Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan

“This trip is an opportunity to take in Jordan's spectacular desert scenery, camp under the stars at Wadi Rum, and discover the secrets of UNESCO-listed Petra - all by bike!”

Highlights

Amman | Jerash | Madaba | Mount Nebo | Dead Sea | Petra | Little Petra | Wadi Araba | Aqaba | Wadi Rum

Description of Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan

Jordan cycling holidays combine the enjoyment and energy of getting out and about on two wheels with some of the Middle East's most impressive and important sites of historic and cultural interest.

You might well be surprised as to the quality of the asphalt roads out in Jordan, they're amazing and go on forever, and if you think that you're going to be cycling on sand then forget it, you can't!

As with most quality cycling holidays, Jordan offers an opportunity to experience both the scenery and local lifestyles with roads aligned with olive groves leading to remote hill top communities whilst lengthy descents turn to desert sands dotted with nomadic herders.

Of course, no Jordan cycling holiday would be complete without a trip to the fabled sandstone trading post of Petra and the chance to cycle to the lesser-visited little Petra certainly sets this nine day tour apart from the rest of the pack.

Nights under the stars in Wadi Rum or chances to snorkel in the Red Sea or float on the saline waters of the Dead Sea; if you're looking for meaningful cycling holidays, Jordan is the real deal.

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Our top tip:
Synthetic, cotton, or merino wool tops are ideal for cycling in the heat.
Trip type:
Small group, 5-18 adults (min. age 16), tour leader.
Activity level:
Moderate. Avg. distance 28 miles daily.
Accomm:
7 nights hotel, 1 night private camp.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome. Single rooms available at hotels.
Meals:
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
Included:
Accommodation, transport, transfers, listed activities, tour leader.
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Accepted

Responsible tourism

Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
As much of the trip is spent cycling, we have less of a negative impact on the environment than tours which only rely on vehicles. Our optional activities at Aqaba also include snorkelling and swimming, which are nature based and carbon free. When we do make excursions with 4x4s into the Wadi Rum, we pay local people for this service. We try to minimise litter as much as possible and are careful to emphasise that clients should not damage or remove pieces from any historical sites we visit. As we hire local guides as well as Bedouin guides, we can ensure that our activity has a positive effect on the economy and that our clients take away some of their passion and knowledge of Jordan. Our guides are trained in responsible travel issues and will be able to convey these in briefings.

Water:
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Our guides can advise where to fill them and where to recycle litter.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
You will spend 7 nights in hotels and 1 night at a full-service campsite. We employ local Bedouin people to run the camp, so we know we are directly benefiting local communities with our business. The hotels are also locally staffed as per law in Jordan, so our stay here is also in support of local employment. Where meals are provided, ingredients will be sourced from a local market wherever possible. Clients may eat a ‘zarb’ (where food is slow cooked underground) at the Bedouin camp and there will also be plenty of chance to eat in restaurants selling ‘mezze’ style specialties like kebabs, fresh salads, and bread with hummus.

Local Craft and Culture:
Usually guides take clients to the market on the day going from Petra to Wadi Rum or Aqaba. This is a great cultural experience where clients can buy their own vegetables and fruit and even see how some meals are prepared- like falafel. We also visit the ancient city of Jerash and Madaba, but the cultural highlight of the trip for many is the visit to UNESCO World Heritage city, Petra. There is a full day here to explore the ancient, rose-coloured rock buildings including El Khazneh (the treasury) and El Deir (the Monastery). There are some local handicrafts and souvenirs available here like hand painted ceramics, jewellery and vases filled with coloured sand. Clients can also support the community by purchasing donkey or horse rides from local people.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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“I guess you could say I am a fan of that part of history and the unique qualities of Petra that set it apart. It is a city that is carved into stone, so something very unique and different, and with a very unique beauty as well because the rock has a reddish tinge to it.”

Reviewed on 09 May 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Cycling down Mount Nebo to the Dead sea, marvelling at Petra, waking early in the Wadi Rum and watching the sun rise over the silent desert. Experiencing it all with a lovely group of people and some superb guides

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared to be completely bowled over by a truly astonishing country. Take a travel towel for the desert!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Benefited local businesses, made us aware of the local community. Not sure about environmental impacts, we cycled but had motor support

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Extremely highly recommended with brilliant guides in Bassam for information, culture, history and great stories and our lovely cycling guide Abdul Aziz, who encouraged us all and made cycling a great adventure

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Zooming down hill from Mount Nebo.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you dink enough water as it gets rather hot at mid-day 300 meters below sea level..

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope so...

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


8 from 10..

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


My most memorable moment was walking through the slot canyon that leads to and opens up to the Treasury in Petra.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Potential travelers should not be afraid to visit Jordan. It is a very safe country, with good accommodations, food, and infrastructure.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The trip benefited local people financially. We visited and supported local sites of conservation interest.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was a wonderful experience that will rank as one of the best vacations of my life.

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The scenery is amazing In Jordan, incredible gorges, rock formations as well as good variety. In terms of ancient cultures - Jerash and Petra stand out. The
people are very friendly and its very safe.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Cycling was pretty easy as long as you can do 30 kms comfortably you should be fine. Women take a gel seat cover or your own saddle.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Stayed in local hotels and ate local restaurants. However, having a large coach for just 18 of us and using gallons of bottled water (when the tap water was fine) was not very eco friendly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


4/5
Was disappointed with the cycling as didnt do as much as I expected spending too long in the coach and being made to go in gift shops! Dead sea was a non event - 1 hour would have been plenty, could have done some nice cycling around the dead sea that day instead. Group was great and guides all fantastic.

Reviewed on 25 May 2015 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Action packed, fantastic from start to finish

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Go for it, it was fantastic

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic throughout

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