A short but memorable sightseeing tour in Jordan. Explore ancient Petra, see the red sand desert at Wadi Rum, and enjoy the pleasant water of the Red Sea.
5 day tour based on Istanbul – Aqaba flights
Camp out in Wadi Rum – fire, feast, desert sunset
Enjoy the Red Sea in Aqaba
This is not a long or sustained trekking holiday. It is a series of day-hikes in an unusual mountain area. We will walk for around 4 to 5 hours on each of the 4 days that we spend at Wadi Rum. This will involve walking on desert trails and soft sand, as well as scrambling on the jebels themselves. When climbing on the jebels we will usually be following routes which have been used for generations by Bedouin hunters and shepherds. The Bedouin guide will carry a climbing rope, which may be used on exposed sections to reassure group members who are not confident scramblers. The altitudes attained during this holiday will not cause problems. At the time of year that we will be visiting Jordan (winter) it will not be extremely hot during the day. However, we will encounter day-time temperatures as high as 30 degrees centigrade and sun protection and adequate hydration are important
This is not a long or sustained trekking holiday. It is a series of day-hikes, rides and other activities. You do need to be fit and active to take part. During the hikes we will walk for around 4 to 6 hours and on the approach to the Burdah Bridge in Wadi Rum, there will be some straightfoward scrambling on rock. For the canyoning, no previous experience of this activity is required, but a spirit of adventure is an essential. The biking is very straightforward on hard surfaced roads which are very quiet. At the time of year that you will be visiting Jordan (October through to May) it will not be extremely hot during the day. However, we might encounter day-time temperatures as high as 30 degrees centigrade and sun protection and adequate hydration are important considerations.
This is a holiday for regular bikers, with reasonable technical skills and good endurance levels. Most of the riding on this trip is straightforward on quiet tarmac roads or dirt roads used by 4WD vehicles. A little less than a third of the route is on dirt roads or more basic off-road tracks. There are short sections of village footpaths and pockets of soft sand when crossing the desert on days 7 and 8, but very little that could be described as technical. There are, however, some longish days involving a considerable amount of ascent, most notably on days 3, 4 and 5. Factor in the likely hot and dry conditions and this bike ride is not to be underestimated. By fitting this biking holiday into a one-week break we have created a fairly challenging route that provides perfect winter and early season training. Having said that, the support vehicle is available 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.