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Number of Reviews: 67 Overall score: *****
Riding to Little Petra, Jordan
***** Written
Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Touring like a VIP

5
I watched the camel running alongside me for a while before my attention returned to the climb ahead. It looked steep, but I could see the top so I wasn't worried. Super-fit Andy was blasting ahead as usual and almost at the top, pursuing our even fitter cycling leader. I felt I could catch them, even in the fierce heat. My bike was a good one and rolling so easily on thin tyres that all I had to do was tuck in for a slight downhill and I'd gain enough momentum to carry me halfway up the slope. Energy from the delicious bananas handed out by our tour guide at the last stop would take care of the rest, and I could look around at the stunning desert landscape. The cycling leader, half my age and riding a proper racing bike, came flying back down the hill, then returned to pass me a few minutes later, out of the saddle with legs pounding like pistons. Show off. Our police escort followed him past, driving their huge SUV with red and blue lights flashing on the roof and Arabic police markings on the side. They accompanied us on all the cycling sections, stopping traffic at junctions and making it easy to imagine that we were part of the Tour de France. Special treatment that made us feel like we were honoured guests. We also had a tourist police officer with us on the bus at all times, speeding us through checkpoints and escorting us on foot to the tourist sites, stopping traffic so that we could cross the road. It felt like being a VIP but it wasn't even necessary because the locals were so friendly. Where the traffic was a nightmare and locals have to risk their lives, drivers would see a group of tourists and stop for us. Even taxi drivers would halt, smiling and waving us across. They treat tourists well. Even in the shops they don't try to take advantage of you, and the most delicious freshly made falafel sandwich will still only set you back about 50p. A local car came over the hill ahead of me, going very slowly with kids hanging out of the back windows to take a look at us. There weren't many cars on the roads we'd been cycling - traffic became a point of interest rather than a danger. As the car came level I heard the familiar cry of "Welcome to Jordan!". What a country. I reached the top of the hill and came through a pass cut into the rock, which opened up to reveal more great views across a valley, and the even more welcome sight of our bus with its fridge full of cold drinks. I needed one. My legs were still tired from hiking 13 miles up and down the rocks at Petra, a place with such atmosphere, such awe inspiring history and ancient craft that it will never leave you. I couldn't wait to get to our desert camp at Wadi Rum, for an evening of camel riding, freshly roasted feasting around the camp fire and a night under the stars, but I also knew that would mean the end of our cycling and I didn't want it to stop.
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Riding to Little Petra, Jordan
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Petra and Wadi Rum by Bike

5
Completing Petra and Wadi Rum by bike confirmed to me that age is no barrier to adventure. The route inspired awe for Jordans’ natural beauty and built wonders; our guides and the local people made the trip memorable by freely sharing their knowledge and hospitality. At any age you can appreciate the smooth organaisation experienced from booking the holiday throughout the trip right to the final transfer to the airport. No question was too difficult; nothing was too much trouble. I was so impressed that I am already considering my next trip with Exodus. Regards Stuart Browett. Thanks again for a fantastic holiday.
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Riding to Little Petra, Jordan
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

great way to see jordan

5
a wonderful trip around jordan bringing together the highlights in a bit of a whistlestop tour, yet with enough time to really get a feel for the country and the cycling bought the wonderful landscapes into reality rather than just watching them float by on a bus
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Riding to Little Petra, Jordan
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Petra & Wadi Rum by bike

5
I loved every second of this trip. I was with a fabulous group of people - only 7 of us in total but it was the perfect number. We all got on really well and had some great fun moments.
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Riding to Little Petra, Jordan
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

A Wonder of a Holiday!

5
I got back from Jordan just over a month ago now and still get a buzz from thinking about all the memories and looking through the photos. There is nothing that I would have changed about this holiday! It was my 1st Exodus holiday and it certainly will not be my last! In fact, I've already booked up for the Highlights of Northern India trip in October! The group of people on the trip were fantastic, the tour/cycle guides were 2nd to none. Couldn't recommend this trip more! Please see YouTube link below... Just a short video I compiled with some of the photos when I got back, hope you enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOIKEX2-49c
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Riding to Little Petra, Jordan
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Satisfying experience

4
It was a very last minute booking and I was really interested in the cycling. Not that I'm a good cyclist but I thought an active holiday would be fun and expected to see much more of the country passing by at a slow pace. In reality we went at quite fast pace through the villages - maybe next time a walking holiday! But the experiences were unforgettable. The landscapes first and foremost, the food, the companionship - everything was a feast for the senses. Most of all the night in Wadi Rum in a Bedouin Camp was unforgettable as was our exploring 'off the beaten track' in the vast site of Petra. Full credit to Exodus for a well run holiday and thanks to our fantastic guide, Danny. Jordan is one of those places that merits more than one visit. I will be back!
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Riding to Little Petra, Jordan
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Petra & Wadi Rum by bike

5
Great trip to a fascinating country of contrasts, amazing landscapes and historical interest, with a wonderful bunch of fellow travellers, who really made the trip special.
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Riding to Little Petra, Jordan
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

A wonderful trip

4
A great holiday, tiring in parts, that gives a wonderful insight into Jordan. You cover the whole country and pack a lot into this trip with all of the major tourist sites covered. The cycling was relatively easy with a couple of days of long descents (with a few uphill sections thrown in!).
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Riding to Little Petra, Jordan
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

PETRA & WADI RUM BY BIKE

5
Quite simply an amazing holiday. Jordan and it's people are beautiful and welcoming. The tour is very well organised and makes sure you see the highlights of Jordan in a short time as well as having time to get a feel of the country, especially when on the bike. The cycling is breathtaking and scenery peaceful and inspiring.
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