The Israeli Adventure

The Israeli Adventure – The Landscape, People and History – 7 days

Intro

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In this very condense program, you will be introduce to most amazing riding areas of Israel: The Galilee & Judea Desert.
It is a one in a life time ride.

We will ride in the mountainous Galilee into the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee. We will follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to Jerusalem. And we will explore the desert expanses and climb majestic Masada.

 

In this program, on top of the very special and challenging ride, we will visit Mt Tabor, Nazareth, swimming in the Jordan River, we will visit the site of the first Kibbutz, we spend 1 day in the old city of Jerusalem we will visit Masada and swimming in the Dead Sea. At the End of the ride, we will have the chance to enjoy the city of Tel Aviv.

This trip also includes walking tours of Nazareth.

Dates & rates

Accommodations:

Country lodges in the Galilee , Special hats in Judea Desert, one night in 4 stars hotel in Tel Aviv.

Availability:

May & October

Rate:

$2100 per rider ($1700 per non-rider), single supplement $250

2018 Tours

From Date To Date Duration Reserve
05/05/2018 11/05/2018 7d-6n Open
02/10/2018 10/10/2018 7d-6n Open

Itinerary

DAY 1 (SATURDAY):

Arrival in early evening at Moshav Sharona in the lower Galilee. After introductions and explanations followed by dinner, you will enjoy an enlightening lecture on the history of Israel. We will sleep in a cozy country lodge located on the Moshav.

DAY 2 (SUNDAY):

Today, we will set off for our first day of trail riding in the Galilee’s beautiful natural landscape. After matching horses and tack with riders, we leave the stables in Shedmoat Devora to ride along the tributaries of the Tabor Stream, going past Kfar Keesh. We will eventually come to the Tabor Stream and visit Tel Rechesh where, according to some sources, part of King Solomon’s legendary stables were located. Afterwards, we will canter in almond orchards and fields, returning to Shedmoat Devora. Following a short break, we will drive to Mt. Tabor to visit the Church of Transfiguration. Afterwards, we will continue on to Nazareth for a walking tour of the holy sites and markets. You will enjoy the unique sights, aromas and tastes of this intriguing city. A delicious dinner will be served in an authentic Bedouin village. We will return to Sharona for the night. Length of tour – 18 km/ 11 miles

DAY 3 (MONDAY):

Our day will begin with a ride in the remarkable Sirin Heights to enjoy the stunning natural scenery along its streams and around its springs. We will ride to the lookout point of Mitzpe Ayloat for a breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley. Riding in the direction of Jordan, we will pass through the Yaela Grove, the site where Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, killed Sisera. We will then cross the fertile Jordan Valley heading towards the Jordan River. Upon reaching the Jordan River, we will cross with our horses (in the summer time we will swim in the river) and then ride to Kibbutz Degania. Kibbutz Degania was the world’s first kibbutz. There we will learn all about this unique way of life. We will sleep in the lodge on Kibutz Dalia.
Length of tour – 22 km/ 15 miles.

DAY 4 (TUESDAY):

This day is dedicated to Jerusalem. We will travel by car from Dalia to Jerusalem. We will visit the Old City to follow the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked on his way to crucifixion. Along the way, we will visit the holy sites of the three monotheistic religions. Afternoon we will heading to Judea Desert. We will sleep at our camp in Judea Desert – Modern Camp with Hot showers, WC , Internet connection, and very good food. Sleeping in Sleeping bags on Mattress.

DAY 5 (WEDNESDAY):

After early breakfast we start our desert adventure. We will ride east along Daraga Stream , then we will start to ride south toward the upper part of Judea desert. We will cross Tekoa streme, and then we will start to climb throw Camel trails to Mutrida ridge. We will try to find water cistern in the desert, and to understand the survival in the desert.
Afternoon we will head back to our camp. In the afternoon we will go for some non riding activity (surprise).
Length of day – 27 km/17 mile

DAY 6 (THURSDAY):

Another day of exhilarating desert riding ahead of us. Before the sun rise, we will ride through the expansive plains of the north Judea Desert heights until we again reach cliffs overlooking the Dead Sea. Then we will head west and Cantering in Tamar Stream. We will arrive to the Grazing fields of the upper Desert (where king David use to walk with his sheep’s) then we will use an old donkey’s trail, in order to ride back to our camp, at the camp we will have a Brunch . Parting with our horses, we will travel to the monumental site of Masada. Immediately following, we will drive to a beach on the banks of the Dead Sea. As a treat after days of hard riding, we will cover ourselves in the black mud of the Dead Sea and go for a dip in its healing waters. In the late afternoon, we will drive to Tel Aviv .We will sleep there in 4 stares hotel. (the dinner in this day not include in the program)
Langth of Riding day -20 km / 12.5 Mile

DAY 7 (FRIDAY):

Today you have the option of either exploring Tel Aviv on your own or resting. Tel Aviv is a modern, vivacious city with lots of fun things to do including a colorful market, great shopping and beautiful beaches. After breakfast, the trip is officially over. You can relax in the hotel until the afternoon or our staff will be happy to advise you on what to see in the city.

Additional information:

On the first day of the trip, participants have the option of being picked up at 3.45 pm from a hotel in Tel Aviv or at 4.20 pm from Ben Gurion International Airport. This service costs an additional $35 per person and it is necessary to notify us ahead of time where to pick you up. It is also possible to arrive independently at Moshav Sharona by 6:30 pm. The tour officially ends at Friday after breakfast (10 am). Trip participants can stay in the hotel until 12 pm. We reserve the right to change the itinerary as necessary to accommodate weather conditions or additional unforeseen events.