Oceania Exclusive Tour
For those travelers who prefer an added measure of intimacy and flexibility, we are pleased to offer our new Oceania Exclusive tours. With a minimum of 10 guests and a maximum capacity of just 16 guests, each tour benefits from a higher level of personal attention and the added flexibility and agility that come from traveling in a small group.
Oceania Exclusive tours are available for a specially selected number of tours in almost every port we visit, in every corner of the world.
Explore mysterious Petra, the ancient Nabataean caravan-city ideally situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. Inhabited since prehistoric times, this area was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. The Nabataeans transformed the forbidding desert into a bustling metropolis with monumental tombs carved directly into the rose-hued sandstone hills, as well as hundreds of other structures including burial chambers, funerary banquet halls, residences, theaters, bath complexes, arched gates and a complex system of water channels and reservoirs. Camel caravans passed through, loaded with spices, textiles and incense from distant regions, and through such commerce, the city of Petra flourished, until a massive earthquake left the freestanding structures of Petra in ruins. The remnants of Petra were an object of curiosity during the Middle Ages, and the first European to describe them was Johann Burckhardt in 1812. Departing the pier in Aqaba, travel deep within the deserts of Jordan, to Wadi Musa, the gateway to Petra. Upon arrival at the Visitor's Center, walk to the impressive entrance to Petra, a stunning narrow gorge called the Siq (the shaft), a natural geological feature formed from a deep split in the sandstone rocks. After walking through the Siq, experience Petra's most elaborate ruin and fabled achievement, El Khazneh, the Treasury, hewn directly out of the red sandstone cliff. Used as a backdrop in the movie, Indian Jones and the Last Crusade, the awe-inspiring Treasury stands at 131 feet tall and measures 92 feet across. Enjoy time to explore the Treasury and the Outer Siq, leading to immense tombs, and facades and doorways cut in the steep passage walls. Following your time at the ruins, retrace your steps through the Siq, past the Obelisk Tomb, to a local hotel. Following a sumptuous buffet lunch at the hotel, reboard your motorcoach for the drive to Aqaba and the ship.
Please note: This tour entails considerable walking (a 45 minute walk into and out of the site along a sloping path as well as level walking in the actual site). A limited number of carriages and horses, camels and donkeys are available at Petra, but their use is in no way encouraged or sanctioned by Oceania Cruises.