Jordan Biking Holiday

8 Days / 7 Nights

From USD $1540

Guided Group

Moderate

  • 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

ons, 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.

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.

Start Date End Date Seats left Availability Price
Tue 03 Oct 2017 Tue 10 Oct 2017 7+ Place Left $1540
Wed 01 Nov 2017 Wed 08 Nov 2017 6 Place Left Guaranteed
$1540

What's included

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

Flights
Travel insurance
Visas
Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$130)
Tips

Jordan Biking Holiday

Trip Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Group Size : 14

Physical Rating :

Moderate : A reasonable level of fitness is required, as these trips can require sustained endurance levels along steep trails and uneven paths. Canyoning trips may include few abseils (rappels), long hikes and occasional climbs. Biking trips include a series of up and downhills but nothing too strenuous. A support vehicle will be always available so weary travelers will be able to hitch a ride. A typical trekking day would be walking 4 to 5 hours a day including a 2 hour ascending a mountain.

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!


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.

The information in this document does not form part of the contract between the client and Terhaal Adventures.


Quick Facts

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


Meeting Point

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).


Finishing Point

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.


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)77 751 5919
+962(0)79 879 5680


Detailed Itinerary

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."

ons, 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.

What's included

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

Flights
Travel insurance
Visas
Single accommodation (available on request for a supplement of US$130)
Tips


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.

Check List

> Travel documents: passport, visa, travel insurance, air tickets etc.
> Health requirements arranged
> Money: travelers cheques/cash/credit card
> Money pouch
> First aid kit
> Backpack to carry your personal needs during the day(the type with a lower-back pad support and waist strap are very much recommended)
> Alarm clock and torch/flashlight (headlights are best)
> Insect repellent
> Ear plugs can be useful
> Tampons can be difficult to buy in rural areas or in the desert
> Lock for your bag
> Bedding - a bed sheet to be used over the mattress provided in the desert- the travel bed sack is even better
> Sleeping bag if you wish - mattresses and blankets are available in the desert
> Small travel towel - for use in the desert
> Your personal hygiene kit
> Toilet paper
> Eye shades
> Hiking shoes
> Foot powder or Vaseline can be useful against blisters.
> Sandals
> Light clothes; long sleeves and light colors 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 flask

> Insect repellent

 


Equipment

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  


Your Bike

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


Our Bikes

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. 

 


Health

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.


Physical Preparation

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.


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.


Safety

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.


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.


Ramadan

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.


Visas

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.


Departure tax

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).


Money Exchange

The Jordanian Dinar is fixed at a rate of JOD 0.709 against USD 1.


Spending Money

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.


Emergency Funds

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

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.


Emergency Contact

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

+962(0)77 751 5919
+962(0)79 879 5680

+962(0)79 778 4433
+962(0)79 5536351

Alternatively you can email emergency@terhaal.com


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!


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 


Our blog

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


Single Travelers

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.