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Jordan Biking Holiday
- Spectacular desert tracks and scenic backroads
- 5 days cycling with 100% vehicle support
- 2-days to explore Petra
- Camp out in Wadi Rum - fire, feast, desert sunset
- Swim at the Dead Sea
Jordan Biking Holiday
A wonderful 8-day biking tour across Jordan, from the Dead Sea to Wadi Rum via Petra. This cycling holiday follows a beautifully planned route through the finest landscapes and historic sites in the country, cycling on good dirt tracks (60%) and quiet back roads (40%). Spend two days exploring Petra, swim in the Dead Sea, camp in Wadi Rum desert and have a home-cooked meal with a Jordanian family.
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21 Mar 2017
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09 May 2017
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DAY 1 - MADABA
Arrive to Madaba. Early arrivals can explore the lively town of Madaba and the ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land
DAY 2 - MOUNT NEBO - MUKAWIR - DEAD SEA - DANA
Cycle from Mount Nebo to the village of Mukawir, enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family, descend and float in the warm, saline waters of the Dead Sea - the lowest point on earth and stay in Dana village.
DAY 3 - DANA - SHOBAK - PETRA
Visit Shobak Castle, another great Crusader fort, and ride off-road through the Al Hisheh pine forest and on towards Wadi Musa.
DAY 4 - PETRA
A whole day to discover the tombs and temples of Petra, carved 2000 years ago from the red sandstone.
DAY 5 - PETRA - Little Petra
Another day to explore the huge site of Petra and an afternoon ride to visit Little Petra and ride on an interesting off road trail with views to the breathtaking Wadi Araba desert.
DAY 6 - PETRA - WADI RUM
Cycle south from Petra towards the desert of Wadi Rum. Camp in the heart of the protected area, enjoy a Bedouin feast dinner and a night under the stars.
DAY 7 - WADI RUM - MADABA
Explore the red sand and rock wilderness of Wadi Rum and cycle across the Disi mud flats. Overnight in Madaba.
DAY 8 - Departure
Transfer to AMM airport.
- Bike hire
- Water, juice and snacks throught the rides
- All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
- All accommodation - Hotels (5nts), basic lodging (1nt), Bedouin campsite (1nt)
- All transports and listed activities
- Arrival and depature transfers including bikes
- Professional local cycling guide and support guide
- Petra-specialized tour guide and a Bedouin host in Wadi Rum
- Entrance fees to all listed sites
What's not included
- Travel insurance
- Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$130)
"We have been biking in Jordan and especially the off-road section and biking through the desert we have enjoyed very much, and this was the main reason for selecting this trip. It was also good to make side trips to historic places like Mount Nebo and Mukawir Palace as well as a trip to the Dead Sea.
We have been very pleased with the professional guidance and detailed and accurate program"
"It was a fantastic trip, superbly organised and executed. I enjoyed the variety of the cycling. the group size of 8 was perfect - not too large or small. The staff (anas and Atev) were great fun, highly knowledgeable and worked extremely hard. the route was amazing in its variety, and the whole experience was on the right side of chalenging ie wasnt too hard to stop being fun."
"An excellent holiday. I most liked the last 2,5 days, biking through the dessert. That was magnificent. The performance of the guide and support crew was great.
One comment through. Try serving lunch earlier than 14.00/14.30 hours (especcialy as you start early with biking)"
"A terrific trip. Atef and Anas went did a fantastic job in leading this trip and making sure we were all happy. Off road biking in the desert arriving to Wadi Rum was the highlight for me!"
"We loved the home stay and the Bedouin fixed camp. The other hotels did the job, but were not particularly notable or memorable. Raslan and Atef were excellent guide and support. We felt safe in their care and appreciated their deep knowledge of the the country and cycling.
A bit more info on the cooler temperatures this time of year would be helpful. We were fine and had the clothes we needed, but would have been even more comfortable with a few more cold weather options."
"An extremely interesting and quite varied trip. Seeing Petra again and more of it was great. Fantastic and varied mountainous scenery. All good really.
Raslan was a very good leader . Well organised and kept large group going to meet demanding schedules.
One thing to note is torch and sandals needed for swimming. Cold at times so need to emphasise adequate on and off clothing essential incl full finger biking gloves."
" We embarked on this journey with very little knowledge of this country or its people.After 9 days with Anas and Atef we felt informed and very comfortable and happy in beautiful Jordan. Everything Terhaal advertised was delivered as promised-in fact the experience was so much more than we could ever have hoped for
that it is hard to put into words. Our guides were magnificent-so knowledgable, capable, encouraging, supportive and FUN!
Accommodation was outstanding-we slept especially well in the "no star" places!The food was delicious-Atef is an exceptionalcook and coffee expert.
Anas is an amazing cyclist, patient,kind and helpful.
The bikes were very good quality with really comfy seats and the 4x4 pick-up was perfect for the job.
We can't recommend Terhaal highly enough.This really was a trip of a lifetime and we feel very fortunate that we "found" them. Terhaal is a wonderful company with an admirable philosophy and work ethic.Travel with them and you are in for a fabulous journey!"
"Good organisation and great guides made this a really fantastic holiday. Thanks to Raslan and Atef for showing round their beautiful country and looking after us so well."
"Was a fantastic trip guys, thanks for all your hard work putting it together. Atef and Raslan both worked so hard to make the trip enjoyable for us. Atef's roadside meals were great and Raslan was a very energetic cycling guide. Logistics of the trip were seamless, everything (eg transfers, hotels, riding water/snacks
etc) was so well organised. The rides themselves were incredibly beautiful and quite varied too; a good mix of hills, flat and downhill, as well as on & offroad. And importantly, whenever we were on busy roads, the support vehicles gave very good and much appreciated protection from the traffic. As an aside, I think the
adjusted moderate program that we did has sufficient riding in it. I think the original program would be far too demanding for the type of person that would likely come on a trip like this, who also wants to do some sightseeing and relax a bit. I really enjoyed the extra night we spent in Wadi Rum on this trip.
Although Aqaba also seemed very nice for the day we were there, I'm glad we spent more time in Wadi Rum rather than staying the night in Aqaba. Although I would also be open to having an extra night in Aqaba in addition to the 2 nights in Wadi Rum! For the next trip, I would suggest you try to get to Dana earlier in the
day if possible so there is some time to explore that area, and maybe do a hike. Dana seemed very beautiful but unfortunately we didn't really get a chance to see it properly. Having said that, the ride down through Wadi Hasa on the way to Dana was spectacular too, and it would be a shame to miss it. Maybe try to
leave Karak earlier if possible.
Would highly recommend this trip to anyone wanting to combine some amazingly beautiful cycling with incredible sightseeing and interaction with local people. The guides Atef and Raslan were unfailingly helpful and enthusiastic in their organisation of the trip. The logistics were seamless. Was a fantastic trip around a
beautiful country with so much to offer."
"Hellooooo once again Rakan,
I'm still in Jordan but Filomena went Portugal yesterday. I wanna tell you everything is ok and the trip and your coutry are super.
CONGRATULATIONS to all your team, specialy to you and Atef. You are professionals.
I hope Atef arrive well in the other day with the bikes.Please send him my best regards and admiracion because is really a very pleasant person and an excelent guide.
I will send you fotos from the ride when i arrive to Lebannon.
thank you very much"
Welcome to Terhaal adventures. We've designed these journeys to help you explore the very best of Jordan. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the trip - we're here to help. Enjoy!
The holiday itinerary set out below offers a good overview of the trip, but should be taken as a general guide only. We're continually improving these tours, and it's possible we will adjust the itinerary to take advantage of new opportunities or to avoid adverse weather or difficulties with transportation. We recommend that you print out a copy of the trip details a couple of days prior to departure, in case there have been any changes that may affect your plans.
Riding duration: 5 days
Riding distance: 230 Km: 60% off-road on dirt and desert tracks and 40% on quiet roads. 100% vehicle supported
Max altitude: 1590 m
Group size: 4 to 14
Accommodation: 5 nights hotels, 1 nights basic lodge, 1 night bedouin campsite
Amman - Queen Alia International Airport (AMM). A transfer will be provided from the airport to our hotel in Madaba - a 30 minute drive.
If you are already in Jordan, then your meeting point becomes at out hotel in Madaba (Hotel name and address will be provided upon booking).
Amman - Queen Alia International Airport.
A transfer will be provided from Madaba to Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) - a 30 minute drive.
If you wish to plan an extension for your trip, please let us know and we'll be glad to assist.
We don't expect any problems (and nor should you!) but if for any reason you are unable to begin your trip as scheduled, please contact us immediately at one of the following numbers:
+962(0)7 7751 5919
+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL
NO MEALS INCLUDED
Your driver will be waiting at Amman (AMM) airport to take you directly to your hotel in Madaba - a 40-minute drive. There are no activities planned for today. Please keep in mind that hotel check-in time is typically after 2.00pm. Early check in is not guaranteed, but if you do arrive early luggage storage is available at the hotel. There will be time to rest and settle in before you meet your tour guide for the trip. He'll be happy to answer any questions about the journey, and to make sure you're briefed on the program for tomorrow.
DAY 2: MOUNT NEBO, MUKAWIR & DEAD SEA
DISTANCE: 78KM (MOSTLY DOWNHILL)
TOTAL ASCENT 650M / TOTAL DESCENT 1700M
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
After breakfast we set our bikes and head off on the first stage of our mountain biking adventure. Riding straight from the hotel, you'll follow quiet back roads west towards Mount Nebo, a hilltop site with sweeping views down to the Dead Sea and west across the Jordan River towards Palestine. On a clear day you can see Jericho and even Jerusalem from here. For centuries Christians have believed this is the place where Moses died, within sight of the Promised Land, having led his people out of slavery in Egypt. In the early Christian period Mount Nebo became a place of pilgrimage, and it was at this time that craftsmen made the beautiful mosaics floors that have been excavated here over the last 80 years.
From Mount Nebo you'll ride south on a minor road between isolated farms. At the village of Main you'll join the Kings Highway - one of the most ancient trade routes in the world, now a little-used back road - before dropping off the asphalt and riding along a dirt road towards Libb. Here a narrow and hilly road takes us west towards King Herod's palace, where John the Baptist was imprisoned and eventually beheaded. There'll be time to take in the mosaics and the ruins before arriving at the village of Mukawir where you'll be welcomed by a local family for lunch.
The afternoon's ride will take you from Mukawir, which is about 800m above sea level, down to the shores of the Dead Sea, which at 400m below sea level is the lowest point on the surface of the earth. You'll make this descent on a minor road with almost no traffic at all and almost no pedaling required. We'll arrive at a beach facility to take a swim and enjoy the strange buoyancy of the waters. The Dead Sea contains mineral-rich muds that have been recognized since antiquity for their curative properties. This mud costs a fortune in Europe, but in Jordan you can scoop it from the seabed and cover yourself with it! The blue water, the white salt-encrusted shore, and the red desert mountains also make this an outstandingly beautiful place.
In the afternoon we transfer south, bypassing the town of Tafila to Dana village and to our simple and friendly hotel. Here you are on the edge of Jordan's largest nature reserve, a spectacular wilderness of canyons and mountains that rise above the Great Rift Valley.
Do not be intimidated by the length of today's ride - the last 15km are entirely downhill and almost effortless.
DAY 3: OFF-ROAD ON THE EASTERN PLATEAU SCENIC TRAIL TO PETRA
RIDING: 35KM / 4 HOURS / TOTAL ASCENT 650M / TOTAL DESCENT 790M
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST, LUNCH
A short transfer brings us to Shobak, another in the great chain of castles that guarded the eastern edge of the Crusader kingdoms and watched over the old trade routes that ran from the Red Sea coast up towards Damascus. It was built in 1115 by King Baldwin, one of the leaders of the First Crusade and the first to be crowned King of Jerusalem. Like Kerak, it was part of the principality governed by Raynald of Chatillon in the late 12th century, and it was here at Shobak that Reynald built the ships that he then transported to the coast at Aqaba and used to launch a raiding party towards Mecca. The castle was taken by the Arab Islamic armies of Salaheddin (Saladin) in 1189, and extensively restored in the 14th century by the Mamluk dynasty. There are two churches inside the castle, and if you ask your guides they will show you the steep underground tunnel that the Crusaders cut to get down to the water spring below the castle.
Leaving the castle, we ride along an excellent dirt track that contours around the edge of the Eastern Plateau and offers magnificent views down into the Wadi Araba. There are some short, steep climbs along the way, but this is a really enjoyable section of the ride, and the support vehicle is always at hand. Eventually we rejoin the King's Highway and continue south towards Wadi Musa. This little town is right on the edge of Petra's archaeological park, and will be our base for exploring the ruins. You'll check into a comfortable hotel here for a three-night stay.
DAY 4: PETRA SIGHTSEEING
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST
You have a full day (off the bikes) to explore ancient Petra, accompanied for the morning (2-3 hours) by an expert English-speaking guide and then free to wander round the ruins on your own. An early start helps you to get ahead of the mass of tourists and walk through the quiet, atmospheric slot canyon or siq that leads down towards the city. After the long twilight of the siq the sunlit façade of the Treasury is a stunning sight, no matter how many times you've seen it reproduced on film. From the postcards, you'd think this was what you'd come to see. But it's just the beginning. Petra is a vast archaeological site, most of it still unexcavated; you could spend days exploring the ruins and still not see it all. It was built by the Nabataeans, an Arab tribe who began as tent-dwelling Bedouin but soon came to dominate the most lucrative trade of the ancient world: incense. They used the money to create this city and to build an empire that extended from the Red Sea to Damascus. They also absorbed architectural ideas from Egypt, from the Babylonians, and from the Greek cities of the Mediterranean, using them to create the hybrid culture that you see in these ruins. The Temple of the Winged Lions, the High Place of Sacrifice, the Roman theatre, the Garden Tomb, the Byzantine church - any one of these monuments would be an archaeological treasure in its own right; in Petra, you can explore them one after another, and find them all set into one of the finest desert landscape in the Middle East.
DAY 5: PETRA SIGHTSEEING, VISIT LITTLE PETRA AND RIDE AN INTERESTING OFF ROAD TRAIL
RIDING: 31KM / 4 HOURS / TOTAL ASCENT 600M / TOTAL DESCENT 600M
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST
This morning is free-whether you'd like to pay Petra another visit or rest, the choice is yours. In the early afternoon, we shall ride on the tarmac road from our hotel to Beida (12 km north of Petra). We'll stop to visit the site of Little Petra before we continue riding on an interesting off-road track that leads to the ledge behind the mountains of Petra at a secluded area which provides amazing panoramic views of the breathtaking Wadi Araba desert to the west. We will stop at a viewpoint for a while to enjoy the scenery before we retrace our tail back to Beida and transfer back to our hotel.
DAY 6: PETRA TO WADI RUM ACROSS THE DESERT
RIDING: 43KM / 4 HOURS / TOTAL ASCENT 270M / TOTAL DESCENT 520M
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, DINNER
You begin with a short transfer by vehicle, getting on your bikes at the village of Delagha and heading south on an unsurfaced desert track. After a couple of hours you reach an old caravanserai at a place called Humaimah, where you stop for lunch. After a good rest you continue south until we reach Jordan's main north-south road, the Desert Highway. Here we put the bikes on the van and drive south to Wadi Rum, where you meet our Bedouin hosts and transfer to their 4x4 jeeps to get to your camp in heart of the Wadi Rum's protected area.
There'll be time to relax and take in the sunset before enjoying a Bedouin feast of meat and vegetables cooked in the zerb, an oven of fire-heated sand and stone. If you're still not tired out by the day's adventures you can stay up round the fire, talking and laughing with your Bedouin hosts and watching the night sky.
Your accommodation is a simple but comfortable Bedouin campsite, with a traditional goat hair tent divided into twin ‘rooms'. There are proper toilets and showers on the site (go easy on the water), as well as shaded seating areas for relaxing and dining.
DAY 7: EXPERIENCE WADI RUM DESERT, RIDE ACROSS THE MUDFLATS OF DISI
RIDING: 40KM / 2.5 HOURS / FLAT
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST, LUNCH
Every guidebook to Wadi Rum repeats the description written by T.E. Lawrence of Arabia almost century ago, and with good reason. "The Arab armies would have been lost in the length and breadth of it," he wrote, "and within the walls a squadron of aeroplanes could have wheeled in formation. Our little caravan grew self-conscious, and fell dead quiet, afraid and ashamed to flaunt its smallness in the presence of such stupendous hills. Landscapes, in childhood's dream, were so vast and silent."
After a breakfast in the peace and quiet of the camp you'll join your Bedouin guides for an exploration of Wadi Rum by jeep and on foot, exploring the incredible eroded cliff faces, the ancient rock inscriptions, and the red sand dunes of the desert. At a shady spot you'll enjoy lunch, tea made on the fire, and maybe a siesta, before heading off in the jeeps towards the Disi mudflats - a vast plain surrounded by spectacular sandstone formations. This is a great place to enjoy a bike ride on level ground and to take in the scenery of colored sandstone mountains.
At the end of our ride we will meet our bus and transfer back north to Madaba for the last night.
DAY 8: DEPART FROM AMM AIRPORT
MEALS INCLUDED: BREAKFAST
A transfer will be provided from your hotel to AMM Airport - a 30 minute drive.
If you wish to extend your trip (for example, enjoy an extra day or two in Aqaba) please let us know and we'll be glad to assist.
We wish you a safe homeward journey and hope to see you again in Jordan soon.
Visit Mount Nebo
Bike from Nebo to Mukawir, visit Mukawir hill palace remains & lunch with local family
Bike from Mukawir to the Dead Sea
Swim at the Dead Sea
Stay at Dana village
Visit Shobak Crusader Castle
Bike from Shobak to Wadi Musa (Petra)
Guided tour in Petra
Bike from Wadi Musa to Beida
Visit Little Petra
Bike from Petra to Wadi Rum (with transfers)
Camp at Bedouin campsite inside Wadi Rum Protected Area and jeep tour
Bike in the Disi Mudflats
Water, juice and snacks throughout the rides
All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
All accommodation - Hotels (5nts), basic lodging (1nt), Bedouin campsite (1nt)
All transports and listed activities
Arrival and depature airport transfers including bikes
Professional local cycling guide and support guide
Petra-specialized tour guide and a Bedouin host in Wadi Rum
Entrance fees to all listed sites
What's not included
Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$130)
What to Take
During the trip your baggage will be carried by bus and by 4WD vehicles. The only baggage weight limit is that imposed by the airline. However, we ask that you restrict your luggage to one main bag plus a small daypack. In general we recommend that you travel as light as possible as this will make transiting between airports and carrying your bag to hotel rooms a lot easier for you. You may find that wheeled luggage is more convenient on a trip of this nature.
Temperatures in Jordan can be hot, with little rain from late spring through until late autumn. The heat can become extreme during the summer months of July and August. In the months of November to March it can be cool at night, particularly in the desert where the temperatures can drop to 5C or even less. Even in the hot months out in the desert it can get cold at night.
Jordan is a predominantly Muslim country and tends to be quite conservative, so you should dress accordingly. As a general guideline, shoulders and knees should be covered at all times.
A light water and windproof jacket is useful and a hat is essential. From mid November to late February, a sleeping bag is essential for your nights in the desert. At other times a sleeping sheet will suffice. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the heat.
For this trip you will need to bring the following equipment:
> A Helmet
> Eye-protection (shutter-proof sunglasses),
> Cycling gloves
> Camelbak or 2 waterbottles
> Bike-specific clothing suitable for generally warm weather (Padded cycling shorts with loose 'over-shorts')
> Lightweight waterproof/windproof top
> Shoes suitable for biking
> Comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing and casual use
> Sleeping bag liner for the camping night (mattresses and blankets are provided but if you prefer you can bring a 3/4 season sleeping bag)
> A warm sweater for the nights for tours between November and March.
> If you wish to bring your own saddle, saddle pad, pedals and cycling shoes, we'll be more than happy to replace the pedals for you
> If you wish to bring your own bike, please see the 'Your Bike' section below
You may also find this checklist helpful -
> Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets
> Personal medicines
> Money - credit card / travelers cheques / cash
> Money pouch
> First aid kit
> Alarm clock and torch/flashlight (headlights are best)
> Tampons / sanitary pads can be difficult to buy in rural areas
> Lock for your bag
> Small travel towel
> Your personal hygiene kit
> Foot powder or vaseline can be useful against blisters
> Sun protection lotion
> Insect repellent
We advise you to use your own bike for this holiday, after all it is the bike you know best and will provide you with the best riding experience. If you bring your own bike you will need to bring spares specific to your mountain bike. A biking helmet must be worn when riding. You should make sure your bike and equipment have been thoroughly cleaned prior to packing. Please note that we cannot guarantee against small scratches and paintwork damage involved in the loading and unloading from support vehicles, so please ensure that you have adequate cover for loss, damage or theft under an insurance policy.
We recommend SEMI SLICK tyres for this trip. Your Bike MUST BE at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or a Trek 6500. Please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of your current bike. Rear suspension will make the journey more comfortable but is not essential. We cannot stress enough the importance of ensuring that your bike is in perfect working condition before you start this trip. It is VITAL to ensure it is THOROUGHLY SERVICED to guarantee it is in good mechanical order before departure. If you are not mechanically minded, get your local bike mechanic to service it for you.
Whilst not essential, it is a good idea that you familiarise yourself with how to carry out at least some basic repairs to your bike e.g. fixing a puncture, changing an inner tube. Naturally our bike guides will always be happy to assist with any repairs, but due to the often remote nature of our trips, being able to carry out a simple repair can save time and the inconvenience of waiting for assistance
We advise you to use your own bike for this holiday, after all it is the bike you know best and will provide you with the best riding experience. Otherwise, you are most welcome to use on of ours. We have a full range of well maintained 2010 Giant Yukon mountain bikes (sizes 15, 17, 19 and 22 inches), with front suspension, V-brakes and Shimano gearing are available.
This is an active trip, and it is highly recommended that all travelers be in good physical health prior to arriving in Jordan. We also advise all our guests to consult their doctor beforehand.
Group leaders reserve the right to exclude (without refund) clients from the trip if the group leader believes that that client's own health may be endangered by the journey, or if the group leader thinks that the client's participation might compromise the enjoyment, health, or safety of the group as a whole.
This is an active holiday. It involves cycling in hilly country. That will require a decent level of fitness to be enjoyable. We recommend you objectively assess your fitness level in conjunction with reading the itinerary to ensure this trip is right for you. Make sure to read the Physical Rating section above.
Physical Rating: Is this trip good for me? Do I need to be super fit to do it?
This is a moderate biking holiday designed for the regular rider with a good balance between time on the saddle and time spend on each attraction site. Most of the riding on this trip is straightforward on quiet tarmac roads or dirt roads and desert tracks. There are short sections of village footpaths and pockets of soft sand when crossing the desert on days 7, but very little that could be described as technical. There are some days involving amounts of ascent, however, the support vehicle is available pretty much throughout. This allows for groups of mixed ability and also provides the option (for those who are finding the going tough) to skip the most testing of the uphill grinds. We have rated this trip as moderate but keep in mind this is an adventure holiday and you will be on the move a good deal. You do not have to be super fit, but a good level of fitness is required for you to enjoy it.
What differentiates this itinerary from many offerings in the market?
- This trip runs with a minimum of only 4 persons (fixed departures).
- This trip is fully led by an experienced and professional Jordanian cycling guide. Our guides' technical knowhow, knowlege of the local area, deep understanding of the local culture and experience in leading biking trips make a whole lot of difference in delivering a unique and valuable travel experience. They also carries a comprehensive first aid kit. Beware of itineraries that are not led by qualified cycling guides. (See section on guide's profile below)
- At Wadi Rum, we actually stay inside Wadi Rum Protected Area which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers an authentic desert/ Bedouin experience. Many itineraries in the market seem to include Wadi Rum but they actually stay in Disi out of the protected area.
- Water and snacks during the rides are provided in quantities and included in the price.
- Terhaal is a Jordanian tour operator fully specialized in adventure tours. With extensive knowhow and local knowledge of our backcountry, you can make sure you are travelling in the good hands of a local expert. We are a member of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), the Jordan Tourism Board (JTB), the Jordan Society for Travel Agents (JSTA) and the Jordan Inbound Tour Operators Association (JITOA).
Terhaal Cycling Guides
Terhaal's biking tours are fully guided by Raslan, Anas and/or Atef—our full-time cycling guides.
Raslan and Anas are both Jordanian professional cyclists. Raslan has a graduated with a degree in sports rehabilitation while Anas has a degree in Hospitality Business. They are sportsmen since their childhood. They are both members of the Jordanian national cycling team, participated in several triathlon and cycling races between 2005 and 2010 including the famous 253km Dead to Red cycling race which they won multiple times. They have been leading cycling tours since 2005 and has been working with Terhaal since 2008. They have professional road cycling skills and excellent MTB skills in addition to excellent bike maintenance skills. They are passionate outdoorsmen and regularly indulge in hiking, canyoning, climbing and camping trips.
Raslan has attended a Customer Service Training in France in 2010 provided by one of our partners.
Our support guide (handling the support vehicle) is Atef. Born in 1963 in Madaba-Jordan, Atef is an x-special-police officer who has been part of the Peace Keeping Forces in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and East Timor. He is a very passionate nature adventurer and an amazing people’s person. He leads some of our trekking and canyoning groups and has been receiving outstanding personal feedback ever since he started working with Terhaal in 2008.
Our trips are designed with shared accommodation in mind whereby single travelers are paired with individuals of the same sex in twin shared accommodation. Forced singles are free of charge.
Single accommodation is available on request pending availability.
Jordan is generally considered a safe country. There is very little petty crime here, especially in rural areas. However, we recommend you take normal precautions to ensure your safety and that of your belongings, as you would for any other destination. Take good care of your passport, wallet, and other valuables. In crowded streets, keep your bag closed and in front of you. There will be free time during this trip - you can always ask your local guides for their advice about where to go and what to avoid. Please make sure you have adequate footwear and clothing for the hiking trips you will be taking.
Jordanians are famously friendly and welcoming towards guests, especially in rural areas. It is quite normal for Jordanians to invite foreigners in to drink tea or have a meal in the family home. Meeting the local people in spontaneous encounters of this sort is one of the great pleasures of travelling in Jordan.
During the month of Ramadan, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking during daylight hours. Business hours are shortened, including opening hours at all tourist attractions. Alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours [except in 5-Star Hotels] and many restaurants will be closed. While you definitely need to expect some delays and inconveniences during this period, the month of Ramadan is a fantastic time to travel to Jordan as you'll be able to participate in the feasting and holiday atmosphere that follows the breaking of the fast as sunset each day. You'll also get to taste special sweets that are only baked for Ramadan. You do not have to fast, and no-one will expect you to; however, you should try to eat and drink discreetly, if possible, rather than in crowded public places.
Most nationalities are able to obtain a single-entry visa at the airport, at the land borders, or at the port in Aqaba, valid for 14 days and costing JOD 40. However, you should consult the Jordanian embassy in your home country to make sure you are not subject to any special visa requirements.
You will be required to pay a JOD 5 Departure Tax upon leaving Jordan (does not generally apply when exiting through airports, but travellers on some budget airlines may be required to pay it).
The Jordanian Dinar is fixed at a rate of JOD 0.709 against USD 1.
It is difficult to say how much spending money you should bring as each person is different! However, you'll need some cash for any meals not included in the itinerary, plus snacks, drinks, gifts etc.
It is a good idea to have access to extra funds in case of any emergency (urgent healthcare / travel costs etc.). This is highly unlikely, of course, but best to be prepared.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. When travelling on a group trip, you will not be permitted to join the group until evidence of travel insurance (and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number) has been seen by your trip leader. If your insurance is provided through your credit card, your tour leader will require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt or credit card statement) with the credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.
In case of an emergency Terhaal's Amman Office can be reached on -
+962(0)7 7751 5919
+962(0)7 9553 7137
+962(0)7 7213 0935
Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Fellow Travelers
Group trips entail all the pleasures and occassionally some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travelers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the group's needs and preferences. Patience and flexibility really help to create a relaxed and happy atmosphere. Please remember that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, please don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and again that the best trips are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Many thanks in advance!
We believe in low impact or ‘positive impact' tourism. Broadly speaking, this means that we try to minimize the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit, while maximising the positive aspects of the encounter. Jordan is a small country with few natural resources. Water scarcity is a big issue in the region, so please go easy on the water. Terhaal designs these tours in a way that maximizes benefits for local communities. Whenever possible we hire local staff in the areas where we operate, and our guests stay in locally owned hotels. We also include some volunteering activities where appropriate, such helping farmers to harvest their olives. Terhaal also contributes towards efforts that strengthen environmental advocacy and the environmental education of Jordan's children.
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make your destinations such special places. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession. It is also unsafe to drink alcohol while out hiking / cycling, so please wait until you're back at the hotel to enjoy a drink.
After your trip we hope you will send us your photos and any stories or feedback you may have. Your feedback not only helps us to improve the trips, but also helps other travelers to decide on the right tour for them. We would appreciate it if you could take a couple of minutes to complete our feedback form, just follow this link: http://www.terhaal.com/feedback-form
Our blog - ‘Treks & Trails of Jordan' - is a collection of stories posted by a variety of people that reflect the natural, environmental and cultural aspects of Jordan. It is also a great way to give feedback and to share your Jordan experience with others. All you need to do is write one or two paragraphs about your trip with Terhaal, attach some photos if available and send it to us at this email: team[at]terhaal.com
You can find the blog here -
The information in this document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and Terhaal.