Seven nights in hotels and kibbutz guesthouses along the route, great meals throughout the trip, and plentiful healthy snacks and drinks at rest stops along the route.
Fully supported trip
Expert trip leaders and licensed tour guides, bike mechanics, security guards and medics, ambulance escort, and supplemental medical insurance for the duration of the trip.
Ground transportation to and from the airport and vehicles to transport luggage and gear.
Custom Ramah Bike Ride jersey or Hiking Trip shirt and official Ramah water bottle.
The ramah experience
Outstanding educational opportunities and engaging evening programs, being part of a special community of people of all ages, and an experience to last a lifetime!
What to bring
- A helmet is required and it is highly recommended that you bring your own helmet to ensure a proper fit. While helmets may be available from the company that is renting us bicycles, we will assume that you are bringing your own helmet unless you inform us otherwise.
- Cycling shorts and riding jerseys
- We will be cycling for five days and spending hours in the saddle. Padded cycling shorts are specifically designed for the needs of a cyclist and will make a big difference in your comfort. A bike jersey offers some features you won’t find in a T-shirt. The main benefits of a bike jersey include back pockets, a long front zipper for temperature control, a long back and shorter front to fit well while riding, and a tight fit to reduce wind drag. Biking jerseys are also made of technical material that will wick away sweat. How many shorts and jerseys you bring depends on your personal preference and willingness to wash and hang out clothing in the evening.
- Cycling gloves
- Biking shoes with cleats (optional) or stiff-soled sneakers
- Synthetic bicycling socks
- Butt balm (useful for long-distance riding)
- Clip-on pedals (If you are renting your bicycle and want to bring your own saddle or clip-on pedals, our bike mechanics will assist you in installing them on your rental bicycle.)
- Camelbak or similar “hydration backpack”: We will provide one refillable bottle to each rider (that fits standard water bottle cages) and there will be plenty of water stops along our route. Bringing a spare water bottle is advisable and many riders prefer using a Camelbak. It is recommended that you can hold at least 2 liters of water on you at a time.
- DO NOT bring a bicycle lock. You will not need it.
- NOTE: We recommend that you don’t bring CO2 pumps. They are difficult to get through security and it is hard to buy cartridges in Israel.
- Day bags
- Each day riders can place a “day bag” (backpack or drawstring bag) on the bus that will follow the group. This bag will be accessible at lunch and certain rest stops. We recommend that you pack in this day bag: a change of clothes, cameras, cash, hat, walking shoes (if you’re wearing cleats), swimsuit and towel, emergency needs, and other items that you might want on the road.
- Hiking boots or supportive shoes (good traction and ankle support are a must; please do not wear flip-flops, open-toed shoes, or shoes with no backs)
- Lightweight or breathable long- and short-sleeved shirts (wicking material is recommended)
- Lightweight or breathable pants/shorts (best are pants that zip off and convert to shorts)
- Lightweight or breathable socks (non-cotton)
- Camelbak or similar “hydration backpack”
- Swimsuit and towel
- Hat with visor and/or flaps
- Bandana or handkerchief
- Collapsible walking stick/s (recommended)
- Hiking pack (for sunscreen, lip balm, cameras, extra hat, and water bottles)
- Small flashlight
- Water shoes are recommended
- Luggage: While our support staff transports everyone’s luggage between hotels, each afternoon you will need to bring your luggage to your room and each morning return it to the bus. Accordingly, we encourage people not to over-pack and recommend that participants only bring one piece of luggage other than bikes. Note: If you intend to bring your bicycle as a piece of luggage you should verify procedures and costs (if any) with your airline. The Ramah and Gordon Tours staff will store bike boxes during the trip and have them ready for you for repacking on the last day.
- Laptops: If you bring laptops or other electronic equipment (such as cellphone chargers), please remember that you are responsible for your own property. Each morning we will designate an area on the bus where you can put your laptop. While most laptops adjust to international currents (in Israel: 230v, 50 Hz), be sure to check this out in advance. In any case, you will need an adapter to plug into Israeli electric sockets. Information about internet access will be provided as the trip approaches.
- Passport: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after departure from Israel. If this is not the case for your passport, renew it immediately. Please send a copy of the face-page of your passport to our office. Best is to scan it and send it in an email to David Offit. We also recommend keeping a print copy with you separate from your passport.
- Shabbat Dress: There is no need to bring any formal clothing. Shabbat dress is “Ramah style.” White shirts and pants or even shorts are fine. We ask that shoulders be covered for tefillot throughout the trip (no tank tops).
Other Packing Reminders
- Proof of health insurance
- Sunscreen and lip ointment
- Walking shoes and/or sandals
- Comfortable or loose-fitting shoes/flip flops
- Casual/walking shorts
- Casual pants
- T-shirts and/or tank tops
- Long-sleeve shirt(s)
- Underwear, socks, and sport bras
- Warm fleece/jacket or sweater (evenings can get chilly)
- Detergent for washing out clothes (Small powder packets are preferable to bottles, which can leak.)
- Swimsuit and towel
- Electronics: camera and charger, travel alarm clock, electric shaver (Check voltage of electric appliances and bring converter and/or adapter plugs.)
- Hair dryer (optional, as most hotels either have hair dryers in the room or have them at the front desk for borrowing)
- Cell phone and chargers
- Ziploc bags (Quart size are helpful to carry phones and small cameras in your pocket without the risk of damage by perspiration.)
- Medications: prescription and over-the-counter (e.g., Tylenol or Advil, bug repellent, anti-diarrhea, Ben Gay or equivalent). Note that prescriptions written in North America will not be honored in Israel.
- Spare glasses and/or contact lenses and solution
NOTE: Ramah, its affiliates, the bus company, and the hotels in which you are staying will accept no responsibility for the theft, loss or damage of any personal items, including your bike (should you decide to bring one with you).