The route of everything, culture, nature, and history
an Intermediate-level cycling route from Jordan’s capital, Amman, to Al Kafrein Dam near the Jordan Valley.
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The starting point of the tour is the capital of Jordan. Amman is a modern city with numerous ancient ruins to be found on and outside the seven hills on which the city is built. On top of Jabal Al-Qala’a hill is the historic Citadel, which includes pillars of the Roman Temple of Hercules and the 8th-century Umayyad Palace complex - known for its large dome.
The King Hussain bin Tallal Mosque is the largest in Jordan. It was built in 2005 under King Abdullah II in West Amman. The mosque, defined by its square features, four minarets and marble floors, has an altitude of 1,031 meters (3,323 ft) above sea level, which makes it visible from most parts of Amman.
Iraq Al Ameer means “caves of the prince”. Many caves found in these hills were inhabited during the Copper Age. Old ruins such as a large cave church, Qasr Al-Abed, burial cave of the notable Jewish family Tobiah and many other historical artifacts can be found in the area.
On the way, we will come across Qasr Al-Abed, an architectural monument built in the first quarter of the second century BCE. The Hellenistic palace was destroyed by the Galilee earthquake in 363 AD; however, reconstructions have been made in the last decades, reviving various parts. The life-size lion reliefs on the building’s corners, leopard fountains on each lateral wall, and other decorations can still be admired today.
The finishing point is the Al Kafrein water dam. The 480m long and 30m high earthfill dam is located on Wadi Kafrein, only a few kilometres away from the active Jordan Valley fault.
The Amman to Al Kafrein Dam is an intermediate bike route with a good mix between road and off-road double track. The starting point is in Dabouq, near the King Hussein Bin Tallal Mosque. From there, we will pass through Bader and Iraq Al Ameer village. We will have a stop to admire the Hellenistic palace of Qasr Al-Abed before we continue with two major uphills. Here the breathtaking views start to become apparent as you can see the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea from on top of the sand-coloured mountains. Finally, an off-road double track will lead us to Al Kafrein Water Dam, where we will successfully finish the tour.
Elevation gain: +327m +18.3%
Elevation loss -1,452m -16.5%
Difficulty level: intermediate/mix on- and off-road
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For Groups above 4, Create a Tailor-Made Tour
- Bike & helmet - Scott Sub cross 30 2018 model
- Qualified first-class English-speaking cycling guide
- Escorting vehicle with spare parts during the biking tours
- Mechanical support
- First Aid support
- Water & fruits
- Excursions in modern deluxe A/C tourists vehicle as per the program
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