rACE THROUGH HISTORY IN APRIL 2018!
We are excited to announce that we are an "Official Tour Provider" for the new GFNY Jerusalem event to be held in April 2018! Now GFNY (Gran Fondo New York) racing is coming to Jerusalem where you will get a chance to race through the most historical city in the world! Beginning at the Jerusalem Arena, you will ride past Jerusalem's Old City before climbing through the Jerusalem hills and mountains with their iconic, historical landmarks that date back over 3,000 years!
At GFNY Jerusalem, you will be able to choose between either a long or short distance route where everyone is chip timed from start to finish. All riders will receive their overall as well as age group result based on your finish time. All GFNY Jerusalem top 10% age group winners will be seeded in the front corrals for the Campagnolo GFNY Championship in New York City. The day will end with an awards ceremony and big prizes plus a party atmosphere where everyone will celebrate their day’s achievements and battle stories from the race.
Along with the unparalleled cycling, our guests will be staying in the "Official Race Hotel," the five-star Jerusalem Orient! This new, fashionable and luxurious hotel is located in the German Colony in the center of West Jerusalem – a beautiful and historic neighborhood that was built in the second half of the 19th century by German Protestants called Templers. The hotel's excellent location is just across the street from the GFNY Jerusalem Expo, 20 minutes by foot from Old Jerusalem and allows easy and convenient access to all the city's major attractions, entertainment centers and parks. In addition, the hotel's outdoor rooftop swimming pool is an attraction in itself, offering one a startlingly beautiful panoramic view of Jerusalem. A sunrise or a sunset is absolutely a must-see. Guests who wish to indulge during their stay are welcome to enjoy the hotel's spa with a rich assortment of spa treatments, Turkish bath, Jacuzzi, and wet and dry saunas.
SIGHTSEEING OPTIONS: Along with the great racing, we will also be offering guided tours and sightseeing options to Bethlehem, The Dead Sea, Masada, Galilee, The Jordan River, and Petra!
BE A PRO FOR A DAY and join the number one global cycling marathon series and race the Inaugural GFNY Jerusalem!
GFNY JERUSALEM ROUTES
- Grand Fondo - 80.6 miles with over 7100 ft. of climbing
- Medio Fondo - 42 miles with over 3980 ft. of climbing
BASIC PACKAGE: GFNY Jerusalem Entry and Hotel Only (4 nights from April 25-29, 2018, at 5-star Jerusalem Orient): $1999.00 pp in double occupancy.
5-DAY GUIDED PACKAGE:
Dates: April 25 - 29, 2018
Length: 5 days / 4 nights
Price: $3,999.00 pp in double occupancy
Single Supplement: $999.00
4-DAY GALILEE / PETRA AND JORDAN EXTENDED PACKAGE
Dates: April 29 - May 2, 2018
Length: 4 days / 3 nights (all four-star hotels)
Price: $1,699.00 pp in double occupancy
Single Supplement: $550.00
April 25th – Welcome to Israel! Following your arrival into Tel Aviv, you will be met by our representative at the airport before transferring to Jerusalem. Upon arrival, check into the five-star Jerusalem Orient Hotel, the "Official GFNY Jerusalem Hotel" for the next four nights. Afterwards, build up your bike before enjoying our "Welcome Meeting and Dinner."
April 26th – Old City Jerusalem & Bethlehem Tour / GFNY Expo and Registration. Enjoy one of the best breakfast spread's in Jerusalem before enjoying a guided tour of Jerusalem's Old City and nearby Bethlehem. This afternoon, following lunch, we'll visit the GFNY Expo where we'll register, meet all of the race sponsors, and pick up our swag. Afterwards, go for a short spin to keep your legs loose and to make sure your bike is all ready to go. This evening, we'll enjoy a group dinner before finalizing preparations for tomorrow's big day.
April 27th – GFNY Jerusalem! Savor all the energy and camaraderie this morning at the Start Line as you embark on the route of your choice through the mountains and hills surrounding Jerusalem, a landscape that has seen over 3,000 years of history! Following your arrival at the finish, celebrate your accomplishment with your fellow riders before an afternoon dip in our rooftop pool overlooking the Old City. This evening, explore the Old City for dinner on your own to celebrate your accomplishment!
April 28th – Tour of Masada and the Dead Sea. Today we will transfer south of Jerusalem where we will visit several of Israel's most iconic historical landmarks. We'll begin with Masada, the sight of King Herod's Palace in the Judean Desert that also served as a mountaintop fortress that was besieged by the Romans in 73 AD. Afterwards, we'll enjoy a swim and relaxing soak in the Dead Sea plus discover where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found. This evening, explore Jerusalem for dinner on your own.
April 29th – Free Morning in Jerusalem / Afternoon transfer to Tel Aviv / Optional Galilee & Petra Package Begins. Spend your final morning in Jerusalem as you wish with possible visits to the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, Damascus Gate, or Hezekiah's Tunnel. This afternoon, following check-out, we'll transfer you to Tel Aviv for your return flight home.
GALILEE AND JORDAN / PETRA EXTENDED PACKAGE:
April 29th - Galilee Cycling Tour. Following breakfast, we'll transfer north to the Galilee Region through the Jordan River Valley. Our schedule today features a cycling tour of the Sea of Galilee Region where we will visit such biblical sites as Nazareth, Capernaum, and the possible location of the Sermon on the Mount. Following a late lunch, we'll return to our five-star hotel in Jerusalem. This evening, you are free to explore the city for dinner on your own.
April 30th - Jerusalem to Eilat & The Red Sea. Enjoy your final breakfast in Jerusalem before checking out and transferring into the Negev Desert. Along the way, we'll experience lunch with the Bedouins before arriving into the resort town of Eilat on the banks of the Red Sea. This area figured prominently in the Exodus as well as during the days of King David. Following check-in at our four-star hotel for two nights, sample the finest Israeli cuisine before relaxing on the beach!
May 1 - Petra and Jordan! We'll begin our day with an early breakfast before departing for a full day in Jordan where we will discover the ancient site of Petra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Following our return this evening, we'll celebrate our week together at the GFNY Jerusalem with a festive "Farewell Dinner!"
May 2 - Transfer Day. This morning, we'll transfer you to Eilat Airport where you will be able to catch a flight up to Tel Aviv for your return flight home. Other options include returning to Jerusalem to witness the start of the Giro d'Italia!
WHAT'S INCLUDED FOR GUIDED PACKAGE:
Meeting and assistance on arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv with our staff.
GFNY Jerusalem Entry (Note: We don't sell any Entry Only Packages)
Transfers on arrival and for departure.
Porterage at the airport and at the hotel.
Four nights of accommodations at the five-star Jerusalem Orient Hotel.
All breakfasts and three group dinners.
Two days air-conditioned vehicle with English-speaking guides for tours through Old Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and the Dead Sea vicinity.
Transfers to-and-from the GFNY Jerusalem Start / Finish Line for you and your bike. If you would like to rent a bike, please see the link under "Support." Thanks!
Entrance fees as per itinerary. This includes the cable car up to Masada.
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
Expenses of a personal nature.
Any meals not listed above.
Border Taxes and Visa Fees
GFNY JERUSALEM PERKS
- Fully Closed Route. Police moderated roads along the entire course.
- European cut men’s cycling jersey made in Italy, provided to every rider and is mandatory attire for the event.
- Loaded Goodie bags with tons of cool cycling toys.
- Start to finish timing results for all participants.
- Post-race meals and entertainment in Israeli style.
- 2-Day Expo with big international brands.
- Finisher medals.
- Winners jerseys to overall winners.
- Winners medals to all category winners.
- Unique prizes for Gran and Medio Fondo winners.
- Elite 800ml water bottle.
- Five fully stocked aid stations.
- On-Course rolling mechanical support and at aid station.
- Medical support including stationary and rolling ambulances.
- Riders race insurance.
- Motorcycle marshal support and Sag.
- Police on the course moderating the course at intersections.
- Hundreds of volunteers helping thru the day.
- Bike Rental! If you would like to rent a bike, please click here for more information!