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Day to Day Itinerary

Sunday – Arrival and gathering. 

We will meet in a hotel in Tel Aviv, have dinner and get acquainted. 

Monday – From Mizpeh-Ramon to Timna Park (125 km)

After an early breakfast, we will depart from Tel Aviv on a 2.5-hour drive to The Ramon Crater, where we will start the day with a spectacular view over the Crater and the desert. 

An exhilarating descent into the Crater will be followed by several kilometers of the arid and alien landscape of the peaceful and still desert, with a splash of cooling off stops. 

At the Zihor Intersection, we will turn south to Shizafon, where we will stop for lunch. 

After lunch, we will continue to the Arava Region, which lies on the Great Rift Valley, turn south in the direction of Eilat and ride as a group on the Arava Road (25 km) to Timna Park, where we will observe unique geological phenomena, including Solomon's Pillars and the Timna Mushrooms. 

We will spend the night in Eilat. 

Tuesday – The Eilat Mountains (45 km)

We will ride out of the hotel to Mount Hizkiyahu for a 15 km climb through the sunset colors of the Eilat Mountains and peeks of the cities of Eilat and Accaba and the Red Sea. 

A few kilometers to the north, we will stop at the entrance to the Red Canyon, change shoes and enjoy a short walk in the Canyon. 

On the same road back to Eilat, we will stop for a view of the Moon Valley located on the Egyptian side of the region and carefully descend to Eilat. 

In the second half of the day you will be free to tour the City of Eilat. 

Wednesday – Hazeba, Ma’ale Akrabim the Big Crater, Masada and the Dead Sea (80 km)

We will depart from Eilat on an hour and a half bus drive to Hazeba via the Arava Road.  We will get ready for the ride and head east for a warm up. 

After a 15 km ride, we will get to Ma’ale Akrabim, a narrow and winding challenging road, whose breathtaking views make the effort worthwhile, and stop for an observation at the top. 

On to the west through the desert landscape to the entrance of the Big Crater, where we will stop for lunch on the mottle of sands. 

After lunch, we will ride north towards Dimona and continue eastward to Sodom and take the long and magnificent descent to the Dead Sea. 

We will ride the bus shortly to Masada and after a short tour of the site we will indulge in the Dead Sea and the Ein-Gedi Spa, where we will also dine.  At the end of the day, we will ride the bus back to Jerusalem, where we will spend the night. 

Thursday – Walking tour of Jerusalem

In the morning, we will go out with a certified guide on a tour of the central and prominent sites of Israel’s Capital, which has a unique historical legacy and is of special significance to all religions.  At the end of the day we will drive to Tel Aviv. 

Friday – The Carmel (90 km)

Early in the morning we will ride along the Mediterranean coastline in Kibbutz Neve Yam.  After the warm-up across the plane, we will enter the wooded area of the Carmel and climb to Kibbutz Beit-Oren (10 km) and continue cycling on the Carmel Ridge, through the Druze villages of Isfiya and Daliyat al-Karmel. 

At the Carmelite Monastery (Muhraka) we will stop for a rest and an observation of the spectacular view of the Jezreel Valley.  Then we will travel down the ridge of the Carmel and into the hills of Ramot Menashe, the Israeli Tuscany, through fields, vineyards and orchards. 

We will pass through Binyamina, one of the first agricultural settlements in Israel, and end with a short climb (2 km) to another early Jewish settlement, Zikhron Ya’akov.  After a quick regrouping, you will be free to walk around the old town center and enjoy its variety of restaurants, galleries and shops.  The second half of the day will be dedicated to a walking tour of Tel Aviv and the alleys of Old Jaffa. 

Saturday – The Jerusalem Mountains (85 km)

We will start the day on a mountaintop close to Moshav Nes-Harim, with a spectacular view of the Jerusalem Mountains. 

The trail will take us down to the Terebinth Valley, where David had defeated Goliath, and on to a beautiful road toward Beit Shemesh. 

A few kilometers on, we will undertake a challenging climb.  The Tzuba rise (10 km) is considered one of the most extreme and magnificent climbs in Israel. 

Thereafter we will descend in the direction of Hadassah and Ein Kerem, surrounded by the majestic landscape of Jerusalem and the mountains.  We will ride down an amazing wooded road and conclude with the mandatory climb (5 km) back to the starting point, where we will stop for lunch on the background of a breathtaking view. 

After lunch, we will take a short bus ride to the Cave of Avshalom, an impressive stalactite cave.  We will return to Tel Aviv and enjoy some free time in the city. 

Sunday – Departure

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