Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
Our only cycling tour of Jordan and a unique chance to explore spectacular desert scenery on two wheels. Visit sandstone cities, float on saline seas and sleep under the stars at a Bedouin camp, supporting nomadic tribe culture.
Amman Jerash Madaba Mount Nebo Dead Sea Petra Little Petra Wadi Araba Aqaba Wadi Rum
US $1999ToUS $2479excluding flights
Optional single supplement from £304 - £320.
Minimum age 16.
Minimum age 16.
Late availability on these dates: 11 Dec
Description of Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
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Small group tours:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modeled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, traveling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week vacation, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.
Our top tip:
Synthetic, cotton, or merino wool tops are ideal for cycling in the heat.
Small group, 5-18 adults (min. age 16), tour leader.
Moderate. Avg. distance 28 miles daily.
7 nights hotel, 1 night private camp.
Solo travelers welcome. Single rooms available at hotels.
All breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.
Accommodation, transport, transfers, listed activities, tour leader.
5 Reviews of Petra and Wadi Rum by bike, Jordan
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Reviewed on 09 May 2019 by Susie DeucharsCycling down Mount Nebo to the Dead sea, marvelling at Petra, waking early in the Wadi Rum and watching the sun rise over the silent desert were the most memorable parts of our vacation. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Nov 2019 by John AbelaThe most exciting part of the vacation was zooming down hill from Mount Nebo. Read full review
Reviewed on 11 Apr 2018 by Donald StaufferMy most memorable moment was walking through the slot canyon that leads to and opens up to the Treasury in Petra. It was a wonderful experience that will rank as one of the best vacations of my life. Read full review
Reviewed on 20 Mar 2017 by Jill FordThe scenery is amazing In Jordan, incredible gorges, rock formations as well as good variety. In terms of ancient cultures - Jerash and Petra stand out. The people are very friendly and its very safe. Read full review
Reviewed on 25 May 2015 by Phil ElyAction packed, fantastic from start to finish Read full review
As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
As much of the trip is spent cycling, we have less of a negative impact on the environment than tours which only rely on vehicles. Our optional activities at Aqaba also include snorkelling and swimming, which are nature based and carbon free. When we do make excursions with 4x4s into the Wadi Rum, we pay local people for this service. We try to minimise litter as much as possible and are careful to emphasise that clients should not damage or remove pieces from any historical sites we visit. As we hire local guides as well as Bedouin guides, we can ensure that our activity has a positive effect on the economy and that our clients take away some of their passion and knowledge of Jordan. Our guides are trained in responsible travel issues and will be able to convey these in briefings.
Water is a really important issue with cycling trips and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. We suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. Our guides can advise where to fill them and where to recycle litter.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
PeopleAccommodation and Meals:
You will spend 7 nights in hotels and 1 night at a full-service campsite. We employ local Bedouin people to run the camp, so we know we are directly benefiting local communities with our business. The hotels are also locally staffed as per law in Jordan, so our stay here is also in support of local employment. Where meals are provided, ingredients will be sourced from a local market wherever possible. Clients may eat a ‘zarb’ (where food is slow cooked underground) at the Bedouin camp and there will also be plenty of chance to eat in restaurants selling ‘mezze’ style specialties like kebabs, fresh salads, and bread with hummus.
Local Craft and Culture:
Usually guides take clients to the market on the day going from Petra to Wadi Rum or Aqaba. This is a great cultural experience where clients can buy their own vegetables and fruit and even see how some meals are prepared- like falafel. We also visit the ancient city of Jerash and Madaba, but the cultural highlight of the trip for many is the visit to UNESCO World Heritage city, Petra. There is a full day here to explore the ancient, rose-coloured rock buildings including El Khazneh (the treasury) and El Deir (the Monastery). There are some local handicrafts and souvenirs available here like hand painted ceramics, jewellery and vases filled with coloured sand. Clients can also support the community by purchasing donkey or horse rides from local people.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.
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