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Ski surrounded by the Italian Dolomites' jagged peaks. Departures December through to February.
This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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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
the beautiful landscapes and the view points at petra, wandering through petra feeling that only we were inside and exploring the magical city
he definitely had the insider knowledge and his wealth of experience and contacts was evident
be warned it can rain at the dead sea. be prepared for all weathers especially after november it can be cold !! but still beautiful
do drag your mattress out at the campsite and watch the stars go by ..
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.
Walking through the Siq into Petra and snorkelling in the Red Sea.
Our group leader Sami was extremely good fun. His knowledge of the area was fantastic and we learnt a lot when we toured the various sites. His restaurant recommendations for our evening meals were perfect. Everything was planned to perfection and we did not have to think for ourselves at all for the whole week. Our cycle leader was Abid and he was a member of the Jordanian National Cycle team. However, he was happy to slow his pace down for us (well me really!).
This trip is classed as moderate but there were some quite steep climbs and some amazingly fast downhills. I have not done road biking for quite a few years and only do spin classes now. However, there were many stops so you were never left behind the group as they would wait while you catch up and the bus and mechanic's truck were always close by and available if need be.
A fabulous way to see Jordan. I would recommend this trip to everyone. Beautiful country, amazing cycling and a very well organised tour.
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!
Couldn't pick one in particular. I remember how we all felt during the day at the Dead Sea (day 3?) and I think we all secretly felt that nothing could match that day, but they all certainly did! Out on a yacht in the middle of the Red Sea snorkelling, some scuba diving too.. Sleeping under the stars in Wadi Rum, the endless hours you can spend trekking around the lost city of Petra.. Too many to mention
Our group leader, Ala, was very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable and could answer any question we threw at him. He kept referring to Jordan as "in my country..." so you could tell how proud he was to be Jordanian and how happy he was to be taking us around his country!
Johnny (our driver) and Laith (bike mechanic) were very approachable, friendly blokes too. Nothing was too much trouble for them.
A special mention however must go to our cycle guide, Abid (sp)!! Arabian cycling champion.. Abid is a character that, if you have the honour of meeting him, you certainly will not forget him! Anybody who was on this holiday (and I'm sure on others with Abid as the cycle guide) will agree that he was the cherry on top of the cake...and more! One of the most likeable blokes I have ever met and it was such a shame to say goodbye at the end of the holiday. I can't vouch for any other cycle guides on this trip (I'm sure they're all great) but Abid was something very very special and we couldn't have been luckier to have met him
Carry a certain amount of low denomination currency as much as you can, and put it in a separate pocket out of your wallet/purse. Last thing you want is for locals (in Petra particularly) to see that you have a weeks worth of money on you. Don't worry, it is perfectly safe, but they will be cheeky and expect a bigger tip from you. If you give them a couple of dinar from your pocket where you only have a few notes, it looks a lot better than from a wad of cash that you have for the whole week.
Don't let that put you off though, I've never been to a place where I have felt as safe as I did in Jordan, genuinely!
Safest place I've ever felt was in Jordan. And this being a country that is surrounded by areas that are only in the news for war and trouble. We walked through towns late at night and locals were passing us and taking the time to simply say "welcome to Jordan"... something that seems so simple, but when was the last time you saw/heard that on a regular basis? Very very hospitable people. A pleasure of a holiday, would certainly recommend Jordan to anyone with a sense of adventure, and this holiday covers it all!
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
Here are some articles from Exodus staff memebers who have travelled to Jordan.
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
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
Please note that the holy month of Ramadan will take place during specific dates each year, the actual dates will be listed in the respective Trip Notes. This is a time when followers of Islam do not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. This can sometimes affect the opening hours of certain tourist sites. However we will ensure that that the itinerary is affected as little as possible if you travel during this period. Food and drink is available to tourists during the day.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
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