Jordan Trails Cycle Challenge

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Cycle the length of Jordan, 192 kilometres mainly off road over 5 cycling days from north to south. This challenge will lead you through valleys, alongside and into streams, with spectacular views but there will be some climbing.When possible we transfer high and bike down, including a descent to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea. Dirt trails take us above Petra, though the city itself is hard to spot on purpose, we will be able to explore it the next day on foot. Our last stop will be the Red Sea, where you will have a chance to relax before returning to the airport the next day.

Suitability: You should be confident of your physical condition and bike handling skills. Some climbs are challenging, and so you should have a good level of fitness to cope with more than 1,000 m of climbing on Day 4. As mountain biking surfaces require competent bike handling skills, it is advisable to have off-road, and preferably some single-track experience, although difficult obstacles can always be avoided. Suitable for cyclists with a keen attitude and adventurous nature!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Amman

Welcome to the Kingdom of Jordan! We meet at the hotel for a welcome dinner and go over the details of our upcoming adventure. Meals: Dinner

Day 2: Amman - Dead Sea | 19km

After breakfast, explore highlights of the city and visit the ancient citadel and the Roman amphitheatre, a 3,000-year-old piece of history built into one of the many hills in downtown Amman. We transfer north to our cycling start point at 625 m. We start-off easy, giving you an opportunity to get used to the bike. Afterwards, a gradual 2 km climb will be a good test of your gears and then you will get to enjoy the dirt track as you start the long descent to the Zarqa River. The beautiful long descent caps off one of the best sections of the Jordan Bike Trail. After crossing the river, we get in to our vehicles and drive to the Dead Sea. We arrive early in the afternoon, so you can enjoy a float in the salty waters at the lowest point on earth, 410 m below sea level. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Dead Sea - Dana | 28km

As we are starting below sea level, we have a 1,000-m transfer up the mountainside to the plateau for a visit to Mount Nebo. Before reading our start point, we stop off at the Christian town of Madaba to see the mosaic map of the Holy Land. We cycle south on quiet roads across the plains of the Madaba Plateau before the route starts a long descent following Wadi Zarqa Ma'in on smooth roads passing the Zarqa Ma'in Dam. This portion of the trail is another scenic highlight with rocky brown mountains on one side and lush green mountains on the other. The terrain includes road, dirt track, rocky paths, and gravel roads. We overnight on the edge of the Dana Biosphere, Jordan's largest nature reserve and home to a great variety of wildlife. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dana - Little Petra | 54km

This morning, we drive a short distance to visit Shobak Castle. The first of the Crusader Castles built in Jordan, it was constructed by Baldwin I in 1115 and surrendered in 1189 to the Great Salahdin. We will have more climbing today than any other day, and we start with an incline on a paved road, curling around the castle, until we reach the top of the hill. Here, we hit a dirt trail and begin a stunning section, traversing the side of the mountain, overlooking the mountains of Ras Al-Feid, Mount Safaha, and Gbour Wahdat. The jeep width dirt track crosses dry streams and then climbs to a higher elevation giving us our first glimpse of 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 slightly technical descent to the entrance of Petra. Then we take a tarmac road to the entrance of Little Petra. We walk through and clamber up to a dining room with 2,000-year-old frescoes recently discovered in 2010. It is a short cycle from here to our Bedouin camp for the night. We are in tents with cots and shared facilities. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Petra Discovery

A highlight of any trip to Jordan is to see first-hand the archaeological wonders of Petra. Famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system, the Rose City is not to be missed. After breakfast at camp, we drive to the modern visitors’ centre and start our walk to the narrow and famous entrance to the Treasury. Then, you enter the Siq, exploring the ancient rock carved ruins of Facades Street, the theatre, and the court. After lunch, you explore on your own to discover some of the less visited monuments, such as the monastery, the Khubtha Mountain, and the High Place of sacrifice. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Rajif - Wadi Rum | 51km

A long, gradual downhill takes us through quintessential Middle-Eastern desert landscape on caravan tracks. We transfer uphill to the small town of Rajif where we get on our bikes for the desert descent. After a short section on the King’s Highway, the fun begins with a downhill dirt track through pure countryside. On reaching the desert highway, we transfer to Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon. Cut into sandstone and granite rock, it is Jordan's largest Wadi. Scenes of Wadi Rum in “Lawrence of Arabia” kick-started Jordan's tourism industry, but you may also recognize it from “Red Planet” and “The Martian”. We go for a sunset jeep tour to experience a beautiful night under the stars in the desert. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Wadi Rum - Aqaba | 40km

A morning cycle on the desert salt flats around Wadi Rum will give you yet another perspective on this stark and harsh landscape. Mid-morning, we transfer to Aqaba, Jordan's window to the sea, to enjoy and relax on a well-deserved boat ride on the Red Sea. We have a leisurely lunch onboard and ample opportunity to see the vibrant coral while snorkelling. Meet up for our farewell dinner at the hotel and the last night of the tour. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, there will be one group drop off at Queen Alia International Airport at approximately 11:30 am. Please schedule your return flight accordingly. Meals: Breakfast

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Adventure includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Meals (as specified)
  • Guides
  • Support vehicle
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Airport drop off (as specified)

Doesn't include

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport pick up
  • Tips

Bookings

Making a booking

The deposit for this trip is £198

Your full balance is due 3 months before your trip starts. If you book within 3 months of departure then the full balance is due at the time of booking. If you have any questions please contact our team at info@inspiredescapes.com or call +44 (0) 203 394 0050.

Dates

Price

Sunday 30th Sep 2018 - Sunday 7th Oct 2018 £1,718
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