ISRAEL TOUR – FASCINATING HISTORY THROUGH MUNCH ROADS

With ancient history that have impacted todays worlds perception, The Holy Land/Israel, is a fascinating tiny piece of land in the Middle east.

While traveling here, in relatively short distances, you reach the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Dead Sea; when that goes with 23 December degrees, it makes it a great to ride and swim. On those short distances, the landscape changes dramatically, from Green mountains and Valleys (in the winter time) to a desert, hot with stunning riding roads.

The ancient history is well felt here. Specially in specific places, like on the busy streets of Jerusalem, near the old walls, hearing the sounds and smelling the smells. Also Old Jaffa, which is one of the oldest cities in the world. It also appears in the biblical landscape or the Sea of Galilee and on many sights on the way.

On the last years, many resources have been put in good new asphalt roads all over the country.
It includes good freeways (except of the desert area) and also very good Interurban road, which makes the riding a real pleasure.

Motorcycles are kinda still considered as luxury manly because the costs are super expensive, that’s why most of the motor Two wheels are scooters, there are maybe few thousands of motorbikes.
The Tax for the bikes and the parts is about 100% and the insurance costs are astronomic. It doesn’t really make sense in the sunny country that suffers from traffic jams problems due to too many cars…
But hey, that’s the Middle East and not all the time everything make sense here.. it does mean that the costs for the bikes on the tour are higher than normal and that impacts on the total tour cost.

The political situation here is complicated, and it’s completely not ‘black and white’ like some are trying to paint it. The complexity is big and hopefully one day there will be a solution that will be satisfying to all sides, even though it will probably take long time because one of the local ‘sport’ is talking about ‘the situation’ or political situation, endlessly.
so, it’s not advisable to go into political arguments, it will never end and in some cases can become loud and not so nice.

The personal security here is divided into two parts, the first is criminal security and the second is nationalistic security. Most of the time and in most of the places, the personal security is high. If and when the tour is going near sensitive areas, we will behave accordingly. There will be specific instructions for these situations and the tours rout might change accordingly. 

On this tiny land there are many types of religions and minorities. Almost 80% of the people are Jewish and around 20% are Arabic. The Jewish people here are divided into many parts many are secular, some religious, some are very religious Hassidic, and also in this small group of Hassidic there are many types and kinds. Most of the Jewish people consider themselves as traditional, not religious and not secular.  There is also a large diversity within the Arabic populations, many are Muslim, some Sunnis some not. There are also Bedouins, mainly in the south part of the country. Most of them don’t live in a real house and have a ‘travelers’ kind of lifestyle since ever.
There are many kinds of Christians: Greek Orthodox, Greek Catholics, Catholic Latin, Protestants, Maroons, Orthodox Syrians and Copts.

Between Judaism to Muslim and Christianity there are also the Druze, which have their own secrete religion and live mainly in the north part, there are also the Circassians, Armenians, Samaritans, Hebrew African and Foliage.
The Bahai religion has built its main temples in Haifa and Acre.  
So, it’s a tiny place with many religions and believes.

The food here is considered to be one of the best in the world because of the ingredients quality and also the multicultural that has arrived to this place and created a mix of cuisines. With it, much of the street food is influenced by the Arabic and Turkish cultures.

This tour will be focused on riding, culture, Ancient history, food, as much swim as possible in as many shapes of natural places to swim like the Mediterranean, the red sea, the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea.

There will be a maximum of Six bikes on this tour:  2 Honda Africa Twin 1100, 2 Suzuki Vstorm650 and 2 Suzuki Vstorm650 A1. Click on BIKES and the terms and conditions HERE.

As a participant in this tour you’ll fly to Tel Aviv airport, to be met by your crew and transferred to your sea view accommodation. There will be some paperwork to complete and we will give you a briefing on the trip ahead before dinner and drinks. When riding there will be a lead rider. The riding on this tour is pretty much all on tarmac.

ABOUT ISRAEL

Riding

Israel has a large variety of landscapes through which to travel and, being a relatively small country, they are all accessible. With high quality asphalt and plenty of twisties, this is a great place to enjoy a winter riding getaway. Our tour seeks out the best riding roads in the country, whether through verdant pastural areas, or slicing though the yellow dessert. From mountains to the lowest place on Earth, via warm and sparkling seas, it’s all waiting to be enjoyed.

On the whole, riding in Israel is similar to riding in Europe, with roads being well-maintained and similar speed limits. Although rules are, on-the-whole, being followed, there are exceptions. Driving habits are more of Mediterranean mood and aggression than Northern European and we are riding on the right, making it very difficult to draw a sword when facing an opponent. 

So, while some extra vigilance is called for, the challenges presented by other road-users are not on a par with the roads of Asia.

We will be avoiding highways, sticking to less busy routes wherever possible. There is no true ‘off-roading’ on these adventures and no requirement for any advanced dirt-bike skills. 

Helmets are compulsory, both by law and during all riding on our tours. There is a zero-tolerance policy to drink-driving and road rules are enforced. As usual, there will be a tour leader at the front and participants will navigate using a ‘drop-off’ system. 

Money

The ‘New Shekel’ is the local currency. ATMs are widespread and will accept the usual cards, as will most retailers. Meals, fuel and booze are similar in price to the UK.

Fuel is (Feb 2021) around £1.30 per litre.

There are currently 4.6 New Shekels to the UK Pound.

Geography

Israel is a country in the Middle East, located on the south-eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea and the northern shore of the Red Sea. It has land borders with Lebanon to the north, Syria to the northeast, Jordan on the east, the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and the Gaza Strip to the west and Egypt to the southwest. Israel’s economic centre is Tel Aviv, while its seat of government and proclaimed capital is Jerusalem.

With an area of about 21,000 km(the size of Wales) and a population of just over nine million, this is a small democratic country, with the mass of the population in the major cities of northern Israel. It is also a very young country, having been proclaimed a state in 1948, following the horrors of the Second World War. Israel’s history and borders are complicated, riddled with conflict, angst and controversy, but it is also a beautiful and fascinating country.

Within relatively short distances, the Mediterranean Sea, the Red Sea and the Dead Sea (the lowest place on our planet at 435m below sea-level) can be reached in an ideal winter riding climate. These seascapes, mountains, desert and pasture land form an ever-changing backdrop to some glorious motorcycling on excellent roads. 

The northern part of the country contains the lush Galilee Mountains and Sea of Galilee; the west borders the Mediterranean Sea. To the south is the Negev desert, which is contiguous to the vast Arabian Desert and home to the Bedouin people.

We will get to see most of it…

Climate

As Israel extends in a north-south direction and contains a wide range of topographies, there are wide varieties of climatic conditions. 

Temperatures vary widely during the winter. Coastal areas, such as those of Tel Aviv and Haifa, have a typical Mediterranean climate with cool-ish winters and long, hot summers. The area of Beersheba and the Northern Negev have a semi-arid climate with hot summers, cool winters, and fewer rainy days than the Mediterranean climate. The Southern Negev has a desert climate with very hot, dry summers and mild winters with little rain. The highest temperature in Asia (54.0 °C) was recorded in 1942 at Tirat Zvi in the northern Jordan River Valley.

Over the whole country, there are around 40 days of rain per year, with the southern city of Eilat being sunny for 51 weeks of the year! 

When setting the timings for our tours, we are looking at all the factors across the various regions through which we travel to bring you the best overall riding conditions, subject to omnipotent beings. The seas around Israel are swimming-warm all year round. 

Cities, demographics and ethnicity

Israel has around nine million inhabitants, about three-quarters of whom are Jewish. Just over 20 per cent are Muslim or Christian Arabs and five per cent are either Christians from other areas, or follow no religion. These designations can in turn be broken down into many sub-categories. 

The Jewish people are divided into many traditions; some secular, some fundamentalist with most folks somewhere in the middle. There is likewise a large diversity within other religious populations, Muslim and Christian, orthodox and layman. While there are Sunni and Shia Muslims, there are myriad forms of Christianity: Greek Orthodox and other Catholics, Protestants, Maroons, Orthodox Syrians and Copts.

The official language of Israel is Hebrew and Arabic is also widely spoken. Due to the massive waves of mainly diasporic immigration over the years, the origins of Israelis are incredibly diverse, as is the range of languages spoken.

Over 90% of Israelis live in an urban setting, the largest city being Jerusalem, with a population of 936,500. Next is Tel Aviv, with half that number. At the other end of the scale are tribal Bedouins, mainly in the south part of the country, some of whom follow their nomadic ancestors, moving around the deserts of south Israel to this day.

Economy

Israel has grown rapidly in the past 70 years, from a tiny state formed largely by post-war immigrants and refugees, to an advanced industrial economy. High quality higher education has led to a highly-skilled workforce able to contribute the 21st Century technology boom and the country has seen massive investment from tech-giants over recent decades. The country has the highest per-head proportion of technicians, scientists and engineers in the world.

Leading exports include industrial machinery, software, agricultural products and cut diamonds. Leading imports include raw materials, rough diamonds, fuel, grain, everyday consumer goods and military equipment. Israel is also at the forefront of renewable technology development. The economy is largely balanced, with the value of imports and exports being well-matched. This has led to a low level of external debt and Israel has a lending surplus of some 70 billion U.S. dollars.

Despite a low level of easily available natural resources, Israel has achieved a high degree of self-sufficiency in the agricultural sector thanks to a pioneering spirit and the development of new agricultural technologies.

Tourism is a fast-growing and important revenue-earner, annually boosting the economy by some six billion dollars. Much of this is religious tourism, but warm beaches with water sports and endless historical interest are also major attractions.

There are 19,250km of paved roads in Israel, plied by just three million vehicles. This very low number of vehicles per head is in part due to crushing import duties. A motorcycle in Israel attracts an import tax of 80% of value!

Politics & History

The birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, the written history of Israel (or Palestine, or The Holy Land) and its peoples goes back to pre-Old Testament times and, some would say, the dawn of Creation. But if you want a Bible, Torah, or Qur’an class, please consult an appropriate religious scholar. The area comprising today’s Israel has been invaded by Greeks, Romans, Arabs of many empires, European Crusaders, Mongols, Ottomans and Napoleonic forces. 

While these ancient influences are profoundly interwoven with the country we see today, the story of the modern Israel is inextricably linked to the rise of fascism and anti-Semitism in Europe.

Prejudicial treatment of European Jews in the late 19th Century – and a history of Jewish persecution and expulsion going back to 1290 in Europe – reinforced the goals of a growing Jewish national movement (Zionism) and led many to return to their religious roots in Palestine. During the course of World War One, the then influential British committed to the creation of a Jewish National Homeland and with this aim in mind, were given a mandate by the League of Nations (the precursor to the UN) to ‘rule’ Palestine. A rival Arab nationalist movement was formed in opposition to the creation of a Jewish homeland and so began the wheel of conflict that turns to this day.

In the late-19th Century and first half of the 20th, huge waves of Jews fled to Palestine. Many fled the pogroms of Imperial Russia and later the same state’s communist atrocities. Estimates of Jews killed under various Russian regimes run into the millions, but the defining catalyst for an independent Jewish state was, of course, the inhuman, industrialised state-sponsored murder of the Nazi regime. The Holocaust.

Post-war, intentions by the British to establish a Jewish state within Palestine were shelved due to concerns that such action would destabilise the area, on which Britain was dependent for oil. Despite British efforts to limit immigration and the further promotion of such a state, effectively stateless Jews from Europe and neighbouring Arab countries ‘illegally’ entered Palestine, boosting the Jewish population to a third of residents. In the face of these factors, the Zionist independence movement gained momentum and a low-level guerilla war ensued, culminating in the bombing of the King David hotel in 1946, used as a British military headquarters, which led to the deaths of 91. 

All the while further waves of Jews fleeing Eastern-European oppression increased the number of returning diaspora by 250,00. The situation overall was poorly managed by the British, who used the repressive tactics of colonial subjugation. With limited resources due to the costs of the war, and facing the cancelling of loans by a critical U.S. Congress, the British were increasingly finding the situation unmanageable. In 1947, the newly-formed U.N. was asked to find a solution. Although the U.N. made a recommendation for partition of Palestine along Arab/Jewish lines, no action to implement these plans was taken. 

Despite this, or perhaps due to this, tensions in the area skyrocketed, both Arabs and Jews rapidly mobilising armed forces and soon there was a state of war between the two factions. In 1948 the formation of the State of Israel was announced by the Jewish People’s Council, the state being rapidly recognised by the world’s major powers. However, bordering Arab states did not acknowledge Israel, or the plans to partition Palestine, and so the first of many regional wars ensued. 

Between 1948 and 1958 the population of Israel grew from 800,000 to two million, as people took advantage of the Law of Return (1950), which guaranteed all Jews and their families a home in Israel. As population grew, so did economic and military strength. 

Despite various ceasefires and political resolutions, conflict was never far from the surface in the Middle-Eastern arena. The Six-Day War of 1967, a reaction to Egypt’s President Nasser’s threat to ‘destroy Israel,’ saw Israel launch pre-emptive strikes, destroying the air forces of Egypt, Jordan and Syria. The war was fierce and brief, Israel capturing the neighbouring territories of the Sinai Peninsula, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights, the West Bank of the Jordan River and East Jerusalem. The ramifications of these manoeuvres have fuelled further controversy and conflict to this day.

While the outcome of these territorial shifts bore significant fruit for the Israelis, gaining access to religious sites and the oil of the Sinai Desert, the outcome for the dispossessed Palestinians was less favourable. Subsequently, Israel and its Arab neighbours have existed in states of low-level war, flare-ups, uneasy periods of peace and always international controversy. 

Today Israel’s continued ‘occupation’ of the assets gained in the Six-Day War is a huge bone of political contention and repeated international attempts at peace agreements and reconciliation between neighbours have yielded little significant progress. While treaties now exist with Egypt and Jordan, Israel remains the epicentre of the clash between Arab and Israeli nationalistic interests, with the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict erupting from time-to-time in border areas and the occupied territories.

More present to the visitor of today are links to the ancient past and Biblical times. There is a deep sense of this history in the Holy Land and it is never far from the mind. 

Crime & Annoyances

Crime is not of particular concern to tourists, with generally low levels of offences like theft and credit card fraud. The usual diligence (keeping essential documents and money/cards in a safe place) when on holiday will suffice. There can be political protests in some cities, but these rarely have a violent aspect outside the occupied territories. On our tours we will be avoiding areas with a potential for problems. Current travel advice can be found here.

QUICK OVERVIEW

In ten words

Munch super-twisty scenic roads through fascinating historic settings.

Riding Level

You need to get used to local traffic habits and ride on the right. We are avoiding major highways. No technical riding, one day with light 100Km off-roading. Tarmac: 90%

The Adventure

Overall: approx' 1,800km Shortest day: 160Km; Longest day: 305km. 2 days travelling, 7 days riding, 1 off-bike day.

Pillion Rating

The route is just fine for passengers. But it can be bumpy in places.

Accommodation & Meals

Three and four-star hotels, some with sea view. Always clean, always beer, great locations. The food is really good.

Highlights

The Sea of Galilee and the scenic curves around it, the Mediterranean beaches and coast, Legendary Jerusalem, The Dead Sea and the great roads near it, The Deseret bends and landscape, The Red Sea and The vibrant city Tel-Aviv.

TOUR ITINERARY

Day 1: Fly To Tel-Aviv-Jaffa

You will fly to Tel-Aviv, where you will be collected by our team and shuttled (about 35min) to our start-point in the vibrant city, Tel Aviv. We will check-in to our sea view hotel and then we will meet all the riders, learn a bit more about what’s coming ahead, about the local’s riding habits and how we ride together. After that we will go out to enjoy the atmosphere, the food and the vibe in this great Mediterranean city.

DAY 2: Tel Aviv to The Sea Of Galilee and ‘The North’

We will wake up early morning and take a 30 minutes shuttle to meet our Motorcycles. After preparations, we will get to know our motorcycles on village roads on the way.  We will ride through Ramot-Menashe, up to the stunning ‘HaGilbo’a Reserev, which has one of the top riding roads in the area. Then riding down to the Jordan Valley up to the south part of the Sea of Galilee, there we will enjoy amazing biblical view and also well paved and curved roads. We will have lunch Near the Sea of Galilee and will go for a swim if the weather will fit for that. Then we will ride on the stunning road 98 and north on the east side of the Sea of Galilee up to northern part of the country. We will arrive sleep in Kibbutz Gonen, have a relaxed evening and early go to sleep because tomorrow there is a long ride.

Day 3: ‘The North’ to Jerusalem

Today’s ride combines a special valley, green mountains, rock cavities, Mediterranean Sea, a visit in the North Capital, the city of Haifa and after that a direct ride to the state’s capital, to the legendary Jerusalem. With the sun behind us, we will ride west on the north ‘top’ of the country all the way to the Mediterranean. Reaching to the ‘Rosh Hanikra site’, it’s a beautiful spot, looking to the sea with stunning rock cavities. We will stop there and it will be possible to visit the cavities for 48NIS)about 10.5Pounds). Then riding south near the coast line near beautiful Achziv reserve to the old city of Acre. In this ancient port city we will have a tasty lunch. From Acre we will ride to Haifa and to climb on thin roads to the gorgeous Carmel mountain. When we will be on the top, we will visit the Druz village Osefia and have a small snack break there. From Osefia we will ride on a sea view stunning road near Beit Oren. It is a scenic road in the forest, going down all the way to the Mediterranean Sea. After seeing all these amazing places in the north side of the country, we will have a direct ride south all the way to Jerusalem area. There are no special sights on the way apart from a nice view to the sea, so now, we will have to ride fast and on a freeway in order to save time and be ready for the next day.

DAY 4: Jerusalem to The Dead Sea 

Waking up to the unique sounds and smells in legendary Jerusalem. Then we will go for a walk around the old city all the way to the western wall near the Temple Mount. Then a local lunch and back to our bikes. Our ride will start in a nice Temple Mount view point and then going down all the way down to the lowest place on earth (-400m), to the Dead Sea. It is a scenic ride going down, passing near the one of the oldest city in the world Jericho all the way down to the Dead Sea. When arriving down enough we will stop for a coffee break and continue on the east side of the Dead sea on an amazing road with desert mountains touching the Dead Sea all the way up to our Spa hotel. If the weather will allow, after reaching the hotel we will go for a salty float in the Dead Sea and in the evening we will enjoy the pubs and attractions near the hotel.

DAY 5: Into the Desert

Our day starts with an early morning salty swim or float and after we will start our engines and ride into the desert. The ride starts by the east side of the Dead Sea and then going up on the mountains, this road which is called ‘Arad Sodom Road’ is the top riding place for the local riders, it has perfect curves, asphalt and desert views. We will deepen more into the desert through some apocalyptic scenery all the way to our night stay in Mitzpe Ramon. It is a happy small town near beautiful craters, which we will discover on the eighth day of the tour.  In the evening we will enjoy the local small pubs.

DAY 6: Hey South To Eilat (lyrics from a well-known Israeli song) 

After a great breakfast, we will ride south all the way to the Red Sea, to the city Eilat. It is a desert road which becomes scenic when coning closer to Eilat. You wouldn’t be able to ignore the scenic red mountains and the the Red Sea popping between them. Our hotel, is located only 100m from the beach and has a Red Sea view. If the weather will be good we will go for a swim, walk around the city and enjoy the pub.

day 7: Eilat

Today is a day without riding, it will be advised to enjoy the wonders of this amazing sea. It’s possible to go for scuba diving with our partners. It will require to pre order. Just to relax on the beach or to have any other sea attractions which are for your choice just near the beach. Today is a day without riding, it will be advised to enjoy the wonders of this amazing sea. It’s possible to go for scuba diving with our partners. It will require to pre order. Just to relax on the beach or to have any other sea attractions which are for your choice just near the beach.

day 8: Eilat to Mitzpe-Ramon

Still in the desert, but today we will see a different kind of desert. We will ride north again through the red mountains, up to the unique and scenery Mitzpe-Ramon. There are two natural craters here and we will ride a 100km off-road ride with our local off-road guide, in this beautiful area. We will have a unique Bedouin lunch and dinner and sleep in a Bedouin tent in the desert.

DAY 9: Mitzpe-Ramon to Tel-Aviv

After a special night in the Bedouin tent, we will ride north all the way back to Netanya to return the bikes and then a shuttle to Tel-Aviv.
It is a one-hour desert ride up to Beer-Sheva and then the green view will start to appear again until it will become the local ‘Tuscany’ area. Then a ride directly to return the bikes, a shuttle to our cozy hotel where we will decently celebrate the end of the tour. 

DAY 10: Fly Home 

Full with experiences, tiered from last night celebration and with a big smile on or faces we will fly back home.

WHAT THE TOUR PRICE INCLUDES

INCLUDED

  • International Flights (when booked as full package)
  • Eight Days of Bike Hire
  • Experienced Guide
  • All Internal Transfers
  • Nine Nights Accommodation on B&B basis

NOT INCLUDED

  • Other Meals
  • Tolls, Entry Fees, Visas and Excursions
  • Fuel
  • Damage Excess on Bikes

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Rosh Hanikra reserve sight seeing, a beautiful reserve with stunning grottos.
  • Eilat: Scuba Diving, Underwater Observatory Park, Boat sailing.

USEFUL INFORMATION

SECURITY

Israel is considered safe for tourists in the area through which we travel. For current UK Government travel advice, check: Foreign Office Website.

DOCUMENTATION

You will need a passport, appropriate travel insurance and your home-country driving licence. Visas are granted to those from the UK on arrival. If not travelling from the UK, please check the status of your driving licence in Israel and any visa requirements.

CURRENCY

The local currency of Israel is the New Shekel. Currency can be drawn from ATMs and credit/debit cards are accepted very widely..

There are currently 4.53 Shekel to the UK Pound.

CLIMATE

Israel has typical Middle Eastern/Mediterranean temperatures. The climate is most comfortable in winter – which is more like a Northern European summer. Summers in Israel are very hot and really humid at the coast.  

BIKE KIT

On all tours we advise riders to consider their kit in terms of layers. Good quality gear can also prevent a minor spill causing a trip-ruining injury, so we require that you ride with no exposed skin (except your face).

LUGGAGE

Your luggage will be carried on your bike, which will be supplied with hard luggage (will it?)=(yes, all bikes have rear box and two bikes has side ones also, will update how it is on the cb500x Shalev) . Critical documents should be carried on your body, not strapped to the bike. (***will there be somewhere at the start/finish that people can leave stuff? – like what and when – Shalev )

FITNESS

This tour is not physically demanding. If you have any existing medical condition, please consult both Blazing Trails and your doctor before booking.

RIDING SKILLS

While we insist those joining us have a full motorcycle licence, and recommend a minimum of two year’s riding experience, time in the saddle and miles ridden are of more relevance to any motorcycle adventure. We will be avoiding traffic where possible by avoiding major highways, but there may be some aggressive drivers encountered.

HEALTH & HYGIENE

The standards in Israel are on par with Europe and not of any concern.

DON’T FORGET!

To check out our suggested packing list.

How To Make A Booking

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Holiday bookings can be made online, by email, or over the phone on: +44 (0) 7494 050404

Contact us by any of the means above.

Upon deciding to book, please pay a deposit of £700 into our bank account (or the full balance if within two months of the departure date). This can be done by credit/debit card through our website, by bank transfer, or by sending a cheque to our UK office.

BIKE DEPOSIT (ROMANIA): A deposit of is required against bike damage in Romania, the amount according to the bike you book – please check-out Romanian Bikes for details. You will be asked to place this sum against your credit card with our supplier. The transaction will be cancelled at the tour’s end (subject to bike condition).

Having booked with Blazing Trails, you will be sent all the necessary information on timings and meeting points. You may also like to use our Facebook Page to liaise with others.


PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of one week (seven days) will be allowed for your deposit payment to reach and clear in our bonded account. Should this not happen, we can suspend your booking and may have to give your place on tour to somebody else.

FAQ

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).