Be one of the FIRST groups of foreign riders ever to see the wonders of Jordan by motorbike
Do you want to be a pioneer? Do you want to be on the very first tour on Jordan’s soon-t0-be-famous biking roads?
Do you want to ride those roads, but also see Petra, the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, Wadi Rum and thousands of years of history?
Well, you are in luck.
This seven-day ride carves a serpentine course around the best that Jordan has to offer. And believe us when we say that Jordan has it all to offer! You’ll traverse red deserts and empty spaces. You’ll snorkel over an aquamarine coral paradise. You’ll marvel at the strangeness of the Dead Sea, eat delicious food and meet the wonderful Bedouin. You’ll see layered history stretching thousands of years – and you’ll do all this from the saddle of a bike on some of the best roads you can imagine riding.
To boot, you’ll be among the very first foreigners to have ever explored this gorgeous and hospitable country by motorcycle.
This itinerary is still awaiting final details – including the price! But we invite you to register your interest by clicking on the Book Now button above (or below). We will then let you know as soon as the final details have been ironed-out so you can go ahead with your booking.
Please note that this is totally unique experience that you will not find on offer anywhere else.
Sound like your kind of thing? Then read on to find out how you can snaffle one of the very limited places available in March 2019.
Huge thanks to Ryan Edwardson @ryanedwardson and Scott Wilson @scott_departures for their pictures.
This is a 7-day motorbike adventure through Jordan from tip to tail.
We’ll roar past the solitude of Lawrence of Arabia’s desert at Wadi Rum (where the Last Jedi was recently filmed too), break bread and stay with the incredibly charismatic and hospitable Bedouin people who make the harsh landscape their home. We’ll take in all the major historical sites of interest – including Petra, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World – and of course you’ll have the chance to float in the oh-so-weird Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth at 440m below sea level. But we won’t bore you with it behind some flag-waving guide and you won’t be incarcerated in a tour bus between the sites.
We’ll provide you with a bike on arrival, and your luggage will be in our support vehicle, allowing you to ride unencumbered by weight and kit. This will permit you to enjoy the sinuous roads that we have found for you…… Soon people will have heard how incredible this place is to ride. You should be one of those who tell them.
It will be warm (and hopefully dry) weather riding and we’ll cover some distance in our week on the road, but boy you will not regret it for one instant. This is a special place and we are travelling around it by the best possible means.
There will be a maximum of seven people in the group. Read on to find out more.
Where will we be staying?
On this expedition, we’ll be staying in some comfortable hotels in Amman and Aqaba, guest houses or basic hotels in other towns, and in homestays / camps with the local people and their families. We feel that true luxury is getting to know a place and its people, not necessarily measured by the thread count of the bed linen or the number of hotel restaurants. Give us a real experience any day.
What size of group will it be?
Our group sizes are always small, allowing for an intimate experience of the places and cultures we meet along our path. On the Jordan motorbike expedition, group size is just 7 guest riders. We usually find groups are made of like-minded people, both male and female, from a wide age range. We like our expeditions to be have a personal touch throughout and you’ll be accompanied at all times not only by our highly-knowledgeable local guides, but also by one of the directors of Edge Expeditions.
How is this different to other itineraries in Jordan I’ve seen?
No-one else offers this itinerary or anything like it in Jordan.
Riding a rented motorcycle in Jordan only became legal for foreigners in March 2018. We were there very soon afterwards to ride along with the Jordan Tourist Board. The route we have developed is a result of that trip and we are the only company offering the chance to ride this wonderful country.
What will the weather be like?
March is normally just outside the rainy season in Jordan. It is also varied, because in a few short kilometres you can go from 440m below sea level to 1400+ metres above sea level. That can mean a lot of change in temperature, and mountains can always bring a chance of rain.
That said, this is a dry country so on the whole you should plan for hot weather riding – around 20-30C but have your waterproofs available for any sharp showers, and a warm jumper in case you need it in the desert.
I’m a solo traveller – is this for me?
Yes. More than 85% of our expedition clients travel alone as part of our group. You’ll travel as part of the group, not an outsider.
Do you charge single supplements – I can’t see them in your information?
Sometimes we cannot avoid it. We don’t believe that solo travellers should be penalised with extra charges. It goes against our ethos, so unless totally unavoidable or astronomically expensive, all costs are included in the expedition price. Please note that in many of our destinations, single rooms are simply not available due to the nature of the available tourism infrastructure.
In Jordan, you are the first to ride as part of a group here, so we have tried to keep initial costs down by using twin rooms. Our pricing is done on this basis. If you would prefer to have a single room wherever possible, we can do this for an extra (TBC) pounds per person.
What kit do I need to bring?
We will provide you with an information pack after signing up to this trip, and this will detail any particular equipment we think either necessary or useful.
Is there a back-up vehicle?
Yes. We will travel with a 4×4 carrying filtered water and spares where necessary. We also plan to have a spare bike available, and for there to be space to carry a bike in case of injury or illness on the road.
How much are flights?
This is a moving feast! It depends on where you are travelling from and how you want to get there. Royal Jordanian fly direct to Amman from cities all over the world, and the price very much depends on this basis. From London it is very possible to get flights for around the £300 return mark with BA or RJ. Recently some of the EU’s budget operators have also started flying. There are flights to Amman from more then 10 European locations that connect with the UK and further afield. For these flights, it is possible to get a return flight to/from the UK (including baggage allowance) for around £160, maybe less. Again, we’ll send you an information pack containing all the information you need when you book your place.
What will the food be like?
Delicious. Do not come here expecting to go on a diet. We eat a lot of salads, flatbreads, humous, roasted aubergines and tomatoes, roasted chicken, rice, baklava and halva, plus plenty of fruit. In general we think food is a core part of any cultural experience and there are a good number of local dishes to try on our route.
Will I have to share a room?
Yes, at times. There may be hotels and guest houses where we will have separate rooms and wherever possible we will arrange this, but there will also be times where we are staying at homestays or in yurts when there is no option but to share rooms. This is all part of the adventure, and a reason we love to travel here. It makes sense for light sleepers to bring good earplugs and eyemasks, in case of snorers or the host family waking early.
Do you perform proper risk management on your expeditions?
Yes. We are members of TRIP – the Travel Risk and Incident Prevention Group – and perform detailed country risk assessments prior to departure, in line with the ISO 31000 international standard for risk assessment. We also maintain close contact with the relevant Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for countries we plan to visit, in addition to making use of the Australian Smart Traveller assessment tool, and the US State Department’s OSAC service. Beyond this, we have a full set of risk management and disaster contingency plans for each expedition and are expedition first aid trained by Crux Medical. For final back up we also use the services of Remote Medical Support that allows us to have a UK expedition doctor on the end of a telephone line wherever we may be. And we always carry a satellite phone if there is any danger of being out of signal in the places we travel through. We really don’t mess around when it comes to safety.
I can’t do your dates but love the sound of your expedition – can you be flexible?
Yes. We offer set group dates for many of our expeditions, but we can organise and deliver bespoke expeditions to groups and individuals to suit your itinerary and budget. More information is available on our bespoke expeditions page. For this Jordanian motorcycle adventure, we have three departure dates in March and early April 2019, and are planning more beyond. It is not sensible to travel by bike here in mid Summer, so we have deliberately organised our three departures to coincide with the peachiest weather.
Is it a guaranteed departure?
As with any new, pioneering itinerary we need to reach a minimum number of guests to make this viable. On the Jordan by Motorcycle expedition this is 5 people from a possible 7. When you express interest in this expedition, we will send you a deposit invoice to hold your place. This is refundable according to our terms and conditions if we do not reach the minimum numbers. We recommend that you do not book your flights or other arrangements until we have communicated that the expedition is definitely departing as planned and will aim to do this in order to give you at least 3 months prior to the scheduled departure in which to make your travel arrangements.
Are the Bikes Insured?
The motorcycles are insured as per local law. Your own travel/personal insurance should cover you for riding a motorcycle of this size in Jordan.
Value for Money
We are very proud of the routes we design and the way in which we travel them. We don’t cut corners and we plan meticulously. We are a small company that treats every guest as our friend and you won’t find that kind of service in many places. 85% of our customers have re-booked to travel again with us and some of them come on a trip every year. We also do annual expedition and remote medicine training and pay for 24/7 remote medical assistance cover. We employ professional military-grade risk assessments and plan for every possible negative scenario whilst hoping that none ever come to pass. We take our obligations to you and your safety very seriously and this all does cost money. We think the price offered is keen, but add the extra measures outlined above and we think the price represents great value for an experience you won’t find elsewhere.
Known as the Switzerland of the Middle East, this is a peaceful and progressive nation in a region often subject to bad press.
Officially The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, this is a sovereign Arab state, bordered by Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iraq. An estimated 30% of the 2018 population of 10 million is thought to be refugees from various regional conflicts. It is a positive indictment of the culture of hospitality that marks Jordan so clearly as an amazing place to visit.
About the same size as Portugal or the US state of Maine, Jordan is largely a desert country with a warm, dry climate. The north is verdant with crops, many species of trees and is thick with historical remains of the Roman Empire. Amman, the capital city, is in the northern quarter of the country and is a fast growing metropolis with sky scrapers, 5 star hotels and everything else you might expect in a town of it’s size.
The Dead Sea is the lowest place on earth at 440 metres below sea level and is shrinking at around a metre per year, so the shoreline is actually getting lower as time goes on. There are grand plans to bring water to replenish the Dead Sea from the Red Sea at Aqaba – the Red to Dead project.
Aqaba offers world-class diving in gin-clear waters, and less than an hour north is the fantastic Wadi Rum, home to many film and TV productions from Lawrence of Arabia to The Last Jedi. Epic red sandstone bluffs poke from the yellow and red sands.
And of course here lies Petra, the jewel in the crown of Jordan’s tourism industry.
But more than anything, this country is about the people and their stories. You’ll be swaddled with kindness, delighted with food and drowned with tea. This is as welcoming a place as you’ll find anywhere on earth.