Pre- and Post-Ride Tours

Pre- and Post-Ride Tours & Activities

Arriving a few days before the Ride, or staying 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’ll need to 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.

These can all be booked through your Forms Portal.

Pre-Ride Options

Registered Participants

Bernice and Sam Behar
Arlene and Hal Bryer
Lynn and Stephen Baum
David Eisenberg
Jeremy Kranowitz
Steven Moskowitz
Paula and Azzy Reckess
Mark Segal
Jim and Moira Taubenfeld

Culinary Tour of Northern Israel

Leave from Tel Aviv at 8:00 AM on Sunday, October 21st
Return to Ramat Rachel the evening of Monday, October 22nd

Two Day Tour, double occupancy: $595
Two Day Tour, single upgrade: $100

They say that “food has a story to tell”, and nowhere is that more the case than in Israel. This 2-day experiential tour, designed exclusively for the Israel Ride by ViaSabra in conjunction with Hazon, explores Israel’s sustainable cuisine landscape in the most scrumptious of ways. You will visit fields and orchards and organic olive groves, gather produce, shop in local markets, and create regional meals. You will explore small sustainable family wineries, volunteer at leading organizations tackling hunger in the region, and learn about some of the creative agricultural innovations Israel is famous for.

This is a unique opportunity to get behind the scenes and experience Israel’s delicacies while learning about the importance of sustainable food sources. Whether olive picking, preparing Shakshuka, sampling exceptional homemade spices, or creating a traditional Druze feast, this tour will leave you with a new appreciation for food, sustainability, and the diverse cultures behind what we call “Israeli cuisine”.

All food served on the tour is certified as Kosher.

To get a taste of our delicious two day tour, check out the trailer for “In Search of Israeli Cuisine” where Avihai Tsabari, founder of ViaSabra, is the culinary guide.

Registered Participants

David Adler
Joel Brill & Amy Goldman
Kay and Steven Dixon
David Diskin
Andrew Fischer
Mark Glick
Steve and Vickie Greenzang
Steven Kantorowitz
Amy Lieberman
Howie Rodenstein
Steve Sanderson
Jennifer Weiss & Daniel Lyons

Seeking Partners for Peace: A Dual Narratives Tour

Meet at Ramat Rachel at 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 20th for Orientation
Leave very early Sunday morning for a day of touring, education, and speakers. Stay overnight in Beit Jala.
Return to Ramat Rachel the evening of Monday, October 22nd

Two Day Tour, double occupancy: $595
Two Day Tour, single upgrade: $60


Experience the complex Israeli-Palestinian relationships in Jerusalem and the West Bank, organized through Mejdi Tours. This exclusive, hands-on tour will expose you to the many narratives, personal stories, historical perspectives in the region. You will gain valuable insight into the efforts underway by the Pursuers of Peace, Rodef Shalom.

This overnight, two-day tour includes time exploring Jerusalem, the West Bank as well as an overnight stay in Beit Jala. Click here to watch a TED Talk with the founder of Mejdi Tours, Aziz Abu Sarah.

Registered Participants

Jeffrey Axelrod
Robin and Craig Beden
Robin and Ted Diamond
Lori and Bruce Dorman
Linda Herman & husband
Jack and Jo Faer
Morgan Faer
Miriam May
Brian Ruyle
Judith Souweine
Robert Spivack
Susan Zarchin

Monday One- Day Tour: East/West Jerusalem… It’s Just Not Simple

Monday, October 22nd, $50

Experience the complexity of life on the visible and invisible border of Arab East and Israeli West Jerusalem. Share conversations that will enlighten, challenge, and deepen your understanding of the complexities of day-to-day life and the two state discussion.

Dr. Tareq Abu-Hamed, Academic Director of the Arava Institute, will guide us as we visit places and meet with Israelis and Palestinians living side-by-side, who see the same vistas from two sides, and experience vast differences in quality of life.

Our time together will include conversations with Fuad Abu-Hamed, a social activist in East Jerusalem; Eliezer Yaari, former Head of the New Israel Fund in Israel; Dr. Laura Wharton, member of Jerusalem’s City Council for Meretz; and Dr. Jawad Hassan, water expert and faculty member at the Arava Institute and Al Quds University.

8:30am: Meet at Ramat Rachel Hotel
9am: Old City Exploration: Walk through the Arab shuk to the Christian quarter and then to the Jewish quarter to see the four corners of the ancient, complicated city.
11am: Traveling to Hasovlanut Garden to meet with Fuad Abu Hamed, Social activist from East Jerusalem. He will talk about gaps in quality of life in East and West Jerusalem. From here, we will be able to see both East and West Jerusalem.
12pm: Travel to Sur Baher through East Jerusalem passing a few Jewish settlements. Meet with Dr. Jawad Hassan, waste water expert and AIES Faculty member, to talk about cross border waste water issues in East Jerusalem.
1pm: Lunch at the community center in Sur Baher.
1:30pm: Travel to Park Hazaytim to meet Eliezer Yaari, journalist, and Dr. Laura Wharton, a member of Jerusalem’s City Council as a representative of Meretz, to talk about municipal plans for closing the gaps between West and East Jerusalem.
3pm: Back to Ramat Rachel hotel

Post-Ride Options

Registered Participants

Lester Blumberg
Beryl Brodsky & Thomas Fritz
Neal Epstein
Amy Goldman & Joel Brill
Jon Harris-Shapiro
Brenda and David Jaffe
Barbara Lamont
Miriam May
Howie Rodenstein
Mark Segal

Immersive Experience at the Arava Institute

New! Exclusive Program for Israel Ride Participants

Leave Eilat at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, October 30th
Return to Eilat at about 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 31st for flights from Eilat to Ben Gurion

Two Day Tour, double occupancy: $325
Two Day Tour, single upgrade: $60

Led by Rabbi Michael Cohen, 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.

About the Alumni College leader, Rabbi Michael Cohen: Rabbi Michael is a founding faculty member of the  Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. He is affiliated with Bennington College, the Alliance for Middle East Peace, and Jerusalem Peacebuilders. He is a frequent contributor to the Jerusalem Post and a frequent speaker on “Dual Narrative” and opportunities for Israelis and Palestinians to work together for a better future.

Registered Participants

Caren & Michael Bianco
David Biggs & Faye Morin
Sofia Blanco
Carolyn & Jim Bondarovich
David Brenner
Susan Brooks
Larry & Suzanne Cohen
Arlene & Leah Cullen
David Diskin
Lori & Bruce Dorman
Lee & Stanley Ellenberg
Jack & Jo Faer
Morgan Faer
Carl Fertman & Barb Murock
Howard Fishman
Sam Furgang & Missie Polasky
Richard Goldman
Steve & Vickie Greenzang
Jeremy Kranowitz
Mike & Patty Krigel
Miriam Leeser & Robert Cooper
Stephen Meyers
Miranda Miller
Jill Minneman
Sheila Paxton
Robert Pincus
Stephen Rabb
David Raffel
Adina Riggins
Michael Roon
Brian Ruyle
Myles Shaftel
Laurie Silverman
Judith Souweine
Robert Spivack
Annie Weiss
Jennifer Weiss & Daniel Lyons
Marion Weiss
Abbe Wolfson
Susan Zarchin

Tours to Petra and Wadi Rum

We are offering two options to visit Jordan, contracted with Desert Eco Tours. The one-day options visit Petra, while the two-day trip includes more time in Petra and the tour of Wadi Rum the following day.

One Day tour: $230
Two Day Tour, double occupancy: $460
Two Day Tour, single upgrade: $60

All participants will leave early in the morning from the hotel and cross into Jordan for a 2-hour drive to Petra. We start with a guided tour of the main entrance to Petra, followed by lunch. Those on the one-day trip will have limited time to explore before heading back to the bus to return to Eilat.

Those on the two-day trip have more time to explore the famous Nabatean tomb carvings, extensive Roman excavations, and even a climb to the “Monastery” carving overlooking the Arava valley. We will spend the night at the newly renovated Hyatt Zaman Resort, which used to be an ancient village called Taybeh, near Petra. On Wednesday, we explore the majestic Wadi Rum, a vast desert full of rock forms, open spaces, and Bedouin encampments, and return to Israel in time for evening flights from Eilat to Tel Aviv.

Note regarding return flights:
The one-day tour 
will return to Eilat late at night on Tuesday after the final flights north have departed. You must book an extra night in Eilat, either at the Ride hotel or elsewhere.
The two-day option is scheduled to return in time to catch 6:30 pm flights from Eilat on Wednesday. However, the Israel Ride cannot take responsibility in the event of a border closure or flight cancellation.