Spring tour May 4 - 13
Day 1, May 4: We meet in Tel Aviv and begin the first day of our adventure. Traveling along the coastal highway we arrive at our destination: Mt. Carmel. Here we begin an incredible hike from Nahal Oren to little Switzerland, where Elijah hid from Jezebel. We’ll see the beautiful geological formations on the mountain that were created when Mt. Carmel was covered by the water of the Mediterranean Sea.
Next, we’ll visit the lovely Bahaii Gardens and on to Acre the fascinating Crusader city where an underground world was only discovered in the 1950’s. Finally, we travel to the picturesque city of Pekiin, where we take a stroll through the winding streets and alleys and then join our Druze host, Kamal, for a delicious dinner. Overnight: Pekiin.
Day 2, May 5: Our adventure begins with a hike on Mt. Meron, the second highest mountain in Israel, only after Mt. Hermon. We’ll start in an ancient Jewish mining village and will climb up to the top of the mountain where we’ll have an incredible view of the Sea of Galilee, the border of Lebanon, Mt. Meron and the Golan Heights. We’ll have an exciting climb down via Nahal Meron where we’ll climb down large boulders and reach the tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, the author of the Zohar, the main book of the Kabbalah.
Next, we’ll travel to one of the four holy cities of Israel, Safed, the mystical city of the Kabbalah and the Jewish spiritualists. Here, we’ll have a guided tour through the ancient streets, visiting ancient cities, alleys of the Kabbalistic artists, whose art expresses the mystery of the Zohar. We then make our way to the shores of the Sea of Galilee or as it is known in Hebrew, the Kinneret. Overnight: Galilee.
Day 3, May 6: Today we will have an unusual adventure. We will hike Nahal Yehudia, a part of the biggest national park on the Golan Heights. We will hike into a deep basalt canyon and make our way through its waterfalls and pools. On the way, we will stop for a rest, get into the natural Jacuzzis and experience an unbelievable massage by the powerful waterfalls. Finally, we travel to the warm and soothing natural springs of Finally, we end our day by visiting an ancient site, Hamat Gader, where the Romans enjoyed hot mineral pools and where we will have the same experience to sooth our muscles after a perfect day! Overnight: Galilee.
Day 4, May 7: Our hike today is Nahal Tabor, where the biblical Deborah lived. This is a beautiful hike where we’ll see gorgeous wildflowers, and lovely volcanic basalt canyons. Next, we’ll travel to Bet Shean, an amazing archeological park, not unlike Pompeii, with the city left in well preserved ruins after an earthquake. Finally, we climb up to Jerusalem where we’ll have an introduction to the city from Mt. Scopus, just as the sun is setting and dusting the roofs in gold. Dinner in the city. Overnight: Jerusalem.
Day 5, May 8: Today will be devoted to Jerusalem, a city of intrigue, majesty and beauty. We’ll have a comprehensive walking tour visiting the Old City including the Western Wall, the Arab Market, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the City of David, Hezekiah Tunnels, and much, much more. Free afternoon for shopping
Dinner at hotel. Overnight: Jerusalem.
Day 6, May 9: We start our day visiting Mt Herzl Military Cemetery, where we’ll visit the graves of some of the most influential leaders of Israel and learn about the history of the country. Next, we spend time at Yad Vashem, the museum dedicated to the Holocaust. We then head to the south to the Negev Desert, stopping along the way at Bet Guvrin, an amazing 1,250 acre National park which lies in the Judean plain, and is filled with an astonishing maze of hundreds of ancient caves, that served as hiding places during the Great Revolt some 3000 years ago.
We finally arrive at our overnight destination, a Bedouin tent, where we will have an extraordinary experience enjoying a Bedouin feast, an outdoor campfire and spending time with a Bedouin Sheikh who will tell us about the Bedouin people. Overnight: Bedouin tent.
Day 7, May 10: Today we have a magical hike crossing the Judean desert from west to east through the dry stream of “Nahal Tzehelim.” We will pass trough 3 beautiful canyons, have an exciting climb over boulders where we’ll encounter a hidden spring. Overnight: Dead Sea Region.
Day 8, May 11: This morning we will visit Masada by cable car to learn about this amazing archeological wonder, where King Herod built his summer palace and the Zealots from the Great Revolt spent their final days. Later, we travel to the Ein Gedi Spa where we can float in the Dead Sea, spread warm mineral mud on our bodies, and enjoy some refreshing time by the pool or opt for a spa treatment. Overnight: Dead Sea Region.
Day 9, May 12: An extreme canyon “Darage” includes swimming through pools of water left from the floods of winter, using ropes to climb down to the water. We’ll be walking all the way down the slope of the African Syrian Rift from 600 ft. above sea level to minus 1200 ft. This is an all day hike, which will begin early in the morning and will end in early evening. Dinner at a Lebanese restaurant. Overnight: Tel Aviv.
Day 10, May 13: Spend the day relaxing by walking along the promenade of the Mediterranean Sea or by exploring Tel Aviv. Departure anytime today.
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