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Petra to Wadi Rum by Bike
- 3-days riding, Petra to Wadi Rum
- Camp out in the sands - fire, feast, desert sunset
- Explore Wadi Rum
Petra to Wadi Rum by Bike
Fabulous 3-day cycling tour from Petra to Wadi Rum, biking on scenic dirt roads and across the mud flats at Disi. Camp out in the vast rock and sand wilderness of Wadi Rum and enjoy a Bedouin feast.
DAY 1 - LITTLE PETRA
Meet-up with your biking crew, afternoon ride to visit Little Petra and ride on an interesting off road trail with views to the breathtaking Wadi Araba desert. Stay overnight in Wadi Musa.
DAY 2 - 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 3- WADI RUM
Explore the red sand and rock wilderness of Wadi Rum, then cycle across the Disi mud flats.
- Bike hire
- Water, juice and snacks throught the rides
- All breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinners
- All accommodation - Hotels (1nts), Bedouin campsite (1nt)
- All transports and listed activities
- Professional local cycling guide and support guide
- Bedouin host in Wadi Rum
- Entrance fees to Wadi Rum
What's not included
- Travel insurance
- Entrance ticket to Petra
- Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$50)
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: 3 days
Riding distance: 114 Km: 90% off-road on dirt and desert tracks. 100% vehicle supported
Max altitude: 1590 m
Group size: 4 to 14
Accommodation: 1 nights hotels, 1 night bedouin campsite
Wadi Musa - Petra at hotel. Exact address will be provided upon booking.
Wadi Rum Village or Madaba.
After this tour we head back to Madaba. If you wish to transfer with us you are most welcome, and if you are planning more time in Wadi Rum, you may finish this tour in Wadi Rum village.
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 9755 9290
+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351
DAY 1: VISIT LITTLE PETRA AND RIDE AN INTERESTING OFF ROAD TRAIL
RIDING: 31KM / 4 HOURS / TOTAL ASCENT 600M / TOTAL DESCENT 600M
MEALS INCLUDED: NONE
This morning is free-whether you'd like to pay Petra another visit or rest, the choice is yours (entrance ticket is not included). In the early afternoon you'll meet your group and guides at the hotel in Wadi Musa for a briefing on the trip. The guide will be happy to answer questions and help you set up the bikes. Then, 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 2: 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 3: 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.
Bike from Wadi Musa to Beida
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, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
All accommodation - Hotels (1nts), Bedouin campsite (1nt)
All transports and listed activities
Professional local cycling guide and support guide
Bedouin host in Wadi Rum
Entrance fees to Wadi Rum
What's not included
Entrance ticket to Petra
Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$50)
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 and hiking 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.
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 9755 9290
+962(0)7 9778 4433
+962(0)7 9553 6351
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.