Israel Off-Road

THE MTB Tour of Israel!

Private Group

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MTB Tour

Off-road biking for a thrilling Israel experience

Upcoming Departures 2016-17

Sep 18th, Sep 25th, Oct 30th 2016, Mar 5th, Mar 26th 2017

A 6 day program featuring the highlights of the North of Israel. The Northern Star uses some of the most picturesque routes in the country to expertly navigate you through the rolling hills and wide valleys. Including visits to Caesarea, The Golan Heights, and the Sea of Galilee this is a perfect ride for any active traveler. The tour can be extended to include 4 extra days of riding and sight seeing in Jerusalem and the Judean Hills including a walking tour of the Old City of Jerusalem and a night bike ride.

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 -Carmel Ceasrea

We will leave Tel Aviv early in the morning by van and drive to the Horn of Carmel. It is in this biblical site that Elijah overcame the prophets of Ba’al (I Kings 18). After enjoying a spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley from the rooftop of the Church here, we will bike down the slope of the Carmel. We will pass several of the early kibbutzim along the way, and then ride through the Amikam region, known as the Tuscany of Israel. From here we will ride to Caesarea: Built in the first century BC by King Herod, we will bike along the aqueduct all the way to the ancient port. After lunch on your own in the Caesarea Harbor we will take a short walking tour of the city that was once the capitol of Judea, and is today a true gem on the coast. From here we will head by van to Nahariya where we will spend the night close the Mediterranean Coast.

Overnight: Nahariyah

Meals: none

DAY 2 - Western Galil and the Northern Mediterranean Coast

We start the morning with a transfer to the upper Galil; from here we will ride along some of he most beautiful routes in the country, through dramatic forested landscapes. We will ride through Ma’alot Tarshiha and past the Montforte lookout following part of the northern border road to Rosh HaNikra, on the Lebanese border.  We will follow the northern Mediterranean coast past Achziv back to Nahariya.

Overnight: Nahariyah

Meals: B

DAY 3 - Safed, Western Galilee and the Hula Valley

Today’s ride will take us from the giddying heights of the Upper Galilee right down in to the Hula Valley.  We begin with a transfer to Safed and a walking tour of this city; the home of Jewish Mysticism. We will then bike out of Tzfat towards Baram where we will visit the ancient synagogue there. We will then join the northern border road to ride into the Finger of the Galil, stopping along the way for a wine tasting. We will follow this scenic route until we start the decent into the Hula Valley where we have a magnificent view over the area.  Transfer to Sea of Galilee area for check-in. Dinner on your own.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee area

Meals: B

DAY 4 -The Sea of Galilee

Those wanting the long ride will bike right out of Degania Bet to start your route around the entire circumference of the Sea of Galilee. Passing through the city of Tiberius and on to the northern shore of the lake. At Magdala the whole group will meet for a tour of the ancient home of Mary Magdalene and one of the most recent archaeological gems in Israel. Together you will visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the traditional site of the Sermon on the Mount and continue to Capernaum. All riders will continue around the eastern side of the lake, stopping at Ein Gev for lunch on your own at the famous fish restaurant there. Having completed the ride to Degania Bet there will be an optional tour for those who wish to Nazareth where you will be taken on a walking tour and guided tour of the Church of the Annunciation. Return to the hotel for dinner.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee area

Meals: B

DAY 5- The Golan Heights

After breakfast we will 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 Mount Bental; a dormant volcano overlooking Israel’s North-Eastern border. We will bike from there following the eastern border of Israel to the area of Ein Zivan and onwards to Gamla, a city that resisted the Roman Empire, several years before Masada.  From Gamla we will ride along the back roads of the region. After a long descent to the shores of the Sea of Galilee we will stop for lunch on your own and continue to the hotel for some time to relax before departing independently for dinner on your own.

Overnight: Sea of Galilee area

Meals: B

DAY 6 - Gilboa and the Valley of Springs

This morning we drive to the foot of Mt Gilboa, overlooking the Jezreel Valley and the Jordan River. We will begin to climb up this quiet scenic road and enjoy the views of the whole of the Galilee (optional 10 km shuttle to the top). From here we will descend to the valley below and ride along the streams fed by natural spring water leading into the Jordan River. We will enter the Spring Valley Park and end our ride at the large pools in Gan Hashlosha National Park. We will enjoy a swim and a picnic in this beautiful corner of Israel and toast the end of our ride. From here there will be transportation to Jerusalem. Those doing the optional extension will check in to their hotel before departing for dinner independently.

Overnight: Jerusalem (optional extension only)

Meals: B, L

Optional Extension- DAY 1- Modern 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 which you may like to spend in the bizarre of the Old City or independently tour the Israel Museum or Tower of David Museum.  Enjoy Dinner on your own in one of Jerusalem’s many fine restaurants.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals: B

Optional Extension- DAY 2- Ancient Jerusalem

Our day today will focus on the Old City of Jerusalem, a world of its own, enclosed in walls and history. We will tour the 4 quarters of the city viewing the sites that are important to all of the 3 monotheistic religions that hold this city as holy including a visit to the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and a view of the Temple Mount.  You will visit the famous Western Wall Tunnels that go along the walls of the ancient Second Temple under the Muslim Quarter, and you will walk through the famous Jerusalem Bizarre. After passing through the market you will be free to choose whether to return to your hotel to rest or explore Jerusalem on your own until we meet again in the evening after dinner on your own.

A little after dusk, we will leave for the breathtaking experience of a night ride within the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.  On mountain bikes we will revisit some of the sites we saw earlier today but under the cloak of darkness we are able to experience them in a totally new way. We will ride through the Jaffa Gate, and wind our way through the narrow stepped alleyways of the quarters. We will finish our tour close to the Jaffa Gate where we will enjoy a refreshing cold drink and a midnight snack.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals: B

Optional Extension- DAY 3- Judean Hills

We will start this morning with an optional ride out of Jerusalem towards Bar Giora in the beautiful pine forest surrounding Jerusalem and from there the whole group will continue onward to the Beit Shemesh area in the Judean Foothills. We will ride through the Adulam 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 CE. Riding through Israel’s wine country will give us a taste to whet our pallets and we will enjoy a stop and a tasting at a local winery. We will eat lunch together before continuing to the ruins of Beit Guvrin where we can explore a labyrinth of ancient caves dating back over 2,000 years. The bus will take us back to our hotel in Jerusalem for farewells.A little after dusk, we will leave for the breathtaking experience of a night ride within the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City.  On mountain bikes we will revisit some of the sites we saw earlier today but under the cloak of darkness we are able to experience them in a totally new way. We will ride through the Jaffa Gate, and wind our way through the narrow stepped alleyways of the quarters. We will finish our tour close to the Jaffa Gate where we will enjoy a refreshing cold drink and a midnight snack.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals: B

Departure

Independent departure from hotel.Overnight: Jerusalem (for those doing the optional extension)

Included and not

Included in the price of the tour:

  • 5 nights’ accommodation at 3*/kibbutz or equivalent level based on DBL occupancy + 4 nights for optional extension
  • hybrid bike rental for touring days (upgrade to road bike or carbon road bike available for additional fee)
  • Meals as per program
  • Entry fees according to program
  • Transportation according to program
  • Licensed tour guide and cycling expert who will drive the escort van for groups of under 8. 1 staff member only for groups of 7 or less.
  • Escort van with trailer for bikes and for luggage transfer. Participants will be asked to pack light; some luggage might be transported in the trailer.
  • Licensed tour guide + 1 support staff for groups of 8+
  • Daily handouts
  • Snacks and water for cycling days
  • “I Bike Israel” T-shirts

Not included in the price of the tour:

  • Personal medical insurance
  • Transportation to Tel Aviv before the ride
  • Helmets: please provide your own helmet
  • Tips for guides are not included in the price and are mandatory. A tip for the guide should be between 3% and 10% of the price of the whole tour depending on your satisfaction with the guide’s performance and the number of people in the group (the larger the group, the lower the tip per person needs to be).
  • Anything not stated as included
  • Transportation from Jerusalem at the end of the tour.

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Accommodation

Accommodation in 3* hotels or kibbutz guest house

Private Group

This tour can be run as a private group tour

Ride Level:

Moderate

Northern Star 6 Day Trip

$1960

Single person supplement: $245

Price per person based on double occupancy

Northern Star 10 Day Trip

$2940

Single person supplement: $441

Price per person based on double occupancy

Don’t forget your optional extras

  • Pre/Post tour accomodation
  • Transfer from airport
  • Transfer to airport
  • Private guide for pre/post tour

Important to know:

  • Our open registration group tours have guaranteed departure dates which will be honored if a minimum of 2 participants are registered at least 4 weeks before the tour begins.
  • Gordon Active reserves the right to cancel any departure date if the minimum number of registrants is not reached 4 weeks prior to the tour beginning.
  • Gordon Active reserves the right to change the program at any time without notification
  • All open registration group tours can also be run as private tours

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