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Petra Desert Marathon - 02 Sept 2023 [6 Days] (PDM10)

Petra Desert Marathon - 02 Sept 2023 [6 Days]

Petra Desert Marathon - 02 Sept 2023 [6 Days] (PDM10)

Country Visited: Jordan
Days Distance Race Type Minimum Age Price from Style
6 Half Marathon,Full Marathon Runacations & Adventure 16 107480 Value Semi-Guided
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Petra is also called the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved.  From the start line in the Street of Facades, the route goes through the primeval city of Petra and takes runners on a picturesque tour through the staggering mountain and desert scene. Explore the UNESCO-recorded site while running a challenging desert marathon that showcases the grandeur of Jordan and have the unique experience of seeing Petra without the crowds.


  • Guaranteed Race Entry
  • Superbly located hotels
  • Meet runners from all over the world
  • No stress of planning - just run your race


Price includes:
- Race Entry
- 5 nights’ accommodation
- Meet n greet on arrival
- Arrival & Departure Transfer
- English-speaking tour leader(Tour as per the Itinerary)
- Walking tour of Petra
- Meals according to the itinerary
- Celebration Pasta Dinner


Day 1
WEDNESDAY: Arrive in Jordan and Transfer to Dead-Sea Open or Close

Upon arrival, our airport representative will meet you in the arrivals hall, after you've cleared immigration and customs, and guide you to the driver that will take you to your hotel at the Dead Sea.
A pre-night can be booked on request. Hotels’ check-in is normally at 15:00, after check – in, you will have the rest of the day free to relax in your room or explore the nearby places.

Meals - None

Day 2
THURSDAY: Day at leisure by the Dead Sea Open or Close

Today, we will wake up at the Dead Sea – the lowest point on Earth – and start the day with a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Our day will be all about winding down and relaxing by the pool or floating on the surface of the Dead Sea.


Day 3
FRIDAY: Transfer to Petra, race briefing and pasta dinner Open or Close

After breakfast at our hotel, we will check out at 09:00 AM and drive by bus to Wadi Musa (Petra). Our journey will take approximately 6 hours. Upon arrival, we’ll go straight for lunch at a local restaurant, where we’ll eat all sorts of local delicacies, while we wait for our rooms to be ready for check-in at 15:00.

After check-in we will get a few hours to settle in and go out to explore the illustrious “Red Rose City of Petra.” The hotel, located at the gate of Petra, means you are only steps away from this ancient rock-carved Nabataean city. Remember, tomorrow you will be able to get exclusive access to the city before it opens its doors to the public. We will also have Sunday to explore this wonderful place.

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.

In the evening, we can carbo-load with a pasta dinner served at our respective hotel restaurants. You are then welcome to go back to your rooms to get some well-needed rest before the big day.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4
SATURDAY: Race Day Open or Close

Today is the day we have all been waiting for! After an early wake-up call and a light continental breakfast, all runners meet outside the Petra Visitor Center. At 05:15, all participants 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.
The race starts at 06:30 AM for both full and half-marathon runners. Although Petra Desert Marathon is 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 route, have a look at our Route & Elevation section. At the finish line, refreshments and your medal will be waiting for you.

Meals: Breakfast and packed lunch

Day 5
SUNDAY:Petra sightseeing and celebration dinner Open or Close

Today we get to explore Petra's full glory. After breakfast, we will walk to Petra Visitor's Center 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'll walk through the Siq again and 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. We'll spend some time exploring the area and buy lunch on our own, after which we'll 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 area's Turkish baths and spas or simply treat yourself at a local restaurant with the unbelievably tasty Jordanian cuisine.

In the evening, all participants will head 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.

Meals: Breakfast and dinner

Day 6
MONDAY:Departure Open or Close

Sadly, 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 4 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).

Meals: Breakfast



STANDARD PACKAGE (Grand East at Dead Sea and Petra Moon hotel in Petra.)

DELUXE PACKAGE (Mövenpick Resort & Spa)



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  • Typically, the cost of flights, visas, passport, insurance is not included in the tour price unless stated otherwise.
  • Any meals not mentioned as included are at your own expense.
  • Single rooms, optional tours and extra nights cost extra.
  • Tips for drivers, guides and tour managers is not included in your tour price.
  • Arrival and departure transfers may or may not be included in your tour price – this is clearly stated on the trip page.
  • Excess baggage, porterage, laundry, phone calls, alcoholic beverages are considered personal expenses and not included in your tour price.
  • GST, VAT and other taxes as applicable in your country are additional to the tour price.

Booking Conditions


To confirm your booking a non-refundable deposit of INR 50,000 per person to be paid.
Full payment is due before 01st JUNE 2023.


Cancellation period                                                                            Charge
Cancel on or before 01st JUNE 2023                                               INR.15,000
Cancel on or after 02nd JUNE 2023                                             100% cancellation.

Before You Go

Things you need to know


Q.1 Can I book extra nights before or after the race? Open or Close

Yes, please get in touch with us and we will be happy to book the extra nights for you. We have various extension packages available on our website and we can also work with you to create a full extension package if you like.

Q.2 Q: Will I have to collect my own bib? Open or Close

A: Yes, the bib will be handed over to you one day prior to the marathon.

Q.3 Q: I am taking the race package through Active Holiday Company, is it possible for me to upgrade my accommodation? Open or Close

A: No, it is not. We plan it such that we have the whole group staying together at a single hotel so it will not be possible to upgrade hotels since you are part of a group booking.

Q.4 Q: How far is the hotel from the start/finish line? Open or Close

A: The hotels are within a walkable distance of Petra Visitor Centre, where the runners will gather before waking through the Siq to the start line at the Street of Facades.

Q.5 What is the running surface like ? Open or Close

The route is run on a mixture of gravel and paved roads. The surface in the desert sections is sand with loose rocks.

Q.6 What distance can I choose to run? Open or Close

The Petra Desert Marathon features a classic 42.195 km Marathon and a Half Marathon. The distances are color-coded – the marathon is black and the half marathon red. At the race briefing the day before the race, runners are permitted to change distance. Please note that a change of distance is not allowed on race day.

Q.7 What is the cut-off time? Open or Close

All runners have 7 hours to complete the race. 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 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 allowed to finish the race.


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Dates & Prices

5 Night/ 6 Days: 30th August - 04th September

Standard Package

Per Person on Double Occupancy  (with Race Entry) Per Person on Single Occupancy (with Race Entry) Per Person on Double Occupancy (without Race Entry) Per Person on Single Occupancy (without Race Entry)
INR 1,28,230 INR 1,56,870 INR 1,07,480 INR 1,36,120
AED 5670 AED 6935 AED 4750 AED 6020

Deluxe Package

Per Person on Double Occupancy  (with Race Entry) Per Person on Single Occupancy (with Race Entry) Per Person on Double Occupancy (without Race Entry) Per Person on Single Occupancy (without Race Entry)
INR 1,44,835 INR 1,84,260 INR 1,24,085 INR 1,63,510
AED 6400

AED  8150

AED 5485 AED 7230


All costs exclude GST 5% and  5% TCS (for bookings made in India) 
Payments through card attract 3% surcharge.
Active Holiday Company reserves the right to amend prices, if the currency fluctuates more than 10% 


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  • Guaranteed Race Entry, no timing qualification

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    that delivers value

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    runner ‘comforts’ included

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