Land of Galilee

North Israel: (IT-ILRT01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/israel_riding_tour_galilee.aspx

Introduction
North Israel
The unique combination of fascinating history, breathtaking scenery and sunny weather make Israel the perfect tourist destination. And there is no better way to experience Israel’s magic than on horseback. Located in the north, the Land of Galilee is a fantastic and exotic horse riding vacation. Whether you are interested in culture, archeology, history or natural beauty – the Galilee has it all. Sparsely populated and with rocky terrain, there are few roads connecting the communities populating the Galilee, so naturally the best way to explore the region is from the back of a horse, the peace of being one with a horse allowing you to truly feel the full extent of foreign land you explore. The remoteness of the location has allowed distinct cultures to continue on uninterrupted for generations. There are cities, past and present, of biblical importance which call out to be discovered by you. See the Druze and Circassian villages maintaining their traditional ways of life. And there are many Arab towns who welcome visitors with their friendly smiles and  special culinary delights. With a backdrop of vivid natural scenery, this land rewards adventure tourists with unparalleled opportunities for horseback riding challenges and cultural discoveries.

Horseback riding in the Land of Galilee...
This is a mounted adventure packed with intensive riding through the beautiful landscapes of the Menashe plain, Carmel mountain range and the Jezreel Valley. We will ride up majestic Mt. Tabor and Mt. Carmel, explore the ruins of Tel Meggido – the site of Armageddon, and swim with our horses in the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan River. We will get to know the different ethnic groups inhabiting this area including the charming Druze and engaging Circassians. This trip also includes walking tours of Nazareth and the Old City of Jerusalem and their colorful markets.
 

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so nights are spent in different locations.

Description
Accommodations are spent in country lodges. We have carefully chosen our sleeping locations for cleanliness and comfort. Amenities always include hot showers and running toilets. All rooms have private bathrooms and WIFI. Laundry is not available for this trip.

Night 1 - 3: Moshav Sharona
Night 4 - 6: Kibbutz Dalia

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 lunch on Day 7 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 your 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. 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 world’s first kibbutz. There we will learn all about this unique way of life. We will sleep at Sharona.
Length of riding day – 22 km/ 13.5 miles

Day 4: Tuesday
Today’s horseback riding adventure will begin in the pastoral Jordan Valley. We will again cross the Jordan River to climb up Yavniel Stream to return to the Galilee. We will drink from the “holy” waters of Yavniel spring and then ride past Ulem Spring towards Ein Hida (Hida Spring). From there we will enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Galilee while we canter to our riding center in Shadmot Devora. After noon we will visit by car the horns of Hitin – the site of the last battle of the Crusaders in the holy land that took place in this place at July 1187ac.  We will have an authentic dinner in a Bedouin tent, we will enjoy the Bedouin hospitality and will sleep in the cozy country lodge of Kibbutz Dalia.
Length of riding day – 22 km/ 13.5 miles

Day 5: Wednesday
This day is dedicated to Jerusalem. We will travel by car from the Galilee to 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. We will enjoy the legendary Humus of the old city , We will see the western Jerusalem – The Israeli Museum and the Kneset (the Israeli Parlament). We will sleep in Dalia.

Day 6: Thursday
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 7: Friday
The majestic sauterne Carmel region is the location of this day full of adventure. We will ride south toward the highland of the Carmel region and have lunch near the Kibutz Memorial  monument before riding back to our stables where our riding adventure will end. (There is an option for change, and take a quick shower after the ride).
We will drive up to El-Muharrakah, 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 head toward Tel Aviv, where our program will come to an end late afternoon. Drop off at hotels or the airport for 6:00pm.
Length of riding day– 25 km/ 15.5 miles
 


Rates and Dates for Land of Galilee

Rates include:

Accommodations: 6 nights in country lodges, meals, 5 riding days.

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20197 day trip- 5 riding days, AP$2200

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 $270
2019 Transfer from/ to TLV or Ben Gurion airport, pp, roundtrip
- to be paid locally
$70

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 09/21 - 09/27 7d / 6n 7 day trip- 5 riding days, A... 4 /12 Expired

Dates Note:
Other dates possible by request except July & August.

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: hotels in Tel Aviv or Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV)

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
Upper Galilee: 1 night in nomads camp -- we can provide sleeping bag (please request ahead of time)