Week Days @ 8 AM from your hotel|
CoExistence in Israel: Gravel Biking from Latrun Monastery to Neve Shalom
Whether you stay in Jerusalem or in Tel-Aviv this is a unique opportunity to explore the heart of Israel, between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv on a professional-grade mountain bikes.
Week Days @ 8 AM from your hotel
Latrun Monastery, לטרון
Guided gravel/Mountain bike tour that goes through some historical points and takes a closer look at practical coexistence in the heart of Israel.
Starting point is just off road No.1 between Jerusalem and Tel-aviv, Latrun interchange, Latrun Monastery.
We can meet there or can pick you up from your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv.
We will get organized near Latrun Monastery, fitting bikes and helmets, and distributing riding, sweat free shirts for you to keep.
By the way you can come with your own bike as well, as long as they fit gravel roads riding.
We will get going around 9:00 AM meaning that pickin up should take place around 1 hour before.
From Latrun Monastery we will ride down and uphill towards Mesilat Zion via part of the "Israeli Burma Road" that served as a hidden route to provide supply and manpower to the besieged Jerusalem during the 1948 Independence war.
Another downhill and up again towards Eshta'ol Forest and then Mizpe Harel (Harel viewpoint) - where we can look at the starting point of "Burma Road" and the ayalon valley all the way west towards the coastline.
There is also a bedouin tent there that provides bedouin experience and food - we may stop for lunch. Or just a short scenic observation and Bedouin Tea and off we ride to our next stop.
Neve Shalom - Wahat al-Salam – Neve Shalom (pronounced “waaḥat’ as-salaam/neve shalom”) is Arabic and Hebrew for Oasis of Peace: an intentional community jointly established by Jewish and Palestinian Arab citizens of Israel. The village is located midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv-Jaffa.
Not only we will witness coexistence first hand, we will also may have lunch and a friendly discussion with one of the locals who will tell us the story of the place and will provide us with hope.
Finishing on a positive note wil help us ride the last lag of the day, back to Latrun Monastery.
If time and energy will allow we can add a winery on our way or just a quick stop at the monastery shop of local grown wine and oil and a few other things you will have to find out yourself.