Petra Desert Marathon & Half-Marathon

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Thursday, August 30 - Arrival 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. 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. The rest of the day is free to enjoy the pool and the beach on your own.

Friday, August 31 - Dead 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/or relax by the pool. In the early afternoon we check out and drive by bus to Wadi Mousa (Petra). On the way we stop for lunch and upon arrival in Wadi Mousa we check in at our hotel not far from the entrance to Petra. In the late afternoon all runners meet for a race briefing given by the Race Officials and Medical Team.  Afterwards we will carbo-load with a pasta dinner in the hotel restaurant. (breakfast, lunch and dinner included)

Saturday, September 1 - Petra Desert Marathon & Half Marathon
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 am 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. Runners receive their medals and refreshments at the finish line. In the evening we offer two optional local experiences that can be booked in addition to your tour package.  (breakfast and lunch included)

  • Petra by Night is a unique way to visit the most famous of Petra's landmarks - the Treasury. The 1.2 km long Siq is lit by candles all the way to an illuminated Treasury where Bedouin music is played and local stories are told. This experience is normally only available Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but we have secured an extra tour especially for Petra Desert Marathon participants.
  • Petra Kitchen teaches you how to cook some of the most tasteful Jordanian dishes. Under professional guidance from your chef you will cook a full meal with delicious appetizers and a traditional main course. Of course we will sit down and enjoy the meal together and the full recipe is handed out to everyone, so you can cook for your friends and family at home. A fun and festive way to celebrate your completion of the Petra Desert Marathon today. 

Sunday, September 2 - Petra 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 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 temple, the Treasury. We continue past the marvelous 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. Tonight you can dine, drink and dance under the stars. (breakfast and dinner included)

Monday, September 3 - Farewell 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 pm (noon). All participants are transferred to Queen Alia International Airport in Amman. Four transfers are available with ARRIVAL times at the airport on  September 3 as follows: 5:00 am, 08:00 am, 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm. 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)

(activities subject to change)