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Pre/Post-Ride Tours

Join us for the 2022 Israel Ride: November 1-8, 2022!
The Israel Ride is the premier cycling experience in Israel benefiting two innovative organizations – The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon.


Pre/Post-Ride Tours & Activities

Arriving Early? Staying in Israel after the Ride?

Enhance your Israel Ride experience with one of our tours!

"In Search of Israeli Cuisine" man with apron cooking


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While most of these tours are organized by third-party operators, they are custom made for our Israel Ride participants and their guests only and you can only book through us.

For those of you who have been to Israel, these programs are perfect ways to deepen your connection and understanding of the region. For those of you who are visiting Israel for the first time, this is a unique opportunity to look past the tourist sites and see a glimpse of what the country has to offer.

All itineraries noted below are subject to change.

Pre-Ride Tour Options

"In Search of Israeli Cuisine" man with apron cooking

“In Search of Israeli Cuisine” –
Food and Sustainability in the North

Sun, Oct 30 – Mon, Oct 31, 2022 (2 days, 1 night)

Our signature culinary trip was inspired by the film In Search of Israeli Cuisine, and organized by Via Sabra’s Roslyn Roucher (who was on our 1st Israel Ride!). Ros helped organize such a successful tour in 2017, we’re thrilled to be using Via Sabra again this year.

Eat your way through the country while exploring, “What is Israeli Cuisine?”

Sun Oct 30, 7AM pickup at Ramada hotel in Jerusalem; return to Ramada Mon night, Oct 31.

  • Cost: $890/person ($790 + $100 deposit). 10 person minimum.
  • Deposit: $100, non-refundable. Full $890 payment due by August 31st
  • Includes: 1 night hotel stay, meals, English speaking tour guide for private 2 day tour
  • Please note: Hotel is for Sunday night, riders responsible for Monday night Jerusalem hotel.

Tentative Itinerary, subject to change:

 Sun, Oct 30:

  • Meet at the Ramada Hotel in Jerusalem – Option for earlier pick up at the airport
  • Raw Ingredients- The Seven Species – At the Biblical Garden at Yad Hashmona, get a glimpse into the spiritual, physical, and agricultural world of the Jewish people in the land of the Bible. Travel through and taste the Seven Species which are some of the building blocks in the story of Israeli Cuisine.
  • 50 Shades of Paprika – At a rural spice store, explore the wide range of spices used in Israeli food.
  • Lunch of local goat cheeses and vegetables
  • Sustainability and Empowerment – Visit Kaima Farm in Nahalal. Kaima, or “sustainability” in Aramaic is a project with a vision to harness the principles of organic farming and the pride associated with growing, literally and metaphorically. The farm empowers marginalized teens through hands-on organic farming and provides employability skills, offers work experience, and teaches teamwork and community building, encourages leadership development, builds personal awareness, and fosters environmental stewardship.
  • Check into the hotel
  • Galilean Feast celebrating Olives – Chef’s dinner in the private home of Chef Gadi Elias

Mon, Oct 31:

  • Option depending on availability- Early morning visit to the Hula Valley – The Hula valley sits in part of the northern Syrian African Rift Valley which stretches as far south as Mozambique in Africa. During every migration season over 500 million birds travel through the Hula Lake. This wetland paradise is the perfect stopover for small waterfalls, cormorants, heron, pelicans, raptors, storks, and cranes.
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Short hike on the Israel National Trail – The Israel trail traverses the length of Israel and was established as a National Trail in 1995.
  • Drive to Akko – The ancient city of Akko, on the Mediterranean, is one of the oldest ports in the world, a city shared by Jews and Muslims. Learn about the city’s ancient history as well as its important role in Israel’s modern history.
  • Akko Market tour and cooking workshop – At Beit Elfarasha meet the true gems of the city, the local women. This program empowers women of Akko through cooking workshops and gives visitors to the Old City of Akko.
  • Drive to Haifa to meet the people at Robin Food – Robin Food is an Israeli NGO changing the story of food waste. The organization hosts lectures and workshops and has launched a food-sharing app. Robin Food ran the first social restaurant in Israel based on rescuing fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be wasted. The produce is transformed into delicious meals by the chef and team of amazing volunteers.
  • Wine tasting Mialucce Winery
  • Return to Ramada Hotel Jerusalem

East-West Jerusalem Tour

Mon, Oct 31, 2022 (1 day) Limited space available.

Discover the beauty and complexity of life on the border of East and West Jerusalem.

The tour will be guided by Eliezer Ya’ari and Dr. Tareq Abu-Hamed.

Eliezer Ya’ari is a native of West Jerusalem and former head of the New Israel Fund. He recently wrote a book entitled “Beyond the Mountains of Darkness” about his experience of walking daily in neighboring Sur Baher village.

Dr. Tareq Abu-Hamed, from the village of Sur Baher, is the Arava Institute’s new Executive Director and is currently Israel’s deputy chief scientist.

  • Cost: $60/person (12 person minimum)
  • Includes: Transportation, lunch, English speaking tour guides
  • Please note: This is a day trip. Riders will be responsible for their hotel in Jerusalem on Monday night.

Post-Ride Tour Options

Immersive Experience at the Arava Institute

Tue, Nov 8 – Wed, Nov 9, 2022 (2 days, 1 night)

  • Two Day Tour, double occupancy: $187, single upgrade: $140

This is an exclusive opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture, academics, and peace-building curriculum of the Arava Institute. Participants will spend time with the Institute’s academic director, Dr. Tareq Abu Hamed, and other Arava Institute faculty, participate first hand in a peacebuilding and environmental leadership exercise, meet with heads of the Institute’s research centers, meet students, attend classes, and learn about the practical projects students have created to address the region’s environmental challenges.

This unique program offers unparalleled access to the Arava Institute. It was developed exclusively for Israel Ride participants.

Tentative Itinerary, subject to change:

Tue, Nov 8:
8:00am: Breakfast at hotel, bus to Kibbutz Ketura.
9:30am: Arrive Kibbutz Ketura.
10:00am: Meet Dr. Elaine Solowey and Noah Mortinsen, Center for Sustainable Agriculture.
11:00am: Join an Arava Institute class.
12:30pm: Lunch with staff and/or students in Hadar haOchel of the kibbutz
2:00pm: Abby Lutman on MASHAV
3:00pm: Walk with Rabbi Michael through the sand dunes to the Jordanian border, the backyard of the Arava Institute, past the 40 megawatt solar field and the experimental orchard
6:00pm: Dinner with interns in Hadar haOchel of kibbutz.
8:00pm: Go out back of Kibbutz and look for scorpions using black light.

Wed, Nov 9:
7:30am Breakfast in Hadar haOchel of the kibbutz; Keren Kolot station for food.
8:15am: Tour of Off-Grid village with Nadav Solowey
9:00am: Peacebuilding Exercise with Dr. Michael Alexander
10:15am: Check out of rooms and leave suitcases at Keren Kolot.
11:00am: Jesica Scheimberg on Arava Track II Environmental Forum
11:45am: Meet with Cathie Granit, Program Director.
12:30pm: Lunch in Hadar haOchel of kibbutz.
1:30pm: Discussion on the New Campus and other Arava Institute topics.
3:00pm: Leave for Eilat or Airport, in time to make the 6:55 pm flight

Payment:

  • Deposit: $100 (non-refundable)
  • Double Occupancy: $187
  • Single Room Upgrade: $140
  • Full payment due August 31st

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Tue, Nov 8 – Thu, Nov 10 (3 days, 2 nights)

Includes: 2 nights hotel accommodation, meals, and English speaking tour guide for private tours.

For the first time ever, we are offering a tour of the United Arab Emirates! Join us to discover the history, culture, and tradition of Dubai, a global business city and tourism hub. Soak in the startling feats of engineering and architecture juxtaposed with the wondrous deserts, calm seas, and beautiful beaches.

Tentative Itinerary, subject to change:

Tuesday, Nov 8th: Arrival
Meeting with our English speaking guide outside the airport
Transfer to Dubai Downtown for a stroll at Dubai Mall and to see the fountain show.
Dinner with fountain view.
Transfer back to the hotel.

Wednesday, Nov 9th: Dubai & Desert
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to the old city – walking tours between old houses, souks, crossing the Creek by abra (water taxi), included.
Panoramic stop at Burj AL-Arab and Jumeirah mosque.
Transfer to the hotel for free time and lunch
Pick up by 4×4 and transfer to the desert (maximum 6 pax p.jeep)
Dune bashing until sunset
Arrival at camp, welcomed by coffee and dates, camel ride, sandboarding.
Barbeque Dinner with 3 shows, soft drinks included.
Transfer back to the hotel
NOTE: We hope to include meetings with locals who are collaborating on projects with the Arava Institute during our visit.

Thursday, Nov 10th: Departure
Breakfast
Pick up and transfer to the Palm, entrance to The View, the new observatory with stunning view on Dubai, panoramic visit of the Palm, and continuation to Dubai Marina for a stroll between the artificial canals and the beautiful architecture.
Continuation to Mall of The Emirates, photo stop at the SkiDubai.
After lunch in a local restaurant inside the Mall, we will visit Miracle Garden.
Transfer to the airport.

Hotels:
Garden Inn Hilton Mall of The Emirates (4*) or Millennium Al-Barsha (4*)

Food:
All hotels in Dubai have vegetarian and vegan options.
Kosher food can be ordered by third-party suppliers that will cater OU certificated boxes of food.

Payment:
Since we do not have definitive flight costs, we cannot yet quote a definitive price

  • Land Costs: $600 ( Double Occupancy )
  • Flight Costs: $300-$500
  • Total Costs: $900-$1,100
  • Deposit: $100 (non-refundable)
  • Single Room Upgrade: $150
  • Full payment due August 31st

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Petra & Wadi Rum, Jordan

Tue, Nov 8 | Tue, Nov 8- Wed, Nov. 9 (1 and 2-day options) 

1-Day Tour, Tue, Nov 8

Once in Jordan, a guide will meet you and you will take another bus to Petra itself – the drive is just over 2 hours. The tour takes in the most popular highlights of Petra beginning with the Treasury and the Siq Canyon and heading right through the main center of the site. The tour will end with a late lunch at a cafe inside Petra. Please note that we do not provide kosher food on the trip but there are plenty of vegetarian options available. After lunch, those on the one-day trip will have some time to explore on their own before returning to Israel on the tour bus. They will be back in Eilat around 7:30pm, depending on traffic.

Includes: bus to the border, bus in Jordan, entrance to Petra, English-speaking guide, lunch in Petra, large water bottle at the border

2-Day Tour, Tue, Nov 8- Wed, Nov 9

Those staying overnight in Jordan will have more time to explore other parts of Petra. Time allowing you may choose to take an optional hike up to The Monastery on Jabel A-Deir, the High Place of Sacrifice.

Wednesday covers the highlights of Wadi Rum. Having arrived at the village of Rum inside the nature reserve, you will board 4X4 jeeps driven by professional Bedouin drivers and journey to the sandstone area of Wadi Rum. Here, you will go off-road into the unique landscape and get right off the beaten track to explore rarely traveled ancient merchant routes. You will cross red sand dunes and explore the beautifully eroded pillars of sandstone rock. Wadi Rum’s beauty remains intact and its breathtaking scenery is still an inspiration to those who travel there. Lunch is enjoyed en-route in the great outdoors. The tour includes the Seven Pillars, Khaz Ali canyon, and Jabel Um Asharim.

You will leave Wadi Rum around 2:45 pm.

Includes: bus to the border, bus in Jordan, entrance to Petra and other sites, jeep tour in Wadi Rum, English-speaking guide, lunches, large water bottle at the border, overnight at 3* Petra Palace hotel

Not included: insurance, personal expenses, drinks during lunch

Payment:

  • 1-Day Trip Cost: $220
  • 2-Day Trip Cost: $485
  • Visa: $60
  • Border Tax and Tips: $65
  • Deposit: $100 (non-refundable)
  • Full payment due August 31st

Join us for the 2022 Israel Ride: November 1-8, 2022!
The Israel Ride is the premier cycling experience in Israel benefiting two innovative organizations – The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies and Hazon.