Jordan Valley and Judaean Desert Tour - Feb 11th 2019

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“Now, arise, cross this Jordan, you and this entire people, to the land that I give to them, to the Children of Israel. Every place upon which the sole of your foot will tread I have given you… Be strong and courageous.” (Joshua 1:3, 1:6)

Our tour will start at the freshwater Lake Kinneret and head through the Jordan Valley, the deepest valley in the world. On both sides, the valley is bordered by high, steep slopes. For the most part, the Jordan Valley forms the border between Jordan and Israel.

The Judean Desert is a rock desert with a large number of wadis cutting through the rock. In winter, parts of the desert are covered with a green cover, and we may see the winter bloom. It is also the main eastern entry route to the Holy City of Jerusalem.

You’ll notice the stark change in scenery – and a change in the gradient – as you climb towards the Mount of Olives and Jerusalem, leaving behind the yellow, rocky desert and entering the green, mountainous urban landscape of Jerusalem, our holiest city and the capital of Israel.

“A song of ascents by David. I rejoiced when they said to me, “Let us go to the House of the Lord.” Our feet were standing within your gates, O Jerusalem; Jerusalem that is built like a city in which all Israel is united together.” (Psalms 122)

Moshe famously looked out across the Judaean Desert and into the Holy Land standing in the Moab Mountains in modern day Jordan. We’ll overnight on the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth.

Our tour ends at the Ramon Crater. The Ramon Crater forms Israel’s largest national park, the Ramon Nature Reserve. It is the world’s largest erosion crater, or machtesh, measuring 40 kilometers in length and between 2 and 10 kilometers in width, shaped like a long heart. It is also the only Dark Sky Park in Israel. In October 2012, global travel guide publisher Lonely Planet rated the Negev second on a list of the world’s top ten regional travel destinations.

TRIP ITINERARY

Meeting place and time: Kinar Hotel, eastern side of Kinneret, 8:30am

Ride: The Jordan Valley
Distance: 85 miles (137 kilometers)
Climbing: 2,585 feet (788 meters)

Optional (time permitting): Continue ride to Jerusalem. This is a Category 1 climb. It is an additional 24 miles (39 kilometers) and 4,705 feet (1,434 meters) of climbing.

Ride: The Judaean Desert
Distance: 67 miles (107 kilometers)
Climbing: 2,530 feet (771 meters)

Ride: The Negev
Distance: 86 miles (138 kilometers)
Climbing: 7,090 feet (2,161 meters)

 

We’ll load the bikes onto the SAG vehicle and drive back to Jerusalem following the ride.

Dates
February 11 – 13, 2019

Price: 6,699₪

Group Pricing
Bring a friend and save 5%
Group of 5+ riders – save 10%

Accommodations – based on double occupancy
Monday February 11: David Citadel, Jerusalem
Tuesday February 12: David Dead Sea, Ein Bokek

Optional Accommodations
Sunday February 10: Kinar Hotel, Kinneret
Wednesday February 13: Ramon Crater. If you’re interested, email me, and I’ll tell you what the options are, ranging from basic to 5 star.

Non-rider options

This tour is point-to-point and not designed for non-rider participation. If you would like to bring a non-rider along, please email us.

What’s Included

Food

  • February 11: Lunch, and Brazilian Table dinner at Papagaio.
  • Lunch packed for the road.
  • February 12: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Lunch packed for the road
  • February 13: Breakfast and lunch. Lunch packed for the road.
    February 11 – 13: Nutrition and drinks on the ride

Support

  • Services of our support crew and SAG vehicle, including drive back to Jerusalem with bicycles and luggage on February 13 after the ride.
  • 1 Kosher Cycle Tours bike jersey
  • Kosher Cycle Tours Dolomite tour .gpx files for Garmin use

Accommodations – based on double occupancy

Monday February 11: David Citadel, Jerusalem
Tuesday February 12: David Dead Sea, Ein Bokek

What’s not included

  • Transportation to the start of the tour
  • Any drop off other than as specified on the Itinerary tab.
  • Travel, medical and personal insurance of any sort.
  • Additional hotel expenses i.e. phone charges, mini-bar or extra drinks, gratuities

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