Pre/Post-Ride Tours

Please view updated 2021 safety and cancellation guidelines HERE.
We are monitoring the ever changing public health situation. Rider safety continues to be our highest priority.
We will likely make additional changes to our health and safety protocols closer to the Ride.

Pre/Post-Ride Tours & Activities

The 2021 Israel Ride: Oct 19-26, 2021Staying in Israel after the Ride?

Enhance your Israel Ride experience with one of our tours!

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.
Reserve your tour and find more detailed information in your Forms Portal.


Pre-Ride Tour Options

Please view updated 2021 protocols and guidelines HERE.

"In Search of Israeli Cuisine" man with apron cooking

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

Sun, Oct 17 – Mon, Oct 18 (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 17, 7AM pickup at Ramada hotel in Jerusalem; return to Ramada Mon night, Oct 18.

  • 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 17:

  • 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 18:

  • 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

Please view updated 2021 protocols and guidelines HERE.

East-West Jerusalem Tour

Mon, Oct 18 (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 incoming 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

Please view updated 2021 protocols and guidelines HERE.

Registered Participants:

Register in our Forms Portal!

Immersive Experience at the Arava Institute

Tue, Oct 26 – Wed, Oct 27, 2021 (2 days, 1 night)

2021 Israel Riders – Register in our Forms Portal!
  • 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, Oct 26:
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, Oct 28:
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


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

2021 Israel Riders – Register in our Forms Portal!