FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS – ISRAEL

Are flights included? 

Flights, international and domestic can be included in the price of your tour, but you can also specify otherwise.

How do I book? 

The tours can be booked online, by email, or over the phone on: +44 (0) 7494 050404. To secure a place you will be asked to put down a deposit of £700 and payment can be made by card, cheque, or bank transfer.

Do I need a visa?

UK citizens entering Israel will be issued a three-month visa on arrival. For other countries. please check your entry requirements before booking. Israeli visas are not stamped into passports.

What other paperwork do I need?

You need a valid certificate of travel insurance. A UK (and most other countries) driving licence is accepted. However, please check the validity of your licence before travel.

Can I book from outside the UK? 

Yes. If you are booking from outside the UK, we will quote you on a flight-inclusive price, or you can book online at the non-flight price.

Where should I change money?

Foreign currency of all kinds may be exchanged at the airport, banks, post offices, most hotels or licensed exchange agencies in large cities. ATMs are widespread and card widely accepted.

How much spending money will I need?

If you’re not a high-roller, you should be able to get by on about £50, including fuel. Israel is not a ‘budget’ destination, with costs like food and fuel being very similar to what you’d spend in Europe and the UK.

Will I have to share a room?

No, you can pay a supplement to hold a single room during the booking process.

What standard is the accommodation?

We will be using hotels and guesthouses rated at 3-4 stars, chosen for their standard of accommodation and location.

Will I get bitten by a vampire?

Not unless you book the Romania Tour. Israel was declared vampire-free in 1972.

How much riding experience do I need?

While the riding on this tour is exciting, it is in no way technical and is mainly on tarred roads.

Is riding in Israel dangerous?

Riding anywhere carries with it a degree of risk, as does riding in Israel. For more information on the riding side of things see ‘Riding’ in the ‘About Israel’ section of this site. If any rider joining us rides in a manner we suspect will endanger themselves, or others, or indeed displays antisocial behaviour, they will receive one warning. If they continue to display a threat to the safety or enjoyment of others on the tour, they will be excluded from the remainder (with no refund given, see terms and conditions).

How fast will we be riding?

We be riding in a ‘progressive’ manner, enjoying the amazing roads where it is sensible to do so. There is, however, no compulsion to keep up with other riders and we will not leave you behind.

Can I use the bike in the evenings?

No, you can’t ride independently of the tour group, sorry.

How fit do I need to be?

This is not a strenuous tour – a person of average fitness can easily take part.

Can I take a pillion?

Yes, this is a very good tour for couples. This is a mostly-tarmac route with one easy dirt track ride. Most of the road surfaces are of typical European quality.

How much luggage can I bring?

You are limited to 20kg by most airlines. However, we suggest you pack as lightly and in as compact a form as possible. We ask you bring soft luggage, not a suitcase.

How much luggage should I bring?

Keep it minimal. One set of riding kit for the tour and a few sets of clothes for the evening. Laundry facilities are available at the two-night stop. 

Isn’t Israel dangerous?

UK Government travel advice for Israel can be found here. The levels of perceived threats from political troubles change over time and generally Israel is safe for tourists. We will avoid areas regarded as having a higher level of risk. Most years, 3-4 million tourists visit Israel and encounter no problems.

Is food included in the price?

No, not all food, just breakfasts… and two traditional Bedouin meals in our desert camp.

What is Israeli food like?

Israeli food is a diverse fusion of Middle Eastern/Arabic food and European food, with other global influences. Shawarma kebabs and falafel is often available street-side and it is not uncommon to see people standing to eat. There is a vast variety to choose from and fresh produce is abundant. There very many veggie options. If you have specific dietary requirements, contact us which will allow us to check ahead for you.

Are laundry facilities available on-tour?

Laundry service is available at all stops, but we recommend that you wash your kit at the two-night stop to negate the risk of damp shreddies.

Will I get WiFi?

Yes, WiFi is available at all our hotels (but not in our Beduin camp).

Do I need waterproofs?

Yes. If your riding kit isn’t waterproof, then bring some light waterproofs.

What medication should I bring & what inoculations are required?

Bring enough of any prescribed medication you take regularly. If this medication is essential, try and bring a surplus that can be carried by the tour team. A basic first aid kit is useful (plasters, antiseptic cream, bite/sting relief, plus insect repellent).