Join us on a ride where you get to see and explore the variety Israel has to offer and fascinating places such as Nassaret, Jerusalem, Galilee, the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee. You can also explore the deserts and climb the mountain where the majestic fortress of Masada is located. The week ends with a soothing mud treatment at the Dead Sea and a dip in its healing waters. This trip will stay long in your memory!
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 are a rare luxury to experience. You ride about 14-27 km (9-17 miles) per day for 6 days.
You change accommodation each night. Minimum 3 riders, maximum of 12 riders.
Day 1 - Arrival early evening at Moshav Sharona in the lower Galilee. After an introduction and information session, dinner is 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.
Day 3 - The day starts with a ride in the Sirin Heights, where you will enjoy stunning views along with rivers and natural springs. You ride to the Mitzpe Ayloat lookout and are treated to a stunning view of the Jordan Valley. The ride then continues in the direction of Jordan, you will pass through Yaela Grove where Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, killed Sisera. You will then cross the Jordan Valley and come to the Jordan River as you cross with the horses (in summer you swim with the horses in the river) and then proceed to the Kibbutz Degania, the first kibbutz (a small collective agricultural and industrial community). There, you will learn about this unique way of life. You spend the night in Sharona.
Day 4 - Early in the morning, you begin the ride to Tel Megiddo, over rolling hills and through the orchards in Ramot Menashe National Park. Tel Megiddo is said to be the site of Armageddon - the epic war associated with the end of time. Once it was an important trading town, but today all that remains are ruins that bear witness to the people that once lived there. You will have time to examine the archaeological ruins and learn about life in biblical Israel. On the way back we stop to visit a cave that 1947 was used for training the Palmach, an elite group of the underground Hagannah army. You spend the night in cabins at Kibbutz Dalia.
Day 5 - 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 descend to the Jezreel Valley and Kishone River and then back to Hazorea. You spend the night in cabins at Kibbutz Dalia.
Day 6 - Today is dedicated to Jerusalem. You will be driven from Kibbutz Dalia to Jerusalem. In Jerusalem, you will visit the "Old City" and then follow the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked on his way to his 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 taken into the Judean desert to spend the night in a very special place.
Day 7 – Today, your desert adventure begins. You will ride in the desert, experience the fresh air and wide open spaces that only a desert can provide. In the morning, you ride in the area around the Tselim River and will learn about the difficulties experienced by Bedouins in the desert. You can see the ancient water system and then you will ride up Tselim Mountain and get a great view of the area. From there, you ride down towards the river and finish by following an abandoned camel route that will lead you to the campsite in the Kanaim Valley.
Day 8 - Another day of exciting desert riding. After breakfast, you will ride over the plains of the Kanaim Valley. Then you ride eastwards above the Tselim River until you reach the cliffs that overlook the Dead Sea. You follow an old donkey track, down the valley and further north until you reach an old trail that was used by the Roman Legions. Suddenly, you see the fortress of Masada, which stands majestically in front of you. You leave the horses and guides to walk up to the fortress. After that, you will be taken to a spa at the Dead Sea. As a reward after many days of riding you can cover yourselves in the black mud from the Dead Sea and then take a dip in its healing waters. Late in the afternoon you return to Tel Aviv, where you spend the night at the hotel. Dinner is not included this evening.
Day 9 - The trip officially ends after breakfast, so today you can choose to discover Tel Aviv on your own or just rest. Tel Aviv is a modern, vibrant city where there is plenty to do including markets, shopping and fine beaches. You can rest at the hotel until the 12:00pm check-out and if you want to find something to do, the staff will be more than happy to help.
(The program is subject to change due to local circumstances beyond our control)