CYCLING the Peaks Israel Tour - OCT 2nd 2018

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Join us as we cycle some of the peaks of Israel. A tour in Israel is always a spiritual journey, and on this trip we’ll be reaching new heights – spiritually and physically. It isn’t only Europe that has steep climbs – we’ll be doing climbs with gradients that reach over 20%! We travel through the country, climbing its beautiful mountains, and our trip will culminate in Jerusalem.

 

Total Distance: 363 Kilometers / 225 Miles

Total Vertical Climb: 9,865 Meters / 32,366 Feet

TRIP ITINERARY

Tuesday, October / 23 Tishrei (Isru Chag)

Distance: 44.2 kilometers / 27.5 miles
Vertical Climb: 1,282 Meters / 4,206 Feet

We’ll meet in Jerusalem for a late morning lunch and to make sure our bikes are tuned. Then, we will drive up the coast to Kibbutz Nir Etzion near Haifa. After checking in to the hotel, we will head out for a fun 44 kilometer / 27.5 mile loop. We’ll head back to our hotel to enjoy dinner together.

Details:
Beit Oren – Distance: 9.15 km / 5.7 mi., Vertical Climb: 484 m. / 1,588 f., Max. Gradient: 13.83%, Avg. Gradient: 6.53%
Nesher – Distance: 6.64 km / 4.1 mi., Vertical Climb: 516 m. / 1,693 f. Max. Gradient: 17.48% Avg. Gradient: 8.7%

Wednesday, October 03 / 24 Tishrei 

Distance: 116.7 Kilometers / 72.5 Miles
Vertical Climb: 3,274 Meters / 10,742 Feet

Get ready for some climbing today – the most climbing and the steepest gradient of our tour! We’ll drive to the junction of Routes 70 and 8721 to start our ride. We’ll take breaks at the peaks to eat, and regroup. We will end in Har Adir, drive to Kibbutz Lavi, and check into the hotel for an enjoyable evening.

Details:
Kfar Vradim – Distance: 15.15 km / 9.4 mi., Vertical Climb: 580 m. / 1,903f., Max. Gradient: 15.15%, Avg. Gradient: 5.89%
Beit Jann – Distance: 7.33 km / 4.6 mi., Vertical Climb: 571 m. / 1,873 f., Max. Gradient: 20.07%, Avg. Gradient: 8.4%
Meron – Distance: 12.76 km / 7.9 mi., Vertical Climb: 484 m. / 1,588 f., Max Gradient: 11.28%, Avg. Gradient: 5.95%
Mt. Meron – Distance: 16.57 km / 10.3 mi., Vertical Climb: 576 m. / 1,890 f., Max Gradient: 10.48%, Avg. Gradient: 5.47%
Har Adir – Distance 14.81 km / 9.2 mi., Vertical Climb: 594 m. / 1,949 f., Max Gradient: 15.94%, Avg. Gradient: 6.85%

Thursday, October 04 / 25 Tishrei 

Distance: 124.6 Kilometers / 77.5 Miles
Vertical Climb: 2,561 Meters / 8,402 Feet

Today’s ride is the longest of the tour. We’ll start cycling just north of the Kinneret. We’ll climb Chorazim, followed immediately by a climb up to Tzefat. Before starting our next climb, we’ll stop for a picnic lunch. We’ll then climb Ma’ale Gamla, and descent in order to climb Susita. We will then head back to Kibbutz Lavi hotel for Mincha, dinner, and some well deserved rest.

Details:
Chorazim – Distance: 9.31 km / 5.78 mi., Vertical Climb: 414 m. / 1,358 f., Max Gradient: 12.93%, Avg. Gradient: 5.45%
Tzefat – Distance: 10.41 km / 6.46 mi., Vertical Climb: 498 m. / 1,634 f., Max Gradient: 10.39%, Avg. Gradient: 5.54%
Maale Gamla – Distance: 16.03 km / 9.96 mi., Vertical Climb: 444 m. / 1,457f., Max Gradient: 11.73%, Avg. Gradient: 4.3%
Susita – Distance: 8 km / 4.97 mi., Vertical Climb: 522 m. / 1,713 f., Max Gradient: 13.34%, Avg. Gradient: 7.92%

Friday, October 05 / 26 Tishrei

Distance: 77.1 Kilometers / 47.9 Miles
Vertical Climb: 2,748 Meters / 9,016 Feet

Today is our last cycling day, and we have a fun day of riding planned, followed by our ascent into Jerusalem. We’ll drive from Kibbutz Lavi to Tiberias to start our ride. Today our cycling will be broken up into sections. The first leg will be 48 kilometers / 29.8 miles, climbing Arbel Cliff and ending in Kfar Kama. We will then drive south on route 90 to the start of the Kochav HaYarden climb, an almost 7 kilometer / 4.35 mile climb. Then another drive to Gilboa Reserve, which we’ll climb from both sides; first 10.5 kilometers / 6.5 miles to Har Barkan and then, after driving to the other side, an almost 12 kilometer / 7.45 mile climb to Maale Gilboa. As Shabbos is approaching, we will drive to Jerusalem and end our tour at the First Station.  KCT will not be hosting dinner nor arranging sleeping accommodations for this night as part of the regular tour. If you are interested in Shabbos accommodations, please let us know.

Details:

Arbel Cliff – Distance: 12.38 km / 7.69 mi., Vertical Climbs: 399 m. / 1,309 f., Max. Gradient: 11.11%, Avg. Gradient: 5.95%
Kama – Distance: 20.69 km / 12.86 mi., Vertical Climbs: 411 m. / 1,348 f., Max. Gradient: 13.43%, Avg. Gradient: 6.6%
Kochav HaYarden – Distance: 6.45 km / 4 mi., Vertical Climbs: 504 m. / 1,654 f., Max. Gradient: 13.92%, Avg. Gradient: 8.02%
Har Barkan – Distance:  10.4 km / 6.46 mi., Vertical Climbs: 417 m. / 1,368 f., Max. Gradient: 11.35%, Avg. Gradient: 5.85%
Maale Gilboa – Distance: 11.66 km / 7.25 mi., Vertical Climbs: 575 m. / 1,886 f., Max. Gradient: 11.36%, Avg. Gradient: 5.54%


We hope you’ve had an amazing tour; one you’ll remember fondly for a long time.

As some say, “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” This means it’s time to plan your next Kosher Cycle Tours adventure.
Will it be the Dolomites? Across the Alps? Or back in Israel for another tour?

Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

4 days / 3 nights Tuesday, October 02 – Friday October 05, 2018 (23 – 26 Tishrei, 5779)

Rider Price, based on double occupancy: 6,825₪ (Currency Converter)
Non-rider Price, based on double occupancy: 5,250₪ (Currency Converter)

For room upgrade, based on double occupancy add: 1,800₪
For single occupancy option add: 1,800₪
For upgraded room, single occupancy add: 3,600₪

Supplemental

For Friday afternoon – Sunday morning in the David Citadel, based on double occupancy, including meals*, per person, add: 2,000₪
For Friday night – Sunday morning in the David Citadel, based on upgraded room, double occupancy, including meals*, per person, add: 3,200₪
For Friday night – Sunday morning in the David Citadel, based on single occupancy, including meals*, per person, add: 3,600₪
For Friday night – Sunday morning in the David Citadel, based on upgraded room, single occupancy, including meals*, per person, add: 5,000₪

*Friday night Shabbos dinner, Shabbos morning light breakfast, Shabbos lunch, Sunday morning breakfast

Group Pricing
Bring a friend and you both save 5%
Groups of 5 or more – you each save 10%

For all prices quoted above, Israelis add 17% (VAT)

KCT accepts payment by:
Israeli Shekel check
Bank transfer: The transfer must be made in Israeli Shekels in the amount of the deposit / the balance due for the tour. Contact KosherRides@gmail.com for bank account information.
Credit card: Credit cards will be charged in Shekels. (KCT does not accept Diners).

Non-Rider option (for accompanying family and friends)

If you enjoy an adventure and exploring Israel, we offer you a chance to visit beautiful and historic sites with a first-class tour guide for an unforgettable experience while the cyclists are off riding. Each evening, the cyclists and non-cyclists reunite and share adventures over dinner.

Tuesday, October 02 / 23 Tishrei, Day 1
We’ll meet in Jerusalem for a late morning lunch and drive up the coast. Our first stop is a visit to to Nili Museum in Zichron Yaakov. Nili is an acronym for “Netzach Israel Lo Yishaker” – the Eternity of Israel will not deceive (Samuel I, 15:29). We will see how the underground Nili network, established in 1915, operated in Israel during WWI against the Turks. A trip up the Mediterranean coast wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the coastal town of Atlit where we will visit the Detention Camp. We will then head to the Ein Hod artist village. Ein Hod is the only artists’ village in Israel, and one of a few in the entire world. It is a village where artists live and create in every artistic media – from the visual arts, to theater, music and literature. In the evening we will enjoy dinner together with the riders and spend the night at the Nir Etzion hotel.
(Please note: Today’s schedule is tight and traffic may be heavy, as it is Isru Chag. Thus actual touring may vary from the above stated itinerary.)

Wednesday, October 03 / 24 Tishrei, Day 2
After breakfast with our riders, we will head off to Beit She’arim. Beit She’arim is a national park in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel known for the remains of a Roman city.
After that, our next destination is Tzipori. Tzipori was once the capital of the Galilee and the seat of the Sanhedrin. It was the place where the Mishnah was completed. The site contains the ancient Jewish quarter and synagogue, the ancient reservoir, the theater, the Crusader castle, Dionysus House, and the Nile Festival House.
Following Tzipori, we will head to Kfar Kedem. Kfar Kedem is a tourist center which reconstructs day-to-day life in the Galilee 2000 years ago, during the Mishnaic period. It also includes about 4 acres of vegetation and trees native to the ancient Land of Israel. Activities include reenacting all sorts of ancient agricultural practices: grinding wheat and using an ancient traditional oven to bake pita bread, using an ancient olive oil press, and more.
Our day will wind down at the Kibbutz Lavi hotel for an enjoyable dinner and sleep.

Thursday, October 04 / 25 Tishrei, Day 3
Today begins with a trip to the holy city of Tzfat. At an elevation of 2,952 feet (900 meters), Tzfat is the highest city in Israel. One of the four cities holy to Judaism, it is mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud as one of five elevated spots where fires were lit to announce the New Moon during the Second Temple period. The city has remained a center of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism for centuries. We will visit a tefillin factory, various shuls in the Old City, art galleries, and a candle making factory.
After lunch in Tzfat, we will head up to Tel Dan and the beautiful Tel Dan Nature Reserve. Tel Dan is a city mentioned in the Tanach, described as the northernmost city of the Kingdom of Israel, belonging to the tribe of Dan.
Our next destination is the Hula Valley, an agricultural region in northern Israel with abundant fresh water, including the Hula Lake. It is a major stopover for birds migrating along the Syrian-African Rift Valley between Africa, Europe, and Asia, with an estimated 500 million migrating birds passing through the Hula Valley every year, thus making it a major bird watching site. The lake covers an area of one square kilometer, and is interspersed with islands that act as protected bird nesting sites.
Our day will end back at the Kibbutz Lavi hotel.

Friday, October 05 / 26 Tishrei, Day 4
Today we will begin at Bet Alfa. Bet Alfa is a sixth-century shul located at the foot of the northern slopes of the Gilboa mountains near Beit She’an. The shul was founded at the end of the fifth century CE. The shul boasts a spectacular mosaic floor, and an Aramaic mosaic inscription at the entrance to the synagogue reveals that the floor was laid during the reign of Justinian (apparently Emperor Justinian I). The other inscription, in Greek, mentions the mosaic’s artists, Marianus and his son Hanina. An audiovisual presentation highlights daily life in the ancient village and the making of the mosaic.
Moving quickly from the ancient to the modern, our next stop is Bio Bee at Sde Eliyahu, a religious kibbutz that is one of the world leaders in all-natural pest control. This organic farm was started in the 1970s, and still leads the way in “developing the bugs that eat the bugs that eat the fruit and vegetables”, growing clean fruit and vegetables with no need for toxic pesticides. The tour also provides a glimpse into kibbutz life, an important part of Israel’s history. Visitors describe this tour as ‘not-to-be-missed’!
We’ll have lunch in Beit She’an.
Hope you don’t mind time travel. We are zooming back to the times of Yehoshua and heading to Qasr Al Yahud. Translated as the ‘Castle of the Jews’, Qasr Al Yahud is traditionally considered to be the place where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River into Eretz Yisroel and the place Eliyahu HaNavi ascended to heaven.

We now head to Jerusalem for Shabbos.

TRIP ITINERARY

We’ll meet at Ben Gurion airport and drive up the coast.  Our first stop is a visit to to Nili Museum in Zichron Yaakov. Nili is an acronym for “Netzach Israel Lo Yishaker” – the Eternity of Israel will not deceive (Samuel I, 15:29). We will see how the underground Nili network, established in 1915, operated in Israel during WWI against the Turks. After the museum, we will call in at the Carmel winery for a tour, followed by lunch at Nili’s Restaurant. A trip up the Mediterranean coast wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the coastal town of Atlit where we will visit the Detention Camp. We will then head to the Ein Hod artist village. Ein Hod is the only artists’ village in Israel, and one of a few in the entire world. It is a village where artists live and create in every artistic media – from the visual arts, to theater, music and literature. In the evening we will enjoy dinner together with the riders and spend the night at the Kibbutz Lavi hotel.

(Please note: We’re hoping for a morning start to our tour. However, today’s schedule is subject to participant arrival times and thus may vary from the above stated itinerary.)

After breakfast with our riders, we will head off to Beit She’arim. Beit She’arim is a national park in the Lower Galilee region of northern Israel known for the remains of a Roman city.
After that, our next destination is Tzipori. Tzipori was once the capital of the Galilee and the seat of the Sanhedrin. It was the place where the Mishnah was completed. The site contains the ancient Jewish quarter and synagogue, the ancient reservoir, the theater, the Crusader castle, Dionysus House, and the Nile Festival House.
Following Tzipori, we will head to Kfar Kedem. Kfar Kedem is a tourist center which reconstructs day-to-day life in the Galilee 2000 years ago, during the Mishnaic period. It also includes about 4 acres of vegetation and trees native to the ancient Land of Israel. Activities include reenacting all sorts of ancient agricultural practices: grinding wheat and using an ancient traditional oven to bake pita bread, using an ancient olive oil press, and more.
Our day will wind down back at the Lavi hotel for an enjoyable dinner and sleep.

Today begins with a trip to the holy city of Tzfat. At an elevation of 2,952 feet (900 meters), Tzfat is the highest city in Israel. One of the four cities holy to Judaism, it is mentioned in the Jerusalem Talmud as one of five elevated spots where fires were lit to announce the New Moon during the Second Temple period. The city has remained a center of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism for centuries. We will visit a tefillin factory, various shuls in the Old City, art galleries, and a candle making factory.
After lunch in Tzfat, we will head up to Tel Dan and the beautiful Tel Dan Nature Reserve. Tel Dan is a city mentioned in the Tanach, described as the northernmost city of the Kingdom of Israel, belonging to the tribe of Dan.
Our next destination is the Hula Valley, an agricultural region in northern Israel with abundant fresh water, including the Hula Lake. It is a major stopover for birds migrating along the Syrian-African Rift Valley between Africa, Europe, and Asia, with an estimated 500 million migrating birds passing through the Hula Valley every year, thus making it a major bird watching site. The lake covers an area of one square kilometer, and is interspersed with islands that act as protected bird nesting sites.
Our day will end back at the Kibbutz Lavi hotel.

Today we will begin at Bet Alfa. Bet Alfa is a sixth-century shul located at the foot of the northern slopes of the Gilboa mountains near Beit She’an. The shul was founded at the end of the fifth century CE. The shul boasts a spectacular mosaic floor, and an Aramaic mosaic inscription at the entrance to the synagogue reveals that the floor was laid during the reign of Justinian (apparently Emperor Justinian I). The other inscription, in Greek, mentions the mosaic’s artists, Marianus and his son Hanina. An audiovisual presentation highlights daily life in the ancient village and the making of the mosaic.
Moving quickly from the ancient to the modern, our next stop is Bio Bee at Sde Eliyahu, a religious kibbutz that is one of the world leaders in all-natural pest control. This organic farm was started in the 1970s, and still leads the way in “developing the bugs that eat the bugs that eat the fruit and vegetables”, growing clean fruit and vegetables with no need for toxic pesticides. The tour also provides a glimpse into kibbutz life, an important part of Israel’s history. Visitors describe this tour as ‘not-to-be-missed’!
We’ll have lunch in Beit She’an.
Hope you don’t mind time travel. We are zooming back to the times of Yehoshua and heading to Qasr Al Yahud. Translated as the ‘Castle of the Jews’, Qasr Al Yahud is traditionally considered to be the place where the Israelites crossed the Jordan River into Eretz Yisroel and the place Eliyahu HaNavi ascended to heaven.
Tonight we will be staying near the Dead Sea.

On an isolated clifftop in the heart of the desert, a lofty plateau overlooking the Dead Sea and the untamed landscape of the Judean Desert, there once stood a magnificent palace. You have probably all heard of Masada. This is our next destination. The siege of Masada was one of the final events in the first Jewish–Roman war. The siege resulted in the mass suicide of the Sicarii rebels and resident Jewish families of the Masada fortress. To climb up to the mountaintop plateau, we’ll be walking up a winding snake path (if the climb is too strenuous for anyone, the cable car also travels from the base up to the summit). At the top, we will explore the ruins of castles and buildings that were inhabited by the freedom fighters who fought against the Roman Expire following the destruction of the Second Temple, as well as the ruins of King Herod’s private palace, the ancient synagogue, and archaeological findings documenting life on Masada during the Roman siege. The cable car will then take us from the clifftop back down to the base.
After Masada, we will go to Shalom Falafel, arguably one of the best falafel stands in Jerusalem for lunch. After lunch, we will head over via Segway to the Hass Promenade overlooking Har HaBayit (Temple Mount) and the Old City. Our day will end at the First Station. We don’t offer dinner or accommodations this evening.

All good things must come to an end. We hope you’ve had an amazing trip; one you’ll remember fondly for a long time.

Best wishes for a kosher and happy Pesach!

Please send us an email before you register.  I’ll be able to give you a price based on the number of non-riders who have shown interest.

What’s included

  • Transportation from Jerusalem, including bike and luggage, at the start of the tour.
  • Accommodations – See below
  • Breakfasts and dinners at hotel or restaurants
  • Lunches – packed for the road
  • Tour fully accompanied by our SAG vehicle
  • Paramedic on motorcycle with licensed weapon
  • Nutrition and drinks on the ride. Nutrition will include Nature Valley bars, Larabars, pretzels, gels, and candies
  • 1 Kosher Cycle Tours bike jersey (and a time-limited promotion code for 10% off other gear)
  • Kosher Cycle Tours Cycling the Peaks tour .gpx files for Garmin use

What’s not included

  • Airfare
  • Travel, medical and personal insurance of any sort
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar or extra drinks, gratuities

4 days / 3 nights: Tuesday, October 02 / 23 Tishrei – Friday, October 05 / 26 Tishrei
Accommodations will be as follows:
Tuesday, October 02 / 23 Tishrei – Nir Etzion Hotel
Wednesday, October 03 / 24 Tishrei – Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
Thursday, October 04 / 25 Tishrei – Kibbutz Lavi Hotel
Friday, October 05 / 26 Tishrei – Tour ends.

Accommodations for Friday night – Sunday morning at David Citadel Hotel extra.

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