Jordan End 2 End Bike Tour

COST PER PERSON:

From USD 1940

DURATION:

9 days/8 nights

TOUR TYPE:

Guided Group

PHYSICAL RATING:

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14 Oct 2017
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22 Oct 2017
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11 Nov 2017
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19 Nov 2017
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Booking your flight

The dates and prices above are 'land only' for the itinerary joining in Amman-we do not offer flight booking. With increasingly sophisticated online booking technology, our clients can book their own international flights. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section under 'full details' for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed' or 'Limited Spaces'.

 

Additional Pricing Information

The deposit for this trip is: $485

The group size for this holiday is: 5-14

 

2015 Holidays. Dates, prices and itineraries shown for holidays departing in 2015 may be subject to change.

Day 1:Meet at the group hotel in Amman. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.


Day 2:Transfer to the west of Amman. Cycle on quiet roads to the Dead Sea.


Day 3:Enjoy a salty Dead Sea dip. Climb from the Dead Sea to Mount Nebo and onto Madaba.


Day 4:Cycle the Kings Highway to Karak. Guided tour of Karak Castle.


Day 5:Ride through Al Hassa Canyon and make steady ascent to village of Dana.


Day 6:Cycle to Shobak Castle and continue to Little Petra. Ride onto Wadi Musa.


Day 7:Day off the bikes to tour the ancient rock-hewn UNESCO city of Petra.


Day 8:Join the desert highway for final blast to the Red Sea. Transfer to Madaba.


Day 9:Departure day. Amman Airport transfers are provided.

 

 

 


 

 

 


What's included

  • A locally based English speaking bike guide
  • Timed Amman Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the trip
  • One or more support vehicles and drivers
  • A specialist local guide in Petra
  • Entrance fees to Karak Castle / Petra / Aqaba beach
  • All accommodation as detailed under 'trip details'
  • All meals
  • Complimentary water, juice and snacks throughout the rides

 

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Tips for the guide and local support crew
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
Meal Plan

All meals are included from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 9.

 

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend a total of 8 nights in comfortable 3 star or Tourist Class accommodation. All accommodation is allocated on a twin sharing basis. If you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website.

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Itinerary Disclaimer

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.


Quick Facts

Riding duration: 6 days
Riding distance: 589 Km (368 miles).
Max altitude: 1700 m
Maximum group size: 14
Accommodation: 7 nights hotels,
Meal plan: all meals included
Physical rating: challenging, but don't be intimidated as it is fully supported and can opt out any part.  

 

 

Holiday Summary and Grading

ROAD CYCLING. This is a holiday for regular road cyclists, looking for an out-of-season training ride and a great travel experience in a part of the world that sees few foreign road cyclists. The roads are good and we have vehicle support throughout. We average around 100 kilometres per day over the next 6 days or riding, with one rest day at Petra. Whilst these are not long daily rides, there are a number of long climbs and descents, with an average of approximately 1200 metres of ascent and descent each day. Accommodation is in a mix of local hotels. AVAILABLE LOCALLY

 

Detailed Itinerary 

Day 1: Meet at the group hotel in Amman. Transfers from Amman Airport are provided.

Meet at the group hotel in Amman. Group transfers from Amman Airport are provided. These transfers are normally in the late evening. We arrive at the hotel too late for dinner or for a trip briefing but en-route from the airport to the hotel your guide will explain the meetings times for the next day.

Day 2: Transfer to the west of Amman. Cycle on quiet roads to the Dead Sea.

  • Taking time this morning to meet our fellow group members, assemble our bikes and enjoy breakfast we will receive a briefing from our guide about the cycling ahead of us! We start our journey with a about an hour's transfer to the West of Amman. After saddling up and leaving the outskirts of Amman we head south and ride through Dibbin Forest Reserve, one of the only forested areas in Jordan, where Aleppo pine, strawberry, pistachio and wild olive trees grow. The reserve was set up to provide a home for endangered animal species, such as the Persian squirrel. Riding through this reserve area, we descend towards King Talal Dam and ride beside the Zarqa River until we reach the main road between Amman and the north. We follow this road for 15 kilometres toward the Baqa’a Valley, before heading west and climbing into the beautiful green hills of Remeimin and Jalad, finally arriving at the town of Salt at the top of the mountain. Bypassing the town, we have amazing views to the Jordan Valley and the West Bank. Beyond Batna we begin our descent to the lowest spot on earth, by following the stunning and dramatic Wadi Shu’aib. Riding between farms and passing the Baptism site of Jesus, we descend to 430 metres below sea-level and our hotel accommodation beside the Dead Sea.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1600m

    • Distance 100km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2900m

Day 3: Enjoy a salty Dead Sea dip. Climb from the Dead Sea to Mount Nebo and onto Madaba.

  • This morning we have the opportunity to relax, enjoy the Dead Sea's special buoyancy experience and get prepared for today’s challenging climb. The Dead Sea is 75 kilometres long and between 6 to 16 kilometres wide. It is fed by the Jordan River, but it has no outlet. As its name suggests, the Dead Sea is entirely devoid of plant and animal life, due to an extremely high content of salt and other minerals (350 grams of salt per kilogram of water, as compared to about 40 grams in the world's oceans). This concentration is caused by a rapid rate of evaporation. These natural elements give the waters of the Dead Sea certain curative properties, recognized since the days of Herod the Great over 2000 years ago. After a refreshing dip, we are reunited with our bikes and ride along the shore of the Dead Sea for around 7 kilometres. Turning inland it’s a truly a unique feeling as we start to climb from the heady heights of around 400 metres below sea level! En route we have a short visit to the Dead Sea Exhibition at the Panorama Complex and can admire the superb views to the Dead Sea and across to the Western Plateau on the other side. Over the next 20 kilometres we continue our climb to the top of the plateau at 850 metres, where we reach the holy site of Mount Nebo, reputedly the place from which Moses viewed the 'promised land'. On a clear day, it is even possible to see the spires of the holy city of Jerusalem, some 45 kilometres away. We will explore the site and its ancient mosaics before riding east to our hotel in Madaba.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 60km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 400m

Day 4:Cycle the Kings Highway to Karak. Guided tour of Karak Castle.

  • This morning we leave Madaba riding southwards to Um Arrasas. Um Arrasas has recently become a UNESCO World Heritage Site especially because of its impressive mosaic which dates back to 785 A.D. The mosaic depicts beautiful scenes of hunting, agricultural and pastoral life all surrounded by a geographical border showing the cities of Jordan, Palestine and Egypt. After exploring the site, we'll get back on our bikes and cycle to Dhiban where we connect to the King’s Highway, which twists and winds its way through the heart of Jordan. We begin our descent to the belly of the famous Wadi Mujib - the Jordanian Grand Canyon - and after crossing the Mujib Dam, at 200 metres we have an 11 kilometre climb up to 900 metres on the Eastern Plateau. The King’s Highway is the world’s oldest continuously used communication route and is even mentioned in the Bible. Although we call it a highway, it is actually a local road with relatively low traffic. Situated on the outskirts of Karak (1050m), our hotel is perfectly located to receive us after a long day of riding. Depending on our arrival time, we may visit Karak Castle, one of the most impressive Crusader forts in the Middle East.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1500m

    • Distance 100km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1300m

Day 5:Ride through Al Hassa Canyon and make steady ascent to village of Dana.

  • We continue riding southwards on the plateau, following the King’s Highway, passing agricultural fields, ruins and several small villages, until we reach the edge of the Al Hassa Canyon. We stop to admire the views, before making our descent into this impressive rocky chasm. What goes down must go up! and it's an 800 metre climb back out of the wadi, but we are spurred on by the thought of our picnic lunch and the chance to rest once the 22 kilometre ascent is over. After lunch, it's back on our bikes for the continuation of our southward ride. We avoid the town of Tafila by contouring around its east side on minor farm roads and gain height steadily, en route to a high point at around 1600 metres, close to the rocky summit of Jabal Ata'ta. A final descent of 400 metres takes us to the village of Dana (1250m) and our basic but friendly hotel. Here, we are on the edge of the Dana Biosphere Reserve, Jordan’s largest reserve area, comprising hundreds of square kilometres of spectacular mountains and wadis along the face of the Great Rift Valley. Dana village has been the home of the Al Ata'ata tribe for 400 years and we will have the chance to look around this tranquil settlement.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 2000m

    • Distance 100km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1700m

Day 6:Cycle to Shobak Castle and continue to Little Petra. Ride onto Wadi Musa.

  • Today, our route will take us via Shobak Castle, one of the great chain of Crusader fortresses, which stretches across Jordan and was built in the year 1115. Beyond the castle, an initial steep climb through small villages leads us to Hisheh and magnificent views down to the natural white rock domes of Beida. We descend to Beida and stop to explore the site of Little Petra before we continue to Wadi Musa (1150m) the 'Valley of Moses’ which is the little town that acts as a gateway to the 'rose-red city' of Petra. Here, we check in at a comfortable hotel for a 2-night stay.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1150m

    • Distance 80km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 1650m

Day 7: Day off the bikes to tour the ancient rock-hewn UNESCO city of Petra.

  • A welcome day off the bikes today, as we get chance to explore the ancient city of Petra, accompanied by a knowledgeable English-speaking guide. We set off through the narrow ‘Siq’ that leads to the heart of this site. The Nabataeans, an industrious people of Arab descent who came to this part of Jordan some 2000 years ago, created Petra. Ancient Petra was occupied for around 400 years at around the time of Christ. Later, it appears that the city lay entirely deserted and forgotten for a period of approximately 300 years before its more recent rediscovery in 1812. Approaching through the gloomy kilometre-long chasm of the Siq provides a dramatic contrast as we reach arguably the most spectacular of the city's rock-hewn buildings, the magnificent Treasury, with its intricately carved facade. There are over 800 individual monuments at Petra, including temples, tombs, arched gateways and entire streets,
    carved from the colourful native sandstone. Other highlights are the High Place of Sacrifice, which offers views across the whole area, and the Monastery that is even bigger than the Treasury and is reached by way of 800 steps. The guide will be with the group for 3 hours or so, after which time you are free to relax or continue with independent sightseeing. We return to spend a second night at our hotel in Wadi Musa.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

Day 8:Join the desert highway for final blast to the Red Sea. Transfer to Madaba.

  • Still following the King’s Highway, we ride towards the villages of Taybeh and Rajef, along a scenic and undulating route with great views of the rugged peaks of the Petra Mountains. We descend easily to a junction with the Desert Highway (Jordan’s main north-south road) and turn south on the last leg of our journey to Aqaba and the Red Sea. The highway descends gradually all the way from around 1400 metres to the coast and for the next 40 kilometres m we have no alternative but to ride on this relatively busy road, but we will ride as a group, keeping an eye out for trucks and avoiding the debris on the hard shoulder (depending on traffic and weather conditions, we have the option to transfer this section). Descending into Aqaba we can take a well earned dip in the Red Sea and relax with a cold drink in hand! Having finished our cycling for the week, we take a private transfer to Madaba and enjoy a most deserved celebratory meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Ascent 1400m

    • Distance 120km

    • Meals bld

    • Descent 2550m

Day 9:Departure day. Amman Airport transfers are provided.

  • After an early breakfast there is a single timed airport transfers to Amman international airport. KE Land Only package services end on arrival at the airport. If you would prefer to stay in Aqaba at the end of day 9 and enjoy a few days relaxing at the Red Sea please contact one of our adventure travel consultants to discuss Aqaba extensions.

    • Meals b

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.

 

Joining Arrangements and Transfers

Two group transfers will be arranged from Amman Airport to the hotel in Madaba. These transfers will meet the arrival of the Royal Jordanian and British Airways flights from the UK and will normally depart from the airport at around 2300 hours on Day 1 of the trip itinerary and 0100 hours of Day 2 of the trip itinerary. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer from the group hotel in Madaba to Amman Airport timed to meet the check in for the Royal Jordanian and British Airways flights back to the UK which departs at around midday. This transfer will be in the morning of Day 9 of the trip itinerary. Our representative will assist with the transfers between the airport and the group hotel. If these transfers do not work with your flights, you will need to make your own transfer arrangements at Amman Airport. The airport is 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the town of Madaba. Fixed price tan-coloured airport taxis are readily available outside the terminal exit doors. They charge a standard fare of JD20 for the one-way trip to Madaba. There is an ATM and money changing facilities in the airport. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

 

Arrival Complications

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

 

Services included

A locally based English speaking bike guide
Timed Amman Airport transfers at the beginning and end of the trip
One or more support vehicles and drivers
A specialist local guide in Petra
Entrance fees to Karak Castle / Petra / Aqaba beach
All accommodation as detailed under 'trip details'
All meals
Complimentary water, juice and snacks throughout the rides

 

Services not included

Flights
Travel insurance
Visas
Tips for the guide and local support crew
Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc
Tents single accommodation: not available
Hotels single accommodation: available on request.

 

Meal Plan

All meals are included from breakfast on Day 2 to breakfast on Day 9.

 

Food

Breakfasts can vary a little with the accommodation, but typically consist of labaneh (thick sour creamy yoghurt), hummus, cheese, beans, eggs, olives, za'atar (a mixture of thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and salt), tea and coffee. Lunch on days 2, 3, 5 and 6 will be a packed lunch (sandwiches, fresh vegetables, fruit and juice and tea). Lunch on days 4 and 7 will be a picnic lunch, with a simple hot meal such as Jordanian fresh tomato cooked with garlic, onion and olive oil. Lunch on day 8 will be at our favourite hummus / falafel cafeteria in Aqaba town. Dinner will again vary with the location, but we will aim to sample a variety of traditional Jordanian meals. Salad, rice, chicken, vegetables and yoghurt are usual dinner ingredients. In Wadi Rum, we'll get to try the Bedouin 'zarb', a meal of meat and vegetables cooked under hot sand. Complimentary water, biscuits, cakes and fruits will be offered during the rides.

 

Spending Money

Approximately USD$170 (or the equivalent in Sterling pounts or euros) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses. You should carry your travel money in the form of currency rather than travellers cheques, since you will exchange the majority of this on the day of your arrival at the airport in Amman. Sterling, US dollars and euros can easily be exchanged. The unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar (JD). On arrival, you will pay 40JD for your Jordanian Visa. That's approximately $55 (or the equivalent in Sterling pounds or euros). You should also allow a total of approximately $70 (or the equivalent in Sterling pounds or euros) for driver, guide and trek crew tips. The cost of the Petra visit is included in the trip price. If you are intending to buy expensive souvenirs, you should budget accordingly (credit cards can be useful in this respect). Also, if you expect to buy considerable quantities of drinks or other refreshments, you should allow for this.

 

Guidance on Tipping

Tips are the accepted way of saying ‘thank you' to your local guide, drivers and other support staff. They do not form part of their wages. Terhaal pays its crews at the fair rates of pay. We advise our local staff that tips are a bonus and entirely dependent on the service that they provide. We recommend that you pay tips only where you receive good service. As a rough guide we suggest you allow a total of $70 (or the equivalent in Sterling pounds or euros) for tipping your crew. More detailed guidelines on tipping will be provided by your guide.

 

Group Leader and Support Staff

The trip will be led by an experienced, English-speaking local bike guide.
There will also be one or more support vehicles and drivers.

 

Equipment

We provide an Equipment List for each of our holidays. These highlight any specialised equipment you will require and also act as a packing check list. You can find the Equipment List at the end of this page.

 

Baggage Allowance

Taking a bike on an aircraft is usually straightforward. Different airlines have differing policies with regard to baggage allowances and transporting bikes. We strongly advise that you check the current policy of your chosen airline for carrying bikes and their baggage allowances before purchasing your air ticket. The baggage section on your chosen airline's website will usually contain this information. We suggest that you are aware of the weight and dimensions of your intended check-in baggage in advance of your arrival at the airport as airlines may charge for both excess and oversize baggage, or refuse to carry oversized baggage. If you are using a domestic flight to connect with your International flight then it is likely that a different baggage policy will exist for the domestic and international flight sections. Again you should check the baggage policy with your chosen domestic airline prior to booking your domestic flight tickets. Any additional charges incurred for transporting your bike on any of the flights required for this adventure (international, domestic and internal flights within the trip itinerary - if applicable) are the responsibility of each individual client.

 

Accommodation

During this trip the group will spend 5 nights in hotels, 1 night in a basic lodge, 1 night in a basic homestay and 1 night in a Bedouin camp. Most of the accommodation is arranged on a twin-share basis and if you are travelling by yourself you will be paired up with another single client of the same sex. At the homestay, the 4 available rooms will be shared appropriately by the group.

 

Travelling With Your Bike

Travelling with a bike is usually as straightforward as travelling with any other type of baggage - providing you have packed it adequately. Our of experience we think that the best way to travel and fly with a bike is to partially dismantle it and put it into a purpose made soft bike bag. Although more expensive than a cardboard bike box, they are smaller in size to transport and are considerably easier to handle. To pack your bike you simply remove both wheels and pedals and prepare it for travel as follows. Obviously, extra care when packing your bike can minimise the chances of accidental damage occurring in transit. Ask your local bike store for plastic wheel hub protectors (which will prevent damage to your bike bag) and plastic fork and frame spacers, insert the spacers into the dropouts, tape them in place and then put extra padding over this area. Use pipe insulation lagging (from your local DIY store) to cover frame tubes, forks and seat post. If required, remove your bars from the stem and attach them carefully to your frame/forks using plastic ties or pvc tape - ensure that your Ergo/Sti levers are well padded to minimise the chance of damage. You may also wish to remove your rear gear mech, pad it with foam and tape it to the chainstay out of harms way. Finally, you should partly deflate your tyres, but leave some air in them to help absorb any impact on the wheels. Don't forget to pack wheel skewers, pedals and any bolts you have removed, these are the items that tend to get left behind. Finally, find an old cardboard bike box and cut out panels to fit inside your soft bike bag for extra protection. Don't forget to bring sufficient packing materials to pack your bike on the way home. 

PLEASE DO NOT USE a purpose-made rigid bike box - these are heavy (which can put you over your baggage allowance) and are also too bulky to be easily stored or transported on the group's support vehicle.

 

Vehicle Support

Throughout this trip (with the exception of one very short section) we have the back up of one or more support vehicles. Each morning our main baggage will be loaded onto the support vehicle which will follow the group on the day's ride. The local biking leader and the support vehicle driver will watch over the group and will carry mobile phones, allowing you to contact them in the case of a breakdown or other incident. We want everyone to enjoy their cycling experience on this trip and we recognise the importance of group members being allowed to cycle at their own pace. This means that there can be a fair distance between the front and rear cyclists in the group and there may be times when you are out of sight of other group members, vehicle support and the biking leader. However, our regular stops mean that it is never long before the group reforms. The support vehicle can pick up anyone who chooses to take a break from cycling at any time.

 

Group Members

Please note this is a KE Adventure holiday operated by Terhaal, Jordan adventure specialists. Terhaal operates and sells this cycling holiday in conjunction with Hauser, the German adventure specialists and the UK tour operator, KE Adventure Travel as this enables us to gather together sufficient numbers of like-minded adventurers to get the trip up and running quickly. The cosmopolitan nature of the groups will be an important part of the experience! The holiday will be led by an English-speaking guide.

 

Preparing For Your Holiday

The better conditioned you are the more you will enjoy your holiday. We suggest that you adopt a sensible weekly exercise regime and fit in a number of long cycle rides in hilly country to ensure you are physically capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

 

Altitude

This holiday does not involve any significant ascent to altitude and we would not expect any altitude issues with this trip.

 

First Aid

A medical kit will accompany each group. You should also bring your own personal first aid kit, which should include the items listed in the equipment list at the end of this page.

 

Climate

The best period for biking in Jordan is in autumn through to late spring season, from October through to early June. Outside of this period it can be very hot, with temperatures, rising to 39 degrees centigrade in July and August. In October and in April, the maximum daytime temperatures are likely to range between 25 and 33 degrees Centigrade, falling as low as 10 degrees centigrade at night. Heading into November the temperatures begin to cool and by December/January, typical daytime maximum temperatures are around 12 to 15 degrees centigrade, falling as low as 5 degrees centigrade at night. In December and January it can even snow in Amman and Shobak.

 

Visa Requirments

A valid passport (with at least 6 months remaining validity) and a current Jordanian Visa are required. Nationals of certain countries - including all Western European countries, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Japan - can obtain visas on arrival at the airport in Amman. This visa costs 40 Jordanian Dinars (approximately $55 or the equivalent in Sterling pounds or euros) and must be paid in local currency. There are facilities for changing money at the airport.

 

Vaccinations

You should attend your own doctor and dentist for a check-up. Your doctor will have access to the most up to date information on the required vaccinations for the country you are visiting. In general we recommend vaccinations against the following: Polio, Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis 'A'. Yellow Fever is not required unless you are entering Jordan from a yellow-fever-infected country. Malaria prophylaxis is not recommended. A very good online resource is the National Health Travellers website at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk

 

Booking Your Flight

We do not sell flight tickets. The dates and prices for this itinerary are LAND ONLY. Amman International Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' section above for further details.

For those coming from the UK, Royal Jordanian and British Airways have flights to Jordan.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed' or 'Limited Spaces'.

For worldwide clients, you can book your flights through a travel agent, directly with an airline, or online using a variety of travel search engines and consolidator sites. There are many websites offering deals on air tickets which can be booked directly online. In addition many airlines operate their own online booking facilities. If you are considering buying flights online, we recommend kayak.com. While Kayak.com does not sell flights, it quickly searches several hundred websites to find the best deals available.

 

Emergency Contacts

In case of an emergency Terhaal's Amman Office can be reached on +962 6 581 3061

On weekends or off office hours, please contact one of the following mobile phones:
+962(0)7 7751 5919
+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351

Alternatively you can email emergency@terhaal.com

 

Adventure Travel Insurance

Important notice.

It is a condition of joining any of our trips that you are insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs,
air ambulance and helicopter rescue services). We also strongly recommend that you take out holiday cancellation insurance, as all deposits paid are non-refundable. Please ensure that your insurer is aware of your itinerary and can agree to cover the activities being undertaken. You will then need to advise us of your policy details and complete an Insurance Declaration Form.

CAMPBELL IRVINE DIRECT travel insurance is available to EU residents and will cover the majority of KE Adventure holidays. It has been designed to provide cover for activities normally excluded by other insurers such as trekking, mountain biking and climbing. Please note that certain activities may attract a higher premium.

TRAVELEX is a USA based insurer offering travel insurance which can be used by US citizens and US residents only. We, gernerally, recommend the "Travelex Select" package for our holidays. If your holiday involves using mountaineering equipment (ropes, harness or crampons), for climbing, you should consider the "Adventure Plus Pak" optional upgrade on the Travelex Select Plan. Please refer to the 'Description of Coverage' for a summary of the terms, conditions, exclusions and limitations of the applicable Protection Plan.

 

Language

The official language of Jordan is Arabic. Using an alphabet very unlike your own, it is one of the most difficult of languages to learn. We do recommend that you take a pocket phrase book and learn some basics such as common greetings. Some Jordanians, especially those in affluent areas and those who work with tourists, will speak English and possibly French.

 

Hospitality

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.

 

Electric Supply and Plug

The voltage in Jordan is generally 230v and the current is 50Hz. It is capable of taking part in this trip - this will also provide you with an
opportunity to make sure all your riding kit is tried and tested before you travel. Cycling is obviously the best activity to prepare for this trip, however, running, squash and swimming are also good for developing aerobic fitness and stamina.

 

Reference Books and Maps

Books

Jordan. Lonely Planet
Treks and Climbs in Wadi Rum. Tony Howard. Cicerone Press
Jordan - Walks, Treks, Caves, Climbs and Canyons. Taylor and Howard. Cicerone Press
Walks and Scrambles in Wadi Rum. Jordan Publishers

Maps

Jordan - Reise Know-How Verlag 1:400,000
Double-sided and detailed map, dividing the country horizontally just underneath al-Karak. Combines clear road and tourist detail with general relief indicated by contours, altitude tinting, mountain passes and peak heights.

 

Responsible Travel

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.

 

Feedback

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

 

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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 - blog.terhaal.com

 

Equipment

The following is a basic checklist to help you with your packing. We recommend using the layering principle of clothing for varying climatic conditions.
Good padded cycling shorts are essential.
Your bike MUST be at least a mid level Mountain Bike such as a Specialized Rockhopper or Trek 6500. Front suspension is essential. It is vital that your bike is THOROUGHLY SERVICED and in perfect working condition before the trip.

PERSONAL CLOTHING AND ACCESSORIES

Feet
Stiff-soled cycling shoes or SPD's
Torso
Base-layer - short sleeve cycling top (x 1)
Long sleeved cycling top (x 1)
Lightweight waterproof jacket
Lightweight Fleece jacket or jumper
Thin buff/neck scarf
Hands
Regular biking gloves
Legs
Padded cycling shorts (x 2)
Cycling tights or tracksters
Baggy overshorts for modesty
Head
Eyewear - Biking glasses
Cycling helmet - mandatory
Trek Bag Contents
Travel and apres biking clothes
Training/Leisure shoes for apres biking
Wash bag and toiletries
Handwash
Swimwear
Sheet sleeping bag (bedding is provided at the fixed camps)
Small padlock (to lock trek bag)
Headtorch or small torch

Daypack and contents

Cycling daypack (e.g. Camelbak) of at least 15- 20 litres total capacity is recommended
Water bladder - min. 3 litres
Lightweight waterproof top
Multi-tool
Puncture repair kit
Inner tube
Pump
Camera
Sun cream
Small roll of gaffer tape
Lightweight loose trousers to wear for modesty in villages
Basic First Aid Kit. Including: antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium), painkillers, plasters and blister treatment, Insect repellent, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).
Please note At the time of our November and December departures it can be quite cold early and late in the day, especially in the desert. You should make sure you have a warm fleece jacket or even a lightweight down jacket or gilet and also take some warmer full-fingered biking gloves.

KE tools and spares

On all of our trips we carry a toolkit and a basic range of spares for emergencies. As bikes become increasingly part specific it is impossible to carry a comprehensive range of spares compatible with all makes and models of bike. ** Please ensure you bring any bike-specific spares, which might be needed - such as disc brake bleed kits (and appropriate fluid), shock pumps etc.

Energy Gels/Sports Drinks/Power Bars

Our back up vehicle will carry ample supplies of water, snacks and lunches but if you like a particular energy gel, sports drink or power bar we suggest you bring a selection of your preferred choice along.

 

Disclaimer

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.