Self Guided

You set the date; you go.

Classic Bike Tour

A perfect combination of supported cycling, site seeing, and time to explore

Recommended Months

October, November, March, April, May

This 9 day route will take you on a wonderful journey through the northern edge of Israel. Starting from the Mediterranean, you will ascend to the Holy city of Tzfat,  across the Hula Valley, up to the Golan Heights, and around the Sea of Galilee. The route is fully paved and can be done on road bikes or hybrids.

PACKAGE DETAILS

DAY 1 - Briefing and Akko Loop - 45km/75km

Meet a Gordon Active representative in Tel Aviv to receive your bikes and self-guide package. Our representative will go over all the routes with you. Take the train to Nahariya (after 9am) and start your ride for the day. Visit the natural grotos of Rosh Hanikra and tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Akko, before returning to Shavei Tzion close to Nahariya for overnight. 2 options:

D1Op1D1Op2Overnight: Nahariyah

DAY 2 - Western Galil and the Northern Mediterranean Coast - 35km

Ride out of your hotel up the coast to Rosh HaNikra before climbing eastwards in to the towering Upper Galil. View the Western Galil sites as you ride to a local kibbutz for overnight.

D2Overnight: Western Galil Kibbutz

Meals: B

DAY 3 - Western Galilee & Safed - 43km

Continuing through the Western Galil you will view the Motfort castle, and have the opportunity to stop in local towns to taste some authentic middle eastern cuisine. Arrive in Safed, the home of Jewish Mysticism and an enchanting place for overnight.

D3Overnight: Safed

Meals: B

DAY 4 - Safed Area - 0km/37km

Take a rest day to enjoy the enchanting city of Safed with its ancient synagogues and artists’ colony, or ride out in to the surrounding areas to see local wineries and important sites in Israel’s history.

D4Overnight: Safed

Meals: B

DAY 5- Eastern Galil, Galilee Panhandle - 32km

Famed for it’s wine production your ride today takes you through the thick forests of Eastern Galil, and several acclaimed wineries. You will continue to the Galilee Panhandle where you will stay in a local kibbutz.

D5Overnight: Galilee Panhandle Kibbutz

Meals: B

DAY 6 - Hula Valley and Golan Heights - 45km

Riding out of the Galilee Panhandle you will cross the Hula Valley, a haven for birds on the migration routes. You will climb the volcanic plateau of the Golan Heights and cross to it’s eastern side for overnight.

D6Overnight: Golan Heights

Meals: B

DAY 7 - Rest Day or Golan Loop

Spend the day relaxing in your hotel, or exploring the immediate surroundings. Alternatively chose from 1 of 2 great rides around the Northern Golan Heights incorporating places of historical, cultural, and religious importance.

D7op1D7op2Overnight: Golan Heights

Meals: B

DAY 8 - Golan Heights to Sea of Galilee

Say goodbye to the Golan Heights as you drop to the lowest fresh water lake in the world, The Sea of Galilee. Stunning routes and great sites on both options for today’s ride, ending in the town of Tiberius on the shores of the lake.

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Overnight: Tiberias

Meals: B

DAY 9 - Sea of Galilee Loop

Ride full circle around the Sea of Galilee visiting the important sites en route.

D9Overnight: Jerusalem

Meals: B

DAY 10 - Departure

Take the bus from Tiberius to Jerusalem where your bike will be collected.

End of Services

Included and not

Included in the price of the tour:

  • 9 nights’ accommodation at 3*/kibbutz or equivalent level based on DBL occupancy
  • hybrid bike rental for touring days (upgrade to road bike or carbon road bike available for additional fee – not recommended)
  • Breakfasts throughout program
  • 1 set of panniers per 2 people
  • gps with recommended routes
  • road map
  • dumb phone with local sim for calling and sms; or sim card for your smart phone
  • bike delivery in Tel Aviv
  • bike pick-up in Jerusalem
  • briefing with Gordon Active staff member

 

Not included in the price of the tour:

  • Personal medical insurance
  • Transportation to Tel Aviv before the ride
  • Helmets: please provide your own helmet
  • Meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Transportation
  • 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

Ride Level:

Moderate-Challenging

Self-Guided: Northern Route including Golan Heights

$700

Starting price per person based on double occupacy

Don't forget your optional extras

Transfer to Nahariya, pre/post tour accomodation, transfer from airport, transfer to airport, private guide for pre/post tour, bike pick-up from Tiberias.

Days can be taken out of the program and the price will be adjusted accordingly.

We are happy to customize a tour for you; there will be an additional fee for this above the price for any extra services.

We recommend doing this ride on hybrid bikes, but road bikes are also available.

We are happy to look after any luggage for you for the duration of the ride. The tour price includes panniers for the gear you will require for the duration of the ride. We can arrange luggage transfers between your hotels, however this is at an extra charge of $100 per transfer.

We provide our self guiders with maps, gps, routes, and phone numbers for their hotels. We do provide a phone number for emergency contact, however we do expect our self-guiders to be confident travelers and adept problem-solvers.

Yes. All road signs in Israel are written in English as well as Hebrew and Arabic. Most people speak some English, and are happy to help.

Important to know:

  • Self-guided tours should be booked at least 6 weeks before departure.
  • Price may vary depending on season and size of group.
  • 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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