Travel Logistics 2018

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to and from Israel. The State of Israel requires each visitor to have a passport that is valid for (six) 6 months after your return date. Rules pertaining to travelling with a bike change frequently. Please check with your travel agent or airline to ensure you have the most up-to-date information. 

FAQs about Travel Logistics:

  • When and where does the ride start and end?

    Buses will leave from Sheraton Tel Aviv at 115 Hayarkon Street on Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 pm to travel to the Isrotel Ramon Inn, Mitzpe Ramon. Cyclists should meet at the Sheraton with their luggage no later than 1:30 pm. The ride will end in Jerusalem on the afternoon of Friday, October 26.  Buses will be available to take those wishing to return to the Sheraton Tel Aviv. You must advise if you will make use of this transportation.

  • How do I fly with my bike? And how much does it cost?

    Air Canada will waive the US$50 bike-service fee on AC085 Tel Aviv to Toronto flights. The waiver does not apply to the charge of $100 that will be levied on the bike as the passenger’s second piece of luggage. In order to benefit from this, you need to email [email protected] with your flight details.

    El Al is offering Beit Halochem Canada’s Courage in Motion participants a 50% discount on the current $440 USD round-trip cost to take a bike to Israel. The discount is ONLY available for departures to Israel from Toronto on El Al’s direct flight. The normal $220 fee (one way) will be waived in its entirety at departure. Riders will only be charged the $220 USD when they leave Israel from Tel Aviv. To take advantage of the discount, you must send an email with ALL your outgoing flight information (date, time, flight, departing city, and confirmation number) to [email protected].

    General airline packing instructions: Your bicycle must be placed, with handlebars fixed sideways and pedals removed, in a rigid and/or hard-shell container specifically designed for shipping or in a bicycle suitcase (in the case of collapsible bicycles). Tires must be partially deflated.

  • Where do I get a bike travel case?

    Bike travel cases are available for purchase/rental through Bike Box Rentals located at Avenue Road & Eglinton, Toronto. Rental is $35/week and contact is Efraim Ritter at 4I6-795-5I07.  Packing and reassembly services are also available. It is suggested that you book as early as possible.

  • Can I rent a bike?
    While rentals are available, we strongly recommend that you bring your own bicycle. To arrange for a bike rental, please contact Noga:

    Email: [email protected]
    Phone: +972-50-393-2031

    Please note: This is an independent contractor and Beit Halochem does take responsibility for its reliability, service, or any aspect of the rental.  We will pick up and drop off your rented bike.

  • Are there recommended accommodations Pre- and Post-Ride?

    Please contact Tal Rahmanian at Eshet Incoming ([email protected]) to reserve your pre- and post-ride accommodations.

  • How do I get from the airport to the hotel?

    Once we have all cyclists’ flight arrival information, we will circulate a list to allow for arranging of shared transportation from the airport. Regular taxis can accommodate a bike box in the back seat, luggage in the trunk, and one passenger in the front seat. To prearrange airport pickup you may call Yossi Bernstein, Transportations & V.I.P service, Cell: (+)972-54-789-8155. Email: [email protected]. Please note: Yossi is an independent contractor and Beit Halochem does not take responsibility for his service.

  • What about bike assembly and disassembly?

    Bike assembly will take place at Beit Halochem Tel Aviv (49 Shmuel Barcay Street, Afeka) on Wednesday, October 17Thursday, October 18, and Friday, October 19 from 12:00 -5:00 pm.

    While we do our best to ensure a smooth assembly line, neither Beit Halochem nor any of its contractors assumes responsibility for your bike’s assembly or the contents of your bike box, especially if you are not present during the process.

    Bike boxes will be stored at Beit Halochem until after the ride, unless you are not returning to Tel Aviv. We need to be notified of your plans prior to the start of the ride.

    All bikes will be taken to the ride’s starting point on Monday, October 22. If you arrive after Friday, October 19, your bike will be assembled on Sunday, October 21.

    Following the ride, the bikes will be taken back to Beit Halochem Tel Aviv to be disassembled and boxed on Friday, October 27.

    If you have a bike box locking system, please provide the mechanics with your combination and ensure that your bike box is unlocked prior to dropping it off.

  • Transportation to the beginning of the ride and after the ride

    Busses will leave from the Sheraton Tel Aviv at 115 Hayarkon Street to the start of the ride at Yoav Fortress. We will depart at 7:45 a.m. sharp. Cyclists should meet at the Sheraton with their luggage by 7:30 a.m. If you are meeting us directly at the Yoav Forest, please let us know.

    The ride will end on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 3rd, near Eilat. Accommodations, as well as an evening Red Sea party cruise, are included.

    There will be a bus leaving Eilat at 10:30 a.m. on Friday Nov 4th  taking riders to the Sheraton in Tel Aviv. Please let us know if you are taking the bus.

    Alternatively, riders can book a flight from Eilat to Sde Dov in Tel Aviv on Friday, Nov 4th.  Contact Tal Rahmanian at Eshet Incoming Tours to reserve.

  • Do I need to buy medical insurance?

    All participants are required to have traveler’s medical insurance.

  • Do I need a cell phone in Israel?

    All participants must carry a cell phone with them during the ride.

    Israel Connect is a Beit Halochem supporter and has provided CIM riders with SIM card rental, unlimited data, and unlimited calling within Israel and to Canada and USA for just US$4.80 per day (use DISCOUNT CODE connect 3202). Sign up at www.israelconnect.net/beithalochem. Free home delivery is included.

  • Do I need to bring electrolyte powder and snacks?

    Nutritious meals, snacks, water and electrolyte supplements will be provided during the ride.  If you have a preferred electrolyte powder, please bring this with you.

  • Will my luggage be transported during the ride?

    Your luggage will be transported from each location to our next destination.

  • Can I be part of Courage in Motion even if I'm not going to ride?

    Non-cyclists will be given volunteer jobs where possible.

    The cost for non-cyclists to participate in this event is $1,100. The cost covers room and board as well as any activities included for cyclists during the ride. Non-cycling participants are required to register to ensure sufficient accommodations. Please email [email protected], attention Lisa, if you are interested in accompanying a cyclist.