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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike - Exodus Travels
Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike - Exodus Travels
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Starts
Amman
Destinations
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Ends
Amman
Age Range
16 to 80 year olds
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Start and end in Amman! With the bicycle tour Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike, you have a 9 day tour package taking you through Amman, Jordan and 8 other destinations in Jordan. Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • RB
    Written on November 29, 2016
    4.5 - Excellent

    Exceeded our expectations - plenty of variety, well paced with lots to see and do with a good blend of cycling, sight-seeing and other activities (e.g. Snorkelling, swimming in Dead Sea). Guide was friendly, informative and worked hard to accommodate the group (who were great companions).
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  • Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike reviewer 2
    Written on November 18, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    An excellent trip for those who want to have some exercise as well as seeing the sights.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Petra was above expectation, and we needed the 2 days to explore it. Wadi Rum was a wonderful desert experience - I recommend sleeping under the stars and getting up for sunrise.What did you think of your group leader?The group leader was knowledgeable; the cycling leaders (members of the Jordanian Triathlon team) were fun.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Don't bother taking cycling snacks from the UK. We were asked to contribute to a group kitty for purchasing snacks (which were very good). The kitty also covered purchase of bottled water for the entire trip.It's worth taking a gel seat cover in case your saddle isn't comfortable.  Is there anything else you would like to add?Don't even think of taking your expensive road bike with you. One section of road was so poor that the cycle leaders swapped their own road bikes for hire mountain bikes as they didn't want to risk damaging them!The Jordanians didn't seem to be bothered by cyclists on the roads in skin-tight lycra (maybe because we didn't hang around long enough to cause offence), but do keep covered up in towns.

  • Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike reviewer 3
    Written on November 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing trip with some great places and brilliant company, truly stunning sights with some really good cycling thrown in.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I loved the walking up, down and all over Petra, the cycling was great with the roads mainly in very good condition, getting chased by camels down the highway. But my top moment was camping in wadi rum and sleeping in the desert.What did you think of your group leader?Zahir was a fantastic guide showing us the best of his country, with humour, patience with a real pride in his country and his job. Also cannot praise the cycling team high enough Firas and Abeed were absolutely brilliant, really good fun.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The nights can be a little bit colder than I was expecting so a jumper is worth taking. Also this trip is very busy without much time to just sit about which I like but some people may prefer a little more down time. But book this trip I thought it was amazing.Is there anything else you would like to add?Also don't dive into the swimming pool head first because it's bloody freezing.

  • Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike reviewer 4
    Written on October 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing week - such a wide variety of experiences with a great group of people.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Too many to list - the unexpected ones were very special - camels racing the bikes along the road, seeing eagles soaring over the valley, a group singing on the top of Mount Nebo ..... but also sleeping under the stars in Wadi Rum, floating in the Dead Sea (and the great cycling down from Mt Nebo to get there), Jerash, Petra and cycling in the desert.What did you think of your group leader?Zuhair went out of his way to ensure we had the best time possible, his organisation made the trip run smoothly so we could relax and enjoy it. The bike team inspired, supported, occsionally pushed us up the hills and led the dancing during breaks!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Although getting fit for cycling helps you enjoy the more challenging hills, it was good to be able to leave your bike when you had cycled as far as you could and, having walked up the hill, be reunited with it at the top. The cycling really is organised so that everyone can go at their own pace.Is there anything else you would like to add?This trip was recommended to me - it was a great recommendation.

  • Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike reviewer 5
    Written on October 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is a fantastic non stop week of wonderWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many it is hard to believe so much was squeezed into one week.  On the 2nd day we descended from Mount Nebo towards the Jordan valley.   The sight of the ‘promised land’ rising up from in front of us was spectacular and gave me goose pimples.During a descent on the 4th day our cycle guides started dancing to music in the truck.  They were shortly joined by the bus driver, the mechanic and a few cyclists.   Great fun and a magical pit stop.The stars in Wadi rum are phenomenal.    What did you think of your group leader?We all loved Zuhair!  He was a non stop story book.   He had many forthright views on the middle east and I’m not sure his explanation of the Sunni/Shi'a divide was entirely objective but he spoke with unadulterated passion for Jordan.   He was immensely proud of his country and rightly so.   Petra by night was cancelled because of issues with people from the local town however he used his contacts in the Bedouin village to give us ‘Bedouin by night’.    He arranged for the coach driver to drive us into the desert where we had dinner in a cave cooked by a local Bedouin woman, her nephew and various friends.   It didn’t feel as if it was a show to keep the tourists happy instead it felt the most authentic moment of our trip. He made the entire week the success that it was.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I booked my own flights and this can be a considerable saving and what is more the flight times were preferable.  Admittedly you have to purchase your own Visa but this only costs £20 and was a simple process. Do not worry too much about clothing.  Our cycling guides wore lycra and were topless from within 3 minutes of a ride beginning. Is there anything else you would like to add?Jordan is spectacular.   This was the 2nd time I have joined this trip and it was unbelievably better 2nd time round.   The accommodation was superior, the guiding was superior……it is a fantastic holiday and I cannot recommend it enough.

  • Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike reviewer 6
    Written on October 15, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This is a fantastic non stop week of wonderWhat was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many it is hard to believe so much was squeezed into one week.  On the 2nd day we descended from Mount Nebo towards the Jordan valley.   The sight of the ‘promised land’ rising up from in front of us was spectacular and gave me goose pimples.During a descent on the 4th day our cycle guides started dancing to music in the truck.  They were shortly joined by the bus driver, the mechanic and a few cyclists.   Great fun and a magical pit stop.The stars in Wadi rum are phenomenal.    What did you think of your group leader?We all loved Zuhair!  He was a non stop story book.   He had many forthright views on the middle east and I’m not sure his explanation of the Sunni/Shi'a divide was entirely objective but he spoke with unadulterated passion for Jordan.   He was immensely proud of his country and rightly so.   Petra by night was cancelled because of issues with people from the local town however he used his contacts in the Bedouin village to give us ‘Bedouin by night’.    He arranged for the coach driver to drive us into the desert where we had dinner in a cave cooked by a local Bedouin woman, her nephew and various friends.   It didn’t feel as if it was a show to keep the tourists happy instead it felt the most authentic moment of our trip. He made the entire week the success that it was.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I booked my own flights and this can be a considerable saving and what is more the flight times were preferable.  Admittedly you have to purchase your own Visa but this only costs £20 and was a simple process. Do not worry too much about clothing.  Our cycling guides wore lycra and were topless from within 3 minutes of a ride beginning. Is there anything else you would like to add?Jordan is spectacular.   This was the 2nd time I have joined this trip and it was unbelievably better 2nd time round.   The accommodation was superior, the guiding was superior……it is a fantastic holiday and I cannot recommend it enough.

  • Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike reviewer 7
    Written on October 11, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A well organised trip that took us to somany unique and varied locations with a group of like minded people.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Floating in the Dead Sea , something I have wanted to do since childhood. At 58 It lived up to all expectationsWhat did you think of your group leader?Friendly well organised informative and great at preparing snacks. I am confident his facts were 99% accurate.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I trained hard for the cycling part of the trip . The first 2 days were relatively easy there was only one day that I found anywhere near challenging. I did enjoy cycling through the countryside and stopping for our snacks. We saw all the major sights but if sight seeing is your main concern other trips would take in even more such as Castle Karak. If you like your cycling challenging there are other options. For me the this trip was about right but I came home less fit than I went,Is there anything else you would like to add?Expensive but worth every penny

  • Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike reviewer 8
    Written on October 11, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A well organised trip that took us to somany unique and varied locations with a group of like minded people.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Floating in the Dead Sea , something I have wanted to do since childhood. At 58 It lived up to all expectationsWhat did you think of your group leader?Friendly well organised informative and great at preparing snacks. I am confident his facts were 99% accurate.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I trained hard for the cycling part of the trip . The first 2 days were relatively easy there was only one day that I found anywhere near challenging. I did enjoy cycling through the countryside and stopping for our snacks. We saw all the major sights but if sight seeing is your main concern other trips would take in even more such as Castle Karak. If you like your cycling challenging there are other options. For me the this trip was about right but I came home less fit than I went,Is there anything else you would like to add?Expensive but worth every penny

  • Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike reviewer 9
    Written on October 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Amazing!! A perfect combination of walking, cycling, swimming and floating, plenty of culture, sunshine, star gazing, tasty food, great company......and all in a week! Loved it!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Freewheeling down to the Dead Sea in the warm breeze followed by a float! The spectacular views from The Monastery over the Rift Valley below Night under the stars in Wadi RumWhat did you think of your group leader?Most informative. Cycle leaders were the best, reassuring, entertaining and thoughtful, taking good care of us all the way.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Enjoy every moment, go at your own pace and have a gel seat!Is there anything else you would like to add?Just had the best time. The variety of the trip made every day a new experience. Jordan has spectacular scenery and fascinating culture...with a large dose of sunshine thrown in too!

  • Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike reviewer 10
    Written on October 7, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    There were a lot of great moments and so it’s hard to choose one. Panoramic, soul-expanding descents on Days 2 and 4. The dramatic contrast of living in close community with a small group of excellent people in such awe inspiring, often isolated, settings. Floating in the Dead Sea, looking around and seeing only the landscape and my group. Snorkeling in the Red Sea over shipwrecks and schools of sparkling tropical fish.  Sleeping outside under the full moon in Wadi Rum, where the hills almost seem to be breathing. What did you think of your group leader?Sami is playful, intelligent, highly committed, proud of his country and his culture. He consistently exceeded what one would have expected from a group leader.  It was a privilege to spend time with him.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I generally felt safer in Jordan than I do in Canada or America. Jordan demonstrates a level of hospitality and generosity we rarely encounter in the West. If you have any doubts about this trip, but feel like it might be something you’d like to experience, GO!There were more than enough blankets at the Wadi Rum camp, so if you’re tight for packing space you can ditch the sleeping bag, particularly at this time of year. I hadn’t realized just how toasty it can get in the South; Aqaba was 45 C due to a little heat wave. Drink lots, before you get thirsty. The heat and my asthma conspired to make some of the cycling in the desert difficult and I ended up riding the bus more than I would have liked, but the bus was always available and riding it was a positive experience in its own way. I arrived a week early to acclimatize and explore Amman. Despite what some guide books suggest, Amman is incredible and you can easily spend a week on foot in the downtown core just experiencing local culture, a mosaic of Jordanians, Palestinians, Syrians, and Iraqis.  I stayed at the Amman Pasha Hotel, which was cheap and wonderful and across the street from the Roman Amphitheater. The Exodus starting hotel is nice (with helpful staff, a pool and a gym), but in a somewhat isolated area. It’s ideal for the night before the start of the trip, but if you arrive early, you’ll find staying downtown a much richer experience.Is there anything else you would like to add?True to the Exodus motto, this trip really did reset my compass and I returned home with a sense of peace and a better understanding of my world.  

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  • Day 1: Start Amman.
  • Day 2: Visit Jerash; ride/drive through olive groves and villages to Madaba.
  • Day 3: Ride to Mt Nebo for fantastic views; exhilarating ride down to the Dead Sea for a float in the saline waters; drive along the King's Highway to Petra.
  • Day 4: Explore the fascinating UNESCO city of Petra.
  • Day 5: Guided tour around Petra; cycle to little Petra.
  • Day 6: Ride/drive via the deserts of Wadi Araba to Aqaba on the Red Sea.
  • Day 7: Free morning to visit the beach, explore Aqaba or snorkel; afternoon drive/ride to Wadi Rum and camp in the desert.
  • Day 8: Morning desert drive into the Wadi Rum; drive to Amman.
  • Day 9: End Amman.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 715 km.
    • Amman (Jordan)
    • 36 km
    • Jerash (Jordan)
    • 64 km
    • Madaba (Jordan)
    • 13 km
    • Mt Nebo (Jordan)
    • 28 km
    • Dead Sea (Jordan)
    • 137 km
    • Petra (Jordan)
    • 29 km
    • Wadi Araba (Jordan)
    • 98 km
    • Aqaba (Jordan)
    • 41 km
    • Wadi Rum (Jordan)
    • 269 km
    • Amman (Jordan)

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