Saturday, October 13, 2018: Welcome to Israel!
The tour bus departed in the morning from Tel Aviv with a stop at a Druze village for an authentic lunch, and then on to the hotel for the remainder of the day. Riders ended the first evening with a welcome dinner and informational meeting with details about routes, and updates on the exciting week ahead.
Sunday, October 14, 2018: Ride Day 1 - Israel-Lebanon Border & Upper Galilee
The day began with a visit to one of the IDF outposts on the Ramim Mountain Range, on the border with Lebanon. Following the visit with the IDF soldiers, they cycled the length of the Lebanon border to Kibbutz Bar’am. From there, they rode along the quiet roads of the Upper Galilee enjoying the beautiful landscapes of the Israel’s northern region overlooking the Hula Valley, the Golan Heights and Mount Hermon.
Monday, October 15, 2018: Ride Day 2 – Mt. Hermon, Syrian Border & Golan Heights
The day began with a short ride to visit the IDF base at Mount Hermon, the tallest peak in Israel. This is one of the most significant IDF security bases in the Northern Region of Israel. Following this visit, the group head back down to the Hula Valley by way of the Druze villages, the primary population in the northern Golan Heights. The Hill Line is comprised of a series of dormant volcanoes bordering the former Tapline Road that once connected between Iraq and Lebanon. On their way, they stoped at various historical sites spread out along the base of the Golan Heights.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018: Ride Day 3 – Road to the Dead Sea Route or Optional Rest Day
The group began with a bus ride (approximately a 3 hours) south and had the opportunity to either going directly to the hotel at the Dead Sea to relax, enjoy the beach or cycle along the Dead Sea shoreline until reaching the hotel.
Wednesday, October 17, 2018: Ride Day 4 – Mount Sodom and the Big Crater
On the fourth day, riders climbed from the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth (approx. 1,200 feet below sea level), toward the city of Arad (approx. 3,000 feet of climb over 12 miles or so) and rode southbound through The Big Crater, one of the world’s natural wonders. They finished the ride with a steep and short climb up the walls of the Big Crater and conclude in the town of Yeruham. Riders will then were transported back to the overnight.
Thursday, October 18, 2018: Ride Day 5 – Jerusalem Hills
Day five began with a trip from the Dead Sea to the Northern Negev or the Lakhish region and the border villages of Amatzia and Shekef. From there, they cycled by way of Beit Guvrin and the communities of Luzit, Sarigim and Leon situated on the Judean plains just outside the ancient city of Jerusalem. From there, they started their climb in the Judean foothills of Nes Harim. After a short rest, they continues to descend into the German Colony or Emek Refa'im, and on to Sataf National Park, where we they conclude the day's ride and took a bus trip to their hotel in Jerusalem.
Friday, October 19, 2018: Ride Day 6 – Jerusalem Tour
On the final day of the tour, participants will had the opportunity to choose between the option of a ride around Jerusalem or a historical walking and bus tour. The first option was to cycle the Sovev Jerusalem Bicycle Trail that departs from the center of the city, passing through some of the most scenic and historical sights of Jerusalem and ending at the beautiful overlook at Mount Scopus. The second option was to enjoy a guided bus/walking tour of the city’s streets and the various historical sites.