The Israel Ride is a unique experience. You can come just before the Ride, cycle for 5 days, enjoy Shabbat, meet wonderful people, and come away transformed. However, the Israel Ride strongly encourages particpates to take advantage of the programs offered before and after the Ride as a way to make your trip even more memorable. 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.
JNF Carmel Trip
Monday, November 7. $50 including lunch
Explore the Carmel mountains as part of a Jewish National Fund trip to northern Israel. Limited space available.
7:45 am – bus pick up at Ramat Rahel
8:00 am – bus pick up at JNF office downtown
8:45 am – Tree Planting at Neot Kedumim
11:00 am – JNF Park and artists colony at Ein Hod
12:45 pm – Kosher lunch at Nir Etzion Kibbutz
2:15 – Tour of Atlit
6:00 – Drop offs in Jerusalem
Day of Learning at Pardes
Monday, November 7. $36 including lunch
The Pardes Institute is hosting a day of learning, consisting of Jewish text study, engaging discussions, and of course, food. Participants have the opportunity to attend Pardes classes, taught in English, which for the day will focus on Israel and environmental and leadership issues. The program is open to all backgrounds. No previous experience necessary.
8:30 am – Arrival, Introduction
9:00 am – “Moses’s Initiation into Leadership”, by Neima Novestsky
10:30 am – “Food Blessings”, by David Levin-Kruss
Noon – Class by Michael Hattin (TBD)
1:30 pm – Lunch provided, and class by Nigel Savage from Hazon
2:30 pm – “To Conquer or to Protect” by Mike Feuer
Check out this great and empowering video about Pardes!
Jordan Trips – Petra and Wadi Rum
We are offering two options to visit Jordan. 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. We have contracted with Desert Eco Tours to run these trips, but please register through our group booking.
One-day Petra: Tuesday, November 15: Price: $230
Two-day Petra & Wadi Rum: Tuesday-Wednesday, November 15-16: Price: $420
Prices do not include border fees ($62 for one-day trip, $68 for two-day trip), visas, and tips.
Visas will be issued at the border.
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 Tetra Tree Hotel near Petra. On Wednesday, we explore the majestic Wadi Rum, a vast desert full of rock forms, open spaces, and Bedouin encampments. If there is time, we will visit the Aqaba markets before returning to Israel in time for evening flights from Eilat to Tel Aviv.
Note: 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.