FAQ

Questions frequently asked about our horse riding holidays are listed below.

Q: Where does the name Sirin Riders come from?
A: Sirin Heights is a region located west of the Jordan Valley in Israel. As a child born in the Jordan Valley, Yair would look in the direction of the Sirin Heights, enchanted by the open space. He later built a home in Moshav Sharona which is located in the northern part of the Sirin Heights. He fell in love with the area’s beautiful scenery and spent his free time walking the land, getting to know every stone. He named his first purebred Arabian mare Noor Sirin which means “the light of Sirin.” In 2003, she won the Israeli Breeder Cup. After that, he named his breeding program Sirin Arabians.
See pictures of the Sirin heights.

Q: Who are your tour guides?
A: Every horse tour is led by at least one licensed riding instructor. All of our guides have extensive knowledge in horseback riding as well as in the history, geography and archeology of Israel. They also have a good command of English.

Q: What preparation do I need for your horseback vacation?
A: We recommend you take lessons at a local stable and try to do some trail riding. You need to be abele to ride 40 km (25 miles) a day.

Q: Can children participate in the trips/ do you have horseback riding family vacations?
A: Children over fourteen who have the necessary equitation skills and riding experience are welcome to join their parents.

Q: Can you accommodate a special diet?
A: Our tours are not kosher. However, no pork is served on any of our trips. We can accommodate vegetarians and other special dietary requests if given prior notice.

Q: Will there be any additional charges/ hidden costs?
A: There will be no additional charges or hidden costs in any of our horseback riding vacation packages. Our trips are all-inclusive and include horses, tack, guides, accommodations, all meals and beverages, and taxes. However, the cost of transfers to and from Ben Gurion International Airport is not included.

Q: How many people can you take on each trip and what is the likely group size?
A: We prefer trips with 10-12 riders as we believe the social interaction between riders is important. For standard trips, 6 is the minimum number of participants, 12 the maximum.

Q: What kind or horses do you have?

A: We have a mixture of Quarter horses and local (Arabian) horses. All of our horses are suitable for trail riding vacations – they are well groomed, well trained and in great shape.

Q: What kind of equipment do you use?

A: Our horses are trained in Western tack. If given prior notice, we can provide English tack.

Q: How much riding experience do I need?

A: Our horse riding holidays are designed for riders with novice and above riding levels. Different itineraries demand different riding levels. Please choose the tour which best suits your riding level or call us and we will help you decide. It is important for you to be able to ride 40 km (25 miles) a day. If you are a beginner or non-rider, we can arrange a tour for you. Please contact us to discuss what we have to offer.

Q: What currency are the prices in?

A: Our rates are in US dollars

Q: Do you only offer horseback riding vacations?

A: Yes, we specialize in equestrian vacations. Parts of our tours are done on foot, for example walks in the Old City of Jerusalem and in Nazareth. In addition, we are happy to help our customers arrange other types of tours before or after ours as a service.

Q: Can non-riders join your trips?

A: Non-riders can join our trips by riding in the escort car. We must know ahead of time if non-riders will be joining. The cost for a non-rider is displayed in the rates for the different tours.

Q: What is your policy regarding tipping?

A: Tipping is very common in Israel (American culture), In case that you feel that our stuff have added to the enjoyment of your trip, tips are greatly appreciated.
The recommended tip is 2.5-7.5% of the price of the ride, however Tip is not mandatory.