Day 3: Safed to Tiberius
We will drive after breakfast to the ancient town of Baram, and visit the second century synagogue that still stands there. From here we will begin to ride through the small roads of the upper Galilee, with breath taking views of the villages and vineyards around us. We will stop for a tasting in one of the local wineries and continue to Safed. Here, we will tour by foot the home of Jewish Mysticism and tour the unique art market.
After lunch in the Old City of Safed we will continue through the Birya Forest down towards the town of Rosh Pina. If time permits we will explore the historic houses there and then board the van and return to Tiberius for the night.
Cycling Distance: 45km-some hills
Day 4: Golan Heights to Tiberius
After breakfast we will take a short transfer to the top of the Golan Heights . This vast plateau, overlooking the Galilee on one side and Syria on the other, is home to some of Israel’s most interesting places and people. We will start the day at Gamla, a city that resisted the Roman army, several years before the events of Masada.
From here we will ride along the back roads of the region, enjoying a short wine tasting stop in one of the local wineries. Our ride will end, after a long decent, at the Hamat Gader Spa Village, using the same hot springs the Roman used years ago we will relax in the pools here. After enjoying the spring we will board the bus and transfer back to Tiberius for the night.
Cycling Distance: 55 km
Day 5: Nazareth to Kfar Tavor
We will start the day with a short walking tour of the Old city of Nazareth, biblical home of Jesus, the Basilica of the Annunciation, and the local market. From here we will leave Nazareth and begin to ride to Mt Tabor, overlooking the Galilee. We start riding through the Beit Keshet Forest to the village of Daburia, named after the prophet Dvora that lived in the area of Mount Tavor in the time of the Bible.
We will climb Mount Tavor, mentioned in the New Testament as the place of the transfiguration, and see the monastery at the top as well as the ruins of a Byzantine and Crusader fortress. Following our visit here, we will bike to Shibli and Kfar Kama we we will enjoy an authentic Circassian lunch. We will take some time after lunch to see this beautiful village and the museum of this unique ethnic group, who came to the Land of Israel during the Ottoman period from the area of the Caucasus on the Black Sea. From Kfar Kama we will board the bus and head towards Jerusalem, the Eternal City.
Cycling Distance: 35km
Day 6: Jerusalem
We will take advantage of the Sabbath in Jerusalem, and ride through the city streets and allies. Our tour will include The Israeli Parliament, The Valley of the Cross, the pioneer neighborhood of Rehavia, The German Colony and an overlook of the Old City. This trademark ride follows small streets, bike lanes, short cuts and hidden alleys unknown to most. For lunch we will stop at the Old City gates, and continue independently for a free afternoon in the Old City with its colorful markets, holy sites, and local food.
Cycling Distance: 20 km
Day 7: Jerusalem Foot & Night Tour
Our day will focus the 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 in a guided tour on foot including the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Western Wall. We will also visit the Jewish Quarter and the tunnels that go along the walls of the Jewish 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 meet again and go on a breathtaking experience of a night ride in the city of Jerusalem. We will pass various landmarks of the New city, before heading to the Jaffa Gate and delving into the Old City. We will devote the evening to riding inside the allies of the Old City enjoying the quiet that nighttime brings to these usually bustling streets; ending back at Jaffa Gate for a cold drink and a midnight snack.
Cycling Distance: 20 km
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 Addulam Park, where we will get a glimpse of the famous caves where Bar Kochba 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 lunch and a taste of wine from Israel’s leading wine region. After lunch we will continue our ride to the ruins of Beit Guvrin, where we can explore a system of ancient caves dating back to the Greek Period. The bus will take us back to our hotel in Jerusalem and we will enjoy a farewell dinner together to mark the end of our tour.
Cycling Distance: 50-70 km
Day 9: Departure
Enjoy the morning in Jerusalem on your own, our staff will be happy to assist you with your travel plans.