Tours in Israel – 9 Day Holy Land Bike Tour

 Genesis Tours Operator in Israel offers you this great experience:

This trip is designed for casual bikers, not for athletes. We believe that biking allows us a greater experience of the Holy Land, but it doesn’t have to be too hard. The cycling routes make up about 3-4 hours of the day, with great breaks along the way, cold water, and always a van near by for those looking for a boost.

DAY 1 GALILEE

Upon arrival at the Tel Aviv airport, we transfer to our hotel in the Galilee for dinner and overnight. Already we begin to feel the spirit of this land enchanting us, as we will be visiting sites from the Bible and share the experience of walking and biking in the footsteps of Jesus. (D)

DAY 2 GALILEE

We start our day with a bike ride out of Tiberius along the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We will arrive at Ginnosar to view the fishermen’s boat, found on the shores of the Sea Galilee which dates to Jesus’ time. From here we will get back on our bikes and continue following the shores of the lake until we will arrive at Tabgha, site of the miracle of the fish and loaves, to see the chapel built over the rock commemorating the Primacy of Peter. We then continue our ride to Capernaum, the city of Jesus and Peter. There we will see the house of Peter as well as an ancient synagogue, and we will be able to experience for ourselves the backdrop against which Jesus preached and gathered his disciples. We then ride across the Jordan River to the Land of Gaderenes. We will continue our ride along the shores of the lake and stop for a visit in one of the local communities on the shore.  In the afternoon we drive north to Caesarea Phillipi, now called Banias; here Peter made his confession of faith, and identified Jesus as the Messiah. It was in this place that Jesus said “thou art Peter, upon this rock I will build my church”. (Matt.16:18.) Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B)(D)

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DAY 3 GALILEE

We will start the day with a short walking tour of the Old City of Nazareth, biblical home of Jesus, including the Church of Annunciation and the local market. From here we will leave Nazareth and begin our ride towards Mt Tabor, overlooking the Galilee. We will ride through the Beit Keshet Forest to the village of Daburia, named after the prophet Deborah who lived in the area in Biblical Times.  From here we will start to climb up mount Tavor (with an optional shuttle to the top), mentioned in the New Testament as the place of The Transfiguration. Here we will see the monastery and the ruins of a Byzantine and Crusader fortress. After our visit here, we will bike to Shibli and Kfar Kama. From here we will transfer by bus to the Yardenit Baptismal Site where we will have the opportunity to be baptized in the waters of the River Jordan. From here we will proceed to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B) (D)

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DAY 4 JERUSALEM

After breakfast we will take a short transfer to Mt Gilboa, overlooking the Jezreel Valley. We will enjoy the quiet road that will take us to the top of the Mountain where King Saul’s army lost to Philistines, and the king lost his life (1 Samuel). There is an optional shuttle to the top. From here we will descend to the valley below and enjoy a visit to the Gan HaShlosha National Park where we can swim in the pools of natural spring water, warm year-round. From here we will head to visit the ruins of Beit Shean and then head south along the Jordan River to Jerusalem. On arrival we will make a stop to mark our first view of the city from the top of the Mt of Olives and then proceed to our hotel in Jerusalem for dinner and overnight. (B) (D)

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DAY 5 JERUSALEM

This morning we enter the Old City on foot through St. Stephen’s Gate visiting the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation, and the Ecce Homo Arch as well as the Gabbatha pavement. Continuing through the Bazaar we will follow the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. From here we will continue to the Jewish Quarter visiting the Cardo, the “Wide” wall built by King Hezekiah, and the Herodian mansion before proceeding to the Temple area and Mt. Moriah to see the Dome of the Rock, visit the Western Wall, and the Ophel Archaeological park and Museum. We will enjoy dinner at our hotel. After dinner we will leave for the breathtaking experience of a night ride in the city of Jerusalem. We will take our bikes into the Old City, riding under the cloak of nightfall, through Jaffa Gate and enjoying the winding alleyways of the different quarters. We will finish the ride back at Jaffa Gate for a cold drink and a midnight snack.

(B) (D)

DAY 6 MASADA

We drive westwards out of Jerusalem and past the “Inn of the Good Samaritan” to arrive at the shores of the Dead Sea – the lowest point on earth. We drive along the Dead Sea to Masada, the fortress where the Jewish Zealots held off the armies of the Roman Empire before choosing suicide over surrender. We will then continue to Ein Gedi, where King David found shelter from the wrath of King Saul. After lunch (on your own), we will have the opportunity to enjoy a short “float” in the Dead Sea before we continue to Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947 and was the home to an ascetic sectarian group in the time of Jesus.  We then return to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight.  (B) (D)

DAY 7 JERUSALEM and Bethlehem

We will take advantage of the many secret shortcuts through the neighborhoods of Jerusalem, and ride through the city streets and allies. Our tour will include The Israeli Parliament, The Valley of the Cross, the pioneer neighborhood of Rehavia, The German Colony and a Vista of the Old City. This trademark ride follows small streets, bike lanes, and hidden alleys unknown to most. After the ride we will be taken by bus to Bethlehem where we will visit Church of Nativity including the grotto of Jesus’ birth. At the end of our visit we will return to our hotel in Jerusalem.  (B) (D)

DAY 8 Mt Carmel- Casarea and Departure

We will leave Jerusalem and head to Mt Carmel, the location of Elijah’s altar during his confrontation with the prophets of Baal. Our route will take us through the Amikam region, known as the Tuscany of Israel. From here we will ride to Caesarea, built in the first century BC by King Herod.  We will bike along the Aqueduct all the way to the ancient port.  We will take a short walking tour of the city that was once the Capitol of Judea, and also the site where St Peter converted Cornelius, and where St Paul set sail for Rome. We will relax here into the late afternoon and shower and change before we transfer to Tel Aviv to enjoy a farewell dinner and then on to the airport. (B) (D)

DAY 9 Departure

Today our journey ends with good memories as we head home. Arrival the same day.