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Number of Reviews: 98 Overall score: *****
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Petra & Wadi Rum By Bike (and Minibus)

5
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.
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Wonderful in large parts

3
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.
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Jordan was great - the cycling was not!!

3
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!
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Petra and Wadi Rum by bike 25th March to 2nd April 2017

4
An excellent holiday. Hugely interesting part of the world. Well planned and even though an Arab Summit meant a change of itinerary, everything was fitted in, and in fact it was possibly better to do the Dead Sea at the end of the week anyway. On the whole everyone got on well. We were the oldest in the group and the pace was slightly fast for us. I also had a problem with my knees which meant I couldn't cycle as much as I wanted to,but everyone, guides, tourist police officer and other cyclists were helpful and supportive. We felt completely safe and it is a shame Tourism in Jordan is suffering from a down turn in holiday makers due to the situation in the Middle East
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Petra & Wadi Rum by bike

5
The holiday was action packed from start to finish and I was taken aback by the variety of sights that we saw during the trip. Whilst the first two cycles were a bit disappointing, the remaining cycles were much more interesting and challenging. In particular, I really enjoyed our longest cycling day through the desert - our group spread out on this day so for large parts of it I was in my "own world" riding through the spectacular desert scenery.
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Petra & Wadi Rum by Bike

Petra and Wadi Rum by Bike

4
The itinerary covered many of the best archeological sites in Jordan, with the added highlight of a night camping under the stars (which we couldn't see because, much to our surprise, it rained in the desert) in Wadi Rum. Petra is magnificent, as is Little Petra, and we had plenty of time to explore both. Floating (because it is next to impossible to swim) in the Dead Sea ended our trip on a high note. The only itinerary flaw was Aqaba. It is a busy, noisy city, in which, for us, the only thing to do with our free morning was to take an expensive, dull and uninspiring boat trip to snorkel amidst underwater garbage.
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