13 Days & 12 Nights
|Madaba to the Dead Sea, enjoy the scenery of the Jordan Valley. From Dana Nature Reserve to the Red Sea through Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, unbelievable scene of pillars of red sandstones, basalt columns and desert steppe, your pedaling lead you to gaps and impressive gorges of Wadi Araba near to the desert of Wadi Rum. An exceptional journey of a great diversity in the footsteps of the Crusaders, the Nabataeans and Lawrence of Arabia!
Day 1 : ARRIVAL/AMMAN AIRPORT OR LAND BORDERS /AMMAN HOTEL
Upon arriving Queen Alia International Airport or at Land Borders, you will be received by our representatives assisting you on your way through immigration. Followed by private transfer to Amman (33 km from airport) for check-in at your hotel -Amman.
Day 2 : AMMAN / JARASH / AJLOUN / UMM QAIS / AMMAN
Breakfast at thehotel. Depart by bus north to visit Jerash,themost beautiful and bestpreserved of all Roman cities, then Continue to Umm Qais, to visit this ancient Greco-Roman city, known as (Gadara). And later depart to the fortress of Ajloun known as Qalat Ar-Rabad, built in 1184 by 'Izz Idden Osama bin Munqidh, a general of Salahudin, defeated the Crusaders in 1187,a magnificent example of Islamic architecture , Back to Amman, Dinner and overnight at hotel.
Day 3 : AMMAN/ MADABA / MOUNT NEBO / DEAD SEA (70KM)
Early morning transfer to visit the 'City of Mosaics' the most famous mosaic map of the 6thcentury, depicting Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Madaba is the starting point of our biking journey, making contact with the local team, experts of biking and familiarization with the equipment. to start our raid, We will roll to the west (10km) to visit Mount Nebo, which offers a spectacular view of the Jordan Valley. Here you will find the memorial of Moses, and the place where he found the Promised Land. After visiting Mount Nebo we move towards the Dead Sea, 950m - 440m below the sea level, overnight at the hotel.
Day 4 : DEAD SEA / KARAK (KINGS WAY) 50 KM
Breakfast at the hotel. And we drive south to the castle of Karak. We drive along the Dead Sea for 25 km and then go back on a hilly 25 km. Arrival at Karak, visit the castle which built by the Crusaders in the 12th century, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 5 : KARAK / TAFILAH / DANA 60 KM
Breakfast at the hotel, Then transfer to leave the city, we always ride south through the villages and mountains to reach Dana, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6 : DANA / SHOWBAK / PETRA 60KM
Visit this beautiful little ancestral village, it sets on a small leg mile uphill the road before reaching the trail ridge, with views onIsrael and Wadi Araba, Sometimes rocky terrain, first portions of limestone with red clay and volcanic. Step 25 km. Lunch near the Crusader castle of Showbak. And after visiting the castle drive to Petra through the villages of the region of Showbak 35km to reach Petra, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 7 : PETRA
It is really difficult to describe the beauty of Petra. Because there is no other site of similar to it in Jordan, or perhaps throughout the Middle East. A full day dedicated to visit the 'pink city' of Petra, capital of the Nabataea’s, lunch at the site of Petra, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 8 : PETRA / LITTLE PETRA / PETRA 15KM
Visit Petra in the morning, Lunch at Wadi Mousa. In the afternoon, we roll north to visit Little Petra, which is rich with frescoes, return to Wadi Mousa, Dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 9 : PETRA / ALRAJEF / ALHOUMYMAH 55 KM
After a transfer to leave the city, we drive south, crossing the villages of Taybeh and Al Rajef along tracks ridge above the mountains of Petra and Wadi Araba. We leave here the last gardens and fountains to continue our trip on Short steep climbs and long descent through very barren mountains, then we roll up to a hill. Behind us mount Aron (Petra), far in front of us, the famous mountains of Wadi Rum. The desert opens its doors to us. Step 40 to 45 km, Dinner and overnight camping.
Day 10 : ALHOUMYMAH / ALSALHYAH / WADI RUM KM 45-50
Great spaces, breathtaking mountains, a sand valley spinning endlessly, Crossing the desert ahead to reach the “Abassi' site, the place of the Abbasid era, Supplied with water by the falaj stony for miles, The original source above the north side of a plate (Raas Al Nakab). In spring, Bedouin tents are set along the way Bedouin cultivating a little barley for their flocks of goats and camels.
Between the sandy desert begins, and through the sandstone mountains we drive, at that time we avoid the pitfalls which are to o sandy, Crossing the Bedouin village Alsalhyah, inhabited by families of the tribe of Huweytat. 45-50 km. Bivouac in the desert.
Day 11 : WADI RUM
Early morning we move to visit Wadi Rum 4x4, discovering the Ark, the seven pillars of wisdom, the home of Lawrence of Arabia, the prehistoric inscriptions. In this day, we pause in the desert, because the ground is too sandy for mountain biking. Great show ... and a half day of rest for the legs! Bivouac in the desert.
Day 12 : WADI RUM / AQABA 60 KM
In the mid of these natural fortresses of colorful sandstone we go south - downhill. Avoiding adroitly ill sandbanks by some difficult tracks, but most often we wheel, downhill to Wadi Yeten (Saudi border). Arrive in Aqaba (Red Sea), Afternoon free at your hotel and overnight at your hotel with private beach.
Day 13: AQABA / AMMAN
Transfer to the Airport. And Departure.
Packing for your Trip
One main piece & day sac 5L. Total allowance: Your main luggage will be transferred to each night stop by vehicle. Whilst cycling, all you have to carry is what you need for the day.
Pack essentially for ‘All Tours’ plus ‘Hot Conditions’. Lightweight clothing is essential in mid-summer, with a sun-hat and neck protection essential. Early mornings can be very cold in the desert, especially in winter, so please bring suitable warm clothing, especially between November and March. We also recommend a waterproof jacket in winter. Women are advised not to wear shorts or dresses that are too revealing as this can attract unwelcome attention in the streets of Moslem towns – loose fitting trousers or slacks are ideal. Women should also cover their head and shoulders when entering a mosque and men should wear long trousers. Don’t forget bathing costumes for the Dead Sea.
Jordan is a Muslim country and people may be offended by shorts or revealing dresses, which can attract unwelcome attention. Therefore you should dress with respect for local sensibilities. Women should also cover their heads when entering a sanctuary, though in general, mosques are forbidden to non-Muslim.
Lightweight walking/hiking boots with good ankle support, plus trainers or sandals for relaxing and travelling in.
Cycle helmets are essential and we recommend cycle gloves, shorts and/or a gel saddle. You will also need a sleeping bag (grade 2-3), a torch, water bottle, insect repellent, high factor suncream (at least factor 15), good quality wrap-around sunglasses and a lip salve with sun protection. You may also wish to bring a penknife with you and possibly your own snorkelling equipment for Aqaba should you desire. Please consider carrying all or some of your cycling equipment, e.g. helmet, as part of your hand luggage.
Additional Information for your Cycling Trip
Cycling Safety :
All bicycles provided on our holidays are serviced frequently: spokes, tyres, gear and brake mechanisms are checked over and tested thoroughly by experienced bicycle mechanics before each tour commences. Cycling, of course, is an active pursuit and to maximize your own personal protection in case of a tumble or fall, we strongly recommend that you wear a bicycle helmet whilst cycling. It is our firm belief that there is no helmet like your own helmet and for this reason we do not provide helmets locally. Like a good fitting pair of walking boots, helmets are a very personal item of equipment – by bringing your own you guarantee a snug fit and that it hasn’t been damaged. It is also more hygienic to wear your own rather than one which has been used by someone else previously.
A full safety briefing and riding advice will be provided by your Tour Leader at the start of your tour. This briefing will also include details of what to do should you encounter any minor technical problems with your bicycle, or a puncture. Puncture repair kits will be provided locally, when and where necessary during the trip.
Bike model: Schwin, Mongoose
Water bottle holder provided: Yes
Water bottle provided: No
Option to fit own pedals: Yes
Option to fit own saddle: Yes
For Prices Please contact Salma Tours:
• Meet and assist and transfer upon arrival and departure
• All riding days.
• Visa to Jordan when group 5+ pax.
• English speaking guide throughout
• 4WD support vehicle for supplies and/or emergencies
• All transfers throughout program.
• All meals F/B.
• All cooking and camping equipment
• Entrance fees to all sites mentioned.
• Mountain-bike rental
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