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Price range
From $4,600 per person
Upcoming Date
10 Mar 2024 - 21 Mar 2024
Tour Time
12 Days (Inc. Arv./Dpt.)
10 - 21 Mar 2024
$4600
Open
10 - 21 Nov 2024
TBA
Open
Make "Our Israel Trail" YOUR Israel Trail. The Israel National Trail is 680 miles long and in this trip we will travel along sections of the Trail in order to give you a taste of the experience in 10 days. Together, we will walk sections of the trail from North to South while learning about the history of the places you will walk through, connecting with the land, and developing and strengthening your relationship with the country's people, places, and cultures.

Pricing details

Published price is per person sharing a double room.
Single Supplement $1259

Itinerary

1 - Sunday ( March 10 ) : Walk the land- the length of it and the breadth of it (Gen. 13:17)

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Activities:

  • Pick up times - Airport pick up - 1PM
    Tel Aviv pick up - 2PM

  • Departure from Tel Aviv meeting place - Welcome to Israel!

  • Drive north with a stop for a one hour get to know you hike - Mark the beginning of the journey with Shehechiyanu and a “Compass Ceremony” looking out in all directions and centering ourselves.

  • Orienteering Session - Learn the skills of navigation. In Hebrew the word for “direction” and “intention” are from the same root. We’ll explore the intersection of these two terms both physically and spiritually.

  • Dinner at the hotel

  • Evening conversation - Why do Israelis walk the Israel Trail? How was the route decided and why?

  • North, Hacienda Forestview

Overnight: North, Hacienda Forestview
Meal Plan: dinner

2 - Monday ( March 11 ) : Natural Abundance - The Upper Galilee

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Activities:

  • Early breakfast at the hotel

  • Opening Ceremony - Drive to the “Gate of the Shvil,” official starting place of the Israel National Trail, for an Opening Ceremony. Learn the coding of the trail marker and get walking!

  • Hike between Tel Dan and the Hatzbani National park - Start at Tel Dan Nature Reserve and hike along the Hatzbani (Snir) stream -a central source of water to the Jordan river, walking through the fresh water to the end of the river at Maayan Baruch.

  • Stop along the way for the ritual of the coffee break- enjoy café tourki (Turkish coffee) and ugiot (cookies)

  • Time for lunch on your own at an open shopping center with a variety of options

  • Shaar Yeshuv Memorial - The Shaar Yeshuv Memorial commemorates the deadliest air disaster in Israeli history which occurred in February 1997 and left 73 IDF soldiers dead after the two helicopters they were in crashed as they were waiting to cross the border into Lebanon. We’ll talk about why we use stones to mark a grave and what this accident did to the country

  • Barbeque and Kumzitz - Dinner at the home of a “Trail Angel”, people who welcome trail trekkers into their homes as they take the journey.

  • North, Hacienda Forestview

Overnight: North, Hacienda Forestview
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

3 - Tuesday ( March 12 ) : Northern Mosaic - The Galilee

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & Check out from the hotel

  • Hike in the areaa of Mount Meron - Hike the Meron area where you’ll see the graves and learn the legacy of Hillel and Shammai. Hillel and Shammai were two leading sages of the last century BCE and the early 1st century CE who founded opposing schools of Jewish thought, known as the House of Hillel and House of Shammai. The debate between these schools on matters of ritual practice, ethics, and theology was critical for the shaping of the Oral Law and Judaism as it is today.

  • Horvat Shema - See the ancient synagogue at Horvat Shema as well as the geological formation of Kisei Eliyahu. Legend has it that Elijah the Prophet will sit on this ‘chair’ to look out onto the land in all directions and announce the Redemption.

  • Druze Hospitality and cooking workshop - Visit one of the Druze villages of the Galilee. The Druze are known for their hospitality and warm welcome of visitors. Learn about their fascinating history, unique religion, an ancient tradition, and engage in a fun and delicious culinary workshop, followed by an amazing Druze feast.

  • Drive to the hotel

  • Evening conversation

  • North, Hacienda Forestview

Overnight: North, Hacienda Forestview
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

4 - Wednesday ( March 13 ) : The Urban Trail

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Discussion with Rabbi Elisha Wolfin - What is the mitzvah of "Walking the Land?" Why is this of such a high value in Israeli society?

  • Spend the morning in Ramat HaNadiv area - Ramat Hanadiv combines formal gardens, an extensive nature reserve presenting the native plants and wildlife of the Carmel, and an eco-friendly visitors’ center for environmental education. The gardens are named after Baron Edmund James de Rothchild (1845-1934), who was a major and pivotal supporter of the Zionist movement in its early years ("Hanadiv" - the generous, the philanthropist). Around the park are different hiking trails and easy walking paths, some archeological relics, and in its center - the burial ground of Baron de Rothschild and his wife, Ada.

  • Lunch at a Nirvana Food Truck in Park HaYarkon

  • Continue on the Israel Trail to Tel Aviv through Park Hayarkon

  • Check into the hotel

  • Dinner at Ewa Safi - Ewa Safi features Moroccan Soul Food

  • Tel Aviv, Tal Hotel

Overnight: Tel Aviv, Tal Hotel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

5 - Thursday ( March 14 ) : War and Peace - The Jerusalem Hills

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out of the hotel

  • Begin at Latrun and continue to Sha'ar Hagai - Walk in the footsteps of the Israeli soldiers that fought for stopping the siege over Jerusalem in 1948. Walk from Latrun to Sha’ar Hagai along the Burma Road, built during the War of Independence to circumvent hostile Arab villages cutting off Jerusalem from critical supplies coming from Tel Aviv.

  • Stop at the Machal Memorial - Stop at the Machal Memorial to foreign volunteers who lost their lives to support Israel's struggle for independence.

  • Food Truck Lunch - In the magnificent Jerusalem Hills, enjoy a lite lunch at a Food Truck stop while taking in the breath taking views of the Jerusalem Mountain area.

  • Drive to Jerusalem

  • Walk through Kidron into the Old City of Jerusalem

  • Check into the hotel

  • Free night and dinner on your own in Jerusalem

  • Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center

Overnight: Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch

6 - Friday ( March 15 ) : Culture and History - The Shefela

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out

  • Hike in Park Britannia From Emek HeEla to Mitzpe Mesuah

  • Stop at Tel Azeka. - The pear-shaped Tel Azeka was one of the main Judean Biblical border cities as it towered over the Elah Valley. It was here that the Bible tells us the Amorite kings were defeated by Joshua and their army destroyed by a hailstorm. Looking at the panoramic view from the top of the tel, one can vividly picture the historic battle between the young shepherd, David, and the mighty Philistine warrior, Goliath that took place in the Elah Valley

  • Continue to the House of Containers - Meet Ilya Magnes in his unique home on Moshav Luzit- a home built entirely from shipping containers. Hear Ilya's interesting life story, have a recital by Ilya who plans a collection of instruments- all very well, and enjoy a rich, healthy home made lunch.

  • Return to Jerusalem

  • Kabbalat Shabbat

  • Shabbat Dinner at the hotel

  • Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center

Overnight: Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

7 - Saturday ( March 16 ) : Shabbat Shalom- Resting Bodies and Souls

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Two options- additional cost:

  • -Masada National Park and the Dead Sea - Ascend the mountain from the east to explore Masada, scene of the epic stand by Jewish rebels at the end of the Great Revolt against Rome nearly 2,000 years ago. The new museum at the Visitor Center reveals the secrets of the daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

    At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth. Known in Hebrew as "The Sea of Salt", it is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world - with about 34.2% salinity.

  • - Food Tour in the Judean Hills

  • Come together for Havdalah to usher out Shabbat.

  • Evening on your own

  • Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center

Overnight: Ibis Styles Jerusalem City Center
Meal Plan: breakfast

8 - Sunday ( March 17 ) : Desert Dreams

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel - Check out of the hotel

  • Hike the Shikma River Israel Trail Section

  • Drive to Beer Sheva

  • Ethiopian meal and meeting with Naftali Aklum - Naftali Aklum, an Ethiopian activist who was born in Ethiopia in 1979, the youngest of 12 siblings. His brother Ferede Aklum z”l was determined to reach Jerusalem and set out from Ethiopia in 1978 on a long, dangerous trek through the desert, ultimately reaching Sudan. Naftali reached Israel with his family in 1980, at age one, thus fulfilling a dream that had been kept alive for 2,500 years. Hear his story and that of the Ethiopian Aliyah

  • Drive to the hotel

  • Enjoy desert wines from Pinto Winery - The Israeli desert is a fascinating and unique terroir, probably on a global scale. The folks at Pinto Winery try to ‘decipher’ the desert terroir, and produce from it elite wines, up there with the country’s finest boutique wines. Pinto winery is owned by Ya’acov Oryah is an experienced and inventive winemaker experimenting with the potential of Israel's complex terroir.

  • Mashabe Sade

Overnight: Mashabe Sade
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, Wine and cheese

9 - Monday ( March 18 ) : Desert Secrets

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Activities:

  • Breakfast

  • Hike in Ein Akev and Zin Valley

  • Continue to the Graves of David and Paula Ben Gurion - Visit the grave of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister, whose vision for settling the desert continues to bloom today. Throughout the day, you’ll see his vision come to life.

  • Lunch on your own in Midreshet Sde Boker

  • Check into the hotel

  • Meet Bedouin Tracker soldiers - Meet soldiers or former soldiers from the Gashashim (Trackers) Unit. The IDF’s Trackers Unit is comprised of a few hundred combat soldiers, most of whom come from Israel’s Bedouin community and draft into the IDF as volunteers. These soldiers go through a special course that prepares them to become trackers in the most thorough way.

  • Traditional Bedouin Dinner

  • Overnight: Mashabe Sade

Overnight: Overnight: Mashabe Sade
Meal Plan: breakfast, dinner

10 - Tuesday ( March 19 ) : Natural Beauty, Spiritual Inspiration-Makhtesh Ramon

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Hike in Makhtesh Ramon - Hiking in Makhtesh Ramon (The Ramon Crater) including following the Ancient Spice Route which begins in Makhtesh Ramon to the site of Nabatean city of Ovdat. Learn about the Nabatean winemaking while seeing one of the At least five wine presses dated to the Byzantine period that have been found at the various Nabatean sites in the area such as Ovdat and Shivta.

  • Lunch on your own in Mitzpe Ramon

  • Visit the Mitzpe Ramon Visitors Cente - Learn the geological story behind this unique and amazing work of nature through interactive exhibits. At the center, pay tribute to Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first and only astronaut, who tragically died on a space mission in 2003. View the crater from a stunning vantage point, at the heart of the promenade which stretches along the Ramon Crater mouth. There is a hanging terrace providing a marvelous observation point over the depths of the crater.

  • Dinner at Kibbutz Neot Smadar - Kibbutz Neot Smadar was established in 1989 by a group of friends interested in creating a learning community that focuses on cooperation and creativity in daily life. As individuals in a dynamic community, they explore what it means to live together as co-learners and relationships. Their interest in relationships extends to the environment through organic farming, desert architecture, water recycling, The Art Center, winery, and more.

  • Drive to Kibbutz Yahel and check in

  • Kibbutz Yahel

Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

11 - Wednesday ( March 20 ) : Completing the Trail

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Activities:

  • Breakfast at hotel

  • Travel by jeep to the beginning of your trail - Hike in Eilat Mountains and arrive at the end of the trail in Eilat.

  • Lunch at the Camel Farm

  • Afternoon on the beach - Lunch on your own

  • Evening celebration and closing ceremony

  • The Reef Eilat by Herbert Samuel

Overnight: The Reef Eilat by Herbert Samuel
Meal Plan: breakfast, lunch, dinner

12 - Thursday ( March 21 ) : Going Home

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Activities:

  • Breakfast & check-out of the hotel

  • 9:00 a.m. Bus from Eilat to Ben Gurion

  • L'hitraot!

Meal Plan: breakfast

Terms of Payment

Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.

Balance for the trip is due no later than 60 days prior to the first day of trip. An invoice will be sent 90 days before the trip.

Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.

Please note: 

  • The itinerary is subject to change as a result of unforeseen changes from suppliers, weather, etc.
  • This proposal is valid for 1 week for private clients, and 10 days for groups. 

 

Cancellation Policy

Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours AFTER REGISTRATION, with a full refund.

For cancellations made:

·         Up to 60 days prior to departure, any payments above the deposit towards the trip will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable.

·         60-30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded.

·         29-0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour.

All cancellation requests must be made in writing.

 

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