Duration: 9 days and 8 nights (8 riding days)
The Israel Highlights tour is a tour that shows the best of what Israel has to offer. They say good things come in small packages. Israel is a relatively small country, but for its size, it is abundant with things to see. Being a land bridge between Europe, Asia and Africa and the clashing place of great past civilizations, and being the cradle of three of the world’s main religions left mountains of history to explore. Not forgetting that Israel is the only place where you can actually walk and read about events which took place at biblical times, at the places they actually happened. There are also unique phenomena as the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, Makhtesh Ramon which is only one of eight such examples in the whole world and others. Israel is rich with World Heritage Sites, cultures of many of those who ruled Israel and the people who immigrated to Israel thru-out history and they all add flavor to your ride here. This tour is designed for any rider who has road riding experience and some gravel riding experience.
Tour starts / ends in Netanya.
1 rest day.
About 1,600 KM total. 180 – 250 KM Daily.
Riding Time per Day:
5-7 hours a day.
Most of the tour runs on asphalt and some of it on easy trails.
Tour Itinerary – Based on arriving Sunday and starting on Monday
Day 1 – Sunday – Arrival
Overnight in Netanya
Day 2 – Monday – Netanya – Haifa – Acre –
Pick up your bikes at Bikelife, Netanya, have a short orientation, arrange your gear and off we go. Ride north along the coastal highway to a view point on Mt. Carmel. From there continue north to the City of Akko, a world heritage site on the Med Sea coast. From Akko we will cut east through the upper Galilee along the Lebanese border and winding roads. We will go down towards the Kinneret- Sea of Galilee. Overnight in area of the Sea of Galilee. Sites : Caesarea (1.5 hours in winter 1 hour only) Bahai Gardens viewpoint Akko – Crusaders Halls Rosh Hanikra – viewpoint only (depending on the season- only during spring and summer) Lunch in Akko (near the Crusaders Halls or Near the port. Must have parking for bikes) Overnight in either Sea of Galilee area.
Day 3 Tuesday
Today we will head further north to a lookout on the Lebanese border and the Hula valley. Depending on the season, our route will take us on a road parallel to the Jordan River. This section is an off-road trail. From here we will ride up to the Golan Heights and have lunch under Mt. Bental. Then we will ride east to Mt. Bental – a high dead volcano which gives an amazing 360 degrees view and a lookout into Syria. From here we will head to a stunning viewpoint of the Kinneret – Sea of Galilee and then go down the winding road that leads to the meeting point of the borders of Israel, Syria and Jordan. Overnight in area of the Sea of Galilee. Sea of Galilee viewpoint from the Golan HeightsOvernight in area of the Sea of Galilee. Sites: Nebi Yosha viewpoint, Bnaya viewpoint – Misgav Am, rafting on the Jordan river, Mt Bental, Sea of Galilee viewpoint from the Golan Heights
Day 4 Wednesday
In the morning we will ride to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Beit Shean and then we will ride to the Gilboa mountain range through a scenic road that winds along the top of the mountain allowing great views of the valleys around where many biblical stories took place. From here we will ride to Jerusalem. In the late afternoon and early evening we will see some parts of Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem. Sites: Beit She’an Gilboa mountains viewpoint Jerusalem -> Mt. Scopus viewpoint Day 5 Thursday On this day we will visit Jerusalem and we will try to understand why Jerusalem is so important for the Jews, Christians and Muslims. We will visit the old city as well as part of the new city. Stay in Jerusalem. Jerusalem Mt Olives viewpoint Old City tour City of David (depending on the season) Israel museum- 2nd temple time model/Shire of Books Machne Yehuda market Holocaust museum
Day 5 Friday
Today we will ride all the way to the lowest point on earth. Visit the Jordan river and the world heritage site of Masada, a 2,000 year old fortress. Then we will descend to the Dead Sea. Overnight at the Dead Sea area. Qasr El Yahud Masada.
Day 6 Saturday
Rest day at the Dead Sea. Self-riding in the area is optional. Overnight at the Dead Sea.
Day 7 Sunday
In the morning we will ride to the Nabatian city of Avdat and learn how the people who controlled the incense trade for centuries lived in the desert. Then we will ride to Makhtesh Ramon, a unique crater like phenomenon, one of only 8 in the world. In the afternoon we will make our way to Tel Aviv. Overnight in Tel Aviv Sites : The ancient city of Avdat Makhtesh Ramon.
Day 8 Monday
On this day we will visit the old city of Jaffa and some parts of Tel Aviv. Depending on the departure flight, we will either return the bikes and go to the airport or visit another site before returning the bikes and going to the airport.
Extension is possible
Tour Excludes :
All riders must have a valid motorcycle license (at least A1).
The tour is based on staying the night before the tour in Netanya and starting the tour the next morning. If you use your own helmets I will bring the communication equipment to the hotel so you can install it in advance to save time.
The tour is based on having a full day in Israel on the last day.
The tour is subject to change depending on weather, road conditions, travel arrangements etc.
This tour can be done as a self-guided tour or a group/privately guided tour at any time of your preference if bikes are available. You can also rent a bike and follow the route described here.
Please not that we are closed from Friday 12:00 Till Sunday morning. Bikes can be returned Saturday from about 40 minutes after sunset.
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