The start of your journey is in Madaba, an ancient town influenced heavily by its biblical history, but also with a contemporary feel. Consider arriving a day early to make the most of your time in Madaba, and we can arrange an extra night of accommodation for you. After all, there is no shortage of ancient treasures! The Ottoman-style houses and mosaics dating back to the 5th and 7th centuries are too fascinating to overlook.
A vehicle transfer will take you to Jerash, which has been inhabited since the Bronze Age, and is home to ruins of a Greco-Roman settlement. Your first cycle ride begins by the Dead Sea at 400m below sea level. Admire the incredible views of red stone cliffs towering above, and Israel in the distance. End the day by lying on the shores of the Dead Sea at Amman Beach before being transferred back to Madaba.
This morning, you will be driven to Mount Nebo, a legendary site that will teach you more about Jordan’s rich culture. For here is where Moses is said to have seen the Promised Land. It is believed that at age 120, Moses died and was buried somewhere in the area. After, head down to Mukawir, which is a 700m hill where Castle of Herod the Great is located. Then, transfer to Dana where you’ll stay the night on the edge of Wadi Dana’s gorge and surrounded by stunning scenery.
Be driven to Shobak Castle, built by King Baldwin I in 1115 and the first of 6 Crusader castles in Jordan. It was occupied in the 14th century by the Mamluks who built over many of the Crusader buildings. Next, cycle to Little Petra and enjoy views of mountains and the Jordan Valley. Here you get a glimpse into a less touristy archaeological site 5km away from the famous Petra. Cycle around the corner to the Bedouin campsite where you’ll spend the night.
There is no cycling today as you have the opportunity to explore Petra, one of the worlds 7 wonders. The UNESCO heritage site was carved into the red sandstone 2000 years ago, earning the name ‘Rose City’. The arrival of Romans in 63 B.C. meant expansion and the creation of the theatre and the treasury. Choose to avoid the crowds after wandering around the main sites, and visit the monastery, the Khubtha Mountain or High Place of Sacrifice.
Today will be focused on cycling, although it is not a challenging route. For the most part, you will be cycling downhill (1200m in total) using winding roads that snake through the mountains of Wadi Araba into the luscious Jordan Valley. You will then be transferred by vehicle to Aqaba to avoid the traffic on the Kings Highway.
Spend the morning relaxing on the shores of the Red Sea before being transferred along the well-known Desert Highway. Then, cycle to the desert of Wadi Rum alongside the ancient Hejaz Railway. After a late lunch you’ll be treated to a jeep ride safari into the heart of Wadi Rum where you can admire the Seven Pillars of Wisdom rock formation and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets. Your dinner this evening will be in the company of the local Bedouin community beside the warm fire and under the breathtaking starry sky.
Today will be an epic adventure across Q’disi’s salt flats, with a stop for lunch along the way. After 42km of riding through the vast landscape, you’ll be transferred back to Madaba. Once in Madaba, perhaps arrange a dinner with your fellow cyclists to reminiscence on your adventure, and sample the Jordan cuisine for the last time.
You are now free to explore at your leisure, as the trip has ended. Checkout is before noon, allowing you to have a lie in before heading to the airport.
Jordan is a magical country, which is home to natural and historical wonders, including a rich biblical history. You will have the unique opportunity to explore all of Jordan’s iconic sites and more, whilst immersing yourself into the local community. Wander around the awe-inspiring ancient archaeological sites of Petra (one of the world 7 Wonders), Jerash and Little Petra, float in the salty Dead Sea, and embark on a safari in the Wadi Rum desert. Travelling by bike allows you to feel closer Jordan’s incredible culture and admire the beautiful landscapes on your way at your own pace.