Cycling Distance : 34.9km Elevation Gain: + 392m + 12.7% Elevation Loss: - 812m - 15.6% Difficulty level: Beginners
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Detailed Description About the Tour

The trip will start with a tour of the historical site of Umm Qais in northern Jordan. It is one of Jordan’s top tourist sites and the second most important site in the North of Jordan. The ancient city is also known as Gadara has been established during the Hellenistic period and was later under Roman, then Byzantine and early Muslim period after the battle of Yarmouk. The Yarmouk river forms the natural border to Syria for the most and from Umm Qais, you can overlook Syria, the Golan Heights, and also view Lake Tiberias in the far.

The historic sites are a perfect escape of the city and feature an impressive theater, ruins of old buildings, and a marble street with impressive pillars. The columns and other ruins have mixed beige sandstone and black basalt stone. Those are proof of the different influences over time. Since the North of Jordan is very much green, especially in the springtime, you can enjoy a wide range of flowers and trees. Sit down at the Theater, walk along the alley, and overlook different countries.

After visiting Umm Qais, we start our cycling tour. We start on flatlands and later cycle mostly downhill towards the Jordan Valley. On our descend, we will pass by the Arab Water Dam, one of Jordan’s most important dam in the North. There will be some switchback curves that require our attention. After that, we will be cycling near the border a few hundred meters below sea level. We then will turn North passing by some orange, lemon, and banana plantation next to the Yarmouk River. We will slightly cycle upwards until reaching sea level. Our trip will end near the Yarmouk Nature Reserve.

 

  • The starting point (Um Qais archaeological site).  Umm Qais is a perfect destination for absorbing the picturesque views of the Jordan Valley. There are many Roman sites at Umm Qais including two ancient theatres.

 

 

 

  • Finish Point (Berket al Arrayess - Natural Sinkhole).

 

Route description

The first 7km with the view of Golan heights and sea of galileo with an easy flat route we call it testing bike, then we start descending for 8 km on the road with some switchback curves that need your attention. The route will pass next to the Jordan borders, therefore, you always need to keep a copy of your passport available for the checkpoints, passing through Orange, lemon and banana farms next to Yarmouk river, amazing landscape then we finish at the natural sinkhole of Berket al Arayess

  • Meet & Assist at Amman Airport.
  • Individual transfer from/to Amman Airport.
  • Water Bottle
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • local English-speaking guide
  • Cycling guide/mechanic for cycling days who cycles with the group.
  • Support cycling truck for cycling days.
  • Bike (Scott Aspect 740 27,5″ or Sub cross 30) and helmet hire on cycling days.
  • Snack breaks on cycling days
  • Accommodation as per itinerary, sharing in a twin room with another member of the group of the same gender. (A supplement applies for a single room, available on request).
  • Airport drop off
  • Tips for service providers (drivers, guides, camping/ hotel staff, etc.).
  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Travel insurance.
  • Alcohol drinks.
  • Visa fees
  • Any airfare.
  • Any optional services.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions

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