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Israel - Tour Israel
Starting near Nazareth, these rides take you through the hills of Galilee to the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee. Whilst you spend a day in Jerusalem the horses are transported south where you then explore the wide open spaces of the Judean Desert.
There are two versions of this ride, the six night Israel Adventure and the longer eight night Tour Israel, during which you also visit Mt Carmel.
There is tremendous variety of terrain from the lush green Jordan valley to the bleak haunting scenery of the southern desert.
As well as a journey through changing and dramatic landscapes this is a cultural experience. Characters and places from the Old and New Testaments will be brought to life as you ride to the sites of Roman battles and visit on foot places mentioned in the Bible. You will have a guided walking tour of the important holy sites in the old parts of Nazareth and Jerusalem, and also visit the ancient ruined forts and UNESCO World Heritage Site at Masada and the Dead Sea.
These rides are suitable for confident fit riders who are capable of controlling a horse at walk trot and canter in the open across rugged country. 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 in the north is in country lodges on a kibbutz or a moshav. There are two further nights in a permanent desert camp and the last night in a three star equivalent hotel in Tel Aviv.
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 ethos to a kibbutz being a farming community. However the farms tend to be individually owned so can operate as a private business.
Camping is in a permanent desert camp overlooking the Dead Sea.
Set arrival and departure dates arriving Saturday.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
||26 Oct 2019 - 1 Nov 2019||6 nights 6 ngts||£1,774.85||Book|
||23 Nov 2019 - 1 Dec 2019||8 nights 8 ngts||£2,621.94||Book|
||28 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020||8 nights 8 ngts||£2,621.94||Book|
INCLUDES Accommodation; riding; meals and soft drinks.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT £294.46 for Tour Israel or £201.69 for Israel Adventure 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; dinner in Tel Aviv on the last night; lunch on final day; final transfer.
NEAREST AIRPORT Tel Aviv.
TRANSFERS Shared transfer on day of arrival at set time is £31.37 per person from Tel Aviv. Transfer from Tel Aviv to the airport on last day is c.$50 per person (payable locally).
Tour Israel visits three distinct geographic locations: the mountainous area of Galilee following the Jordan River to the Sea of Galilee the Carmel region and the wide open spaces of the Judean desert which includes a visit to Masada and the Dead Sea.
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.
In winter, daytime temperatures in the desert will be around 13°C and could fall to zero at night. Temperatures at the Dead Sea will be hovering around 15°C.
Rain is possible from October to April and is most likely between January and March. Between May and September, rain in Israel is rare.
The riding and pace was varied; ever changing terrain which made you feel like you were riding in a different country every day, fast pace where terrain permitted. The horses knew their job very well and were fit and well-mannered. Very satisfied with the horses, riding, pace and terrain. I can't think of anything that could be improved; communications were excellent and all questions answered. What a fantastic trip.
This is far more than just a riding holiday, it's also an education. Your hosts lead you on a great ride and introduce you to the cultural and historical sites of Israel.
As with many rides in hot climates, dehydration is always a problem; you are provided with plenty of water, just make sure you remember to drink.