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This trip is Guided allowing you to explore the area with the benefit of a knowledgeable ride leader and support.
This trip is ideal for Breaks with Friends & Seasoned Cyclists.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

Bursting with beauty and rich history, Israel and Jordan are two captivating counties, each with their own fascinating and unique culture. This unforgettable trip begins in Jerusalem, Israel's capital city and a holy place to Jews, Christians and Muslims. The journey to the magnificent Dead Sea takes us to -400m, hardly surprising though as it is the lowest point on earth! As we cycle around this great salt lake we'll encounter numerous deserts, ancient sights and local communities. Additionally you'll see the Red Sea and conquer the Scorpions ascent, cycle through craters before seeing the dramatic burnt red sand of the Wadi Rum. Of course no trip would be complete without a float in the Dead Seas infamous salty waters, but not before covering yourself in mud!      

Dates available:

2 November - 15 November 2018
7 December - 20 December 2018
1 November - 14 November 2019
6 December - 19 December 2019
DAY 1Arrival

For those who arrive early there's an optional morning ride and walking tour around the fascinating city of Jerusalem. You'll see the contrast between the Old and modern city, then visit the holy Western Wall. There will be a welcome meeting at 6pm at your hotel in Jerusalem. 

DAY 2Jerusalem - Masada

The route out of Jerusalem will be peaceful, as we descent to our first glimpse of the Dead Sea. Situated at 400m below sea level, you'll be cycling to one of the lowest points on earth! You'll notice this sharp contrast in temperature as we approach the Judean Desert. Our first official cycle of the trip will end at the peak of the ancient fortification of Masada. 

Today's cycling is approximately 100km.

DAY 3Masada - Hatseva

It's an early start this morning to explore the Fort of Masada, from non other than a cable car! They'll be a (minor) afternoon ascent as we cycle along the Peace Trail, which borders Israel with Jordan. Take in the Dead Sea and it's evaporation pool as we cycle through the Arava Desert. After a slightly challenging afternoon, relax at the hotel, which is a research station favoured by bird watchers.    

Today's cycling is approximately 88km.

DAY 4Hatseva - Yeruham

After an effortless 20km it will be time to conquer the twisting Scorpion's Ascent. This scenic and ancient route gives us endless views of the desert, where you can truly disconnect yourself from city life. Next we cycle to the Makhteshim Gadol, an amazing geological landscape with the largest crator in Israel and one of only seven Makhtesh' in the world!

Today's cycling is approximately 53km.

DAY 5Yeruham - Mitzpe Ramon

Another day, another desert! Today we'll discover the Negev Desert, along some wavey roads. En route to Mitzpe Ramon you'll cycle around the world's deepest Makhtesh, which is a phenomenal 500 meters deep and 40km! Once in Mitzpe Ramon, explore the beautiful Spice Route Quarter, brimming with family run bakeries, boutiques and even a jazz club.  

Today's cycling is approximately 56km.

DAY 6Mitzpe Ramon - Kibbutz Ketora

As we descent to the Arava Valley to our green oasis accommodation, Kibbutz Ketora, the route will be jammed full of colourful rocks. A Kibbutz is a community focused around communal living, this particular one also places emphasis on an eco lifestyle.    

Today's cycling is approximately 100km.

DAY 7Kibbutz Ketora - Aqaba

Today we cross the border from Israel to Jordan! A slight ascent, followed by an 800m descent will take place on the way to Eilat. When in Jordan our first destination will be Aqaba city.

Today's cycling is approximately 76km.

DAY 8Aqaba Free Day

Half way through the trip means a well earned rest day! Relax on the shore of the Red Sea and explore the town. If you fancy a spot of snorkeling or a boat trip, this can easily be arranged. 

DAY 9Aqaba - Wadi Rum

Today's cycling start's at the Wadi Rum desert entrance, also known as the Valley of the Moon because of its sandstone mountains, granite formations, rocky arches and breathtaking shades of red. The largest Wadi in Jordan, it has been featured on Red Planet and Lawerence of Arabia! We'll have lunch at the Bedouin Camp then catch a jeep to drive through the reserve.       

Today's cycling is approximately 47km. 

DAY 10Wadi Rum - Petra

You can decide what to do today! For those feeling active, cycle back the route you came on the Desert Highweay, including the climb to Ras Al-Naqab. If you fancy taking it easy, relax at camp and take the transfer to Ras Al-Naqab. The cycle to Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Sight is downhill. This magnificent archaeological sight features temples carved into pink sandstone cliffs.   

Today's cycling is approximately 100km.

DAY 11Petra

It's time to get off your bike and explore by foot! Enjoy a tour around this stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sight, also known as a new Seventh Wonder of the World. After lunch there free time to use at your leisure, whether you visit the Monastery for views across the sweeping Jordan Valley or visit the High Place of Sacrifice is entirely up to you. 

DAY 12Petra - Dead Sea

Today we'll depart Petra and begin the ascent to Shobak, a Crusader Castle. As we explore the fort they'll be an opportunity to rest before getting back on our bikes and cycling the fluctuating road to the Dana Biosphere Reserve. Today will be a heavy descent, we'll start at 1,200m and go down to -300m! This afternoon you will be memorable as you'll have the opportunity to float on the infamous hypersalinic waters of the Dead Sea.     

Today's cycling is approximately 104km.

DAY 13Dead Sea - Jericho

Where will your last ride take you? It's a short but sweet ride to the Allenby Border to Israel, once through the formalities it will be time to cycle to Jericho in time for lunch. One of Israel's oldest populated cities, it holds considerable importance. After a transfer to Jerusalem they'll be a celebratory meal in the evening.     

Today's cycling is approximately 28km.

DAY 14Departure

After breakfast it will be time to day goodbye to your fellow cyclists after an incredible trip.

14 DAYS
75 KM/DAY AVERAGE
ISRAEL
WHAT'S THE WEATHER

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INFORMATION

Few places in the world can offer what Israel can. Cycling through its hills and valleys offer breathtaking views, the Dead Sea provides a quiet sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, and the deep reds and oranges of Masada and the Makhtesh Ramon canyon provide a perfect mountain biking backdrop.

Weather
INFORMATION

Israel's summer's are sweltering but visit in the cooler months of November, December and January, and you will be rewarded with cool temperatures, quiet beaches and still landscapes.

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

Your accommodation will be in a mixture of hotels, homestays and boutique residences. 
You will be met and collected at Ben Gurion Airport, just outside Tel Aviv before being whisked away to the hotel in Jerusalem. On the final day of the holiday, you can join the transfer from the hotel to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport, or make separate arrangements to stay. 
Your trip will include all meals. Fresh, local cuisine will be served for breakfast and lunch and bottled mineral water as well as local fruits and refreshments are provided on all cycling days. Please let our cycling experience team know if you have any dietary requirements that we need to be aware of. 
The holiday is guided by English speaking, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Your ride will be followed by a support van equipped with plenty of refreshments as well as a comprehensive first-aid kit. Alternatively, if you would like to do this tour privately, this can be arranged, just ask our cycling experts.    
You will have a well trained and knowledgeable guide who will carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In the unlikely case of any medical emergency that requires a hospital, there is ground transportation on hand to provide assistance and a local speaking support team. 
The bike you will hire will give you a comfortable ride as you cruise through south east Asia and it is equipped with  water bottle holders and an area to keep a small day bag. We can uograde you to a full carbon raod bike too if you prefer. If you would like to bring your own bike instead, please let our cycling experience team know. 
The air conditioned support van will be equipped with essentials such as bottled mineral water and local fruit and snacks during each day's ride. The guide will have a travel set of bike tools for emergency repairs and the support van will be equipped with spare parts and other tools. 
Your bags will be collected each morning and taken from your accommodation to the next night’s accommodation. We suggest you keep a day bag with you for all your essentials. 
Travel to Israel is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights for you.  
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.