ISRAEL BY MOTORCYCLE WHERE HISTORY, RELIGION AND NATURE MEET
Israel by motorcycle is a great experience for any bikers. This small nation of the Middle East located in the extreme southeastern corner of the Mediterranean has always been a crossway between Europe, Asia, and Africa. It is also the cradle of the three main religions such as Catholic, Jewish and Muslim. Do not forget, it was in its territory, where the patriarch Adam and King Solomon lived or where the Annunciation took place, in Nazareth, and where Jesus grew up.
Beyond that, Israel boasts many natural beauties and unique formations that are irresistible attractions for tourists and motorcyclists. Just think of the winding roads in high mountains or some unique natural formations such as the Dead Sea or Makhtesh Ramon, the stunning views from the Golan Heights, or the surprising Negev desert.
In Israel, you will find great accommodations, spas, chaotic bazaars, luxuriant oasis, and of course, long stretches of sandy beaches along the Mediterranean coast. This tour will take you through the best of Israel, reaching even its southern point at the Red Sea.
How to get to Israel:
If you are a European citizen and you would like to bring your own motorbike you can take a ferry to Tel Aviv. This journey could be a bit long and expensive. Otherwise, you can choose a cheaper and faster way which is to take one of the many flights from Europe (or from other continents) to Tel Aviv and rent a motorcycle on site. On our pages, a banner of a good motorcycle rental company is placed where you can read more about "how to".
Itinerary: "Israel by motorcycle where history, religion, and nature meet"
Leaving Tel Aviv you will first reach Jerusalem and from there the tour will go south to Elat crossing the deserts of the Negev and Arava. Left behind Elat taking the direction north you will climb the ancient fortress of Masada then you will pass along the Dead Sea. A little further on you will have lots of fun riding on the winding road of Mount Gilboa. In Beit Shean you can visit the ancient Roman theater and from there the route will take you to Lake Tiberias (Sea of Galilee) touching here places where Jesus preached over 2,000 years ago. From here keep on riding to Hula Valley and the Golan Heights. Your way back to the Med Sea will follow the winding road along the border with Lebanon. The final stretch will get you back from the Rosh HaNikra Cave to Tel Aviv.
See for details: "Highlights"
Highlights: "Israel by motorcycle where history, religion, and nature meet"
- Jaffa: the oldest neighborhood in Tel Aviv. Here you can breathe the true soul of Israel.
- Jerusalem: the sacred city of the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. Do not miss a visit to the Wailing Wall.
- Beer Sheva: this town is located in the heart of the Negev desert, featuring an interesting museum called "The Negev Museum of Art"
- Mitzpe Ramon: it is a tiny town that extends on a promontory 800 m a.s.l. overlooking the large depression below known as the Makhtesh Ramon, therefore, it is a fantastic lookout point
- Makhtesh Ramon: this heart-shaped gorge 40 km long and 500 m deep, the largest erosive crater in the world, is located in the Negev desert
- Red Canyon: it is an impressive canyon in the southern Negev desert not far from Eilat squeezed between rocks featuring a characteristic reddish color. Along the road to Eilat, you will find road signs for the canyon and where to park your motorcycle. From there you can follow some tracks on foot. The Red Canyon is about one kilometer from the parking lot. We suggest coming early in the morning since in summer it is rather hot here during the day. Also, beware of rains when the rocks become slippery and the canyon could fill up very quickly with water which becomes very dangerous. Having said that, the Red Canyon is a real wonder so you should definitely visit it!
- Elat: the port on the Red Sea. First of all, have a visit to the Underwater Observatory Marine Park. Also, we suggest booking one of the many organized tours to Petra in Jordan, this is because you can't enter Jordan by your motorcycle since motorbikes are not allowed. Petra is not far from Elat, (about 130 km) and this UNESCO heritage site with its rock-carved facades of the dwelling caves is so spectacular and unusual you can't miss it.
- Masada: it is an ancient fortress, set in a high rocky outcrop 400 meters above the Dead Sea offering an extraordinary panorama underneath. After you have parked your motorcycle you can climb and reach the fortress's ruins. Anyway, there is also a comfortable cableway service if you want to spare the effort of climbing on foot. Masada is also a must-visit!
- Dead Sea: the high percentage of salts makes it not suitable for life (hence this funeral name), but because of this salt concentration, you can float without swimming: it's a nice feeling. Its banks are located 400 m below sea level, so that is the lowest point in the world on land. The Dead Sea is undoubtedly an extraordinary natural formation also for its many health benefits (its mud is rich in minerals).
- Mount Gilboa: offers pleasant rides with many bends and curves with nice views that are greatly appreciated by motorcyclists
- Beit Shean: some note of history: it is an extraordinary archaeological site, where the ancient Romans built a huge theater for 7,000 visitors in 200 AD preserved in rather a good condition still today, two spas, and various imposing columns, unfortunately, laying on the ground due to past earthquakes.
- Sea of Galilee (in ancient times Lake Tiberias) and its history of religion: it is already mentioned in the "Old Testament" and the Gospel according to apostle John narrates that Jesus appeared to the disciples walking on the waters over this lake.
- Hula Valley: it is a magical oasis of peace on the migratory route between Europe and Africa of various bird species, so it's an ideal place for Birdwatching!
- Mount Bental / Tal Al-Gharam, 1,171 meters a.s.l. It is a dormant volcano located in the North-Eastern part of the Golan Heights overlooking Syria. You can enjoy stunning panoramas for hundreds of kilometers. At the top, you can also visit an out-post complete with bunkers of the Israeli army, all out of use today.
- Rosh Hanikra Grottoes: is located at the northwestern tip of Israel, there are beautiful scenic caves located under a high spur of rock that plunges into the waters.
Here, you can take the steepest cable car in the world that takes visitors to the caves down to the sea level. Just imagine the breathtaking landscape and the stunning views around you while descending. Definitely, it is a not to be missed attraction!
- Acre: it is the ancient city of Akko, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Bahá'í Gardens: they are enchanting hanging gardens, a renowned tourist attraction in the city of Haifa.
- Mount Carmel: featuring nice bends and curves beloved by motorbikers while offering lovely views over the shimmering sea.
- Caesarea National Park: it is the most important archaeological site in Israel, do not miss a visit to the ancient theater.
- Sironi Beach: it's a beautiful golden sandy beach in Netanya. It is worth stopping your bike here and taking a bath!