Summary

Destinations: Middle East
  • 9 Days From
    R 20800
  • Trip code: MXW
  • Activity: Cycling, Road Cycling
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 5 - 18
Moderate

Cycle through the spectacular desert scenery of Jordan and visit the most impressive historical can UNESCO sites.

The Kingdom of Jordan is the perfect place to combine a cycling tour with some of the best sites in the Middle East. This bicycle trip takes us through olive groves and hill top villages in the north, while further south we will head along desert roads where the communities are sparse and nomadic and the landscape vast and spectacular. If the cycling alone isn’t enough to entice you, perhaps the UNESCO site of Petra, a night under the stars in the Wadi Rum desert or a float in the Dead Sea will tempt you to visit this fascinating country.

Key information
  • 7 nights in hotels, all en suite , 1 night basic camping
  • 5 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • Group normally 5 to 18 plus local leader. Min age 16
  • 95% quiet tarmac roads, 5% gravel and sandy roads
  • Mainly flat with some steep climbs and hot temperatures
Activities
  • 7 nights in hotels, all en suite , 1 night basic camping
  • 5 days cycling with full vehicle support
  • Group normally 5 to 18 plus local leader. Min age 16
  • 95% quiet tarmac roads, 5% gravel and sandy roads
  • Mainly flat with some steep climbs and hot temperatures
Highlights
  • Cycle through spectacular desert scenery
  • Visit the UNESCO site of Petra
  • Camp under the stars in Wadi Rum
What's included
  • All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
  • All accommodation
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers
  • Local bike hire
    Food

    All breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner in Wadi Rum are included.

    Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and on some occasions the leader will take those who wish, to a restaurant for a ‘mezze’ style meal. A mezze meal is made up of lots of small dishes which are eaten as a starter before a larger main course. It is a great way to taste lots of different foods from the area in one sitting. These allow fast service and a good quality of food for the group and usually cost 10-15 JOD pp. Allow about £190-230 (approx. US$300-370) to cover these meals. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling option. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea. Meals are nearly always served with bread or in wraps so we recommend bringing some of your own snacks if your diet is more limited.

Highlights

  • Cycle through spectacular desert scenery
  • Visit the UNESCO site of Petra
  • Camp under the stars in Wadi Rum

Dates & Pricing

 
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25 May 2019
02 Jun 2019
Guaranteed (Limited Availability)
R 21800
 
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15 Jun 2019
23 Jun 2019
Guaranteed (Available)
R 20900
 
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21 Sep 2019
29 Sep 2019
Guaranteed (Fully Booked)
R 22400
 
Start
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12 Oct 2019
20 Oct 2019
Guaranteed (Limited Availability)
R 22800
 
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19 Oct 2019
27 Oct 2019
Guaranteed (Available)
R 21800
 
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02 Nov 2019
10 Nov 2019
Guaranteed (Limited Availability)
R 22800
 
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16 Nov 2019
24 Nov 2019
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R 21800
 
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21 Dec 2019
29 Dec 2019
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R 21800
 
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07 Mar 2020
15 Mar 2020
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R 22800
 
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21 Mar 2020
29 Mar 2020
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R 22800
 
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11 Apr 2020
19 Apr 2020
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R 22800
 
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18 Apr 2020
26 Apr 2020
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R 22800
 
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16 May 2020
24 May 2020
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R 22800
 
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23 May 2020
31 May 2020
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R 22800
 
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13 Jun 2020
21 Jun 2020
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R 22800
 
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05 Sep 2020
13 Sep 2020
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R 22800
 
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10 Oct 2020
18 Oct 2020
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R 22800
 
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17 Oct 2020
25 Oct 2020
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R 22800
 
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24 Oct 2020
01 Nov 2020
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R 22800
 
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07 Nov 2020
15 Nov 2020
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R 22800
 
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14 Nov 2020
22 Nov 2020
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R 22800
 
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21 Nov 2020
29 Nov 2020
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R 22800
 
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12 Dec 2020
20 Dec 2020
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R 22800
 
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19 Dec 2020
27 Dec 2020
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R 22800

Reviews

Accommodation

Hotels, Camping & Chalets

We spend 2 nights in a 4-star hotel in Amman, 1 night in a standard hotel in Madaba, 3 nights in a standard hotel in Petra, 1 night in a 4-star hotel in Aqaba. We also have one night in a desert camp in Wadi Rum. The private camp is for the sole use of the Exodus group and offers an unforgettable experience.

Throughout the tour the hotels have en suite facilities and air conditioning. Some hotels have more facilities than others however it is always good to keep in mind that the star rating in Jordan is quite different to what you may expect at home. Sometimes we use less centrally located hotels in the interests of comfort.  Accommodation in Petra is limited and demands on the infrastructure are high; this creates occasional problems with hot water and general plumbing for all hotels. In general, the hotels in Petra are older style and more basic in comparison with the rest of Jordan.

At the Wadi Rum camp there are traditional style tents equipped with basic beds, sheets and blankets. There are plumbed toilets and basins, and simple shower facilities with (limited) hot water.

Single supplements are available for this trip however cannot be guaranteed at Wadi Rum. Please enquire at the time of booking for details and up-to-date prices.

Essential Info

Eating and Drinking

All breakfast, 2 lunches and 1 dinner in Wadi Rum are included.

Whilst staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and on some occasions the leader will take those who wish, to a restaurant for a 'mezze' style meal. A mezze meal is made up of lots of small dishes which are eaten as a starter before a larger main course. It is a great way to taste lots of different foods from the area in one sitting. These allow fast service and a good quality of food for the group and usually cost 10-15 JOD pp. Allow about £190-230 (approx. US$300-370) to cover these meals. If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however mezze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling option. There is also a good choice of seafood available when at the Red Sea. Meals are nearly always served with bread or in wraps so we recommend bringing some of your own snacks if your diet is more limited.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified road and Activity Level 3 (Moderate). 5 days cycling, average 45km/day (28 miles), 100% vehicle support.  Please see the introductory pages of the cycling holidays brochure or our website for more information on classification and grading The tour centres on the Jordan Valley using mostly tarmac roads which are generally in a good state of repair, with some pot-holed sections. The first two riding days involve several descents on tarmac roads. In places, there may be some loose stones so care needs to be taken. Some of the descents are quite steep but the leader will be able to assist you if you are not confident and the trip is fully vehicle supported should you decide you want a day off riding. The fourth day of cycling is the longest and most challenging in terms of terrain, but it is also the most spectacular. There are several ascents and one reasonably long and quite steep descent. This day is a fantastic day of riding but it is important you have a reasonable level of fitness and keep well hydrated in the warmer months. On the whole, the cycling days are quite short and, other than day 6, you will not be cycling all day. The trip is well balanced with the cultural sites and these are as much the focus as the cycling. On the two days spent in Petra, there is a fair amount of walking involved – the site is big and there are opportunities to walk into the sandstone mountains to get a different and rewarding perspective of the site. Again, it is important that you have a reasonable level of fitness and that you keep well hydrated. Whilst camping in Wadi Rum please be aware that although the campsite does have a plumbed toilet and a shower the facilities are basic and running water can be limited.

During the winter months Jordan can experience some low temperatures so it is really important that you are adequately equipped for the cycling and the night in the desert during this time. Conversely, during the summer months it can get very hot and you will need to ensure that you are hydrated and have appropriate sun protection.

If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip please do not hesitate to contact us.

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Amman.

Start Amman. **

Day 2

Visit Jerash; ride/drive through olive groves and villages to Madaba.

After an initial briefing, we transfer by bus for approximately 45 minutes to the ancient city of Jerash. Known in Roman times as Gerasa, Jerash is one of the best preserved examples of a Roman provincial town in the Middle East. It is a vast site with incredible ruins that enable you to almost visualise Roman life there, from the dramatic chariot racing to imagining the trading and bartering that went on along the colonnaded streets. After a good couple of hours absorbing the atmosphere of this incredible site we get back on the bus for a short transfer to the beginning of our ride, having lunch en route. When we arrive we will be introduced to the cycling team and our bikes. This afternoon we will cycle for approximately 3 and a half hours through the foothills of the Jordan Rift Valley. This is the most fertile region of Jordan and also the most populated. We will wind our way down quiet roads and through small villages taking in the landscapes of this region. The cycling is on good roads and much of the time you will be descending. In places there may be some loose gravel that you will need to watch out for and there is one fairly long ascent. You will be briefed about the ride before you set off and the support vehicles will always be on hand. At the end of the ride we will leave the bikes for the day and transfer to Madaba, the ‘city of mosaics’. The bus journey will take approximately 2 hours. There are a number of nice restaurants in Madaba for you to choose from as well as coffee and sweet shops for those of you that want to try your first mouth-watering taste of baklava. * *

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch
Distance covered : 42 km

Day 3

Ride to Mt Nebo; exhilarating descent to the Dead Sea for a float in the saline water; drive to Petra.

This morning we will wake up in Madaba, the ‘City of the Mosaics’. Madaba is the most important Christian centre in Jordan and is famous for its Byzantine era mosaics. The most important of these is the 6th Century mosaic of Jerusalem and the Holy Land that covers the floor of the Greek Orthodox church of St. George. This morning we will have the opportunity to observe the mosaic and marvel at its detail and natural colour. We will then have a very short transfer to take us out of the centre of town where we will be reunited with our bikes. Today’s ride starts with a 7km mild ascent up Mt Nebo. We will take a pit stop at the top of Mt Nebo, reputedly the burial place of Moses but certainly the site for a spectacular view over the valley below. From here it’s a fantastic descent to the shores of the Dead Sea. Parts of this descent are quite steep but support will be at hand and you can take your time. We follow the coast on a smooth tarmac surface to Suwaima where we can change and take a float in the famous waters. After a shower, it’s back on the bus for the long drive south (approx. 3 hours) along the Kings Highway towards Petra. In many places the route is spectacular and there will be a couple of stops to admire the view on the way.

Meals Included : breakfast,lunch
Distance covered : 45 km

Day 4

Explore the fascinating UNESCO city of Petra.

We now have two full days to explore Petra. Petra the ‘Rose-red city, half as old as time’, was hidden for centuries until the Swiss explorer Burckhardt made his great discovery in 1812. The Nabateans, an Arab tribe that arrived here in the 6th Century BC, founded Petra. Building at Petra began in the 3rd Century BC and continued through the Roman period, financed by taxes levied on the desert caravans. Two features of Petra are unique: firstly, it is a city made defensible by being built down a series of chasms, rather than on a hilltop; and secondly, it is built directly into the rock – beautiful red and yellow sandstone carved into the most impressive facades which glow in the brilliant sunlight. During our time in Petra we will have the opportunity to explore the site from all angles. We will walk down the narrow Siq with the sandstone chasm rising 80m to either side of us and revealing El Khazneh, the Treasury as we reach its end. Set in stunning sandstone mountains there will also be an opportunity to explore the higher caves and the ‘high place of sacrifice’ giving a fantastic panorama of the whole site. At ground level we will pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens, and the amphitheatre. A long walk beyond the centre is El Deir, the Monastery, with its superb facade topped by a huge urn. The Monastery is set in a more remote location of the site and we will have to climb around 800 steps to reach it, but it is well worth it.* *

Meals Included : breakfast

Day 5

Guided tour around Petra; cycle to Little Petra.

In the morning we cycle to the north of the main city to Little Petra and the Siq Al-Barid. A classical temple stands guard outside the miniature siq, which is believed to have been an important suburb to the city of Petra itself. The narrow file, only some 350m long, is crammed with triclinia, water channels and cisterns. Of particular note are the remains of painted frescoes on plaster dating from the 1st Century AD, which are to be found in one of the biclinia.

Meals Included : breakfast
Distance covered : 20 km

Day 6

Ride via Wadi Araba to Aqaba on the Red Sea.

It’s an early start today to avoid the heat for our first real desert experience. After a short transfer to Tayba village, we begin riding mostly on tarmac to Ar-Rajif. The road cuts through traditional Bedouin territory and is a seasonal stop for the nomadic shepherds of south Jordan so the chance of a local ‘tea break’ are high! The road is in a good state of repair, with some sections having been recently resurfaced. However, parts are quite heavily potholed and there is a chance that sand and stones have blown across the road and make for a loose surface on top of the tarmac, so care should be taken. We head into the desert and follow the road down to Gharandal via Dilagha to Wadi Araba. There are a few ascents and descents on today’s ride and it is our longest and hardest day of riding. However, it is also the most spectacular and rewarding. The road takes you on an amazing journey through the desert and makes for a very satisfying day of riding. This day is all about the cycling allowing us to immerse ourselves in the landscape. After our desert crossing, it’s a short drive to Aqaba on the Red Sea.

Meals Included : breakfast
Distance covered : 50 km

Day 7

Free morning to visit the beach, explore Aqaba or snorkel; afternoon drive/ride to Wadi Rum and camp overnight in desert.

This morning we have free time to lounge on the beach, swim, or snorkel.   The transport and entrance to one of the private beaches is included in your trip.  The hire of snorkelling equipment is extra to be paid on the day.  In the early afternoon we will transfer out of town for around 45 minutes and then we will get on the bikes for the last time. This ride will take us into the Wadi Rum on a relatively flat desert road. The desert scenery today is quite different to that experienced yesterday and will evoke a sense of more recent history than what we have been experiencing until now. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the First World War and also where sections of the film of ‘Lawrence’ were shot. Tonight we will experience Bedouin hospitality with a traditional meal, sweet tea and camping out in goat-hair tents in the desert. We will be able to contemplate our week of adventure as we gaze up at the star-lit sky, warmed by a fire. If you like you can pull your mattress outside and sleep under the stars.

Meals Included : breakfast,dinner
Distance covered : 25 km

Day 8

Morning desert drive into the Wadi Rum; drive to Amman.

After breakfast we take a 4×4 drive vehicle into the area for around 2 hours for a desert adventure. Following lunch, surrounded by the vastness of the desert and towering rocky outcrops, we transfer back to Amman, a journey of approx. 4 hours with a stop en route. *Standard Hotel*

Meals Included : breakfast

Day 9

End Amman.

End Amman. **

Meals Included : breakfast

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