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Tour Israel, Israel




Programme


• Tour Israel

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Quarter Horses, Appaloosas and some Arabians.

Nature of horses:

Fit and well-trained.

Height of horses:

Approx 14.2 - 16hh

Weight limit:

104kg / 229lbs (16st 5lbs)

Tack type:

The horses are primarily trained in western riding and are ridden in western tack as standard. However English or endurance saddles are available with prior notice.

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

Tour Israel is the signature ride offered by our experienced Israeli partners and is designed to show you the best of Israel from horseback. The area is blessed with a rich history, distinct geographical regions offering incredible scenery and also an excellent climate, making for a superb tourist destination. Accompanied by skilled horsemen you will explore and live the authentic Israel, riding on one of their well-trained and cared for horses.

This ride combines various different parts of Israel for the ultimate experience. The tour includes the regions of Galilee, Jerusalem, the Judaean Desert (including Masada), the Dead Sea and a night in Tel Aviv. It is an eight night programme with three different geographic areas - a comprehensive and rewarding Israeli experience. The horses are transported between the areas so that you can ride the mountains region of Galilee and then follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to Jerusalem. Lastly you will see the Judaean Desert and climb Masada, an ancient fortress. This programme also includes a walking tour of Nazareth.

The team taking care of you are professionals who specialise in riding holidays and who believe they are a wonderful way to learn about a country. Your guide will be a licensed riding instructor with a good command of English, an extensive knowledge of the riding regions and a true passion for horses.

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Food & Accommodation

The first five nights are in cosy country lodges in the Galilee region (two different accommodations). There are then two nights camping whilst in the Judaean Desert. The last night is in a 4* hotel in Tel Aviv.

The campsite is quite modern with hot showers, WC, internet connection and very good food. You sleep in sleeping bags on mattresses in your tent.

Meals are included in the price, except for dinner on the last night when in Tel Aviv. Breakfasts are served at your accommodation whilst lunches are generally picnics carried in your saddlebags. Dinners are primarily served in restaurants or private homes and include good, local style cuisine. Local wine is provided with meals whenever possible and this is also included in the cost.

The tours are not kosher but no pork is served during any of the rides. Vegetarians and other special dietary requirements can generally be catered for with prior notice.

 

Activities

This is a point to point trail ride, moving between accommodations, but non-riders are welcome to join in the support vehicle. Please contact us for further information.

 

Further Details

Languages: English, Hebrew.

Health requirements: Good fitness is required as you need to be capable of riding 40km of day and to walk at times.

Age limit: 14+

Tuition: No.

Included: Accommodation, meals (except dinner on the last night), drinks with meals, horse riding and sightseeing tours as detailed.

Not included: Flights, airport transfers (available at additional cost), travel insurance (compulsory), additional drinks and services. tips.

 

Travel Information

Possible transfers include:

Day 1: Pick-up from a hotel in Tel Aviv at 3.30pm or from Ben Gurion International Airport at 4.20pm (customers should have a flight landing by 3.30pm). This costs $35 USD per person, paid locally in cash.

Taxis and trains are also possible, please get in touch for further information.

Day 9: The programme officially ends at 10am and you can stay in your hotel room until 12pm. No transfers are included as standard but we can help and advise as required.

Airport: Tel Aviv (Ben Gurion Airport)

 

Programme


Tour Israel



Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival by early evening to Moshav Sharona in the lower Galilee. After an introduction and dinner you will enjoy an enlightening lecture on the history of Israel to prepare you for your tour. Tonight you will sleep in a country lodge located on the Moshav.

Day 2: Today is your first day of trail riding in the Galilee's beautiful natural landscapes. After horses and tack have been matched to riders you will head out from the stables in Shedmoat Devora to ride alongside the tributaries of the Tabor Stream, passing by Kfar Keesh. Eventually you will reach the Tabor Stream itself and will visit Tel Rechesh where some sources say part of King Solomon's legendary stables were located. You will canter through almond orchards and fields returning to Shedmoat Devora. 

After a short break you will take a drive to Mt Tabor to visit the Church of Transfiguration. From there you will continue on to Nazareth for a walking tour of the holy sites and markets, taking time to enjoy the unique sights, aromas and tastes of this intriguing city. A delicious dinner is served in an authentic Bedouin village before you return to Sharona for the night. 

Riding distance: 18km / 11 miles.

Day 3: Today begins with a ride in Sirin Heights, enjoying the stunning natural scenery with streams and springs. You will ride to the lookout point of Mitzpe Ayloat for breathtaking views of the Jordan Valley. Whilst riding in the direction of Jordan you will pass through Yaela Grove, a site where Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, killed Sisera. You will then cross the fertile Jordan Valley heading for the river. You will cross the Jordan River (you can swim in the river in the springtime) and then ride on to Kibbutz Degania, the world's first kibbutz. There you will learn all about this unique way of life before returning to sleep in the lodge at Sharona.

Riding distance: 22km / 15 miles. 

Day 4: This morning you will ride through the rolling hills and groves of Ramot Menashe National Park. On the way back you will stop to explore a cave used for training by the Palmach in 1947, an elite fighting unit of the underground Hagannah army. This afternoon you will go by car to Tel Megiddo, the supposed site of Armageddon - the epic battle associated with the end of time. This was once an important city located on an ancient trade route but today only ruins remain, a testimony to the peoples that inhabited this site for centuries. Your group will investigate the archaeological ruins, learning about life in biblical Israel. Tonight is spend at Kibbutz Dalia.

Riding distance: 15km / 9.5 miles. 

Day 5: Today's adventure is in the majestic Carmel region. By riding up Mt. Carmel you will reach El-Muharrakah, the site where the Prophet Elijah supposedly slaughtered the prophets of Baal. The views are as amazing as the biblical stories themselves. After touring the Carmelite Monastery you will go down into the Jezreel Valley to the Kishone Stream and then back to Hazorea. Tonight you will sleep in Kibbutz Dalia again.

Riding distance: 25km / 15.5 miles.

Day 6: This day is dedicated to Jerusalem! You will travel by car to reach the city, driving into the Old City following the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked on his way to his crucifixion. Along the way you will visit the holy sites of three monotheistic religions.

After the tour and a typical humus lunch you will be driving to the Judaean Desert to spend the night in a special place - this is a camping night in a wonderful location. The camp is modern and equipped with hot shower, WC, an internet and good food. You will sleep in sleeping bags on mattresses. 

Day 7: After breakfast it's time to start your desert adventure! You will ride east along Daraga Stream and then head south towards the upper part of the desert. You will cross Tekoa Stream and then will start to climb camel trails to Mutrida Ridge. You will try to find a water cistern here in the desert and can begin to understand desert survival. 

In the afternoon you will ride back to camp. Later you will head out for a non-riding activity (it's a surprise!). 

Riding distance: 27km / 16.5 miles. 

Day 8: Another day of exhilarating desert riding lies ahead of you. Before sunrise you will set off through the expansive plains of the north Judaean Desert heights, riding until you reach cliffs overlooking the Dead Sea. From here you will head west, cantering in the Tamar Stream. You will reach the grazing fields of the upper desert (where King David used to walk with his sheep) and will then use an old donkey trail in order to ride back to camp for brunch. 

After parting with your horses you will travel to the monumental site of Masada by car. From there you will head to the beach on the banks of the Dead Sea and, as a treat after days of hard riding, you can cover yourselves in the black mud here and go for a dip in the healing waters. Late in the afternoon you will be driven to Tel Aviv to sleep in a four star hotel there. Dinner this night is not included. 

Day 9: The programme officially ends after breakfast and so you have a choice of what to do next. You can stay in your room until midday or you can head out into this modern, vivacious city for sightseeing, shopping or visiting the beautiful beaches. The team will be more than happy to help advise you on what to see or to organise airport taxis for you. 



Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: Riders should be experienced at walk, trot and canter and able to control a horse in open country and over varied terrain. Good fitness is important.
Type of ride: Trail riding in three different regions (horses and riders transported between the three areas).
Total riding time: 6 days of riding with some long hours.
Departure dates: 2017: 30 December - 7 January.
2018: 10-18 February, 10-18 March, 7-15 April, 10-18 November, 29 December - 6 January.
 
Pricing: 2017: £2389 per person.

Single supplement: £261 per person.

2018: £2426 per person.

Single supplement: £261 per person.

Price includes 8 nights of double/twin accommodation, all meals from dinner on arrival day to breakfast on departure day (except dinner in Tel Aviv on last night), soft drinks and local wine with meals, riding and sightseeing.