Ride Overview - Ride Across Israel
The most comprehensive and challenging Israeli equestrian vacation available! You will follow the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to Jerusalem as your horse carries you through the mountainous Galilee to the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee as well as crosses the arid desert expanses and climbs the majestic Masada. Your evening accommodations include country lodges, one night of camping in the desert and one night in a hotel in Tel Aviv. This trip also includes a walking tour of Jerusalem and a spa treatment with the soothing black mud of the Dead Sea and dip in Sea’s healing waters. RIDING IN ISRAEL
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Ride Itinerary - Ride Across Israel
Day 1: Saturday
Arrival in the 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 located on the Moshav.
Day 2: Sunday
Today, your ride will set off for our first day of trail riding in the Galilee’s beautiful natural landscape. After matching horses and tack with riders, you will leave the stables in Shedmoat Devora to ride along the tributaries of the Tabor Stream, going past Kfar Keesh. Your trail 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. Afterward, you will enjoy an invigorating canter in almond orchards and fields, returning to Shedmoat Devora. Following a short break, your group will be driven to Mt. Tabor to visit the Church of Transfiguration. Afterward, 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. Finally, you will return to Sharona for the night. Length of tour – 18 km/ 11 miles
Day 3: Monday
Your day will begin with a ride in the remarkable Sirin Heights to enjoy the stunning natural scenery along its streams and around its springs. Your trail leads to the lookout point of Mitzpe Ayloat for a breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley. Riding in the direction of Jordan, you will pass through the Yaela Grove, the site where Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, killed Sisera. Then your trail will cross the fertile Jordan Valley heading towards the Jordan River. Upon reaching the Jordan River, your horse will carry you across the waters (in the summertime we will swim in the river) and then ride to Kibbutz Degania. Kibbutz Degania was the world’s first kibbutz. There you will learn all about this unique way of life. We will sleep in the lodge on Sharona. Length of tour – 22 km/ 15 miles
Day 4: Tuesday
Early in the morning, your ride will set out for Tel Megiddo, riding through the rolling hills and groves of the Ramot Menashe National Park. Tel Megiddo is 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 have time to investigate the archeological ruins, learning about life in biblical Israel. On your way back, your ride will stop to explore a cave used for training in 1947 by the Palmach, the elite fighting unit of the underground Hagannah army. Your evening lodging is at a beautiful lodge on Kibbutz Dalia. Length of tour – 22 km/ 13.5 miles
Day 5: Wednesday
The majestic Carmel region is the location of this day full of adventure. A ride up Mt. Carmel will bring you to 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 in Kibbutz Dalia. Length of tour – 25 km/ 15.5 miles
Day 6: ThursdayThis is a non-riding day dedicated to Jerusalem. Your group will travel by car from Kibbutz Dalia to the city of Jerusalem where you will follow 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. After the tour and a typical Israeli lunch, you will be driven to the Judean Desert to spend the night in a very special place.
Day 7: Friday
Today, your desert adventure begins – your trails take you across the desert expanses where you will experience the fresh air and open space that only the desert can provide. You will pass the morning riding in the area around the Tselim Stream learning about the hardships the Bedouin nomads face in the desert. After you see ancient water systems, you will ride up Mt. Tselim to take in the beautiful view. From there, your trail will descend to a stream that runs through canyons and finishes by following an ancient camel route which will lead you to your camping site in Kanaim Valley. Under the starry desert sky, we will sit around a campfire, relaxing after our day of intensive riding. Length of tour – 27 km/ 17 miles
Day 8: Saturday
Another day of exhilarating desert riding ahead of your group. After breakfast, you will ride through the expansive plains of the Kanaim Valley. Then you will head east riding above the Tselim Stream until your ride again reaches the cliffs overlooking the Dead Sea. Along an old mule path, into the Dead Sea Valley, your trail turns north until we come to a trail once used by the Roman Legion forces. Suddenly, Masada will stand majestically before us. Parting with our horses and trail guides, your group will walk up the monumental site of Masada. Immediately following, you will be driven to a spa on the banks of the Dead Sea. As a treat after many days of hard riding, you will immerse yourself in the black mud of the Dead Sea and go for a dip in its healing waters. In the late afternoon, your group will them be driven to Tel Aviv to spend the night in a 4-star hotel. Dinner this evening is not included. Length of tour – 14 km/ 8.7 miles
Day 9: Sunday
Today you have the option of either exploring Tel Aviv on your own or resting. Tel Aviv is a modern, vivacious city with lots of fun things to do including a colorful market, great shopping, and beautiful beaches. After breakfast, the trip is officially over. You can relax in the hotel until the afternoon or our staff will be happy to advise you on what to see in the city.
On the first day of the trip, participants have the option of being picked up at 4 pm from a hotel in Tel Aviv or at 4:45 pm from Ben Gurion International Airport. This service costs an additional $35 per person and it is necessary to notify us ahead of time where to pick you up. It is also possible to arrive independently at Moshav Sharona by 6:30 pm. The tour officially ends after breakfast (10 am). Trip participants can stay in the hotel until 12 pm. We reserve the right to change the itinerary as necessary to accommodate weather conditions or additional unforeseen events.
Ride Details - Ride Across Israel
Dates: February 16th – 24th, April 6th – 14th, May 11th – 19th, November 23rd – December 1st, December 28th – January 5th
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: 6
Hours in the saddle: 4 – 7
Group size: 2- 10
Riding ability:INTERMEDIATE: Confident and in control at all paces including posting trots and canters in open country.
Accommodations: country lodge, one night camping in the desert, one night 4* hotel in Tel Aviv
Horses: Quarter horses and Appaloosa
Non-riding activities: Tour of Jerusalem included
Prices: $3,400 per person, double occupancy, $365 single supplement
Includes: 8 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 ($55 one way per person)
4 AND 5 DAY OPTIONS ARE AVAILABLE ON REQUEST
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