point of difference is that plantations here were often managed by retired military and civil officers.

Bounded by three national parks and with its own toy train, casual tourists and tea connoisseurs alike will find Ooty, Coonoor, Lovedale and other estates in the area both peaceful and fascinating. Owners are usually more than happy to take you around and let you taste their aromatic and refreshing brews. Some have formal tea tasting sessions which are relaxing as well as informative. The tea centres of Ooty and Coonoor are dotted with tea rooms where one can rejuvenate after a tiring day with a cup of hot tea.

A visit to Ooty is never complete without touring the Dodabetta Tea Museum & Factory, a wonderful world of tea where one can also see the complete transformation of fresh tea leaves to packaged products. This is the best place to pick up a souvenir box of chai.

By Nisha & Vasu from Le Monde, the Poetic Travels

Chengdu, China

People sit on bamboo chairs at an old tea house in Chengdu, China.

Chengdu , the capital of China’s Sichuan province, is notably relaxed and laid-back for a city of almost 10 million people. You can thank the city’s unique tea- and teahouse culture for this.

Chengdu is home to the most teahouses of any city in China, and locals and visitors alike spend hours at them sipping tea, chatting, gossiping, playing cards, eating snacks, relaxing or simply sitting and staring vacantly. Green tea, especially the Maofeng variety grown on Mount Emei, is the most popular in the city.

The teahouses of Chengdu are as much for drinking tea as they are for hanging out. They have always been the social glue of Chengdu, bringing people together. In the past, teahouses were the social clubs and venues for storytelling or performances. Most still have some entertainment on offer such as a short version of a Sichuan opera, a mini acrobatic show or a magic show.

You could (yes, you really should give it a try) also get a rigorous neck and shoulder massage, or get your ears cleaned while relaxing at a teahouse. The best teahouse in Chengdu to experience all of this is the Heming Teahouse, located in People’s Park.

By DeWet & Jin from Museum of Wander

A woman holds up a plastic cup of bubble tea.

Taiwan is the spiritual home of bubble tea or pearl milk tea, a drink that was invented on the island in the 1980s and has grown to become so much more than just a beverage. Bubble tea is a symbol of the nation and an immovable part of Taiwanese culture and identity . As with many tea traditions, it has a long history that reflects broader happenings in the region.

There are at least two indigenous species of tea that grow in Taiwan, Mountain Tea and Red Sprout Tea, however neither are suitable for commercial use. Instead, the first tea industry on the island came from plants introduced from China’s Fujian Province.

Another variety, Assam tea, took off in 1926 when Taiwan was invaded by Japan. It’s still cultivated as a specialty tea by plantations around Sun Moon Lake. Finally, when the Dutch colonists arrived on the island in the 1620s, they brought with them milk and sugar, adding another layer to Taiwan’s already forming tea tradition.

All these events led up to that pivotal moment in the 1980s when bubble tea was first concocted. Who devised the recipe is still a subject of debate: Was it invented at the Hanlin Tea Room in Tainan in 1986, or at the Chun Shui Tang tea room in Taichung in 1988?

Whichever version of the origin story you stick by, there’s no debating bubble tea’s popularity today. The drink consists of brewed black or green tea served with milk over ice. Chewy balls or pearls made from tapioca starch are the star of the show, while other toppings such as jelly cubes may also be added on top.

Bubble tea is guzzled by the litre at Taiwan’s famous night markets, and it’s not uncommon to see people young and old walking the streets of Taipei with a giant plastic cup in hand.

Dambatenne, tea tourism in Sri Lanka

A woman holds a handful of freshly picked tea leaves in Sri Lanka.

In the central-southern highlands – 7km outside the small rural town of Dambatenne – you’ll find one of the most prominent tea growing regions in Sri Lanka . Not only that, it was once home to possibly the most important tea revolutionary in the world: Sir Thomas Lipton.

Whether you’re a tea lover or not, Lipton’s is an iconic brand – its yellow label gracing many household pantries around the world. But drinking it in the very same spot the famous man himself did, against a backdrop of expansive plantation views, is the ultimate experience for tea fanatics.

A short bus ride from Dambatenne takes visitors to the Dambatenne Tea Factory where the viewpoint hike begins. From there, it’s 8km uphill (or a 1000 rupee tuk-tuk) to the most breath-taking view in Sri Lanka, Lipton’s Seat.

The hike to Lipton’s Seat navigates through endless hills of leafy evergreen plantations dotted with miniature figures with large sacks slung over their backs. For a small tip, entrepreneurial workers will even let you try your hand at picking.

When you finally reach the top, thirsty travellers are rewarded with a cup of fragrant Lipton’s tea (no milk of course), a roti with chilli dipping sauce, and best of all a feeling that you’re on top of the world.

This is the location where Mr Lipton once sat and admired his empire. The views make the tough uphill hike worth it. Make sure you get there early before the late morning cloud and mist descends, completely obscuring the view.

By Tam from Travelling Tam

The Azores, Portugal

A retro sign advertises a tea factory in Sao Miguel, Azores.

Home to the only tea plantation in Europe, Portugal’s beautiful Azores Archipelago is one of the best places to embrace European tea culture. Called chá , the 100% organic beverage has been a staple in the islands for the last two centuries. In recent years, the tea and the location where it’s grown have become well-known among tourists.

The first tea plantation was created on Sao Miguel (the main island in the Azores) with seeds from Brazil. Tea production gave a boost to the economic woes the islands were facing, and production eventually reached its peak in the 1950s.

A decade and a half later, tea factories started to shut and today, there are only two remaining: The Gorreana Tea Factory and the Porto Formoso Tea Factory. Today, you will find three different types of black tea produced – Black Leaf, Pekoe, and Orange Pekoe – plus a few varieties of green tea.

Tea is not really ritualised or celebrated on Sao Miguel, but you can easily visit the factories and take your own tour of the facilities and the plantations. If you’re keen to travel to the Azores during the tea harvest, be sure to book your trip between April and October when picking peaks.

If you’re looking for a unique experience and a way to experience Azorean tea, head to Chalet da Tia Mercês in Furnas where the volcanic valley’s waters turn Azorean green tea a vibrant shade of purple due to unoxidized iron and acids.

By Megan from Megan Starr

A traditional Moroccan teapot, with couches and cushions in the background.

Poured from great heights with utmost precision, Moroccan mint tea or Maghrebi mint tea looks and feels like it’s been around forever. In fact, tea was only introduced to Morocco fairly recently in the 18th century. The first tea to hit North Africa, Gunpowder tea (tea leaves rolled into small round pellets), was imported by the British. Morocco – and then Algeria, Tunisia and the entire Maghrebi region – embraced the beverage and made it their own.

Made with green tea leaves, native spearmint called nana and copious amounts of sugar, Moroccan mint tea is crystal clear and ambrosial. As delicious as it is to drink, it’s the ceremony that goes along with it that makes Morocco a must-visit for tea aficionados.

Once brewed, the tea cascades into special glasses from a teapot held high overhead – a process that allows the leaves to swirl and the tea to breathe. Since the leaves remain in the pot, each glass has a different flavour. Traditionally, one must partake in no fewer than three serves. As the Maghrebi proverb goes: “The first glass is as gentle as life, the second is as strong as love, the third is as bitter as death.”

Tea is ubiquitous in Morocco and throughout the region, served with every meal from breakfast until supper, and as a refreshing pick-me-up throughout the day. Travellers can experience the ritual when wandering the souq, brunching at the riad, or visiting any cafe in Marrakesh’s medina.

Granada, Spain

The cosy interior of a cafe in Granada, Spain.

Not only is it one of the most beautiful cities in Spain , but Granada is also one of the most significant in the nation’s history. From the 11th to the 15th century, the city was conquered by Muslims who invaded by way of North Africa. They made a huge impact on Granada, opening the trade routes from Morocco and bringing in an array of goods, especially tea.

Arabs were pushed out in the 15th century, but the significance of tea remained. Since then, tea culture in Granada has thrived, especially in the old Moorish district of Granada, Albayzin, where a huge number of tea houses or teterias were located.

Now travellers can find these teahouses in almost every corner of the city. The popular cobblestone paved lane, Calle Caldereria Nueva, is crowded with beautifully designed teterias. It’s the closest thing to a Moroccan souk you can find this side of the Strait of Gibraltar. 

Teteria Ali Baba is the only Moroccan tea shop without any Spanish influence and is a favourite among tourists and locals alike. Other popular shops include Al Sirat, Nazari and Alfaguera. If you’re looking for tea to take home, head to Rincon Del Sabor for loose-leaf bundles.

Paired with exploring Granada’s historic Moorish monuments such as the Alhambra, treasured moments inside an atmospheric teteria in the historic quarter of El Albaicin are the perfect addition to any traveller’s Granada itinerary . 

By Paulina from Visit Southern Spain

A person holds a traditional Argentinean tea cup.

It might seem strange that tea is such a big part of everyday life in Argentina , but this is the one drink the locals cannot live without. While also consumed in other South American countries, yerba mate is a cultural staple in Argentina and the national beverage.

Its origins trace back to a group called the Guaraní (of which a small population still exists today) who consumed tea even before the European colonization of the Americas. It is made by soaking dried yerba mate leaves, which contain caffeine, and served in a pear-shaped cup with a silver/stainless steel straw called a bombilla . The end of the straw acts as a filter, with small holes that separate the mate infusion from the thick mixture of leaves.

Today, mate has a significant social role in Argentina, with its brewing process being like a ritual . Friends and family drink it together as people in other cultures might share a coffee or beer. In fact, it doesn’t matter whether it’s winter or summer, one will always come across Argentinians enjoying their mate together, even on the beach. Other than that, this tea also has health benefits, containing antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.

Mate is found on the menu of most cafes and restaurants in Argentina, but the crowning glory would be to follow the ‘Ruta de la Yerba Mate’ , a tourist path through the provinces of Corrientes and Misiones where one can see the production process, try different varieties and flavours, visit museums and plantations, and much more.

By Or from My Path in the World

Southern USA

Four mason jars filled with ice tea and topped with slices of lemon.

While the United States doesn’t have a reputation for hot tea like many other countries around the world, it definitely has a unique tea culture in the southeast that revolves around refreshingly cold sweet tea. It’s not uncommon to be served a glass of sweet tea while dining at a restaurant in Asheville , North Carolina or when hanging out in a square in Savannah, Georgia.

The only place that ever produced tea commercially in the United States was the state of South Carolina, where the tea plant’s arrival was way back in the late 1700s. At the time, sweet tea was a beverage of social status as it involved ingredients that were relatively expensive, such as tea and sugar. The oldest sweet tea recipe was published in a cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia by Marion Cabell Tyree (1879). The tradition has been kept alive and a glass of the iced beverage is the perfect refresher on the hot and humid summer days the south is known for.

Travellers will most definitely find sweet tea – or as it’s known locally, ‘the table wine of the south’ – on tables everywhere in the region. If you’re looking to visit particular locations in the south to learn more about tea history, try the Charleston Tea Garden right outside of the city of Charleston. The garden is now owned by Bigelow but the Wadmalaw Island landmark is still open to visitors.

Note that while there is no definitive information published, the Charleston Tea Garden (rebranded to exclude the word ‘Plantation’) likely thrived and operated because of the labour of Enslaved People. Do bear this in mind if you choose to visit.

By Megan from Virginia Travel Tips

A blue teacup on a table, with red tulips and various cakes.

No matter where you are in the world, most people recognise England as a country of tea-lovers. In fact, tea drinking is so iconic that whenever you watch a film or program with English people in it, often they will be depicted drinking tea. Statistically, this is not too far off: the UK Tea & Infusions Association says 84% of the UK population drinks tea every day.

However, what people may not always realise is that there are different types of tea enjoyed in England. Black teas and breakfast teas that come in a tea bag such as Yorkshire tea or PG Tips are often drunk with milk in the morning and throughout the day. They might even be enjoyed with a few biscuits. These teas can be bought in most cafes or restaurants.

Despite tea-drinking in England having been around since the 16th century, a more recent tradition is the British afternoon tea ceremony. Afternoon tea originated in the 18th century as an elite social event that helped keep hunger at bay between lunch and dinner.

Nowadays, this occasion usually includes a choice of teas (although Earl Grey is a favourite), finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, and small cakes. Many restaurants, hotels and historic cafes throughout England offer afternoon tea – it’s so popular, you normally need to book in advance.

– By Kerry from VeggTravel

A Russian samovar and a cup sit on a wooden bench with a basket and yellow flowers.

Russia is known for many things, but did you know that tea is one of them? It gets pretty chilly in Russia so of course one of the best things to do is to warm up with a traditional samovar tea.

A samovar is a type of metal brewer that was traditionally used to heat or boil water but was adapted to hold a tea pot over the chimney. While the newer versions are powered by electricity, this is not your average water boiler. Samovars are known for their intricate decorations, engraved patterns and bright colours. 

Historically, teahouses were an everyday meeting place throughout Russia where important conversations took place. Whether it’s businessmen meeting in a high-class establishment or a family gathered in the kitchen, tea time can often last hours – and the samovar is the centre of the action. So, be prepared to take your time to really experience the sanctity of a good cup of tea in Russia.

Don’t worry, you won’t go hungry as tea in Russia is typically served with sushki , slightly sweet and crunchy bread rings which are draped over the samovar. If you want to try it out for yourself, partaking in a traditional Russian Tea Ceremony should be at the top of your list of things to do in St Petersburg !

By Yulia from Miss Tourist

Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

Endless tea fields in the Cameron Highlands, Malaysia.

One of the most iconic tea destinations in all of Southeast Asia, Cameron Highlands is the hub of Malaysia’s tea industry. Just as the hill station served as a retreat for British officers during the colonial era, it endures as a wildly popular destination in Malaysia to escape from the heat.

A day trip from the nearby city of Ipoh (which is known for another beverage, white coffee) or from the capital, Kuala Lumpur , the Cameron Highlands district is home to several large-scale tea plantations as well as strawberry and flower farms. 

True tea fans should head straight for Boh Tea Plantation, the oldest and original tea estate in Cameron Highlands. Established in 1929 by John Archibald Russell, this is a working plantation with a museum, cafe, and spectacular views of endless rows of tea bushes that stretch over the mountains to the horizon.

Accommodation in colonial-era bungalows can be found in the town of Tanah Rata, the hopping-off point for the tea fields, while hiking trails in the nearby Mossy Forest offer some tranquil reprieve from the crowded plantations and cafes. For the best experience, avoid visiting on weekends or holidays when large crowds descend on the mountains from KL.

A Japanese match tea set.

Uji might be the Japanese town you’ve never heard of, but it’s certainly one of the best destinations in the country for tea lovers.

A mere 30-minute train ride from Kyoto, Uji is a welcome relief from the hustle and bustle. Originally formed in the 7th century as a river-crossing town, Uji’s quiet roads are lined with petite houses that showcase unique Japanese architecture. 

Many visitors don’t realise how important Uji is to cultural history – not the sword-swishing samurai history, but the lesser-known history of tea. This is the home of green tea in Japan. Thanks to the area’s unique topography and fabulous soil, tea grown in the Uji region became a favourite of the Royal Family during the Edo period. Tea chests were transported to the royal palace by foot – a two-week walk – with an army escort.

Today Uji matcha and hochija are still considered the best in the country. The latter is a roasted green tea that can be served hot or cold and is often given to children as it contains less caffeine than usual. When you’re out exploring Uji and you see golden-brown beverages and ice creams on display, they’re not flavoured with coffee but actually with roasty hochija.

By Jean from Travelling Honeybird

Insadong district in Seoul, Korea

A cute wooden house with a traditional cafe inside in Seoul's Insadong district.

Korean food is on many people’s radars, but the tea is also worth visiting South Korea for. The country’s history of tea dates back to around 50BC when Buddhist monks promoted it as a drink for meditation.

During the Koryo Dynasty (10-14th centuries), tea was an integral part of cultural events including dance, poetry and drama. Ceremonies known as darye (‘etiquette for tea’) were held to help guests find relaxation and harmony in busy Korean life.

With 2,000 years of history, Seoul is a place where you can still experience tea traditions despite the ways the city has become modernised. The best district to earmark is Insadong.

A 20-minute walk from the shopping and beauty district of Myeongdong, this quaint neighbourhood is known for its tea houses that date back centuries. Here you can sample a range of traditional teas and rice-based snack pairings. Many of the cafes are set inside teak hanoks , a type of Korean house traditionally built in accordance with the elements, with a mountain behind and a river in front.

One of the best cafes to visit is Shin Old Teahouse . Here you’ll experience all the atmosphere of a tea ceremony simply by ordering off the menu. Leave your shoes in the courtyard and sit on a cushion beside a low table. Try the cinnamon tea with crispy rice cakes.

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Kolukkumalai Estate in Munnar, India

Clouds above rows of tea bushes at the highest plantation in India.

The Munnar region is home to some of the best tea plantations in India, including the Kolukkumalai Tea Estate, the world’s highest tea field. Needless to say, the panoramic views are breathtaking. While many visitors are drawn to the area’s natural beauty, the special organic orthodox tea grown in Munnar is delicious, flavoursome, and steeped in history.

Kolukkumalai is a dream destination for tea lovers, as it’s possible to experience both tea rituals and fabulous fields. Due to its elevation at 7,900 feet and the humidity, the tea fields are often shrouded in magical mist, and the air is extremely fresh. However, the extremely steep terrain and gusting winds make this a challenging work environment for the pickers.

Tea has been grown on this estate since the early 1900s. Kolukkumalai Tea Estate is one of the very few factories in the world that still utilises vintage orthodox manufacturing processes – with no pesticides and no chemical fertilisers used on fields, tea production is low-yield but high-quality.

It takes around 90 minutes to reach remote Kolukkumalai from Munnar. It’s best to join an organised day trip such as the Kolukkumalai Jeep Safari Tour, which allows you to observe workers on the tea fields, taste tea in the nearly 100-year-old factory, and enjoy the mountain views.

The Day Experience Package includes trekking and hiking (there are several routes among tea fields to choose from, with varying degrees of difficulty), and factory visits with a tea degustation. It’s also possible to stay the night at one of the mountain huts or campgrounds in the area.

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Chiang Rai, Thailand

Mist rises over a tea field in Chiang Rai, Thailand.

Chiang Rai in the north of Thailand is one of the best destinations for tea tourism in Southeast Asia. The city is plentiful with trendy cafes where you can drink orange-coloured cha yen Thai tea over ice – but the real highlight is taking a trip to the nearby tea plantations.

Tea has been grown in Thailand for more than 1,000 years, starting with the original varieties of Ton Miang or Assamese Cha. Tea traditions also run deep, with the first written evidence of tea drinking dated to 1687 during the reign of King Narai in the Ayutthaya period.

Choui Fong Tea Plantation was founded relatively recently in 2003, but is already one of the best-known and largest in the province, if not in all of Thailand. During a visit, you can expect particularly photogenic views of deep-green tea bushes against a breathtaking backdrop of curved hills.

Tea must be tasted, and at Choui Fong you can choose from countless locally grown varieties: Oolong, fresh Matcha, and even Ti Kuan Yin, the ‘Iron Goddess of Mercy’. Other delicious and rare teas include Dragon Pearl and Rose, but plain Chinese black tea is also available.

Not far from the tea plantations you can also visit the mountain village of Mae Salong, which is also very famous for tea cultivation in Thailand.

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Rize, Turkey

A person pours tea from a bronze pot into a tulip-shaped glass.

Though more commonly associated with another hot beverage, coffee, Turkey has a long history of tea drinking that might even predate the introduction of cezve coffee culture in 1540. According to some sources, Ottomans traded tea as early as 400 BC – but the drink only became popular much later at the start of the 20th century. Today, tea is the second-most popular beverage after water, usurping even Turkish coffee.

Turkish tea or cay is traditionally served without milk. Rize çayı, the most famous variety, is known for its deep chestnut hue. Although it lacks some of the pomp and pageantry of coffee drinking, tea has its own accoutrements, including delightful palm-sized, tulip-shaped tea glasses that are a vestige of the days of the Ottoman Empire. Sugar lumps ( kesme şeker ) are usually served in a small dish on the side.

Turkey ranks fifth in terms of world-wide tea production, but the country’s industry got off to a comparatively slow start. After several failed attempts to cultivate tea in the north-west, plantations were eventually established along the Black Sea coast using seeds from neighbouring Georgia. One of the most beautiful parts of the country , Rize Province has the perfect climate and terrain for growing tea.

When exploring the Black Sea region, tea fans should tour the Çaykur Tea Company estate, the largest single plantation in the country. For a picture-perfect tea experience, head into the hills around Uzungöl Lake where cafes such as Galo Omad serve tea on wooden balconies overlooking the mountains and coloured rooftops of the villages below.

Two glasses of coca tea, filled with green leaves and set on a vibrant tablecloth.

If you love tea for its history and cultural significance, visiting Peru and trying coca tea should be on your tea travel wish list. This Peruvian drink is sometimes referred to as ‘Peruvian coffee’ as it delivers a small dose of caffeine for a similar pick-me-up. The herbal tea is also known as a natural remedy with the power to elevate one’s mood, help with digestion, and curb appetite.

As one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world, the leaves of the coca plant and the tea they make are truly the foundation of Peru. It is believed that the Inca Empire was found on coca leaves. Workers used to chew them to suppress their need to eat and keep their energy going, so they could work longer and harder. No wonder coca leaves were sacred to the Incas.

Nowadays, drinking coca tea and chewing on coca leaves are both very common in Peru, especially in the Peruvian Andean region. Travellers are often invited to participate in this Peruvian ritual for which there is a practical use as well: Coca leaves help alleviate the symptoms of altitude sickness.

Just don’t take them home as a souvenir – the leaves are banned in many parts of the world.

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Bali, Indonesia

A wooden board with five glasses of tea and coffee sitting on it.

Indonesia’s tea industry was founded in 1684 when Dutch colonials established vast plantations in Java and Sumatra, where the highland climate and volcanic soils made conditions ideal.

The island of Bali, however, is known for an altogether different tea tradition and varieties of tea that can’t be found anywhere else in the country. Herbal teas made with lemongrass and ginseng, coconut tea, and fruit teas such as mangosteen reflect Bali’s tropical climate and cultural traditions .

The best way to taste tea in Bali is at a coffee Luwak plantation. There are many to choose from and although most are designed for tourists, they are usually free to visit. Look out for signs in the Ubud area or ask a local.

A tasting usually includes around 12 teas and coffees served in small glasses on a wooden board. Balinese people like their tea and coffee very sweet, so it’s a good idea to ask for a non-sugar version that you can sweeten to your own liking. Some of the teas taste more like juice than anything else.

Note that Kopi Luwak plantations are often criticised for their questionable animal ethics. If you prefer not to support such an establishment, there are cafes in Bali that serve herbal and floral teas by the pot, such as Artteas UBUD .

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While Uji is the most popular place in Japan, there are also many other wonderful spots that are more off the beaten track.

Kagoshima prefecture produces the most tea in all of Japan. While not very accessible, you can get some really cool experiences. Osumi Teanery in Shibushi even has workshops and a restaurant where they make dishes where each course includes the tea they grew in the meal!

Thank you Kyle for the fantastic recommendations! Much appreciated! I love the sound of the Osumi Teanery restaurant!

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The rise of tea tourism: experience tea travel in malawi, nepal, japan and taiwan, the rise of tea tourism for adventure seekers, oleo-fates and foodies.

Tea tourism has grown in popularity as enthusiasts seek to explore the rich history and culture behind their favorite brews. In this blog post, we will venture into fascinating tea tourism destinations around the world, allowing readers to immerse themselves in the diverse world of tea.

Immersive Tea Experience in Nepal

Nepal, a small Himalayan nation, has a rich history of tea production that dates back to the 19th century. The country's unique geography and climate provide ideal conditions for growing high-quality tea with distinct flavors. Nepali tea culture is deeply rooted in the lives of its people, and the tea industry plays a significant role in the nation's economy.

An immersive tea experience in Nepal offers traveler's the opportunity to explore the picturesque tea gardens, learn about the tea-making process, and engage with local tea farmers. This hands-on experience provides insight into the cultivation, harvesting, and processing of tea, allowing visitors to truly appreciate the art and skill involved in creating their favorite brews.

By connecting with Nepali tea culture and its people, tea enthusiasts can gain a deeper understanding of the broader tea industry and the importance of preserving traditional tea-growing practices. These immersive experiences foster a sense of global tea community, bridging the gap between consumers and producers, and promoting transparency and sustainability in the tea trade. Watch this space as we share the dates for thee upcoming immersive tea experience.

Malawi Tea Tours

Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, boasts a vibrant tea industry that dates back to the 19th century. Tea is one of the country's largest agricultural exports, and Malawi's climate and rich soil create the perfect environment for cultivating high-quality tea. In recent years, the Malawi tea industry has made significant strides in promoting sustainability and social responsibility.

The Satemwa Tea Planting Club, which Tea Rebellion joined during their visit to Malawi (reference: https://tearebellion.com/blogs/blog/we-joined-the-satemwa-tree-planting-club ), is one such initiative that focuses on environmental and economic sustainability. The club supports smallholder farmers living around the Satemwa tea estate by providing education, resources, and assistance to help them diversify their income sources and adopt climate-resilient practices.

A Malawi Tea Tour offers visitors an immersive experience that explores the country's tea industry while emphasising sustainability. The tea tour targets people in the wider tea industry. Visitors can journey through the lush tea gardens, engage with local farmers, and learn about the various initiatives being undertaken to promote environmentally friendly tea cultivation practices. By participating in a Malawi Tea Tour, traveler's can better understand the importance of sustainable tea production and the positive impact it has on the lives of the local communities and the environment.

Taiwan Jhentea

Taiwanese tea culture holds a significant place in the global tea industry, thanks to its unique tea varieties, skilled craftsmanship, and longstanding traditions. With a rich history of tea production dating back centuries, Taiwan has developed a reputation for producing some of the world's finest teas, particularly its renowned oolong teas.

Jhentea is a well-known female-run tea company in Taiwan made up of 4th generation tea masters that offers tea tourism experiences for those interested in exploring the island's tea culture. Visitors can tour the picturesque tea gardens, learn about the traditional tea-making process, and participate in tea tastings led by knowledgeable tea masters. Jhentea is dedicated to preserving and promoting Taiwan's tea heritage while focusing on sustainability and innovation in tea production.

Taiwanese tea plays an essential role in the global tea industry, offering unique flavors and characteristics that set it apart from other tea-producing regions. By engaging in tea tourism experiences like those offered by Jhentea, tea enthusiasts can gain a deeper appreciation for Taiwanese tea, its cultural significance, and the skill and dedication of the local farmers and artisans who bring these exceptional teas to the world. Valencia is part of the Jhentea family and offers tea experiences.

Tea & Community in Japan

Since 2005, Japan's tea industry has undergone significant changes, becoming more accessible to foreigners and placing a greater emphasis on sustainability and local food sources (reference: https://tearebellion.com/blogs/blog/beyond-matcha-tea-community-in-2019-japan ). This evolution has led to the rise of community-focused tea initiatives, such as the one spearheaded by the Kinezuka family and their cooperative, NaturaliTea.

The Kinezuka family has been at the forefront of organic tea farming in Japan since 1976. They established NaturaliTea as a cooperative of tea farmers, aiming to promote organic and sustainable tea production while fostering a sense of community among farmers and consumers. Through NaturaliTea, the Kinezuka family has encouraged collaboration, knowledge-sharing, and support for sustainable practices in the Japanese tea industry.

Tea tourism in Japan highlights the importance of community-building and the shared passion for tea that unites farmers, artisans, and enthusiasts. By engaging in tea experiences that emphasise the connection between people, the environment, and the tea itself, visitors can deepen their appreciation for Japanese tea culture and better understand the role of community in shaping the future of the tea industry.

In this blog post, we explored various tea tourism experiences around the world, including immersive tea experiences in Nepal, Malawi, Taiwan, and Japan. These unique opportunities not only offer a deeper understanding of tea culture and production but also promote sustainability, cultural exchange, and community-building within the tea industry.

Tea enthusiasts seeking a deeper connection to the world of tea are encouraged to explore these tea tourism opportunities. By engaging with the authentic, transparent, and passionate tea experiences offered by our partner tea farms, you can join the rebellion against traditional tea trading and marketing practices, and support a more sustainable and meaningful tea industry. Embrace this adventure and discover the true origin and flavour of tea through tea tourism.

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Tea Tourism: The Best Places to Visit on A Tea Tour

Sometimes discovering the best tea means leaving your comfort zone and setting out on an adventure. Tea tourism offers adventurers the opportunity to discover how tea is made while discovering new flavors. A trip to India or China can help uncover the secret to great tasting, aromatic tea and can improve your tea experience.

Tea tourism has exploded in the last few years with new options emerging each year. Visit some of the oldest tea plantations or head to a tea estate that focuses on innovative growing techniques. Whatever adventure you set out on, you're sure to find enticing new flavors and deepen your love for tea.

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Best Places to Go For Tea Tourism

Tea tourism is still a developing industry. As demand increases, so do the options for tea estates and plantations that cater to tea lovers’ needs. In general, India provides the most well-rounded tea tourism today. The plantations are accustomed to hosting guests and their British colonial history means it’s easy to find places that speak English well.

China is another popular choice for people looking to discover tea tourism. Here, the options can be limited to due language barriers and lack of easy access. If you want to explore tea in China, you’ll have to do a little more legwork than you would if you were to head to India. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, you’ll simply have to work a little harder to earn your tea tastings. We’ve mapped out a few great options in India and China to get you started on your next tea adventure.

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Assam, Northeast India

Addabarie tea estate.

The Addabarie Tea Estate is owned by the Williamson Magor Group, which currently offers tours of the tea gardens and a glimpse behind the production of world famous Assam black tea. Part of the Wild Mahseer establishment, this tea plantation also offers access to national parks and elephant interactions. The estate is located in the eastern Himalayan mountains, which stretch across Sikkim state and into the Dooars in Bhutan.

Black teas from Addabarie boast a vivid color and a unique malty flavor that is brisk and full-bodied.

Tours at Addabarie introduce visitors to the magic of tea during a half day adventure. Visitors will drive through lush tea gardens where garden workers in vivid saris pluck leaves. The tour continues through the onsite factory where the leaves are processed using both the Orthodox and CTC methods.

The tour concludes with a visit to the tasting room where you can discover the flavors of different tea grades. The best time to visit is between May and October when the factory is in full swing during harvest season.

Heritage North East Thengal Manor

Thengal Manor is situated in Jorhat among blue hill slopes and green valleys that are home to some of the world's best black teas. This region is also home to the Indian Greater One-Horned Rhino. Visitors can stay in the tea planter bungalows in the heart of the Gatoonga Tea Estate and witness the production of tea from start to finish.

Guests can walk with the on-site tea estate manager as he begins his day at 5:30am. Visitors will tour the tea bushes and witness local workers as they harvest each delicate leaf. The tour continues with a visit to the tea factory to learn about tea processing. The day concludes with a tea tasting that will inspire your love for tea and deepen your knowledge.

Darjeeling, West Bengal

Makaibari tea estate.

Visit the Makaibari Tea Estate in Kurseong for a true adventure to the beginning of tea plantations in India. This tea plantation is located in the Darjeeling district and was one of the first estates to pop up during British colonialism. It's a great budget choice for travelers looking to learn about tea without spending big bucks.

The estate is situated among lush hills and experiences weather similar to a sub-tropical rainforest. Three rivers flow through Makaibari and will eventually provide the plant's entire power supply once a hydroelectric project is completed. The tea factory is built entirely out of wood, bamboo, and cast iron, lending a truly magical feel to a visit here.

This tea estate produces high quality black teas, green teas, white teas, and oolong teas. They currently produce six types of organic certified leaf grade teas that are exclusive to the plantation. A visit to the tea estate isn't complete without trying the Silver Tips Imperial, Springtime Bloom, or Bai-Mu-Dan options.

Glenburn Tea Estate

The Glenburn Tea Estate is heaven for explorers and a delightful upscale option for exploring tea culture. Known for producing orthodox Darjeeling tea, this plantation offers delightful flavors set amongst a stunning backdrop.

Nestled among towering peaks and the lush green Darjeeling hills, this estate is the perfect place for relaxation and enjoying tea. Stay in the boutique hotel's heritage bungalows or suites and spend your days hiking, fishing, and strolling through nearby orchards or take a day trip to nearby Darjeeling town.

At the estate, you can choose a part day or full day tour of the onsite facilities. Guests can choose to walk or drive through the estate while learning about the history of Glenburn and the basics of the production of tea. The tour takes you through the factory where you'll learn how the leaves are processed, dried, and sorted. Wrap up your tea adventure with a tasting session of black, green, white, and oolong teas.

Munnar, Kerala

Kannan devan hills plantations company.

KDHP Tea is the first tea company in India to be owned by employees. Nearly all of its employees are shareholders and play an essential role in the development of the business. This tea company consists of seven tea gardens that cover over 24000 hectares. The tea plantations produce more that 22 million kilograms of tea each year.

Teas produced on this plantation are certified organic by the USDA and India Organic. The also hold certifications from the Rainforest Alliance, Ethical Tea Partnership, and Fair Trade organizations.

Munnar is a popular hill station in India that is also home to India's first tea museum. The best time to visit is from August to May, although it's best to avoid the cold winter months of December and January.

Mirik, West Bengal

Sourenee tea resort.

Located along the Siliguri to Darjeeling tea route, the Sourenee Tea Resort deserves at least a half-day visit. Located at 4500 feet, you'll get panoramic views of mountains, valleys, streams, and the tea plantations. The three-storied bungalow also offers views of Nepal with an old world charm and modern amenities.

You can spend your days trekking through seven picturesque tea trails or take things up a notch with horseback riding and rafting. The tea estate covers close to 137 hectares and boasts over 100 years of experience producing and processing tea. The tea factory produces black, green, and oolong teas.

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Longjing, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province

Longjing or Dragon Well tea is one of China's most famous green teas. It is a rich jade color when brewed and boasts a fresh aroma of chestnuts and cut grass. Hop on a train from Shanghai Hongqiao station and you'll be among the tea plantations within an hour. Take a bike ride or hop on the bus to tour the area's tea plantations and villages.

This region is also home to the China National Tea Museum where you can learn more about the history of tea and its use in China. Make sure to head to West Lake to sip longjing tea in historical pagodas and temples along the shoreline.

The best time to visit is during the Qing Ming Festival, which typically takes place in April. During this festival, the leaves are harvested and roasted, marking the beginning of the tea's journey from leaf to cup.

Wuyi Mountains, Fujian Province

The most famous oolong teas are cultivated in the Wuyi Mountains. Da hong pao, one of the world's most expensive teas, is harvested from 1,000 year old plants that grow amongst the rocks cliffs in this region.

Oolong tea plantations dot the hillside and are known for producing teas that are floral and fragrant. The terroir of these oolong teas is influenced by the high altitude as well as the rich amount of vitamins present in the soil.

Take the three kilometer long trail amongst the tea plantations. The first plants you'll reach are the famous Da Hong Pao bushes. Continue on to visit an archaeological site and the Water Curtain Cave. Along the way, you'll see markers for different types of oolong teas including Jin Guan Yin and Rou Gui. Make sure to save time for tasting Wuyi Rock teas before heading back home.

Yunnan Province

Discover the beauty of pu-erh tea with a trip to Yunnan Province. Pu-erh teas are known for their earthy flavor and rich aroma. These teas are typically sold as pressed cakes or balls. They are often aged—just like fine wines— to develop flavors and increase complexity.

Pu-erh tea is largely produced in the Yunnan Province of China, which lies along the border of Myanmar and Laos. Here, you can explore forests of wild tea trees that have survived for hundreds of years. Nearby, there are additional tourist attractions including a wild elephant reserve, medicinal botanical gardens, and jungle trails.

Start with a walk along the tea horse trail that winds its way from Yiwu village to Tibet. Begin your walk in Yiwu village and stop along the way to visit the tea museum and local tea workshops where pu-erh cakes are made. You can also visit the Mount Nannuo area, which is one of the largest tea producing regions in Menghai.

Don't miss Kunming, the birthplace of pu-erh tea or Pu Er city. Here you can visit the Pu Er Tea Research Center and indulge in tastings at Menghai tea estates. Many tea gardens in this areas have tea forests that are over 800 years old. Complete your tour of the region with a visit to the Xiaguan tea factory in Dali.

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Develop Knowledge With A Tea Adventure

Take a tea estate tour and discover how tea is made and immerse yourself in nuanced flavor. Visiting a tea estate gives you the opportunity to taste some of the world's finest tea while also learning more about tea production itself.

Stay in British planter bungalows, camp among the tea plantations in cabins, or live in luxurious suites as you discover all tea has to offer. Whether you opt for grand luxury or a local homestay, your tea tourism adventure will make tea even more enjoyable.

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A Beginner’s Guide to High Tea: Etiquette, Menu, and More

A Beginner's Guide to High Tea Etiquette, Menu, and More.

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What is High Tea?

Ah, the world of high tea! It’s not just about sipping tea with a pinkie finger in the air. It’s a delightful rendezvous of tradition, taste , and a touch of class. So, what exactly is high tea? Let’s unravel this elegant affair, shall we?

The Origins of Elegance

Imagine yourself in 19th-century Britain, where the afternoon slump was met with a brilliant idea – a midday feast. Enter high tea! Contrary to what you might think, the “high” doesn’t denote snobbery, but rather the tall tables it was served on. It was a practical meal for the working class, bridging the gap between lunch and dinner.

High Tea vs. Afternoon Tea: The Great Debate

Now, don’t go thinking high tea is just a fancy term for afternoon tea. Oh no, they’re distant cousins in the tea family. Afternoon tea is the posh affair we often associate with dainty sandwiches and pastries, served in the late afternoon to stave off pre-dinner hunger pangs. High tea, on the other hand, is heartier and more robust, often including hot dishes alongside the tea.

Savories, Sweets, and Scones—Oh My!

Picture a table laden with savory tarts, dainty finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with dollops of clotted cream and jam, and a parade of sweets that would make Willy Wonka green with envy. That’s high tea for you! It’s a culinary journey where your taste buds waltz through a symphony of flavors.

It’s Not Just About Tea

While tea is undoubtedly the star of the show, high tea isn’t just about the brew. It’s about camaraderie, conversation, and taking a pause in our fast-paced world to enjoy the finer things in life.

So there you have it—the essence of high tea in all its refined glory. It’s not just a meal; it’s an experience. Now, let’s venture into the enchanting world of high tea etiquette, where we’ll learn the do’s and don’ts that make this ritual a true delight. Pinkie fingers are at the ready!

Also read: The Top 10 rarest teas on the planet and their unique flavors.

High Tea Etiquette: A Comprehensive Guide

Ah, the art of high tea etiquette! It’s like a choreographed dance, each step contributing to the symphony of this refined affair. So, let’s put on our finest manners and waltz through the dos and don’ts of high tea.

  • Begin with the Savory Items Before Moving on to the Sweets

Think of it as a warm-up before the grand performance. Start with those delicate finger sandwiches and savory tarts. They set the stage for the sweetness that follows.

  • Use Your Fingers to Eat

Gloves off, fingers on! High tea is a tactile experience. Don’t be shy about using your fingers to pick up those delectable bites. It’s perfectly acceptable, and frankly, it’s the best way to savor the flavors.

  • Break the Scone and Slather Clotted Cream First, and Then Jam

Ah, the scone dilemma! Break it in two, apply a generous layer of clotted cream, and then a dollop of jam. It’s the perfect harmony of creamy and fruity goodness.

  • Hold the Tea Cup by its Handle

There’s no need to cradle the cup like it’s your prized possession. Keep your pinkie finger down and hold it by the handle. It’s both elegant and practical.

  • Keep Your Pinkie Finger Down; It Shouldn’t Be Raised

Contrary to popular belief, the pinkie finger shouldn’t be standing tall like a soldier. It’s meant to stay comfortably alongside its comrades.

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  • Stir the Tea in an Up-and-Down Motion, Not in Circles

Think of it as a gentle dance. Stir your tea in a vertical motion, never in wild circles. This keeps things graceful and prevents any potential tea disasters.

  • Don’t Keep the Teaspoon in the Cup

The teaspoon has its own stage, which is the saucer. Once you’ve stirred your tea, let it rest there, like a well-deserved intermission.

  • Keep the Saucer on the Table

Speaking of saucers, they’re not just for show. Rest your cup on the saucer when not in use. It’s like giving your teacup a little throne.

  • Never Dip the Scone into Your Tea

While it might seem like a tempting idea, resist the urge to dunk your scone. It’s a no-go in high

  • Don’t Put the Teaspoon in Your Mouth

Spoons are for stirring, not for tasting. Keep that teaspoon clear of your lips.

  • Don’t Blow the Tea to Cool Down

Hot tea can be eager to meet your taste buds, but resist the urge to blow. Instead, give it a moment to cool naturally.

  • Dress Appropriately

Last but not least, let’s talk attire. Dress to impress! High tea is a classy affair, so leave the flip-flops at home and opt for something a tad more refined.

With these etiquette tips in your arsenal, you’re ready to waltz through a high tea experience with grace and confidence. Now, let’s move on to the next section and explore the tantalizing world of traditional high tea menus. Get your taste buds ready!

What is a Traditional High Menu?

Ah, the pièce de résistance of any high tea affair – the menu! It’s a symphony of flavors and textures, carefully curated to tantalize your taste buds. Let’s embark on a culinary journey through the quintessential components of a traditional high tea menu.

  • Finger Sandwiches: These bite-sized wonders are the ambassadors of sophistication. Think cucumber, egg salad, and smoked salmon—each nestled between delicate slices of bread, crusts politely removed.
  • Savory Tarts and Quiches: A medley of pastry and savory fillings, these treats add a touch of heartiness to your high tea experience. Spinach and feta, anyone?
  • Cheese and Chutney Pairings: A delightful contrast of sharp cheeses and sweet chutneys It’s a marriage made in culinary heaven.
  • Plain and Fruit Scones: These golden, flaky wonders are the crown jewels of high tea. Served warm, they practically melt in your mouth. The choice between plain or studded with juicy fruits is entirely yours.
  • Clotted Cream and Jam: The yin and yang of scone toppings Start with a generous slathering of clotted cream, followed by a dollop of your favorite jam. It’s a heavenly combination that deserves a standing ovation.

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  • Petit Fours: These dainty, multi-layered confections are the epitome of bite-sized elegance. From delicate sponge cakes to intricately decorated pastries, they’re a visual and gustatory delight.
  • Macarons: These colorful, almond-based treats are like tiny bursts of joy. With their crisp shells and soft, flavorful centers, they’re the stars of any high tea spread.
  • Tarts and Pastries: From lemon tarts to buttery palmiers, this category offers a delightful array of textures and flavors. It’s a sweet tooth’s dream come true.

Tea, of course!

Pair these delectable treats with a selection of fine teas. Whether you’re a fan of robust black teas, aromatic green teas, or herbal infusions, there’s a brew to suit every palate.

Customization and Creativity:

Remember, while tradition sets the stage, there’s always room for creativity. Some high teas feature seasonal variations or regional specialties. So don’t be surprised if you encounter unique twists on these classics.

With this guide to the traditional high tea menu, you’re armed with the knowledge to appreciate the culinary symphony that awaits you. So, sit back, relax, and savor each delightful morsel. And fear not, there’s always room for seconds! Next, let’s explore the sartorial side of high tea in the next section . What to wear, what to wear?

What to Wear to the High Tea

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Ah, the age-old question: What does one don for a high tea rendezvous? Fear not, dear reader, for we’re about to demystify the art of high tea attire for both ladies and gents. After all, every sip of Darjeeling deserves a fitting ensemble!

For Ladies:

The Dress: Opt for an elegant knee-length or tea-length dress. Floral patterns, pastels, or soft, muted tones are all splendid choices. Think Audrey Hepburn meets modern chic.

Accessories: pearls, pearls, pearls! A strand of pearls adds a touch of timeless elegance. As for hats, they’re not just for the Kentucky Derby. A tasteful fascinator or a wide-brimmed hat can be the pièce de résistance of your ensemble.

Footwear: Flats or low heels are the order of the day. High teas are about comfort and grace, not teetering on stilettos.

Gloves (optional): Channel your inner royalty with a pair of delicate gloves. They add a touch of vintage glamour to your look.

Bag: A small, tasteful clutch or a vintage-inspired handbag is ideal. Just enough to carry your essentials without overwhelming the ensemble.

For Gentlemen:

The Suit: A well-fitted suit is the cornerstone of a gentleman’s high tea attire. Darker tones exude sophistication but don’t shy away from experimenting with subtle patterns or textures.

Shirt and Tie: A crisp, well-coordinated shirt and tie complete the look. Choose colors that complement the suit, and feel free to add a tie pin or pocket square for a dash of personality.

Footwear: Classic dress shoes are non-negotiable. Ensure they’re polished to perfection – scuffed shoes at high tea are the equivalent of a musical faux pas.

Accessories: A simple wristwatch and cufflinks add a refined touch. Remember, less is more.

Grooming: A well-groomed appearance is paramount. A clean shave or neatly trimmed beard, well-kept hair, and a subtle cologne are the finishing touches.

Remember, confidence is the linchpin of any outfit. Wear what makes you feel comfortable and at ease, and you’ll be ready to grace the high tea scene with style.

With these sartorial tips, you’re poised to make a splendid impression at your next high tea gathering. Now, onto next Section, where we’ll explore the nuances of selecting the perfect tea to accompany your delectable treats!

Selecting the Perfect Tea

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Ah, the heart and soul of any high tea experience – the tea itself! Choosing the right blend can elevate your afternoon to a symphony of flavors. Let’s embark on a journey through the world of tea, shall we?

Embrace the Classics: Black Teas

Earl Grey: A timeless favorite, Earl Grey combines black tea with the citrusy essence of bergamot. It’s aromatic and refined, much like the high tea experience itself.

Assam: For those who prefer a robust brew, Assam is the go-to. It’s bold, malty, and pairs wonderfully with milk and sugar.

Darjeeling: Often referred to as the “Champagne of Teas,” Darjeeling is delicate, floral, and delightfully complex. It’s the epitome of elegance.

Mellow Elegance: Green Teas

Jasmine Green Tea: Fragrant and soothing, jasmine-infused green tea is a delightful choice. Its floral notes complement the savory and sweet treats of high tea beautifully.

Sencha: With its grassy, slightly nutty flavor, sencha brings a touch of Japanese refinement to the table. It’s a light, refreshing option.

Herbal Infusions: A Non-Caffeinated Delight

Peppermint: Cleanse your palate with a refreshing cup of peppermint tea. Its invigorating minty notes make it a perfect palate cleanser between courses.

Chamomile: For a calming interlude, opt for chamomile. Its gentle, apple-like flavor is a lovely choice for winding down your high tea experience.

Get Creative: Specialty Blends

Rose-Infused Tea: Delicate and romantic, rose-infused tea adds a floral note to your high tea affair. It’s a unique twist for those looking to explore beyond the classics.

Chai Latte: For a touch of spice, consider a chai latte. Its blend of aromatic spices like cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger adds a warm, cozy element to your tea selection.

The Brewing Ritual

Remember, the perfect cup of tea is an art. Allow the leaves to steep for the appropriate time, and use freshly boiled water for black and herbal teas, and slightly cooler water for green teas.

The Tea Pairing Dance

Much like a well-choreographed performance, pair your tea with the menu. Black teas complement heartier fare, while green teas and herbal infusions enhance lighter, delicate flavors.

With these tea selections in your repertoire, you’re poised to curate a high tea experience that’s not only visually splendid but a symphony of flavors

Setting the Scene: Tips for Hosting Your Own High Tea

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Ah, the joy of playing host or hostess for a high tea gathering! It’s an opportunity to showcase your hospitality and create a memorable experience for your guests. Let’s dive into the art of hosting a high tea that’ll leave everyone in awe.

The Invitations: An Elegant Prelude

Send out invites that set the tone for the affair. Opt for classic, sophisticated designs or add a touch of whimsy with tea-themed motifs. Be sure to include date, time, dress code, and any special instructions.

The Venue: Where Elegance Meets Comfort

Choose a venue that balances elegance with comfort. Whether it’s your living room adorned with floral arrangements or a garden setting with quaint tables, ensure it exudes a warm, inviting ambiance.

The Table Setting: A Symphony of Elegance

Pay attention to detail when setting the table. Crisp, clean linens, polished silverware, delicate china, and fresh flowers all contribute to the visual feast.

The Tea Selection: A Thoughtful Assortment

Curate a diverse selection of teas to cater to different tastes. Provide options like Earl Grey, Darjeeling, and a herbal infusion like chamomile for non-caffeine drinkers. Label each tea to guide your guests.

The Menu: A Culinary Journey

Craft a menu that balances savory and sweet. Offer an array of finger sandwiches, savory tarts, scones with clotted cream and jam, and an assortment of petite desserts. Include a variety of flavors and textures for a well-rounded experience.

The Presentation: Culinary Works of Art

Pay attention to how the dishes are presented. Arrange sandwiches neatly, garnish tarts with fresh herbs, and ensure desserts are beautifully plated. The visual appeal enhances the overall experience.

The Tea Service: Grace and Precision

Serve tea with grace. Allow guests to choose their preferred blend, provide options for milk and sugar, and ensure each cup is presented with care.

The Music: A Subtle Melody

Background music sets the mood. Opt for soft, classical tunes or instrumental melodies that add a touch of refinement without overpowering conversation.

The Conversation: A Harmonious Cadence

Encourage lively yet polite conversation. Share interesting tea facts, discuss the flavors, and engage guests in a delightful exchange of thoughts.

The Farewell Tokens: A Sweet Send-off

Consider offering small tokens of appreciation, like beautifully wrapped tea bags or homemade cookies, as a parting gift for your guests.

By paying attention to these details, you’ll create an unforgettable high tea experience that leaves your guests talking about it for years to come. After all, hosting a high tea is not just about the food and tea, but about creating a moment of refined indulgence for your cherished guests. Cheers to the perfect tea time!

High Tea Traditions in Modern Society: How Has It Evolved?

Ah, the evolution of high tea, a tale of tradition meeting the winds of change. In today’s fast-paced world, this timeless ritual has found new avenues and interpretations. Let’s explore how high tea has donned a modern cloak while still holding onto its elegant roots.

High Tea in Urban Cafés and Boutique Hotels

In bustling cities, high tea has found a home in chic urban cafés and boutique hotels. These establishments offer contemporary twists on traditional menus, often incorporating global flavors and innovative presentations.

High Tea for Special Occasions

High tea is no longer confined to the elite. It’s become a popular choice for celebrating birthdays, bridal showers, and other special occasions. The charm of a high tea gathering adds a touch of sophistication to any festivity.

Themed High Tea Events

From Alice in Wonderland-inspired teas to seasonal and holiday-themed gatherings, creativity knows no bounds. These themed events add a playful touch to the classic high tea experience, making it a delightful adventure for attendees.

High Tea in the Digital Age: Virtual Tea Parties

With the rise of virtual gatherings, high tea has transcended physical boundaries. Friends and family can now come together from different corners of the world to share in the joy of a high tea experience, albeit through screens.

Fusion and Culinary Innovation

Contemporary chefs are pushing the boundaries of high tea, infusing it with diverse culinary influences. Expect to find fusion flavors, unexpected pairings, and inventive presentations that add a modern flair to this age-old tradition.

Health-Conscious High Tea Options

As health and wellness take center stage, high tea menus have evolved to cater to dietary preferences and restrictions. Vegan, gluten-free, and organic options are now readily available, ensuring everyone can partake in the indulgence.

High Tea as a Networking Event

The refined atmosphere of a high tea setting makes it an ideal backdrop for networking events. Professionals gather over tea, exchanging ideas and forging connections in a setting that fosters meaningful conversation.

High Tea as a Mindful Practice

In our fast-paced lives, high tea offers a moment of respite. It encourages mindfulness, prompting us to slow down, savor each bite, and appreciate the company of those around us.

High Tea Experiences at Home

With the availability of high-quality teas and gourmet ingredients, many have taken to hosting their own high tea gatherings at home. It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase culinary skills and create cherished memories.

As high tea continues to adapt to the rhythms of modern life, it retains its status as a cherished tradition. Whether in an elegant tearoom, a trendy café, or your own dining room, the essence of high tea endures, offering a resplendent pause in the midst of our bustling days. Cheers to the ever-evolving elegance of high tea!

High Tea Etiquette for Special Occasions and Events

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Ah, special occasions and events, the moments that call for an extra touch of grace and decorum. High tea, with its refined ambiance, is a perfect setting for celebrating milestones and cherished gatherings. Let’s delve into the nuances of high tea etiquette for these memorable occasions.

Bridal Showers: A Toast to New Beginnings

Bridal showers and high tea are a match made in heaven. The elegant setting provides a backdrop for celebrating the bride-to-be, with delicate finger sandwiches, dainty sweets, and perhaps a touch of bubbly for a truly celebratory affair.

Baby Showers: Welcoming the Little One in Style

Gathering to celebrate the impending arrival of a bundle of joy? High tea offers a charming setting to shower the expectant mother with love and well-wishes. Opt for a menu that includes comforting treats and perhaps a special herbal infusion for the mom-to-be.

Birthdays: Sip and Celebrate in Style

For a birthday bash that exudes sophistication, consider hosting a high tea. Allow the birthday celebrant to take center stage amidst an array of delectable treats and a well-chosen selection of teas to suit their tastes.

Anniversaries: A Toast to Timeless Love

Marking years of togetherness calls for a celebration that reflects the enduring bond. High tea offers an intimate yet refined setting, allowing the couple to reminisce over a menu that speaks to their shared tastes.

Corporate Events: Networking with Elegance

Impress clients or colleagues with a high tea networking event. The refined atmosphere encourages meaningful conversation and connections. Ensure the menu caters to various tastes, and consider providing a selection of teas to suit different preferences.

Holiday Gatherings: Festive Feasting in Style

During the holiday season, high tea adds a touch of opulence to festivities. Incorporate seasonal flavors and decorations, and offer a menu that balances traditional treats with contemporary twists.

Graduations: Commemorate Achievements with Class

Marking academic milestones calls for a celebration that mirrors the significance of the achievement. High tea provides a dignified setting for graduates to gather with family and friends, reflect on their accomplishments over a cup of tea.

Reunions: Nostalgia Infused with Elegance

Gatherings of old friends and family members are made all the more special with a high tea affair. The refined setting allows for relaxed conversation and reminiscing, creating cherished memories to carry forward.

Charity Events: Elevating Causes with Elegance

For charity events, high tea lends an air of sophistication and gravitas. The elegant setting encourages attendees to support the cause in a refined atmosphere where conversation flows freely over tea and treats.

Embracing high tea etiquette for special occasions and events ensures that each gathering is a momentous affair, marked by grace, warmth, and an appreciation for the significance of the occasion. With these guidelines in hand, you’re poised to create memorable moments for your guests.

High Tea Essentials: Must-Have Tools and Accessories

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Ah, the accoutrements that complete the high tea experience! Just as a conductor needs the right baton, a high tea host or hostess requires the proper tools and accessories to orchestrate a flawless affair. Let’s explore the essential items that ensure your high tea gathering is nothing short of spectacular.

Tea Set and Service: The Crown Jewels of High Tea

A fine porcelain or bone china tea set is the centerpiece of your high tea setup. It includes a teapot, cups, saucers, and matching plates. Select a set that complements your theme and reflects your personal style.

Tea Cups with Saucers: Elegance in Every Sip

Ensure you have enough tea cups and saucers for all your guests. The saucer serves as a resting place for the cup when not in use, preventing spills and adding a touch of sophistication to the setting.

Teapot and Tea Infuser: Steeping Perfection

Invest in a quality teapot with a built-in infuser or consider using separate tea infusers. This allows for easy brewing and ensures that each cup of tea is steeped to perfection.

Teaspoons: Stirring with Grace

Provide small teaspoons for guests to stir their tea. Opt for ones with long, elegant handles for a touch of refinement.

Sugar Bowl and Creamer: Sweetening the Moment

A sugar bowl and creamer are essential for those who take their tea with a bit of sweetness or a splash of milk. Choose matching sets that complement your tea service.

Cake Stand: Elevating the Delights

Display your array of savory and sweet treats on a tiered cake stand. This not only adds visual appeal to the table but also allows guests to easily select their desired delicacies.

Napkins and Linens: Crisp Elegance

Provide cloth napkins and tablecloths to add a touch of luxury to your high tea affair. Crisp, clean linens elevate the visual appeal of the table setting.

Tea Towels and Coasters: Practical Elegance

Have a few tea towels on hand for any spills or drips, and provide coasters to protect delicate surfaces from heat and moisture.

Utensils and Cake Servers: Precision in Presentation

Ensure you have the appropriate utensils for serving and enjoying your high tea treats. Cake servers, tongs for finger foods, and butter knives for spreading clotted cream and jam are all must-haves.

Decorative Accents: Adding a Personal Touch

Consider small decorative elements like fresh flowers, tea light candles, or themed decor that enhance the ambiance and tie together the aesthetic of your high tea setting.

With these essential tools and accessories, you’re well-equipped to host a high tea gathering that exudes elegance and refinement. Each item serves as a vital note in the symphony of your high tea experience, ensuring every detail is perfectly orchestrated. Cheers to a truly memorable tea time!

In the tapestry of traditions, high tea stands as a refined jewel, a timeless ritual that transcends eras. From its humble beginnings to its modern interpretations, this elegant affair has woven its way into our hearts. It’s a symphony of flavors, a dance of etiquette, and a celebration of connection. Whether in a lavish tearoom, a chic urban café, or the comfort of one’s home, high tea offers a moment of respite, a pause in the rush of life. So, let us raise our cups and toast to the enduring grace of high tea, a tradition that continues to enchant and enrich our lives.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why do people love high tea?

People adore high tea for its blend of elegance and indulgence. It’s a moment to savor delectable treats, sip exquisite teas, and engage in refined conversation. The ritual provides a respite from the hustle of daily life, allowing one to relish in a timeless tradition that transcends generations. In essence, high tea offers a taste of luxury and a touch of sophistication, creating cherished memories.

  • Who put milk in tea first?

The practice of adding milk to tea has a historical origin in England. While it’s challenging to pinpoint the exact individual who first adopted this habit, it became popular in the 17th and 18th centuries.

One widely circulated theory is that the tradition of adding milk to tea began in the 17th century when delicate porcelain teacups were introduced. Pouring hot tea directly into these fragile cups often resulted in cracks or breakage. To mitigate this, milk was added first to cool the tea and prevent damage to the cup.

Over time, the practice of adding milk to tea became a cultural norm in England, and it’s a preference that has endured through the centuries.

  • How many cups of tea per day?

The number of cups of tea consumed per day varies widely. Some enjoy one or two cups for a mild caffeine boost, while others, especially in tea-centric cultures, may have five or more. Health considerations, personal preference, and cultural practices all influence tea consumption. It’s essential to balance enjoyment with moderation for overall well-being.

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Majestic Malacca High Tea Review

Taking part in the Aristocratic custom while sitting in the colonial-style Majestic Malacca Hotel was phenomenal. Things line up also in the broader sense; the combination of UNESCO heritage town and well preserved Peranakan mansion, which is the Majestic Malacca Hotel. In addition, this is also a place where Melaka’s culinary history influences the in-house dining. Now let’s dive into the Majestic Malacca high tea review.


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The lounge at the mansion consists of a library and an open living room, both ideal for some midday snacks. One as well as the other, have dark furniture and praised good old ceramic tiles, only the pattern varies. The difference is in the intimacy and reading choices, both in favor of a library. 

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For the Majestic Malacca high tea, we got to choose from the Malaysian pride; the BOH tea. The array is broad enough to cover the basic needs with or without flavored turns. You’ll find bagged classic tea blends and caffeine-free options. When we were in Cameron Highlands , where BOH tea comes from, we loved their loose varieties. Sadly, the Majestic Melaka afternoon tea menu caters only bagged tea. 

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Attention, to all coffee lovers! If the tea offer at Majestic Melaka doesn’t speak to you, then you can have some coffee instead. Good old espresso.

Afternoon Tea Bites

Majestic Malacca high tea set consisted of treats that were influenced by the culinary history of Malacca. Practically we were able to taste the differences between cultures and toast to diversity with local black tea. 

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Our tea time in Melaka got a crunchy start with Peranakan vegetable hats, known as Pai Tee. This delicious bite consists of deep-fried pastry filled with various vegetables; some cooked some raw and sprinkled with chili and herbs. With Peranakan cuisine , things are never as simple as they seem, but they sure are tasty. Usually tastier than expected, as was the case in all our Peranakan meals.

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Addition of the house-made sambal sauce fitted both, Pai Tee and vegetable Samosa, with its sweet-sour–spicy flavor profile. We loved the taste of ginger and lime juice so much that we purchased some as a useful souvenir.

Pai Tee and samosa

Each of us got three classic afternoon tea sandwiches, all freshly prepared and delicious. Tartar sauce added moisture to already succulent tuna and juicy cucumber in the first sandwich. The simplest had to be the fresh cucumber and tomato sandwich with cheese slice on top.

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Surprisingly, vegetables were packed with flavor and delivered a very refreshing bite. Lastly, the creamy egg sandwich served as a perfect transition to scones. Indeed, we were right to bet on the creaminess of shredded egg with mayonnaise and a salad leaf. 

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Both plain and raisin scones were tasty and easy to half without making a mess. Surely, the most delicious was the soaked raisin, in the somewhat bread-like dough. However, that changed when we applied the strawberry jam and cream. We admit that scones toppings Majestic Melaka afternoon tea could be better or include the second choice, possibly the coconut jam. 

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Sweet treats feature the local favorites that were brought to Melaka by the different settlers. Melaka’s history is full of invasions, beginning with the prince of Sumatra in the 14th century. Later came the European conquerors and Japanese during World War II, each leaving something tasty behind. 

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Right before biting into green Onde-Onde, you’ll catch the aroma of coconut and pandan. After that tropical fragrance, one’s focus shifts to the playful glutinous rice texture. Finally, bouncy Onde-Onde ball will send you straight into fireworks when you’ll bite into the center. On top of that, the syrupy filling inside, simply couldn’t be better; the Gula Melaka syrup. We love Gula Melaka, and we are not alone.

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A pink layer cake is a gentle mix of rice and coconut taste with a soft creamy texture. We can say it is the softest of all the sweets we had for the Majestic Malacca high tea.

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The carrot might be for the Dutch, but the rest was for us. Well, we didn’t abandon the marzipan carrot; in fact, it was delicious with pecan nuts. Light vanilla cream on top added some moisture to the already mouth-watering carrot dough.

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Probably this is the best meringue in Melaka. Mostly because of the light egg custard cream under the fresh strawberries. You will enjoy a lot when all this slowly disolve in your mouth.

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In general, we can say that the Majestic Malacca high tea delivered an insight into a cultural melting pot. In a short time, we tasted almost all of the world’s influences on Melaka. All the bites as different as they were, were fresh, tasty, and with a homemade mark that makes the Majestic Melaka tea set one of the best high tea in Melaka. However if your trip is continuing to the Kuala Lumpur, Don’t forget to check out the Best High Tea in KL article .

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Majestic Malacca high tea set for two persons costs about 30USD with an additional teapot refill for a little less than 3USD. Before your tea time, we suggest making a reservation and dressing in a smart-casual manner. Here is a link to the Majestic Malacca Hotel , for easier navigation.

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Petra of the  Black Eagles  is the princess of western Fodlan’s Brigid islands. She ventured out of her home to study at the Officer’s Academy to show her allegiance to the empire. She is not very familiar with Fodlan’s spoken language, though is eager to learn.

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