Experience an authentic and intimate connection to this epic land and its people, over 2 weeks .
Highlights: Neve Tzedek, Crusader castle, "Baraam" National park, Tzfat.
Welcome to Israel. Upon your arrival, one of our representatives will meet you at the airport and assist you with your luggage. Afterwards you will meet your guide who will drive with you to the hotel, help you during check-in and leave you to rest. Before dinner we will enjoy a short walking tour on Neve Tzedek, a beautiful and historical part of the city. Over our welcome dinner, your guide will explain the itinerary for the following days.
Cycling Distance: None
Overnight: Tel-Aviv, Casual.
Carmel to Caesarea
Day 2: Highlights: Horn of Carmel, Binyamina, Caesarea
Transfer from Tel Aviv early morning to the Horn of Carmel. It is in this biblical site that Elijah fought the prophets of Ba’al (Kings 1). After enjoying a spectacular view of the Galilee, continue biking down the slope of the Carmel. Riding through the Amikam region- known as the Tuscany of Israel. Stop for lunch in a local winery at the old town of Binyamina. From here ride to Caesarea, built in the first century BC by King Herod. Bike along the Aqueduct all the way to the ancient port. Afterwards, take a short walking tour of the city that was once the capitol of Judea.Transfer to Nazareth.
Cycling Distance: 50 Km, Moderate.
Overnight: Nazareth, Casual.
Day 3: Highlights: Church of annunciation, Mt Tabor, Caucasian lunch, Golan winery, Mt Hermon
Start your day with a short walking tour of the old city of Nazareth, biblical home of Jesus, the church of annunciation and market. From here leave Nazareth and begin to cycling to Mt Tabor, overlooking the Galilee. Ride through the Beit Keshet Forest toward the village of Daburia, named after the prophet. Climb up Mt. Tabor, mentioned in the New Testament as the place of transfiguration, and see Byzantine and Crusader fortress.From here bike to Shibli and Kfar Kama and enjoy an authentic Caucasian lunch. Spend some time after lunch to see this beautiful village of this unique ethnic group. Continue cycling to Kfar Tavor, finish your ride at a local winery.
Cycling Distance: 35 Km, Moderate/Challenging.
Overnight: Kfar Tavor, Casual.
The Sea of Galilee, Golan Heights & Jordon valley
Day 4:Highlights: Sea of Galilee, Kibbutz style lunch, Hamat Gader,
Today you will head towards the Sea of Galilee passing through several small villages on our way. Riding down the slope towards the Sea of Galilee with the view of the Golan Heights. Stop to visit Moshava Kinneret, a landmark of Israeli history and the birth place of the Kibbutz. Continue through Dgania, the first kibbutz to enjoy a Kibbutz style lunch. Ride towards the Golan Heights. to Hamat Gader, hot springs baths which were in uses during the time of the Roman Empire. After soaking in warm water, head back to the shore of the Sea of Galilee where we will spend the night.
Cycling Distance: 90 Km, Moderate.
Overnight: Kibbutz Magan, Casual.
Day 5; Highlights: Golan Heights, Mt' Bental,Local wineries , "Gamala" National Park, Yardenit Baptismal Site
Cycling to top of the Golan Heights (Big hill, Optional transfer). Overlooking the Galilee on one side and Syria on the other,The Golan is home to some of Israel’s most interesting places and people.Cycling to Gamala, a city that resisted the Roman Empire, years before Masada. Cycling along the back roads of the region, enjoy wine tasting in the local wineries.
Cycling Distance: 90 Km, Challenging. or 50 km Moderate
Overnight: Merom Golan, Casual.
Day 6:Highlights: Beit Shan, Harod springs, Mt Gilboa,
Set out of Merom Golan cycling down to the River Jordan and arrive to "Beit Shan". End your ride with a visit and a refreshing swim in the pools at Harod springs if you are looking for onemclimb before the end of the ride- head up to Mt Gilboa, here you will meet our representative and transfer by car to Jerusalem
Cycling Distance: 80 Km, Moderate/Challenging.
Overnight: Jerusalem, Casual.
Add on options: A Tour Guide for this day.
Day 7: Highlights: Jerusalem by bike, Sabbath in Jerusalem,
Take advantage of the Sabbath in Jerusalem, and ride through the city streets and allies. Tour through The Israeli Parliament, The Valley of the Cross, the pioneer neighborhood of Rehavia, The German Colony and an overlook to the Old City. This trademark ride follows small streets, bike lanes, short cuts and hidden alleys unknown to most. For lunch stop at the Old City gates, and continue a afternoon in the Old City with its colorful markets, and local food.
Cycling Distance: 20 Km, moderate
Overnight: Jerusalem, casual.
Add on options: A tour guide for this day.
Day 8: Highlights: full Guided Day, Night ride, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall, Underground tunnels,
Our day will focus the 3000 year old city of Jerusalem, a world of its own, enclosed in walls and history. Our tour will take us through the alleys of the Old City, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Western Wall. We will also visit the Jewish Quarter and the Underground tunnels that go along the walls of the Second Temple. After passing through the market you will be free to choose whether to return to your hotel or tour on your own in the Old City until we meet again in the evening. Around dusk, we will leave for the breathtaking experience of a night ride in the city of Jerusalem. We will pass the Prime ministers home, Valley of the cross, Israeli Parliament and Supreme Court and then head through the market to Jaffa gate. Here we will devote some time for riding inside the allies of the Old City, ending back at downtown Jerusalem where we will enjoy a late night dinner.
Cycling Distance: 20 Km, Moderate
Overnight: Jerusalem, Casual.
Judean Hills To the Negev
Day 8: Judean Hills
The hills surrounding Jerusalem hold some of the best cycling routes in Israel, and we will probably see dozens of other cyclists as we head on our way. We will start riding from Bar Giora and head downhill towards Beit Shemesh (optional ride out of the city- additional 20 KM). We will ride through the Adolam Park, where we will get a glimpse of the famous caves where Bar Kochva and his supporters hid from the Romans in the year 135 AD. From here we will ride to the Ella Valley, the Biblical site of David and Goliath’s battle, and continue for a lunch and a taste of wine from Israel’s leading wine region. After lunch we will continue our ride through the rolling hills of the region and arrive at Kibbutz Galon where we will spend the night
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approximate cycling distance: 50-70 km
Overnight: Galon Kibbutz Hotel
Day 9: To the Negev
We will leave our Kibbutz and ride to explore the ruins of Beit Guvrin, a system of enchant caves dating back to different empires that passed through here. From here we will ride along the quiet by roads of the Region, passing the biblical Tel Lachish, and vineyards left and right. The ride will end at a visit to the Joe Allon museum of Bedouin Culture, where we will learn about the first habitats of the Negev region, where we will be passing for the next few days. From here we will ride by bus to the desert town of Arad, where we will spend the night.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Approximate Cycling Distance: 50-70 km
Masada, the Dead Sea & The Peace Route
Day 10: Arad to Masada and the Dead Sea
Our ride will begin in Arad, a small town built in the 1950′s as part of the movement to settle the desert. We will ride from here on a small road that goes through the desert with its spectacular views. We will stop for lunch in a Bedouin tent and then continue to Masada. Once we arrive at the site, we will leave the bikes and walk up the ramp, built by the Romans on their way to the historic conquer of the mountain. Here at the top, we will see the remains of one of the last villages to fight the Roman Empire, and one of Israel’s most important landmarks. After the visit, we will ride down by cable car and meet our bikes for a short ride along the shore of the Dead Sea. Once we reach the Dead Sea we will have time to relax and float in the water at the lowest place on earth.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Approximate Cycling Distance: 40 Km
Day 11: The Peace Route
Today will be a fairly easy ride in the Northern Arava desert region. We will be riding along one of the prettiest roads in Israel known as the “Peace Trail” along the Israeli Jordanian border. On the way we will ride in between small fields and green houses, producing food for export in the desert. We will stop at one of the small villages on the way for lunch and a swim in their pool (depending on season) and then ride back via the red rock “Wadi” to Hatzeva. We will spend the night at one of the local communities, and enjoy dinner in a peaceful B&B
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approximate Cycling Distance: 50 Km
Overnight: Arava B&B
Day 14: “Hei Daroma” To Eilat
The last stretch of the tour is long yet very rewarding. We will ride along the border with Egypt, looking into the Sinai Desert. This small road will take us from the Southern Negev to the Eilat Mountains. The road will climb up to the pass near Mt Shlomo and from there we will descent towards Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea. We will ride straight for the beach and celebrate arrival with a cold beer and a swim in the cool water. From here we will ride to the hotel and check in to our rooms. After relaxing, we will head to a local restaurant for a farewell dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Approximate Cycling Distance: 87 Km
Day 15: Day at leisure at Eilat
Enjoy the beaches and underwater world at Israel’s southern resort town.
Day 16: Departure
Travel either by car or plane to Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.
The route is: Suitable for road bike
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