We understand that the Israel Ride can be a complicated endeavor. Please use the tools below to ensure that you are fully prepared. Many details of your trip including bike rentals, single room upgrades, and trip extensions booked through the Explority Form Portal.
General Ride Logistics
EXPLORITY FORM PORTAL
Please note – all participants receive an invitation to join Explority, an online portal with various forms and additional information about the Israel Ride. Before the Israel Ride, each participant must complete the following forms in Explority:
- General Logistics
- Flight Details
- Bicycle Details (riders only)
- Housing Preferences
Forms on Explority can also be used to upgrade to single rooms, books guests, or register for a pre- or post-Ride trip.
The weather varies throughout the Ride. In the morning and evenings, it can be chilly, although it is often quite warm by noon. There is a chance of rain throughout the ride, which can create cold misty days. Layers are the key! Specialty cycling clothes, especially bike shorts, are strongly recommended for riding. Evening and Shabbat attire is very casual but should also be layered for warmth when needed. View our suggested Packing List.
LUGGAGE AND PACKING
You may bring one piece of luggage and possibly one smaller item, like a backpack. You may bring a laptop, but it must be transported in your regular luggage (padded among your clothes). The Israel Ride provides one jersey to every rider and we recommend bringing two additional jerseys. You do not need five complete sets of cycling clothing, and will not need much regular clothing. Laundry may or may not be available. View our suggested Packing List.
CELL PHONES & INTERNET
All participants must have a working cell phone in Israel for security purposes. The Israel Ride is proud to partner with local Israel companies to offer all participants a discount on a SIM card, cell phone rental, MiFi device and more.
Participants must carry personal health insurance to join the Israel Ride. From past experience, we know that US health insurance often does not cover medical expenses that are incurred overseas. Any medical costs incurred during the Ride will have to be paid by the participant. Because of this we recommend that every participant carry additional travelers insurance.
You are responsible to book and pay for your own international flights.
You must arrive in Israel by Monday afternoon, October 31st. This is to ensure that you have enough time to clear any covid-related procedures that Israel may require upon your arrival (including potentially a PCR test).
You are responsible for your own transportation to Jerusalem before the ride starts. There are private taxis, shared “sherut” vans, and a high speed train from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem. We notify participants on the same incoming flights so they can arrange group transportation once in Israel if desired.
The mandatory Israel Ride orientation is held on the November 1st at 4 pm – however, you need to be at the hotel no later than 12 pm in order to get your bike ready. Please note that your room may not be ready until 3 pm.
Please Note: Passports must be valid for 6 months after your return flight.
POST-RIDE DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS
Included for each participant is a domestic flight from Eilat back north to Ben Gurion International Airport at the end of the Israel Ride. We can also book you on a bus to Jerusalem if desired. Please note on your flight form when you know your itinerary so we can properly book your transportation.
Your international departing flight from Ben Gurion Airport should be after 12 pm on Tuesday, November 8th.
We stay at a mix of hotels and kibbutz guest houses. Hotels have varying amenities such as pools, wifi, elevators, and shops in the lobby. Guesthouses are more spread out (motel-style), some with kitchenettes, some with shared bathrooms, all very comfortable.
The 2022 hotels are: (please note, some sites are in Hebrew)
- Tuesday – Jerusalem: Ramada & Royal Hotel
- Wednesday – Ashkelon: Harlington Hotel
- Thursday – Northern Negev: Tze’elim Kibbutz, Mashabei Sadeh Kibbutz, and Desert Iris
- Friday and Saturday (Shabbat) – Mitzpe Ramon: Isrotel Ramon Inn, Even Derech, and Ramon Suites
- Sunday – Arava Valley Kibbutzes: Yahel, Lotan, Keren Kolot, and Elifaz
- Monday – Post-Ride in Eilat: TBD
On one night, riding groups will be split between multiple towns. If in different riding groups, spouses and partners will stay in separate locations but can request a particular roommate for that evening.
FLYING WITH YOUR BIKE
If you are bringing your bike, you’ll need to disassemble it and pack it in a box or carrying box in order to check it as a piece of luggage (a local bike shop can help with this). There is often a set charge for flying with your bike – please check your airline about flying with bikes and frequent flyer discounts.
The Israel Ride contracts with a storage company located 10 minutes from Ben Gurion airport. Before the Ride, we will send out the contact information for the company. You can call the storage facility when you land to meet you and pick up your bike from you. A crew member of the Israel Ride may be available to help you in the airport. Our crew will drive all of the bikes to our starting hotel in Jerusalem. We will transport your bike box during the Ride.
At the end of the Ride, our mechanics will help disassemble and pack your bike. Our crew will then drive all of the bikes to the storage company, and you will be able to call the company to pick up your bike when you arrive at Ben Gurion airport for your departing international flight.
RENTING A BIKE
If you choose to rent a bike, you can rent either a hybrid or road bike. The hybrid bikes are FUJI brand, with a good climbing gear and upright handlebars, cost $300 to rent for the week. The road bikes are specialized or Trek and cost $380. There are a limited number of bikes, which will be rented out on a first-come, first-serve basis. All riders, including those renting, must bring their own helmets.
New for 2022: We are excited to be offering limited e-bike rentals for experienced E-Bike users for our Shomrim group on the Israel Ride. Limited $525 E-Bike rental – requires advanced permission. Please email us if you are interested.
Add Ons & Upgrades
EXTENDING YOUR STAY
Accommodations on the Israel Ride begin on Tuesday night, November 1st, and continue through Monday night, November 7th. If you would like to extend a booking before the Ride in Jerusalem or afterwards in Eilat, please contact and pay our travel agent at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can book you in the Ride hotels for additional nights. Note – all other upgrades and add-ons should be booked through our forms in Explority.
SHABBAT GUESTS AND UPGRADES
We welcome guests to join Riders over our relaxing Shabbat in Mitzpe Ramon, and are encouraged to join for all activities over Shabbat. Guests will be booked in the room with the participant they are visiting. View our Forms Portal to add a guest.
Guests must arrange and provide their own transportation; we do not provide transportation for guests, and guests are not allowed in staff or crew cars due to liability.
We have a limited number of rooms at the luxury Beresheet Hotel, overlooking Makhtesh Ramon. This hotel is about a 15 minute walk from our main hotel. Upgrade costs are $1200 for one person (single occupancy) and $1250 for two people (double occupancy). Participants staying at Beresheet are responsible for walking to the main hotel area for activities, programming, and some meals during Shabbat.
SINGLE ROOM UPGRADES
Standard accommodations throughout the Israel Ride is double occupancy, with occasional triple occupancy in larger suites.
Full-week singles are no longer available. There are also a limited number of single rooms for Shabbat for a $400 fee.
We offer a variety of additional, short-term programs before and after the Israel Ride each year.
We are offering two educational programs before the Ride:
- Food & Sustainability in Northern Israel: A two-day tour from Sun-Mon, Oct 30-31, including overnight in the Hula Valley
- East/West Jerusalem Tour: A day tour on Monday, October 31
In additional to the costs of the tours, participants will need to arrange accommodations in Jerusalem on Monday night.
We are offering a variety of tours after the Ride:
- Immersive Experience at the Arava Institute: Tues-Wed, Nov 8-9, including overnight at Kibbutz Ketura
- Discover Dubai: Tues-Fri, Nov 8-11, including flights from Ben Gurion to Dubai and 3 overnights.
- Petra and Wadi Rum: Tues-Wed, Nov 8-9, two days in Jordan including overnight near Petra
- One-Day Petra : Tues, Nov 8, a day trip across the border to visit Petra.
Participants may need to arrange additional accommodations in Israel after their tour ends.