Riding: No riding.
Pick up from Tel Aviv with transfer to Moshav Sharona in the Lower Galilee. Dinner where you get to meet your fellow travellers, you will sleep in a cosy country lodge located on the Moshav.
Riding: 3 - 5 hours
Today is your first day of trail riding in the Galilee's beautiful natural landscapes. After matching horses and tack 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.
Riding: 4 - 6 hours
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. Then you will have a long canter on the 'Sirin Highway' and visit the Hamisha spring before heading back to the stables. You will then drive to the Jordan River and there is the option to swim in the holy water of the Jordan. After this you will visit Kibbutz Degania, which was the world's first kibbutz, here you will learn about their unique way of life. You will then sleep in the country lodge on Kibbutz Dalia.
Riding distance: 24km / 15 miles.
Riding: No riding.
This day is dedicated to Jerusalem! You will travel by car to reach the city, driving into the Old City followed by a walk in the famous 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 lunch you will be driven to the Judean 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.
Riding: 4 - 5 hours
An early start and it's time to start your desert adventure, before the sun rises. You will ride through the expansive plains of the north Judea Desert heights until we again reach cliffs overlooking the Dead Sea. Then you will head west cantering through the Tamar Stream. You will arrive to the grazing field of the upper desert (where King David used to walk with his sheep) then you follow the old donkey's trail, to ride back to camp. You will then travel to the monumental site of Masada where you can explore. 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: 19km / 12 miles.
Riding: 5 - 6 hours
Another day of exhilarating desert riding, you will ride east along Daraga Stream, then you will ride south towards the upper part of the Judea Desert. You will cross the Tekoa stream and then start to climb along the Vultures Trail to Mutrida Ridge. Here you will try to find a water cistern in the desert, and learn to understand the skills needed to survive in the desert. You will explore the Nabatean water cistern of Bir el Makushits and from there you will ride back to camp. Here we say goodbye to the horses and travel to the Dead Sea where you can cover yourself in the black mud of the Dead Sea and go for a dip in the healing waters. In the late afternoon you drive back to Tel Aviv where you stay in a 4* hotel. Dinner is not included.
Riding distance: 27km / 17 miles.
Riding: No riding.
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.
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.