Madaba Biking Tour

COST PER PERSON:

From USD 45

DURATION:

1 days/0 nights

TOUR TYPE:

Guided Group

PHYSICAL RATING:

Trip Theme:

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25KM / 2 HOURS
(NO MEALS INCLUDED)

In the late afternoon you'll meet your cycling guide in Madaba, where you will be given your bike and helmet as well as a safety briefing. You'll ride out on quiet, scenic backroads towards Mount Nebo, described in the book of Exodus as the place where Moses died within sight of the Holy Land. There are outstanding mosaics at this site, as well as wonderful views across the Jordan Valley and down to the Dead Sea. On a clear day you can even see Bethlehem and Jerusalem. From Mount Nebo you'll ride south into the Wadi Jadid, where you can get off to look around a field of early Bronze Age dolmens: 5000-year old burial chambers built from huge stones and found nowhere else in the Middle East. By the time you get back to Madaba, you'll have been riding for around two hours, including the stops, and will have covered 25 kilometers.


Inclusions

Meals
We provide you with water along the ride. It is essential that you have lunch at least 1 hour before the trip. If you wish you may bring a snack to have it at the viewpoint.

Guides
Cycling guide

Other Inclusions
Bikes, helmet

 

Exclusions

Transport

 

Marianne Schuck

"My "Madaba bike trip" was a bit modified since I was the only person who signed up. To Terhaal's credit, they did not cancel and the guide came for me alone. It was wonderful. My guide, Raslan, was kind and knowledgeable....not to mention incredibly strong. I must say that you've got to be in good shape to enjoy the experience to the fullest. I thought I was in great shape but it seems I'm not completely....biking in the sun with inclines is tough! But it was completely worth it. My guide had plenty of energy for the both of us :) Also, it was great to have cold fruit, juice and water available at any time. We also stopped to have tea with a local family which was just wonderful. I highly recommend going on a Terhaal trip -- I've already booked my next one! It's a fabulous way to discover Jordan in a non-conventional way. Oh and yes....my muscles are sore but that's what adventure is all about, right? (I guess the one drawback is that you have to find a Jordan-K uwait bank to deposit the payment in before the trip. This can be tough since most banks close by 3pm and I'm still at work at that time ... so I had to go out to the branch in Mecca Mall which was a hassle. Apparently, Terhaal is working on a system to accept credit card payments...that would be great!)"

Ehab Al-Sharief

"I would like to express my appreciation for your services during the biking tour on 11th August, I am proud to meet your team and hopefully I will be joining your other trails/trips during my coming visits to Jordan."

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Group size: We welcome a maximum of 14 persons per group.

Welcome to Terhaal adventures... we hope that you enjoy exploring Jordan's hidden treasures as much as we do.

Itinerary Disclaimer
The itinerary attached is correct at the time of printing. However please note that occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travelers' comments and our own research. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Details a couple of days prior to your trip, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Meeting Point

Meeting location is Mariam Hotel in Madaba (Aisha Um Al Mo'meneen St.) 300m to the north of St. George Church (the Mosaic Church).
Meeting time is 13:00.

Being there on time is essential, especially if you don't want to be left behind.

Finishing Point
Same as the meeting point above, between 5:00 PM and 5:30 PM.

Detailed Itinerary

25KM / 2 HOURS
(NO MEALS INCLUDED)
In the late afternoon you'll meet your cycling guide in Madaba, where you will be given your bike and helmet as well as a safety briefing. You'll ride out on quiet, scenic backroads towards Mount Nebo, described in the book of Exodus as the place where Moses died within sight of the Holy Land. There are outstanding mosaics at this site, as well as wonderful views across the Jordan Valley and down to the Dead Sea. On a clear day you can even see Bethlehem and Jerusalem. From Mount Nebo you'll ride south into the Wadi Jadid, where you can get off to look around a field of early Bronze Age dolmens: 5000-year old burial chambers built from huge stones and found nowhere else in the Middle East. By the time you get back to Madaba, you'll have been riding for around two hours, including the stops, and will have covered 25 kilometers.

Inclusions

Meals:

We provide you with water along the ride. It is essential that you have lunch at least 1 hour before the trip. If you wish you may bring a snack to have it at the viewpoint.

Transport:

None

Guides:

Cycling guide, Assistants Support vecile

All our guides are talented, caring & fun. They are well-experienced with guiding, and have a good knowledge of Jordan and the different terrains. We make sure that they are properly trained in any specialized activities they may administer i.e. hiking, cycling, abseiling, etc. They all speak Arabic and English.

Other Inclusions

Bikes, helemt
Support vehicle is available in case you got tired.

 

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 77 7515 919

+962 79 554 7137

Checklist

> Backpack to carry your personal needs during the day (the type with a lower-back pad support and waist strap are very much recommended) > Cycling pants or shorts. we recommend light pants - especially for females- as the local culture in the villages we pass throught is conservative and respecting that is very important.
> Your personal hygiene kit
> Toilet paper
> Eye shades
> A suitable shoes for biking. > Light clothes; long sleeves and light colours are advisable in summer time
> A hat or head dress that also covers the neck
> Warm clothes for cooler nights
> Sun protection lotion
> Dates, fruits, or candy bars (to provide instant calories during outdoor activities)
> Water flasks
>For Photographers, U.V. filter, Bag to protect camera from dust and heat AND
Nylon bag to protect films from dust

Safety
You have to be aware that these adventures are considered risky. However, be sure that you will be accompanied by experts in the fields of canyoning and abseiling.

Health
It is recommended that all travelers be in good physical health prior to embarking on a Terhaal trip as all our trips are active/adventurous. We also advise all our guests to consult their doctor beforehand. Group leaders reserve the right to exclude any guest from a trip whom they believe may be of an unjustifiable risk to themselves or to the rest of the group without refund.

Local Dress
When packing be aware that dress standards are conservative throughout Jordan. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot climate.

Emergency Contact
In case of an emergency Terhaal's Amman Office can be reached on

 

+962 777 515 919

+962 79 554 7137

Alternatively you can email emergency@terhaal.com

 

Your Fellow travelers
As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe 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 various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travelers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.

Group Leader
All our tour leaders have good knowledge of the local communities and terrain of the areas you will be visiting. We also make sure that they are properly trained in any specialized activities they may administer i.e. hiking, cycling, abseiling, etc.

Responsible Travel
We believe strongly in low impact or rather 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 and highlight the positive aspects. Jordan is a small country with little natural resources. Water scarcity is a big issue in the region so make sure you adapt a conservative attitude towards water consumption. Along the trip your tour leader will highlight such issues.

Terhaal plans its operations in a way that maximizes benefits for local communities; whenever we can, we hire staff locally in the areas where we operate, our guests stay in locally owned hotels and we attempt to organize our holidays around volunteering activities such helping farmers to harvest their apples, olives etc, and the like. Terhaal also contributes towards efforts that strengthen environmental advocacy and environmental education for 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.

Consuming alcohol or being under its influence during our hiking activities will not be tolerated.

Participation form
All Terhaal travelers are required to sign a Participation Form on day 1 of the trip. Please note that signing the form is a prerequisite of travelling with Terhaal. To read the full document, please follow this link http://www.terhaal.com/travel-jordan/adventure/participation-form.

Feedback
After your trip we hope you will send us your photos and any stories or feedback you may have. 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/content/feedback-form. Your feedback will not only help us improve, but will also help other travelers make their decisions after reading your feedback/ testimonial.

Our blog
Our blog, Treks & Trails of Jordan (www.terhaal.com/blog), is a collection of stories posted by a variety of people that reflect the natural, environmental and cultural aspects of Jordan vis-à-vis first hand experiences.
It is also a great tool for documenting your feedback to communicate and 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 blog@terhaal.com to have it published on our blog under your name.

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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.