tour d'israel - May 12th 2018



May is a wonderful time to cycle in Israel. Tour d’Israel offers riders the chance to enjoy Israel’s balmy springtime weather while riding in the beautiful holy land and experiencing the country in a way you can never do in a four wheeled vehicle. 

During this 4-day spring classic, we spend two days in the glorious north of Israel ranging from Mt. Hermon to Lake Kinneret. We’ll cycle through the Jordan Valley – the lowest valley on earth, and spend our final day in the Judaean mountains outside of Jerusalem.

Days of Riding

Total Distance
317 miles

Total Climbing
20,634 feet

Daily Avg. Distance
84 miles

Daily Avg. Climbing
5,159 feet


Sunday May 12

We’ll gather today and head up north to the Kibbutz Lavi Hotel.

Meeting place 1: First Station parking lot, Jerusalem
Time: 2:00pm. Leaving 2:30pm promptly

Meeting place 2: Ben Gurion International Airport
Time: 4:30pm. Leaving 5:00pm promptly

Monday May 13

Ride Start Time: 8:30am
Distance: 86 miles / 138 kilometers
Ascending: 4,042 feet / 1,232 meters
Descending: 5,627 feet / 1,715 meters

Tuesday May 14

Note: We will drive to the start of our ride.

Drive Start Time: 8:30am
Distance: 63 miles / 102 kilometers
Ascending: 6,860 feet / 2,091 meters
Descending: 7,890 feet / 2,405 meters

Wednesday May 15

Hotel Check Out Time: 8:30am
Ride Start Time: 9:00am
Distance: 87 miles / 139 kilometers
Ascending: 2,704 feet / 824 meters
Descending: 4,770 feet / 1,454 meters

Thursday May 16

King David says in Tehillim, “As the mountains are around Jerusalem, so Hashem surrounds His people from this time forth and forevermore

Hotel Check Out Time: 8:30am
Ride Start Time: 9:00am
Distance: 82 miles / 133 kilometers
Ascending: 7,028 feet / 2,142 meters
Descending: 7,033 feet / 2,144 meters


All good things must come to an end. We’ll drop you off at the Ben Gurion International Airport Departures Hall or at Jerusalem’s First Station Parking Lot. We hope you’ve had a great tour and look forward to cycling with you again!

Sunday May 12 – Thursday May 16, 2019

₪12,000 (Approx. $3,300)

Non-tourists add 17% VAT. Tourists must present their foreign passport + tourist visas – given to them at their port of entry into Israel – at each hotel we stay at. Failure to do so will result in an additional VAT surcharge.

Please read the entire Kosher Cycle Tours Terms & Conditions.

What’s included

  • Pick up Sunday May 12 and drop off Thursday May 16 at Jerusalem’s First Station or at Ben Gurion Airport, including bike and luggage, at the times outlined in the itinerary. Luggage limit of one suitcase + 1 handbag per rider.
  • All accommodations – see below
  • Breakfasts at the hotel. Dinners are at the hotel, or a restaurant of KCT’s choosing with a limit per rider of ₪200 per meal.
  • Lunches – Either at a restaurant of KCT’s choosing with a limit of ₪100 per meal, packed for the road, or delivered to a picnic spot.
  • Services of our support crew and SAG vehicle throughout ride, including pick up, as needed.
  • Ground transportation to and from rides
  • Nutrition and drink while on the ride. Nutrition will include Nature Valley bars, Larabars, pretzels, GU gels, GU powder, and candies.
  • 3 inner tube replacements in the event of flats during the four day tour. Additional inner tube replacements are available at ₪40 per inner tube.
  • 1 Kosher Cycle Tours bike jersey (and a limited-time promotion code for 10% off other gear)
  • Kosher Cycle Tours Trans-Israel tour gpx files for Garmin use

Accommodations, based on double occupancy

Sunday May 12, 2019: Kibbutz Lavi hotel
Monday May 13, 2019: Kibbutz Lavi hotel
Tuesday May 14, 2019: Kibbutz Lavi hotel
Wednesday May 15, 2019: Leonardo hotel, Jerusalem

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
  • Please note that we will not have a paramedic or photographer on tour with us.

Bike Rental

KCT is happy to assist you in renting a quality road bike at an attractive price from a local shop we have a relationship with. If you want to rent a bike with KCT’s assistance, please send us specifications in regards to size, groupset, pedals, and any other relevant information. You will be responsible to pay the bike shop directly and will assume full responsibility for the bike. While we will endeavor to assist you with the rental bike, KCT does not take any responsibility for the quality, comfort, or rideability of the bike, nor for any damage that may result to the bike or you as a result of the tour.

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