Petra Marathon 2016 ITINERARY
Run from the ancient city carved in the sandstone mountains and through the lunar-like landscape of the Jordanian desert! Entry is offered with a base 4-night marathon package. Choose from three extensions to extend your travel post-race!
PETRA MARATHON PACKAGE – 5 days/4 nights
Day 1 – September 1st – Arrival into Amman
Upon arrival at Amman Queen Alia International Airport. Upon arrival our local represenative will meet you just before Immigration. One you have collected your luggage the local representative will take you through customs and take you to the driver who'll bring you to the Marriott Dead Sea Hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Amman on your own. No meals are included this day.
Day 2 – September 2nd – Dead Sea, Petra, race briefing, and pasta dinner
Waking up at the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth! - you will start your day with one of the best buffet brekfast in Jordan Spend the rest of the day swimming in the Dead Sea or relax at the pool.
In the afternoon we check out and drive by bus to Wadi Mousa (Petra) and check in at the Movenpick Resort - a five-star hotel located less than a five minute walk from the entrance to Petra.
In the evening all runners will meet for a race briefing given by the race officials and medical team and in the evening we will carbo-load with a pasta dinner in the hotel restaurant.
Breakfast and pasta dinner are included today.
Day 3 – September 3rd – Petra Marathon & Half-Marathon
The day we have all waited for! After an early wakeup call, all runners hop on the bus and drive to the Petra Visitors 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 tourist crowds. At 6:30 the race begins 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 of completing is more important than winning or setting a personal record. For a detailed description of the marathon day and route, please see the race website: www.petra-desert-marathon.com.
At the finish line, located in front of Beit Zaman hotel, runners receive their medals and refreshments.A light continental breakfast and packed lunch at the finish area are included today.
Day 4 – September 4th – Petra & Celebration Dinner
Today is the day to explore Petra in its full glory. After breakfast we drive to Petra Visitors Centre from where we start our guided walk and learn about the impressive history of yesterday’s starting point.
The main entrance of the historical and archaeological 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 ruin, the Treasury. We continue past the marvellous tombs and caves carved out of the red sandstone cliff while our guide tells us about the Nabateans who created the city. After some time to explore the area and buy lunch on our own we head back to the 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 Little Petra where we will celebrate the completion of Petra Desert Marathon with a festive celebration dinner. Dine, drink and dance under the stars and crescent moon.
Breakfast and celebration dinner are included today.
Day 5 – September 5th – Farewell Jordan or Extend your Jordan Adventure
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 provided an airport transfer at the below set times from Beit Zaman to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman.
Four transfers are arranged and ARRIVAL times at the airport on 5 September are:
08:00 and 14:00. It is possible, for an extra charge, to book an individual transfer to Amman if the group transfers don't fit your onward journey.
Participants who book one of the extensions will start these adventures after breakfast today.
Breakfast included today.