2015 Cycling in the Footsteps of Jesus (The Holy Land / Israel)
We are in for a treat on this one! Have you ever wanted to literally follow where Jesus traveled and witness places mentioned in the Bible? Well here’s our chance to experience this in a whole new perspective…on our bicycle!
In Fall of 2015 (October 12 – 21, 2015), I’m coordinating with EDI Travel (Experience. Destination. Israel), an 8-day epic cycling tour from the Sea of Galilee to Jerusalem! They came highly recommended from other fellow travel agencies.
HERE IS THE SCHEDULE:
Day 1: Arrival – Transfer – Bike Fitting
Arrival at Tel Aviv Airport, then it’s a 2 hour transfer to our starting at the Sea Of Galilee. In the afternoon there’s a bike fitting and then the rest of the day is free time to relax and acclimatize in preparation for tomorrow. After an evening meal together we hear more about the challenge ahead from the guides who will accompany us for the week.
Overnight: Sea of Galilee Kibbutz Hotel or similar
Day 2: Galilee – Belvoir – Sachne Springs – Beit Shean Approx. 40 miles
Start with boat crossing of the sea of Galillee, and start our ride with a 7.5 miles cycle along the Sea of Galilee shore to Zemach Junction. From here we cycle south for 9 miles followed by a steep climb for 3 miles on a small road which takes us into Belvoir National Park – a crusader fortress with stunning views across the Jordan Valley. The final 17 miles of today is to Sachne National Park. Here we stop for a refreshing swim in the natural springs.
Overnight: Kibbutz Nir David
BACKGROUND STORY: Jesus travels throughout Galilee, preaching and healing (Mt 4:23; Mk 1:39), including the leper (Mt 8:2; Mk 1:40; Lk 5:12). Jesus heals the man with the shrivelled hand (Mt 12:9; Mk 3:1; Lk 6:6) and many others (Mt 12:15; Mk 3:7). As much of Jesus’ three year ministry took place in the Galilee area.
Day 3: Cycle the Jordan Valley Approx. 62 miles
We get back in the saddle and south along the Jordan Valley toward the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. We cycle the Jericho bypass to Kibbutz Kalia on the northern shores of the Dead Sea.
BACKGROUND STORY: In Jericho, Jesus heals one (or two) blind men (Mt 20:29; Mk 10:46; Lk 18:35) and converts Zacchaeus the tax collector (Lk 19:1).
Day 4: Dead Sea – Ein Gedi – Massada Approx. 38 miles + transfer 11 miles to Arad
This morning we start the day cycling along the shores of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth. This is 25 miles of relatively flat road cycling and it’s a really spectacular start to the day. There’s a short sharp hill of approx 1.5 miles to Ein Gedi where we stop for a break beside the Dead Sea where we can take a swim. We continue cycling for a further 12 miles south towards Massada. Take the cable car up to the fortress and visit the Massada National Park. Everyone will transfer by coach to Arad.
Overnight: Hotel in Arad
Day 5: Arad – Haela Valley Approx. 56 miles
Another tough day of cycling starts with 24 miles to Shoket Junction through the Negev. We start go north via Lahav forest and off road along the secure road which go along the border of Israel before 1967. Our route takes us to Netiv Halamed He in Haela Valley where David fought Goliath.
Overnight: Kibbutz Galon Guesthouse
Day 6: Haela Valley – Jerusalem Approx. 38 miles
Our last day of cycling takes us towards our final destination, Jerusalem. To reach our goal we start with a climb of 7 miles through the Judean Mountain. We descend to Nahal Sorek. Cycle into Jerusalem from Jerusalem forest finish our ride at the hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 7: Jerusalem – Free day
Free time in Jerusalem to relax, shop or take an organized optional tour of the city’s highlights. Tonight we toast our achievement in Jerusalem with a celebratory dinner.
Day 8: Travel Day
Today we say goodbye to Israel and catch a flight back with fond memories of the challenge!
TOTAL MILES: 234 miles
If we get a group of 20 people going, we will receive a discount of $1,995pp (everything is pretty much included; except airfare & travel insurance)
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
Transfer from airport to hotel on arrival day
Transfer from hotel to airport on departure day
8 days of touring with guiding services
Accommodation on HB basis (breakfast and dinner at the hotel).
Bikes and bike mechanics
1) lead car to lead the group and be in front of cyclists.
2) Van without seats for spare bikes and luggage
Lunches during cycling days
Between the meals during the cycling days fruits, nuts, dried fruits and biscuits are provided
Mineral water (usually they need about 4-5 liters per day (depend on the heat)
Entrance fees to all sites
Tip for guide and driver
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Personal travel insurance insurances
Expenses of personal nature
Regarding the safety, they have been running these kind of tours regularly, with accompanying vehicles, all the police authorizations, satellite cell phones in case you have to evacuate someone from remote place.
Dress code in Israel is very casual. Holy sites require covered shoulders and trousers/skirt that go below the knees. That’s the only thing you have to think about.
If you are an American citizen you don’t have to get a visa to visit Israel. However, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after return to the US.
We should totally get Travel Insurance. Travel Guard has been the best so far.
No needs for shots.
The tour is not extreme, there are hills and plains, but for somebody who is well trained it shouldn’t be a problem.
Interested in attending? If so, what are your needs for this ride? Mention dates you prefer.
If you have any questions or to book a group for this trip, contact: