NEWSFLASH! AdventureWomen's Nature of Israel trip is featured in SmarterTravel's "10 Best New Adventure Travel Trips of 2014".
This adventure tour to Israel, just for women, is like no other you will ever find! Long famous for its spiritual wealth and cultural diversity, the country of Israel has always been a standout holiday destination, rich with biblical and cultural history and natural wonder.
The cultural, ecological, and historical experiences AdventureWomen's guests encounter on this unique trip to Israel are boundless. As we visit Tel Aviv, Eilat, Jaffa and Haifa among other Israeli attractions, we'll rapidly appreciate how ancient history, culture and nature are so intertwined in Israel. Crossing through the biblical landscapes of Israel, we'll also discover her often overlooked natural beauty and wildlife.
After arriving in Tel Aviv, we visit the nature reserve of Neot Kdumim where we'll explore an exceptional re-creation of the physical setting of the Bible in all its depth and detail. Here are plants from biblical times with names such as the "Forest of Milk and Honey" and "Isaiah's Vineyard." We'll see how Neot Kdumim embodies the panorama and power of the Israeli landscapes that helped shape the values of the Bible and provides a rich vocabulary for expressing them.
In Jaffa, one of the world's and Israel's oldest cities, AdventureWomen guests are honored to call on acclaimed artist Ilana Goor in her private home. Outside Tel Aviv, we'll visit the Latrun Bird Watching Center, a model for restoration ecology in Israel, and meet Dr. Yosef Leshem, founder of the bird center and the driving force behind many of Israel's birding centers.
Another highlight of our trip to Israel is Kibbutz Nachshon, a strategic region that has played a central role in the history of modern Israel, with roots back to the Biblical period. Viticulture and winemaking have been a part of life in the valley for at least 3,000 years, and the ancient stone wine vats in the hills and fields bear witness to this. In Tel Maresha, we'll work with local archeologists on a dig of an ancient subterranean complex that housed burial grounds, storerooms and hideouts.
Jerusalem's Biblical Zoo is a world leader in protecting endangered species, and there we'll meet with Dr. Sigalit Dvir, deputy director of the Zoo, for a special "behind the scenes" tour. We learn about the endangered species this Israeli zoo protects, such as the Persian fallow deer and the sand cat, both nearly extinct but being rehabilitated at the zoo.
We travel to the "White City" of Tel Aviv, to Caesarea, Israel for Roman and Byzantine ruins, and to Haifa, Israel's most ethnically diverse city. Our journey takes us along the Jordan Valley to the magical city of Jerusalem, sacred to the three great monotheistic religions of the world – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
From Hai Bar Park, known as "Little Switzerland"; Tel Dan Nature Reserve, blending archaeological findings in a lush backdrop teeming with animals; stunning Bahai Gardens; a nature trek at Ein Gedi; and to floating on the Dead Sea, we end our fascinating trip in Israel at Eilat on the shores of the Red Sea for birding, swimming, sailing and relaxing.
- Discover daily, with in-depth experiences, how ancient history, culture and nature are so intertwined in Israel.
- Visit with Israeli artists, biologists, archeologists, and historians to learn first-hand about Israel's rich spiritual wealth, natural history, and cultural diversity.
- Stay in superior hotels/accommodations throughout the trip.
- Be treated to the local food and unique way of life on a Kibbutz.
- Participate on an archeological dig with local archeologists.
- Explore the cities of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Caesaria.
- Relax and swim in the Red Sea at Eliat.