Ride Itineraries
Southern Israel Trip 2019

All routes are subject to change


Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Everyone will meet at either the pick-up point in Jerusalem or at Ben Gurion Airport and head south by bus. On the way to Mashabei Sadeh (our lodging for the first two nights), we will visit Tel Lachish, the archeological site of the ancient biblical city. The site, which has undergone recent renovations, tells the story of the Assyrian campaign against the Israelites in the days of King Hezekiah. After a brief tour of the area, we will hold our opening ceremony to officially begin the 2019 Ramah Israel Bike Ride and Hiking Trip. We will stop for lunch along the way and then head to Mashabei Sadeh for our orientation meetings, including setting up bicycles, safety briefings, and dinner.

Overnight


Shoafim


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We will begin our day with a bus ride down to the Arava Valley, to the village of Hatzeva. We will enjoy biking along very quiet farm roads known as The Peace Route that go along the Israel-Jordan border. Along the bike route, we will be able to see some of the amazing achievements of Israeli desert farming. We will stop for a short break in the village of Ein Yahav and sample the local wine and honey. From there we will ride north to the Vidor R&D Center, where all riders will enjoy lunch and a tour that will provide insight into the achievements of Israeli farming. From there we will take the bus back to Mashabei Sadeh.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Today we will explore Nitzana and the western Negev. We will begin the day with a bus ride past the new renewable energy center, continuing to the Nitzana Educational Eco-Village. We will then head towards the Egyptian border and proceed to bike down to the remote village of Ezuz ( pop. 76). Here, we will stop for a break and visit this unique community. We will continue to ride into the Nabatean city of Shivta, where we will stop for lunch and then transfer by bus to Mitzpe Ramon, which is on the edge of the Makhtesh Ramon, the famous Ramon Crater.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

We will depart directly from our hotel and bike north. We will spend the morning riding to Kibbutz Sde Boker, where we will visit the home of David Ben Gurion, Israel’s founding Prime Minister. From there we will ride through the Sde Boker College and the Ben Gurion Memorial. After this visit, we will board the bus, heading back for lunch and free time before Shabbat.

Mountain Biking Option

All riders have the option of mountain biking, enjoying some of the the Negev’s famous single track trails, and following a section of the Israel mountain bike trail. This ride will take us along the edge of the Ramon Crater and then into the basin of the crater. This group will return to Mitzpe Ramon by bus.

Riding time will be approximately 5 hours. This is a moderate to challenging route. Pre-registration will be required.

 

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Shabbat

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

We will start our day with a visit to the recently renovated visitor center in Mitzpe Ramon before we head out of town. We will bike towards the Ramon Crater overlook and then descend into the basin below. We will head south, riding the same route as the 2018 Giro d’Italia ride, with beautiful desert scenery. With two breaks along the way, we will climb out of the Paran Valley and then transfer by bus to Kibbutz Neot Semadar, where we will all have lunch. From here each person will choose to either bike the final eight miles or take the bus to Kibbutz Ketura, where we will spend the night.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

Our ride will begin in the red rock valley of Timna, where we will tour around this large park said to be the site of King Solomon’s copper mines. We will ride through this gorgeous valley and intermittently stop, taking brief walks in order to see ancient rock carvings, copper mines, and the valley’s unique scenery. We will then board the bus to Kibbutz Eilot, the southernmost kibbutz in Israel, located on the outskirts of Eilat. Once we are here, we will finish the trip with a beautiful ride into Eilat along the seaside boardwalk, ending at the Red Sea.

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Bogrim


 

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We will bike out of the hotel and head toward the town of Yerucham. We will stop for a break at the beautiful scenic overlook before descending into the crater known as the Yerucham Makhtesh, or Makhtesh HaGadol. Our ride will continue with a challenging climb along the old road to Eilat, reaching the top of the Scorpion’s Ascent. A breathtaking descent will take us down to the Arava Valley. The final portion of today’s ride will take us through part of The Peace Route along the Israel-Jordan border and then to the Vidor R&D Center, where all riders will enjoy lunch and a tour that will provide insight into the achievements of Israeli farming. From there we will take the bus back to Mashabei Sadeh.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Today we will explore Nitzana and the western Negev. We will begin the day with a bus ride past the new renewable energy center, continuing to the Nitzana Educational Eco-Village. We will then head towards the Egyptian border and proceed to bike down to the remote village of Ezuz ( pop. 76). Here, we will stop for a break and visit this unique community. We will continue to ride into the Nabatean city of Shivta, where we will stop for lunch and then transfer by bus to Mitzpe Ramon, which is on the edge of the Makhtesh Ramon, the famous Ramon Crater.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

We will ride north and explore the Nabatean ruins of Avdat en route to the Sde Boker College. After a short visit to the Ben Gurion Memorial, we will take a side road, beginning our climb back to Mitzpe Ramon. We will arrive for a late lunch and then have some free time prior to Shabbat.

Mountain Biking Option

All riders have the option of mountain biking, enjoying some of the the Negev’s famous single track trails, and following a section of the Israel mountain bike trail. This ride will take us along the edge of the Ramon Crater and then into the basin of the crater. This group will return to Mitzpe Ramon by bus.

Riding time will be approximately 5 hours. This is a moderate to challenging route. Pre-registration will be required.

 

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Shabbat

Overnight


Sunday, April 7, 2019

We will bike out of the hotel and head towards the Ramon Crater overlook and then descend into the basin below. We will head south, riding the same route as the 2018 Giro d’Italia ride, with beautiful desert scenery. We will continue to ride until our lunch break at Kibbutz Neot Semadar. The last eight-mile section of the ride will take us down to the Arava Valley and Kibbutz Ketura, where we will spend the night.

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Monday, April 8, 2019

We will transfer by bus out of Kibbutz Ketura to begin the ride at Neot Semadar, with an option to start the ride in Ovda, saving 22 km. From there, we will follow a scenic route that takes us from the Negev into the Eilat Mountains. This route will showcase rock formations that change colors as we make the climbs up and down, while additionally peering into the Sinai desert. The final section of the ride will take us down to the Red Sea and then through Eilat to meet all groups for lunch and a dip in the Red Sea.

 

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Mumchim


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

We will bike out of the hotel and head toward the town of Yerucham. We will stop for a break at the beautiful scenic overlook before descending into the crater known as the Yerucham Makhtesh, or Makhtesh HaGadol.  Our ride will continue with a challenging climb along the old road to Eilat, reaching the top of the Scorpion’s Ascent. We will take this iconic road both ways, riding down and then climbing back up, before continuing to ride towards the Arava Valley. The final portion of today’s ride will take us through part of The Peace Route, along the Israel-Jordan border and then to the Vidor R&D Center, where all riders will enjoy lunch and a tour  that will provide insight into the achievements of Israeli farming. From there we will take the bus back to Mashabei Sadeh.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019

We will start the day on the bus, heading out to the Western Negev. After a short bike loop through the Nitzana area, the ride will take us on a long and gradual climb to the Negev Highlands. We will then stop for a break in Sde Boker and visit the Ben Gurion Memorial. Afterwards, we will make our way to the town of Mitzpe Ramon, which is on the edge of the Makhtesh Ramon, the famous Ramon Crater.

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Friday, April 5, 2019

We will ride north and explore the Nabatean ruins of Avdat en route to the Sde Boker College. After a short visit to the Ben Gurion Memorial, we will take a side road, beginning our climb back to Mitzpe Ramon. We will arrive for a late lunch and then have some free time prior to Shabbat.

Mountain Biking Option

All riders have the option of mountain biking, enjoying some of the the Negev’s famous single track trails, and following a section of the Israel mountain bike trail. This ride will take us along the edge of the Ramon Crater and then into the basin of the crater. This group will return to Mitzpe Ramon by bus.

Riding time will be approximately 5 hours. This is a moderate to challenging route. Pre-registration will be required.

 

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Saturday, April 6, 2019

Shabbat

Overnight


Sunday, April 7, 2019

We will bike out of the hotel and head towards the Ramon Crater overlook, and then descend into the basin below, and then climb back to the top. From here, we will continue south, riding the same route as the 2018 Giro d’Italia ride, with beautiful desert scenery. We will continue to ride until our lunch break at Kibbutz Neot Semadar. The last eight-mile section of the ride will take us down to the Arava Valley and Kibbutz Ketura, where we will spend the night.

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Overnight


Monday, April 8, 2019

We will begin our day with a challenging climb back up to Neot Semadar. From there, we will follow a scenic route that takes us from the Negev into the Eilat Mountains. This route will showcase rock formations that change colors as we make the climbs up and down, while additionally peering into the Sinai desert. The final section of the ride will take us down to the Red Sea and then through Eilat to meet all groups for lunch and a dip in the Red Sea.

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