Kaleidoscope Israel

Galilee Israel: (IT-ILRT04)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/israel_riding_tour_kaleidoscope.aspx

Introduction
Galilee Israel
This is our most complete and challenging exploration of the Israeli countryside on horseback. This intensive horse tour touches three different geographic locations all in one trip. Starting in Nazareth we will ride through the mountainous Galilee into the Jordan River and the Sea of Galilee. We will follow in the footsteps of ancient pilgrims to Jerusalem on horseback and we will explore the desert expanses and climb majestic Masada. Later the horses are transported southwards where you ride across the Judean Desert and climb to the ancient ruined forts and UNESCO world heritage site at Masada.

There is tremendous variety of terrain from the beautiful 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, follow ancient trading routes and visit places mentioned in the Bible. Your guides will accompany you on walking tours of the important holy sites in the old parts of Nazareth and Jerusalem.

Lodgings are a mix of countryside hotels and a night of camping in the desert, where after a long hard day in the saddle you will be able to admire the view from a biblical mountain top. At the end of the trip there is the opportunity to take a dip in the healing waters at a thermal spa at the banks of the Dead Sea. Last night is back in Tel Aviv, a modern, vivacious city with lots of fun things to do including a colorful market, great shopping and beautiful beaches.

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a wilderness ride, so nights will be a mixture of lodges, hotels, and camping.

Description
Lodgings are a mix of countryside lodges for 5 nights, camping in the desert for 2 nights, and a hotel in Tel Aviv for 1 night.
We have carefully chosen our sleeping locations for cleanliness and comfort. Amenities always include hot showers and running toilets.



Night 1, 2, & 3: Lodge in Moshav Sharona
Night 4 & 5: Lodge in Kibbutz Dalia
Night 6 & 7: Camping in Metzoky dargot
Night 8: Hotel in Tel Aviv


Camping
You will be staying in Bedouin tents with cots and mats provided. Normal washrooms are provided in buildings and hot showers. You'll be able to charge phones/ cameras and WIFI is available. We recommend you bring your own sleeping bag, but can also provide one if requested. Please let us know at the time of booking.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory if we are unable to find another rider to share.


Meals
All meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9 are included. Our staff will prepare healthy, fresh, filling meals so no one ever rides on an empty stomach. Our tours are not kosher. However, no pork is served on any of our trips. As for drinks, we know there is nothing more satisfying than a cold beer after a long ride. Some of our meals, usually dinner, include beer, wine or liquor. These drinks are free of charge. When dining in Arab restaurants, no alcoholic beverages are allowed.

Dietary Restrictions
We can accommodate vegetarians and other special dietary (including kosher) requests if given prior notice.


This trip includes some wine with dinner and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding Level

The overall success of a horseback holiday depends on all riders having the skills to safely perform at the pace expected. Riders with insufficient skills are a danger to themselves and to others. As a result, it is crucial that you be experienced and fit enough to ride 30-40 km (18-25 miles) a day.
This horseback vacation is designed for riders with good intermediate riding skills.

Horses
Our horses are a mixture of Quarter horses and local Arabian horses trained in Western riding. They are well groomed, in great shape and perfectly suited for horseback vacations. We match you with a horse and tack according to the information you provide when signing up for a riding holiday. For riders with greater riding proficiency, we can provide a more spirited horse; for less experienced riders, we pair horses that are easily handled. Also, upon request, pure Arabians from our breeding program can be provided.

Tack
Quality Western tack for comfort and ease. In general, we use Western tack made in the USA. In our experience with trail riding vacations, riders who are used to English tack quickly adapt to riding Western style. Nevertheless, we can arrange for English tack if given notice ahead of time.
If you would prefer to use your own tack, this is possible only if it fits the horse we have assigned you. You are welcome to bring your own tack but we cannot guarantee you will be able to use it.

Staff
The tour is led by at least 1 licensed certified trail riding guide. All of our guides are skilled horsemen, specializing in trail riding. They combine their passion for horses with a deep knowledge and love of Israel. They all speak English.

Safety
Safety is of utmost importance on all our horseback vacations.
Before every trip, our guides make a run through to ensure the trails are safe. In addition, we always carry a first aid kit.
It can get very hot in Israel, especially in the summer and in the desert. We have strict rules regarding weather conditions, including never riding in temperatures over 90°F (32°C).

Non-Riders
Non-riders can join this trips by riding in the escort car. We must know ahead of time if non-riders will be joining.

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1: Saturday
On the first day of the trip, you have the option of being picked up at 3:30pm from a hotel in Tel Aviv or at 4:20pm from Ben Gurion International Airport. It is also possible to arrive independently at Moshav Sharona by 6:00pm. Arrival in 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. We will sleep in a cozy country lodge located on the Moshav.

Day 2: Sunday
Today, we will set off for our first day of trail riding in the Galilee’s beautiful natural landscape. After matching horses and tack with riders, we leave the stables in Shedmoat Devora to ride along the tributaries of the Tabor Stream, going past Kfar Keesh. We 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. Afterwards, we will canter in almond orchards and fields, returning to Shedmoat Devora. Following a short break, we will drive to Mt. Tabor to visit the Church of Transfiguration. Afterwards, we 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. We will return to Sharona for the night.
Length of riding day – 18 km/ 11 miles

Day 3: Monday
Our day will begin with a ride in the remarkable Sirin Heights to enjoy the stunning natural scenery along its streams and around its springs. We will ride to the lookout point of Mitzpe Ayloat for a breathtaking view of the Jordan Valley. Riding in the direction of Jordan, we will pass through the Yaela Grove, the site where Jael, wife of Heber the Kenite, killed Sisera. We will then cross the fertile Jordan Valley heading towards the Jordan River. Upon reaching the Jordan River, we will cross with our horses (in the summer time we will swim in the river) and then ride to Kibbutz Degania. Kibbutz Degania was the first kibbutz in the world. There, we will learn all about this unique way of life. We will sleep in the lodge on Sharona.
Length of riding day – 22 km/ 15 miles

Day 4 Tuesday: In the morning we will ride through the rolling hills and groves of the Ramot Menashe National Park. On our way back, we will stop to explore a cave used for training in 1947 by the Palmach, the elite fighting unit of the underground Hagannah army. In the afternoon, we will drive to Tel Megiddo, 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. We will investigate the archeological ruins, learning about life in biblical Israel. We will spend the night at Kibbutz Dalia.
Length of riding day –15 km/ 9.5 miles

Day 5: Wednesday
The majestic Carmel region is the location of this day full of adventure. A ride up Mt. Carmel will bring us to El-Maharrakah, 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, we will go down into the Jezreel Valley to the Kishone Stream and then back to HaZorea. We will sleep on Kibbutz Dalia.
Length of riding day – 25 km/ 15.5 miles

Day 6: Thursday
This day is dedicated to Jerusalem. We will travel by car from Kibbutz Dalia to the city of Jerusalem. We will drive to the Old City to follow the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked on his way to crucifixion. Along the way, we will visit the holy sites of the three monotheistic religions. After the tour and a typical Humus lunch, we will drive to the Judean Desert to spend the night in a very special place. (We will sleep at our camp in Judean Desert – Modern Camp with Hot showers, WC, Internet connection and very good food. Sleep in Sleeping bags on mattresses).

Day 7: Friday
After early breakfast we start our desert adventure.  We will ride east along  Daraga Stream , then we will start to ride south toward the upper part of Judea desert. We will cross Tekoa streme, and then we will start to climb throw Camel trails to Mutrida ridge. We will try to find water cistern in the desert, and to understand the survival in the desert.
Afternoon we will head back to our camp. In the afternoon we will go for some non riding activity (surprise).
Length of riding day – 27 km/ 16.8 miles

Day 8: Saturday
Another day of exhilarating desert riding ahead of us. Before the sun rise, we will ride through the expansive plains of the north Judea Desert heights until we again reach cliffs overlooking the Dead Sea. Then we will head west and Cantering in Tamar Stream.  We will arrive to the Grazing fields of the upper Desert (where king David use to walk with his sheep's) then we will use an old donkey's trail, in order to ride back to our camp, at the camp we will have a Brunch   . Parting with our horses, we will travel to the monumental site of Masada. Immediately following, we will drive to a beach on the banks of the Dead Sea. As a treat after days of hard riding, we will cover ourselves in the black mud of the Dead Sea and go for a dip in its healing waters. In the late afternoon, we will drive   to Tel Aviv .We will sleep there in 4 stares hotel. (the dinner in this day not include in the program).
Length of riding day – 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 (10:00am), the trip is officially over. You can relax in the hotel until 12:00pm or our staff will be happy to advise you on what to see in the city.

We reserve the right to change the itinerary as necessary to accommodate weather conditions or additional unforeseen events.
 


Rates and Dates for Kaleidoscope Israel

Rates include:

Accommodations: 5 nights in country lodges, 2 nights camping in the desert, and 1 night hotel in Tel Aviv, all meals and 6 riding days and a walking tour of Nazareth, visit to the thermo mineral spa at the Dead Sea.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20199 day trip, AP$3250

Rates Note:


Single supplement is applicable to solo riders until we find a roommate for the tour

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:


Single supplement is applicable to solo riders until we find a roommate for the tour


Transfer and Other Charges:



 DescriptionUS$
2019 Single supplement $365
2019 Transfer from/ to TLV or Ben Gurion airport, pp, roundtrip
- to be paid locally
$70

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 11/23 - 12/01 9d / 8n 9 day trip, AP 6 /12 Reserve

Dates Note:
Choose your own group dates!

Rates do not include:

Flights, transfers, local transportation, gratuities and personal expenses.

Other Info
Meeting: Moshav Sharona
Airport: Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport.
Transfer: Tel Aviv (hotel or airport)

Climate:
                                            Nazareth area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

58

61

65

73

79

84

86

87

85

81

72

62

Average Low Temperature (°F)

37

39

42

47

53

60

65

65

62

55

46

41

Average High Temperature (°C)

14

16

18

23

26

29

30

30

29

27

22

17

Average Low Temperature (°C)

3

4

5

8

12

16

19

19

16

13

8

5

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

11

9

8

3

1

0

0

0

0

3

6

10

Source: NOAA


Seasons
With a Mediterranean climate, Israel enjoys hot summers and relatively short, rainy winters. Summers are humid along the Mediterranean coast, but dry in the central highlands and in the Negev Desert.

Spring (March to May) With a Mediterranean climate, Israel enjoys hot summers and relatively short, rainy winters. Summers are humid along the Mediterranean coast, but dry in the central highlands and in the Negev Desert.
This time of the year usually is rainy yet mild.

Summer (June to September)
Summertime is hot.

Autumn (October to November)
This season generally boasts pleasant weather.

Winter (December to February)
Winters can get cold and wet although snow is rare.

It does not rain from June through September, with July and August being the hottest months on average across the country.
More than 90% of the rainfall occurs between November and March, with January being the coldest month.

In May and October, temperatures are usually very nice and there is a very low risk for rain.

What To Bring:
Recommended riding gear:

Riding pants or Jodhpurs
Riding boots (short) + full or Mini-chaps
Riding helmet
Riding gloves
Sun hat (with chin strap)

Clothing:
Windproof jacket
Waterproof jacket and pants (in the winter)
T-shirts/ long-sleeve shirts
Jeans
Warm jacket and hat for cool evenings (in the winter)
Underwear and socks
Pajamas
Bag for dirty clothes
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Swimsuit

Additional items:
Personal Toiletries
Insect repellant
Personal medications
Flashlight
Adapter for electric appliances
Camera
Water bottle
Sunglasses with strap
Suntan lotion and lip balm
Sleeping bag - which can be provided on request.