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Petra, Wadi Rum & the Dead Sea

Guided Cycling Holiday




8 days

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£1,695 P.P.
An incredible cycling journey through Jordan that takes you from Amman to Wadi Rum via the Dead Sea and Petra. During your time in this mesmerizing country you’ll marvel at its iconic Crusader Castles, be taken back to biblical times with tales of the ‘Promised Land’, spend time learning about Bedouin culture and their traditional hospitality and enjoy some of the tastiest food on the planet.
We have invested significant time in identifying a local team that shares our desire to deliver a high quality, sustainable and spectacular holiday experience. Our guides' passion for the highlights of Jordan is contagious and ensures that your time there will be incredibly rewarding.
The accommodation includes characterful forest lodges, perfectly placed small hotels (close to the major sites) and Bedouin camps where you’ll be able to star gaze to your hearts content. During your time on the bike you’ll enjoy a variety of terrain (none of which is too daunting) from smooth asphalt to well-packed 4x4 tracks. All these have been woven together to provide fun days in the saddle that are interspersed with historic sites and breathtaking views.
After time in the Jordanian capital of Amman, with its stunning ancient Citadel and Roman Amphitheatre, colonnaded streets and temples, our cycling starts at Aljoun. Here amongst its peaceful surroundings we enjoy an afternoon exploring the woodland trails of the Forest Reserve.
From the spiritual site of Mount Nebo with its views across to the ‘Promised Land' our cycling continues across the Madaba Plateau to a superb viewpoint overlooking the Dead Sea before a fun road descent to the earth’s lowest point. Our day ends with time floating in its salty waters where we can also cover ourselves in rejuvenating mud for a do-it-yourself spa treatment. From Karak with its imposing Crusader Castle, the next day is an undulating off-road route via Tanour Dam that ends at Wadi Hasa affording superb views of its impressive castle.
From Shobak our cycling route is one to really savour as we follow the King’s Highway - an ancient route linking Madaba with Petra to Siq Al Barid (Little Petra). Thought to have served as a re-supply post for camel caravans visiting Petra, it’s a great place to wander around at the end the day.
Set amongst huge red rock formations our accommodation is a few pedal strokes away at a Bedouin Camp where in the evening we’ll be treated to a real Bedouin feast cooked the traditional way. Next day we have a fully guided day at one of Modern Seven Wonders of the World - the Red Rose City of Petra. As well as the Treasury and other popular sites we also have time to take in some hidden treasures, such as the monastery which is reached by way of around 800 steps.
Back on our bikes our cycling starts (after a transfer) from the small town of Rajif. Situated at 1575m this is the high point of the area and ensures a downward emphasis for the majority of our ride. We end our final day’s riding close to the village of Rum where we are meet by our Bedouin host and transferred by 4WD into the heart of the Wadi Rum.

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring Petra – The Rose Red City
  • Cycling Jordan’s forests, deserts & dramatic canyons
  • Desert star gazing in the dramatic Wadi Rum
  • Dead Sea dipping and your very own DIY spa treatment
  • Bedouin hospitality and feasting on delicious local food
  • Crusader Castles & the historic cities of Amman & Jersah

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Day 1
Departure for Jordan
Non Riding Day

From your chosen departure airport you’ll be arriving into Amman’s Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) late in the evening. On arrival you’ll be met by the Saddle Skedaddle guide/representative who will transfer you to the accommodation in Amman.

Amman is one of the oldest cities in the world, inhabited since the bronze age and is growing into a modern city, while retaining its character and history. Depending on your flight arrival time, you may have free time to explore a little on your own. Overnight in Amman.

Day 2
Amman - Jerash - Ajloun Forest Rerserve
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Suitably rested and following breakfast we enjoy a tour of Amman City, visiting the ancient Citadel and Roman Amphitheatre, two of the most important archaeological sites in the city. From here we transfer (1hr) north to Jerash, the best example of a Roman provincial city in the whole of the Middle East. Here we’ll see the spectacular Forum, Roman colonnaded street and the temples of Nymphaeum and Artemis. A short distance away is the small town of Souf, where we sample some tasty local delicacies over lunch.

Close-by is the Ajloun Forest Reserve and where we start today’s cycling. Established by the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature in 1988 and located in the Ajloun highlands in north-west Jordan, it has a mild climate and is a lovely area of open woodlands of oak, pine, carob and wild strawberry trees. The reserve boasts a wide variety of wild flowers (especially in Spring) and animals that include the Striped Hyena, Wild Boar, Crested Porcupine and Roe Deer. Today’s ride, whilst not long in duration, will allow you to familiarize yourselves with your bikes in preparation for the days ahead. Overnight in Ajloun.

Day 3
Ajloun - Mount Nebo - The Dead Sea
26 Miles / 42 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 400 Metres Approx.

Our transfer for the first part of the day (2hrs) takes us to Mount Nebo. It’s here on the windswept summit that Moses is said to have viewed the Promised Land of Canaan – a land he was himself forbidden to enter and where now on a clear day you can see the very same panorama: The Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, Jericho, Bethlehem and the distant hills of Jerusalem.

The Moses Memorial Church is perched on the summit and well worth a quick visit for its magnificent mosaics. It is the centre piece of a small hilltop complex dominated by the Brazen Serpent Monument, an enigmatic serpentine cross created by Italian artist Giovanni Fantoni.

After the visit and so as to avoid the busy traffic of Madaba we have another short transfer (20 minutes) to Fayha from where we begin cycling.

Heading south we are soon on quiet roads as we head across the Madaba plateau on a mix of on-road and off-road with the terrain including well-packed dirt tracks, rocky paths and gravel roads. Our lunch is taken at a wonderful viewpoint that affords us superb views down to the shimmering waters of the Dead Sea and Israel to the West. Specially prepared by a local family from nearby Mukakir we’ll be well looked after and be able to sample an array of home-cooked favourites.

After lunch we’ve a fun road descent down the ‘Mukakir Bends’ all the way down to the Dead Sea Highway. From here it’s an undulating ride beside the Dead Sea (the world’s lowest point) to one of the waterfront resorts. Here it’s time to switch from your cycle shorts to your swimmers for the unforgettable experience of floating in the super salty waters of the Dead Sea. It’s a relaxed end to the day with plenty of time to give yourself a spa treatment and cover yourself head to toe in reinvigorating Dead Sea mud and then chill-out by the pool. Our accommodation tonight is in Madaba a 30 minute transfer away. Overnight in Madaba.

Day 4
Karak – Wadi Hasa - Shobak
28 Miles / 45 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 690 Metres Approx.

We start the day with a transfer south to Karak where we visit its impressive Crusader Castle. Due of its position east of the Dead Sea, Karak Castle was able to control bedouin herders as well as the trade routes from Damascus to Egypt and Mecca and stands as a testament to these times as well as providing an impressive insight into the architectural and military skills of the Crusaders.

Our cycling starts today on the outskirts of Karak and we are soon passing through rural countryside areas with great views all around. It’s an undulating off-road route that ends with a superb downhill to the ‘King’s Highway’ (the ancient route linking Madaba with Petra and nowadays a little-used road) via Tanour Dam. We end our ride at Wadi Hasa, an area that is intensely used by farmers who use the water from the Wadi for irrigation. Our final destination today is in Shobak which we reach by support vehicle (1.5hrs) with our lovely accommodation situated a short distance from Shobak Castle. Overnight in Shobak.

Day 5
Shobak - Little Petra
23 Miles / 37 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 710 Metres Approx.

Cycling straight from the hotel our first port of call is the impressive Shobak Castle, the first of the series of Crusader Castles built in Jordan. Sitting atop Royal Mountain and despite being less complete than its sister fortification at Karak it is especially imposing. From the castle we cycle on-road following King’s Highway all the way to Siq Al Barid; colloquially known as Little Petra. This whole area was once a thriving community in Nabatean times and is thought to have served as a trading suburb and re-supply post for camel caravans visiting Petra. It’s a great place to wander around at the end the day and gives a nice insight and introduction to your time at Petra tomorrow. Our accommodation is a few pedal strokes away at our Bedouin Camp. Set amongst huge red rock formations our time here gives you a chance to taste a way of life that is centuries old. In the evening we’ll be treated to a real Bedouin feast cooked the traditional way, hear a tale or two from our hosts and be able to do a spot of campfire stargazing. Overnight – Little Petra

Day 6
Petra Full Day Visit
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

No trip to Jordan would be complete without a visit to one of the Modern Seven Wonders of the World; the Red Rose city of Petra. With this in mind we take an early breakfast in order to make the very most of our time in this incredible place. Tickets collected and accompanied by our knowledgeable English-speaking guide we set off. The narrow Siq leads us to the beating heart of this ancient site and you’ll be astounded as you reach the magnificent Treasury with its intricately carved façade and the entrance guarding this ancient Nabatean city.

The site is vast and contains hundreds of elaborated rock-cut tombs, a treasury, Roman-style theatres, temples, sacrificial altars and colonnaded streets with amazing sights appearing around each and every corner. Lunch is taken at a restaurant in the site and in the afternoon there is time to explore off the beaten path where many tourists don’t tread and visit some of the hidden treasures of Petra, such as the Monastery (reached by way of around 800 steps) or take a walk to Jebel Khubtha to take in an incredible view overlooking the Treasury.

We return to our accommodation in Little Petra mid-afternoon where we again enjoy our evening meal. Overnight Little Petra.

Day 7
Petra to Wadi Rum - Sunset Jeep Tour
26 Miles / 42 Kms Approx.
  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Ascent: 340 Metres Approx.

Back on our bikes our cycling today starts from the small town of Rajif. Situated at 1575m (5,160ft) this is the high point of the area and ensures a downward emphasis for the majority of the ride. It’s a wonderful day on the bike as we ride through an incredible desert landscape towards Wadi Rum. At Abbasiya there’s another spot of Bedouin hospitality in the form of a delicious lunch specially prepared for us by our hosts the Abo Sabbah family. From here it’s pretty much flat all the way to until we see Rum Village appearing in the distance where our ride ends.

At Rum Village we will meet our Bedouin host and transfer by 4WD into the heart of the Wadi Rum. Our accommodation (as with Little Petra) is a Bedouin camp set in a beautifully tranquil location in this World Heritage Site. Once settled in and refreshed with some local tea we set off on a sunset jeep safari (2hrs) around Wadi Rum’s valleys, canyons, dunes and deserts. It’s a place of ancient rock inscriptions, majestic mountain views, narrow gorges and breathtaking desert scenery. At each stop you have the opportunity to hike and scramble and explore these amazing sites. Back at camp it’s time to enjoy a desert sunset and to enjoy a well-deserved Zarb – a traditional Bedouin dish of vegetables and meat cooked beneath a campfire. The starscape above Wadi Rum is particularly special and there’s no better way to end what will have been an incredible day with some star gazing

Day 8
Non Riding Day
  • Meals: Breakfast

Depart from Wadi Rum and transfer north to Amman and its Queen Alia International Airport (3.5 hours) for onward departures.

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The Cycling


The majority of cycling on this trip is on tarmac roads(with little traffic) or 4×4 width dirt roads.

Due to the natural nature of Jordan there will be sections of soft sand along the way. This is especially true on Day 7 when we head to Wadi Rum but there is very little that should be considered as technical.

Although the cycling distances are not too lengthy you may be cycling in hot conditions and there will be some ascents / ‘cheeky climbs’ and decent descents most days, though these are not overly challenging.


Cycling Adventures Grade

Grade 3 : Moderate

Distances generally between 20-45 miles / 32-72 kms per day

For the leisure cyclist with a good level of physical fitness

May include some steeper, cheeky climbs

Possibly sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc)

Our grading guidelines have been carefully created based on our many years of cycling experience, as well as customer feedback from our trips. Of course, if you're still struggling to figure out where you fit on the scale, do feel free to give us a quick call and we'll be more than happy to help!

For more information about our grading system click here.

Is this suitable for you?

Although you may not cycle everyday, you do keep yourself relatively fit and maybe enjoy an afternoon out on your bike at the weekend. Your preference is perhaps for flatter terrain but you don’t mind tackling some hills, and the occasional steep climb if you can take it at your own pace. For those happy to tackle some ups and downs, and possibly some sections of varying terrain (eg. forest tracks, gravel paths etc) we’d recommend our grade 3 trips. We’d generally expect those on a Grade 3 holiday to have a decent level of physical fitness and be comfortable with some longer days in the saddle.

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Dates & Prices

Private Departures

Private Departures

Are you keen to only travel with your family or friends? Struggling to find the right date? Well, we can organise a private departure for this tour and tailor aspects to suit your group's specific needs. Contact our friendly team and we'll help you turn your dream into reality.

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8 days
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8 days

Whats Included Tick

A) Hotel accommodation – Twin ensuite rooms – Days 1,3,4

B) Lodge accommodation – Twin ensuite rooms – Day 2

C) Bedouin camp accommodation – Twin share non en-suite rooms – Day 5, 6 & 7

D) Meals as itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

E) Water and snacks on cycling and non cycling days

F) Full tour service – guides, support vehicle(s) etc.

G) Airport transfers on scheduled arrival and departure days – Amman Airport (AMM)

H) Entry to all sites mentioned in the itinerary

I) Petra Full Day visit including English speaking guide (Day 6)

J) Sunset Jeep Safari Wadi Rum (Day 7)

What's not Included Cross

A) Flights and associated costs for travelling with a bike

B) Bike hire (available if required)

C) Bar bills/alcoholic drinks, hotel refreshments etc.

D) Tips for guides

E) Travel insurance

F) Personal clothing and equipment

G) Airport transfers on days other than the scheduled arrival and departure days

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The Essentials

Travel Options

Our tour starts in Amman, the capital of Jordan, following arrival at Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) which is located 35 Kms (20 miles) south of Amman.

From the UK Royal Jordanian Airlines and British Airways operate flights into Amman from London Heathrow (LHR). Outbound flights depart from the UK mid-afternoon, arriving at around midnight. Return flights depart from Amman around noon arriving in the UK in the afternoon.

Other non-direct options include Turkish Airlines and KLM / Air France who offer good options from regional UK airports.

Do not book any travel without contacting Skedaddle.


During this trip we spend 3 nights in modern well appointed hotels and 1 night in a great forest lodge within an eco-tourism area (www.rscn.org.jo) where the accommodation is arranged on a twin-share basis with en suite facilities.

Whilst at the Bedouin camps at Little Petra and Wadi Rum your accommodation consists of two-person tents that have single beds and shared shower and toilet facilities. See : www.littlepetracamp.com & www.rahayebdc.com

As with all of our trips we aim to use accommodation which showcases the style and hospitality of the area you are visiting. We always have comfort and convenience in mind when selecting such places.

Bike Hire

If you don’t own a bike or would prefer to avoid bringing your own we have bikes available for hire. For this trip they are intermediate-level Scott Aspect 740 aluminium mountain bikes with 27.5 wheels and specifications usually as follows: Hardtail (front suspension) with Air Forks, wide-range gears and hydraulic disc brakes.

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