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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 in Jerusalem; return 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 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 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 Executive Director.

  • 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: $180, single upgrade: $TBD

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 Highlights, subject to change:

  • Join an Arava Institute class.
  • Lunch with staff and/or students in the dining hall of the kibbutz
  • Walk through the sand dunes to the Jordanian border, the backyard of the Arava Institute, past the 40-megawatt solar field and the experimental orchard
  • Tour of Off-Grid village
  • Learn about the Arava Institute’s Plans for Growth including the New Campus
  • Site Visit the Agrivoltaics Research Farm, the first in the region
For those planning to fly back to the US on Nov 9th:

On the second day of the experience, the group will leave the Arava Institute at 4:30 pm, and fly back to Ben Gurion airport at 6:00 PM. Landing at Ben Gurion at 7:00 PM, you will have enough time to make a midnight flight to the US on Nov 9th.

 

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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

Payment:

  • 1-Day Trip Cost: $225
  • Visa: $60
  • Border Tax and Tips: $65
  • Visa and border tax and tips are not included in this price and are to be paid at the border.
  • Deposit: $100 (non-refundable)
  • Full payment due August 31st
Returning to Israel:
Due to the additional time that’s needed to arrive before a flight at the new international Eilat airport, additional measures that may be taken at the airports due to Covid, and any of the other mishaps that can happen along the way (flight delays, delays at the border crossing, etc.) we are not confident and cannot guarantee that you will be able to do the 1 day Petra trip and make a midnight flight on Nov 8th.

If you would like to err on the side of caution, we would recommend spending the night in Israel (in Eilat or Tel Aviv) and buying a plane ticket for the morning of Nov 9th, at the earliest.

 

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:

  • 2-Day Trip Cost: $490
  • Visa: $60
  • Border Tax and Tips: $65
  • Visa and border tax and tips are not included in this price and are to be paid at the border.
  • Deposit: $100 (non-refundable)
  • Full payment due August 31st

Returning to Israel:

On day 2 of the trip, the group will leave Wadi Rum after lunch and head back to the border with Israel. The domestic airline we use for flights from the Eilat airport to Ben Gurion (the main international airport) hasn’t posted their November schedule yet. While, we don’t know exactly what flight back to Ben Gurion airport you will be on, we plan to have the group on a flight back to Ben Gurion airport that would enable you to make a midnight flight to the US on Nov 9th.

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.