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7 Days Round the Crater Horse Riding Holiday in Negev, Israel

Alpaca Farm, Mitzpe Ramon, Southern District, Israel

Unforgettable Horse Riding Holiday in Israel

Escape for a refreshing adventurous horse riding holiday in Negev desert, Israel! During the holiday, you will ride through the spectacular wilderness of the Ramon Crater and Negev mountain highlands with breathtaking views. This package is the ultimate endurance riding vacation for experienced riders. Riders need to have considerable experience, capable of riding at trot and canter for extended periods of time.

Highlights

  • 3 full-day rides
  • A short introductory ride
  • Final ride in Negev highlands
  • Riding vacation for experienced riders
  • Breakfasts and basic lunches
  • 6 nights' lodging

Skill level

  • Advanced

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer available:
Ben Gurion Airport (US$142 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Ovda Airport (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

During this holiday, you will camp with the horses in Ramon Crater on the second night and stay at Alpaca Farm for the remaining nights.

The Suites: "Yael" and "Raz"

The cabins were renovated just a few months ago and now very warm and pleasant more than ever. A cabin includes a double bedroom, a huge living area with five sofas that turns to five beds, cable TV, dining table, air conditioner, fully equipped kitchenette (refrigerator, electric stove, oven, dishes, and tableware), spacious bathroom, desert and farm view from all the windows, and a shaded porch overlooking the Alpaca and Lama. The cabins are non-smoking and no pets are allowed into the farm.

The Studio Khan

An outdoor experience with indoor improvements, the Studio Khan offers another sleeping experience. It is a big and spacious hall with large windows from which the farm is viewed. Up to 20 people can sleep in the studio and different workshops are possible as well. Family and group gatherings can be held there too. Outside the studio is a large balcony, an equipped kitchen, and large dining tables. There are also several showers and bathrooms and a large and cozy area for a big bonfire or stars watching. The sleeping in the studio is with sleeping bags on mattresses over a wooden floor with heaters in the winter and cool natural breeze when summer. Blankets and bed sheets are available by request.

Program

On the first day, you’ll get to know your horse and the terrain in preparation for the great adventure of day two and three for up to 100 kilometers riding in two days. You’ll go down to the Ramon Crater with the horses and ride through the crater surrounded by dramatic scenery and unique geological phenomena. At night, you’ll camp under the myriad stars visible in the clear desert night-sky. The following morning, you rise with the sun and continue through some of the most beautiful desert scenic trails Israel offers. By late afternoon, you’ll start your ascent and return to the farm by sunset. After one resting day for yourself and for the horses, you will continue for another amazing two riding days in the High Negev desert before heading back to the airport. Desert Trail Riding Adventures keeping the right to change the order of the riding days according to weather, riders level, or any other request or need.

  • Day 1: Arrival, a transfer from the airport to Mitzpe Ramon, and short introductory ride in the afternoon / evening
  • Day 2: Full-day ride into the Ramon Crater and camping overnight with the horses in the crater
  • Day 3: Full-day ride in the scenic roads in the crater and return to the farm by the evening
  • Day 4: Free day - option for Jeep tour / traveling to Mitzpe Ramon / traveling to Eilat, etc.
  • Day 5: Full-day ride to the high Negev desert / Ramon Crater / Sde Boker area
  • Day 6: Final ride in Negev highlands
  • Day 7: Travel back to the airport / Jerusalem / Tel Aviv

Location

Situated just outside Mitzpe Ramon, Israel, the Alpaca Farm is located in a secluded Wadi and is perfectly suited to horse riding enthusiasts. It’s the kind of place where you can wake up, get in the saddle, spend a day riding, and dismount straight to your cabin for dinner or evening activity. During this holiday, you will ride along the “Ramon Crater” (machtesh), an internationally renowned natural phenomenon which attracts tourists from all over the world.

Nearby places

  • Restaurants and supermarkets - 5 minutes’ drive

Food

You will be served breakfasts and basic lunches for the full day rides. For dinner, Desert Trail Riding Adventures can recommend local restaurants or you can prepare your own meal in the fully equipped kitchen in your cabin. Upon request, Desert Trail Riding Adventures can provide dinner around a campfire.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Each riding package includes one day without riding, giving you time to rest your legs and enjoy other attractions and sites. There is an option for Jeep tour / traveling to Mitzpe Ramon / traveling to Eilat, etc. The area boasts boutique wineries, a natural cosmetics manufactory, spas, cycling, hiking, galleries, etc. Eilat, a seaside tourist resort on the Red Sea is two hours’ drive away where the diving, snorkeling, and seafood are superb. For stiff muscles, Desert Trail Riding Adventures can organize massage or shiatsu therapy in Mitzpe Ramon.

What's included

  • 2-day ride into the Ramon Crater
  • A short introductory ride
  • Full-day ride to Negev desert / Ramon Crater / Sde Boker area
  • Final ride in Negev highlands
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • 6 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • Transportation from and to the Ovda Airport (VDA) / Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) / Ramon International Airport (ETM)
  • Dinner

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Ovda Airport (VDA) / Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) / Ramon International Airport (ETM).

Desert Trail Riding Adventures greatly recommends you renting a car in the airport. You can also book transportation to and from the airport with an additional payment of 350 ILS per vehicle (up to 4 people and luggage) and 500 ILS (up to 4 people and luggage).

Airport: Ben Gurion Airport Airport transfer available: Ben Gurion Airport (US$142 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Ovda Airport Airport transfer available: Ovda Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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