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Accommodation level
Casual
Total days
7 days / 6 nights
Riding days
4 stages
Total distance
Km: 215 / 293 / 401
Miles: 133 / 182 / 250
Main attractions
Golan Heights, Sea of Galilee, Capernaum,
Ella Valley, The Dead Sea, the Negev desert, Eilat
Tour Price
2,900 USD
Dates
24/2/2013 - 2/3/2013
 
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Places along the way

 
  • Golan Heights
    The Golan Heights forms a rocky plateau that overlooks southern Syria. The plateau has an average altitude of 1,000 meters (3,300 ft), an area totaling 1,800 square kilometers (690 sq mi), and straddles the boundary between Syria and Israel. Elevations range from 2,814 meters (9,232 ft) in the north at Mount Hermon, to below sea level along the Sea of Galilee and the Yarmuk River in the south. The region attracts three million tourists a year and supplies Israel with one-third of its water. It is a must visit location due to its beautiful landscape and magnificent 360 degrees overlooks.
  • Capernaum
    Though no longer a functioning town, Capernaum's importance in modern times is based on its rich history in antiquity and its multiple mentioning in the New Testament. Most notably, Capernaum is believed to have been Jesus' home and the center of his ministry after leaving his birth town of Nazareth. Reference to Capernaum as Jesus' home and the place where He performed many of His miracles is made in the Gospel of Matthew, where it is said that Jesus was approached by a Roman officer who asked Him to heal his servant when the latter fell ill. Jesus' ability to cure the feverish servant serves, to this day, as a reminder of His ability to work miracles. In the Gospel of Luke too, the town of Capernaum is mentioned several times with regard to Jesus prophetic abilities. According to Luke, in the town of Capernaum Jesus healed a man who was possessed by the devil, as well as curing Peter's sickly mother in law.
  • Sea of Galilee
    Located in the northeastern region of Israel and getting its water supply from the Jordan River that runs through it, the Sea of Galilee (known as Yam Kinneret in Hebrew) is Israel's largest freshwater lake. The Sea of Galilee , which is technically a lake referred to as a sea merely for historical reasons, has gained geological recognition for being the lowest freshwater lake in the world (lying some 200 meters below sea level).Renowned for being the beautiful waterfront before which Jesus performed his miracles, the Sea of Galilee has also been acknowledged in the New Testament as a lush and bountiful giver of life; a rich source of fish stock for the Israelites. To this day, the Sea of Galilee supplies Israeli fishermen in the town of Tiberius with enough freshwater fish to be sold commercially. For all its beauty and splendor and for the rich history that it harbors, the Sea of Galilee is a sight not to be missed by anyone embarking on a tour to the Holy Land.
  • Ellah Valley
    Although Joshua’s military campaigns early in the conquest were generally successful, the Israelites failed to drive out all of the Canaanites, including the Philistines. These inhabitants of the Coastal Plain became a source of perpetual aggravation for Israel, frequently raiding the interior towns of Judah and the surrounding Israelite tribes. Their purpose was to penetrate Israel’s territory, first by controlling the valleys of the Shephelah, and then, through them reaching the heartland of the Hill Country of Judah. It was important, therefore, to bar the Philistines from this eastward advance. On one raid, about 1020 B.C., the Philistines camped on the southern side of the Valley of Elah between the cities of Socoh and Azekah. In response, Saul and the Israelite army moved into a defensive position on the northern ridge overlooking the Valley of Elah opposite the Philistine camp. David was a young man at the time, perhaps in his teens, whose primary responsibility in life was to tend his father’s sheep. Sent on a mission from his father to bring provisions to his three older brothers, who served with Saul’s army, David made the fifteen-mile trek from his hometown of Bethlehem down to the Israelite camp in the Valley of Elah. When he arrived, he heard the challenge of Goliath, the giant from the city of Gath, for Israel to provide an opponent for him. The winner would decide the outcome of the confrontation between the Israelites and the Philistines. David was deeply offended that this uncircumcised Philistine would taunt the people of the living God. Obtaining permission from the reluctant, cowardly King Saul, David entered the valley, gathered five smooth stones from the bed of the seasonal stream, and approached Goliath. Their meeting took place in full view of both armies. Each man watched with bated breath from the slopes of their respective hills. David placed one of the stones into his sling, rotated it several times to produce momentum, and launched the stone at Goliath. It struck the giant in the forehead, dropping him to the ground. Seeing the giant lying dead, the Israelite forces swarmed down the hillside into the valley, chasing the Philistines westward through the Valley of Elah and pursuing them as far as Ekron, seven miles away.
  • The Dead Sea
    No tour to the Holy Land would be complete without a visit to the Dead Sea. Famous for its superlatives - lowest, saltiest, harshest, - the Dead Sea also claims a fascinating history, reaching back to the times of Abraham. A visit to the Dead Sea would be worth it just for the chance to experience the well-known “floating effect,” to douse yourself with the therapeutic mud, and to gaze upon the stunning vistas, but the impact of your visit increases tenfold when you bring with you the knowledge of its past.
  • The Large Crater
    By definition a machtesh is an eroded valley, walled with steep cliffs on all sides, and drained by a single watercourse. The Machtesh Ramon is an exception to this as two rivers drain it. The Nahal Ramon is the major one, but the Nahal Ardon, a smaller one, drains into Nahal Nekaroth.  The phenomenon of a machtesh is known only in Israel. This Hebrew term was introduced into worldly scientific literature. In addition to the three major machteshim, there are two small “twin machteshim” eroded into Mt. Arif, a little bit south of Machtesh Ramon.
  • The Negev desert
    The Negev is a desert and semi-desert region of southern Israel. The Arabs, including the native Bedouin population of the region, refer to the desert as al-Naqab. The origin of the word Neghebh (or in Modern Hebrew Negev) is from the Hebrew root denoting 'dry'. In the Bible the word Neghebh is also used for the direction 'south'. The area has no geographical unity and can be split into three zones. It was created with the establishment of the Egypt-Palestine frontier in the 19th century and has no single traditional Arabic name. During the British Mandate it was called Beersheba sub-district.
  • Ramon crater
    Machtesh Ramon is the most spectacular geological sight in the country. It is a window into the geological formation of the earth. The crater is 24 miles (40km) long, 5 miles (8 km) wide, and 1600 feet (500 m) deep. The term machtesh is a geological term which means “mortar” as in mortar and pestle. Machtesh Qatan (Small) and Gadol (Large) look like mortar bowls in which grains are pounded with a pestle. This look is true of the big and little craters but not necessarily of Machtesh Ramon which is stretched out and narrow at one end. Peaks of ancient volcanoes, jagged chunks of quartzite, huge blocks of overturned rock, and beds of multicolored clays are just a few of the sites in the machtesh. Machtesh Ramon was expected to have an abundance of natural resources, but it has been disappointing that regard. Only small factories of raw materials, such as quartz and clay, are mined there today.
  • Eilat
    Eilat, the southernmost city in Israel, was not actually part of Biblical Israel. It is mentioned in Exodus as one of the stations the Israelites crossed on their winding journey from Egypt to the Holy Land. Eilat’s growth as an important port city began during the reign of King Solomon; the Romans, Arabs, and Crusaders continued to use Eilat as a critical trading point. Its modernization began in the fifties, and Eilat’s reputation as a not-to-be-missed tourist destination was quickly cemented. Of course, water activities are one of Eilat’s biggest tourist attractions. Scuba diving, swimming with dolphins and paragliding are all available for the adventurous Holy Land tourist. For those who prefer to stay dry without sacrificing their proximity to marine life, the glass-bottom boat is the tour for you! Watch as the fish dart by, the dolphins leap through the air, or just take a moment to be awed by the natural beauty of the coral reef. Don’t miss out on a trip to the Maritime Museum, where you can stand in the aquarium, watching as the fish swim by in a huge circular tank. Eilat is also famous for its beautiful hotels and its exciting nightlife. Some of the most luxurious hotels in Israel are found in Eilat, many rooms offer sweeping views of the Red Sea. These hotels are the destination for tourists seeking unparalleled pampering and upscale amenities. Eilat’s famous promenade, which comes to life as the sky darkens, is a great place to take a sunset stroll, or indulge you in one of Eilat’s fine restaurants or bars.
 
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