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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 tour 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

Flight prices available from NeenanCycling. Contact us for details

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. A mezze meal 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
options. 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:

End destination:

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 taster 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 in 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. The ‘Rose-red city, half as old
as time’ – Petra 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 and 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 go
snorkeling. Your leader will be able to advise you on which beaches to visit
and will arrange the boat trip on the Red Sea for those that wish to go
snorkeling. 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

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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Petra & Wadi Rum by bike

Summary:
The holiday was action packed from start to finish and I was taken aback by
the variety of sights that we saw during the trip. Whilst the first two
cycles were a bit disappointing, the remaining cycles were much more
interesting and challenging. In particular, I really enjoyed our longest
cycling day through the desert – our group spread out on this day so for
large parts of it I was in my “own world” riding through the spectacular
desert scenery.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
It is hard to mention only one thing, instead I would highlight my top three:
– Exploring Petra. Not just our first (breathtaking) sight of the Treasury,
but also walking up the steps to the Monastery and then finding a small cafe
with a wonderful view for refreshments at the very top.
– The long cycle ride through the desert. There may have been a lot of ups
and downs this day, but it was exhilarating to cycle through such beautiful
scenery.
– The boat trip on the Red Sea, with opportunities for swimming and
snorkelling.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Zuhair was a knowledgeable local guide.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
I spent a lot more money than expected on this trip, largely due to the
weakening of the exchange rate (I was able to withdraw extra money money
quite easily in country). I also chose to partake in most of the optional
extras, and I am glad I did as they were all very enjoyable – the boat trip
on the Red Sea, the morning camel ride in the desert (so tranquil), and the
Turkish bath and massage in Petra.
I would recommend that you take hiking shoes (or trainers as a minimum) for
the afternoon walk on the second full day in Petra to the Place of High
Sacrifice – it was rough going at times. Also, pool shoes would be handy for
the trip to the Dead Sea as it was quite uncomfortable walking over the salt
deposits to get into the water.

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

Answer:
I would thoroughly recommend this holiday for the variety it offers –
cycling, walking, swimming, as well as all the historical sights and of
course our night in the desert. I wouldn’t rate the cycling itself as five
stars, but put everything together that you do over the course of the week
and it is hard to beat.

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Petra and Wadi Rum by Bike

Summary:
The itinerary covered many of the best archeological sites in Jordan, with
the added highlight of a night camping under the stars (which we couldn’t see
because, much to our surprise, it rained in the desert) in Wadi Rum. Petra
is magnificent, as is Little Petra, and we had plenty of time to explore
both. Floating (because it is next to impossible to swim) in the Dead Sea
ended our trip on a high note. The only itinerary flaw was Aqaba. It is a
busy, noisy city, in which, for us, the only thing to do with our free
morning was to take an expensive, dull and uninspiring boat trip to snorkel
amidst underwater garbage.

Rating: 4

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

Answer:
The highlight for me was, of course, the magnificent building called The
Treasury in Petra. I suspect that building is the highlight for just about
everyone.
I always find travelling more inspiring when I can combine the sites with
cycling and hiking as the itinerary of this trip allowed.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Our local group leader was ill-suited to his job, but we didn’t let him get
in the way of our enjoying the sites, tastes and sounds of Jordan. I think,
though, that I was the only one of our group who enjoyed the sound of the
call to prayer five times a day, even when it woke me up before dawn.

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Petra & Wadi Rum by bike

Summary:
Luck played a part in that we had ideal weather the entire time but Exodus
fulfilled their responsibilities brilliantly. In summary, a fantastic
experience.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
When Zuhair our guide had us line up along the dark, narrow canyon wall in
order to witness the dramatic splendor of of the shining facade of the
treasury at Petra.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Zuhair was everything I could hope for, informative, entertaining and
attentive to individual needs. His historical perspective and anecdotal
memories helped make our bus rides fly by. After all, we were there to cycle
and he made sure we were well fed and hydrated. When one of our group had an
accident that called for being checked by medical professionals he was rushed
to the hospital nearest our destination and Zuhair kept us apprised and that
was appreciated. To our collective relief he was discharged and able to
rejoin us and resume that evening.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Bring extra layers because the temperatures can vary and on the bikes we
don’t always have access to our main luggage. Personally, I would have had a
better experience if I had packed a wetsuit for snorkeling the Red Sea.

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

Answer:
Only that this was my first Exodus trip and their comprehensive communication
throughout was reassuring. Their following through with airport transfers and
the entire operation of the trip including lodging was faultless. One must
allow that facilities in exotic locations can be unpredictable but if it’s
Las Vegas you’re after you’re probably not considering an Exodus holiday.

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Petra & Wadi Rum by bike

Summary:
A fantastic week, well organised and took in all the major sites as well as
some great cycling.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
First glimpse of the Treasury at petra

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Very knowledgeable and keen to help wherever possible.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Do see Jordan-it is a safe and welcoming country, and currently visitor
numbers are 70% down on earlier years, so you almost have the country to
yourself!

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

Answer:
Dress appropriately-show respect for the Jordanian culture.

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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Summary:
A lovely holiday – it lived up to all of our expectations- great mix of
cycling and history, good food and excellent company.

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
Cup of mint tea at The Monastery, Petra, after climbing the 800 steps.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
very organised – lovely chap always trying to please.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Not really – just enjoy!

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

Answer:
Exodus does it again – and we’ve done over 10 trips.

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Petra & Wadi Rum by bike

Summary:
They say variety is the spice of life and this trip has just about everything
the ruins of Jerash second only to Pompeii, Petra a world heritage site,
cycling through the desert on a deserted road probably saw 4 cars in 4 hours
and snokerling on a coral reef (an extra). An activity based holiday split
50/50 between sightseeing and cycling so never a dull moment except when on
the coach but the rest was welcome. I went end of November and it was COLD in
Wadi Rum so be prepared

Rating: 5

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

Answer:
When Tommy turtle swam under our glass bottom boat, so unexpected, other than
that the trip was a series of highlights, something new everyday

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Weal the group leader was a mine of information as well as a fixer sorting
out problems and patching up those that fell off their bikes

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Make sure you take some warm cloths and a windproof if going late in the year
as although the sun shines all day it can get cold, also I am told November
is the rainy season but we didn’t see a drop

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

Answer:
If you want to cycle all day this trip is not for you, but if you want to mix
it with sightseeing etc this is a winner

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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.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


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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