Jordan Biking and Hiking Tour

/Jordan Biking and Hiking Tour

Jordan Biking and Hiking Tour

From the Dead Sea to the Red Sea

Tour Dates: 9 days, October 7 – 15, 2019

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This tour will be accompanied by Chuck & Judy Nichols

Join Chuck and Judy Nichols on their new tour bike tour of Jordan. We spent several weeks in Jordan this past year and we found Jordan to be an amazing country to explore by bike and on foot. There is such an amazing diversity of landscapes – from the green hills of the north, to lowest point on earth at the Dead Sea, to the mountains and deserts of Petra and Wadi Rum all the way to the Red Sea.

On this fully supported road bike tour of Jordan, we will visit the country’s main sites as well as several hidden treasures of this ancient culture.  We will use van support during the tour so that we can choose the best places to ride, eliminate busy highways and have ample time for some hiking, visits to cultural sites, floating in the Dead Sea and swimming in the Red Sea.   This experience is so much more than just a bike trip!

Jordan is on the verge of becoming one of the newest tourist destinations.  The people are friendly, the food is excellent, the scenery is sensational and it is one of the few politically stable countries in the region.  You’ll feel safe walking, riding and enjoying the countryside.

Our accommodations will be an enjoyable assortment of comfortable stays.  All will have private baths in some unique locations.

2019 Price: $3100 US
pp double occupancy

Single Supplement: $675 US
Hybrid Rental Bike: $200 US
Price Includes:
  • 8 nights lodging
  • all meals beginning with Dinner on Day 1
  • English speaking cycling guide
  • Van support and English speaking driver
  • Cultural site guides
  • snacks and water in van
  • tour in Petra
  • jeep tour in Wadi Rum
  • camel ride in Wadi Rum
  • airport transfers at start and end of tour
Price Does Not Include:

tips for local guides and drivers, beverages, additional nights in Jordan, flights, Visa

  • Visa (The Jordan pass includes entrance fees to all of the cultural sites as well as the Visa to enter the country.)  You will need to purchase the Jordan Wanderer Pass online and this costs around $100 US: https://www.jordanpass.jo/Contents/Prices.aspx

Tour Difficulty

This is a moderate tour over hilly terrain.  The distances are short, 30 – 50 km. The road surface is paved.  The tour is designed so that the group will visit all of the cultural sites and have plenty of time for hiking, floating in the Dead Sea and swimming in the Red Sea.  We’ll be using van transfers to be able to choose the best places to ride and have time to enjoy all of the cultural aspects of Jordan.

Tour Highlights

  • Cycle to the most important sites of Jordan.
  • Petra – Discover the Rose Red City, lost for centuries to the outside world.  This UNESCO site is one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”
  • Wadi Rum – Explore the majestic desert of Wadi Rum where we stay in luxury Martian Tents with private bathrooms
  • Roman Ruins – Marvel at the remains of historic Roman cities in Jerash and Amman.
  • Ancient Castles – Tour the Crusader and Islamic Empire Castles at Ajloun, Kerak, and Shobak.

Itinerary

October 6, Pre-tour: If you would like to arrive a day early to get over jet lag, we can arrange additional hotel for you in Amman.  We will also arrange the airport transfer to our hotel.  For folks who arrive on this day – we will also arrange a guided tour of the citadel the following morning.  The Amman Citadel is a historical site at the center of downtown Amman, The Citadel is considered an important site because it has had a long history of occupation by many great civilizations. Most of the buildings still visible at the site are from the Roman, Byzantine, and Umayyad periods. The major buildings at the site are the Temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and the Umayyad Palace.

October 7, Day 1: Arrival at Amman Airport.  We include a transfer from the airport to our hotel in the center of the city.  In the late afternoon, our guide will meet us at the hotel for a  short walk through some of the back streets, markets and shops of the old city.  We’ll have a tour orientation followed by a welcome dinner at 6 pm.  Overnight in Amman.

Day 2:  Amman – Jerash – Warm up ride – Local lunch – Ajloun – Amman
Ride: 30 kms, 750 meter climb

We will transfer by van from Amman and drive north to Jerash, one of the best preserved Greco- Roman cities in the Middle East. After enjoying the ruins Jerash, we will have a short warm up ride to the local family’s house for a meal and we will be introduced to the culture and daily life of the this community. After lunch, we’ll proceed to the Ajloun Castle, dominating the Ajloun skyline. It was built to ward off the Crusader armies at the key trade and pilgrimage intersection between Jerusalem, Cairo, Damascus and Mecca. We will return by van to our hotel in Amman.

Overnight in Amman.

Day 3: Amman – Mount Nebo & Madaba – Cycle to Mukawair – Ma’in Hot Springs
Ride: 50 kms, 600 meter climb

Depart by van from our hotel in Amman and drive south to explore the town of Madaba and discover the amazing Byzantine mosaics excavated from the town. We will see the  “Madaba Map‟, the oldest preserved mosaic map of the Holy Lands. We can visit the Shrine of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist. You can climb the narrow stairs to the bell tower overlooking the city of Madaba. The bell tower is the highest vantage point in Madaba, where you can experience a wonderful panorama of Madaba and its surroundings. We’ll visit Mount Nebo, where Moses looked across to the Promised Land and later died and was buried. We’ll cycle across the Madaba plains to Mukawair to a local family house for a lunch. After lunch group will cycle an amazing set of switchbacks to Ma’in Hot Springs. This oasis- style resort offers an outdoor pool and a spa situated directly under a hot spring waterfall which is surrounded by mountains.

Overnight in Ma’in Hot Springs Hotel.

Day 4: Ma’in Hot Springs – Cycle to Mujib Chalets – Dead Sea – Dana Nature Reserve
Ride: 35 kms, 400 meter climb

After breakfast we will cycle another set of spectacular switchbacks down to the Dead Sea.  Our ride will take us along the Dead Sea to our lunch spot at the Mujib Chalets.  We’ll walk a short path down to the Dead Sea for a dip.  We’ll be able to shower at the Chalets before our lunch. After lunch we’ll transfer by van to the Dana Nature Reserve, where you will enjoy one of the most dramatic and diverse landscapes in the whole region. We’ll have a late afternoon walking tour around Dana on a trail that winds above Dana Village and through the terraced gardens and local craft workshops. Visitors can meet the local residents, see original Ottoman architecture, and learn more about Dana’s rich history.  Our accommodation is a very special guesthouse with one of the most spectacular views. Overnight in Dana.

Day 5: Dana – Shobak Castle – Little Petra – Petra
Ride: 40 km, 700 meter climb

Today we head south out of Dana to Little Petra. We’ll have a short van transfer to the Shobak Castle, an ancient crusader fort. We’ll begin our cycle on the Kings Highway. Our ride takes us down the famous winding Hisha Road to Little Petra.  We’ll hike around Little Petra which will give us a taste of what is to come the following day in Petra!  The views on our cycle from Petra to little Petra are quite spectacular. 2 nights in hotel in Petra.

Day 6: Petra – Full Day Petra visit – Petra

We’ll have a full day with a local guide to explore Petra, now one of Modern Seven Wonders of the World. Petra is known by many names, a masterpiece half as old as time, the Red Rose city.  Petra, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.  You will definitely marvel at the beauty of the ‘Lost City’, only recently re-discovered by the outside world.  As you walk through the Siq, you’ll be astounded as you reach the magnificent Treasury, the entrance guarding the ancient Nabatean city.  Then continue into the city, viewing the amphitheater, exploring its many caves and tombs. You’ll have lunch with the site.  After lunch, you can visit the Royal Tombs. If you’re feeling energetic, you can climb to Jebel Khubtha or the High Place of Sacrafice, otherwise there is still plenty to see without hiking up. Overnight in Petra.

Day 7: Petra – Cycle at Wadi Rum – 2 Hour Jeep tour  – Wadi Rum
Ride: 50 km, 700 meter climb

In the morning we depart Petra and drive south out of Petra to start cycling toward Wadi Rum. Upon arrival at Wadi Rum, your guide will take you on a jeep tour that will allow you to travel around Wadi Rum’s valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts, discover rock inscriptions, majestic views of mountains and landscapes and narrow gorges. At each stop you have the opportunity to hike and scramble and explore this amazing region. After a Jeep tour we return to our Bedouin camp where we are spend the night in incredibly luxurious Martian tents, complete with private bathrooms and showers! Overnight in Wadi Rum

Day 8: Wadi Rum – Camel Ride – Cycle out of Wadi Rum – Aqaba
Ride: Optional – today’s ride will dependent upon the timing of the Camel ride and the group’s desire to swim in the Red Sea.

After breakfast, you will start your desert adventure with meeting your bedouin hosts and a camel ride out into the magical mountainous desert. Then, we’ll have a short bike ride out of Wadi Rum back to the main highway, where we’ll finish with a transfer to Aqaba,  Folks might choose to forgo the ride and head to the Red Sea for a day of swimming and relaxation. Jordan’s only port city and access to the Red Sea. We’ll arrive in the early afternoon with time to relax and enjoy the last day of the tour by the sea. In the evening we will meet for a farewell dinner overlooking the Red Sea.

Day 9: Transfer to Aqaba Airport for flight departures.

If you want to spend more time at the Red Sea, we can extend your hotel reservations.  Our hotel is in Tala Bay, a place with some excellent snorkeling opportunities.

End of tour logistics: At this time, flights from Aqaba are only to Amman, Jordan.  But there are plans for many different flights from Aqaba in the near future.  If you would like to visit Israel, you can take a taxi to the border (just about 5 minute drive) and walk across the border to Eilat, Israel.  No special Visas are required for entering Israel.  Eilat is also on the Red Sea.  There is an airport in Eilat that services a variety of cities, including Tel Aviv.  There are also buses from Eilat, Israel to Jerusalem.

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