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Itinerary for Petra

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Itinerary for Petra

Hello Tripadvisor specialists,

I will be in Petra for 3 nights and 2 days. I will be arriving on Monday, September 23rd.

Please review my itinerary for Petra. I would like to know your opinion on optimizing my itinerary.

I will be arriving in Petra from the hotel near the Dead Sea. On my way to Petra, I will stop and explore Little Petra and the Baidha Neolithic site.

On the next day, I will take the Main Trail, go through SIQ, and admire the Treasury at the end of the SIQ. From there, I want to go to the Treasury viewpoint. I will take the route to the viewpoint - which is facing away from the Treasury, to see a set of stairs in the rocks to the left side of the Siq. I will follow these stairs up until I reach the viewpoint.

I also read about another way to get to the viewpoint: Climb up behind the Royal Tombs on the Al-Khubtha trail to the highest viewpoint for the Treasury, but the Al-Khubtha trail is closed now.

I want to double-check that this is the right way to go.

After that, I want to continue on the Main Trail including, the Garden Temple, the theater, and the Royal Tombs.

On my second day, I will start from the back door trail to the Monastery, and continue to the “Best View in Petra.” Explore sites such as the Temple of the Winged Lion, the Ridge Church, the Blue Church, and additional Royal Tombs. I also would like to take the Al Madras “Secret way” to get to the Place of Sacrifice. How difficult is this trail? How long does it take?

Walk back to the main entrance.

Back to the hotel.

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Hi Alla,

I trust you had a wonderful vacation! How was your recent travel experience?

The initial part of our itinerary seems promising. Planning to visit Little Petra and the Neolithic site while traveling from the Dead Sea to the Petra hotel sounds like a great idea, especially since it will save time for our backdoor visit on day 3 in Petra.

However, as you already know from previous threads on here on TripAdvisor, it's important to note recent developments regarding closures and restrictions on certain viewpoints in Petra. Unfortunately, the viewpoints on the right side of the Treasury are presently closed, along with the bird's eye view from the Al-Madras route.

Regarding the alternative route via the backdoor trail and Wadi Farasa Road to the High Place of Sacrifice, it's worth noting that one of our guests had a mixed experience. While they were able to ascend to a certain point, they encountered a ranger who restricted access to the designated viewpoint due to its connection with camera monitoring by PDTRA (Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority). Despite this, they were permitted to view part of it, though not from the exact viewpoint where visitors typically sit and enjoy the scenery. They embarked on their journey from the start of the backdoor trail, traversing through Wadi Farasa, reaching the High Place of Sacrifice, and concluding their adventure by exiting the site through the Siq to the main gate. For optimal navigation along this route, it's advisable to be accompanied by a guide who can ensure you follow the precise path to the Al Madras route.

Whether you choose to incorporate the route to the High Place of Sacrifice into your itinerary on day 1 along the main trail (approximately 13 kilometers) or on day 2 via the backdoor trail (covering approximately 16 kilometers in total), prepare for a fulfilling adventure either way.

Upon reaching the restaurant area on day 1, if you choose not to proceed to the High Place of Sacrifice, there's still much to explore and uncover. You can take the opportunity to journey back to the Visitors Centre via notable sites such as the Temple of the Winged Lion, the Ridge Church, the Blue Church, and the Royal Tombs (including the Urn Tomb, Silk Tomb, Corinthian Tomb, Palace Tomb, and the Tomb of Sextius Florentinus) before exiting the site along the same route you entered.

The start of the hike to the High Place of Sacrifice will be between Qasr al-Bint and the Great Temple via the Street of Facades, ascend up to Wadi Farasa to reach the High Place of Sacrifice. This area boasts amazing rock formations decorated with many attractive colors and wildflowers. The main altar area is marked by a leveled platform, three steps, and a large stone block that would have once housed religious statues during rituals and processions.

You will then continue along the rugged mountainside, heading to the southeast side to the High Place of Sacrifice. On the way leading up to the High Place of Sacrifice, you will admire the views over the valley in Petra, including the Amphitheater, Colonnaded Street, and Great Temple. Afterward, descend downhill until reaching the left side of the Siq’s entrance, and then exit the site through the main gate. Alternatively, you can return to the city center via the same route you took uphill through Wadi Farasa, and then exit the site through the Siq to the main gate. Please note that this route requires a guide, especially for navigating from Wadi Farasa to the High Place of Sacrifice and descending uphill to the left side of the Siq's entrance.

As for the bird's eye view over the Treasury viewpoint, unfortunately, it's inaccessible at the moment as discussed above. PDTRA (Petra Development & Tourism Region Authority) has closed the viewpoint since last year. Therefore, you won't be able to take that detour from the High Place of Sacrifice to this viewpoint due to its closure. Instead, you will continue descending until reaching the left side of the Siq.

Alternatively, you have the option to start the hike to the High Place of Sacrifice from the main gate. (HOWEVER, OPTING FOR THIS ROUTE MEANS MISSING OUT ON THE MAGICAL FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE TREASURY AT THE END OF THE SIQ). Enter the Petra Archaeological Park from the main gate at the Visitors Centre before reaching the beginning of the Siq. You will not enter the Siq this time, but you will turn left to take the Madras trail uphill until reaching the normal path to the High Place of Sacrifice. You will get to see interesting shapes of rocks formation along the way. You will also admire the views over the valley in Petra including the Amphitheater, Colonnaded Street and Great Temple.

Continue along the rugged mountainside heading to the northwest side to the High Place of Sacrifice. The main altar area is marked by a leveled platform, three steps and a large stone block that would have once housed religious statues during rituals and processions.

Continue down to Petra’s Centre via Wadi Farasa, where we can see number of monuments and tombs along the way. This area has an amazing rock formation decorated with many attractive colors and wild flowers. You will pass the Lions Fountain which carved into the shape of lion, the Roman Solder’s Tomb, Garden Triclinium, Garden Temple, and Pharaoh’s Column.

Once you reach the Petra’s ancient site Centre, we will take the route leading Royal Tombs, the largest freestanding building in Petra. You will then exit the site through the Siq to the main gate or continue exploring Petra on your own.

Please note that if you have asthma or have a bit of vertigo and fear of heights, this trail won’t be recommended. Otherwise, if you can manage this walk, it still worth a try!

It's worth mentioning that while some viewpoints may be officially closed, there's a possibility that rangers inside the ancient site might, on occasion, permit visitors to access certain viewpoints that are not crowded or monitored by cameras. However, this allowance is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of the rangers. If you happen to be granted this opportunity, consider yourself incredibly fortunate, as it presents a chance to capture unforgettable photos from unique vantage points. Just keep in mind that such occasions are rare, so if you're fortunate enough to be granted access, seize the moment and make the most of the experience.

Given these updates, it's essential to be flexible with your plans and to prioritize safety and respect for the regulations set by the authorities. Enjoying Petra's wonders while being mindful of these restrictions will ensure a memorable and respectful experience for all visitors.

I trust this will assist you in planning your visit to Petra. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Best regards,

Khaled Masadeh

Plato Tours & Travel

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