Pedal to Petra

Highlights

  • 388 km / 239 miles – approx. 5% Off Road
  • 9 days / 8 nights
  • Cycle through spectacular landscapes and ride to the lowest point on the planet
  • Visit Petra’s incredible archaeological sites
  • Have a float in the Dead Sea
Number of Days: 9 Days
Land Only Price From: £1,295
Grade: Hot 
Group Size: 6 – 20 (Smaller Groups by Arrangement)
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Trip Overview

Day 1 Arrivals Day

Arrive at Amman airport and transfer to our group Hotel.
Overnight in a 2  to 3 star Hotel. Snacks provided on arrival at Hotel.

Day 2 Jerash and Roman Ruins

Ride from Tallet Dibbeen to Souf.  After an early breakfast we transfer North (40 minutes) to Tallet Dibbeen.  Saddling up our bikes we start our Jordanian cycling adventure by through Dibbin Forest towards Jerash. Once we reach Jerash we will stop to visit the impressive ancient Roman city, one of the largest and best preserved Roman cities outside of Italy.  After a tour of the city we then ride another 6km climbing up to our hotel in Souf.
33km / 20 miles. Overnight in a 2 to 3 star Hotel in Souf.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 3 Strawberries, Pistachios and Olives

Ride from the ancient city of Jerash to Salt.  After a hearty breakfast we head south and ride through the beautiful Dibbin Forest Reserve where we will find strawberry, pistachio and wild olive trees growing amongst pine and oak trees.  It is the perfect habitat to spot the Persian Squirrel.  We will then descend towards King Talal Dam area and ride alongside the Zarqa River towards the Baqa’s valley.  Heading West we start climbing the beautiful green hills of Remeimin and Jal’ad until we reach the town of Salt.
66km / 41 miles. Overnight in a 2 to 3 star Hotel in Salt.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 4 Ride to the Dead Sea – The Lowest Point on the Planet

Ride from Salt to the Dead Sea.  This morning we descend through Salt and continue down to the Jordan valley following the fertile and green Wadi Shu’aib.  We then ride between farms passing the Baptism site of Jesus to reach our destination at the lowest spot on earth, the Dead Sea, and retire for the night at the fabulous Mujib Reserve Chalets at the Dead Sea shore for some time to rest, float in the rejuvenating Dead Sea water and relax.
76km / 47 miles. Overnight in the Mujib Reserve Chalets.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 5  Going Up – Climbing from the Dead Sea to Karak

Ride from the Dead Sea to Karak Crusader Castle.  Today we cycle south alongside the Dead Sea for 26km before we start the challenging climb, from 310m below sea level to 800m above sea level ..!  At the top we are rewarded as we arrive at the impressive Karak Crusader Castle at the top of the Eastern Plateau.  Upon reaching Karak we check into our hotel for and well deserved rest.  After Dinner it’s well worth taking a wander around the old town of Karak.
57km / 35 miles. Overnight in a 2 to 3 star hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 6 Cultivaltion and Canyons

We start the day with a short transfer to avoid the traffic of central Karak to the Kings Highway.  Our route takes us southward passing agricultural fields, ruins and several small villages, until we reach the edge of the Al Hassa Canyon.  Refuelled with a hearty lunch we get back in the saddle and continue steadily climing to a highpoint of 1,600m, close to the rocky summit of Jabal Ata’ta.  A final descent of 400m takes us to the village of Dana and our accommodation.
87km / 54 miles (3% Off Road). Overnight in a basic hotel.  Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 7 Pedalling to Petra

Our final day’s ride from Dana to Petra.  Before we start riding we have the chance to explore the tranquil village of Dana.  Shobak Castle is our first target of the day, beyond the castle there is a short steep climb through small villages which leads us to an off-road track and from here we have magnificent views down to the desert of Wadi Araba. Rejoining the King’s Road, we take our final pedal strokes towards Petra along the Wadi Musa, the Valley of Moses.
69km / 42 miles (35% Off Road) Overnight in a 2 to 3 star hotel. Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 8 Petra – Up Close and Personal

You have reached your final destination!  Words cannot describe the magnificence of the ancient city of Petra, which is officially one of the new seven wonders of the world!  Alongside our knowledgeable guide you can experience the delights and history of Petra. You will have all day to explore and savour the spectacular architecture, and we recommend if you still have the energy, climbing the 801 steps to the Treasury!  After our visit to Petra, we transfer back to the city of Madaba (2 hours) and enjoy our last evening meal together.
Overnight in a 2 to 3 Star hotel in Madaba. Meal/s included: B, L & D

Day 9 Departure Day

Today we pack up our bikes, say our goodbye’s and make the final transfer to the airport for your return flights
Meal/s included: B

What’s Included

  • 6 nights in 2 to 3 star Hotel accommodation*
  • 1 night in Chalets at the Dead Sea
  • 1 night basic Hotel accommodation
  • All meals as detailed in the trip overview
  • Meal Key: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner.  Please note that all lunches are picnic style and are designed to suit cyclists appetites
  • All baggage and bike transfers on route
  • The services of a Rather Be Cycling Trip Leader
  • The services of a Jordanian Cycling Trip Leader
  • Access to commonly required tools and mechanical assistance**
  • A half day tour of Petra

* All accommodation is allocated and priced on a twin occupancy basis.  Please contact us for Single Occupancy Rates.
** Please note a well serviced and maintained bike is the one that will give you the most riding enjoyment and the fewest mechanical issues.  We are prepared and equipped for the most likely mechanical issues and have a spare bike available should it be required.  Please ensure your bike is serviced and fit for purpose before the trip – we are happy to advise you if required.

What’s Not Included

  • International and / or Domestic Flights to and from the start (joining) point and the end (departure) points of the trip
  • Any excess baggage charges relating to outbound and / or return flights
  • Visa/s as required
  • Travel Insurance – compulsory
  • All drinks e.g. bottled water, coffees, teas, alcohol, etc
  • Spare / replacement bicycle parts & accessories e.g. tyres, tubes, wheels, etc
  • Tips – at your discretion but encouraged for the local guide and crew
  • Certain meals on certain days – please refer to trip overview
  • Your spending money

Bike Spec

  • Your bike should be fully serviced, and thoroughly tested, before your holiday
  • This trip is ideally suited to either a Cyclocross Bike, fitted with 28c (+) touring tyres, or a Road / Touring Bike that can take a 700x28c touring tyre.  A Mountain Bike running on slick / semi slick tyres can also be used

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