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For a similar trip, see Israel Classic Biking.
From the Sea of Galilee to the Golan Heights & Jerusalem
A dazzling fusion of past and present, Israel will captivate your family 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.
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.
AccommodationsOur Premiere Inns in Israel are luxurious and offer great 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 in IsraelCycling in Israel is a different experience than cycling in Europe. You won't find an extensive network of interconnecting roads like you find 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 cycling 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 shuttle past the sections that don't. No matter what, you can count on a culturally enriching and fascinating journey.
Days 1-2 Experience an authentic and intimate connection to this epic land and its people Visit Ein Hod, a communal artist's village overlooking the Mediterranean coast, where you'll find some of the best Israeli art in the country Pedal through kibbutz orchards and Druze Arab villages Bask by the sea or walk with our local guide through Caesarea's Roman ruins, originally built by Herod the Great Savor healthful kosher cuisine at our tranquil forest spa retreat.
Days 3-4 Exclusive wine tastings in a land where grapes have been cultivated since biblical times Witness the fertile Kharod Valley, West Bank villages and the mountains of Jordan as you spin to historic Beit She'an Once a center of Egyptian rule, this timeless site overflows with archaeological treasures Engage in an enlightening chat with members of the Arab-Israeli community Bike past vineyards near the Lebanese border With our colorful local friend, wander the cobblestone lanes of entrancing Safed, the highest city in Israel and one of Judaism's four holy cities.
Day 5 Savor Israeli, Lebanese and Druze cuisine - as delicious as it is diverse Explore the secret passageways of medieval Nimrod Fortress, perched on the slopes of Mount Hermon Ride east with views of Syria, passing tanks and a memorial from the Yom Kippur War A unique experience at an authentic kibbutz awaits.
Days 6-8 Get to know the old city of Jerusalem on a private walking tour Enjoy a mostly downhill spin to the Sea of Galilee Arriving in Jerusalem, see the Western Wall as the sun sets, marking the beginning of Shabbat Pedal into the Judean Hills along with a multitude of local bicyclists Picturesque Ein Karem village is a delight to explore on foot.
- Admire marvelous archaeological treasures in Beit She'an and the Judean Hills
- Savor Israeli, Lebanese and Druze cuisine - as delicious as it is diverse
- Pedal on secret routes known only to the savviest locals
- Get to know the old city of Jerusalem during a private walking tour
- Bookend your bicycling trip with extended stays in vibrant Tel Aviv and historic Jerusalem
Carmel Forest Spa Resort (2 nights): Nestled high in the mountains, this resort is acclaimed for its spa and excellent kosher cuisine. (pool, spa, tennis)
Bayit Bagalil (2 nights): A Mediterranean-style boutique hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights. (pool, spa)
Kibbutz Merom Golan (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)
American Colony Hotel (2 nights): Built atop ancient Ottoman ruins, this family-owned, Swiss-managed boutique hotel embodies both modern Jerusalem and its historic past.
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.
Routes For All Abilities
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|Walking Tour of Caesarea Ruins (1 Hour)|
|Walking Tour of Beit She’an (1 Hour)|
|Walking Tour of Safed (1 Hour)|
|8||Walking Tour of Jerusalem (2 to 4 Hours)|
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
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Guest Trip Reviews
Though Israel may not be the first destination that comes to mind when you're mulling over your family's options for a biking vacation, consider this: Israel offers varied landscapes, compelling history, a vibrant modern culture, distinctive accommodations and dynamic people. It's unexpected and exciting, which makes it a perfect fit for Backroads. Ready to experience it for yourself?- Regional Manager, Israel