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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

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



At a glance

* 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

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.

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Type: Land Only

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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. US0-370) 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.

Start destination: Amman

End destination: Amman

Cycling profile

Day 1

Start Amman.
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Day 2

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.
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Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.*
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Day 5

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.

Day 6

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.

Day 7

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.

Day 8

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*

Day 9

End Amman.
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Customer Feedback

An enjoyable adventure

Summary:
I really enjoyed this trip. It packed a lot into the 7 day period (ex
travelling days). Petra was everything I had expected it to be. The cycling
days were relatively short but being a novice to cycling holidays and being
June and hot, they were sufficient. I thought the cycling guide and support
team were excellent with great equipment, support and encouragement.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Walking Petra…. it was everything I expected and more. We walked from our
hotel to the monastery and the viewing point behind it. It’s a long walk but
definitely worth it. I think the monastery was my favourite as the treasury
building can be very busy with people, camels, donkeys and someone trying to
sell you something or other !

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our guide was Sami. His mum was ill and I’m sure he was distracted by this.
He didn’t engage with us and I felt we were working to his time schedule. His
food choices were expensive relative to the A la carte options in the same
restaurants. There were some minor clashes with the group too. Overall he was
satisfactory as we completed our trip successfully.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I found it very hot in June … so bring an umbrella, it creates great shade
when you are walking a site like Petra. Cycling sleeves are great for
protection from the sun when cycling.
Jordan is expensive – it’s European prices …. so be prepared to pay 7-8€
for a beer. Our bank cards didn’t work in all cash machines, so pre order
currency at home before you arrive.

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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Summary:
A well organised trip with lots of activities packed in. Inside a week our
guide ensured we experienced/saw all the highlights of Jordan. However the
organisation was such that I never felt rushed or under pressure.

The cycling was very easy. We were transported to the nicest areas to cycle,
avoiding the big hills and busy roads. The bikes were brand new and mine was
perfectly adjusted. The cycle team were very friendly and competent
mechanics. Nothing was too much trouble for them. I’d say this trip is great
for leisure cyclists. Anyone looking for a tough physical challenge would not
find this tough enough.

The accommodation was great. Clean hotels all en suite. Good food.

All in all a great experience.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Tough to pick one out. Walking down a Roman High street, floating in the Dead
Sea, snorkelling in the Red Sea, the religious sites, Petra, staying in the
desert, camel rides, they are all great!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Excellent. Had everything sorted. Great attention to detail to ensure that
all our needs and wishes were met. Put in a great deal of effort to arrange
the activites for us.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I didn’t need my bicycle repair kit at all as, had my bike broken, the team
have everything sorted.

The bikes were flat bar Trek bikes, tyres must have been about 35mm wide,
brand new. I’ve got lots of bikes of my own and I am glad I didn’t take one
as the ones provided were perfectly adequate to the job in hand. Same for
pedals/saddle.

Ensure you take a decent sun hat, sun screen and good shoes. To get the most
from the Petra days there is lots of walking and you will spend a long time
outside with the sun bouncing off the rocks!

There was a lot of food and snacks! I found there to be absolutely no need
for energy gels etc during the cycling.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Yes. Do it!

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Fellow travellers make all the difference

Summary:
First time, out of 6 Exodus trips, I was on my own but once again the like
minded group were great. We had great fun while taking in the history and
scenery that Jordan has to offer. The guide “Sammy” was exceptional in his
knowledge of Jordan which made the history more engaging when sighting.
Hotels used had good rooms with comfortable beds, however, breakfast was very
limited in selection in most of them. Food in general was not brilliant, with
rice, chicken and goat as staple diet. Snacks during cycling brilliant. Bikes
were very good and you always had the support vehicle if problems. Overall,
you need to see Jordan by any means.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Jerash was stunning. Dead Sea was great fun. Petra. The scenery. Cycling down
hills through small villages. Can’t pick one moment

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Sammy was so knowageable about history of Jordan and passionate to inform
others. Organisational skills very good. choise of restaurants ok. Very able
to control difficult situation. Like a stick of rock he is Jordan through and
through.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Go

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Itinerary stated boat trip in the Red Sea with snorkelling. In fact Exodus
cancelled these trips 2 years ago. Very disappointed with administration not
updating trip notes.

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Trip of a lifetime!

Summary:
What a way to see a stunning country! Cycling in the heat of the desert,
walking through the Siq towards the Treasury at Petra, sleeping under the
stars in Wadi Rum. I’d always wanted to go to Petra, so in trying to build a
holiday around some time in Petra, it made perfect sense to pick up a bike
and see the country rather than sitting in a stuffy coach.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Seeing the Treasury emerge at the end of the Siq. Something I’ve wanted to
see since childhood. Stunning.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Isa was so passionate about Jordan, keen to answer all our questions and tell
as many stories as he could. His tour around Petra was particularly
memorable. The bike team were also fantastic!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t expect any down time – it’s a jam packed trip!

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In a word – excellent!

Summary:
Great value for money. The trip was superbly organised by local guides, in
the case of my group led by Zuhair, ably supported by Abeed’s bike team. The
visits to towns were not too long, and there was plenty to visit and see
outside of the major centres. The full commentary by Zuhair – including an
exhaustive geopolitical and historical narrative on the last few centuries of
regions – was a bonus, as was the 2-hour camel ride near Wadi Rum and a swim
in Dead Sea (both included in the price). I would certainly recommend this
trip.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Petra
Dead sea
Camel ride

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Zuhair was excellent

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Excellent Trip

Summary:
It was awesome. Sami was very knowledgable. He in Petra, he guided us through
paths not common to tourist. Another perspective to look at Petra with
incredible view. Weather was hot but the hike was worth it. Good to go during
cooler periods. Everything was excellent. However, it would be good if we can
have the city tour at the start of the trip imstead the end as by the time we
get back from Aqaba, the momentum of the trip kinda drop. Nonetheless, an
excellent trip!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The moment we saw The Treasury at Petra. My jaws just dropped!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Sami was wonderful, funny and extremely knowledgable. He is so passionate
about promoting Jerash as part of the UNESCO site and I totally agree with
him!

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Don’t think. Just book the trip already!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
None!

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Good holiday, Rubbish Equipment

Summary:
Excellent holiday. Hotel wasn’t bad, Equipment was crap, we had a bike
mechanic that didn’t care and didn’t know what he was doing. Should of better
bikes and if we had more people on the holiday, then I wouldn’t know how they
would of coped.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Went to Petra to see all the temples.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
I’ve had better before. The first group leader never rode with us

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take more money for the add ones.

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Petra & Wadi Rum by bike

Summary:
A fast paced trip but combining the cycling with sightseeing was fantastic.

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Of course Petra, but I have to say that I was surprised with how much I loved
the Dead Sea. Having two full days in Petra and Little Petra was perfect.
They were long days of walking in the hot sun so expect to walk around 20k
but it is so worth it. I couldn’t imagine only seeing Petra in 1 day, that’s
not enough time for such a spectacular place.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Issa was amazing. He made me wish that I had taken some history courses
prior to the trip as his knowledge is so immense and he made every stop so
interesting. He is an archeologist, but also somewhat of a historian, so of
course the two go hand in hand. He was very concerned for our safety on the
bikes and made us all feel very well taken care of.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Definitely take water shoes for the Dead Sea, the sand is quite hot. Expect
to use more money than the trip notes mention as the prices are higher there
than the trip notes indicate. It is very hilly for cycling so make sure you
have some fitness going into this trip to make it more enjoyable for
yourself.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
It would have been nice if on Day 1 for those people in Amman already to have
organized a half day tour for them. I tried in advance but to no avail and
the hotel staff didn’t really speak English to have helped me with that.

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Petra & Wadi Rum By Bike (and Minibus)

Summary:
We enjoyed the tour and all of the historical sites that we visited; we also
enjoyed the recreational trips to swim or see the desert. I enjoyed the
cycling and, as a regular rider in the UK, I did not find any of it
difficult. We did not find the heat a problem but we have had regular
holidays in Greece.
All of the Jordani people we met were friendly and helpful; some enthusiastic
marketing of goods and services but nothing aggressive.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Realising the scale of Petra when I saw the vista from the steps above the
Royal tombs.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our group leader was excellent; energetic, knowledgeable and willing to adapt
plans to the group’s requirements.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
The bicycles provided are basic hybrid or tourer style with general purpose
saddles and rim brakes. Most male cyclists will find them too wide so taking
a saddle would be a good idea. Luckily for me, one of the bike guides lent
me his narrow saddle for the longer rides.
If you have any special interests about buildings or aspects of Petra, do
some research to determine your “must-see” items. Let the guide know your
interests and he will discuss a plan with you. In the time available you
will not be able to see everything within Petra.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The tour title could mislead those who fail to read the trip notes about the
amount of cycling.

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Petra and Wadi Rum by bike 25th March to 2nd April 2017

Summary:
An excellent holiday. Hugely interesting part of the world. Well planned and
even though an Arab Summit meant a change of itinerary, everything was fitted
in, and in fact it was possibly better to do the Dead Sea at the end of the
week anyway. On the whole everyone got on well. We were the oldest in the
group and the pace was slightly fast for us. I also had a problem with my
knees which meant I couldn’t cycle as much as I wanted to,but everyone,
guides, tourist police officer and other cyclists were helpful and
supportive. We felt completely safe and it is a shame Tourism in Jordan is
suffering from a down turn in holiday makers due to the situation in the
Middle East

Rating: 4

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The whole trip was very special. If we have to choose though, the first sight
of the Treasury Building in Petra was amazing. In fact all of the ancient
city of Petra was beyond our expectations.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Zuhair was a wonderful leader. He told us stories and about the history of
Jordan which were so interesting and enjoyable. He organised lovely snack
breaks and took us to very good restaurants. He was extremely supportive with
me when my knees were causing problems. He took such pains to point things
out to us when we were in Jerash and Petra and was very knowledgeable and
answered everyone’s questions. A thoroughly nice man. A word also about the
Tourist Police Officer, Sami, who accompanied us. He was also very pleasant
and helpful and the two of them could not have been better and really made
the holiday special. Nothing was too much trouble for either of them.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Well first and foremost don’t be put off going to Jordan. Everywhere we went
we were welcomed and we always felt safe. Take comfortable walking shoes
there is some hard walking in Petra, but totally worth it.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Nothing, we loved it all.8

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Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

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Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


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