Biking in the Israeli desert along paths fit for bikers of all levels is an amazing experience for the Israeli rider, as well as for riders from all around the world. Come and be part of a "different" riding experience in the Israeli desert.
- Descending to the Dead Sea – lowest point on earth
- Southern Dead Sea: Mt. Sdom and Nahal Peratzim
- Arava Valley – the Peace Trail
- Northern part of the Judean Desert
- Jerusalem Old City
- Small groups - 3-14 travelers
Day 1 - Sunday - WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Arrival and check in at our hotel in Tel Aviv. Meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby at 6 p.m. (18:00), for a briefing of the tour. Overnight in Tel Aviv.
Day 2 - Monday - ARRIVAL, THE JUDEAN DESERT
We leave Tel Aviv, and drive to Arad. After assembling the bicycles, an orientation ride in the desert, from Arad to Kfar Hanokdim (Shepherds' Village) in single or wide paths to Kanaim Valley. Overnight at Kfar Hanokdim.
Day 3 - Tuesday - FROM KANAIM VALLEY TO THE DEAD SEA
Ride from 400 m above sea level to 430 m. below sea level, to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Ride the paths of the Judean Desert, arrive and enjoy the breathtaking view at a lookout on one of the cliffs on the brink of the Rift Valley of the Dead Sea. Descend to the Dead Sea and experience bathing or floating in the saltiest body of water in the world.
Day 4 - Wednesday - FROM THE DEAD SEA TO NAHAL SODOM, MT. SODOM AND NEOT HAKIKAR.
Drive south via Nahal Pratzim and Mt. Sodom to the plains, south of the Dead Sea. Observe the marl stone formations and Mt. Sodom made of salt. Bathe in the Ein Tamar Spring, an oasis water pool encircled by palm trees. Continue to Neot Hakikar Village. Overnight at Neot Hakikar.
Day 5 - Thursday - NAHAL ARAVA, THE PEACE TRAIL, HATZEVA VILLAGE
Ride along Nahal Arava amidst vegetable hot houses and groves in the desert. Continue along ''Shalom'' (Peace) Trail connecting the villages of the northern Arava Valley and the Jordan border. Overnight at Hatzeva Village "zimmers"(guestrooms).
Day 6 - Friday - MOUNT MUNTAR AND MAR SABA MONASTERY
Drive to the northern part of the Judean desert and bike to a charming and very special monastery in the desert, Mar Saba, perched on a cliff above Nahal Kidron. Continue to Mt. Muntar and enjoy a spectacular view of the Judean Mountains and the Dead Sea. Overnight at Kibbitz Kalia.
Day 7 - Saturday - JERUSALEM- BIKING FROM THE FOREST TO THE CITY
Leave the desert and drive to the Judean Mountains. Before entering Jerusalem, bike along the path encircling the city, pass through Jerusalem Forest and enter the city. Ride across old and new neighborhoods until we reach our hotel. Pack our bikes. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 - Sunday - THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
Explore the Old City of Jerusalem, holy to the three largest religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Walk on the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Proceed to the Western Wall, the holiest site for Jews, and then to the Moslem quarter. Stop for a view of the Temple Mount and the oriental bazaar.
7 nights in acommodation by description
Meals: 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners
A/C tourist vehicle
English speaking licensed tour guide
Beverages with meals
Anything not mentioned
DESERT ADVENTURES FOR FAMILIES (self-guided)
The Israeli desert affords endless adventures: hidden canyons and springs, oases, and water cisterns. Camel-riding, jeep tours, biking, Bedouin feasts, dune-sliding and bathing in the Dead Sea are just a few of the options for touring and exploring the special Israeli desert.
THE BEST OF ISRAEL
The new and the old, the desert and the sea, bazaars and mysticism, Crusaders and artists, cities and rural settlements, modern shops, throbbing coffee houses and bars, all these are Israel.
ISRAEL CIRCLE TOUR (self-guided)
From its northern tip to its southern tip, Israel abounds in memorable attractions and sites. Experience Israel through the Cirlce Tour and see how history, heritage and culture unfold before your eyes. Biblical tales, medieval cities, vestiges of once glorious empires, picturesque villages, vibrant open air markets, the secrets of the Kabbalah , take on color and shape. Exhilarating views of mountains, seas and valleys will take your breath away.