If you love cycling and love Israel then join us for our JNF Israel Ride Tour, where you will experience Israel like never before.

Your tour will commence with the Annual Israel Ride from Jerusalem to Eilat,  7 -15 November 2016.  The Israel Ride is a fundraising event benefiting  The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies

The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies is the premier environmental teaching and research program in the Middle East, preparing future Arab and Jewish leaders to cooperatively solve the region’s environmental challenges. Through its activities, the Arava Institute encourages, fosters, and supports the advancement of environmental cooperation between Israel and its neighbors

The 2016 Israel Ride has three riding groups plus a non-riding group. All routes enjoy full support, mechanics, stocked rest stops, expert tour guides and educators. While the main differences are distance and riding speed, each route offers a unique experience. The groups are:

  • Shomrim (“guards”) ride an average of 56km a day, typically until lunch, and then have special bus tours in the afternoon.
  • Tzofim (“scouts”) ride an average of 88km a day, from hotel to hotel.
  • Chalutzim (“pioneers”) ride an average of 112km a day, with extra hills and distances between overnights.
  • Chaverim (Hebrew for friends) is a week long unforgettable touring option for partners and guests who want to join for the entire Israel Ride but are not cycling

Following Israel Ride, you will have the opportunity to relax while exploring Israel and visiting some of JNF’s vital projects:

Wednesday 16 November

Today we will meet for dinner in Tel-Aviv giving everyone time to make there way back from Eilat following the Israel Ride.

O/N TLV

Thursday 17  November

Making our way north from Tel-Aviv, we will be starting at the Rosh Tzipor Yarkon River Park and enjoying a ‘bird ringing’ ceremony.

Next we visit the Alexander River, one of the Sharon region’s longest rivers at 32 kilometers in length. Following that we will visit the Bahan Reservoir water reclamation plant, which absorbs reclaimed sewage water from Netanya and the Hefer Valley communities, which, when pumped out, irrigates hundreds of thousands of dunams of land.

Then we travel to Zichron Yaakov to enjoy lunch at the Tishbi Winery.

After lunch it’s time to mountain bike ride through the Carmel Forest hills, rivers, cliffs and woodland which all combine to make the Carmel Ridge Forests a lively ecological area carpeted with flowers, dotted with recreational parks and endowed with magnificent scenic lookouts.

O/N local kibbutz in northern Israel (TBC)

Friday 18 November

Today get ready to be spoilt at the Hamat Gader Springs founded 1800 years ago by the Roman Empire. The Romans discovered the water springing from the heart of the earth, and immediately realized that this is a place everyone will enjoy visiting. The spring’s site includes large pools and waterfalls, unique Jacuzzi chairs and comfort beds.

After being pampered it’s back on the mountain bikes to ride through Nahal Harod, which rises among the peaks of Givat HaMoreh and crosses the Harod Valley to the east flowing for 32 kilometers before it spills into the River Jordan.

It will then be time to drive back to Tel-Aviv before Shabbat after which you will enjoy a closing Kabbalat Shabbat dinner with guest speaker and a relaxing Shabbat in Tel-Aviv.

O/N TLV

Saturday 19 November

Shabbat at your own leisure to be followed by a farewell dinner.

O/N TLV

Sunday 20 November 

The day will be spent in Jerusalem and the surrounds starting at the Yad Lashiryon Memorial at Latrun. The Armored Corps’ Memorial Site is a focal point of Jewish combat from time immemorial. In the Ayalon Valley Joshua Bin-Nun met his enemies, at nearby Emmaus Judah the Maccabi confronted his foes, here we battled for the road to Jerusalem in the War of Independence, and here we fought once and for all in the Six Day War.

Our next stop is the Nes Harim Field and Forest Education Centre located in the heart of a forest in the Jerusalem hills. Among the trees, flowers and paved trails, you will find five well equipped classrooms. The classrooms serve as an education and training centre which is a part of JNF’s many educational projects.

From there we travel to Gazelle Valley, Israel’s first urban wildlife reserve. The site was originally an apple orchard that was populated by a herd of gazelles, almost all of whom disappeared along with urban development.

Now we get to mountain bike through the Aarazim Valley in Jerusalem Park. This new path, which is thirteen kilometres long, forms part of the Jerusalem Ring Bicycle Trail.

Then it’s time to make our way back to TLV for departure.

Cost: $1900 USD per person, twin share (land content only). Single supplement $400 USD (for 16-20 Nov only). The cost is subject to change.

Cost includes: Entry to Israel Ride*, all hotel stays, 3 kosher meals a day (except Sat 19 Nov), water and snacks, full ride support including lead riders, police and security, medical personnel, accompanying vehicles, transportation of luggage, domestic flights from Eilat to TLV, educational components of ride, tour guides and environmental education, bike rental for 16 – 20 Nov.

* ISRAEL RIDE ONLY- Cost does not include the minimum fundraising requirement of US$3600. Cost does not include bike rental for Israel Ride if required.

** 5 day option available from Wednesday 16 – Sunday 20 Nov.

For more information on Israel Ride please contact David Freeman (03) 9614 8448freemanlawyer@bigpond.com

For further tour details please call Etty on 02 9386 9559 0r email: etty@jnf.org.au

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