Jordan is an amazing country to explore by bike - take this 13-day fully supported cycle challenge and cover over 250km through Jordan in support of a cause close to your heart. This challenge follows a beautifully planned route and incorporates the finest landscapes and ‘must see’ historic sites in the country, cycling on good dirt tracks and quiet back roads. We then traverse one of the longest canyons in Jordan, arriving at the high mountain plateau of Dana nature reserve. Following a chain of impressive Crusader fortresses, we enjoy exhilarating biking as we descend through the Valley of Moses to Petra, where we have a welcome rest and exploration day at the ancient ‘rose-red city’. Moving on from Petra, we discover the majestic grandeur of the desert landscapes at Wadi Rum, the home of the indigenous Bedouin community. After a night under the stars with our Bedouin hosts, it’s a short ride Aqaba for a well-earned swim in the crisp water of the Red Sea.
Day 1: Arrival and Welcome
Meet and assist at Queen Alia International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Amman.
Day 2: Ajloun Castle, Cycle Anjara to Wadi Zarqa
Head north to the hills of northern Jordan. Visit the ancient Ajloun Castle. A short transfer from the castle, we begin our ride in Anjara, with the route descending into Wadi Mahmoud, and then continuing through a wooded valley before heading west and starting the long descent to the Zarqa River. From the top of this mountain and along the descent, there are breathtaking panoramic views. In biblical times, the river was known as the Jabbok River, where Jacob wrestled with God. The beautiful long descent caps off one of the best sections of the Jordan Bike Trail. The terrain includes road, dirt track, rocky paths and gravel roads, some off-road biking experience is recommended. Distance 32Km, Ascent 704m, Descent 1660m, Avr. Grade 5%, Max grade 15%
Day 3: Cycle Al Ahliyya University to Dead Sea HWY
The day starts with a short transfer to the edge of the city. From Al-Ahliyya University, the trail follows around the outskirts of the Christian town of Fuheis. Take a break and maybe stock up at Carakale Brewery, Jordan’s first microbrewery. After departing Carakale Brewery, head down the valley following tracks and country roads through small farm holdings. Then rise up over the hills, passing the town of Zebda, close to the Hellenistic site of Iraq Al-Amir. From Iraq Al-Amir, the route follows country lanes overlooking Wadi Al-Kufrain to the west before finishing with a steep section up to the Dead Sea Rd. The terrain includes mostly backroads, with some dirt tracks and gravel roads, some off-road biking experience is recommended. Distance 31Km, Ascent 872m, Descent 1436m, Avr. Grade 5%, Max grade 16%
Day 4: Amman city tour - Jerash - Dead Sea.
Collection from your hotel in Amman and start yor tour at the old city of Amman exploring the Citadel and the Roman Theatre, two of the most popular archaeological sites in the city. Free time to walk through the old market in the downtown, visiting the shops, the fruits market and Al-Husseini mosque,Visit to Jebel al-Wibdeh and Jebel Amman rainbow street. Also a glimpse on western Amman. Head north to walk through history in Jerash, regarded as one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. Then drive to your hotel in the Dead Sea for a free afternoong and evening floating in the sea.
Day 5: Mount Nebo, Madaba, Cycle Madaba to Zarqa Ma'in Plateau
We start with a transfer up the mountainside to the plateau for a visit to Mount Nebo, where Moses looked across at the Promised Land before he died, and on to the Christian town of Madaba, with its mosaic map of the Holy Land. A short transfer out of Madaba, and the route starts by heading south on quiet roads across the plains of the Madaba plateau and through the village of Ma’in. The route then starts a long descent following Wadi Zarqa Ma’in on smooth roads passing the Zarqa Ma’in dam and continues following the river. This portion of the Jordan Bike Trail is another scenic highlight with brown-rocky mountains on one side and lush green mountains on the other. The terrain includes road, dirt track, rocky paths and gravel roads, some off-road biking experience is recommended. We return to the Dead Sea for time to relax. Distance 28 Km, Asscent 327m, Descent 945m, Avr. Grade 2.2%, Max Grade 9%
Day 6: Cycle Al-Adnanya to Wadi Hasa
We start with a transfer up to the top of the plateau, and start cycling for 10Km across the plateau on a newly paved small road. Next, you reach a fun off-road section before a short steep hill where you will need to push you bike for a few minutes. Afterwards, start a long downhill, zooming along cars for 10 km and crossing the Tanour Dam, upon which you will have left Kerak Governorate and entered Tafila Governorate. We then transfer up Wadi Hasa and overnight in the beautiful surroundings of Dana. The terrain includes road, dirt track, rocky paths and gravel roads, some off-road biking experience is recommended. Distance 33Km, Ascent 385m, Descent 183m, Avr. Grade 4%, Max Grade 20%
Day 7: Cycle Ma'atan to Shobak
We transfer back towards the village of Ma'atan. From the old village of Ma’atan the path, with boulders all around, has mixed up and downs as it curls around the canyon over Wadi Labun. Upon reaching the other side of the valley, the path cuts through the town of Basira and starts a tough circuitous climb for 5km along the road before topping off at over 1,500m in altitude. At the top, the trail cuts off from the road through a forested patch and then along dirt track before the decline to Dana village. From there you will have a stunning view overlooking Dana Village, Wadi Dana, and Wadi Aqaba. F rom Dana village, the route ascends on road and dirt track passing the town of Al-Qadisiyah, with great views across to the right. The route then continues for a short section on the Kings Highway, the ancient trade route between Damascus, passing through Jordan to Egypt and Saudi Arabia and Yemen. The route passes Wadi Ghwayr to the west, before leaving the main highway, and descending on dirt tracks. The trail continues through the desert along ancient towns with stone remains and finishes with a climb to Shobak Castle. Distanace 34 Km, Ascent 480m, Descent 610m, Avr. Grade 4%, Max Grade 9%
Day 8: Cycle Shobak view point to Petra
Start with a visit to the crusader castle of Shobak/Montreal, overlooking the area. We have a short transfer to a fantastic view across the Jordan Valley. The ride starts with a beautiful section traversing the side of the mountain on dirt tracks, overlooking the mountains of Ras Al-Feid, Mount Safaha, and Gbour Wahdat with the Jordan valley in the distance. The trail continues along tracks, crossing dry streams (due to seasonal changes caused by rain, some sections might require getting off the bike for short periods). The track then climbs to a nice higher elevation dirt track with a lookout, near the end, over Petra, Wadi Musa, and the small town of Um Sayhoun, with Aaron’s Shrine barely visible in the distance on top of Jebel Haroun. Finish with a short, steep descent along city roads to the entrance of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the Seven Wonders of the World. The terrain includes road, dirt track, rocky paths and gravel roads, some off-road biking experience is recommended. Distanace 42Km, Ascent 1274m, Descent 1769m, Avr. Grade 5%, Max Grade 17
Day 9: Petra Full Day visit
A full day to explore Petra where you will leave your hotel and head to the Petra visitors center,enter the city through 1KM long narrow gorge which is flanked either side by 80m high cliffs! Notice the dazzling colors and formations of the rocks. The site is massive, and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets. Then continue into the city, viewing the amphitheater, exploring its many caves and tombs. If you feel courageous, want to avoid the crowds and discover some less visited monuments in Petra you can visit sites such as the monestary, the Khubtha Mountain, Al Madras trail or the High Place of sacrifice You will follow a steep climb up ancient Nabataean steps to near the summit of Al Khubtha to enjoy the magnificent panorama overlooking the Treasury, then descending to Petra main entrance. Alternatively, You can continue on and hike up to the High Place of Sacrifice, enjoy spectacular views over the rocky, desert terrain,where breathtaking panoramic views await, or mule up the 800+ steep steps which lead to the "The Monastery & Ad Deir. It is one of the largest monuments in Petra, measuring 47m wide by 48.3m high. It was built on the model of the Khazna but here the bas- reliefs are replaced by niches to house sculptures there is also a Bedouin café for refreshments if you would like. Whichever route is taken, You will be well satisfied with your one day exploration of one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Day 10: Cycle Rajif to Desert
We start with a short transfer out of Petra, heading south and up hill to the small town of Rajif. From Rajif, we start cycling for a short section on the King’s Highway until turning right after a old cemetary. From here the rest of the trail is mostly downhill. The next portion goes quite quickly on mostly dirt tracks and roads through the countryside. Then around Abbasiya, get a true taste of the quintessential middle-eastern desert landscape as you cycle through isolated desert on caravan tracks on a long gradual downhill. On reaching the desert highway, we transfer to Wadi Rum, where you enjoy the hospitality of the Bedouin and experience a beautiful night under the stars in the desert. Distanace 51Km, Ascent 453m, Descent 1125m, Avr. Grade 2%, Max Grade 6%
Day 11: Wadi Rum - Aqaba
Enjoy the wilderness adventure of a 4x4 FD jeep tour of Wadi Rum, following in the footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia, climbing sand dunes and rock bridges. The jeep tour 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 in your own time. Then drive to south to Aqaba where you have a free day to spend either relaxing and resting by the pool or beach as you choose, or exploring the markets of the downtown.
Day 12: Beach Club Entrance With Snorkelling and Lunch
Visit the Bernice Beach Club with full use of the pools and beach access for the day. You can also snorkel from the beach. BBQ lunch at Berenice Beach Club Arabian Tent is included.
Day 13: Departure
Depart for the Queen Alia International Airport to catch your flight back home.
- All transfers as per itinerary
- Entrance fees
- Meals as per itinerary
- English speaking gudie
- English speaking driver
- Jeep safari with lunch
- Cycling guide with support truck
- Bike and helmet for cycling days
- Personal expenses
- Travel/Medical insurance
- Drinks with meals in restaurants
- Tips for guide, drivers and at restaurants
Fundraising for Helping Refugees in Jordan
Helping Refugees in Jordan
Helping Refugees in Jordan (HRJ) is a group of dedicated and experienced volunteers based in Jordan who are helping recognised local charities and NGOs deal with the large influx of refugees arriving in Jordan. In-kind donations are received, sorted and transported to distribution centres, skilled volunteers introduced to the right organisation, longer term more sustainable projects are being investigated. There is no political or religious agenda and all work is carried out in the spirit of humanitarianism regardless of religion or background. In Mafraq in particular, local charities have been dealing with refugees for over two years with little international support.
Your donation will go towards the items that are most needed by the refugees and underprivileged Jordanians who we are seeking to help. For example, through our winterisation campaign, we buy nearly new coats in bulk for about £2 per coat, keeping a child warm all winter long. Thanks to our partnership with Mercy Corps, we are able to deliver all of our donations, from family packs to hygiene packs to donations for persons with disabilities, directly to the beneficiaries without any overhead charge. 100% of your monetary donation will go straight to essential aid for refugees.
Fundraising for The Inspired Challenge Refugee Appeal
The Inspired Challenge Refugee Appeal
Syria continues to dominate the news, a war that is now 4 years old has seen literally millions of people displaced from their homes, losing their families and entering a world of uncertainty. Jordan, Greece and Turkey are playing a huge part in this and host over 2.4 million people in camps and centres.
Inspired Challenge is collaborating with a network of grass roots organisations working on the ground to support the people affected by the crisis. We invite you to play your part by donating, fundraising or joining one of our many challenges set up to raise much needed funds and take you to see first hand the projects run by these organisations.
Many thanks for your support.
All the best
The Inspired Team
Making a booking
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|Friday 8th Dec 2017 - Wednesday 20th Dec 2017||£1,700|
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