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Israel Bike Tour

Israel, Africa, Middle East

from $5,595* per person 8 Days March, May, September-November
Boutique accommodations Exertion level: 4
Operator: DuVine Adventures 16 people max
  • Airport, israel near tel aviv, israel
  • Active & Adventure trips
The warm Middle Eastern sun, biblical sites, secret back roads and the mosaic of different people turn Israel into more than just the Bible Land; it is the Holy Land of cycling. Your tour will take you from the world renown sights of Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv to our favorite hidden village kitchens and goat cheese farms. Thanks to the great Israeli weather and the rich soil,  wine is something that can't be missed when cycling through the Galilee, Golan and Judean Hills. Israel is famous for being a very small country yet with a large variation in landscape, history, food and people. Aside from the best hotels and world class wine, our tour includes fantastic cycling roads, old roman cities, plenty of interesting historical sites and facts, authentic local and fresh food and much much more.

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Israel, Africa, Middle East

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  • Reviewer: located in New York, NY USA
    I have gone on 5 DuVine trips and I have had a fantastic time on each. I have referred several friends and colleagues, all have come back with rave reviews.
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    One of the best vacation experiences we've had. We won't hesitate to recommend this to everyone. The guides have a fascinating blend of competence, fun loving and a real free spirit.
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  • Reviewer: located in Boston, MA USA
    We had a great time, we were able to get into places that were closed and the guides seemed to know everyone, everywhere we went. Very knowledgeable about the area, wine, and architecture. Great biking, small roads - no traffic.
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Itinerary

Day 1- Carmel Forest
Welcome to Israel! Our tour will begin with a pick up from Tel Aviv or Haifa Train station and transfer to the luxuries Carmel Forest Spa hotel to get ready for our first ride. We will leave the hotel and ride towards Ein Hod artist colony. We will arrive at the village and enjoy a tour of the local galleries and hear the story of the place. We will then stop at one of the local restaurants for a light lunch and tasting of local wine and beer. From here we transfer by car back to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at the spa before a fantastic opening dinner of the tour, over a selection of Israeli wines from wineries that we will visit throughout the week.
 
Meals: Lunch, Dinner. 
Cycling distance: 15 km
Destinations visited: Carmel Forest, Ein Hod Artist Colony including galleries and museum.

Day 2- Zichron Yaakov to Mitzpe Hayamim
After breakfast we will transfer by car of Zichron Yaakov.  This historic town was built at the end of the 19th century and is home to the oldest wineries in Israel. We will start with a tasting of Tishbi Wine and some great local cheese. We will then take some time to have a short break to walk around the old town to see its beautiful streets and houses. From here, we will ride to Caesarea and bike into the ancient Roman city located at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Mediterranean. After a tour of the Roman Theater, port and other ruins we will bike to the beach where light snacks and drinks will be waiting for us in the shade of the aqueduct. After picnic, we will have just enough time to enjoy a pleasant swim in the Mediterranean Sea. From here we will travel by car to Mitzpe Ha Yamim, Israel's only Relais et Chateaux hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Distance: 25 Km
Destinations visited: Historic Zichron Yaakov, the Rothchild Gardens (if time permits), Tishbi winery, Caesarea old city and beach

Day 3- Mitzpe Ha Yamim to Tzfat and Rosh Pina
After a wonderful breakfast we will set of towards the mystical city of Tzfat, where generations of Jewish scholars have been studying the Kabala that was written there. We will spend some time walking the magical streets of the town, visiting some of the famous sights here and enjoying a light snack of local cheese. From Tzfat we will head to the surrounding hills and make our way through the Birya Forest, stopping to pay a visit to one of several Jewish pilgrimage sites in the Galilee. We will arrive at the Meister Winery, hidden in an ancient Galilee cave. Our last destination will be Rosh Pina to spend the rest of the afternoon strolling the streets of this old Village, before returning to the hotel. There is an optional 5 km ride up to the hotel for those that wish to add some riding before another evening of relaxation  and great food.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Cycling Distance:  35Km
Destinations visited:  Tzfat old city, Ari synagogue and Judaica market, Meister winery, Rosh Pina historic Village

Day 4- Mitzpe Ha Yamim to Kibutz Yiron
Our ride will begin just outside of Tzfat where we will head to Gish, a village dating back to the Roman period. From here we will ride to the renowned Dalton winery, overlooking the vineyards in the region for a tour and tasting of some of the best this region has to offer. After Dalton we ride north, passing numerous high altitude vineyards on both side of the road. We will arrive at Kibutz Yiron and enjoy a relaxing lunch over several bottles of Galil Mt wine in the winery itself. After lunch and a tour of the grounds we will drive towards the Golan Heights, where we will spend the night. Dinner will be in a fabulous restaurant in the peaceful kibbutz. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Cycling Distance:  30Km
Destinations visited: Gish, Dalton Winery, Kibutz Yiron, Gaili Mt. winery

Day 5: Exploring the Golan Heights
The Golan Heights region, thanks to its volcanic soil, is home to some of the best wineries in Israel.  After breakfast we will ride out of the Kibutz through the back roads of the Golan towards the town of Katzrin. The town is in the same location as a City from the Roman period, carrying the same name, and with archaelogical evidence to prove it. Just outside of town we will reach the Golan Heights winery (Israelís largest winery) considered to be a pioneer of new Israeli wine. We will taste the famos Golan wine and continue south through the Golan. We will stop for lunch in a restaurant located in a small artist colony, enjoy lunch a check out the local art and crafts. We end the day in Gamla, a historic fort that was undiscovered until the early 1970s. The Jewish-Roman historian Josephus tells a detailed account of the battle here, and looking at the city this story comes to life. From Gamla we will drive back check into our rooms, each with a view of the Golan Heights and its breathtaking landscape.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
 ycling Distance: 40 Km
Destinations visited: Golan Winery, Aniam Artist Village, Gamala National park.
 
Day 6: Northern Golan and Jerusalem
Our ride today will continue though the rolling hills of the Golan. The small back roads here are a true delight and the views are outstanding. We will head north to the Oak Forest the surrounds the Odem Winery. We ride up to the winery and enjoy a visit with the Alfasi Family that have been running the winery for nearly a decade. From here we ride through the Druze Village of Masade, and stop for a snack at the top of a climb where we can see the whole region. From here we head to the Nimrod Fortress which was built in the 12th century to protect the road leading from here to Damascus. In the shade of the medieval fortress we will have lunch and then have a short walking tour of this breathtaking castle. From here we will board the van and drive to Jerusalem- the jewel of the orient.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Cycling Distance: 34 Km
Destinations Visited: Odem Forest Winery, Masada, Birkat Ram pool, Nimrod Castel, Mt of Olives in Jerusalem (time permitting)

Day 7 Jerusalem
We will head out of the hotel by foot towards the Old City of Jerusalem for a full day tour including well known and hidden sights of the city. Out tour will include the Church of the Holy Sepulture, the Western Wall, the Arab Market, Mt Zion and many more destinations that cannot be forgotten. 
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Cycling Distance: No Cycling
Destinations visited: Old City of Jerusalem (Church of the Holy Sepulture, and Western Wall)

Day 8 Jerusalem
We will devote our last morning to a walking tour to the old city of Jerusalem. We will pay a short visit to the Dome of the Rock where Solomon's Temple once stood. Between these sights we will walk through the narrow alleys and markets of the old city. If time permits, we will also stop to see a few of the sights in the new city including the Kneset, Machne Yehuda Market and Nachlaot. Our tour will end at lunchtime at Jaffa Gate, the historic entry to Jerusalem. Your guide will help you with further travel arrangements or transfer you to the airport to your next adventure. 

Meal: Breakfast
Cycling Distance: No Cycling
Destinations visited: Old City of Jerusalem (Church of the Holy Sepulture, Temple mount and Western Wall)

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