The Carmel Seaside

The Carmel Seaside and Caesarea – 4 days

Intro

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Our most enjoyable horseback riding vacation. We have created four challenging days of horseback riding which include climbing Mt. Carmel, enjoying Druze hospitality, gallops along Mediterranean beaches and a visit to the ancient city of Caesarea. This trip is designed for horse lovers who are coming to Israel to sightsee and would like to experience Israel in a different and gratifying way.

 

Dates & rates

Accommodations:

Two nights in a country lodge and two nights camping on the beach

Availability:

Year round. The ideal seasons are March to November.

Rate:

$1750 per rider ($1350 per non-rider), single supplement $200

2018 Tours

From Date To Date Duration Reserve
Per request   4d-3n Open

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival by 12 pm at Kibbutz Dahlia in the stunning Ramot Menashe region for introductions and a brief explanation. Immediately following we will drive to the Double Saddle Ranch. After matching horses and tack with riders, we will set off for an introductory ride in the Riding Adventure Park in Kibbutz HaZorea. This will give us an opportunity to bond as a group and to get to know the horses. Then we will head out for our first trail ride to HaZorea Stream and Shalom Valley – giving you your first taste of Israel’s beautiful natural landscape. We will sleep in a cozy country lodge located on Kibbutz Dahlia.

Length of tour – 10 km/ 6.2 miles

Day 2

The majestic Carmel region is the location of this day full of adventure. A ride up Mt. Carmel will bring us to El-Maharrakah, the site where the Prophet Elijah supposedly slaughtered the prophets of Baal. The views are as amazing as the biblical stories. After touring the Carmelite Monastery located there, we will continue to the Druze village Daliyat al-Karmel. Daliyat al-Karmel is a vivacious town whose main street is lined with colorful stores selling local handicrafts. There we will learn about the unique culture and traditions of the Druze, a sect of Islam. Leaving, we will ride toward Maarote Stream through areas of the Carmel Forest and through Maharal Valley. Following the stream, we will come to caves Neanderthals inhabited 60 thousand years ago. Interesting paleoanthropological discoveries have proven that this area was continuously populated from the Neanderthals until ten thousand years ago. After a short tour of the site, we will head west towards the Mediterranean Sea. Riding on beautiful beaches at sunset, we will arrive at our camp site where we will spend the night.

Length of tour – 27 km/ 16.7 miles

Day 3

Beach, beach, beach! Today we will open our day by riding, swimming and bathing in the Mediterranean Sea. Experienced riders will have the exhilarating opportunity for long, fast gallops on the beach. In the spring and fall, flocks of migratory birds fly over Israel in the thousands. If your tour is during the migratory season, you will get to see this impressive ornithological event. Towards midday, we will visit Taninim Stream and the site of an amazing water project from Herod’s time. In the afternoon, we will ride to the ruins of Caesarea where we will set up our tents and conduct a walking tour of the ancient ruins. At sunset, we will take a ride on a speedboat to explore the ancient port of Caesarea, one of the largest ports in the area during Roman times.

Length of tour – 18 km/ 11 miles

Day 4

We will leave Caesarea for the pastoral vineyards of the beautiful Alona Valley. Near Moshav Amikam, we will visit an ancient water project. Crawling and swimming in underground tunnels, we will explore the 2000 year old water system which still has water flowing through it. We will then ride through the chalk plains of Dahlia Stream. In the winter and spring, these plains bloom with wildflowers. In the afternoon, we will reach Kibbutz HaZorea and the end of our trip.

Length of tour – 27 km/ 16.7 miles

Additional information

On the first day of the trip, participants have the option of being picked up at 10 am from a hotel in Tel Aviv or at 10:45 am 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 Kibbutz Dahlia by 12 pm. The tour officially ends at 4 pm. At no additional charge, we will drop participants off in the area of the hotels in Tel Aviv or at the airport. Our staff will be happy to assist participants in finding suitable sleeping accommodations in the north of Israel for those who wish to continue to travel in the area. We reserve the right to change the itinerary as necessary to accommodate weather conditions or additional unforeseen events.