GOOD WHEEL 2019 – Friday, March 29th – Thursday, April 4th
*The information on this page is subject to changes, adaptations and police approval. Detailed route information will be published closer to the trip.
This year’s ride will take place in the North of Israel with an emphasis on the Western Galilee and northern Mediterranean shores, combining an approximate 180-mile ride over 4 days and touring opportunities through national, archaeological and tourist sites and attractions.
For partial or non- riders, half day tours will be offered separately from the ride as well as the opportunity to meet up with the riders at various points in the day (lunch, pit-stops).
With a view of having Good Wheel as an opportunity to create friendships and bonds between the riders and community of people with disabilities in Israel, various groups will be joining the ride on different days – war veterans, blind riders, children from the Center and professional para-cyclists.
All evening activities will take place at the hotel and will include English language activities such as inspirational talks, unique workshops, socializing opportunities and entertainment.
Short and long ride options will be available
Friday, March 29
- Everyone should arrive at the hotel by 5 pm for check in
- We will provide shuttle bus service from Ben Gurion International Airport to our hotel for participants arriving on Friday, March 29th. Buses will transport participants, luggage, and bikes. Bus schedules will be provided prior to the trip.
- A Shabbat dinner will be hosted by Isaac and Shira Zadik, GW honorary hosts and philanthropists with riders, ISCD athletes, staff and volunteers
Shabbat, March 30
- Breakfast at the hotel
- The magic of Shabbat Morning in Tel Aviv – Possible options:
- Segway tour
- Graffiti tour
- Urban cycling tour on city bikes
- Secret beach walk
Sunday, March 31
- Breakfast at the hotel
- Bike pick up and fitting
- Urban one-day ride through Tel Aviv and Jaffa
- Afternoon visit to Israel Sport Center for the Disabled:
- Guided tour of the center
- meeting with Olympic Athletes with disabilities
- Wheelchair basketball exhibition
- Light dinner at the ISCD
- Drive to hotel in Akko
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Old city of Acre (Akko) to Naharya, from there up to Rosh Hanikra on the Lebanon Border, visit to the Grottos National Park and east to the Goren Park and Monfort Pond (total 60 KM). Bus down to Dalia
Acre (Akko) - Akko is situated in the northern part of the coastal valley, also known as Akko Valley. It borders on Bustan HaGalil ("Orchard of the Galilee") to the north and extends all the way to Na'aman River to the south.
Akko boasts a beautiful seashore, which is the northernmost point adorned with the soft, fine sand from the Nile Estuary.
Old Akko, which is situated on a peninsula, is one of the few cities along the shores of the Mediterranean whose surrounding walls have remained intact, aside from two openings that now provide access to motor vehicles. The openings in the wall were made by the British.
Old Akko is a multifaceted city and it is built in layers that have been almost perfectly preserved.
Four religions have made Akko their home and left their mark there: the Jews' synagogues, the elegant churches in the Christian neighborhoods, the Moslems' monumental mosques and the garden of the tomb of Bahá'u'lláh, founder of the Bahai religion and the House of Abud. Meeting all participants for a tour of "The Grottos" – a spectacular natural phenomenon on the Israel – Lebanon border. The walking path in the heart of the cliff exposes visitors to the grottoes, which – more simply put – are sea caves. The grottoes were formed in the wake of underground shocks that ripped open gaps within the bedrock. Slowly, rainwater penetrated these rifts, forming tunnels and caves that continued to expand due to the waves that slammed against the rock.
Carmel: Starting at Kibbutz Dalia towards the Druze Village of Dalyat El Carmel and through to the Carmel Scenic Route, route 70 to the finish point at Kibbutz Dalia (circular, 60 KM)
Dalyat El Carmel – Druze Culture and Heritage: Daliyat el-Carmel is a colorful Druze village that is located on the slopes of Mount Carmel that is famous for its incredible hospitality and warm nature. The Druze people are a break off from Islam and the break-off occurred about a millennium ago in Egypt. According to the Druze people, their religion is a renewal of an ancient faith that became known only to the group's sages. Daliyat el-Carmel was established in the seventeenth century by Druze from Mount Lebanon. In 2003, Daliyat el-Carmel joined with another Druze village, Isfiya, to form a single town, known officially as Carmel. There is a wonderfully vibrant market open on Saturdays as well as dozens of shops that line the main street, offering among other things genuine Druze foods, sweet pastries, olive oil and locally produced labaneh cheese. There are also a few galleries in the market that host cultural events.
Dalia to Caesarea – Dalia to Elyakim, Bat Shlomo, Fureidis, Caeserea (50 KM)
Caesarea – Zikhron Yaakov Caesarea is a magnificent site, a national park where amazing ancient harbor ruins, beautiful beaches, and impressive modern residences sit side by side. Caesarea is originally an ancient Herodian port city located on Israel’s Mediterranean Coast about halfway between Tel Aviv and Haifa. The site has recently been restored to create one of Israel’s most attractive and fascinating archaeological sites.
Bus down to Ein Afek and ride from there to finish point at ISCD
The ride and tour will end on Thursday at ISCD, where there will be a closing ceremony and time to visit the facility. Locker room facilities will be available if needed. Transportation to the airport or other locations will be provided if needed and arranged ahead of time. Good Wheel 2019 will conclude at 6 pm.