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cycle Jordan

itinerary

DAY 1

Amman

We depart on a flight bound for the Jordanian capital of Amman. Arriving in the evening we meet our local guide and transfer an hour south to our hotel in the town of Madaba, close to the Dead Sea.

 

Meals: D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 2

Madaba - The Dead Sea - 50 km

After breakfast we have our bike fitting before getting into the saddle for the first time. We then set off to explore Madaba, including the famous mosaic map in Madaba Church and Mount Nebo. On a clear day there is a breathtaking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea, to the domes of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. From Madaba, our route takes us downhill past Bedouin settlements to the edge of the Dead Sea. Here we enjoy a late lunch and a float in the sea at the lowest point on earth. We return to our hotel for a second night in Madaba.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 3

The Dead Sea - Kerak - 32 km

After a short transfer, we pick up the cycling where we left off the previous day. The route is mainly flat as we explore the Maai'n Mountains by bike, with the Judean Desert visible on the far shores to the west. After lunch we join the main road to Wadi Moujeb where we visit the famous Waterfall Canyon. At the end of our ride we transfer by bus to the 12th century Crusader Castle of Kerak, a fortress that once held great strategic importance due to its high elevation (1,330m) above the plateau.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 4

Dana - Shoubak - Little Petra - Wadi Musa - 70 km

The Dana Nature Reserve stretches over the ancient Edom (red) plateau and is a spectacular blend of mountain and desert landscape with an extraordinary botanical diversity. As we cycle along this unique terrain we may catch glimpses of wild animals such as the Nubian Ibex, Golden Jackal or Red Fox. First we make our way to the village of Shawbak with its impressive Crusader Castle Montreal. We continue down a spectacular downhill stretch to reach the mysterious Nabatean city of Baidah (also known as Little Petra). The final leg of our journey today is to Wadi Musa, the modern day town located by the entrance to the ancient city of Petra.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 5

Petra

Today is perhaps the highlight of our challenge as we make our way along the narrow gap in the towering cliffs into the ‘Lost City’ of Petra. Built more than 2,000 years ago, Petra was a strategic centre for the old silk and spice routes that criss-crossed the Middle East, Asia and Africa. It prospered for many centuries, with a population of around 25,000 at the height of its power. This stunning ancient city lay forgotten by the world for 1,000 years before being rediscovered in 1812. The city’s houses and monuments are hewn out of the valley’s sandstone cliffs veined with shades of red, purple and pink giving it its warm glow. On arrival in Petra we see the magnificent treasurey, Petra’s most awe-inspiring monument. Tonight we stay in the comfort of a hotel in nearby Wadi Musa.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 6

Petra - Dilagha - Roberts Rock - 70 km

After a short transfer out of Wadi Musa we begin a fantastic cycle into the Arava Valley. The valley is part of the Great Rift Valley, the huge fault that runs from Turkey and Syria in the North to the great lakes of Kenya in the South. We ride downhill along a narrow winding road passing many Bedouin camps. A steep uphill climb brings us to our lunch stop where we are rewarded with views across the sprawling valley. After a picnic lunch, we have an exhilarating steep descent into the valley through striking desert scenery. Our destination is the Bedouin camp at Roberts Rock – a real highlight of the trip with a BBQ dinner, a campfire under the stars and a night spent in traditional Bedouin Tents.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Tent

DAY 7

Roberts Rock - Aqaba - 105 km

From Roberts Rock we cycle 8km to the road that intersects the Arava valley from north to south. Heading south, we follow a tarmac road to Jordan’s most southerly city, Aqaba. Our route takes us through the lowest part of the valley with the granite mountains of Edom to the east and the limestone hills of Israel to the west. We know our challenge is nearly complete when the shimmering Red Sea comes into view up ahead. Tonight we toast our achievement with a celebratory dinner together.

 

Meals: B,L,D   Accom: Hotel

DAY 8

Depart Amman

This morning we have a little free time to rest on the beach, enjoy snorkelling in the Red Sea or souvenir hunt in Aqaba’s markets. This afternoon we transfer back to Amman for our flight back to the UK.

 

Meals: B

DAY 9

Arrive UK

We arrive back in the UK after a fantastic trip.

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