Ecotourism Itineraries – a 10 Day Tour


Passionate about the environment? Tour Israel’s nature reserves, learn about farming in harsh conditions and visit sustainable-agriculture communities. This tour is focusing on Israel as an introduction tour. Nothing specialized, we try to make an attempt to show you as much as possible. I refer to the more specialized ecotours of Israel to see a specific aspect of the beauty of Israel in the other tours.


Day 1 – Arrival
Day 2 – Golan Heights
Day 3 – Golan Heights
Day 4 – Acre, Haifa
Day 5 – Caesarea and Tel Aviv-Jaffa
Day 6 – Jerusalem – Old City
Day 7 – Jerusalem – New City
Day 8 – Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Masada
Day 9 – Negev
Day 10 – Departure

What to see?

  • Day 2: Talmudic Village of Katsrin, organic farm, Alonei Habashan, Gamla Nature Reserve, Byzantine village, Yehudiya Forest Nature Reserve
  • Day 3: Hula Valley Nature Reserve, Mitspe Harashim, Tzefat (Safed)
  • Day 4: Acre, Knight’s Halls, Al-Jazaar Mosque, Kibbutz Harduf, Shfar’am, Haifa, Templer Colony, Baha’i Gardens
  • Day 5: Beit Oren Valley, Caesarea, Yarkon National Park, Tel Aviv area, Tel Afek, Yarkon River
  • Day 6: Jerusalem, City of David, Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Old City, Dung Gate, Western Wall, Excavations at the Southern Wall, Davidson Center, Jewish Quarter, Herodian Mansions, Roman Cardo, Christian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City markets
  • Day 7: Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Children’s Memorial, Hall of Remembrance, Knesset, Supreme Court building, Israel Museum, Dead Sea Scrolls, Shrine of the Book, Model of ancient Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda, Biblical Zoo.
  • Day 8: Dead Sea, Qumran, The Essenes, Ein Gedi oasis, Kibbutz Ein Gedi’s botanical garden, Masada.
  • Day 9: Arava valley, Peace Road, Peace Lookout, Edom Mountains, Kibbutz Lotan, Kibbutz Lotan, Center for Creative Ecology, Ovda Valley, Negev

Price

Price list
Size group Price P.P.
10 $2,119.00
15 $1,817.14
20 $1,626.30
25 $1,602.12
30 $1,510.73
35 $1,468.26
40 $1,416.45
45 $1,393.89
50 $1,359.88

General Guidelines and customizations for all of our tours


Day 1 – Arrival

This is the day that you arrive in Israel. Well, it’s not the case for those who are already here or who are living in Israel.

For those who are arriving in Israel, will be picked up from the airport by the guide and driver from Shalom Israel. And here it becomes complicated.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel and for this tour it means Haifa.

During the drive to your hotel, the bus will stop multiple times if the group requires so. One stop is for stretching your legs and to be fed real food and drink. That is included in the tour! So, please don’t spend your money on that.

Day 2 – Golan Heights

Places: Talmudic Village of Katsrin, organic farm, Alonei Habashan, Gamla Nature Reserve, Byzantine village, Yehudiya Forest Nature Reserve

Golan
Golan

Beginning your tour in the north, visit the Talmudic Village of Katsrin on the Golan Heights and an organic farm, using age old traditional methods of farming and livestock management. (To visit the farm, please call 04-696-2434).

Katsrin
Katsrin

Drive to Israel’s eastern frontier, Alonei Habashan, to view the wind turbines used as an alternative source of energy.

Gamla Nature Reserve
Gamla Nature Reserve

Continue to Gamla Nature Reserve, with its host of animals and many well-preserved and dramatic remnants of the city among the first to revolt against Rome. The ruins are at the end of a hearty hour’s hike, and also visible from a lookout, nearby which are also the ruins of a Byzantine village. The reserve boasts a phenomenal concentration of vultures and a beautiful waterfall.

Proceed to the Yehudiya Forest Nature Reserve’s rivers, natural pools, and waterfalls. The 16,500-acre reserve is shaped like an outstretched hand: the palm is the Bethsaida Valley, and each finger represents a river with rushing water and waterfalls. The reserve is 400 meters above sea level at its highest point and gently slopes down toward the Sea of Galilee.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Haifa.

Day 3 – Golan Heights

Places: Hula Valley Nature Reserve, Mitspe Harashim, Tzefat (Safed)

Hula Valley Nature Reserve
Hula Valley Nature Reserve

Start the day with a visit to the Hula Valley Nature Reserve. The reserve has lovely walking trails, including a “floating bridge” over the wetland, and special lookout points where visitors can observe the avian wildlife. In the spring of 1994 another stage in the campaign to restore natural balance in the Hula Valley was completed: the re-flooding of 250 acres now known as Lake Agmon, located approximately two kilometers north of the Hula Nature Reserve. Visitors can visit the re-flooded area to appreciate nature’s powers.
While at the Hula Valley Nature Reserve don’t forget to stop at Oforia, a fun multimedia display that tells the story of the migratory route across the region and the millions of birds that use it.

Mitspe Harashim
Mitspe Harashim

Continue to Mitspe Harashim, a small community nestled in the thick forest of Upper Galilee north of the city of Karmiel. Environmental conservation is at the heart of life at Harashim and all development is done with minimal damage to nature. Mitspe Harashim is part of the trend in Galilee and the Negev toward sustainable tourism to which Israel is committed.

Finish the day in Tzefat (Safed), one of the four holy cities in Israel and the home of Lurian mysticism (a branch of Jewish mysticism conceived by the 16th-century Rabbi Isaac Luria). Stroll along the lanes of the Old City and see its many synagogues, as well as its unique artist’s colony.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Haifa.

Day 4 – Acre, Haifa

Places: Acre, Knight’s Halls, Al-Jazaar Mosque, Kibbutz Harduf, Shfar’am, Haifa, Templer Colony, Baha’i Gardens

Begin your day with a drive to Acre, a historic walled port-city with continuous settlement beginning in the Phoenician period. The remains of the Crusader town, dating from 1104 to 1291, lie almost intact both above and below today’s street level, providing an exceptional picture of the layout and structures of the capital of the medieval Crusader kingdom, along with touches of the Ottoman fortified market town Acre was during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Explore the Knight’s Halls, the Al-Jazaar Mosque, the bathhouse with its multi-media display, and the new ethnic museum, built right into the rooms of the old wall.

Kibbutz Harduf
Kibbutz Harduf

Continue to Kibbutz Harduf, near the Arab town of Shfar’am, established in 1982 by a group of young people and families who wanted to create a community based on the anthroposophist ideology. The kibbutz has since developed an exemplary educational system, a large organic food industry and a very special relationship with its Israeli Arab neighbors.

Then, it’s on to the modern port city of Haifa; visit the picturesque restored Templer Colony and the gorgeous terraced Baha’i Gardens, and enjoy the view from the top of Mount Carmel.

For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Haifa.

Day 5 – Caesarea and Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Places: Beit Oren Valley, Caesarea, Yarkon National Park, Tel Aviv area, Tel Afek, Yarkon River

Caesarea in Israel
Caesarea in Israel

Travel across Mount Carmel and the beautiful Beit Oren Valley down to Caesarea, Herod’s port city and the Roman administrative capital in the region. Enjoy a walk through the impressive remains and a visit to the ancient aqueduct on a beautiful stretch of Mediterranean beach.

Proceed to Yarkon National Park, a clean, green vista in the greater Tel Aviv area. Yarkon National Park has two main attractions: Tel Afek (the Roman Antipatris) and its Ottoman-period fortress, overlooking the springs of the Yarkon River; and the area around the sources of the Yarkon River, which boasts a wealth of flora and fauna. The municipal segment of the Yarkon Park in the heart of Tel Aviv is its main urban nature attraction, where you will meet Tel Avivians bike-riding, jogging, strolling and picnicking, especially in the late afternoon

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Tell Aviv

Day 6 – Jerusalem – Old City

Places: Jerusalem, City of David, Warren’s Shaft, Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Old City, Dung Gate, Western Wall, Excavations at the Southern Wall, Davidson Center, Jewish Quarter, Herodian Mansions, Roman Cardo, Christian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Old City markets

City of David
City of David
City of David
City of David

Making an early start to tour Jerusalem, begin with the City of David, the nucleus of Jerusalem, to view the new Visitors Center and Warren’s Shaft. You can walk through the water of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, dug 2700 years ago in order to secure the water flow for Jerusalem during the Assyrian siege, or take the “dry route” also through an ancient part of the water system.

Western Wall
Western Wall

Enter the Old City via Dung Gate to visit the Western Wall, sacred to the Jewish People as the last remnant of the Second Temple.

Tour the Excavations at the Southern Wall, walking on the original two thousand-year old street and climbing the ancient steps to the Temple, used by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims 2,000 years ago as they ascended to the Temple. At the Davidson Center, ensconced in the basement of an eighth-century CE palace, make arrangements to see its virtual-reconstruction, high-definition interactive model.

Jewish Quarter
Jewish Quarter

Cross the valley up to the Jewish Quarter and enter the Herodian Mansions, aristocratic dwellings, possibly of priestly families who served in the Temple. See evidence of First Temple times at the Broad Wall as well as the Late Roman Cardo and the medieval synagogues.

Continue to the Christian Quarter and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and end the day wandering through the Old City markets, steeping yourself in its sights, sounds and aromas, and try your hand at hunting and bargaining for treasures.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 7 – Jerusalem – New City

Places: Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, Children’s Memorial, Hall of Remembrance, Knesset, Supreme Court building, Israel Museum, Dead Sea Scrolls, Shrine of the Book, Model of ancient Jerusalem, Mahane Yehuda, Biblical Zoo.

Yad Vashem
Yad Vashem

Begin today with a visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial to see the astounding new museum, the Children’s Memorial and the Hall of Remembrance.

Drive through the New City viewing old and new neighborhoods and the Knesset (The Israeli Parliament, open for visits on Sundays and Thursdays) and the beautifully designed Supreme Court building.

Dead Sea scrolls
Dead Sea scrolls

At the nearby Israel Museum, among many other fascinating exhibits discover the mysteries of the Dead Sea Scrolls at the Shrine of the Book, and see the Model of ancient Jerusalem.

The oriental market in Old Jerusalem
The oriental market in Old Jerusalem

Walk through downtown Jerusalem to Mahane Yehuda, the produce market of the Capital. Enjoy coffee and local dishes at one of the coffee bars or restaurants and take in the sights and aromas of Jerusalem.

Or visit the Biblical Zoo, which takes part in international programs for conservation of endangered species as well as showing off its remarkable collection of animals to the public in a lovely setting.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 8 – Dead Sea, Qumran, Ein Gedi, Masada

Places: Dead Sea, Qumran, The Essenes, Ein Gedi oasis, Kibbutz Ein Gedi’s botanical garden, Masada.

Dead Sea
Dead Sea

Leave Jerusalem and drive to the Dead Sea. Stop at Qumran and view the archaeological remains of the community that once lived here, The Essenes, according to ancient records, were excellent farmers, spending their free time studying the Bible and meditating.

Caves of Ein Gedi
Caves of Ein Gedi

Proceed to the Ein Gedi oasis where you can walk along the trails of Nahal David to a refreshing waterfall. Visit Kibbutz Ein Gedi’s botanical garden, with trees and plants from tropical and other regions around the world.

Masada cableway
Masada cableway

Ascend to Masada by cable-car to explore the fortress that was the 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’s center reveals the secrets of daily life of the rebels, the story of the excavations, and how the site became one of Israel’s most important symbols.

Swim in Dead Sea with mud
Swim in Dead Sea with mud

End the day with a health treatment and a dip in the saltiest, lowest body of water in the world. Spend the night at one of the fine hotels along the shores of the Dead Sea, or chose a simple close-to-nature overnight experience also offered in the Dead Sea area.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel near Dead Sea.

Day 9 – Negev

Places: Arava valley, Peace Road, Peace Lookout, Edom Mountains, Kibbutz Lotan, Kibbutz Lotan, Center for Creative Ecology, Ovda Valley, Negev

Arava valley
Arava valley

Proceed to the Arava valley and drive along the Peace Road, a 24-km road that stretches along Israel’s border with Jordan. Farmers on both sides of the border are using sophisticated methods to make the inhospitable terrain flourish.

Peace Lookout
Peace Lookout

At the Peace Lookout, take a moment to stop and enjoy the view of the Edom Mountains, the large water reservoirs and the hothouses bursting with melons, tomatoes and peppers.

Kibbutz Lotan
Kibbutz Lotan

Proceed to Kibbutz Lotan, nestled amidst the beauty of the sun drenched Arava Valley in southern Israel, home to stunning desert birds such as the little green bee-eater and hooded wheatear. Like the Hula Valley in the north, the Arava is part of the land bridge linking Europe, Asia and Africa, which sees literally hundreds of millions of migrating birds each year. In the heart of it all, tiny Kibbutz Lotan has become recognized not only as hotspot for bird watching, but also a facility committed to the desert ecology, offering a diverse range of activities. Kibbutz Lotan also raises dairy cows, field crops and dates It is also home to Eco Fun, the Center for Creative Ecology, and a desert natural wellness center.

Ovda Valley
Ovda Valley

Continue to the Ovda Valley where desert scenery and the distance from the center guarantee detachment and rest from the hectic pace of life – in the southern Negev, where back-to-basics accommodations are available as a base for hikes in the region.

  • For those, who ordered the hotels, they will be driven by bus to their hotel in Dead Sea.

Day 12 – Departure

This is the day of the departure. We bring everyone back to the point where we picked them up.


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