Ride Overview - Land of Galilee Ride
You will enjoy an invigorating horseback riding vacation across the beautiful landscapes of the Menashe Plain, Carmel mountain range, and the Jezreel Valley in Israel. The ride will ascend the majestic Mt. Tabor and Mt. Carmel;, explore the ruins of Tel Meggido – the site of Armageddon; and you can swim with your horse in the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River. You will become acquainted with the different ethnic groups inhabiting this area including the charming Druze and engaging Circassians. This trip also includes walking tours of Nazareth and the Old City of Jerusalem and their colorful markets. RIDING IN ISRAEL
“You will enjoy intensive riding through the beautiful landscapes of the Menashe plain, Carmel mountain range, and the Jezreel Valley.”
Ride Itinerary - Land of Galilee Ride
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. You will sleep in a cozy country lodge.
Day 2: Sunday
Your day begins in the Galilee’s beautiful natural landscape. After meeting your horse and fellow riders, the ride will traverse along the tributaries of the Tabor Stream, and 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, you will canter through almond orchards to Shedmoat Devora. Following a short break, you will drive to Mt. Tabor to visit the Church of Transfiguration. Afterwards, you 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. Your lodging will be in Sharona.
Day 3: Monday
Your horse will carry you through the remarkable Sirin Heights to enjoy the stunning natural scenery along its streams springs. The ride continues to the lookout point of Mitzpe Ayloat for a breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley. You will then ride through the Yaela Grove, the site where Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, killed Sisera and the fertile Jordan Valley. Upon reaching the Jordan River, the ride will cross on horseback (in the summer time we will swim in the river) and continue to Kibbutz Degania. There you will learn about the unique lifestyle at the world’s first kibbutz. You will sleep in a beautiful lodge in the Jordan Valley.
Day 4: Tuesday
Your horseback riding adventure will begin in the pastoral Jordan Valley with another crossing of the Jordan River and climb to the Yavniel Stream as your path returns to the Galilee. You will drink from the “holy” waters of Yavniel Spring and then ride past Ulem Spring towards Ein Hida (Hida Spring). From there you will enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Galilee while we canter to Shadmot Devora. You will spend the night at the beautiful lodge on Kibbutz Dalia.
Day 5: Wednesday
In the morning, you will ride through the rolling hills and groves of the Ramot Menashe National Park. On your return, you will stop to explore a cave used for training in 1947 by the Palmach, the elite fighting unit of the underground Hagannah army. In the afternoon, you will be driven drive to Tel Megiddo, 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. You will investigate the archeological ruins, learning about life in biblical Israel. Your lodging will be at Kibbutz Dalia.
Day 6: Thursday
The majestic Carmel region is the location of this day full of adventure. The ride will ascend to Mt. Carmel to experience 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, you will go down into the Jezreel Valley to the Kishone Stream and then back to HaZorea. You will sleep at Kibbutz Dalia.
Day 7: Friday
This day is dedicated to Jerusalem. You will travel by car from Kibbutz Dalia to Jerusalem. The drive’s destination is the Old City along the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked on his way to crucifixion. Along the way, you will visit the holy sites of the three monotheistic religions. Being Friday, you will experience the special atmosphere of the Holy City getting ready for the Sabbath. Jerusalem on Friday evening is the perfect time to end your Israeli experience. This tour ends around 5:00 PM. You can transfer to the airport around 6:00 PM for evening air departure or stay the night at your choice of airport hotel for air departure on Saturday.
Ride Details - Land of Galilee Ride
Dates: June 1st – 7th, September 21st – 27th
Best months to ride: May and October. September and April can be affected by religious holidays. March and May are shoulder seasons
Meeting Place: Tel Aviv Hotel or Ben Gurion International Airport
Riding days: 5
Hours in the saddle: 4 – 7
Group size: 2- 10
Riding ability: INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots, two point canters and gallops in open country.
Hotel/s: Country Lodge
Horses: Quarter horses and Appaloosa
Non-riding activities: Tour of Jerusalem included
Prices: $2,425.00 per person, double occupancy, $270.00 single supplement
Includes: 7 nights lodging, meals, wine/beer during the ride and in the accommodations (not in the restaurants), horse, tack, guide, entrance fee to the archeological site, transfer and tour of Jerusalem
Not Included: airfare, pre-ride and post-ride hotel, the transfer from airport to stable ($35 one way per person)
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