March 14th - March 23rd
(The following is a sample itinerary. WomenWalkers reserves the right to change this itinerary according to the weather, number of participants and other factors. While the itinerary may vary, the flavor of the tour will remain the same)
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 Bahai 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.
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.
Our hike today is Nahal Guftah, on the slopes of Mt. Hermon, where we’ll enjoy gorgeous vegetation, and crystal clear pools of water. A fun and technically interesting hike, walking down small waterfalls and where we will hike to Nimrod’s castle, built by Bibers, the Mamlouk. Next, we arrive at the Baniyas Springs the famous city of Pan, the mystical god of the Pagans. We continue walking the stream, viewing the hydraulic mill stations along the way built during the Ottoman Empire over 400 years ago. Finally, we travel to the warm and soothing natural springs of Hamat Gader and swim in the hot waters and where we’ll later enjoy a delicious Chinese dinner.
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 which is not unlike Pompeii, with the city left in well preserved ruins after an earthquake.
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.
Today we’ll have time to explore Jerusalem on our own. We can visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, Israel Museum, Rockefeller Museum, visit the Mahane Yehuda Market, as people buy their food in preparation for Shabat.
Early wake up and we drive down to the lowest place on earth, the Dead Sea, where we will begin an incredible hike from Nahal David to Nahal Arugot. This is the place where King David hid from King Saul, hiding in a cave. The Arugot Valley is known for the persimmon perfume of ancient times.
Today we visit Masada by cable car. We’ll take a break for lunch at Ein Bokek and have some time to take a dip in the Dead Sea. After a wonderful tour atop this wonderful archeological sight we’ll do an amazing desert hike to Nahal Tzafit and Nahal Tamar
An extreme canyon including swimming through pools of water left from the floods of winter, using ropes to clmb 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 complete the trail by early evening.
Nahal Katzaz part of the Nabatean spice route with magnificent hidden water cisterns and then we joinNahal Daroch, all the way down to the Tzin Valley and on the way we can see a geological phenomenan that appears like a giant hoof that plowed a hole in the ground in the Negev, truly formed by the water of the springs.
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