Old City Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem. Photo via Flickr:David King
Jerusalem Old City Market. Photo via Flickr:israeltourism

Harbor in Eilat. Photo via Flickr:israeltourism

Jerusalem to Eilat

Israel Bike Tours

Cycling in the Holy Land

Cycling through the varied terrain of the Holy Land will allow you to experience this ancient land like no tourist bus can offer.

Biking has become more than just a sport in Israel. Athletes and casual cyclists discover that biking in this land of historical and religious significance is a unique experience.

Cycle the unique wilderness of Southern Israel!

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Where You’ll Stay

Accommodations in 3 star hotels

What’s Included

  • Overnight accommodations in 3 star/kibbutz or equivalent level
  • Hybrid bike rental for duration of the program
  • 6 x breakfast
  • 3 x lunch
  • 4 x dinner
  • Entry fees according to program
  • Transportation according to program
  • Licensed tour guide and cycling expert
  • Escort van with trailer for bikes and for luggage transfer. Participants will be asked to pack light; some luggage might be transported in the trailer.
  • Licensed tour guide + 1 support staff for groups of 8+
  • Daily handouts
  • Snacks and water for cycling days
  • “I Bike Israel” T-shirts

What’s Not Included

  • Personal medical insurance
  • Transportation to Jerusalem before the ride
  • Transportation from Eilat at the end of tour
  • Helmet
  • Gratuities
  • Bicycle protection
  • Trip insurance

Extra Stay

Extra nights are always recommended.

Length6 days
From$2108 Rates
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Tour Dates

January 16, February 20, November 12, December 3, 2016 and January 7, 2017

Skill Level

This is a moderate tour with average daily distances between 19 and 71 miles (31 and 114 km). There are some significant climbs but on some days an optional shuttle is provided for those that do not wish to cycle these hills. See the itinerary for details.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Jerusalem to Eilat Map

Day 1: Arrival in Jerusalem
Day 2: Jerusalem, 16 mi. (25 km)
Day 3: Jerusalem to the Northern Negev, 68 mi. (110 km)
Day 4: Ben Gurion's Home and the Ramon Crater, 65 mi. (104 km)
Day 5: Through the Crater, 62 miles (100 km)
Day 6: The Arava Desert to the Red Sea, 33 miles (53 km)
Day 7: Departure

*All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival in Jerusalem
After arrival and settling in, you are free to explore Jerusalem on your own.

Overnight: Jerusalem

Day 2: Jerusalem, 16 mi. (25 km)
The day begins at 8 a.m. when you will meet your tour guide and have your bike fitting. The route begins with a ride through the city in the morning taking in the major sites such as the tiyelet, Knesset Building, Supreme Court, and Valley of the Cross. After an independent lunch, you will head into the Old City on foot for a guided tour of the holiest sites including the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall, and a view of the Dome of the Rock. Return to your hotel for the evening with dinner en route. 

Overnight: Jerusalem
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 3: Jerusalem to the Northern Negev, 68 mi. (110 km)
After breakfast you begin to ride out of the city towards the Judean Hills (optional shuttle to the 20 km point at the end of the large climb of the day). You arrive at Bar BaHar, a local cyclist hang out and then head down towards the Adolam region, biking past vineyards and ruins from the Roman era. Make a quick stop to see the hide out caves of Bar Kochva and then ride to Beit Guvrin National Park where you enjoy a short picnic lunch. After exploring the ruins and caves at Beit Guvrin, continue to ride south towards Kibbutz Kramim where you spend the night. You are sure to marvel as the lush green hills turn to yellow desert right before your eyes. (Optional transfer from Beit Guvrin to Kramim.)

Overnight: Kibbutz Kramim
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Day 4: Ben Gurion's Home and the Ramon Crater, 65 mi. (104 km)
Today’s ride will take you into the heart of the Negev Desert and will end at the town of Mitzpe Ramon, overlooking the Ramon Crater. You begin by cycling south through the Northern Negev towards Sde Boker, the burial site of Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion at the outskirts of this pioneer desert research center. Following your visit to Sde Boker, continue to the ruins of the Nabatian City of Ovdat which was a caravan station on the Spice Route 2,000 years ago. Stop for a light independent lunch after exploring the ancient site, before continuing your ride on the desert roads. Finish the day in Mitzpe Ramon which offers a breathtaking view over the Ramon Crater before heading to your hotel.  (Optional shuttle from Ovdat to Mitzpe Ramon.)

Overnight: Mitzpe Ramon
Meals Included: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Through the Crater, 62 miles (100 km)
Today’s ride takes you from the high desert plain above the Ramon Crater down to the Arava Valley where Kibbutz Lotan sits.  Early in the morning cycle out of Mitzpe Ramon and across the Ramon Crater. Once you exit the crater, ride through the dry riverbeds of the Southern Negev, past the village of Shitim to Kibbutz Neot Smadar. (Optional shuttle from Km 19 to Km 59.) Stop for a short lunch break at the Kibbutz Café, one of Israel’s pioneers in organic farming, where you will also take a short tour and visit the local art center. From here, continue down the road to Kibbutz Lotan where you spend the night.

Overnight: Kibbutz Lotan, Arava Desert
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: The Arava Desert to the Red Sea, 33 miles (53 km)
Leaving the hotel, you'll cyling along rural roads through date plantations and green houses that grow the famous Israeli produce. Overlooking the valley, you'll have a magnificent view of the Edom Mountains of Jordan. Highlights today include several Roman ruins, a pool where local flamingos dwell, and the Samar Dunes national reserve. The last leg of your ride descends towards Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea, ending at the beach with a celebratory cold beer, lunch, and a swim in the cool water.

Overnight: Eilat
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch

Day 7: Departure
Enjoy the morning relaxing on the shores of the Red Sea before travelling back north independently, or stay a couple of days to enjoy the resort of Eilat or maybe travel to Petra.

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