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Jerusalem to Eilat
Tour Location
Country:
Israel
From:
Jeursalem
To:
Eilat
Tour Information
Guiding:
Guided
Support:
Vehicle Support, Luggage Transfer
Duration:
7 days
Level:
Moderate
Bike Options:
Bike included
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
USD 1980
Tour Distance & Dates
Month(s):
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Oct, Nov, Dec
Tour Operator:
Gordon Active Bike Tours

Jerusalem to Eilat

Ride of a lifetime through the Negev Desert to the shores of the Red Sea

7 Days Moderate

Jerusalem is nestled high up in the Judean Hills, with its European climate and bustling culture; Eilat sits on the Red Sea, Israel's access to the Indian Ocean. In between the two lies the wide expanse of the Negev Desert. In history it has seen great caravans travel on its extensive trade routes bringing wares from the Arabian Peninsula to the Mediterranean ports; it has been home to Nabateans, and the Forefathers of the Jewish faith alike. In modern times Israel's first prime minister, David Ben Gurion dreamed of making this desert bloom, and with some of the greatest advances in desert agriculture being born in the Negev his dream has come true. Nowhere in the world will you experience silence as you can in the desert, and be awed by the ingenuity of man to make life not just possible but fruitful.
We will begin our tour by exploring Jerusalem and then descend from her heights to the Judean Foothills where will pass the traditional location of David's battle against Goliath, and pass remains from Israelite and Roman cities dating from thousands of years ago. We will enter into the Negev desert, and take a detour to visit the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea and enjoy its mineral rich water, before climbing up to the desert fortress of King Herod and the last stand of Jewish fighters against the Roman Empire in 70 CE, Masada, which is also today an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will follow the Peace Trail along the Jordanian Border, and cross into the Central Negev where we will be wowed by the rare geological form of the Large Makhtesh, or Large Crater. As our tour continues, we will be able to visit the final resting place of David Ben Gurion and stay overnight in the desert town of Mitzpeh Ramon on the cliffs of the Ramon Crater. We will visit modern communities and kibbutzim, with their unique ways of life and we will be able to experience living in the desert their way. Finally we will reach the resort town of Eilat with its many hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs, where your bikes will be collected and you can celebrate your achievement in the way that best suits you, be it with a cold beer, a great meal, snorkeling, or swimming with dolphins.
Accommodation
Comfort (3-4 ★), Double Occupancy / Twin Share
Single Supplement: Available
Inclusions
6 nights’ accommodation at 3*/kibbutz or equivalent level based on DBL occupancy
5 days hybrid bike rental (upgrade to road bike or carbon road bike available for additional fee)
3 lunches as per itinerary
4 dinners as per itinerary
6 breakfasts
Entry fees according to program
Transportation according to program
Licensed tour guide and cycling expert who will drive the escort van for groups
Exclusions
Personal medical insurance
Transportation to Jerusalem before the ride
Transportation from Eilat to Jerusalem after the ride.
Helmets: please provide your own helmet
Tips for guides are not included in the price.
Options
Self guided tour also available
Pre/post tour accommodation
Private transfer from airport
Private transfer to airport
Private guide for pre/post tour with itinerary planning
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