Cycle Jordan: Petra & Wadi Rum

Cycle Jordan: Petra & Wadi Rum

Start: Madaba Finish: Madaba

Visiting: Amman, Jerash, Dead Sea, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Shobak Castle - Montreal, Triclinium, Little Petra Bedouin Camp, Wadi Musa, Wadi Araba, Aqaba, Wadi Rum


Duration: 8 Nights

Physical rating: High

Special diets catered: Vegetarians

Tour code: EEXC

Tour operator: Intrepid Travel

Group size: 1 - 16

Age range: 16-99 years

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

From the shores of the Dead Sea to the top of ancient Petra, Jordan is a country as rich in surreal landscapes as it is in natural charm. Places such as the ruins of ancient Jerash seem so perfectly preserved, it’s almost as if they froze in time; Mount Nebo, said to once be savoured by Moses as he looked on towards the Promised Land, offers views revered since antiquity; and the deserts around Wadi Rum seem to glow the colour of the earth’s blood. Experience the best that Jordan has to offer as you feel the winds of the desert shift into the breath of the mountain, all the while pedalling from the top of your faithful bike.

Highlights

  • iconMeet Bedouin locals, learn about their ways, and sleep under the stars in a far-flung desert camp.
  • iconHop in a jeep and experience the extraordinary desert scenery of Wadi Rum, a rugged moonscape of huge sandstone mountains
  • iconExperience the best weightlessness this side of outer space with an effortless float in the super-salty waters of the Dead Sea
  • iconSpend a whole day uncovering the majesty and mystery of the world wonder of Petra. The first glimpse of the Treasury from the narrow path of the Siq is simply unforgettable.

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Amman

Location: Amman

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: No Meals

Ahlan Wa Sahlan! Welcome to Jordan, cosmopolitan and contemporary, yet steeped in biblical history. Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6 pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. Should you require a transfer from the airport, this can be arranged on site for $30 a person, or $15 per person for groups of two or more.
As you don’t spend too much time in Amman, it's worth arriving a day or two early to explore the sights. If you do have time, be sure to head to the citadel, taking in its amazing sweeping views of Amman. The Jordan Museum (home to the Dead Sea Scrolls) and the Roman Theatre are both well worth visiting. After your meeting, head out with your new-found travel pals, and perhaps pick up a coffee from one of the cafes and partner it with an ara’yes – a local-style toastie filled with spiced meat.

No riding today

Optional Activities:
-Amman - King Abullah Mosque -Entry Fee
-Amman — Roman Theatre Entrance
-Amman — Jordan Archaeological Museum -Entry Fee
-Madaba - Bethany Baptism site (Al-Maghtas) -Entry Fee
-Amman - Citadel -Entry Fee

icon Day 2 : Jerash, Dead Sea, and Madaba

Location: Jerash, Dead Sea, Madaba

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Depart from Amman and travel to Jerash, once one of the grandest Roman cities in the world which currently stands as an excellently preserved insight into Greco-Roman times of old. The city thrived due to its position on the route of spice and incenses trade, reaching its zenith as a favourite of Emperor Hadrian around AD 130. The ancient walled town survives today as a remarkable evocation of life 2000 years ago, offering a striking collection of archways, theatres, public buildings and colonnaded streets. It’s a beautiful place to spend a day exploring.

After exploring the ruins, head towards the Dead Sea for the first proper cycle of the trip. Begin your cycling at 400 metres below sea level (it's weird, we know) and ride under the red stone cliffs high above the shores of the shimmering Dead Sea, with Israel in the near distance, to Amman Beach. It's a short first ride (approx. 30kms) but the terrain is undulating with a couple of short sharp hills to get your lungs working. The amazing views alone make it worthwhile.

Once the group reaches their destination, take some time to wash off the sweat at Amman Beach, lying on the shores of the Dead Sea. The water here is said to have excellent healing properties due to the high salt content, serving as the perfect way to wrap up a big ride. Afterwards, head to Madaba to relax at the hotel for the rest of the evening.

Ride - approx. 30kms/19 miles, undulating with 2 significant climbs early in the ride, approx. 330m/1080ft of total elevation gain

Included Activities:
-Jerash - Roman ruins

icon Day 3 : Mount Nebo & Shobak

Location: Mount Nebo, Shobak Castle - Montreal

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

After a drive this morning, arrive at Mount Nebo. This legendary site marks the location where Moses looked across to the Promised Land – this would later serve as the location of his death and subsequent burial.

Begin cycling with a descent into the lands below on a 43 kilometre (28 mile) ride towards Mukawir, the location of the Castle of Herod the Great. This fortified hilltop palace serves as the rumoured site where John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed while Herod’s son resided at the site.

Later on in the day transfer to Dana, a scenic town sitting on the edge of the gorge of Wadi Dana. After a brief stop to admire the breathtaking panoramic views of the valley continue on to our accommodation overlooking the mighty Shobak Castle.

Ride - approx. 43 kms/28 miles, frequently undulating, with approx. 650m/2130ft of elevation gain.

icon Day 4 : Little Petra & Bedouin Camp

Location: Triclinium, Little Petra Bedouin Camp

Accommodation: Camp, Bedouin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning visit the imposing Shobak Castle, the first of the series of Crusader Castles built in Jordan; which was constructed by Baldwin I in 1115 and only surrendered in 1189 to the Great Salahdin.

From Shobak, continue on as you cycle off road for 15 kilometres (9 miles) on a mixture of dirt tracks and roads towards Little Petra. The route, stretching for 46 kilometres (29 miles), contours around the mountains of Dana and Petra while offering great views across the Jordan Valley. The last part of the ride is a thrill as you descend 9km down a good quality but winding road all the way down to Little Petra itself, then cycle to the Seven Wonders camp hiding within the rocks. As you prepare for an overnight stay, the comfort and the hospitality of the Bedouins provides a more than welcome finish to a big day on and off the road.

Ride - approx. 46kms/29 miles, undulating at the start then a long climb after 20kms, finishing with a 10km descent, with approx. 1030m/3380ft of elevation gain.

Included Activities:
-Shobak - Shobak Castle

icon Day 5 : Petra

Location: Wadi Musa

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Leave the camp at Little Petra and head towards Petra's visitor’s centre for a full day of exploration. Enter the city through the narrow gorge, lying flanked by towering cliffs of dazzling, colourful rocks. Once arriving at Petra, explore the hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs, the treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets before continuing on to explore the city’s amphitheatre, multiple caves and tombs.

If you’re feeling courageous, perhaps avoid the crowds to visit the monastery, the Khubtha Mountain or the High Place of Sacrifice. To explore this area, take a steep climb up ancient Nabataean steps to a point near the summit of Al Khubtha to enjoy a magnificent panorama overlooking the treasury before descending to Petra’s main entrance. Alternatively, continue on and hike up to the High Place of Sacrifice to enjoy more spectacular views over the rocky desert terrain. At this point, the option to push past 800 steps offers the reward of the stunning monastery, lying carved and exposed in a rock face.

Ride - no included ride today

Included Activities:
-Petra - Guided tour

icon Day 6 : Wadi Araba & Aqaba

Location: Triclinium, Wadi Araba, Aqaba

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Leave the Nabataean city and drive back to Little Petra, where the next cycling adventure begins. Enjoy a stunning 45 kilometre descent, dropping around 1200 metres (4000ft) on a little-used winding country road through the dry mountains of Wadi Araba into the lush greenery of the Jordan Valley. The views on the way down are stunning! To avoid the busy traffic on the Kings Highway we re-board our vehicle and drive into Aqaba.

Ride - approx. 45kms/28 miles, constant downhill, with approx. 90m/300ft of elevation gain

icon Day 7 : Wadi Rum

Location: Wadi Rum

Accommodation: Camp, Bedouin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After spending the night in Aqaba, enjoy a free morning at the beach before departing from the city and the shores of the Red Sea and continue on to the mountains. Transit by vehicle (approx. 30 mins) along the famed Desert highway, then cycle alongside the ancient Hejaz Railway en route to Wadi Rum.

Upon arrival at Wadi Rum, enjoy a late lunch before hopping in a jeep and departing for a 3 hour safari across the sandy canyons and mountains in the area, Take in the spectacle of the Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation before stopping to watch the sun set. As the night rolls in, enjoy a camp dinner with the Bedouin hosts by the fire over a cup of locally brewed tea. Take one last look at the endless star-scape above before tucking into your tent for the night.

Ride - approx. 29kms/18 miles, very gradual uphill, with approx. 265m/870ft of elevation gain.

icon Day 8 : Q'disi Salt Flats & Madaba

Location: Madaba

Accommodation: Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Say goodbye to your newfound Bedouin friends and travel to Q'disi. After arriving at Q'disi, embark on a 42 kilometre (25 mile) ride around the local salt flats, taking a break to recharge with lunch along the way. After taking in the haunting landscapes, transfer back to Madaba for the final overnight stay of the trip – perhaps sharing a dinner with your group to reminisce on the journey just passed.

Ride - approx. 42kms/26 miles, flat, with less than 100m/330ft of elevation gain.

icon Day 9 : Madaba

Location: Madaba

Meals: Breakfast

This trip comes to an end today. There are no activities planned and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time before noon.

No included riding today

What's Included

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    Shobak - Shobak Castle

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    Petra - Guided tour

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    Jerash - Roman ruins

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    Accommodation

    Hotel (6 nights), Desert camp (2 nights)

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    Meals

    8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

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    Transport

    Bicycle, Support Vehicle, Jeep

What's Not Included

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    International Travel

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    Tipping and Gratuities

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

Included Activities

  • Jerash - Roman ruins
  • Shobak - Shobak Castle
  • Petra - Guided tour

Transport

  • Bicycle , Support Vehicle , Jeep

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Are flights included in this tour?

No

Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

No

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Yes, Min 16 children are allowed

Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

Yes

Are airport transfers included in this tour?

No

    Are all entrance fees included in the price?

    Yes, except optional activities

    How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

    What are the Flexible booking conditions in place for Covid-19?

    Lock your trip in with a deposit, then you just need to pay in full by 21 days prior to departure. If you cancel your trip up to 21 days before departure, you can transfer your deposit to another available trip or hold your deposit on file indefinitely (excluding Polar). We are an accredited member of ATOL, AFTA, ABTA, TICO, USTOA and the US Travel Association, so your booking is protected.

    What are the Safety Policies in place for Covid-19?

    We have reviewed all our health and safety policies and are implementing new minimum standards that emphasise increased hygiene and sanitation. These are in line with recommendations from the World Health Organisation and following the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators, for which we have received a 'Safe Travels Stamp'

    Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    For almost all of our trips, we offer a single supplement option for those solo travellers who wish to have their own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room.

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