Petra Marathon 2015 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 10th – Arrival Amman
Upon arrival at Amman Queen Alia International Airport and make your way to the Grand Palace hotel in Amman for check-in. Transportation from the airport is not provided, but taxis are plentiful and are a fixed cost (approximately $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 – Dead Sea, Petra, race briefing, and pasta dinner
After breakfast check out of the hotel in Amman and head to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on Earth! We will use the facilities at Dead Sea OH Beach Resort to take a swim in the Dead Sea and relax at the pool.
In the afternoon we continue by bus to Wadi Mousa (Petra) and check in at Beit Zaman – this five-star hotel is built on the ruins of an ancient village and the rooms resemble houses typical of those found in Jordan in the 19th century.
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 12th – 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 5:45 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 13th – 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 14th – 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 14 September are:
07:45, 14:00, 18:00, and 23:00. 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.