Jordan Mountain Biking - Dead 2 Red
Jordan, Bike - Semi Slick, 9 days - from £1,045 (land only) - from €1,410 (land only) - from $1,700 (land only)
By: Lindsay Fulton, Newtownards, UK
I absolutely loved my holiday and would recommend KE again in a heartbeat. There was actually a lot more support available than I was expecting. I came equipped with lots of cycle spares as per the kit list but didn't need to worry about any bike malfunction as the support team were onto any problem as fast as it occured! It was amazing! Atef was amazing, he excelled my expectations in every respect. I felt very well looked after and appreciated his honest insights into his country. Our cycle guide, Khalid was equally great with endless energy, enthusiasm and passion for his sport. Our driver Abu Ahmed provided fantastic vehicular support and even the tourist policemen was 100% fabulous! The food was tremendous. Usually on these sorts of trips it's just the same thing over and over again. The variety was exceptional and the local dishes were top notch. The food provision made me very very happy. The accommodation was basic but as expected. I was extremely happy with the information I received prior to departure. All correspondence and my last minute changes were answered promptly by the KE team. My trip was excellent.
By: David Jackson, Western Australia
A great and well balanced trip with a good mix of riding and sights.The visit to Petra and the ride out to Wadi Rum being the highlights.
The team was excellent with good back up vehicles and help and advice always at hand.Food and on road snacks and drinks also very good.
By: Michael Millis, Surrey, UK
This was our first trip so we were unsure what to expect. The trip ran as we expected from the information available on your website. There were some real wow moments for us. It was as challenging as we expected. The food and snacks exceeded our expectation, the support was closer than I expected which was also good.
Local support was excellent. They were always close and available. Very friendly too. Never too much trouble to help. We liked this.
Anas was a great leader, shared his time with the whole group when he was able, the leader has to be at the front most of the time right! But he was able to let the faster people enjoy their break too whilst the slower cruised at their pace. Shared his enthusiasm with us all.
The whole thing...It was all good, seeing the country at this pace was great. Taking in most of the places you might like to visit along the way was a bonus too, it broke up the cycling a little.
By: Richard Potter, Northern Ireland, UK
The guides were very entertaining, sociable, patie nt and considerate. Full marks to all of them: Anas, Ataf and Adnan.
Particularly appreciated was them accommodating me in continuing with the climb from the Dead Sea to Karak when the majority of the group chose to visit the castle by bus.I did slightly underestimate the amount of hills on this trip. Although I read the dossier I think I just saw the distance figures and didn't really appreciate the significance of the ascent/descent statistics not knowing what these values are for my rides at home. Having been on somewhat similarly rated trips with other companies I think this was slightly more challenging in that respect. I wouldn't say the grading or notes were inaccurate though, just different companies probably grade their holidays slightly differently in terms of difficulty.
Very enjoyable challenging holiday. The itinerary was well thought out to give a good variation in cycling and scenery as well as seeing major sites such as Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea.
By: George Melling, Devon, UK
Great accommodation. Great food. Pace of the trip was ideal. Never felt rushed but also felt like we packed loads in. Such a well designed and thought out route and itinerary. Enjoyed the trip immensely thanks.
By: Iain Currie, Aberdeen, UK
Very well organised and everything ran extremely smoothly. The local guides were excellent. Everything was very well organised and there was no hanging around waiting for things to happen. Their knowledge of the local area and local people/way of life was excellent and they were very informative. They were also very friendly. What I most enjoyed? Visiting Petra and cycling through the desert. The level of cycling sounded more challenging and at a better level than other tour operators and the trip included all the things I wanted to see in Jordan.
By: Peter Uijttewaal, Warmond, Netherlands
We have been very pleased with the professional guidance and detailed and accurate program. Overall this trip has been a tremendous experience, away from the ordinary, and I cannot wait to make plans for a next trip with KE Adventure, with the same kind of service and attention.
By: Anthony Simler, London, UK
Was a fantastic trip, superbly organised both in the UK and Jordan. It was terrific and I will definitely be doing another KE trip in 2012. I most enjoyed the difficulty and variety of the cycling. The local staff (Anas and Atev) were great fun, highly knowledgeable and worked extremely hard. The route was amazing in its variety, and the whole experience was on the right side of challenging ie wasnt too hard to stop being fun.
By: Sharon Tracey, Surrey, UK
Raslan (our leader) went over and beyond all expectations. I loved the challenges of the trip, I was up for it and delighted with the support of the group and our leader. I had a wonderful time.
By: Phil Sidwell, Gloucestershire, UK
This really was a brilliant holiday from when we arrived in Jordan everything went extremely well. I cannot sing the praises of the support team highly enough. The whole holiday was just one of the best. Great for biking, great for culture, castles, dead sea, Petra etc, great for visiting the real Jordan, staying in local house, Bedouin tent, tea with the Bedouin and just talking with the support crew.
By: Lisa Armstrong, Ontario, Canada
Absolutely loved this trip. I've only been on one cycling trip before, and definitely found this trip challenging, but loved it! Really and excellent way to see the "real" Jordan. First trip with KE, and felt everything was well managed. Overall very good value, and would certainly consider another trip with KE. The local agent was amazing - friendly, helpful and seemed to think of everything. Very impressed. Have dealt with many adventure travel companies, and various local agents. Must say this was one of the best. Everything well taken care of, and always happy to see a local company and therefore the local people supported through these trips. Loved the purchase of food through local families, and the 'barter" system with locals to provide our leftover foods to locals in such a way so that it didn't feel like a handout. Everything well organized and quite impressed. Rented a bike, and found the quality very good and excellent value.
By: Aluisio Rosa Faria, Brazil
I enjoyed every moment: biking - even when I was almost dead at the Karak ascent, the cultural side and especially the very good food. And lets not forget the Arak experience, provided by Atef!
By: Laurie Cohen, Notthinghamshire, UK
The itinerary was wonderful - it was extremely challenging, but this is how it was advertised. The support was absolutely outstanding - on every level - practical, psychological, emotional, social. Azif was an incredibly motivation and inspiring guy who made a huge contribution to the whole experience. Raslan (our guide) was fantastic - hugely competent and knowledgeable. His skill and experience as a cyclist together with his great interpersonal skills meant that we always felt that we were in extremely safe hands. At the same time he was extremely fun to be with.
By: Isobel Myers, Notthinghamshire, UK
This was without a doubt the hardest but best weeks of my life. The trip run as smooth as anything and was just such a phenomenal trip - the scenery, the routes that we took, the variation in terrains, on-road, off-road, desert; it never for a minute got boring! And all the surprises and castles along the way just made it even more special. And the constant delicious snacks put the cherry on top! Raslan (our guide) is such an inspirational cyclist, so really kept us all motivated, taking pictures the whole time, riding back and forth in the group, really keeping us going, always smiling! I had little things with my bike, which he always fixed without getting annoyed, and it seemed the bigger problems he was great with too. He really made sure we were all smiling (even if it meant grimacing while we were going up, at the top we would be smiling!) again, I can't say enough just how amazing Raslan was!!!
By: Linda Hamilton, Shropshire, UK
The itinerary and sight-seeing/cycling mix was perfect. The day in Petra was excellent, the tunnel into Shobrack castle was good and the night in Wadi Rum was unmissable.
By: Tina Nielsen, Switzerland
The highly dedicated and extremely friendly guides providing outstanding support and guidance. I most enjoyed visiting the local people and the combination of challenging biking and visits to unique cultural/historical sights.
By: Chris Barrett, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Very helpful advice pre trip, Personal knowledge also gave me confidence. The local team could not do more, their attention to the needs of all the riders was exceptional. Exceeded every expectation. Already recommended to a number of friends. Staying with a local family on day two was fantastic and the welcome and hospitality was second to none....This holiday far exceeded all expectations. I chose KE as friends have used KE in the past and we have already made the same recommendations to friends who have shown an interest in the Dead to Red trip!
By: Emma Eliasson, Goteborg, Sweden
Everything was clear and we got fast answers. It was also valuable to be able to speak to someone who has actually done the bike trip. Overall, it was excellent and it exceeded my expectations even though they were high! I really had a truly great trip in a beautiful country, with great companionship and excellent service! I liked the homestay, also the tea-break next to the school and in the desert because then you get an idea of how normal life is, rather than just seeing the touristy places.
By: Sharon Wood, Surrey, UK
The whole trip was excellently researched, supported and run; I can't praise Anas highly enough. He was excellent - he rode with everyone at some point - he helped me on a hilly stretch to push me to my limit but recognised when I needed to stop. His enthusiasm was catching , and he helped me through the bits I found most challenging. His patience was a credit to him , as I'm sure I challenged it , as I know I did my partner's!
I had a fantastic time - full of wow moments , tears as I pushed my limits and faced fears , but there was always a smile on my face.