Petra

ItinerarIes for Petra Marathon 2014

 

Run from the ancient city carved in the sandstone mountains and through the lunar-like landscape of the Jordanian desert! Choose from either the 4 or 7 day itineraries below:

 

BASIC PACKAGE – 4 days/3 nights

This long weekend package includes social events, transportation, and hotel accommodation.  The marathon package must be purchased separately. 
 

Day 1 – September 11th – Arrival Amman
Upon arrival at Amman Queen Alia International Airport and make your way to the hotel for check-in.  Transportation from the airport is not provided, but taxis are plentiful and cost about $35 USD one way.  At the hotel your tour leader and local guide will assist with check-in and provide information about the coming days.  The rest of the day is free to explore Amman on your own. No meals are included this day.

Day 2 – September 12th – Petra, race briefing, and pasta dinner
After breakfast we drive to Petra Visitors Centre where we will go on a guided walk through Petra and see the first part of the route that awaits tomorrow.   
The main entrance to the historical and archeological city of Petra is the Siq. With walls rising up to 200 meters in height, this narrow gorge split apart by tectonic forces, winds its way 1.2 km through the mountains and ends at Petra’s most elaborate ruin, the Treasury.   
We continue past the marvelous tombs and caves carved out of the red sandstone cliff and our guide will tell us about the old Nabateans who created the city. After some time to explore the area and buy lunch on our own we head back to hotel.  In the later afternoon all runners meet for a race briefing given by the Race Officials and Medical Team. In the evening we will carbo-load with a Pasta Dinner in the hotel restaurant.  Breakfast and pasta dinner included this day. 

 

Day 3 – September 13th – Petra Marathon & Half-Marathon
The day we have all been waiting for!
After an early wakeup call all runners gather at the start area just outside the entrance to Petra. At 6:00 all participants walk through the Siq to the start line at the Street of Facades. At 6:30 am the race is started for both full and half marathon runners. Although regarded as an official marathon with time taking, it is important to remember that it is first and foremost an Adventure Marathon in which the experience, scenery and satisfaction in completing is more important than winning or setting a personal record. For a detailed description of the marathon day and route, please see Race Information.  At the finish line runners receive the medal and refreshments before taking the bus back to the hotel. A light continental breakfast and packed lunch at the Finish included today.

 

Day 4 – September 14th – Farewell Jordan
Our adventure in Jordan is over and its time to bid farewell to this extraordinary country.  Check out from the hotel after breakfast and drive to Amman Airport.  Breakfast included this day. 

 


 


 

 

PETRA DESERT MARATHON PACKAGE – 7 days/6 nights

The Petra marathon is part of a seven-day tour package with great opportunity to explore one of the new 7 Wonders of the World.  A guided tour, a full day to visit on your own and of course the start of the race will make you see parts of this UNESCO World Heritage site that most never will.  With a grand celebration dinner under the stars and a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea you will be flying back home with a suitcase full of memories!


Day 1 – September 10th
Upon arrival at Amman Queen Alia International Airport and make your way to the hotel for check-in.  Transportation from the airport is not provided, but taxis are plentiful and cost about $35 USD one way.  At the hotel your tour leader and local guide will assist with check-in and provide information about the coming days.  The rest of the day is free to explore Amman on your own.  No meals are included this day.

Day 2 – September 11th – Mt. Nebo, Madaba, and Petra
We check out from our hotel in Amman in the morning and go south by bus towards Petra.  On the way we stop t visit Mount Nebo, the mountain where Moses saw the Holy Land before finding his final resting place on the mountain.  Like Moses we can enjoy the great views to Israel.  We continue to the historic city of Madaba, famous for the ancient “Mosaic of Jerusalem” – one of the oldest pictured testimonies of the Holy City.  A church has now been built up around the mosaic to protect this historical site.  From Madaba we drive to Petra and check into the hotel.   
Breakfast and lunch included this day.

Day 3 – September 12th – Petra, race briefing, and pasta dinner
After breakfast we drive to Petra Visitors Centre where we will go on a guided walk through Petra and see the first part of the route that awaits tomorrow.   
The main entrance to the historical and archeological city of Petra is the Siq. With walls rising up to 200 meters in height, this narrow gorge split apart by tectonic forces, winds its way 1.2 km through the mountains and ends at Petra’s most elaborate ruin, the Treasury.   
We continue past the marvelous tombs and caves carved out of the red sandstone cliff and our guide will tell us about the old Nabateans who created the city. After some time to explore the area and buy lunch on our own we head back to hotel.  In the later afternoon all runners meet for a race briefing given by the Race Officials and Medical Team. In the evening we will carbo-load with a Pasta Dinner in the hotel restaurant.   
Breakfast and pasta dinner included this day. 

Day 4 – September 13th – Petra Marathon & Half-Marathon
The day we have all been waiting for!
After an early wakeup call all runners gather at the start area just outside the entrance to Petra. At 6:00 all participants walk through the Siq to the start line at the Street of Facades. At 6:30 am the race is started for both full and half marathon runners. Although regarded as an official marathon with time taking, it is important to remember that it is first and foremost an Adventure Marathon in which the experience, scenery and satisfaction in completing is more important than winning or setting a personal record. For a detailed description of the marathon day and route, please see Race Information.  At the finish line runners receive the medal and refreshments before taking the bus back to the hotel.

A light continental breakfast and packed lunch at the Finish included today.

Day 5 – September 14th
Today is a recovery day for all of us to get back on the feet at our own pace.  Use your included 3-day entry ticket to visit Petra one more time and discover the hidden gems that only the few multiday visitors see.  You can also relax in the areas Turkish baths and Spas or simply retreat yourself at a local restaurant with the incredibly tasty Jordanian cuisine. 
In the evening all participants will depart from the hotel to Little Petra where we will celebrate our strenuous achievements of yesterday with a festive Celebration Dinner. Dine, Drink and Dance under the stars and crescent moon!
Breakfast and Celebration Dinner included this day.

Day 6 – September 15th – Dead Sea and Amman
After breakfast we check out from our hotel in Petra and drive to the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth.  We will use the facilities at the Dead Sea OH Beach Resort to take a swim in the Dead Sea and relax in the pool.  In the late afternoon we continue by bus to Amman and check into our hotel. Breakfast included this day.

 

Participants who book the Optional Tours will start these adventures after breakfast today!

 

Day 7 – September 16th – Farewell Jordan
Our adventure in Jordan is over and its time to bid farewell to this extraordinary country.  Check out from the hotel must be completed before 12:00 noon.  Transportation to the airport is not provided, but taxis or private transfers can be booked through the hotel reception. Breakfast included this day. 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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