Following the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia

When you disembark from your MSC Jordan cruise in Aqaba, you can enjoy its idyllic, sunny setting on the shores of the Red Sea, at the country’s southernmost tip.
From something of a dowdy backwater, in the last decade or so Aqaba has transformed itself into a pleasant leisure destination. Hotels at all grades are springing up in the town as well as at luxury waterfront developments up and down the coast.

The city center of Aqaba forms a dense network of streets and alleys clustered just behind the beach road (called the “Corniche”).

Some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world is centered on the unspoiled coral reefs that hug the coast just south of the town – an engaging contrast with the nearby desert attractions of Petra and Wadi Rum.

Don’t miss out on an unforgettable shore excursion to Petra. Tucked away in a remote valley basin in the heart of southern Jordan’s Shara mountains and shielded from the outside world behind an impenetrable barrier of rock, Petra remains wreathed in mystery.

Since a Western adventurer stumbled on the site in 1812, it has fired imaginations, its grandeur and dramatic setting pushing it into the realms of legend. Today, it’s almost as if time has literally drawn a veil over the once-great city, which grew wealthy enough on the caravan trade to challenge the might of Rome: two millennia of wind and rain have blurred the sharp edges of its ornate classical facades and rubbed away at its soft sandstone to expose vivid bands of colour beneath, putting the whole scene into soft focus.

EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES AQABA (PETRA)

AQAAF – THE UNIQUE SCENERY OF WADI RUM

Duration: approx. 5 hours – USD 105 AD / 74 CH

Leave the port for a 1-hour 15-minute drive to Wadi Rum and feel the romance of the Arabian Desert. In this timeless and beautiful valley rises Wadi Rum, amidst sand dunes that shimmer across the rose-red desert sand. The Wadi Rum area has been inhabited since prehistoric periods and geologists have found slabs of rock with inscriptions in early Tahamudic writings throughout the valley. After your arrival at Wadi Rum Visitor Centre, enjoy a short stop and then board some 4wd vehicles for a two-hour drive through magnificent desert and mountain scenery. A desert camp will be your destination where, in a typical Bedouin tent, you can not only relax but also sip an authentic Arabian tea. A unique opportunity to complete your Jordanian desert experience. This adventurous half-day tour concludes with the return to the port. Please note: this tour includes walking on uneven, sandy ground. Guests are recommended to wear comfortable, closed walking shoes, a hat, a light, long-sleeved top, high-factor sunscreen. In addition, guests are recommended to bring a light scarf to protect the face from dust and bottled water. The tour is unsuitable for guests of limited mobility, with respiratory problems, back/neck problems and for pregnant women. Guests will be travelling on open-backed 4×4 vehicles, with access from the rear of the vehicle, and will be sitting opposite one another on benches. Comfort facilities are available at the Wadi Rum Visitors’ Centre and at the Bedouin Camp.

AQAAG – PETRA, THE CITY CARVED INTO THE ROCK AND LUNCH AT A RESTAURANT

Duration: approx. 9.5 hours, lunch included – USD 149 AD / 104 CH

If it’s rose-red in colour, situated in the middle of the Jordanian desert and reputed to be half as old as time itself, the destination of this all-day excursion can only be the amazing ancient city of Petra. Having laid hidden for centuries, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer rediscovered this jewel of early engineering in 1812 and then unveiled it to the rest of the world. Situated about a 2-hour coach ride to the north of Aqaba, the city was hewn out of the solid rock by Nabatean Arabs more than 2.000 years ago and served as their capital city. These clever Arab architects even succeeded in bringing fresh water to their town using a sophisticated water conduit system, which turned the city into an artificial oasis. Your exploration of this UNESCO World Heritage Site begins with a walk through the narrow “Siq”, a stunning natural canyon that winds its way through towering rocks. As you emerge from the canyon, the bright daylight will reveal Petra in all its rose-hued glory. Carved into the cliff and rising several storeys high, the surprisingly well-preserved colonnaded structures have more than stood the test of time. To cap off your incredible sightseeing tour of this ancient city, a lunch a restaurant is included in the excursion. The scenic return journey in the comfort of your air-conditioned coach will bring this fabulous outing to a leisurely close. Please note: tour involves approx. 7/8 km of walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems. Guides will escort guests throughout the tour inside the site and at the restaurant, please abide by timing provided by the guide and do not leave the group at any time. We recommend wearing comfortable, closed walking shoes, a sunhat, sunscreen as well as a light, long-sleeved shirt. This tour is not recommended for guests with respiratory problems. Guests are recommended to bring a light scarf to protect the face from dust. Guests with any type of food intolerance are required to communicate it to the Shore Excursions Office at least two days before the call. Drinks included in the lunch: 1 bottle of water per person, coffee or tea. Any additional drink must be paid at the restaurant with local currency, credit cards as well as Euro or US dollars. The balance will be given in local currency. Guests of Saudi origin will be required to have a valid Saudi ID to enter the Petra site, so please bring this document with you. In case you are not in possession of Saudi ID, please contact the Shorex Team onboard.  

AQAAL – AMAZING PETRA BY NIGHT & DINNER AT MOVENPICK

Duration: approx. 8 hours, dinner included – USD 222 AD / 155 CH

That Petra is one of the most impressive sites in the world is a well-known fact. That it surprises visitors with its beauty as they exit the famous long “Siq” is also a well-known fact. But visiting Petra by night is definitely a truly unique experience that will leave you breathless because of the atmospheric atmosphere and the beauty of the site at night. This full-day excursion promises to touch your inner soul while visiting the mysterious city of the Nabataeans. You experience begins with a 2-hour coach drive to Petra where you will be served an early buffet dinner in a leading hotel. Then, you journey into a magic atmosphere begins: walk to the Visitors Centre and then along the candlelit, long “Siq”, the winding canyon taking to the hidden city. Start this magnificent experience that will take you to the Treasury, lit with over 1.000 candles to bring the major attraction due to the spectacular view it has. You will remain amazed in front of such a beauty. But upon arrival at the Treasury, take your seat on the mats on the ground, sip wonderful sweet and flavoured Bedouin tea and finally realise the uniqueness of what you are experiencing, one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world illuminated only by candles. Unique! With your eyes still filled with the beauty of the place and your soul soothed by the peace of Petra, you return to the port. Please note: tour involves approx. 4 km of walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems. Guides will escort guests throughout the tour inside the site and at the restaurant, please abide by timing provided by the guide and do not leave the group at any time. We recommend wearing comfortable, closed walking shoes, a sunhat, sunscreen as well as a light, long-sleeved shirt. This tour is not recommended for guests with respiratory problems. Guests are recommended to bring a light scarf to protect the face from dust. Guests with any type of food intolerance are required to communicate it to the Shore Excursions Office at least two days before the call. Drinks included in the lunch: 1 bottle of water per person, coffee or tea. Any additional drink must be paid at the restaurant with local currency, credit cards as well as Euro or US dollars. The balance will be given in local currency. Guests of Saudi origin will be required to have a valid Saudi ID to enter the Petra site, so please bring this document with you. In case you are not in possession of Saudi ID, please contact the Shorex Team onboard. 

AQAAM – SUNSET CRUISE WITH DINNER AT MOEVENPICK RESORT AQABA

Duration: approx. 5 hours, dinner included – USD 302 AD / 302 CH

Lovers of photography and sunsets will be able to realise their dream on this half-day excursion. Add to that the fact that you’ll be boarding a private boat to watch the sunset and the magic is complete! All you have to do is to leave the ship and board a coach to reach the Yacht club, the starting place of your unique cruise on board the exclusive Sindbad Motor Yacht and enjoy two hours of the seascape and the Sinai mountains range. Watch the sun disappearing behind the mountains to the west of the Red Sea, while Aqaba mountains change their colours to amber. Open soft drink will be served on-board. Arrival at Yacht club and a short bus drive will take you to enjoy your dinner at the Red Sea Grill restaurant at five stars Moevenpick Resort Aqaba while Oud Player entertains you. Dinner will be served with one soft drink, mineral water and coffee or tea. This beautiful cruise is perfect if you want to see the Gulf of Aqaba in a short trip. Please note: this tour is subject to weather conditions. Light clothing and light jacket recommended. Guests with any type of food intolerance are required to communicate it to the Shore Excursions Office at least two days before the call.

AQAAP – WONDERS OF PETRA BY NIGHT & DINNER AT PETRA PALACE

Duration: approx. 8 hours, dinner included – USD 205 AD / 144 CH

That Petra is one of the most impressive sites in the world is a well-known fact. That it surprises visitors with its beauty as they exit the famous long “Siq” is also a well-known fact. But visiting Petra by night is definitely a truly unique experience that will leave you breathless because of the atmospheric atmosphere and the beauty of the site at night. This full-day excursion promises to touch your inner soul while visiting the mysterious city of the Nabataeans. You experience begins with a 2-hour coach drive to Petra where you will be served an early buffet dinner in a leading hotel. Then, you journey into a magic atmosphere begins: walk to the Visitors Centre and then along the candlelit, long “Siq”, the winding canyon taking to the hidden city. Start this magnificent experience that will take you to the Treasury, lit with over 1.000 candles to bring the major attraction due to the spectacular view it has. You will remain amazed in front of such a beauty. But upon arrival at the Treasury, take your seat on the mats on the ground, sip wonderful sweet and flavoured Bedouin tea and marvel at the lights in front of the Treasury. With your eyes still filled with the beauty of the place and your soul soothed by the peace of Petra, you return to the port. Please note: tour involves approx. 4 km of walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems. Guides will escort guests throughout the tour inside the site and at the restaurant, please abide by timing provided by the guide and do not leave the group at any time. We recommend wearing comfortable, closed walking shoes, a sunhat, sunscreen as well as a light, long-sleeved shirt. This tour is not recommended for guests with respiratory problems. Guests are recommended to bring a light scarf to protect the face from dust. Guests with any type of food intolerance are required to communicate it to the Shore Excursions Office at least two days before the call. Drinks included in the lunch: 1 bottle of water per person, coffee or tea. Any additional drink must be paid at the restaurant with local currency, credit cards as well as Euro or US dollars. The balance will be given in local currency. Guests of Saudi origin will be required to have a valid Saudi ID to enter the Petra site, so please bring this document with you. In case you are not in possession of Saudi ID, please contact the Shorex Team onboard. 

AQAAW – WONDERS OF PETRA BY NIGHT & DINNER AT GUEST HOUSE PETRA 

Duration: approx. 8 hours, dinner included – USD 222 AD / 155 CH

That Petra is one of the most impressive sites in the world is a well-known fact. That it surprises visitors with its beauty as they exit the famous long “Siq” is also a well-known fact. But visiting Petra by night is definitely a truly unique experience that will leave you breathless because of the atmospheric atmosphere and the beauty of the site at night. This full-day excursion promises to touch your inner soul while visiting the mysterious city of the Nabataeans. You experience begins with a 2-hour coach drive to Petra where you will be served an early buffet dinner at Guest House hotel. Then, you journey into a magic atmosphere begins: walk to the Visitors Centre and then along the candlelit, long “Siq”, the winding canyon taking to the hidden city. Start this magnificent experience that will take you to the Treasury, lit with over 1.000 candles to bring the major attraction due to the spectacular view it has. You will remain amazed in front of such a beauty. But upon arrival at the Treasury, take your seat on the mats on the ground, sip wonderful sweet and flavoured Bedouin tea and marvel at the lights in front of the Treasury. With your eyes still filled with the beauty of the place and your soul soothed by the peace of Petra, you return to the port. Please note: tour involves approx. 4 km of walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems. Guides will escort guests throughout the tour inside the site and at the restaurant, please abide by timing provided by the guide and do not leave the group at any time. We recommend wearing comfortable, closed walking shoes, a sunhat, sunscreen as well as a light, long-sleeved shirt. This tour is not recommended for guests with respiratory problems. Guests are recommended to bring a light scarf to protect the face from dust. Guests with any type of food intolerance are required to communicate it to the Shore Excursions Office at least two days before the call. Dinner will be International Buffet. Drinks included in the dinner: 1 bottle of water per person, coffee or tea. Any additional drink must be paid at the restaurant with local currency, credit cards as well as Euro or US dollars. The balance will be given in local currency. Guests of Saudi origin will be required to have a valid Saudi ID to enter the Petra site, so please bring this document with you. In case you are not in possession of Saudi ID, please contact the Shorex Team onboard.

AQAAS – WONDERS OF PETRA BY NIGHT & DINNER AT MARRIOTT HOTEL 

Duration: approx. 8 hours, dinner included – USD 222 AD / 155 CH

That Petra is one of the most impressive sites in the world is a well-known fact. That it surprises visitors with its beauty as they exit the famous long “Siq” is also a well-known fact. But visiting Petra by night is definitely a truly unique experience that will leave you breathless because of the atmospheric atmosphere and the beauty of the site at night. This full-day excursion promises to touch your inner soul while visiting the mysterious city of the Nabataeans. You experience begins with a 2-hour coach drive to Petra where you will be served an early buffet dinner at Marriott hotel. Then, you journey into a magic atmosphere begins: drive for approx. 15 minutes to the Visitors Centre. Start walking tour of Petra through the candle lit Siq to the Treasury along the candlelit, long “Siq”, the winding canyon taking to the hidden city. This magnificent experience will take you to the Treasury, lit with over 1.000 candles to bring the major attraction due to the spectacular view it has. You will remain amazed in front of such a beauty. But upon arrival at the Treasury, take your seat on the mats on the ground, sip wonderful sweet and flavoured Bedouin tea and marvel at the lights in front of the Treasury. With your eyes still filled with the beauty of the place and your soul soothed by the peace of Petra, you return to the port. Please note: tour involves approx. 4 km of walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with mobility problems. Guides will escort guests throughout the tour inside the site and at the restaurant, please abide by timing provided by the guide and do not leave the group at any time. We recommend wearing comfortable, closed walking shoes, a sunhat, sunscreen as well as a light, long-sleeved shirt. This tour is not recommended for guests with respiratory problems. Guests are recommended to bring a light scarf to protect the face from dust. Guests with any type of food intolerance are required to communicate it to the Shore Excursions Office at least two days before the call. Drinks included in the dinner: 1 bottle of water per person, coffee or tea. Any additional drink must be paid at the restaurant with local currency, credit cards as well as Euro or US dollars. The balance will be given in local currency. Guests of Saudi origin will be required to have a valid Saudi ID to enter the Petra site, so please bring this document with you. In case you are not in possession of Saudi ID, please contact the Shorex Team onboard.

AQAAQ – TIME FOR RELAXATION ON THE B 12 BEACH CLUB 

Duration: approx. 6 hours, lunch included – USD 149 AD / 105 CH

Situated on the shores of the Red Sea in the south of the country, the bustling resort of Aqaba is Jordan’s only seaport. A short 15-minute drive by coach will take you to B12 beach club for some leisurely time off the ship. Enjoy the resort amenities as you relax or swim. This fun-packed experience of sun, sea and sand comes to a pleasant close with your return journey to the port and your ship. Please note: This tour is subject to weather conditions. Guests are recommended to bring a towel, a hat and a high-factor sunscreen. Sun beds are available free of charge. Lunch is included in the tour. A bottle of water is included on arrival. Any additional drink must be paid at the restaurant with local currency, credit cards as well as euro or US dollars. The balance will be given in local currency. It is not allowed to take photographs of people on the beach. This tour may have multiple departures throughout the ship’s time in port. You will receive all information about your specific departure the day before the excursion.

AQAAO – RELAX ON THE BEACH AT KEMPINSKI 

Duration: approx. 6hours, voucher for lunch included – USD 159 AD / 112 CH

Spend some time on a private beach in Aqaba at the luxurious Kempinski Hotel. Relax at the beach by the Red Sea or enjoy this five-star resort’s swimming pools and Jacuzzi. Sun terraces and an outdoor restaurant. You will be provided with a voucher for US$ 35.00 for food & beverage consumption at any restaurant by the beach. You will find souvenir shop and a foreign exchange service at the hotel. There is no need to bring a towel with you as you will be given one when you get there. Please note: This tour is subject to weather conditions. Towels will be provided by the hotel but guests are recommended to bring own towel, a hat and a high-factor sunscreen. Sun beds are available free of charge. Food & beverage voucher for value of US$ 35.00 is included in the tour. Any additional drink must be paid at the restaurant with local currency, credit cards as well as euro or US dollars. The balance will be given in local currency.

AQAAR – RELAX ON THE BEACH AT MOEVENPICK RESORT

USD 142 AD / 99 CH

Spend some time on a private beach in Aqaba at the five stars Moevenpick Resort. Relax at the beach by the Red Sea or enjoy this five-star resort’s swimming pools, Jacuzzi, a sauna and a whirlpool. A roomy sun terraces and an outdoor restaurant. You will be provided with a voucher for US$ 28.00 for food & beverage consumption at any restaurant by the beach. On top a top range of water sports activities including Para-sailing, water skiing and jet skiing, Banana and tube that you can pay for when you get there. The resort has Children’s Activities Centre. You will find souvenir shop and a foreign exchange service at the hotel. There is no need to bring a towel with you as you will be given one when you get there. Please note: This tour is subject to weather conditions. Towels will be provided by the hotel but guests are recommended to bring own towel, a hat and a high-factor sunscreen. Sun beds are available free of charge. Food & beverage voucher for value of US$ 28.00 is included in the tour. Any additional drink must be paid at the restaurant with local currency, credit cards as well as euro or US dollars. The balance will be given in local currency.

AQAAV – RELAX ON THE BEACH AT INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT 

Duration: approx. 6 hours, lunch included – USD 145 AD / 102 CH

Situated on the shores of the Red Sea in the south of the country, the bustling resort of Aqaba is Jordan’s only seaport. A short 15-minute drive by coach will take you south to luxury private beach at Intercontinental Resort for some leisurely time off the ship. Perfect for Red Sea holidays, this Aqaba resort has a private white-sand beach lapped by turquoise waters. Enjoy resort’s swimming pools and some water sports activities. You will have a lunch there. Sun beds and an outdoor restaurant available. There is no need to bring a towel with you as you will be given one when you get there.
Please note: This tour is subject to weather conditions. Guests are recommended to bring a towel, a hat and a high-factor sunscreen. The beach is sandy. Sun beds are available free of charge. Guests with any type of food intolerance are required to communicate it to the Shore Excursions Office at least two days before the call. A soft drink is included in the lunch. Any additional drink must be paid at the restaurant with local currency, credit cards as well as euro or US dollars. The balance will be given in local currency. It is not allowed to take photographs of people on the beach. This tour may have multiple departures throughout the ship’s time in port. You will receive all information about your specific departure the day before the excursion.