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Cycle the Jordan Trail to Petra

7 nights
Moderate

Pedal through vast desert landscapes and remote nature reserves, pausing at Wadi Rum for a snooze under the Milky Way

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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excluding flights

What's it like?

5.0
| 77 reviews
Superb cycling in a magical country
April 2024
Giselle D.
Superb cycling in a magical country
April 2024
Giselle D.
Superb cycling in a magical country
April 2024
Giselle D.
Superb cycling in a magical country
April 2024
Giselle D.
Superb cycling in a magical country
April 2024
Giselle D.
Superb cycling in a magical country
April 2024
Giselle D.
Superb cycling in a magical country
April 2024
Giselle D.
Epic amazing trip
April 2024
Bodil H.
Epic amazing trip
April 2024
Bodil H.
Epic amazing trip
April 2024
Bodil H.
Epic amazing trip
April 2024
Bodil H.
Epic amazing trip
April 2024
Bodil H.
Epic amazing trip
April 2024
Bodil H.
Epic amazing trip
April 2024
Bodil H.
Trip of a lifetime - adventure, awesome biking, food for the soul
April 2024
Linsay D.
Trip of a lifetime - adventure, awesome biking, food for the soul
April 2024
Linsay D.
Incredible desert adventure
April 2024
Claire W.
Incredible desert adventure
April 2024
Claire W.
Incredible desert adventure
April 2024
Claire W.
Incredible desert adventure
April 2024
Claire W.
Jordan adventure!
April 2024
Shirley M.
Jordan adventure!
April 2024
Shirley M.
Jordan adventure!
April 2024
Shirley M.
Jordan adventure!
April 2024
Shirley M.
This is an amazing trip and has the perfect...
October 2023
James
This is an amazing trip and has the perfect...
October 2023
James
This is an amazing trip and has the perfect...
October 2023
James
This is an amazing trip and has the perfect...
October 2023
James
This is an amazing trip and has the perfect...
October 2023
James
Amazing guides, awesome route and stunning...
October 2023
Sebastian

Take on sections of the pioneering Jordan Bike Trail, all the way to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra

Cycle ancient camel caravan paths to the majestic Wadi Rum, hopping in a desert Jeep in search of the sunset

Swim, or float, in the Dead Sea. The lowest point on earth, famous for its healing properties

Key Information

Day 1

Arrive in Amman

The start point for today is your hotel in central Madaba. You'll be met at the airport and transferred to Madaba and are free to check in after 2pm.

Day 2

And we're off!

Cycling

38km · 600m up · 700m down

Heading south, you’ll jump on the bus and head to Dana Nature Reserve where you’ll get set up with your bike before hitting the road. Cycling through this biosphere reserve is pretty spectacular - you’ll start at the Wadi Dana viewpoint before continuing on the ancient trade route known as the King’s Highway all the way to Shobak, home to one of the few Crusader castles remaining in Jordan. You'll head to a small hamlet for your first night camping, hosted by a local Bedouin family.

Day 3

The long and winding road

Cycling

47km · 950m up · 1400m down

After a substantial hummus-based breakfast, you’ll cycle straight from the camp, tackling a brief climb out of Shobak. Today is one of the most epic stages of the Jordan Bike Trail; you’ll follow the upper rim of the Araba Valley and gaze towards the mountains of Petra, proper wilderness riding on a mixture of dirt tracks and roads. Your reward is The Little Petra Bedouin Camp, scattered with fire torches and carpet through the desert, this is a deserving slice of luxury after a good day on the saddle.

Day 4

To the rose red city of Petra

Hiking

12km · 200m up · 200m down

Cycling

34km · 330m up · 1350m down

An extra early start today for a spectacular hike to Petra. You’ll enter the ancient city via the 'backdoor' and will have a little time to explore the sites and learn all about its ancient past with a local specialist guide before leaving the same way, usually in the early afternoon. Following a short jeep transfer to the hilltop village of Rajif, you’ll pedal off-road for the long descent towards Wadi Rum. Your overnight spot is a remote wild campsite set up by a local Bedouin family who will cook some traditional fodder. Time to hit the hay - either climb into your tent or grab your mattress and sleep ‘open-air’ - highly recommended for star-gazing fans.

Day 5

Cross the 'Desert Highway' to Wadi Rum

Cycling

60km · 400m up · 450m down

You’ll get a true taste of Middle-Eastern desert landscape today as you make your way through isolated caravan tracks, crossing the desert highway and marvelling at how ancient navigation worked in such vast spaces. Having made it to Wadi Rum, you’ll jump in a desert Jeep to explore the many valleys, canyons, gorges and vistas that make up this desert playground - hiking and scrambling is the only way to do it! Bed down in an established Bedouin camp with shared luxurious tents, this is basically glamping in the desert.

Day 6

To the Red Sea

Cycling

40km · 200m up · 400m down

Driving

1.5hrs

Last day on the bike today. A Jeep transfer will take you out of camp and then you’ll spend a couple of hours cycling on the desert mudflats around Wadi Rum continuing your journey south. Later on, you’ll hop on the bus for a short ride to Aqaba, Jordan’s ‘window to the sea’. You’ll have a bit of time to kick back and relax or grab a snorkel and marvel at the underwater life that the Red Sea offers.

Day 7

Float away...

Driving

5 hrs

Having made it to the very south of the country, you’ll spend today road-tripping your way back up north. You’ll stop at a few points of interest and get to the Dead Sea for lunchtime. Enjoy the sunshine at the lowest point on earth, give yourself a mud bath, gaze towards Jerusalem or simply spend the afternoon trying to keep your balance in the Dead Sea's salty waters. You'll then continue on to Amman for the night.

Day 8

Back to the airport

Driving

0.5-1hr

After breakfast and final goodbyes with your team, you'll be returned to the airport in time for your flight home. Or if you choose to extend your stay, enjoy a wander around the many sites of bustling Amman.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Wild camping · Twin or single tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3

Glamping · Twin tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Wild camping · Twin or single tent

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Glamping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6 – Day 7

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

For breakfast at the hotels expect a buffet typical of 3-star hotel breakfasts all over the world. Lunches will generally be buffet style at local cafes and will cost approx $10pp. Dinner (where not included) will be at local restaurants and will cost approx $15-$20pp. Your guide will be with you to make suggestions of where to eat and to arrange group meals.

For dinner while camping, you'll experience traditional Arabic food - typical dishes are Magloobah (rice with vegetables and chicken prepared in a traditional way with local spices) or Mansaf (rice served with lamb and yoghurt). All these dishes come with the classic Hummus, Mtabbal (fried eggplant) and salad. Dinner at Wadi Rum at the Bedouin camp is a real experience. Here they serve the famous Zarb - rice, veggies, lamb and chicken cooked for 4-5 hours under the ground on coal and served with salads and side dishes.

Vegetarians, vegans and other dietary requirements and allergies can be catered for - please just let your host know on booking.

What is the accommodation like?

Madaba, Aqaba and Amman

During your overnight stays in Madaba, Aqaba and Amman you will be tucked up in cosy local 3* hotels. The exact hotel you stay in will be confirmed nearer the time based on group size and availability, but all are chosen for their excellent reputation, location and welcoming service. Some examples are the Mosaic City Hotel in Madaba, My Hotel in Aqaba and the Toledo Hotel in Amman.

Rainbow Camp and Little Petra Camp

You will spend two nights in Bedouin camps nestled into the vast expanse of Little Petra and Wadi Rum. Each tent is equipped with beds, mattresses, blankets and pillows, with showers and toilets available also. You'll be treated to traditional Bedouin cuisine cooked on an open fire and both camps are the perfect place for a spot of star-gazing and to watch the sun rise the next morning.

Wild Camping

You will spend one night totally in the wild and one camping in the garden of a Bedouin family. Your crew will set up the campsite for you, as well as a 'washroom' for a quick spruce with some hot water and a toilet tent. A local Bedouin family will also be at the campsite to prepare some delicious meals for you to enjoy under the stars. Solo travellers will get their own tent by default for a little more privacy.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, your host will provide private tents as standard while wild camping on Days 2 and 4 (without additional charge). However, if you'd like your own space for every night of the tour, an optional solo upgrade can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Queen Alia International Airport, Amman

Catch any flight to arrive on Day 1

Ends

Queen Alia International Airport, Amman

Depart any time on Day 8

Transfers

Arrival transfers from Amman airport to the hotel in Madaba are included for any time you choose to arrive on Day 1 or Day 2 of the tour (some flights arrive after midnight so fall in the early hours of Day 2). Departure transfers from the final hotel to Amman airport are included for any time you choose to depart on Day 8. If you need a transfer on other days then your host can arrange a private transfer for you, at additional cost. See the Optional Extras section for prices.

Travel options

There are frequent flights to Amman from airports in the UK and Europe. Choose any flight to arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 8 - or extend your stay if you wish. Some flights arrive shortly after midnight - if you arrive in Amman in the early hours of day 2 then your room will be ready and waiting for you but if your flight arrives in the early hours of Day 1, you will need to book an extra night's accommodation before the tour as rooms are not usually available for check-in until the mid-afternoon. Your host can arrange an additional night of accommodation, subject to availability. See the Optional Extras section for more prices.

Enjoy 12.5% Off Outdoor Gear

In need of a few more items? All bookings receive a 12.5% discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runner's Need.

What do I need to bring?

SLEEPING
3-Season sleeping bag, 4-Season for Nov-Mar dates (optional - mattresses, bedding and pillows are provided while camping) Sleeping bag liner (optional)

CYCLE KIT
Helmet (required)
Pedals and saddle if you would rather use your own (these will be fitted to the bike for you)

CLOTHES
Padded cycling shorts
Sports top or cycling jersey
Fleece jacket or similar jacket for the evenings
Rain and windproof lightweight jacket
Trousers/leggings for the evenings
Cycling gloves
Buff or neck scarf
T-shirts
Underwear & socks
Sunglasses and sunhat
Pyjamas/something to sleep in
Cycling shoes/trainers (bring your own pedals if using cleats)
Sandals
Hiking shoes or boots for hike into Petra

FOR NOV-MAR TRIPS ONLY A down jacket
Set of thermals (merino wool the best)
Hat
Gloves

OTHER
Swimwear (for hotels/beach)
Bumbag or small handlebar bag for riding
Quick-dry travel towel Universal travel adapter
Power bank or solar charger
Passports (and visas)
Travel Insurance documents
Earplugs
Suncream
Personal first-aid kit (including blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Alcohol hand-gel
Reusable water bottle
Energy bars and snacks Small torch

*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Single)

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Twin or Double)

Payable Before Departure

Post-trip Accommodation in Amman (Twin or Double)

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Single)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Single)

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Twin or Double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre-trip accommodation in Madaba (Twin or Double)

Optional Private Room and Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room and Tent Upgrade

Private Airport Transfer to/from Amman or Madaba Hotel (one way)

Payable Before Departure

Private Airport Transfer to/from Amman or Madaba Hotel (one way)

Phillip T.(May 2024)
Incredible Jordan

What an amazing trip - unbelievably beautiful country with incredibly warm and friendly people. Words dont cover the Scenery Pre trip comms was great from MBA The team on the ground (Anton & Furat) we’re fantastic and really made the experience. Would highly recommend this trip. Bikes were of high quality, new and clearly well maintained. Take me back….

Joanna U.(May 2024)
Just book it - you will have a great trip!

Fantastic trip from start to finish! Guides Furat and Anton were superb and really made the experience exceptional. Delicious and plentiful food. Amazing landscapes and riding and a well thought out itinerary to give variety in riding, sightseeing and relaxing. Highly recommend this trip.

Colin B.(May 2024)
I have just returned from

I have just returned from this trip. A fabulous trip made all the better by our guide Furat and his team, who could not do enough for us. I highly recommend this trip not just for the challenge but to see and be educated about another part of the world and its people.

Rob B.(April 2024)
Fantastic Trip

Superb trip ... absolutely amazing, with great fellow travellers.

Some stunning views and experiences, all brilliantly led by Furat who was a truly gracious, funny and very knowledgeable guide who clearly has great passion for Jordan and all it has to offer.

The obvious highlights of Wadi Rum and Petra were fantastic ... but the peripheral activities (e.g Bedouin camps, snorkeling in the Red Sea, floating in the Dead Sea) were amazing as well.

Wish I could do it all over again next week!

JAMES B.(April 2024)
First Class Trip

Just back from this trip and it far exceeded expectations. Cycling was harder in parts than envisaged, but in my case at least in part due to a lack of pre trip ability to train. Organisation was excellent, as facilitated through our excellent guide Furat, who really couldn't have delivered a better service. His knowledge, communication and willingness to assist with any requests was first class. I would highly recommend both Furat and MBA to others. Elements of the last two days allowing some R&R really were the icing on the cake in the locations around the Red Sea and Dead Sea after days in the saddle!

Giselle D.(April 2024)
Superb cycling in a magical country
Superb cycling in a magical country
Superb cycling in a magical country
Superb cycling in a magical country
Superb cycling in a magical country
Superb cycling in a magical country
Superb cycling in a magical country
Superb cycling in a magical country

Fantastic guide and amazing support in the van with delicious snacks. Cycling through wadi rum in the sand was an immense experience and the descent into little Petra was incredible. Hiking in the back door to Petra was like walking through a film set!! Great organisation with a fab beach club ending and the chance to experience the Dead Sea!! The glamping spots were a real highlight with camp fires and great company. Overall Jordan has fab cycling, amazing scenery, yummy food and the friendliest and most helpful people ever.

Bodil H.(April 2024)
Epic amazing trip
Epic amazing trip
Epic amazing trip
Epic amazing trip
Epic amazing trip
Epic amazing trip
Epic amazing trip
Epic amazing trip

It's difficult to put into words what an amazing experience this trip was. From the organisation at point of booking, to our guide and support crew in Jordan, it was faultless. Further our guide, was knowledgeable, funny, supportive, helping us cycle some tough terrains off road, steep uphill and downs. The support crew were always there with waters abd snacks to keep us going. We stayed in some fantastic places with delicious food experiencing Jordan as it should be. How many people can say they've cycled across a desert (Wadi Rum)? One of the most memorable trips I've made (even with an epic 'dismount' off my bike!!) Thank you MBA, already looking for my next trip.

Danny R.(April 2024)
Great trip, guides Farat and

Great trip, guides Farat and Anas were fantastic, full of fun and knowledge, amazing landscapes, group were great, food and snacks good, never hungry or thirsty. Bikes were great and cycling wasn’t technical, no cars on roads , very safe.

Linsay D.(April 2024)
Trip of a lifetime - adventure, awesome biking, food for the soul
Trip of a lifetime - adventure, awesome biking, food for the soul
Trip of a lifetime - adventure, awesome biking, food for the soul

A trip of a lifetime - adventure, dramatic scenery, awesome biking and like-minded people.

Every single view in Jordan was breathtaking. The non-stop mix of biking and hiking was spot on - uphills, downhills, mudflats, deserted highway and sand. And there's nothing quite like walking into the main Petra site - a truly spectacular place, as was every inch of Wadi Rum.

On top of this, our guide Furat was an absolute fountain of knowledge. We all came away a lot more educated on Jordan culture and history than when we arrived. He and our driver Anas couldn't have looked after us better, nor made us smile more. They made the trip 5-star.

Put simply - I left Jordan wanting to go back and do it all over again.

Antoni T.(April 2024)