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Israel - Land of Galilee
The Land of Galilee itinerary takes you through rolling landscapes along the tributaries of the Tabor Stream, and through almond orchards and fields. You also ride in the Sirin Heights with views over the Jordan Valley to the Golan Heights, and down to the Jordan River then through the majestic Carmel region and down into the Jezreel Valley.
There are some lovely tracks through the fertile fields of the ‘Land of Milk and Honey’. This, combined with visits on foot to some of the well known historical sites including Mt. Tabor and the Church of Transfiguration, makes for a fascinating itinerary.
There is also a guided walking tour of Nazareth and a day in Jerusalem giving you the opportunity to visit important holy sites.
If you wish, we would be pleased to arrange for you to extend your stay in Jerusalem to return to the markets or simply have longer exploring the city. Alternatively, if you wish to explore Israel further after the Land of Galilee ride we are able to arrange an extended tour to the south to visit Ein Gedi kibbutz, Masada and the Dead Sea (minimum two people). Please ask us for details.
This trip is suitable for confident, fit riders who are capable of controlling a horse at walk, trot and canter in the open across varied terrain. There is a mix of paces and speed is determined by the terrain.
The horses are mainly Quarter Horses ridden in Western tack and with a loose rein.
Experienced riders may have the opportunity to ride one of the guide's Arabian endurance horses.
Accommodation is in country lodges on a kibbutz or a moshav. The lodges are comfortable but not luxurious; they have twin bedded rooms with en suite or private bathrooms.
The kibbutz cooperative farming lifestyle is one where all the members share in the work. The original philosophy of a kibbutz was to produce as much as you can but only take what you need, therefore all the members were comfortably taken care of. They were a close knit community with their own schools, dining halls and shops. Things have changed slightly over the years but there is still a great sense of community amongst the members.
A moshav has a similar setup to a kibbutz being a farming community, however the farms tend to be individually owned so can operate as a private business.
Set arrival and departure dates arriving Saturday. Additional dates are available on request for a minimum of two guests.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Land of Galilee||
||1 Jun 2019 - 7 Jun 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,740.97||Book|
|Land of Galilee||
||21 Sep 2019 - 27 Sep 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,740.97||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; meals and soft drinks.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £213.66 is payable to guarantee a single room. If you are prepared to share this will be refunded if we find you a sharer.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Bar bills; tips.
NEAREST AIRPORT Tel Aviv.
TRANSFERS Shared transfer on day of arrival at set time is c. £30.78 per person one way from Tel Aviv. Shared transfers to the airport on the evening of the last day are included.
This ride is set in the north of Israel riding through Galilee's natural landscapes; along the tributaries of the Tabor Stream and through almond orchards and fields. You also ride in the Sirin Heights with views over the Jordan Valley and down to the Jordan River; through the majestic Carmel region and down into the Jezreel Valley.
The temperature in Israel varies widely, especially in the more mountainous regions, but as a general rule the north has a mild more Mediterranean type climate while in the Judean Desert in the south the climate is semi-arid with hot summers, and cold winters.
In springtime (March, April and May) the scenery is green and the autumn (from late September to November) is mild and pleasant.
Rain is possible from October to April and is most likely between January and March. Between May and September, rain in Israel is rare.
Yair ( the guide ) is very keen for riders to learn about Israel - the history, the culture, its achievements and its problems. This cultural aspect is central to this holiday and added value to what is a most enjoyable riding experience on good horses in beautiful surroundings, visiting places whose names everyone has heard of ! Highly recommended.
William ,OxfordshireOverall rating: 5/5
For those of you with limited time then this shorter itinerary is ideal, as you still visit the main tourist sights along with the great riding in that area.
Make sure you pack your swimming costume for a dip in the Jordan River.