Jordan, Ma'an, Shobak The King's High way
Al-Shoubak District

Laurence Of Arabia Cycling Tour - Jordan

Laurence Of Arabia Cycling Tour - Jordan
Laurence Of Arabia Cycling Tour - Jordan
Laurence Of Arabia Cycling Tour - Jordan

Tour Itinerary

Welcome to Amman, the capital of Jordan. There are free transfers to the hotel from Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) for all customers today, who arrive on group visa. Please note, transfers should be booked with your sales representative at least two weeks before the tour starts.

Accommodation: Toledo Hotel in Amman (or similar)

After an initial briefing, we will stop to change money or use ATM in Amman. Then we will transfer by bus for approximately 1-hour to the ancient city of Jerash, Known in Roman times as Gerasa, on the way we stop to visit Zarrga (biblical river known as Yorbouk). Jerash is one of the best-preserved examples of a Roman provincial town in the Middle East. It is a vast site with incredible ruins that enable you to almost visualize Roman life there, from the dramatic chariot races to Oval Plaza. After a couple of hours absorbing the Roman ruins atmosphere of this incredible site, we will return to the bus for a short transfer to the beginning of our ride, having lunch en route. When we arrive, we will be introduced to the cycling team and our bikes. There is the safety and bike setting techniques briefing.

This afternoon we will cycle for approximately 4hr through the foothills of the Jordan Rift Valley. This is the most fertile region in the country. We will wind our way down quiet roads and through small villages taking in the landscapes, those villages are beautiful introduction into Jordanian culture and lifestyle. The cycling is on good roads and much of the time you will be descending. In places, there may be some loose gravel that you will need to watch out for and there is one fairly long ascent. You will be briefed about the ride before you set off and the support vehicles will always be following us. At the end of the ride, we will leave the bikes for the day and transfer to Madaba, the City of Mosaics. The bus journey will take approximately two hours. There are several nice restaurants in Madaba, plus cafes and shops selling excellent baklava. Madaba combine Christians and Muslims great example of tolerance.


Accommodation: comfortable hotel. Grand Hotel in Madaba (or similar)

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


After breakfast, we check-out and do a short visit to Saint George Church, Orthodox Church (6th C) and A.D mosaic of Jerusalem and the Holy land, which covers the floor of the church.

After the church we have short transfer out at the town to be reunited with bikes. We will ride from the (Plane Round about) to Mount Nebo, reputedly the burial site of Moses.

Today's ride starts with a 4.3mi (7km) mild ascent up Mount Nebo. From here it's a fantastic descent to the shores of the Dead Sea. Parts of this descent are quite steep but support will be at hand. At Dead Sea, we will change and take a float in the waters. After a shower, we will back on the bus for the long drive south (approximately 3 hours, enjoy the scenery of Tafila, Dana and Shoubak maintains from your seat) along the Kings Highway towards Petra. In many places, the route is spectacular and there will be a couple of stops to admire the view on the way, we will stop at Dana spectacular views.


Accommodation: Standard hotel – 3 stars

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Petra as the pearl of Tourism and beauty of Jordan. it was found by Nabateans, an Arab tribe arrived here 6th c. it was hidden for centuries and rediscovered by the Swiss traveler Johann Ludwig Burchhardt in 1812. Petra was built 3rd century B.C and continued through Roman period. Financed by Taxes levied on the desert caravans. The city was built down a sense of chams rather than on a hill top, which made it defensible and impressive.

During our time in Petra, we will have the opportunity to explore the site from all angles. We will walk down the narrow Siq, where reveals El Khazneh (the Treasury) as we reach its end. There will also be an opportunity to explore the higher caves and the High Place of Sacrifice for a fantastic panorama of the whole site. At ground level, we pass the houses and tombs of the rich citizens, and the amphitheater. A long walk beyond the center is El Deir (the Monastery) with its superb façade topped by a huge Urn. The Monastery is set in a more remote location of the site and there is the option to climb around 800 steps to reach it, but it is well worth it. Petra is an amazing story between the treasury facing east and the monastery at the end facing west. Nabateans Art masters the fact of time. 

Accommodation: Standard hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast. H.B (live cookery class). Red Cave restaurant


In the morning we cycle to the north of the main city of Petra to Little Petra and the Siq Al-Barid (the cool Siq). A classical temple stands guard outside the miniature Siq, which is believed to have been an important suburb to the city of Petra itself, little Petra is one of the main caravan stations. The narrow file, only some 1,148ft (350m) long, is crammed with triclinia, water channels and cisterns. Of particular note are the remains of painted frescoes on plaster dating from the first century B.C, which are to be found in one of the biclinia, there you enjoy the white sand domes which is totally different from the Rosy sand in Petra. Overnight in Petra.

Accommodation: Standard hotel. 3 stars

Meals Included: Breakfast

It's an early start today to avoid the heat for our first real desert experience. After a short transfer to Tayba village, we begin riding mostly on paved surfaces to Al-Rajif,on the beautiful Road of Kings Way (108-114 A.D). The road cuts through traditional Bedouin territory and is a seasonal stop for the nomadic shepherds of south Jordan so the chance of a local tea break is high, there you will see the scattered Bedouin tents on Al-Rajif hills. The road is in a good state of repair, with some sections having been recently resurfaced. Please mind the holes on stone parts of this Road. However, there is a chance that sand and stones have blown across the road and make for a loose surface, so care should be taken. We head into the desert and follow the road down to Gharandal via Dilagha to Wadi Araba. Colorful and panoramic sand dunes along the Road.

There are a few ascents and descents and it is our longest and hardest day of riding. However, it is also the most spectacular and rewarding. The road takes you on an amazing journey through the desert and makes for a very satisfying day of riding. This day is all about the cycling allowing us to immerse ourselves in the landscape. After our desert crossing, it's a short drive to Aqaba on the Red Sea. After you check in, get some time to relax and enjoy the city Tour with your guide to explore Aqaba atmosphere with locals

By bike ride (50 km)

Accommodation: four-star hotel (My Hotel) or similar

Meals Included: Breakfast

This morning we have free time to lounge on the beach, swim, or snorkel from the boat (40 JD). The transport and entrance to one of the private beaches is included in your trip. The hire of snorkeling equipment is extra to be paid on the day. In the early afternoon, we will transfer out of town for around 45 minutes and then we will get on the bikes for the last time. This ride will take us into Wadi Rum on a relatively flat desert road. The desert scenery today is quite different to that experienced yesterday and will evoke a sense of more recent history than what we have been experiencing until now. This is where Lawrence of Arabia and Prince Faisal assembled the Arab tribes for the attack on Aqaba in the first world war and also where sections of the film Lawrence of Arabia (1962) were shot. Tonight, we will experience Bedouin hospitality with a traditional meal (Zarab which is vegetables, chickens, and meat cooked under the ground. Also, Coffee lesson in the camp using coffee tools and story teller) and sweet tea and desert camping in goat-hair tents. We will be able to contemplate our week of adventure as we gaze up at the star-lit sky, warmed by a fire and sage tea. If you like you can pull your mattress outside and sleep under the stars.

Accommodation: private Bedouin camp

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast we take a 4x4 into the desert for around two hours. Following lunch, surrounded by the vastness of the desert and towering rocky outcrops, we transfer back to Amman, a journey of approximately four hours with a stop en route.

Accommodation: four-star hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast

Breakfast marks our final meal, an excellent chance to reminisce about an adventure packed with excitement. To make your return journey home easier, there’s a free shared transfer back to the airport.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour Overview :

Enjoy the highlight of Jordan by bike. Jordan is the perfect place to combine a cycling tour with some of the best archaeological sites in the Middle East. This bicycle trip takes us through juniper and hilltop villages in the north, while further south we head along desert roads. follow at same routs the ancient king’s way, following the footsteps at Roman and Nabateans caravans. This tour is punctuated by UNESCO badged site Petra. And a night under the embroidered sky with infinite stars at Wadi-Rum desert. In addition, floats at Dead Sea water, float at for relaxing and curing. 



  •  Cycle through spectacular desert scenery
  •  Visit the UNESCO-listed site of Petra
  • Camp under the stars in Wadi Rum
  •  Float at Dead Sea



  •  Three nights four-star, four nights comfortable hotels, one-night private desert camp
  •  Five days cycling with full vehicle support
  •  Food and beverage provided along the five days cycling (included the price)
  •  Group normally five to 18 plus local leader. Minimum age: 16 years old
  •  95 percent quiet paved roads, five percent gravel and sandy roads
  •  Mainly flat with some steep climbs and hot temperatures
  • Countries visited: Jordan




  •  All breakfasts, five lunches and two dinners
  •  All accommodation
  •  All transport and listed activities
  •  Supporting vehicle mechanic
  •  Tour leader throughout (local)
  •  Arrival and departure transfers
  •  Local bike hire



  •  Travel insurance
  •  Single accommodation (available on request)
  •  Visas or vaccinations
  •  Tips


5 Days of Cycling

Pace: Moderate: 6 mph-8 mph

Terrain: Low altitude; 90 percent paved, 10 percent gravel and sand

Day 2:    45 km

Day 3:   42 km

Day 5:   23 km

Day 6:   55 km

Day 7:   25 km


Essential Info



Visas are required by most nationalities and can be obtained at the border or Amman airport.

We will arrange a free visa (usually 40 Jordanian dinars, 60 US. Dollar) for travellers booking a tour and any pre-tour arrangements through us, provided we receive full passport and flight details at least two weeks before addition, we need insurance details, next of kin, name and phone number and any medical conditions or food allergies.

You will need to pay for the visa if we do not have these details two weeks before arrival or you are making your own pre-tour arrangements (ie extra nights before the tour that are not booked through Exodus).

A Travel Declaration form needs to be completed before travel and may be requested at check-in or on arrival in Jordan:

Our airport representative will meet and assist you with obtaining the free visa on arrival in Jordan at Customs & Immigration. They will be carrying an Exodus sign.


There are no mandatory vaccination requirements; however, the recommended vaccinations are polio, tetanus, typhoid. The Travel Health Pro website also recommends having a rabies vaccination on this trip, as cycling is considered a higher risk activity.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfast, two lunches, and one dinner in Wadi Rum are included and one dinner in Petra. While staying in hotels we usually eat in local restaurants and on some occasions the leader will take those who wish to a restaurant for a meze-style meal. A meze is made of lots of small dishes, eaten as a starter before a larger main course – a great way to taste lots of different regional foods in one sitting. These allow fast service and a good quality of food for the group and usually cost 10-15 Jordanian dinars per person (15-20 US. Dollar). If you are vegetarian, please note that main meals are limited in choice; however, meze is almost always available in restaurants and is a good, filling option. There is also a good choice of seafood available at the Red Sea. Meals are nearly always served with bread or in wraps so we recommend bringing some of your own snacks if your diet is more limited.

Alcohol is available in Jordan, but not widely. Many hotels do not sell alcohol but will often allow it to be brought in from elsewhere. It is best to plan ahead if you’ll want a drink, your tour leader will be able to tell you what’s possible and may be able to arrange a stop at a supermarket or liquor store (depending on location). In Petra, the unique Cave Bar in Petra Guesthouse is open to the public and Petra Palace bar. A less expensive option is the bar in the Petra Palace Hotel which is also open to all.


Spring and autumn are very popular in Jordan as it is cooler, around 24C (75F)  in the day and down to 8C (46F) at night. Rain is more likely, however, protracted bad weather is unlikely. It is hot and dry, but not unpleasant, throughout Jordan in the summer. Daytime maximum temperatures are around 32C (90F) in Amman. Jerash temperatures are the same.

Wadi Rum on average in summer is around 30C (86F) though it can get as high as 40C (104C). At night it is usually around 30C (86F). In winter, it is much cooler and can get as low as 10C (50F) during the day. In the evening it is around freezing point. There are occasions when there is rain or even snow in the desert. If weather conditions require it we may need to modify the itinerary or the camp location for your comfort and safety. Aqaba is very hot when the air is still, but there is usually a breeze. Rain is unusual but possible. The Dead Sea air temperatures vary from around 14C (57F) in winter up to highs around 37C (99F) in summer months. The water temperature however doesn’t drop below 20C (68F). As with many countries in the world, seasons can go on longer than usual so it is advisable to always check the weather of the country you are travelling to a week or two before your trip so you can pack appropriately.

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Road and Activity Level 3 (Moderate). Five days cycling, average 30mi (47km) per day with 100 percent vehicle support.

The tour centers on the Jordan Valley using mostly paved roads, which are generally in a good state of repair, with some pot-holed sections. The first two riding days involve several descents on paved roads. In places, there may be some loose stones so care needs to be taken. Some of the descents are quite steep, but the leader can assist you if you are not confident and the trip is fully vehicle-supported should you decide you want a day off riding.

The fourth day of cycling is the longest and most challenging in terms of terrain, but it is also the most spectacular. There are several ascents and one reasonably long and quite steep descent. This day is a fantastic day of riding but it is important you have a reasonable level of fitness and keep well hydrated in the warmer months. On the whole, the cycling days are quite short and, other than Day 6, you will not be cycling all day. The trip is well balanced with the cultural sites and these are as much the focus as the cycling. The day in Petra can be long and tiring but well worth the effort.

To do the optional 850 steps up to the Monastery or the climb up to the High Place of Sacrifice you should have a reasonable level of fitness. Your leader can provide you with further advice about these hikes. It is not advisable to do the High Place of Sacrifice if you suffer from vertigo as there are some very steep narrow steps and cliffs. The leader always accompanies anyone doing this option. While camping in Wadi Rum, please be aware that the plumbed toilets and showers are basic and hot water may be limited. Our private Exodus camp is, however, often mentioned as a highlight of the trip for many of our guests. In very rare instances, where local conditions require, we may need to amend the order of the itinerary but we will ensure that all the elements are still included and site visits are of the same duration.

During winter, Jordan can experience low temperatures so it is really important you are adequately equipped for the cycling and the night in the desert during this time. During summer it can get very hot and you will need to ensure you are hydrated and have appropriate sun protection. If you have any queries about the difficulty of the trip, please do not hesitate to contact us.

People, Places & Planet

We work hard to create trips that improve life for the people and places we visit, and look after the planet we explore.


How this trip helps improve life for local communities.

  • The use of a local guide means our customers will be well informed about local traditions, and cultural and social sensitivities.
  • This trip brings income and opportunity to the destination community through the inclusion of locally-owned hotels and restaurants, the emphasis on eating locally produced food and support of other local enterprise.
  • The hotels we stay in are dedicated to hiring local staff, this helps to benefit the surrounding community by providing employment opportunities and income alternatives where they may be otherwise hard to come by.
  • This trip stays one night in Wadi Rum desert at Desert Moon Private camp which is owned and managed by a local Bedouin family. This not only provides a source of income for the family but is a wonderful opportunity for our guests to interact with local people and share aspects of their traditions. (Tracking foot prints with an experienced Bedouin man through the Jeep Tour.)
  • In Wadi Rum we also do a jeep safari which provides another source of income for local people.
  • This tour encourages guests to visit local cafes and restaurants and use markets to purchase traditional crafts.


How this trip helps protect and conserve local landscapes and nature.

  • By travelling in a small group, led by a local guide, we ‘tread lightly’ to minimize our impact on local resources and the environment.
  • On this trip we visit 8 national heritage sites and the entrance fees included generates income which is used for the upkeep and development of these important monuments and nature parks.
  • Our trips adhere to ABTA’s industry-leading animal welfare guidelines to ensure the best possible practices with regard to working animals and wildlife viewing.
  • In Petra we do not recommend that guests ride horses or mules as we are not convinced their treatment is in line with industry-leading animal welfare guidelines.
  • We work with our partners on the ground to proactively eliminate or reduce waste, for example eliminating all single-use plastic water bottles and instead providing refills for re-usable bottles.
  • It is standard practice in Jordan to distribute left-over restaurant food to people in need.
  • Where possible on this trip paper bags are used as an alternative to single-use plastics.


How we seek to keep the carbon footprint of this trip low.

  • Read about our climate action, including our carbon reduction and compensation commitments.
  • Accommodation and restaurants in the itinerary use locally-sourced food which has not been transported long distances.
  • The Desert Moon Private camp in Wadi Rum uses solar panels.
  • This trip favors locally-owned and run accommodation.

Tips for sustainable travel on this trip

  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no litters behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. If there are no recycling facilities in-country, we’d ask you to consider bringing recyclable materials home with you.
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle on this trip; filtered water will be provided where tap water is not drinkable.
  • Cultural respect:
  • During the holy month of Ramadan Muslims refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking during daylight hours. Even chewing gum is considered haram. (forbidden). Although foreigners are not expected to follow these practices it is respectful to be discrete and not eat, drink, or smoke in general public.
  • It is common practice to remove one’s shoes before entering a mosque or someone’s home and you should tuck them under if sitting on the floor. It is respectful for women to cover their heads with a scarf when entering a mosque. Please note many mosques are not open for tourist visits.
  • Handshaking is only between members of the same sex.
    • Some Jordanians especially women and the elderly object to being photographed so please ask first.
    • Jordanians are very proud of their country and can be offended if you take pictures of anything ‘negative’ or suggestive of poverty. Photography in military zones and strategic areas like public buildings is prohibited.
    • It's polite to use only your right hand when eating something without cutlery and when handing money and small objects to someone else.
    • Generally, men’s and women’s clothing should cover shoulders and be on or below the knee.
    • Making the effort to fit in is invariably appreciated so being aware of these aspects of cultural respect will assist you during your travels in Jordan.

Dates, Prices and Booking

Sat 7 Oct 2023 - Sun 15 Oct 2023

Price : 1800 $

Guarantee Departure

Sat 14 Oct 2023 - Sat 21 Oct 2023

Price : 1982 $

Guarantee Departure

Sat 21 Oct 2023 - Sat 28 Oct 2023

Price : 1800 $

Guarantee Departure

Sat 11 Nov 2023 - Sun 19 Nov 2023

Price : 1800 $

Guarantee Departure

Sat 18 Nov 2023 - Sun 26 Nov 2023

Price : 1800 $

Guarantee Departure

Sat 23 Dec 2023 - Sun 31 Dec 2023

Price : 1800 $

Guarantee Departure

Hike Dana to Petra

tour in Al-Nawatef Trail

tour in Royal Tombs

tour in Wadi Rum desert

Bedouin camp under the stars