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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.

 

Travel Advice



Please ensure you read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice before you travel.
 

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 - 3.50pm 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 and have the option to swim in the holy water of the Jordan (without the horses) 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 / 14 miles. 

Day 4: The western Carmel region is the location for todays adventure.  You will leave the stable at Ramot Menashe (changing horse) and then ride towards the beautiful Mediterranean's forest of Mt. Horshan.  You will explore the trails of this all year round green area, heading south towards Tzabarin spring which was the water source for Caesarea in the Roman times.  You will cross the village of Amikam and canter east along Taninim (crocodile) stream back to the stable.  In the afternoon, you will drive to Tel Megiddo, the supposed site of the Armageddon - the epic battle associated with the end of time.  Once an important city on an ancient trade route, today only the ruins remain as testimony to the people that inhabited the site for centuries.  You will get to investigate the archeological ruins and learn about life in biblical Israel.  You will spend the night in Dalia.

Riding distance: 21km / 13 miles. 

Day 5: This morning you will ride through the rolling hills and groves of Ramot Menashe National Park. You will stop to explore a cave used for training by the Palmach in 1947, an elite fighting unit of the underground Hagannah army. You then ride south east toward the highland of the south Carmel region and visit the Kibbutz Memorial monument and then head back to the stables at Ramot Menashe where your riding adventure ends. You will travel to Mt. Carmel where 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 located there, you will have a traditional late lunch in the nearby Druze village of Osafia, 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 very 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: An early start for your desert adventure!  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 and spend time exploring the site before heading back to camp. Later you will head out for a non-riding activity (it's a surprise!). 

Riding distance: 19km / 12 miles

Day 8:  Another day of exhilarating desert riding head of you.  You will ride east along Daraga Stream, then turn and ride south toward the upper part of the Judea desert.  You will cross Tekoa stream and then climb along the Vultures Trail to Mutrida Ridge.  You will try to find a water cistern here in the desert and can begin to understand desert survival.  You will then explore the Nabatean water cistern of Bir el Makushita and from there you will ride back to camp where it is time to say goodbye to your horse.  You then drive to the Dead Sea as a treat after a days of hard riding, 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 will drive to Tel Aviv where you will be staying in a 4* hotel (Dinner is Not included).

Riding distance: 27km / 17 miles. 

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: 2020: 21st-29th November, 26th December 2020 - 3rd January 2021.
2021: 13-21 February, 27 Feb-5 Mar, 3-11 April, 8-16 May, 20-28 November, 25 December-2 January 2022.
 
Pricing: 2020:

2509 per person.

Single supplement: 282 per person.

2021:

2548 per person.

Single supplement: 282 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.

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.