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ID: 1093
CYCLING ON ANCIENT ROADS
Offered by Company : ID 2296
Country : Jordan
Destinations : amman (Amman Governorate), azraq (Amman Governorate), jerash (Irbid), madaba (Amman Governorate), petra (Ma)
Duration : 13 – 14 day(s)
Minimum Price : $690 USD ( Per Person)
Maximum Price : $1250 USD ( Per Person)
Type : Private,Customized
Season : All Year Round
Trip Categories : City Tour, Bicycle Tour
 
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Amman, Azraq, Shumari, Jerash, Umm Qais, Ajloun, Madaba, Nebo, Dead Sea, Dana, Wadi Rum, Petra, Aqaba, Wadi Arabah. Visit the Roman theatre and Byzantine churches with mosaic-covered floors. Enjoy a stroll along Jerash’ main road the Cardo and pass by the Nymphaeum. Jerash has been covered by sand for centuries, the main reason why it is still so well-preserved. You may experience the marvelous acoustics of the theatre, the stage of the Jerash music festival which takes place every year and much more..
Detail Information
Day 1: Arrival

Flight to Amman and transfer to Azraq Guesthouse for dinner and overnight stay

Day 2: Qasr Al-Azraq/Shumari natural reserve/Camping near the wetland

Your cycling tour will start with a visit of Qasr al-Azraq. This Islamic castle was built in black basalt and has been in continuous use since Roman times. During the Arab revolt it functioned as the headquarters of Lawrence of Arabia. You will cycle in the beautiful scenery of the Azraq Oasis and the Shaumari Nature Reserve. The Shaumari Nature Reserve is set up as a breeding centre for endangered or locally extinct wildlife. With a bit of luck you can see the oryxes, ostriches and gazelles. You will have camping near Azraq wetland. (B,L,D)
Cycling: 25 KM

Day 3: Azraq/ Qasr Kharranah/ Amra Palace/ Jerash

Breakfast, cycling to Qasr Al-Kharranah (15 KM) This imposing structure is situated about 65 km east of Amman and 18 km west of Qusayr Amra. Kharaneh is one of the best-preserved Umayyad monuments in the Jordanian steppe. It consists of 61 rooms arranged into 2 levels surrounded by a porticoes central courtyard. These rooms are grouped as self-contained units (bayts), each consisting of a central hall flanked on 2 sides by a pair of rooms opening onto the central hall. A 3-quarter round buttress supports each of the 4 corners, and 2 quarter-round towers line the entrance in the middle of the south side, whereas half-round buttresses occupy the middle of the 3 remaining sides. The exterior walls are pierced by narrow openings for lighting and ventilation, not arrow slits as sometimes described. On either side of the passageway that leads to the central court, is a long room, which served as a stable and storeroom. Originally, a small water tank stood in the middle of the courtyard to collect rainwater from the rooftops. Additional water was obtained from seep-holes dug in the adjacent valley-bed. The construction and architectural technique betray Sassanian influences, such as the use of squinches and shallow vaults resting on transverse arches, in addition to carved stucco decorations. We will continue to Qusair Amra (10 KM). is placed by Unesco on its World Heritage List. Its interior walls and ceilings are covered with lively frescoes and two of its rooms are paved with colorful mosaics. We will cycle to east of Amman (25 KM) and then by bus we drive to Jerash, overnight at small hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4: Jerash/ Ajloun/ Wadi Rayyan

In the morning, we will visit Jerash: The Pompeii of the East. You will enter Jerash through the monumental South Gate and find yourself wandering around in a Roman city. You will walk in the Oval Plaza surrounded by colonnades, visit the Roman theatre and Byzantine churches with mosaic-covered floors. Enjoy a stroll along Jerash’ main road the Cardo and pass by the Nymphaeum. Jerash has been covered by sand for centuries, the main reason why it is still so well-preserved. You may experience the marvelous acoustics of the theatre, the stage of the Jerash music festival which takes place every year. And see for yourself how the Romans built the earthquake-proof columns of the colonnaded streets, we pass from the olive gardens down to Rabad Castle (Ajlun castle), (24 KM), you will visit the Islamic military castle of Ajloun. The castle was used by the Islamic armies of Saladin to protect the region against the crusaders. Late afternoon cycling to the greenly canyon Wadi Rayyan (20 KM), where the prophet Shuyaib located, the best green part in Jordan, camping (B,L,D)

Day 5: Wadi Rayyan/ Madaba/ Nebo/ Ma'in

After breakfast, cycling to Madaba (70 KM), and visit the famous mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. Your next stop will be Mount Nebo (16 KM), where like Moses you will be able to overlook the Holy Land and the Dead Sea. If the sky is clear Jerusalem, Jericho and Bethlehem will meet your eye. The journey will continue along the King’s Highway to a small village has an amazing view of Moab lands and Dead Sea, we will have our campfire (B, L, D)

Day 6: Ma'in/ Wadi Moujip/ Trajan

From Ma'in village we start our cycling today to Moujip Dam (35 KM), the grand canyon of Jordan. A beautiful landscape, and natural reserves, Bedouin tents enroot, we will continue to Trajan Guesthouse (20 KM), overnight (B ,L, D)

Day 7: Trajan/ Kerak Castle/ Hammam Afra

Today we will head to Kerak Castle (35 KM), will be a visit to the castle of Karak, where Saladin and Richard Lion-heart fought during the crusades. Continue to natural hot springs: Hammamat Afra (40 KM), we will have swimming, baths in hot water, camping (B, L, D)

Day 8: Hammam Afra/ Dana

Today we drive for 10 KM and then we cycle to Dana Natural reserve (40 KM), we camp at Rummana campsite which has showers, toilets, and all services.
This campsite has a view of Dana natural reserve and Wadi Araba. (B, L, D)

Day 9: Dana/ Shoback/ Little Petra

Cycling from Dana natural reserve to Shoback Castle (40 KM) another crusader castle and we continue from the oldest forest, Oak trees to Little Petra (25 KM), where is the stone age village, and the we canyon, we sleep at cave in Little Petra, (B,L,D)

Day 10: Little Petra/ Petra

Breakfast at the cave, cycling to Petra (12 KM), will escort you into Petra and show you the highlights of the Nabatean city. You will enter the city through the Siq, the narrow gorge and be rewarded with the most astonishing and dramatic monument in Jordan: the Treasury. You will also visit the theatre, the tombs and fades and the colonnaded street. Afternoon climb up to the Monastery, enjoy the great view of Wadi Araba, and evening back to your cave in Little Petra (12 KM), overnight, (B, L, D)

Day 11: Petra/ Wadi Rum

We drive by bus to Rajif Mountains (20 KM), and we cycles through Ras Al-Neqeb, Dabbat Hanout, Humaima, Desit to Wadi Rum (110 KM), we arrive our Bedouin campsite, dinner and overnight, (B, L, D)

Day 12: Wadi Rum/ Aqaba

In the morning we cycles on the sand and off-road in Wad Rum and we will head by then to Aqaba (45 KM), check in at Hotel, private beach, swimming and snorkeling, relax, and stay at the beach, overnight. (B, L, D)

Day 13: Aqaba/ Amman

Free morning in Aqaba, and then by Bus to Amman, enjoy the highlights of Amman, city tour in Amman. Shopping in Old Souq, dinner and overnight.(B,L,D)

Day 14: Departure

Breakfast, transfer to Airport, assist with departure, back to home.

Notes
Price Includes:

• Meets and assist at airport
• More than 6 Pax, free visa fee to Jordan
• Jeep accompany throughout the tour
• Hotel accommodation at small hotels and campsites with dinner and breakfasts for 13 nights
• German speaking tour guide (for 5 Pax and more for 14 days), (01-04 Pax at the sites only)
• Entrance fees to all sites as per itinerary
• Permissions for camping
• All transfers
• All meals (Lunches, breakfasts, dinners)
• Truck to carry the cycles when needed
• First Aid
• Horse ride in Petra
• Assist with departure

Price Excludes:

• Visa fee for groups less than 6 pax
• Tips, travel insurance
• Any other item not mentioned in our itinerary
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