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Cycling in Jordan

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Cycling in Jordan 2018-04-24T15:48:09+00:00

ACTIVE TOURS

Cycling in Jordan

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Day 1
Arrive in Madaba and check into our first hotel.

Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: None

Day 2
Visit Madaba and cycle to Mt Nebo and descend to Dead Sea.
This morning we visit the spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics of Madaba including the famous 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land. We then start cycling toward Mount Nebo, reputedly the burial place of Moses and certainly the site for a spectacular view over the valley below. We will stop en route for our included picnic lunch. Freewheeling down the stunning series of switchbacks towards the unique setting of the saline waters of the Dead Sea, at nearly 400m below sea level the lowest point on earth is a great way to start this tour! Surrounded by barren hills, this unparalleled body of water has an amazingly high salt content (33%), resulting in the absence of any form of animal life and creating an almost impossible propensity to sink. We will have the opportunity to ‘swim’ in its buoyant waters and enjoy the therapeutic properties of its mineral rich mud before continuing on up to Shobak by bus for our overnight stop.

On all of the rides you will be provided with filtered water, tea and seasonal fruit and veg for snacks (included).

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 36 kilometres.
Overnight: Standard Hotel
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3
Cycle from Shobak Crusader Castle to Petra.
This morning, we drive the short distance across the valley to Shobak Castle. The first of the series of Crusader Castles built in Jordan, it was constructed by Baldwin I in 1115 and only surrendered in 1189 to the Great Salahdin. After our visit to this isolated stronghold we will continue on our journey on the Kings Highway. An ancient road that once carried the treasure laden caravan’s of Solomon, to the fabled Nabatean city of Petra, one of the highlights of our journey and surely one of the most spectacular archaeological sites on earth. We cycle the undulating landscape through the fabled land of the Edomites, once home to the largest of the three Transjordanian Iron Age kingdoms that inhabited these wild upland regions. Descendents of Lot’s brother-in-law Esau, the Edomites went on to become rich from trade in copper and luxury goods, before making way to the emerging Nabatean kingdom that went on to create the majesty that is Petra. We will stop en route for our included picnic lunch before continuing southwards as our route takes us from an elevation of some 1700m down to about 1000m and we skirt the lower slopes of the mountains that lead the way to Petra. Tonight there is the opportunity to visit Petra lit by candlelight, a majestic experience.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 42 kilometres.
Overnight: Standard Hotel. Swimming Pool Available
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
Exploring Petra.
Abandoned centuries ago Petra was the rock cut stronghold of the Nabateans, a fortress city built to protect the lucrative levies its citizens imposed on the rich caravans heading north. Surrounded by imposing mountains and approached through a deep, narrow cleft in the rocks, known as the Siq, it is a unique and unforgettable place and, enhanced by the play of light and shadow, an altogether overwhelming experience. Approaching on horseback this morning, we then enter the Siq on foot, following its towering sandstone walls towards the site of the captivating and iconic splendour of the beautiful Khazneh (The famous Treasury). A guided walking tour will take us to some of the key parts of this remarkable and ancient site, one of the most impressive and exciting anywhere in the world. We’ll take in the Colonnaded Street and the Royal Tombs, enjoy the site of its amazing theatre, with its 8,000 seats carved from the solid rock. A free afternoon affords the possibly of climbing the steep track up to the magnificent sacrificial ‘High Places‘ (altars) and the top of Jebel Harin (1396m) for a stunning view over Wadi Araba and the Negev Desert. Here we find the Monastery, the largest of Petra’s monuments and certainly a highlight to any visit to the city. Towering to a height of 40m its doorway alone measures 8m in height, dwarfing anyone framed within it and it is certainly worth the steep climb up to it.

No cycling today.
Overnight: Standard Hotel. Swimming Pool Available
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 5
Free time in Petra. Cycle to Little Petra and El Beidha.
We have a free morning to revisit the Petra site, relax or shop in Wadi Musa. After a traditional Bedouin meal for lunch we take to our bicycles again and ride to Little Petra – a satellite of the main site. We can also visit the important Neolithic site at nearby El Beidha to view an excavated Stone Age village where the remains of houses, fireplaces and workshops that date back to around 6000 BC have been excavated, providing visitors with access to one of oldest excavated Neolithic sites on earth. On return to Wadi Musa what better way to relax this evening than with a traditional Ottoman Bath (optional).

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 20 kilometres.
Overnight: Standard Hotel. Swimming Pool Available
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6
Cycle to Wadi Rum and overnight in desert camp.
Returning to the Kings Highway we pedal south over undulating upland pastures including a few long but gentle ascents and finally, the five-mile freewheel down to the southern desert. Today’s picnic lunch spot offers views over Arava and Israel beyond. Cycling along the Old Desert Highway and negotiating sand drifts across the road, we then transfer by bus the remaining kilometres to Wadi Rum. A place that seems more akin to the surface of a distant planet than to anything on earth. The combination of its immensity, color and awe-inspiring shapes creates an atmosphere that is almost supernatural. Lawrence of Arabia, who held Wadi Rum in high esteem, wrote: ‘Our little caravan grew quite self conscious, and fell dead quiet, afraid and ashamed to flaunt it’s smallness in the presence of the stupendous hills. Landscapes in childhood’s dreams were so vast and silent’. We have the opportunity this afternoon for an optional camel ride to enjoy the stunning sunset as we ride or walk through a landscape of sandstone mountains and white and pink coloured sands. The private campsite we use is intimate and for our exclusive use. The camp is located away from the main road and tourist centre and within the Wadi Rum protected area with great views over the desert. This evening presents the opportunity to experience traditional Bedouin living arrangements in a large communal style goat hair tent, which provides the best protection against typical desert extremes of hot and cold weather. The tent is laid out with rugs, mattresses, pillows and sleeping bags and is where each tribe would commune to eat, sleep and socialise. Another of our groups may be at the campsite this evening if the itineraries coincide. The evening is normally spent around a campfire, with spectacular desert stars overhead. A toilet and wash block with limited washing facilities is also available during our stay.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 58 kilometres.
Overnight: Simple Tented Camp
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Cycle from Wadi Rum and continue on to Aqaba by bus.
On our final day of cycling, we cross the Hejaz railway line and tour the desolate parts of Wadi Rum riding on the ‘Jelada’ the hard dried mud left from the rare rains. Few other visitors venture to these areas but for cyclists it is an easy riding surface and perfectly flat! A strange world of bleached bones and mirages turn the surrounding hills into towering islands. We will stop for a picnic lunch in a remote shady spot before making our way out of the desert and by afternoon transfer by bus to take us to Aqaba and Jordan’s only seaport. As we take our last views out across the Jordan Valley we reach Jordan’s southern borders, leaving behind the desert and entering a landscape of palm groves and coral reefs, warm glistening waters and the impressive backdrop of the Jordanian Heights.

Our total cycling distance today is approximately 35 kilometres.
Overnight: Standard Hotel. Swimming Pool Available
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 8
Free day to relax by the Red Sea before heading back to Amman.
We have a free day to relax or perhaps enjoy some more of the 17km of sandy beaches, splendid coral reefs and clear warm waters for which Aqaba is famed. Aqaba has numerous watersports activities, including snorkelling, diving and glass bottom boats for hire, so there should be something for everyone. Late afternoon we depart the coast and return to Amman.

Overnight: Standard Hotel. Swimming Pool Available
Single Room Available
Included Meals: Breakfast

Day 9
Our trip ends after breakfast in Amman.
Included Meals: Breakfast

Notes
We include the hire of your bike in the overall cost of the holiday: you don’t need to bring your own or pay extra to hire one locally. We also provide a support vehicle, spare parts and take care of day to day bike maintenance. All you need bring is your own helmet.

Included meals: 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner.
Transport: Bus, Bicycle
Accommodation: 7 nights Standard Hotel, 1 night Simple Tented Camp
Tour Staff: Driver(s), Local Guide(s), Tour Leader / Cycle guide
Cycling Information: On this tour we cycle 191 km over five days (an average of 38 km per day). We travel mainly on good tarmac roads except for a section of day 7 on hard-packed mud or ‘jelada’. The terrain is generally flat or gently undulating with some ascents and long descents. A support vehicle accompanies all rides, providing transfers between cycling points. We have graded the route as moderate.
Included Bike: 24 gear Trek 3700 mountain bike with front suspension
Group Size: Generally 10 – 16

Tour provided by Explore (ATOL number 2595)

Kingdom Holidays - Aqaba - courtesy of Jordan Tourist Board
Kingdom Holidays - Tombs at Petra - photo courtesy of Jordan Tourist Board
Kingdom Holidays - Mount Nebo in Jordan - photo courtesy of Jordan Tourist Board
Kingdom Holidays - Dead Sea on the Jordan side - photo courtesy of Jordan Tourist Board
Kingdom Holidays - Madaba mosaic in Jordan - photo courtesy of Jordan Tourist Board
Kingdom Holidays - Wadi Rum camp at night - photo courtesy of Jordan Tourist Board