Exploring the Ancient Rose City of Petra
Monday, April 13, 2015
Aaron Saunders, Live Voyage Reports
This morning Silversea’s Silver Wind docked in Aqaba, Jordan just after nine. Fifteen minutes later, guests were streaming down her gangways – and nearly everyone was taking part in Silversea’s full-day shore excursion to the ancient ruins of Petra.
Clocking in at nine hours, Petra – Jordan’s Treasure (AQJ-B) is an absolute must for anyone who has ever wanted to see one of Jordan’s most famous and instantly-recognizable sights. Built as early as 312 BC, Petra flourished as a major city and cultural center until around the 14th century, when the site was abandoned. It remained completely unknown to the Western world until 1812, when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt discovered the remains of the site.