Petra Desert Marathon

7 Sep 2019

Petra Desert Marathon 2018 5-day package

Welcome to the Petra Desert Marathon! Embark on an Arabian adventure and run one of the most challenging desert marathons on Earth.
30-3 Sep
5 days
950 USD

Starting from the ancient city of Petra, the marathon route takes runners on a scenic tour through the stunning mountain and desert landscape. Take part in a historic run in remarkable settings. Explore the UNESCO-listed site while running a challenging desert marathon that showcases the beauty of Jordan.

The marathon event consists of a full marathon and a half marathon. The event is part of a 5-day tour package which includes social events, tours, hotel accommodation, entry pass for Petra and a dip in the Dead Sea.

You can also extend your stay in Jordan with our tours suited for the adventurous or the cultural traveller.

Itinerary

The itinerary is detailed below. This is what you'll be doing during your stay!

30 AugArrival in Amman

Arrive in Amman Queen Alia International Airport (AMM).
There is no set arrival time, so you can book the flight most suitable from your departure airport.
Kindly note that a visa is required for all visitors to Jordan. For more visa details please read the Important Info section below.

In the arrival hall our representative will meet you and take you to the driver who will bring you to your hotel at the Dead Sea.
Note that you must choose between a standard hotel package and a deluxe hotel package.

The rest of the day is free to enjoy the pool and the beach on your own.

No meals are included today.

31 AugDead Sea, Petra, race briefing and pasta dinner

Waking up at the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth – you can start the day with a swim in the Dead Sea and relax by the pool.

In the early afternoon we check out and drive by bus to Wadi Musa (Petra). On the way we stop for lunch and upon arrival in Wadi Musa we check in at our hotel not far from the entrance to Petra.

In the evening all runners meet for a race briefing given by the race officials and medical team and afterwards we carbo-load with a pasta dinner in the hotel restaurant.

Breakfast, lunch, and pasta dinner included today.

1 SepRace day

The day we have all been waiting for! After an early wakeup call and breakfast, all runners meet outside the Petra Visitor Centre. At 5:30 all participants walk through the Siq to the start line at the Street of Facades. As Petra is not open to the public at that time of day, runners will get the unique experience of seeing Petra without the crowds. At 6:30 am the race starts for both full and half marathon runners. Although regarded as an official race following international competition rules including 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, have a look at the race info section.
Runners receive their medals and refreshments at the finish line. 

In the evening we offer two optional local experiences - Petra by Night and Petra Kitchen - that can be booked in addition to the tour package. For more detail please read the Excursion section below. 

A light continental breakfast and packed lunch at the finish area are included today.

2 SepPetra and celebration dinner

Today is the day to explore Petra at its full glory. After breakfast we walk to Petra Visitors Centre from where we will start our guided tour on foot and learn about the impressive history of yesterday’s starting point.

The main entrance to the historical and archeological city of Petra is the Siq. With walls rising up to 200 metres 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 temple, the Treasury. We continue past the marvellous tombs and caves carved out of the red sandstone cliff while our guide tells 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 our hotel.

Depending on how much time you want to spend in Petra you can also relax and recover from the strenuous efforts of yesterday in one of the areas’ Turkish baths and spas or simply treat yourself at a local restaurant with the incredibly tasty Jordanian cuisine.

In the evening all participants depart from the hotel to the desert where we celebrate the completion of the Petra Desert Marathon with a festive celebration dinner. Dine, drink and dance under the stars.

Breakfast and celebration dinner included today.

3 SepFarewell Jordan or hello extension

Our adventure in Jordan is over and it is time to bid farewell to this extraordinary country. Checkout from the hotel must be completed before 12:00 (noon). All participants are transferred to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.

Four transfers are available with ARRIVAL times at the airport on 3 September as follows: 05:00, 08:00, 13:00 and 18:00.

It is possible to book a different transfer to Amman if the above scheduled group transfers don't fit your onward journey (extra charge).

Participants who book one of the extensions will start these adventures after breakfast today.

Breakfast included today.

Excursions

Petra Kitchen

1 Sep | 2.5 hours | 45 USD
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In this cooking class the chef will teach us how to cook a traditional Jordanian meal. Using fresh ingredients and local spices we chop, cut, slice and mix and create a tasty array of soup, salads, appetizers and a main course. Of course we will all sit down at the end of the class and enjoy our cooking while the chef hands out the full recipes, so we can impress our friends and family at home.
The class starts at 17:30 and expected dinner time is around 19:00, which means that you will also be able to join the Petra by Night tour. 
Petra Kitchen is a fun and social way to celebrate the completion of the Petra Desert Marathon and a guaranteed delicious festive dinner - regardless of cooking skills!

Maximum number of participants is 40.

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Petra by Night

1 Sep | 2 hours | 35 USD
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Starting from the Petra Visitors Center after dark we walk the 2km through the Siq to the Treasury with the path being lit by candles. Nothing matches this special atmosphere where the candles throw flickering shadows on the rock walls and the Treasury stands mythical and awe-inspiring as we exit the Siq.
A local musician plays the pipe and a story teller shares a magical tale of Petra and the Nabateans.
This excursion normally only runs Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but Petra Desert Marathon participants will get the exclusive chance to experience this excursion, as the Petra by Night organisers have agreed to open the gates on the evening of the Petra Desert Marathon.
The tour runs with min. 50 participants.

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Extensions

Culture extension 4 days/3 nights

3-6 Sep | 4 days | 600 USD
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  • Day 1: Shoubak, Madaba & Mount Nebo

    We start the day with a visit to the former Crusader fortress of Shoubak, a castle from the Mamluk period with original Crusader features. From there 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 build up around the mosaic to protect this historical site.
    We continue to 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 and the Jordan Valley.
    We finish our day in Amman where we check in to the Grand Palace hotel.

    Breakfast and lunch included.

  • Day 2: As-Salt and Baptism Site

    Today we will be heading to the small town of As-Salt. Being a living museum, As-Salt features old lanes and dazzling houses from the late Ottoman period and a walking tour through this inviting community showcases some of Jordans most charming buildings and bazaars. In As-Salt, many traditional businesses and skilled artisans enrich the city's cultural life, and as you walk down the street, you will see a variety of different trades and shops, including blacksmiths, shoemakers, barbershops, Arabic sweet stores, and herbalists.
    From As-Salt we continue down the Jordan Valley to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, or better known as the Baptism Site. The place has been identified as the site where John the Baptist preached and where Jesus was baptised by John.
    We end the day in Amman with a dinner at a local restaurant.

    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included.

  • Day 3: Jerash and Amman

    After breakfast we head north through the Jordan Valley to the excavated city of Jerash. These well-preserved ruins were once the ground pillars of a Roman Decapolis city built in approximately 330 BC. In its peak the city flourished from trade with the Nabateans from Petra and was one of the most important cities in the Roman province. In 747 AD Jerash was hit by an earthquake and slowly the city was abandoned. As the years went by sand covered the columns and buildings, which is why everything was so well preserved when a Russian expedition excavated the city in 1878.

    After our visit in Jerash we drive back to Amman and do a sightseeing tour of the capital's most prominent sites and buildings.

    Breakfast and lunch included.

  • Day 4: Farewell Jordan

    Our adventure in Jordan is over and it’s time to bid farewell to this extraordinary country. Checkout from the hotel must be completed before 12:00 noon. All participants are transferred from Amman to Queen Alia International Airport.

    Three transfers are available and ARRIVAL times at the airport are 05:00, 13:00 and 18:00.

    It is possible to book a different transfer to Amman if the above scheduled group transfers don't fit your onward journey (extra charge).

    Breakfast included this day.

  • Price information

    Shared double room: USD 600
    Single room supplement: USD 160

    Inclusions:

    • 3 nights in Grand Palace, Amman
    • Transportation as per itinerary
    • Local guide
    • Entrance fee to Shoubak, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Baptism Site and Jerash
    • Meals according to itinerary

     

    Exclusions:

    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Beverages
    • Personal expenses
    • Cancellation insurance due to illness prior to departure
    • Travel and health insurance (we strongly recommend you to take out sufficient insurance)
    • Anything not mentioned under “Inclusions”
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Adventure extension - 4 days/3 nights

3-6 Sep | 4 days | 600 USD
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  • Day 1: Wadi Rum Desert

    Vast, echoing and god-like is how T.E. Lawrence described the Wadi Rum desert, also known as Valley of the Moon, and now it’s our turn to get lost in this stunning desert and sleep under the stars.

    After breakfast we leave Petra and drive to the magnificent Wadi Rum desert. It was here the British army officer T. E. Lawrence gathered the Arab tribes to revolt against the Ottoman Turkish rule during World War I, a story that reached world fame in the movie “Lawrence of Arabia”.
    From the Wadi Rum Visitors Centre we change from bus to jeeps and go on a tour in the desert past sand dunes and incredible rock formation. The tour ends in the middle of the desert where we set up our tented camp for the night. Like real Bedouins we will cook dinner over an open fire with the gazing stars and Moon illuminating our outdoor hotel.

    All meals included today.

    Note: Before booking this adventure kindly beware of the fact that toilets and running water will not be available at the camp!

  • Day 2: Dana Valley and White Dome Trail

    We enjoy breakfast Bedouin style before the jeeps bring us back to the Visitor Centre where our bus will take us to the village of Tafilah. From here we set out for an 8km hike through the Dana Valley – one of Jordans premier nature reserves. The trail contours the huge escarpments of Wadi Dana and offers breathtaking views of the canyon-like valley while passing through terraced gardens. After about 4 hours we reach Rummana Camp where we settle into our tent for the night.

    All meals included today.

  • Day 3: Wadi Mujib and Amman

    From Rummana Camp we head north along the Wadi Araba highway. Just before the Dead Sea we reach the Wadi Mujib gorge, in many ways similar to the Siq in Petra - narrow and with towering cliffs rising on both sides. Through the gorge runs the Mujib River and this unique nature reserve is home to over 400 species of plants, more than 100 species of birds and animals like the Nubian Ibex, Red Fox, Hyena, Jackal, Wild Cat, Caracal, Badger, Mongoose, Wolf and Arabian Leopard.
    We will see the Wadi Mujib on our 4 hours hike and swim through the river and nature reserve. Later we head to Amman where we check in to our hotel.

    Breakfast and lunch included today.

  • Day 4: Farewell Jordan

    Our adventure in Jordan is over and it’s time to bid farewell to this extraordinary country. Check out from the hotel must be completed before 12:00 in the afternoon. All participants are transferred from Amman to Queen Alia International Airport.

    Three transfers are available and ARRIVAL times at the airport are 05:00, 13:00 and 18:00. 

    It is possible to book a different transfer to Amman if the above scheduled group transfers don't fit your onward journey (extra charge).

    Breakfast included today.

  • Price information

    Shared double room: USD 600
    Single room supplement: USD 150

    Inclusions: 

    • 1 night in tented camp in Wadi Rum
    • 1 night in tented camp in Dana Valley
    • 1 night in Grand Palace hotel in Amman
    • Transportation as per itinerary
    • Local guide
    • Entrance fee to Wadi Rum and Wadi Mujib
    • Meals according to itinerary

    Exclusions:

    • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
    • Beverages
    • Personal expenses
    • Cancellation insurance due to illness prior to departure
    • Travel and health insurance (we strongly recommend you to take out sufficient insurance)
    • Anything not mentioned under “Exclusions”
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Price information

Have a look at package prices below. Please note that prices does not include the race package.

Prices

All prices are per person in USD.

STANDARD HOTEL
Shared double room:  USD 950
Single room supplement:  USD 150

DELUXE HOTEL
Shared double room:  USD 1200
Single room supplement:  USD 350

Inclusions

  • 4 nights’ accommodation in chosen hotel category
  • Arrival and scheduled departure transfer from/to Amman airport
  • Transportation as per itinerary
  • English speaking tour leader
  • 3-day entry to Petra
  • Meals according to itinerary
  • Celebration dinner

Exclusions

  • Flight to/from Jordan
  • Entry visa to Jordan
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for local guides and drivers (USD 5 per person per day is recommended)
  • Cancellation insurance due to illness or injury prior to departure
  • Travel and health insurance (we strongly recommend you to take out sufficient insurance)
  • Anything not mentioned under “Inclusions”

Marathon package

Marathon package (USD 250) includes:

  • Entry to Petra Desert Marathon or half marathon
  • English-speaking race officials
  • Danish and Jordanian medical team
  • Time taking and results service
  • Supplies on the route
  • Running T-shirt
  • Medal

Optional activities

Petra by Night - Saturday 1 September: USD 35
The event starts at 20:30 and takes 2 hours.

Petra Kitchen - Saturday 1 September: USD 45
The cooking class begins at 18:30 and takes about 2.5 hours.

Important Info

We've put together a list of important information about travel in Jordan. Have a look below.

Visa

A visa is required for all travellers entering Jordan.
Most nationalities can obtain the visa upon arrival at Amman airport at the cost of JOD 40. Note that cash payment is required. USD is accepted corresponding to the exchange rate at the time of entry.
Kindly be advised that certain nationalities require an entry visa to be obtained PRIOR to travel. A list of these nationalities, as well as the most updated rules and regulations can be found on the Jordan Tourism Board's website.

It is solely each traveller's own responsibility to ensure they are in possession of the necessary documentation, and in compliance with the laws and regulations of the country visited.

Arrival information

Arrival transfer is included regardless of your arrival time. Please provide your full flight details to us no later than four weeks before arrival. Kindly note that a short waiting time may occur at the airport. 

A Petra Desert Marathon representative will meet you in the arrivals hall and direct you to the driver who will take you to the hotel at the Dead Sea.

Many flights arrive at night time, so keep in mind that if you arrive early on 30 August you may be in need of a pre-night, as the normal check in time is at 15:00. A pre-night can be booked directly at the time of booking or at a later stage by emailing us.

Accommodation

The 5-days tour can be booked either as a standard hotel tour or a deluxe hotel tour.
The standard package stay the first night at the Grand East Hotel. The following 3 nights in Petra will be at Candles Hotel and should that fill up, we will also be using the Edom Hotel.

The deluxe package stay the first night at the Holiday Inn Dead Sea and the following 3 nights at Mövenpick Resort in Petra.

For the Culture extension and last night for the Adventure extension we use the 4-star Grand Palace in Amman.

Participants going on the Adventure Extension will have two nights in a tented camp. In Dana Valley the camp is set and has basic facilities for toilet and shower (note: cold water only). In Wadi Rum it is IMPORTANT to note that the camp will be set up by participants themselves and no toilets or running water is available once entering the desert.

Climate

The temperature in late August/early September is around 30 degrees Celsius and can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius (86-104 degrees Fahrenheit). Make sure you bring adequate sun protection.

Almost 90% of Jordan is desert or desert-like terrain. In the western part of Jordan, mountains rise to a height of 1,600-1,700 metres (5,000-5,500 feet). The Jordan River marks the border to Israel and the West Bank and runs into the Dead Sea – 408 metres (1,300 feet) under the sea surface.

In the mountain regions, rain occurs from November to April while the summer season and the eastern part of the country rarely sees precipitation.

Clothing

Jordan is fairly relaxed towards people's attire. We recommend that shoulders and knees are covered when visiting mosques.

Shorts are not often seen in Amman while Petra, as a tourist destination, is used to visitors dressed in summer clothes. Uncovered bikini tops should only be shown at the beach or pool side.

Kindly note that during the marathon and half marathon you can dress like you would do at a normal race – just consider the heat and wear light-weight and lightly-coloured clothes.

Currency

The currency in Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). We recommend that you bring US Dollars or Euro and exchange upon arrival. Major credit cards are widely accepted. 

Electricity

Jordan uses a mix of the round 2-pin and rectangular 3-pin 220 volt electricity plugs. Some hotels, however, may have other types installed, so it is recommended to bring an adapter no matter where you travel from.

Food

The Jordanian cuisine offers a wide variety of Arabic dishes and some “western”-style choices as well. Buffet selection is widely used at hotels and at restaurants near tourist sites. Most hotel restaurants also offer á la carte menus and room service.

Internet and phone

The international country code to call Jordan is +962. Roaming is available, but expensive. Check with your cell phone provider regarding rates before you travel. Internet connection can be purchased at most hotels.

Language and religion

Arabic is the native language in Jordan, but most speak English too. The dominant religion is Sunni-Muslim with minorities of Shia-Muslim and Christians.

Price level

A standard meal typically costs around USD 20 and we believe daily costs can be kept to a minimum of USD 50 per day.

Time zone

Jordan's time zone is GMT +2 hours.

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The 2018 Petra Desert Marathon is closed.

For the 2019 event, please sign up to our newsletter to be informed when registration opens.

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Wonderful setting, excellent organisation, friendly atmosphere.

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Fabulous experience in an astonishing place.

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