The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Cycling from Jerusalem to the Red Sea

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Cycle Israel
800-661-1458, 503-281-9198
1 $2,195 camping, rustic lodging
Freewheeling Adventures
On demand $1,890 camping, rustic lodging

The Route: Seven to 17 days of a history-steeped ride through forest, valley, and desert. Includes visits to Masada, the Dead Sea, and Eilat, plus an overnight stay at a kibbutz and an optional camel excursion into the Uvda Wilderness or Elat.

When to go: Year-round

Difficulty: Moderate

Travel advisory: Because security in the Middle East is always a concern, outfitters don’t finalize their routes until a month before the trip to maximize safety.

High/low points:

  • Descending 2,500 feet from the Negev Highlands with the Red Sea, Jordan, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia spread out before you.
  • Clearing your bike chain of cement-like clay and mud after a flash thunderstorm in the desert.

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