The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an ideal destination for a one-week cycling break. Highlights include the spectacular 'rose-red' city of Petra, the ancient site of Mount Nebo and the Byzantine mosaics at Madaba. Away from the temples and monuments it isn't all desert scenery. Our ride takes us through ancient olive groves and quiet villages, where we meet the extraordinary Bedouin people, whose hospitality has quenched many an explorer's thirst. There is also plenty of time to relax and unwind, with the opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and snorkel in the Red Sea. Most relaxing of all, perhaps, is the night spent in Wadi Rum, the former desert headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia. Here the solitude, the majestic desert scenery, and incredible night skies ensure a memorable evening of star gazing.
Day 1: Start Amman.
Day 2: Ride/drive to Jerash; return to Madaba through ancient olive groves and pine trees.
Day 3: Ride via Mt Nebo to Suwaima for a swim in the Dead Sea; drive to Petra along the King's Highway.
Days 4 & 5: Two full days to explore the fascinating city of Petra, including a guided tour of the main sites; ride to the temple of Siq Al Baida (Little Petra).
Day 6: Ride/drive via the deserts of Wadi Araba to Aqaba on the Red Sea.
Day 7: Free morning to visit the beach, explore the town or perhaps snorkel. Afternoon drive/ride to Wadi Rum and camp in the magnificent desert scenery.
Day 8: Morning desert 4WD far into spectacular Wadi Rum. Drive to Amman via the Desert Highway.
Day 9: Tour ends in Amman.
Airfare is not included in the tour price.
- Tour costs for 2011:
* Feb, 19 - 27: $1510 p/p
* From Feb 26 till Mar 19: $1560 p/p
* Apr, 09 - 17: $1580 p/p
- Optional Single Supplement from $260.70.
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