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Chaverim Itinerary

Chaverim (Hebrew for friends) is a week-long unforgettable touring option built for actively mobile family members of Riders.

The 2019 Chaverim tour is still in development. To get a sense of the daily schedule, below are the main sites visited by the 2018 Chaverim Tour.

Monday, November 4

We have no official programming on Monday, but encourage riders to come early to Jerusalem. We offer optional, pre-Ride tours before the Ride that you can book Explority, the online forms portal.

Tuesday, November 5

ORIENTATION IN JERUSALEM

Orientation will be held on Tuesday in Jerusalem. You need to be at the hotel no later than noon, but your room may not be ready until 3 pm.

There are optional tours in the morning. All participants are required to be at the orientation starting at 4:15 pm. See more here.

Wednesday, November 6:

Time            Tour    

6:30am        Breakfast opens

8:15               Departure from Hotel

9:00               Wahat al-Salam/Neve Shalom – a binational community that specializes in education

11:30            Lunch at Luzit with the riders 

1:00pm        Adullam Grove Nature Reserve – option of two hikes

Overnight in Ashkelon

 

Thursday, November 7:

Time            Tour

6:00am        Breakfast opens

8:00               Netiv Ha’assarah – take an active part in the creation of the peace wall

10:30            Black Arrow outlook at Gaza border (if given clearance from the military)

11:30            Lunch in Urim with Tzofim

1:00pm        Shvil HaSalat (Salad Trail) – an unforgettable experience in the greenhouses of the region

Overnight Mashabei Sadeh with Tzofim group (if your partner is in a different riding group, you will be roomed with another Chaver/a)

 

Friday, November 8:

Time            Tour

6:30am        Breakfast opens

8:30               David Ben Gurion’s Desert Home

9:30               Nachal Zin lookout and Ben Gurion’s gravesite

10:00            Ein Avdat hike – one of Israel’s most striking and beautiful sites

11:30             Lunch at Sde Boker with Shomrim and Tzofim

1:30pm        Lotz Cisterns

3:30               Arrive in Mitzpe Ramon

Overnight in Mitzpe Ramon

 

Saturday (Shabbat), November 9, in Mitzpe Ramon:

Touring, prayer and activity options around the city with the riders

 

Sunday, November 10:

Time            Tour

5:30am        Breakfast opens

7:15               Group photo at Makhtesh overlook – WEAR YOUR CHAVERIM SHIRT

9:00               Jeep tour of Makhtesh Ramon

12:30pm       Lunch at Shizafon with Tzofim and Shomrim

2:00               Casoy dune hike and Leopards’ Temple

2:30               Drive down to Ketura, with lookout at Har Ayit

4:00               Different tours offered in Ketura

Overnight Arava Kibbutzim

 

Monday, November 11:

Time            Tour

5:30am        Bus from Neot Smadar via Lotan to Ketura

6:00               Breakfast at Ketura

7:30               Timna Park with Shomrim – option of a bus tour or a walking tour

12:30pm      Lunch with riders

1:30               Red Canyon / Tzafra Pass hikes

2:00               Drive down to Eilat and bus to Har Yoash overlook

3:00               Beach party with riders

4:00               Arrival at hotel

Overnight in Eilat

 

Tuesday, November 12:

End of the Ride, travel day