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The Desert Challenge

  • Duration: 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Price: $3,200 (Rider), $1,800 (Passenger) Single supplement $750
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  • Jerusalem
  • Dead Sea
  • Masada
  • Tel Aviv
  • Eilat
  • Machtesh Ramon
  • Small Machtesh

Day 1

Arrival

Overnight in Netanya

Day 2    

Road ride north from Natanya. The road will take us through Mt. Carmel with its biblical stories, and the Western and Upper Galilee

Overnight in the Upper Galilee

Day 3

The ride today will be in part of the Golan Heights, along the Jordan river all the way towards central Israel.

Overnight in Central Israel

Day 4   

Today we will ride up toward Jerusalem and visit the Old city.

Overnight in Jerusalem.

 Day 5  

A ride south from Jerusalem towards the city of Arad. The scenery changes from green mountains to desert. This day will be mostly off-road riding.

Overnight in Arad or Dead Sea area

Day 6   

On this day we will visit Masada,  have a chance to float on the Dead Sea and then ride all the way to Eilat, the southernmost point of Israel, on gravel and road.

Overnight in Eilat

Day 7    

Today we start riding north near the border with Egypt. The ride will be up to the dramatic Makhtesh Ramon. A unique crater like phenomenon, one of only 8 in the whole world.  

Overnight in Mitspe Ramon

Day 8

Ride back to Netanya and return the bikes

Please note:

The off road/roads of the tour may change according to the riding skills of the participants. The decision will be made  by the guide.

Overnight locations may change. Should that happen, the new overnight location will be of the same level as the prior one.

The tour may change due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances which are beyond Bikelife Israel’s control. In such a case, a similar replacement will be offered but no refund.  

Protective gear is a must.

Tour Includes:

  • Usage of our Yamaha Honda Africa Twin, Tenere XT660Z, Suzuki V-Strom 650 motorcycles for the whole duration of the tour.
  • A guide on a motorcycle.
  • Wi-Fi in all the hotels.
  • Comprehensive vehicle insurance for motorcycles.
  • Maps, detailed itinerary.
  • Hotel information.
  • Accommodations (7 nights).
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • Airport pickup and drop-off (only in case the whole group come together).
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Unlimited mileage.

Tour Excludes :

  • Deductible damage up to 2,000 Euro.
  • All services not mentioned as included like gasoline and all items of a personal nature such as presents, food, drinks etc.
  • Any fines for speeding and other traffic violations etc.
  • Any tolls incurred while using highway.
  • Gasoline.
  • Tour starts / ends in Netanya.
  • No rest days.
  • Route: About 1,200 KM total. 75 – 260 KM Daily.
  • Riding Time per Day: 5-7 hours a day.
  • Surface: Most of the tour runs on asphalt and some of it on easy trails.

Extra Notes:

  • 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.
  • The tour is based on 3 star hotels.
  • 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 note that we are closed from Friday 12:00 Till Sunday morning. Bikes can be returned Saturday from about 40 minutes after sunset.

The Cross Israel Challenge is a tour which is designed to cross all Israel from North to south. It starts in Netanya, Central Israel, goes all the way to the the Northern tip and from there it goes south all the way to Eilat stopping in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea among other places. The tour is designed to be 50/50 which means 50% will be off road. Only riders who are experienced in off road riding should take this tour.

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The Cross Israel Challenge is a tour which is designed to cross all Israel from North to south. It starts in Netanya, Central Israel, goes all the way to the the Northern tip and from there it goes south all the way to Eilat stopping in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea among other places. The tour is designed to be 50/50 which means 50% will be off road. Only riders who are experienced in off road riding should take this tour.

  • Jerusalem
  • Dead Sea
  • Masada
  • Jaffa
  • Tel Aviv
  • Eilat
  • Machtesh Ramon
  • Small Machtesh
*Based on arriving Sunday and starting on Monday Day 1 – Saturday – Arrival Overnight in Netanya. Day 2 Sunday – Netanya – Jerusalem – Dead Sea Pick up the bikes and head toward Jerusalem. In Jerusalem we will stop at a viewpoint and pay a do walking tour of the old city and its holy places. Following the tour, we will start descending into the rain shadow desert east of Jerusalem. We will visit the Jordan River and see desert monasteries about 1,500 years old at over 300 meter below sea level From here we will ride south along the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, stopping at Kumran, the place the Essenes sect lived secluded in the desert and the place the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, At the end of our day the day we will try the amazing experience of floating on the Dead Sea. About 240km Overnight at the Dead Sea Area. Day 3 Monday – Eilat We will start making our way towards Eilat, the southernmost city in Israel. Should the road of the Scorpions Pass be open, we will ride it and descend back to the Arava valley. Otherwise we will ride via the Syrian African rift. From here we will continue riding along the Syrian African Rift south towards Eilat, the southernmost city in Israel. As much as possible, we will ride on the smaller roads, staying away from the busy route 90. We will visit a few interesting points on the way, as well as Timna, the possible site of King Solomon’s copper mines. Eventually we will reach Eilat which is situated on the Red Sea, neighboring with Aqaba, Jordan. About 240 – 300km Overnight in Eilat. Day 4 Tuesday – Eilat – Mitzpe Ramon In the morning, we will have a chance to dip in the Red Sea and ride to Tabah, the border point with Egypt. Then start riding north. The ride will lead us through the southern Negev desert along the Egyptian border towards the city of Mitspe Ramon. Before arriving at our destination, we will pass through Makhtesh Ramon, a crater like phenomenon, one of only 8 in the world and the largest of them and we will stop at a few spots at the bottom of this valley which serves as an open geology book. At night, those of us who are not tired will ride back down to the makhtesh for star gazing (also possible from Mitspe Ramon but with some light prolusion). About 200km Overnight in Mitspe Ramon Day 5 Wednesday – The Negev Area In the morning we visit the Ramon visitor center and A short ride from here will take us to Ein Avdat Canyon for a short hike in a desert oasis. We will also visit the grave site of David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, and hear his amazing story. From here, we will continue to the city of Yeruham for a view of the Small Makhtesh. Our way will take us to the Nitzana area sand dunes where we can try dune riding. We will end our day at kibbutz Revivim and stay at a special hotel (based on availability). About 230km Overnight in Yerucham or similar hotel in the Negev Day 6 Thursday – Arad – Massada – Netanya – Tel Aviv We will start our day riding to the city of Arad at 550 meter above sea level. From Arad, we will descent via a beautiful road winding in the desert, towards Masada the 2,000 year old fortress in the desert, now a world heritage site. After visiting Masada, we will have a chance to ride camels and eat lunch, Bedouin style. After lunch we will start making our way back to Netanya. On the way we will stop at Jaffa and Tel Aviv for a brief tour and then ride on to Netanya to return the bikes and go back to the airport. About 300km Extension is possible

Tour Includes:

  • Usage of our Yamaha Tenere XT660Z, Suzuki V-Strom 650 motorcycles for the whole duration of the tour.
  • A guide on a motorcycle.
  • Wi-Fi in all the hotels.
  • Comprehensive vehicle insurance for motorcycles.
  • Maps, detailed itinerary.
  • Hotel information.
  • Accommodations (5 nights).
  • 6 Breakfast and dinners.
  • Airport pickup and drop-off (only in case the whole group come together).
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Unlimited mileage.

Tour Excludes :

  • Deductible damage up to 2,000 Euro.
  • All services not mentioned as included like gasoline and all items of a personal nature such as presents, food, drinks etc.
  • Any fines for speeding and other traffic violations etc.
  • Any tolls incurred while using highway.
  • Gasoline.
  • Tour starts / ends in Netanya.
  • No rest days.
  • Route: About 1,200 KM total. 75 – 260 KM Daily.
  • Riding Time per Day: 5-7 hours a day.
  • Surface: Most of the tour runs on asphalt and some of it on easy trails.

Extra Notes:

  • 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 note that we are closed from Friday 12:00 Till Sunday morning. Bikes can be returned Saturday from about 40 minutes after sunset.

or

The Cross Israel Challenge is a tour which is designed to cross all Israel from North to south. It starts in Netanya, Central Israel, goes all the way to the the Northern tip and from there it goes south all the way to Eilat stopping in Jerusalem and the Dead Sea among other places. The tour is designed to be 50/50 which means 50% will be off road. Only riders who are experienced in off road riding should take this tour.

  • Jerusalem
  • Dead Sea
  • Masada
  • Jaffa
  • Tel Aviv
  • Eilat
  • Machtesh Ramon
  • Small Machtesh
*Based on arriving Sunday and starting on Monday Day 1 – Saturday – Arrival Overnight in Netanya. Day 2 Sunday – Netanya – Jerusalem – Dead Sea Pick up the bikes and head toward Jerusalem. In Jerusalem we will stop at a viewpoint and pay a do walking tour of the old city and its holy places. Following the tour, we will start descending into the rain shadow desert east of Jerusalem. We will visit the Jordan River and see desert monasteries about 1,500 years old at over 300 meter below sea level From here we will ride south along the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth, stopping at Kumran, the place the Essenes sect lived secluded in the desert and the place the Dead Sea scrolls were discovered, At the end of our day the day we will try the amazing experience of floating on the Dead Sea. About 240km Overnight at the Dead Sea Area. Day 3 Monday – Eilat We will start making our way towards Eilat, the southernmost city in Israel. Should the road of the Scorpions Pass be open, we will ride it and descend back to the Arava valley. Otherwise we will ride via the Syrian African rift. From here we will continue riding along the Syrian African Rift south towards Eilat, the southernmost city in Israel. As much as possible, we will ride on the smaller roads, staying away from the busy route 90. We will visit a few interesting points on the way, as well as Timna, the possible site of King Solomon’s copper mines. Eventually we will reach Eilat which is situated on the Red Sea, neighboring with Aqaba, Jordan. About 240 – 300km Overnight in Eilat. Day 4 Tuesday – Eilat – Mitzpe Ramon In the morning, we will have a chance to dip in the Red Sea and ride to Tabah, the border point with Egypt. Then start riding north. The ride will lead us through the southern Negev desert along the Egyptian border towards the city of Mitspe Ramon. Before arriving at our destination, we will pass through Makhtesh Ramon, a crater like phenomenon, one of only 8 in the world and the largest of them and we will stop at a few spots at the bottom of this valley which serves as an open geology book. At night, those of us who are not tired will ride back down to the makhtesh for star gazing (also possible from Mitspe Ramon but with some light prolusion). About 200km Overnight in Mitspe Ramon Day 5 Wednesday – The Negev Area In the morning we visit the Ramon visitor center and A short ride from here will take us to Ein Avdat Canyon for a short hike in a desert oasis. We will also visit the grave site of David Ben Gurion, the first prime minister of Israel, and hear his amazing story. From here, we will continue to the city of Yeruham for a view of the Small Makhtesh. Our way will take us to the Nitzana area sand dunes where we can try dune riding. We will end our day at kibbutz Revivim and stay at a special hotel (based on availability). About 230km Overnight in Yerucham or similar hotel in the Negev Day 6 Thursday – Arad – Massada – Netanya – Tel Aviv We will start our day riding to the city of Arad at 550 meter above sea level. From Arad, we will descent via a beautiful road winding in the desert, towards Masada the 2,000 year old fortress in the desert, now a world heritage site. After visiting Masada, we will have a chance to ride camels and eat lunch, Bedouin style. After lunch we will start making our way back to Netanya. On the way we will stop at Jaffa and Tel Aviv for a brief tour and then ride on to Netanya to return the bikes and go back to the airport. About 300km Extension is possible

Tour Includes:

  • Usage of our Yamaha Tenere XT660Z, Suzuki V-Strom 650 motorcycles for the whole duration of the tour.
  • A guide on a motorcycle.
  • Wi-Fi in all the hotels.
  • Comprehensive vehicle insurance for motorcycles.
  • Maps, detailed itinerary.
  • Hotel information.
  • Accommodations (5 nights).
  • 6 Breakfast and dinners.
  • Airport pickup and drop-off (only in case the whole group come together).
  • Luggage transfers between hotels.
  • Entrance fees.
  • Unlimited mileage.

Tour Excludes :

  • Deductible damage up to 2,000 Euro.
  • All services not mentioned as included like gasoline and all items of a personal nature such as presents, food, drinks etc.
  • Any fines for speeding and other traffic violations etc.
  • Any tolls incurred while using highway.
  • Gasoline.
  • Tour starts / ends in Netanya.
  • No rest days.
  • Route: About 1,200 KM total. 75 – 260 KM Daily.
  • Riding Time per Day: 5-7 hours a day.
  • Surface: Most of the tour runs on asphalt and some of it on easy trails.

Extra Notes:

  • 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 note 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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