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Petra

 

Petra is perhaps one of Jordan's most famous attractions, lost to the world for centuries, it is an entire city carved in stone over 2000 years ago and was once the thriving capital of the Nabataean Kingdom that established itself as the centre of trade between the ancient East and West.

Now a UNESCO world heritage site it is a truly enchanting place and is accessed by walking through a long narrow gorge called a siq which leads to Petra's most famous monument the Treasury. Petra is strewn with hundreds of buildings, tombs, temples and colonnaded streets - as well an open air theatre, an enormous 1st century Monastery and a museum, all of which can be explored at leisure.

 

Petra by night tour:

To visit Petra during daylight is an awe-inspiring experience, to experience it at night by the light of 1,800 candles is truly an out-of-this-world experience! Walk through the Siq to the Khazneh following a candle-lit path and enjoy the haunting music of the Bedouin at the Treasury. Tours start at 8.30pm and finish at 10.30pm every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Tour Price include: Entry Ticket fees but excluding Transportation from / to Hotel.

Petra Cooking Class (Petra Kitchen)

THE PETRA KITCHEN is a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you’ll gather to prepare an evening meal, working alongside local women under the supervision of our chef.

Each evening meal includes soup, cold and hot mezza and salads, and a main course—all typical Jordanian dishes.  You will have get an inside glimpse of the secrets behind the famous regional cuisine of the Levant.

THE PETRA KITCHEN offers an evening of learning, fun and a very special dining experience, with each dish gaining the special flavor of a reward well-earned.  Great care has been taken to make THE PETRA KITCHEN a truly Jordanian experience—right down to the furnishings, all crafted in Jordan, the tableware, all produced by the Iraq al Amir Women’s Co-operative, and the aprons and table linens, all hand-embroidered by the Jordan River Foundation.

Dana Nature Reserve

Dana is Jordan’s largest nature reserve, covering some 320 square kilometers of spectacular mountains and wadis along the face of the Great Rift Valley. From scorching sand dunes in the west to cool mountain tops in the east, the Dana Biosphere Reserve is home to a great variety of wildlife. There are plants and animals characteristic of true desert, of Mediterranean forests and of the dry plains of Russia. In fact, Dana is really a melting pot of species from three continents: Europe, Africa and Asia. Such a combination of natural communities in a single area is unique in Jordan and many of Dana’s animals and plants are very rare. So far, a total of 700 plant species, 190 bird species, 37 mammal species and 36 reptile species have been recorded in the Reserve, of which 25 are known to be endangered, including the Sand Cat, the Syrian Wolf, the Lesser Kestrel and the Spiny Tailed Lizard. Without special care, some of these could disappear from the Earth forever, which makes the Dana Biosphere Reserve a place of global importance.

The Dana Village area, overlooking the scenic Wadi Dana, has been occupied since about 4000 BC. Archaeological evidence indicates that Palaeolithic, Egyptian, Nabatean, and Roman civilisations have been drawn to the area by the fertile soil, water springs, and strategic location. Today, Dana Village is inhabited mostly by clans of the “Al Ata’ata” tribe, which settled in the area during the Ottoman period, about four hundred years ago, and built the present village. Over the years, many of the families in Dana Village have moved to the nearby village of Qadissiya, in search of better jobs, schools, and housing. The crumbling Dana Village was nearly abandoned, but thanks to the fund-raising efforts of the Friends of Dana, a dynamic women’s group in Amman, over 70 of the traditional stone housed have been restored, enabling some families to remain in the village.

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