Israel Bike Tour with Paola Gianotti

Israel Bike Tour with Paola Gianotti

October 15th – 22th 2022 or upon request
Difficulty level: intermediate

 

Why choosing this holiday:
  • The wild landscapes and the modern cities of Israel
  • Discover the most beautiful roads that cross the Negev Desert, coast the Dead Sea and lead you to Jerusalem
  • A guided tour in the beautiful Jerusalem

 

Paola Gianotti will lead us on the roads of the stages of the Giro d'Italia 2018: the Negev desert, the Dead Sea and Jerusalem. Live this engaging bike experience with the holder of 4 Guinness World Records, relive with her the emotions of 80,000 km traveled on two wheels in the most boundless territories of the planet. Let Paola help you challenge your limits, thanks also to her mental coaching. Ride with Paola for a night in the desert, under the stars, the "night" test will be one of the greatest emotions of this trip.

In addition to Paola, our staff, with a holiday manager from Italy, a second local guide by bike, an assistance vehicle for luggage, mechanical and food assistance and a transfer service will ensure an incredibile and smooth experience.

The "must" of this trip are the incredible natural wonders and beauties of the Israel South, offering breathtaking views, from sunrise to sunset. In the heart of the great Israeli Negev desert you will ride the Ramon Crater, the largest crater in the world generated by erosion, also known as Makhtesh Ramon. Enclosed by a great variety of rocks of fantastic colors and shapes, this amazing natural phenomenon measures 40km in length and it is between 2 and 10km wide, shaples like a stretched heart it is Israel largest national park. 

Live Israel exceptional scenario with an special guide: the famous ultracyclist queen of deserts Paola Gianotti!

 

Accommodation: Hotel 3 stars, Kibbutz 

 

Day 1 | Ovada ( Eilat ) 

After the arrival at Ovada airport, transfer to the hotel, dinner and overnight in Eilat ,

 

Day 2 | Eilat , Mitzpe Ramon 

9 8 km, 1,500 m 

The route will take us along the Arava valley, between the beautiful mountain range of southern Jordan and the slopes of the Negev. Reaching Lotan, from where we will get on our bikes, we will leave the valley and begin the long and rather strenuous climb to the top of the central Negev ridge in Mitzpe Ramon. The roads here reward cyclists with some of the best views in this part of the Israeli desert, and when in Mitzpe Ramon a glimpse of " Makhtesh " is a great day to finish this day on the bike. Dinner and overnight in Mitzpe Ramon.

 

Day 3 | Mitzpe Ramon, Yeruham 

66 km, 600 m 

The journey continues today along the highest part of the Negev. The rolling hills we cross were home to the Nabatien  kings of the desert 2000 years ago. This is also the region where young Israelis at the beginning of the state foundation decided to come and live, followed by Ben Gurion, the Prime Minister. The route today is less demanding in terms of climbs and we will eventually arrive at Yeruham. Dinner and overnight.

 

Day 4 | Yeruham, Ein Bokek 

1 0 2 km, 500 m 

Shortly after leaving Yeruham, we will begin to descend through the "Makhtesh" to the east. In fact, today’s route will take us to go up towards the Great Rift of the Daed Sea, along old British roads, on gentle and undulating path: a nice ride, with the last part of the valley towards the hotel on the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Ein Bokek.

 

Day 5 | Ein Bokek , Masada , Ein Bokek 

73 km, 1,500 m  

Today we will ride a loop, up to Arad in the highest part of the Judean desert, along the road to Masada, and then on the eastern side of this National Park. It is a challenging climate, from 400m below sea level to 600m above. The visit to the Masada is on foot, we will find our bikes on the other side of the mountain to descend down east. Dinner and overnight in Ein Bokek.

 

Day 6 | Ein Bokek , Jerusalem 

91 km, 1,400 m  

Our last day on the bike will take us to the city ​​of Jerusalem. We will cross the Judean Hills and the Valley of Ella region, and begin the real climb east, through the mountains of Jerusalem, one of Israel's most famous regions for road cycling. The scenery is amazing and the feeling of arriving in town on a bicycle is a truly special experience. Dinner and overnight inJerusalem.

 

Day 7 | Jerusalem 

0 km, 0 m  

Today a walking tour of Jerusalem is scheduled, accompanied by a guide. Free afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

 

Day 8 | Departure 

Greetings to all participants. Transfer to Tel Aviv airport. 

 

Price per person (minimum 8 px): 

Euro 2.490,00 (taxes and VAT included) | single supplement, applied to secure a private room for solo travellers: Euro 250,00 (taxes and VAT included)

This tour can be organized private for any number of participants. Contact us for details. 

 

The price includes

  • 7 nights in hotel / Kibbutz on half board basis
  • Transfer from / to the airport (from Ovada and to Jerusalem)
  • Paola Gianotti as your cycling guide and mental coach for 8 giorni days | Van, driver in tow | english-speaking second bike guide | photos and videos along the routes and during visits
  • Holiday manager in tow 
  • Guided walking tour in Jerusalem | entrance fees to attractions 
  • Welcome kit Xeler supplements | 20% discount on Cinelli Bike apparel and accessories

 

The fee does not include

  • Flight
  • Travel and accident insurance
  • The lunches | drinks with meals 

Anything not mentioned in "The fee includes"

 

Optional:

  • Bike rental

 

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