Israel - The Land of Galilee
The mountainous countryside of northern Israel is considered by many to be the most beautiful in Israel. Many historical and biblical events took place in this area.
This ride is packed with intense riding through the stunning landscapes of the Menashe Steppe, the Carmel Mountains and the Jezreel Valley. You will get the opportunity to explore archaeological sites and natural wonders that it is a rare luxury to experience. You ride about 15-25 kilometers (9-15 miles) per day for 5 days.
You change accommodation each night. Minimum 3 riders, maximum of 12 riders.
Day 1 - Arrival at Moshav Sharona in the lower Galilee in the early evening. After an introduction and information session, dinner will be served. You will then get a lecture on the history of Israel.
Day 2 - Today is the first day of riding through Galilee’s beautiful landscape. After the horses and riders are matched, you will leave the stables of Shedmoat Devora to ride along the Tabor River's tributaries and pass Kfar Keesh. When you finally reach Tabor, you will visit Tel Rechesh that, according to some sources, formed part of King Solomon's legendary stables. After the visit, you can gallop through almond groves and fields on the way back to Shedmoat Devora. After a short break, you will be taken to Mount Tabor, where you will visit "The Church of the Transfiguration." You then continue to Nazareth for a guided tour of sacred sites and markets. Dinner is served in an authentic Bedouin tent before returning to Sharona to spend the night. (about 18 km / 11 miles riding)
Day 3 - The day starts with a ride in Sirin Heights, where you will enjoy stunning views along with rivers and natural sources. You ride to the Mitzpe Ayloat lookout for a great view of the Jordan Valley. The ride continues then in the direction of Jordan, you pass through Yaela Grove where Jael, wife of Heber the Kainite, killed Sisera. You will then cross the Jordan Valley in the direction of the Jordan River. When you reach the Jordan River, you will cross it with the horses (in summer you swim with the horses in the river) and then proceed to the Kibbutz Degania. Kibbutz Degania was the world's first kibbutz (a small collective agricultural and industrial community). There, you will learn about this unique way of life. You spend the night in the Jordan Valley. (about 22 km / 14 miles riding)
Day 4 - Today's ride begins in the Jordan Valley. You will cross the Jordan River again to climb up Yavniel stream to get back to Galilee. You can drink the "holy" water in the Yavniel spring and then you ride past the Ulem springs next to Ein Hida. From there, you can enjoy Galilee’s amazing scenery while you gallop to the Shadmot Devora equestrian center. You spend the night in Kibbutz Dalia. (Approximately 15km / 9 miles riding)
Day 5 - In the morning you ride over the rolling hills and orchards in Ramot Menashe National Park. On the way back, you stop to explore a cave that in 1947 was used by the Palmach, an elite group from the secret Hagannah army. In the afternoon you will be taken to Tel Megiddo, the alleged site of Armageddon- the epic war associated with the end of time. It was once an important city, today only the ruins remain as a witness to the people that once lived here. You will have time to look at the archaeological ruins and learn more about biblical Israel. You spend the night in Kibbutz Dalia. (about 25km / 15 miles riding)
Day 6 - The majestic Carmel region is the site of today's adventure. The ride up Mount Carmel will take you to El-Muharrakah, the place where the prophet Elijah killed the prophets of Baal. The view is just as amazing as the biblical stories suggest. After a trip to the Carmelite monastery, you ride down to the Jezreel valley to Kishone steam and then back to Hazorea. You spend the night in Kibbutz Dalia. (about 25 km / 15 miles riding)
Day 7 - Today is dedicated to Jerusalem. You be taken from the Kibbutz Dalia to Jerusalem. You pass through the "Old City" and then follow the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked on his way to the crucifixion. On the way, you will visit the three holy sites of the three monotheistic religions. Since it's Friday, you will get to experience the special atmosphere when the holy city is getting ready for the Sabbath. Jerusalem on a Friday is the perfect way to end your Israeli adventure. About 5:00pm, the program ends and you are driven to and dropped off at the airport or in Tel Aviv about 6:00pm.
(The program is subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control)