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We enjoyed the tour and all of the historical sites that we visited; we also enjoyed the recreational trips to swim or see the desert. I enjoyed the cycling and, as a regular rider in the UK, I did not find any of it difficult. We did not find the heat a problem but we have had regular holidays in Greece.
All of the Jordani people we met were friendly and helpful; some enthusiastic marketing of goods and services but nothing aggressive.
Realising the scale of Petra when I saw the vista from the steps above the Royal tombs.
Our group leader was excellent; energetic, knowledgeable and willing to adapt plans to the group's requirements.
The bicycles provided are basic hybrid or tourer style with general purpose saddles and rim brakes. Most male cyclists will find them too wide so taking a saddle would be a good idea. Luckily for me, one of the bike guides lent me his narrow saddle for the longer rides.
If you have any special interests about buildings or aspects of Petra, do some research to determine your "must-see" items. Let the guide know your interests and he will discuss a plan with you. In the time available you will not be able to see everything within Petra.
The tour title could mislead those who fail to read the trip notes about the amount of cycling.
Jordan is an incredible place in many ways and this trip was very well-organised to show us as much as possible. However, there were some things that let the trip - and us - down. As a keen cyclist I was disappointed with the actual distances we ended up cycling in this trip, they were never as long as the trip notes said they would be. Unfortunately the pace was also frequently too slow and there was only one cycle guide which meant the trip couldn't cater for different abilities. On other trips I've done there have been two, sometimes three guides to help people going at all speeds and this was a real downside here. It was very hilly in parts, which I enjoyed mainly, but it might not suit everyone. While our guide Wael was very informative, funny and good company, there were times when he seemed disorganised and he left us to go on another trip before seeing us back to the airport. A real disappointment was the snacks - basically we hardly had any! Strawberries on one day and a box of biscuits was passed around on a couple of days but then on both occasions disappeared, never to be seen again. We had dates precisely twice. Overall I thought this was really poor, especially as we had each given 30 Jordanian dollars towards snacks etc at the beginning of the week and 10x 35 is 350 Jordanian dinar which is early £400! We definitely didn't get value for money there at all. There were no cold drinks and when I asked we were promised we would stop and get some but that never happened. Another problem is the trip notes - the costing was out on everything. They recommend to bring about £350 - well I ended up having to take out another £300 over the trip and that was without buying anything major. Jordan is very expensive, especially if you drink alcohol - about £6-8 for a beer or glass of wine. Also all of the trips cost more than the notes said and I didn't do many of them. Exodus needs to update all of this asap. On the plus side, Petra was breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring, Jerash was also amazing and the desert was special too. It was a nice group of people and I am glad I experienced Jordan - it felt completely safe and most people were friendly and warm.
Camping in the Wadi desert with the amazing family who cooked traditional food for us, the camel susnset trip, telling ghost stories round the campfire and sleeping under the stars.
Wael was friendly and funny and very well-informed. However, I felt he lost interest in us as a group at the end when we were close to going.
Take a lot more money than exodus suggests and insect repellents if you plan on sleeping outside under the stars. Definitely ride the camels by sunset. Be prepared that the cycling may be less than you'd expect.
Great interesting country, one to see for sure.
We loved Jordan! The itinerary was very good - we got to see and do a lot in our week, a great variety of sights and experiences. Having been on several cycling holidays (with Exodus and other companies) we thought we knew what to expect. We did NOT expect the first 2 rides to be all fast downhill (with the exception of the last couple of miles) on bikes with terrible brakes. I like to earn a downhill and whizzing downwards concentrating on where I was going meant that I didn't really appreciate the view and the bad brakes made it hard work! The 3rd ride was truly awful but not normal itinerary ride so no comment. At last, the 4th ride was as we expected - some up, some down, lovely views, camels running down the road in front of us, a baby donkey running alongside us and a picnic at the end of the ride, perfect! The last ride was just a short, flat and fairly boring ride to the desert camp. The cycling element also made some of the other things a bit rushed. On the whole the cycling felt a bit 'tacked on' and not a cohesive part of the trip!
Visiting Petra - it was more amazing than we anticipated.
Floating in the Dead Sea.
Wael was great - informative, well organised, good natured and funny!!
Take the 'Week in Jordan' trip as you'll see exactly the same things (plus a bit more!) and take another one of Exodus' excellent cycling trips if you want to pedal!!! You'll have plenty of activity with all the miles of walking at Petra and the swimming at the Dead Sea and Aqaba.
Jordan is a lovely country - welcoming and friendly. Go and see it for yourself!!
It is great to go on a glass bottom boat ride when you are in Aqaba and the sea life is magnificent. You will have a chance to snorkel and see all the colourful fish for only 15JD!
Chloe Knott - Product Manager
You should check out the Cave Bar at the entrance to Petra. It's a 2000 year old Nabataean tomb, transformed into a classy pub! This is an excellent place to wind down after a long day in Petra, sipping a beer, a cocktail or a sheesha. The place has daily live Bedouin music and also serves local style food.
Prices are high, especially by Jordanian standards, but even so it is worth it just for the experience!
Sharmil Goswami - Sales
Yes, if you want a decent night sleep! Its gets cool in the desert and in winter, nights can be quite cold. The only other option might be a scratchy berber blanket, and we can't always guarantee availability or cleanliness of these ! You won't be carrying the bag around and can leave it on the bus the whole time until needed. You're near a permanent Bedouin camp (and fire) and since you set your tents up on soft sand, it's comfortable. Bring a head torch for going to the toilet during the night.
Rebecca Caldicott - Customer Operations
Yes. All the bikes are adaptable to be fitted with personalised bike parts. The support team accompanying the group will be able help with any bike alterations or damage to the bike along the entire trip.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
The cycling stages are broken up, so you are usually not cycling for more than a couple of hours at a time. The roads are generally not too busy and there will be long stretches where you will not see any vehicles. There climbs are not that long, but due to the heat in the warmer months, a reasonable level of fitness is required. This tour centres on the Jordan valley using mostly tarmac roads, which are generally in a good state of repair, with some unsurfaced sections.
The first two days are about 25 miles or so, nothing too punishing. You then have a day off at Petra (from cycling) then a shorter day (maybe 12 miles or so) to Little Petra (some hills!). Then after this it's a long day to Aqaba. It was quite hot when we were doing this day, and we had a strong wind coming across on the desert parts as some of them are quite exposed.
Then you have a couple of days in Wadi Rum with some short cycling, which was my favourite part, especially the camp in the desert with a full moon, pretty amazing!
There is also plenty of time to see the sights, walk around, relax and take photos, you're definitely not in the saddle non stop.
Rachael Stone - Customer Service
Shorts are fine as long as they're down to your knees, and I wouldn't advise tight lycra. Same with t-shirts - fine as long as shoulders aren't exposed. A light scarf is a good idea, as it guards against the sun when it's hot, and sand when it's windy. I had some shorts, canvas trousers and then just layers, so t-shirts, a couple of long sleeve tops and a warm jacket (it can get chilly at night). Light walking shoes or trainers are fine. I also had a pair of flip flops and some Converse trainers, as they are nice and light - but sandals are fine as well. No need for anything formal, you can dress as you like but generally people wore long trousers and a shirt at dinner (but t-shirt is absolutely fine as well!).
You don't need to be too severe. As long as shorts come to your knees, you'll be fine. It's best to cover shoulders but you will see plenty of tourists with bare shoulders around the place. Tourism has grown quite a lot in Jordan, so they are used to seeing less conservative dress, but it's good to still be aware of local sensibilities.
At the end of the day, nobody will probably say anything to you but this doesn't mean they are the most appropriate or suitable.
I changed Sterling cash when I arrrived (there's no real need to get Dinars in advance) and topped up with my ATM card towards the end. It's quite a safe country and, as long as you excercise the same degree of common sense you would at home, you shouldn't have any problems.
I found it all reasonably easy, but have done a few cycling trips before. But there were some people in my group who were doing their first and they also had no problems. As long as you are of reasonable fitness and are aware of the distances you'll be doing, you shouldn't have any problems. The roads are almost all tarmac, there is a definite downhill bias (although some uphill!) so it shouldn't be too bad.
The weather should be quite nice, but some nights may drop down to single figures. You'lll definitely need a jacket, nothing too heavy but something warm.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Synthetic, cotton or merino wool tops will be perfect for cycling , especially when it's hot . Shorts (could be padded) will also be great as it will almost certainly be too hot for cycling in trousers. Stiff sole shoes are in general better for cycling but you could also go for sandals. A lightweight windbreaker (or water-resistant/proof top) may come handy in the unlikely event of a spell of bad weather ; however, in case of rain you may well go for being wet because of the rain rather than because of your own sweat under a jacket.
Rachel George - Customer Operations
No, a quality local hire bike is included in the overall price of this cycling holiday.
If you prefer the familiarity of your own bike, you may of course bring it along. A discount of GBP90 will apply if you do so.
Middle Eastern food is delicious and you're in for a treat! Kebabs and grilled meat are ubiquitous and plentiful. Local salads are fantastically fresh, with lots of flavour. Fresh bread is provided with most meals, along with lots of nut/bean based dips and humous. Drinking water, in the form of cheap bottled water, is on sale everywhere. Enjoy!
Kai Aylward - Sales
If you are on the group flights, and the group is 5 or more, then it is obtained free of charge. When the group arrive in Amman, a local representative will meet you before immigration and take you though the process. The tour leader will then meet you on the other side, once you are through. If you are not on the group flights, and are a British passport holder, it is still quite straightforward. The cost is approx 10JD (Jordanian Dinar).
Alessandra Van Dyk - Customer Operations
Jordan is fairly relaxed compared to other Middle Eastern countries and in the main tourist areas such as Petra there are no real clothing restrictions (within reason!). In the smaller villages it is advised for women particularly to be more conservative in their clothing.
Chloe Knott - Product Manager
In terms of shopping, there's lots of small souvenirs you can buy in most towns on the itinerary, but most people on my trip ended up with shisha pipes!
Kai Aylward - Sales
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