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Israel Family Bike Tour New!

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  • Admire marvelous archaeological treasures in Beit She'an and the Judean Hills
  • Savor Israeli, Lebanese and Druze cuisine - as delicious as it is diverse
  • Taste wine in a land where grapes have been cultivated since biblical times
  • Get to know the old city of Jerusalem on a private walking tour
  • Bookend your bicycling trip with extended stays in vibrant Tel Aviv and historic Jerusalem

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From the Golan Heights to the Sea of Galilee & Jerusalem

A dazzling fusion of past and present, Israel will captivate you at every turn. With Backroads, you'll delve deeply into this ancient and holy land - a place shaped by prophets, kings and crusaders, whose epic history is etched into the very consciousness of Western civilization. You'll discover a rich tapestry of cultures. Explore a diverse landscape, from the azure waters of the Mediterranean to the green hills of the Golan Heights, via the unique perspective that only a bicycle can offer.

Straight Talk We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception. Read the Straight Talk

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We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

Our Premiere Inns on this trip are luxurious and offer top-notch amenities. We've also included a one-night stay at the more humble Kibbutz Merom Golan, which is much simpler than the Backroads standard, even for our Casual Inns. Though quirky, Merom Golan offers a great location, warm hospitality, strong cultural character and phenomenal views. We hope you’ll appreciate its unique charm as much as we do.

Biking Routes in Israel

Biking in Israel is a different experience than biking in Europe. You won't find an extensive network of interconnecting roads like in Italy, for example. So we often shuttle to get to the starting points of the best routes, to reach our hotels at the end of a ride or to visit some of the most intriguing cultural and historical sites on our itinerary. And while biking is becoming more popular, many Israelis are still learning how to share the road, so stay alert!

Rest assured that we've designed some fantastic routes. Most of the busier roads have wide shoulders, and you can choose to shuttle past the sections that don't. No matter what, you can count on a culturally enriching and fascinating journey through Israel.

Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Accommodations

Our Premiere Inns on this trip are luxurious and offer top-notch amenities. We've also included a one-night stay at the more humble Kibbutz Merom Golan, which is much simpler than the Backroads standard, even for our Casual Inns. Though quirky, Merom Golan offers a great location, warm hospitality, strong cultural character and phenomenal views. We hope you’ll appreciate its unique charm as much as we do.

Biking Routes in Israel

Biking in Israel is a different experience than biking in Europe. You won't find an extensive network of interconnecting roads like in Italy, for example. So we often shuttle to get to the starting points of the best routes, to reach our hotels at the end of a ride or to visit some of the most intriguing cultural and historical sites on our itinerary. And while biking is becoming more popular, many Israelis are still learning how to share the road, so stay alert!

Rest assured that we've designed some fantastic routes. Most of the busier roads have wide shoulders, and you can choose to shuttle past the sections that don't. No matter what, you can count on a culturally enriching and fascinating journey through Israel.

Itinerary

Days 1-2 Experience an authentic and intimate connection to this epic land and its people  Witness the fertile Kharod Valley, West Bank villages and the mountains of Jordan as you bike in the Gilboa Mountains  Soak up the beauty of Gan Hashlosha, dotted with natural pools  Once a center of Egyptian rule, Beit She'an overflows with archaeological treasures  Get to know Safed - one of Judaism's four holy cities - with our colorful local friend or join the kids on a float trip on the Jordan River  Connect with Arab-Israeli community members.

Days 3-4 A culturally and visually stimulating ride awaits in the Golan Heights  Pedal through olive groves to a Druze village Explore secret passageways at medieval Nimrod Fortress, perched on the slopes of Mount Hermon After our lunch of kebab, fresh salads, olives and local sweets, kids saddle up for a horseback ride Two-wheel it east with views of Syria, passing tanks and a memorial from the Yom Kippur War  It's an epic descent to the Sea of Galilee  Relax among date palms, waterfalls and freshwater springs in an oasis at the Dead Sea.

Day 5 Head out early for a hike up to the awe-inspiring World Heritage site of Masada fortress  From the hilltop heights of this historic complex, view the Dead Sea, Jordan and the Judean Desert, whose vibrant colors are especially impressive at sunrise  This evening, get set for an experience like nothing else - floating in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea!

Days 6-8 Get to know the old city of Jerusalem on a private walking tour  Keep an eye out for shy ibex and rock hyrax in a nature reserve dotted with natural pools Arriving in Jerusalem, walk to the walled Old City to view the Western Wall before a special dinner at a local home  Cycle the empty streets of Jerusalem, heading into the Judean Hills along with a multitude of local bicyclists Ride in the Hebron Valley - so close to the city, yet so far from the urban bustle  In spring, the flower-filled valley bursts with color; in the fall, it's abuzz with the grape harvest.

Premiere Inns*

Bayit Bagalil
Bayit Bagalil

Rosh Pina (2 nights) A Mediterranean-style boutique hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. (pool, spa)

Kibbutz Merom Golan
Kibbutz Merom Golan
* Casual Inn

Golan Heights (1 night) Enjoy the simple guest cabins on this kibbutz, ideally located in the northern part of the Golan Heights on the slopes of Mount Ben Tal. (pool)

Ein Gedi Hotel
Ein Gedi Hotel
* Casual Inn

Ein Gedi (2 nights) Nestled in a thriving oasis on the edge of the Judean Desert, this inn offers spectacular views of the Dead Sea. (pool, spa)

American Colony Hotel
American Colony Hotel

Jerusalem (2 nights) Built atop ancient Ottoman ruins, this family-owned, Swiss-managed boutique hotel embodies both modern Jerusalem and its historic past. (pool, spa)

Guest Reviews About This Trip

Israel is an unexpected and exciting destination, which makes it a perfect fit for Backroads-style travel. On this trip, your family will be exposed to incredibly varied landscapes, amazing ancient ruins, compelling history, a vibrant modern culture, distinctive accommodations and dynamic people. I hope you'll consider joining this captivating family adventure!
Christian Chumbley - Regional Manager, Israel

Trip Dates & Prices

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This Trip Is Rated Level 1-4

Routes For All Abilities
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 9* 100 19 1700
26 1700
Walking Tour of Beit She’an (1 Hour)
2 14* 600 34* 2600 51 5800
Guided Walking Tour of Safed (1 Hour)
Kids: River Jordan Float (1 Hour)
3 19* 1200 39* 3400
Kids: Horseback Ride (1 Hour)
4 35 300
5 13 0 27 300
14 300
Masada Guided Walking Tour (1 Hour)
Dead Sea Float (At Your Leisure)
6 Ein Gedi Nature Reserve Walk (3–6 Miles)
Jerusalem Guided Walking Tour (3 Miles)
7 13 300 34 1500
8 Guided Walking Tour of Jerusalem (2–4 Hours)
 
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To make for the most comfortable ride to this particular trip, we've outfitted our titanium road bike with slightly wider tires. You'll appreciate this on those stretches of the route with hard-packed dirt (approximately 15% dirt and 85% paved).

* Includes a shuttle

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

8 - 9 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $5,398 pp dbl. occ.
10 - 11 guests from $5,698 pp dbl. occ.

For 35 years, Backroads has been perfecting the art of active travel. We are the Israel tour experts. See our award-winning Europe At Large biking tours, Europe At Large walking and hiking tours and Europe At Large multisport tours.

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All meals included except 1 dinner

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