Fixed Departure Dates: March 2019. See itinerary for details.
No one has ever run motorbike trips in Jordan before, and we’re mightily proud to be the first people to do so.
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, snorkel over an aquamarine coral paradise, roar past the solitude of Lawrence of Arabia’s Wadi Rum (where scenes from The Last Jedi were recently filmed), feast on delicious food and stay in Bedouin desert camps.
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 440 metres below sea level. But you won’t be behind some flag-waving guide or incarcerated in a tour bus between the sites – you’ll do all this from the saddle of a bike on some of the best roads you can imagine riding.
To boot, since the law against foreigners riding motorbikes here has only just been lifted, you’ll be among the very first outsider to have ever explored this gorgeous and hospitable country by motorcycle. Our director, Marley, had a taster ride in early 2018 and was totally blown away by the experience. You can read about it here
A world-first, week-long motorcycle ride on some of the best tarmac roads on the planet. What are you waiting for?
||Amman Queen Alia International Airport
||Please ensure you arrive in good time for our scheduled departure from Amman
- Rental of a Motorcycle (model TBC), fully insured, prepared and maintained for your use.
- Accommodation in a range of homestays and hotels. These will range from simple family run Bedouin homestays to 3-4* hotels in the cities we pass through.
- All meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Local airport transfers
- A professional guiding team including either Ants or Marley from SRA and an English speaking local guide.
- Back-up vehicle and luggage transfers
- Fresh filtered water + a Water 2 Go water filtration bottle, in order to reduce plastic waste
- Professional route planning and logistics, backed by risk assessments, emergency procedures, satellite communications (where necessary) and medical support. We don’t take risks lightly and we plan for all eventualities, believing it is better to have prepared and not require a procedure than not to plan at all. We also carry a very well stocked First Aid and Trauma medical kit and have been First Aid and Trauma trained by the excellent team at Crux Medical.
- International Flights to/from Amman – we can organise these for you as part of the package – please advise us if you need this.
- Entrance fees to Petra World Heritage Site
- Guide gratuity
- Your personal clothing and any riding equipment you might need
- Extra daily costs for snacks, alcohol or souvenirs
- Your personal travel insurance
- Visas and other permits as required
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. Soon you’ll be telling the world about the empty, twisting, desert roads this fabulous country has to offer.
There will be a maximum of eight people in the group. Read on to find out more.
Huge thanks to Ryan Edwardson @ryanedwardson and Scott Wilson @scott_departures for their pictures.
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 eight 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 Silk Road Adventures.
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 warm weather riding – around 20C but have your waterproofs and thermals 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 £470 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.
We can book your flights for you through our trade ATOL partners – please just ask us for details.
What will the food be like?
Delicious. Do not come here expecting to go on a diet. We eat a lot of salads, flatbreads, hummus, 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 eye-masks, 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 two departure dates in March 2019, and are planning more beyond. It is not sensible to travel by bike here in mid-summer, so we have deliberately organised our two 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 8. 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.
Is this really for me?
Although this is an extremely enlivening way to spend two weeks of your life, it’s also potentially dangerous.
Travelling by motorbike is an inherently risky activity and to compound this, you will be travelling in a developing part of the world.
Not only could you be hurt, maimed or even killed but in the event of an accident it could take hours for the emergency services to reach you.
It will also be physically tiring.
Don’t even consider signing up for this adventure if you aren’t fully aware of the risks you are taking.
If you like your holidays to include foie gras, butlers and miles of quilted loo roll then please look elsewhere.
If however, you want a proper, unique and delightful experience that you’ll remember forever, then you are in luck!