The Israel Trail is a 1050 km. long national hiking trail crossing the country from north to south and connecting different geographical and demographical areas. It was chosen by the National Geographic Society as one of the twenty most beautiful tracks in the world.
- Tzin Valley and Ein Ovdat Oasis
- Ramon Crater
- Eilat: Mountains and Coral Reefs
- Small groups - 3-14 travelers
Day 1 - Sunday - WELCOME TO ISRAEL
Arrival and check in at our hotel in Tel Aviv. Meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby at 6 p.m. (18:00), for a briefing of the tour. Overnight in Tel Aviv
Day 2 - Monday - ARRIVAL TO SDE BOKER, VISIT TO EIN OVDAT
We leave Tel Aviv, and drive south to kibbutz Sde Boker in the Negev Desert. Check in at the kibbutz hotel. Drive from the Kibbutz to visit Ein Ovdat Oasis, a beautiful nature reserve. Meet the Nubian Ibex, a wild goat typical to the Negev and Judean Desert. Overnight in Sde Boker.
Day 3 - Tuesday - HOD AKAV SUMMIT, TZIN VALLEY, EIN AKEV SPRING
Hike along the trail to Hod Akav, one of the highest summits overlooking Tzin Valley, to enjoy a splendid view of the valley and the desert surrounding it. Descend to the oasis of Ein Akev, a unique desert spring of cool water and conclude the day with a refreshing swim. Overnight on a desert farm or outdoor camping.
Day 4 - Wednesday - THE RAMON CRATER AND MUSEUM
After a short drive, arrive at Mitzpe Ramon-the highest town in the Negev and proceed to the Ramon Museum for a short explanatory visit. Then, hike down to the depths of the Ramon Crater which is one of the largest geographical craters in the world, cross Shen Ramon Hill to visit the wall of Ammonites. Drive back to Mitzpe Ramon for overnight.
Day 5 - Thursday - THE ISRAEL TRAIL IN THE MASSIF EILAT MOUNTAINS RESERVE
Drive to the area of Eilat Mountains and the nature reserve of the central massif on the southern part of the Israel Trail. Start the hike at Nahal Gishron through Ma'ale Bulbusim and end in Nahal Shlomo. Dinner and overnight in a Bedouin Tent.
Day 6 - Friday - WHEN THE SEA AND THE DESERT MEET
Commence the day by hiking the segment of the Israel Trail that crosses Tzefahot (Schist) Mountain for the most breathtaking view on the trail of the Red Sea, Egypt, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. We hike down the last part of the trail to the Coral Beach on the shore of the Red Sea. Snorkeling in the coral reef nature reserve will be the rewarding end of our desert hike. Overnight in Eilat.
Day 7 - Saturday - THE DEAD SEA AND THE WALLS OF THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
Leave the southernmost point of Israel and drive north to the lowest point on earth. Stop for a bath in the Dead Sea and go up to Jerusalem. In the evening, experience illuminated Jerusalem while walking on the rampart walls surrounding the Old City. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 8 - Sunday - THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM
Explore the Old City of Jerusalem, holy to the three largest religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Walk on the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Proceed to the Western Wall, the holiest site for Jews, and then to the Moslem quarter. Stop for a view of the Temple Mount and the oriental bazaar.
7 nights in acommodation by description
Meals: 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners
A/C tourist vehicle
English speaking licensed tour guide
Beverages with meals
Anything not mentioned
DESERT ADVENTURES FOR FAMILIES (self-guided)
The Israeli desert affords endless adventures: hidden canyons and springs, oases, and water cisterns. Camel-riding, jeep tours, biking, Bedouin feasts, dune-sliding and bathing in the Dead Sea are just a few of the options for touring and exploring the special Israeli desert.
THE BEST OF ISRAEL
The new and the old, the desert and the sea, bazaars and mysticism, Crusaders and artists, cities and rural settlements, modern shops, throbbing coffee houses and bars, all these are Israel.
ISRAEL CIRCLE TOUR (self-guided)
From its northern tip to its southern tip, Israel abounds in memorable attractions and sites. Experience Israel through the Cirlce Tour and see how history, heritage and culture unfold before your eyes. Biblical tales, medieval cities, vestiges of once glorious empires, picturesque villages, vibrant open air markets, the secrets of the Kabbalah , take on color and shape. Exhilarating views of mountains, seas and valleys will take your breath away.