Petra Desert Marathon & Half 2024
Run Back in Time with the Petra Desert Marathon!
Taking runners past tombs, caves and mountainside carvings, the Petra Desert Marathon is a spectacular event that does not disappoint! Jordan makes for an exciting getaway, with so much to see and do. Rich in culture, history and stunning views, our travel packages give you the chance to run this unique marathon while exploring all that Jordan has to offer.
From £1179 per person. Entry from £229
Packages sold out for 2023. 2024 details coming soon!
Travel Package Information
Wednesday 30th August, 2023
Arrival in Jordan & Transfer to the Dead Sea
Upon arrival, our airport representative will meet you in the arrivals hall to take you to your hotel at the Dead Sea. After check-in you have the rest of the day/evening free to enjoy the pool and the beach on your own.
Please note that many flights to Amman arrive at night time. Hotel check in is normally at 15:00 in the afternoon, so if you arrive in the night and want your room available upon arrival we recommend that you book a pre-night. The airport representative is also available for pre-night arrivals and participants also have transfer to the Dead Sea included for pre-night bookings.
Thursday 31st August, 2023
The Dead Sea
Race officials will provide all participants with a race briefing on the evening of 3 September, which will cover everything from a preliminary weather forecast to a brief presentation of the important route notes. Participants will also collect their goodie bags at the briefing.
Wake up at the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth – and start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Today will be all about winding down and relaxing by the pool or floating on the surface of the Dead Sea, which is sometimes considered the largest spa in the world, due to its healing properties. It is only fair you get to spend the whole day immersed in this magical place. It is the perfect way to mentally prepare yourself for the challenge ahead.
Friday 1st September, 2023
Dead Sea to Petra, Race Briefing & Pasta Dinner
After breakfast, you’ll take a long drive to Wadi Musa (Petra), approximately 6 hours to enjoy the views from the window. Upon arrival, you’ll have lunch at a local restaurant, before checking into your next hotel, the perfect location to get out and explore the illustrious “Red Rose City of Petra.” As the sun sets all runners will meet at tomorrow’s finish area, where the race officials and medical team will give the race briefing. Participants will also collect their goodie bags at the briefing. In the evening, carbo-load with a pasta dinner served at your hotel restaurant.
(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner included)
Saturday 2nd September, 2023
Today is the day we have all been waiting for! After an early wakeup call and a light continental breakfast, all runners will walk together 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.
(Breakfast and packed Lunch included)
Sunday 3rd September, 2023
Petra & Celebration Dinner
Today, explore Petra’s full glory. After breakfast, you will walk to Petra Visitor’s Center for a guided tour of the site, 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. After lunch you have free time, opt to try the Turkish baths and spas or enjoy on of the local restaurants. In the evening, all participants will head to the desert for a festive celebration dinner. Dine, drink, and dance under the stars.
(Breakfast and Dinner included)
Monday 4th September, 2023
Farewell Jordan, or Hello Extension!
Sadly, your Jordan adventure has come to end. 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 5 September as follows: 05:00, 08:00, 13:00 and 18:00.
It is possible to book a different transfer to Queen Alia International Airport if the above scheduled group transfers don’t fit your onward journey (extra charge).
Participants who book one of the extensions will start their adventure after breakfast today.
Adventure Extension – 4-7 September| 4 Days
Visit the vast and echoing Wadi Rum desert, also known as Valley of the Moon for a night under the stars at a Bedouin Camp. Over days 2 and 3, you will enjoy some hiking, beginning in the Dana Valley on the White Dome Trail taking in canyon-like valleys and terraced gardens. Followed by a two hour hike along a river the following day to reach the Wadi Mujib on the Siq trail. This trail involves climbing up small waterfalls with fixed ropes and ladders where you’ll have the opportunity to swim. There will be time to visit the famous Dead Sea, one of the lowest places in the world. You’ll spend your final night in Amman, before departing the next day.
Cultural Extension – 4-7 September | 4 Days
Amman will be your base for your four-day guided tour, as you set out on day trips to enjoy some of Jordan’s best cultural wonders. You’ll visit the historic city of Madaba, famous for the ancient “Mosaic of Jerusalem”, the Jordan Valley and Baptism Site, the As-Salt the living museum encapsulating the Ottoman period, lunch at the Castle of Ajloun and entrance to the excavated city of Jerash to see the well preserved ruins.
Petra Kitchen – 3 September | 2.5 Hours
In this cooking class, a chef will teach us how to cook a traditional Jordanian meal. Using fresh ingredients and local spices, we will chop, cut, slice, and mix to 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.
Petra By Night – 3 September| 2 Hours
Starting from the Petra Visitors Center after dark, we walk 2 km through the Siq to the Treasury on the path 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 will play the pipe and a storyteller will share a magical tale of Petra and the Nabateans.
Packages & Rates
Marathon Tours & Travel 2023 Petra Desert Marathon Package
This year we are offering 2 accommodation packages to choose from starting at £1179 per person based on sharing a twin (2 beds) or double room (1 double bed).
Each package includes the following:
- 5 nights’ accommodation
- English-speaking tour leader
- 4 scheduled departure transfers
- 3-days entry to Petra
- Celebration dinner including transportation
- Marathon or Half Marathon entry – £229
- Additional tours and excursions – See more details under “Extensions”
Race Entry Includes:
- English-speaking race officials
- Medical team
- Time keeping
- Transport to the starting point
- Manned drink stations including safety equipment
- Start number and medal
Why Book with Marathon Tours & Travel?
Choice of Hotels
Choose between a comfort level hotel (based on location) and a deluxe hotel option. In general, guests should expect the standard hotels to be clean and basic, with no added amenities. The comfort hotels will have limited amenities, while the deluxe hotels are more similar to name-brand Western hotels.
We take care of all of the logistics for you, so you can focus on the event and your trip. Book our 5 night package and in addition, book one of our optional excursions or extension tour.
You’re in Safe Hands
Whether you are running or supporting, we have an expert team on the ground to ensure your trip runs smoothly.
Petra Desert Marathon - Deluxe Accommodation - SOLD OUT
Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea and Mövenpick Resort Petra (or similar)
On the deluxe accommodation package you will stay the first 2 nights at the Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea or similar and the following 3 nights at Mövenpick Resort or similar in Petra.
Stay in two beautiful 5-star Mövenpick hotels that are elegantly furnished. Rooms are clean and well decorated, outfitted with modern amenities such as air-conditioning, room service options and satellite TVs. The properties offer great service and even have a chocolate hour for a complementary sweet indulgence every afternoon.
The Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea has an onsite spa with a wide selection of wellness treatments, access to the beach and a nicely designed adult-only infinity pool. restaurant offers all-day à la carte and buffet dining. Breakfast is served daily.
Once you arrive at the Mövenpick resort in Petra, you will be staying across from Petra and near to the centre of Wadi Musa, a favourite location for visitors to the area. Onsite there are two restaurants; one serving Mediterranean dishes, a tearoom, a fitness centre, games room and relaxing outdoor areas such as the roof garden and swimming pool.
Tourism St Petra Wadi Musa Jordan 71810Petra Desert Marathon - Standard Accommodation
Grand East Hotel and Petra Moon (or similar)
On the standard accommodation package you will stay the first 2 nights at the Grand East Hotel – Dead Sea or similar. The following 3 nights in Petra will be at Petra Moon or similar.
The Grand East Hotel is a large hotel complex on the Dead Sea Beach, offering lots of great onsite facilities such as 3 restaurants, 2 poolside bars, a shisha lounge, 4 outdoor pools, a full serviced spa and a gym. Lots of activities are on offer and there is great access to the beach. Rooms are air conditioned and fitted with straightforward amenities including a flat screen TV and a kettle. There is a free area shuttle to help you explore in your free time.
For the second half of the tour, you’ll stay at Petra Moon which is in a great location near to the Petra entrance. This well positioned hotel offers a friendly atmosphere and excellent amenities. Enjoy the views from the sun terrace there is an outdoor rooftop pool should you wish to take a dip. Food and drink options are available, meals are buffet style offering international cuisine. BBQ facilities are available at extra cost. All rooms come with a kettle and a hairdryer for added convenience.
Petra Visitor Center Street Wadi Musa Jordan 71882
Race Date: September 2, 2023
The race starts at 6:30AM, which means runners need to meet at the Visitor Center at 5:15AM.
All runners have seven (7) hours to complete the race. Runners still on the route after the cut-off time will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area. Five hours after the start however, the route closes at the 31 KM mark (10 KM for the half marathon) meaning that runners who haven’t passed this point by 11:30 AM will not be allowed to finish the race.
Start / Finish
For the start, all runners must meet at the Petra Visitor Centre from where we walk the 2.5 kilometres through the Siq and past the Treasury to the start line at the Street of Facades.
The finish line is located near the Petra Visitor Centre within walking distance of the Mövenpick Resort, Petra Palace, Petra Guest House, and Edom hotels.
All runners who complete the marathon or half-marathon within the time limit will receive a medal after crossing the finish line. Water and a sandwich lunch pack are given to all participants. Checked-in bags can be picked up at the bag check-out area.
From the start line in the Street of Facades, the route goes through the ancient city of Petra and right away you will find yourself surrounded with tombs, caves, and monasteries carved in the mountainsides. A 2 km uphill section on a paved road leads runners out of the Petra Archaeological Park boundaries and, via the main road, towards the desert on hilly tarmac road.
After 6 kilometres, the route leaves the asphalt road and continues into the desert. Half-marathon runners take the direct way to the river bed gorge “Siq Al Bard,” while marathon runners have to do a loop around the hilltop “Al Musirh.” Leaving Siq al Bard at Little Petra, the route goes back on the tarmac road heading towards the village of Ammarine.
Half-marathon runners continue straight through the village while marathon runners, just before the village, turn left on the road leading to Wadi Araba to do a 8 km back-tracking stretch that will take you past incredible rock formations that only a few tourists visit.
When passing the 30 km mark, full marathon runners find themselves back at Ammarine village and merge again with the half marathon course. From here, the route goes uphill to a mountain ridge for the next 5 kilometres, but the strenuous efforts are rewarded with an astonishing view over most of the marathon route, the mountains covering Petra and on clear days even Israel can be seen. On this mountain ridge the surface becomes gravel for the next 3 km. The final 4 km is steep downhill running on paved roads towards the finish line.
There will be no race pacers at this event.
It is very hot in Jordan. Be prepared for temperatures to be in the high range of 90F.
Marathon runners must be 18 years of age or older on race day. Half-Marathon runners must be 16 years of age or older on race day.
All finishers receive a medal. A small, symbolic prize is given to the winners of both distances for men and women. There is no prize money.
Difficult. Hilly course with an ascent of roughly 1,200 meters and a descent of 1,100 meters. Be prepared for unrelenting heat with temps between 85-103F.
Registration & Booking
On Request Bookings
Request Bookings will confirm that you have accepted our Booking Conditions. Your booking is not however, guaranteed until our partner company confirms availability. Please expect confirmation of place within 1-3 days of making your booking. Your card payment details will still be required for the deposit to secure your space, though please be advised this information will be held securely, and the card will only be debited upon confirmation of booking.
Albatros Adventure Marathons reserve the right to change the itinerary and/or running course without further notice in the event of extreme weather.
By signing up for this event you agree to the Terms & Conditions.
Please note that it is each traveller’s responsibility to check visa and passport requirements and ensure that they comply. Obtaining a passport and, if required, a visa, is solely the responsibility of each traveller. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after returning from your destination.
A visa is required for all travellers entering Jordan. Most nationalities can obtain the visa upon arrival at Amman airport at a 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. Please check with the FCO.
If you are a solo traveller and choose a shared double room when booking, we will pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If you prefer to have your own room, choose single room. A single supplement will apply.
Travel insurance is an essential part of any holiday you take, and we highly recommend that you purchase suitable insurance for your trip.
The roads are not closed for traffic. Although traffic is not heavy in the area, please be aware whenever running on asphalt roads. We advise you to run on the left side of the road, so you can see any vehicles coming towards you.
The route is run on a mixture of gravel and paved roads. The surface in the desert sections is sand with loose rocks.
A pocket of peace in the middle of an otherwise turbulent region, Jordan offers safe passage to experience the magic of the Levant.
From a lavish town of ruins hidden in the middle of the desert to a giant salt lake where one can float like a leaf, there are adventures galore in this middle eastern gem. Adventurous travelers can explore the desert of Wadi Rum – made famous by Lawrence of Arabia – or discover the living biblical history in the heart of The Holy Land. Add to that delicious cuisine and exceptionally hospitable people, and Jordan is a journey worth taking.
Full marathon runners must be at least 18 years old on race day.
Half marathon runners must be at least 16 years old.
It is recommended that participants run in light-weight, light-coloured clothing.
To prevent heatstroke, consider ways to keep direct sun off your skin – in that sense, a T-shirt offers better protection than a sleeveless shirt, but it is of course an personal choice. In all cases, we strongly recommend the use of sunscreen with high protection and a cap. One might also consider a buff or a bandana to keep sun off the back of your neck (plus, you can get it wet at the water stations to get a cooling effect).
There are no clothing restrictions, so women and men alike can run in shorts, tights, tank tops etc. As Petra is largely tourist destination, locals in the area are more used to seeing shorts than locals in some other parts of the country.
Awards and Medal
All finishers receive a medal. A small, symbolic prize is given to the winners for men and women. Please note that there is no prize money.
All runners have 7 hours from start time to complete their race, regardless of distance. Runners still on the route after the time limit will be picked up by a race official or medical car and driven back to the finish area.
Five hours after the start, however, the marathon route closes at the 31km mark (10km mark for the half marathon) meaning that runners who haven’t passed this point at 11:30 will not be permitted to finish the race.
With temperatures as high as 35°C / 95°F and a hilly, desert route offering very little shade, the Petra Desert Marathon is an arduous race. Participants should be ready to deal with heat and remember – hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!