Tour Israel

Tour Israel – 9 days

Intro

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This is our most comprehensive and challenging Israeli horseback riding vacation package. Intensive, this horse tour touches three different geographic locations all in one trip.

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 on horseback. And we will explore the desert expanses and climb majestic Masada.

This trip also includes a walking tour of Nazareth and a visit to a thermo mineral spa on the banks of the Dead Sea.

Dates & rates

Accommodations:

Country lodges, one night of camping in the desert and one night in a hotel in Tel Aviv

Availability:

Year round excluding July and August. The best season is October through April

Rate:

$3200 per rider ($2845 per non-rider), single supplement $350

2016-17 Tours

From Date To Date Duration Reserve
24/12/2016 01/01/2017 9d-8n Available
11/02/2017 09/02/2017 9d-8n Available
15/04/2017 23/04/2017 9d-8n Available
09/09/2017 17/09/2017 9d-8n Available
11/11/2017 19/11/2017 9d-8n Available
30/12/2017 07/01/2018 9d-8n Available

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 Sharona. Length of tour – 22 km/ 15 miles

Day 4 (Tuesday)

Early in the morning, we will set out for Tel Megiddo, riding through the rolling hills and groves of the Ramot Menashe National Park. Tel Megiddo is the supposed site of Armageddon – the epic battle associated with the end of time. Once an important city on an ancient trade route, today only ruins remain as testimony to the peoples that inhabited this site for centuries. We will investigate the archeological ruins, learning about life in biblical Israel. On our way back, we will stop to explore a cave used for training in 1947 by the Palmach, the elite fighting unit of the underground Hagannah army. We will spend the night at the beautiful lodge on Kibbutz Dalia. Length of tour – 22 km/ 13.5 miles

Day 5 (Wednesday)

The majestic Carmel region is the location of this day full of adventure. A ride up Mt. Carmel will bring us to El-Muharrakah, 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 go down into the Jezreel Valley to the Kishone Stream and then back to HaZorea. We will sleep on Kibbutz Dalia. Length of tour – 25 km/ 15.5 miles

Day 6 (Thursday)

This day is dedicated to Jerusalem. We will travel by car from Kibbutz Dalia to the city of Jerusalem. We will drive to 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. After the tour and a typical Israeli lunch, we will drive to the Judean Desert to spend the night in a very special place.

Day 7 (Friday)

Today our desert adventure begins – we will ride in the desert expanses, experiencing the fresh air and open space that only the desert can provide. We will pass the morning riding in the area around the Tselim Stream learning about the hardships the Bedouin nomads face in the desert. We will see an ancient water systems and then ride up Mt. Tselim to take in the beautiful view. From here we’ll go down to where the stream runs through canyons and finish by following an ancient camel route which will lead us to our camping site in Kanaim Valley. Under the starry desert sky, we will sit around a camp fire, relaxing after our day of intensive riding. Length of tour – 27 km/ 17 miles

Day 8 (Saturday)

Another day of exhilarating desert riding ahead of us. After breakfast, we will ride through the expansive plains of the Kanaim Valley. Then we will head east riding above the Tselim Stream until we again reach cliffs overlooking the Dead Sea. Along an old mule path, into the Dead Sea Valley, we will ride north until we come to a trail once used by the Roman Legion forces. Suddenly, Masada will stand majestically before us. Parting with our horses and trail guides, we will walk up the monumental site of Masada. Immediately following, we will drive to a spa on the banks of the Dead Sea. As a treat after many 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 to spend the night in a 4 star hotel. Dinner this evening is not included. Length of tour – 14 km/ 8.7 miles

Day 9 (Sunday)

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 4 pm from a hotel in Tel Aviv or at 4:45 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 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.