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Best of Israel Motorcycle Tour

The Israel Highlights tour shows the best of what Israel has to offer. Israel is the only place where you can actually walk and read about events which took place at biblical times, at the places they actually happened. This tour is designed for any rider who has road riding experience and some gravel riding experience.

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: rental bike (Yamaha Tenere XT660Z or Suzuki V-Strom)
  • Mileage: 1,300 kilometers / 808 miles
  • Daily rides: 180 - 250 kilometers / 112 - 155 miles
  • Riding gear: available to rent
  • Meals: 8 breakfasts, 6 dinners


  • Starts and ends in Netanya
  • Visit the Sea of Galilee and Dead sea
  • Visit Jerusalem and world heritage site of Masada
  • Ride through the place where biblical events happen
  • Ride north along coastal highway to the City of Akko
  • Visit the ruins of the ancient city of Beit Shean
  • Ride to the Nabatian city of Avdat
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


6 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 10 participants
Airport transfer included: Ben Gurion Airport
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You will be accommodated in various hotels during this tour.


Tour Itinerary (based on arriving Sunday and starting on Monday)

Day 1, Sunday: Arrival

  • Overnight in Netanya

Day 2, Monday

Pick up your bikes at Bikelife, Netanya, have a short orientation, arrange your gear, and off you go. Ride north along the coastal highway to a view point on Mt. Carmel. From there, continue north to the City of Akko, a world heritage site on the Med Sea coast. From Akko, you will cut east through the upper Galilee along the Lebanese border and winding roads. You will go down towards the Kinneret - Sea of Galilee.

  • Lunch in Akko
  • Overnight at the Sea of Galilee area
  • Akko - Crusaders Halls
  • Rosh Hanikra - viewpoint only (depending on the season - only during spring and summer)

Day 3, Tuesday

Today, you will head further north to a lookout on the Lebanese border and the Hula valley. Depending on the season, your route will take you on a road parallel to the Jordan River. This section is an off-road trail. From here, you will ride up to the Golan Heights and have lunch under Mt. Bental. Then, you will ride east to Mt. Bental - a high dead volcano which gives an amazing 360 degrees view and a lookout into Syria. From here, you will head to a stunning viewpoint of the Kinneret - Sea of Galilee and then go down the winding road that leads to the meeting point of the borders of Israel, Syria, and Jordan. 

  • Overnight at the Sea of Galilee
  • Sea of Galilee viewpoint from the Golan Heights
  • Nebi Yosha viewpoint, Bnaya viewpoint - Misgav Am, rafting on the Jordan river, Mt Bental

Day 4, Wednesday

In the morning, you will ride to visit the ruins of the ancient city of Beit Shean and then you will ride to the Gilboa mountain range through a scenic road that winds along the top of the mountain allowing great views of the valleys around where many biblical stories took place. From here, you will ride to Jerusalem. In the late afternoon and early evening, you will see some parts of Jerusalem.

  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Beit She’an
  • Gilboa mountains viewpoint
  • Jerusalem - Mt. Scopus viewpoint

Day 5, Thursday

On this day, you will visit Jerusalem and you will try to understand why Jerusalem is so important for the Jews, Christians, and Muslims. You will visit the old city as well as part of the new city.

  • Overnight in Jerusalem
  • Jerusalem
  • Mt Olives viewpoint
  • Old City tour
  • City of David (depending on the season)
  • Israel museum - Second temple time model / Shire of Books
  • Machne Yehuda market
  • Holocaust museum

Day 6, Friday

Today, you will ride all the way to the lowest point on earth. Visit the Jordan river and the world heritage site of Masada, a 2,000 year old fortress. Then, you will descend to the Dead Sea.

  • Overnight at the Dead Sea area
  • Qasr El Yahud
  • Masada

Day 7, Saturday

Rest day at the Dead Sea. Self-riding in the area is optional.

  • Overnight at the Dead Sea area

Day 8, Sunday

In the morning, you will ride to the Nabatian city of Avdat and learn how the people who controlled the incense trade for centuries lived in the desert. Then, you will ride to Makhtesh Ramon, a unique crater like phenomenon, one of only 8 in the world. In the afternoon, you will make your way to Tel Aviv.

  • Overnight in Tel Aviv area
  • The ancient city of Avdat
  • Makhtesh Ramon

Day 9, Monday

On this day, you will visit the old city of Jaffa and some parts of Tel Aviv. Depending on the departure flight, you will either return the bikes and go to the airport or visit another site before returning the bikes and going to the airport.

Bike rental deposit

A deductible damage deposit of up to 2,000 EUR is required by Bikelife Israel. At the start of the tour you will be required to sign a contract and provide your credit card number as insurance for the deductible. Your credit card will not be charged unless the motorcycle is damaged.

Motorcycle rentals

For the main motorcycle you will have the Yamaha Tenere XT660Z. Bikelife Israel thinks that this particular bike’s versatility on and off road combined with the ability to use an A1 license provides an excellent riding experience in the different roads and terrain Israel has to offer. There is also two Suzuki V-Strom 650 available.

All motorcycles come with a top box, lock, and chain at no additional cost.

Required documents

You will have to have a valid international driving license for motorcycles (at least A1). You will also need insurance that will cover you for all eventualities. A valid passport is also a must.

Skill level required:


  • can ride for three to four hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents


  • can ride for five to six hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions


They say good things come in small packages. Israel is a relatively small country, but for its size, it is abundant with things to see. Being a land bridge between Europe, Asia, and Africa and the clashing place of great past civilizations, and being the cradle of three of the world’s main religions left mountains of history to explore.

There are unique phenomena such as the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth and Makhtesh Ramon which is only one of eight such examples in the whole world and others. Israel is rich with world heritage sites, cultures of many of those who ruled Israel, and the people who immigrated to Israel throughout history, and they all add flavor to your ride here.


All dinners and breakfasts are included. On rest days, if you choose to do an activity outside the hotel and you are not back in time for the meal, you will have to take care of it by yourself. Most breakfasts and dinners are usually buffet-style, which means, you can eat anything off the buffet.

Drinks are ordered separately and paid for by the guests. In case you eat in restaurants, there will be set menu.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Usage of Yamaha Tenere XT660Z or Suzuki V-Strom motorcycles for the whole duration of the tour.
  • A guide on a motorcycle
  • Wi-Fi in all the hotels
  • Comprehensive vehicle insurance for motorcycles
  • Maps and detailed itinerary
  • Hotel information
  • 8 nights accommodations
  • 8 breakfast and 6 dinners
  • Airport pickup and drop-off (only in case the whole group come together)
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Entrance fees
  • Unlimited mileage

What's not included

  • Deductible damage up to 2,000 EUR
  • All services not mentioned as included of a personal nature such as presents, food, drinks, etc.
  • Any fines for speeding and other traffic violations, etc.
  • Any tolls incurred while using a highway
  • Gasoline
  • Tips
  • Helmets and riding jackets (10 Euro per day for each)
  • Communication equipment (15 Euro per day)
  • Gorpo camera (15 Euro per day)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Group transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Bikelife Israel will pick you up from the airport. If there is no group, the cost of the transfer is around 75 USD. You may contact Bikelife Israel for more details.

Airport: Ben Gurion Airport Airport transfer included: Ben Gurion Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 10% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Optional extra

There is an extra charge if you want the Honda Africa Twin. There are only 2 of these, so only the early birds will get the chance.

  • Honda Africa Twin: 400 USD

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