Off-beat Jordan: bike, hike

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Nestled like a vintage sepia postcard between the Red Sea, the Dead Sea, and the Arabian Desert, Jordan stands as an elevated plateau boasting diverse climates and remarkable biodiversity despite its modest size.

This Jordanian multisport tour combines cycling and hiking to uncover the finest aspects of Jordan. Hike through the picturesque Mukheris wadi near the Dead Sea and stay in the charming village of Dana. Enjoy a thrilling cycling tour from Shobak Castle to Little Petra, uncovering stunning mountain views and rolling hills along the way. Traverse the lesser-known backdoor trail to Petra, and experience the magic of cycling and hiking amidst the otherworldly landscapes of Wadi Rum. This journey is deeply imbued with Jordan's ancient spirit of hospitality, encompassing its UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the enchanting Bedouin culture.


Madaba | 13:00hrs







Avg. dist. cycled

40km or 25mi

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 12






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Visit the Ruins of Petra

A UNESCO World Heritage Site and widely regarded as one of the 7 wonders of the world


Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Madaba

We begin our Jordan bike journey from the city of Madaba, an ancient city of mosaics that lies 760m above sea level, southwest of the capital Amman. Like much of Jordan, Madaba is located on an elevated plateau rising 750m above the sea level, which imparts it a Mediterranean climate despite its relatively southern latitude of 31°43′N.

Our guide meets you at your hotel at 13:00hrs and takes you on a tour of must-visit attractions of Madaba. Madaba is known as the city of mosaics, and for good reason. Its most famous mosaic, known as the Map of Madaba is a 6th-century mosaic map of Jerusalem painstakingly put together using two million pieces of colored stone. The map is housed in St George’s Church, a must-visit on a Jordan trip.

Arrival Note:

The nearest airport to Madaba is Queen Alia International Airport, Amman. Madaba lies 22 kilometers from the airport, so we recommend directly hiring a taxi from the airport. The journey should take you about 30 to 40 minutes.

Meals: D
Accommodation: Saint John
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Day 2: Dana

We begin our day with a short shuttle transfer out of Madaba, driving on the famous King’s Highway that has connected Egypt to Arabia since Biblical times and has been the nerve center carrying trade, commerce, and culture in the region. The highway even finds a mention in the Book of Genesis, Chapter 14.

We head to Mount Nebo, a ridge that, on clear days, offers views of Jerusalem, Jericho, and the Jordan Valley. According to the Bible, it was at Mount Nebo that Moses was offered a view of the Promised Land before his death.

After the visit to Mount Nebo, we arrive at Mukheris, the start point for your exhilarating hike. Mukawir is no ordinary village. It is known to antiquity as Machaerus and is famous as the site of King Herod’s castle where St John the Baptist was imprisoned and executed. Mukawir/Machaerus lies on a sheer hill that rises 1100 m above the level of the Dead Sea, offering breathtaking views all around. Here, we set out on a hike through this beautiful wadi, amaze you with its lush vegetation, cascading waterfalls, palm trees, and even freshwater crabs.

Hiking: 7km/4mi (2-3 hours)

Meals: B,L,D
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Day 3: Little Petra

We start the day with a short shuttle transfer to Shobak, the site of millennia-old battles fought by the crusaders. Built-in 1115 CE by the French crusader king Baldwin I, the Shobak castle passed hands several times between Christian and Muslim forces as each side struggled to control the holy city of Jerusalem. Today an abandoned, beautiful ruin sitting atop a hill and overlooking fruit orchards, the castle sings ballads of fallen warriors and lost glories to harsh desert winds.

We ride on along a well-paved track offering excellent views of the Wadi Araba - a magnificent landscape of brilliantly colored rocks standing defiantly against the dun-colored desert landscape.

Across the Wadi Araba lies Israel.

We ride through an enjoyable, rolling landscape with a few uphills and downhills till we reach the town of Little Petra and set camp.

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Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 35km/21mi
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Day 4: Petra

This is the day we get to see one of the seven wonders of the world, and in honor, we exchange our bikes for our walking boots.

Except this is no ordinary walk.

Experience the awe-inspiring journey through Petra's enchanting 'Back Door' route. Marvel at the stunning sandstone mountains that guard the entrance and immerse yourself in the beauty of Wadi Ghurab. Follow the ancient Nabataean path, skirting around the final mountain on a natural rock terrace. Admire the hidden plateau above the breathtaking chasm of Wadi Siyyagh, where the impressive 'Monastery' is carved into the cliff face.

Descend through Nabataean steps into ancient Petra, passing by iconic landmarks like 'The Treasury' and the famous 'Petra Siq'. Dating back to the First century BCE, Petra was built by the Nabatean people, an ancient Arab tribe, before being annexed to the Roman Empire. The most famous of the ruins is the Ad Deir monastery, an awe-inspiring wonder carved out of sheer rock that is reached after labor of climbing 800 steps over 40 minutes.

Hiking: 13 km (5-6 hrs)

Meals: B,L
Accommodation: Petra Moon
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Day 5: Wadi Rum

We start the day with a short shuttle transfer before getting on to our bikes to enjoy a pleasant day of biking through desert trails. After a good 40 km of biking, we stop for lunch at an ancient trading town called Humayma.

Afterward we continue biking southwards, and shortly before we arrive at the famous Wadi Rum, end the day’s biking and drive the rest of the way.

Wadi Rum is famous for several reasons.

The first of these is because, it is, quite simply, one of the most spectacular landscapes on earth. Bare, barren, burnt red land for as far as the eye can see, and mountains of sandstone and granite arising out of it give the Wadi Rum the appearance of a place out of a dream. Not for nothing has it been called the closest thing to the surface of Mars on earth. In fact, some of the most popular sci-fi movies including Star Wars, Prometheus, The Martian, and Dune have used the Wadi Rum’s stunning landscape as the setting for their interplanetary tales.

The other reason for the Wadi Rum’s fame is its connection with the British officer T.E. Lawrence - better known as Lawrence of Arabia - and his autobiography The Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Lawrence of Arabia used the Wadi Rum as his base as he tried to unite the Bedouins to rise against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War.

Finally, petroglyphs dating back to the 8th century BCE can also be seen carved on the Wadi Rum’s sandstone mountains.

Dinner tonight is with a Bedouin family - a simple but delicious affair consisting of meat and vegetables cooked in a clay-fired oven called the Zerb.

We spend the night in a tented accommodation made of goat hair in the heart of the Wadi Rum as the stars shine brilliantly in the night sky above us.

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Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 40km/25mi
Accommodation: Martian Desert Camp
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Day 6: Wadi Rum

This morning, we venture into the southern expanse of the Jordanian desert, situated not too far from the border shared with Saudi Arabia. Our aim is to ascend the awe-inspiring Jebel al Hasch. Despite its impressive height of 1700 meters, this mountain does not pose a challenge in terms of difficulty or technicality. Our day begins early as we set out on a delightful thirty-minute jeep journey across the desert, followed by a hike through a picturesque rocky valley. Along the trail, we traverse smooth sandstone slabs and transition onto a sandy plateau. Circumventing the plateau, we then follow a goat path that leads us upwards toward the summit. From this vantage point, we are treated to breathtaking panoramas that encompass the entirety of Wadi Rum, extending even southward into Saudi territory. Following our moments of observation, we descend through another rocky valley to return to the desert floor, where we rendezvous with our crew for a shaded lunch break. The entire hike typically spans approximately four hours.

After a satisfying lunch and some well-deserved rest, we set off in our jeeps once more, journeying northward. On our route, we pass by native Bedouins who continue their traditional lifestyle of herding goats and camels amidst the desert expanse. These Bedouins still reside in the iconic black goat hair tents, maintaining their age-old way of life. Upon our return to the campsite, we savor a second night under the desert sky.

Hiking: 13km (6 hrs)

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Martian Desert Camp
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Day 7: Aqaba

We start the day’s biking by riding through the desert on an unmetalled track, occasionally running into patches of soft, golden sand. After some 30 km, we finally hit a paved road that leads us to the port town of Aqaba on the Red Sea.

Aqaba is Jordan’s only port city, and one of the most important ports in the Levant. We bike all the way to the edge of the Red Sea, sitting down to relax by the sandy beaches of this historic city.

And thus, having begun from high plateaus, riding through sandy deserts, and arrived at the sea - our epic journey through Jordan come to a close. Day 7 ELevation.jpg

Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 30km/18mi
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Day 8: Departure

We recommend extending at Aqaba, the only coastal city in Jordan that is wonderful to explore both by land and sea. One of its most unique and attractive features is the coral reefs of the Red Sea.

Meals: B

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Essential Info



All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.


Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.


A Van support follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.


Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.


Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.


Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.


E-bikes are available (subject to availability) on this trip at a surcharge.


Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.


Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.


Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.

Arrival & Departure Details

Fly In: Amman (Queen Alia International Airport)

The nearest airport to Madaba is Queen Alia International Airport, Amman. Madaba lies 22 kilometers from the airport, so we recommend directly hiring a taxi from the airport. The journey should take you about 30 to 40 minutes.

Fly Out: Aqaba (King Hussein International Airport)


Jordan offers a diverse and exciting climate for cycling and hiking enthusiasts, making it a suitable destination for this outdoor activity. The country's weather varies depending on the season and region, but here's an overview of Jordan's climate that is suitable for cycling and hiking:

Spring (March to May): Spring is one of the best times for cycling in Jordan. The weather is pleasantly mild, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F) in most regions. Wildflowers bloom, and the landscapes come alive with greenery, making it a visually appealing time to explore the country on two wheels.

Autumn (September to November): Similar to spring, autumn is another excellent season for cycling. Temperatures are comfortable, typically ranging from 18°C to 28°C (64°F to 82°F). The autumn months offer clear skies, making it a great time for long rides and exploration.






























Most citizens do not need to obtain a visa in advance to enter Jordan. Instead, visas can be obtained upon arrival in Jordan. We have your arrival details, and our airport representative will be there to warmly welcome and assist you with all necessary formalities, ensuring a seamless and stress-free experience. They will also work on acquiring a complimentary visa for you. To easily locate our representative, please look for the individual holding a sign with your name. Throughout the process, our representative will guide you and provide any needed assistance until you safely exit the airport terminal.

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