Day 1: Welcome to Israel. We will enjoy our first evening with an meet and greet over dinner at a hotel in Tel Aviv for the first evening. Fall asleep to the sound of the mediterranean sea. We will head to Jerusalem in the morning. For an adjustment period, the first two days in the land we will be recovering from jet lag and adjusting to the culture before riding on motorcycles. We have found this adjustment time is crucial for a safe and fun journey.
Day 2: Jerusalem. Jerusalem is a city with many faces. It is a city of lush heritage, history, and archeology unmatched by any other. Here we will explore religion, arts and culture, vast architecture new and old intertwined yet separate. It is a city worthy of many return visits for further exploration. Jerusalem is sure to return many blessings to those that walk its streets.
* Mount of Olives: We begin our day by viewing Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives. Here we abound with photo opportunities of this iconic city scape. We are given an overview of what’s to see in Jerusalem. Experience what captivates and demands the attention of the world.
* Garden of Gethsemane: This is where Jesus prayed at the rock of agony in the garden. “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.” Touch first hand, the two thousand year old olive trees. Set foot in the beautiful Church Of All Nations.
* Temple Institute: Although the Holy Temple was destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago, here we will see it has not been forgotten. It remains an inspiration and the object of spiritual odyssey for many people. We will learn the significance of Mt. Moriah and the preparation being carried out for the coming of the third temple.
* Western Wall and Tunnel: Also called the Wailing Wall, is the holiest place on earth for the Jews. This is the last accessible section of the western wall and brings us to the closest place where the Holy of Holies is. It is believed to be by many the floodgates of heaven. Here we will take an archeological journey through an ongoing excavation under the city to view the many layers of this historic city.
* Via Della Rosa: Also known as the stations of the cross. Here we walk the agonizing journey Jesus walked carrying the cross up to His crucifixion which brings us to the church of the sepulchre where His death and life is memorialized in shrine and spectacular architecture. Upper Room - The traditional site where Jesus instituted a new passover celebration and the new covenant of His blood.
* Tomb of King David: According to the Hebrew Bible, David is supposed to be buried inside the City of David, but ancient tradition holds that he is buried in the structure adjacent to the Dormition Church, owned by the Diaspora Yeshiva. The tomb has David’s name on it, covered in beautiful cloth with crown shaped ornaments placed on top of Torah scrolls.
Day 3: Jerusalem
* Yad Vashem: Remember the Holocaust at this memorial museum. Witness this gripping exhibit in remembrance of innocent life lost. An important history lesson you won’t forget.
* Israel Museum: The Israel Museum is the largest cultural institution in the State of Israel and is ranked among the leading art and archaeology museums in the world.
* Garden Tomb: It is believed by many to be the actual garden of Joseph of Arimathea and, therefore, would be the place of Jesus’ resurrection. A beautiful garden located outside the old city walls, a place of reflection and worship.
* City of David: The tour of the City of David begins with a breathtaking observation point overlooking Biblical Jerusalem which sends visitors 3,800 years back in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid. The journey quickly heads underground to some of the newest archaeological excavations at the site. Here, while exploring the recently excavated fortresses and passageways, visitors relive King David's conquest of the Jebusite city as described in the 2nd Book of Samuel. The underground tour finally ends at the Gihon Spring, the major water source of Jerusalem for over 1,000 years and where, according to the Book of Kings, Solomon was anointed king.
Day 4: Suzuki Day in the Negev - Ride to Eilat. Today we get the pleasure of meeting our new tour companion, the Suzuki 650 V - Strom. We are convinced you will be as compatible with your new friend as it is with handling the varied terrain of Israel. You will get comfortable with your bike, riding nice scenic routes in the desert headed south to Eilat.
* Seder Boqer, Ben Gurion Tomb: In a carefully tended park adjoining the Library in the Sede Boqer Institute are the graves of David Ben-Gurion and his wife - two plain stone slabs in a square tree-shaded area on the edge of a sheer rock face looking down to the Wadi Zin. There is an impressive view into the gorge through which the river flows from its source in the Avdat spring.
* Mitzpeh Ramon: is a town in the Negev desert. It is situated on the northern ridge at an elevation of 800 meters (2,400 feet) overlooking a sizable erosion cirque known as the Ramon Crater. This crater, or Makhtesh, as it is called in Hebrew, is 28 miles long and 5 miles wide. Experience this breath taking view as we stop for coffee on our journey south.
* Eilat: A resort town of 20,000 and bustling port, combining sea and desert, Eilat lies at Israel's southernmost tip.
Day 5: Eilat
* Timna Park: About 17 miles (27 km.) north of Eilat is the Timna Valley National Park. It covers 60 sq. km. The Park reveals a fascinating landscape with incredible rock formations. It offers many secrets of the ancient world. It is the site of ancient copper mines, the world’s oldest. Here there are many activities and sites to see. Experience, an accurate recreation of the Holy Tabernacle, Timna Lake, camels and other wild life, and much more. You’ll have to see it for yourself.
* Underwater Observatory Marine Park: Experience the Red Sea, the site of the worlds third largest coral reef. The sea is the habitat of over 1,000 invertebrate species and 200 soft and hard corals and is the world's northernmost tropical sea. The observatory will take you inside this wonderful world.
Day 6: Ride to the Dead Sea
Today we’ll ride through various regions of the Negev desert as we travel to our destination. Experience Israel’s most popular bike road, with 125 curves in 15 miles and an elevation change of 4,000 feet. The Dead Sea is the lowest elevation on earth and has been a destination in the Mediterranean basin for thousands of years. Enjoy a relaxing therapeutic float in the buoyancy of the Dead Sea. Biblically, it was a place of refuge for King David. It was one of the world's first health resorts (for Herod the Great), and it has been the supplier of a wide variety of products, from balms for Egyptian mummification to potash for fertilizers. The Salt and Mineral mining at the Sea have generated a large cosmetic and health product industry for Israel.
Day 7: Adventure to Sea of Galilee
* Masada: Is the name for a site of ancient palaces and fortifications in the south district of Israel on top of a magnificent isolated rock plateau, on the eastern edge of the Judean Desert overlooking the Dead Sea. After the first Jewish-Roman war (also known as the Great Jewish Revolt) a siege of the fortress by troops of the Roman Empire led to the mass suicide of Jewish rebels, who preferred death to surrender.
* Qumran: is a ruin from the days of the Second Temple on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea. It became famous since 1947 when a number of ancient manuscripts were found in nearby caves. These manuscripts are now known as the Dead Sea Scrolls.
* Bet She’an: The largest of Israel’s archeological digs. Even after its discovery many years ago, archeologists are, today, still discovering more ruins from the Roman era.
Day 8: Explore Sea of Galilee Region
* Ginossar: Here we visit the Jesus Boat Museum exhibit. Discovered by accident during the drought of 1986, this fishing boat would have existed at the time of Jesus. Beautifully preserved, it is a timeless reminder of life during that time.
* Boat Ride Sea of Galilee: Take an unforgettable ride on the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy incredible views of all Galilee.
* Capernum: The center of Jesus’ Galilee ministry. Jesus lived here for a substantial period, healing the sick, speaking in the synagogue, and performing miracles. Capernum provides an interesting kaleidoscope of varying architecture.
* Mt. of Beatitudes: Sit on the hill where Jesus delivered His Sermon on the Mount. Looking directly south at the Sea of Galilee, the flower filled gardens offer peace and tranquility.
* Safed: The ancient city of Safed is a town located in Northern Israel, 900 meters (3,200 feet) above sea level in the mountains of the Upper Galilee. It commands magnificent views east to the Golan, north to Mt. Hermon and Lebanon, west to Mt. Meron and the Amud Valley, and south to Tiberias and the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee). Take a beautiful ride up to this artistic and religious town. Experience what Jewish mysticism is all about at this center for kabbalah.
Day 9: Explore Mountain Region of Galilee
* Tel Dan: This national park and archeological site offers a blend of Israel’s natural beauty and biblical history.
* Banias/Caesarea Philipi: Situated 25 miles north of the Sea of Galilee and at the base of Mt. Hermon, Caesarea Philippi is the location of one of the largest springs feeding the Jordan River. This abundant water supply has made the area very fertile and attractive for religious worship. Numerous temples were built at this city in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.
* Mt Hermon: Mt. Hermon is the southern tip of the anti-Lebanon mountain range. Its’ highest peak is 9,230 feet and the highest point inside Israel's borders today is Mizpe Shelagim at 7,295 feet.
* Mt. Bental: The Mount Bental overlook is beautiful and provides stunning views of Mount Hermon and the Golan. Located in the Golan Heights, Mount Bental is 1,170 meters above sea level. Mount Bental offers a rare and rewarding sight. The overlook is managed by Kibbutz Merom Golan, the first Kibbutz established in this region after the 1967 war. From the overlook one can see Mount Hermon (3,000 meters above sea level), several Druze villages as well as a network of old bunkers and trenches. Just to the east of Mount Bental is Syria, with Damascus lying just 60 km away.
* Katzrin: The town offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. To the south is the Sea of Galilee, to the north Mount Hermon, and to the west the hills of the Upper Galilee.
Day 10: North West Coastal Journey
* Akko: is a port city. It is located on a promontory at the northern end of Haifa Bay. The earliest city was founded during the Bronze Age at Tel Akko, just east of the present-day city. Akko is mentioned in ancient written sources as an important city on the northern coast of the Land of Israel. The wealth of finds, including remains of fortifications uncovered in the excavations at Tel Akko, attest to the long and uninterrupted occupation of the site during biblical times.
* Haifa: built on the slopes of Mount Carmel, has a history dating back to Biblical time. Over the centuries, the city has changed hands. It has been conquered and ruled by the Byzantines, Arabs, Crusaders, Ottomans, Egyptians, and the British. Since 1948 it has been governed by Israel. Today Haifa is a modern and beautiful city. Witness first hand its vast history and culture. Overlook the incredible Bahai Gardens and experience a panoramic view of Israel’s largest port city.
* Mt. Carmel: is a coastal mountain range in northern Israel stretching from the Mediterranean Sea towards the southeast. Archaeologists have discovered ancient wine and oil presses at various locations on Mt. Carmel. It is the traditional site where the prophet Elijah called down fire from heaven and defeated the prophets of Baal.
Day 11: Ride of Your Life. An exciting day of riding in the Galilee and Golan Heights region. Enjoy scenic mountain roads and lush panoramic views.
Day 12: Lets Head Home. We have a few ventures in which to partake in on our last day in the land before we head home.
* Megiddo: Hebrew for Armageddon, Megiddo was strategically located on the main trading routes between Babylon and Egypt. Here King Solomon built a fortress and city. With over 20 layers of civilization, Megiddo is a truly fascinating site. Many believe this will be the site of the final conflict between good and evil on planet earth.
* Caesarea: was a city and harbor built by Herod the Great about 25–13 BC. It is the city where Pontius Pilot made his ruling. After the destruction of Jerusalem, Caesarea was established as the provincial capital of Judaea. Caesarea remained the capital until the early 8th century. View the remains of the amphitheater, hippodrome and Roman Aqua-duct.
* Tel Aviv: Spend your last evening on in this modern city relaxing on the gorgeous coast of the Mediterranean sea. Have a relaxing safe flight home.
Note: This is a sample tour. Actual tour may vary in destination or sequence.
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