Rich & Rugged

Trip Highlights

  • Walking the ramparts and Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem
  • Sea of Galillee and kayaking on the Jordan River
  • Banias, Gamla and wineries on the Golan Heights
  • Dead Sea and Masada
  • Ramon Crater & Bedouin hospitality
  • Superior luxury hotels

Trip Highlights

Lifetime Discovery invites you to discover Israel through the lens of the adventurer.  Suitable for corporate or private travelers, individuals or groups, the "Rich and Rugged" exploration of Israel is designed to blend a hearty experience with a luxurious touch by staying at the exquisite boutique hotels on the Lifetime Discovery roster. Moving around Israel by jeep, biking and hiking, (or luxury vehicle) the program familiarizes you with the beauty and splendor of antiquity while getting a nice workout and enjoying the extraordinary wonders of nature that attract people from the world-over.  From Mt. Hermon to the Dead Sea, this program is especially designed with options for the tailor-made additions that tickle your particular fancy.  The fine-tuning of the details are up to you.

* The above rate is per person per day based on 2 couples sharing 2 double rooms at one of our recommended 4* hotels & 1 rental car (category D).  The rate also includes a Meet & Greet at the airport and does not include entrance fees or private guiding.

     

Pastorale Hotel | Kfar Blum

Days: 2 3

In the heart of the Galilee landscape, continuing the pioneers’ tradition of hospitality, to the sound of classical music, there flows a spring of silence and tranquility. In a relaxing pastoral atmosphere, we invite you to enjoy a range of 147 especially designed rooms surrounded by lawns and flowers, a prestigious pampering spa, an Olympic-sized swimming pool,  a restaurant offering a culinary experience of gourmet cuisine.

Bedouin Camp | Kfar HaNokdim

Days: 4

In the Kana`im Valley which is in the Judean Desert, between the city of Arad and ancient Masada, lies Kfar Hanokdim. It is a green oasis shaded by palm trees and crowned with biblically inspired gardens.  Merely walking into Kfar Hanokdim reveals a picturesque scene. It has Bedouin tents comfortably fitted with colorful rugs and mattresses.

Beresheet Hotel | Mitspe Ramon

Days: 5 6

The Beresheet Hotel & Spa, part of the Isrotel Exclusive Collection, is located amid a breathtakingly beautiful primeval landscape, near the ancient Spice Route, and right on the edge of the towering cliffs that slope down into the Ramon Crater – an extraordinary natural phenomenon without equal anywhere in the world. The hotel’s unique location, at 800m above sea level, ensures a cool and comfortable climate.

Day 1: Welcome to Your Rugged Discovery

Accomodation: American Colony Hotel | Jerusalem

Upon arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport you will be greeted by a VIP chaperone arranged by Lifetime Discovery  who will expedite arrival formalities before setting out to Jerusalem.  Spend your first few moments in the city of gold walking the slopes of the Haas Promenade before checking in to your internationally renowned hotel and acclimating to the magic of being in Israel.  In the evening, we suggest a walk on the walls around the old city, stopping on the way at the important destinations of the Western Wall, the Holy Sepulcher and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, all within meters of one another.  If the muse strikes you, we recommend the “Sound of Light at the Citadel” show as a program for the evening.

Day 2: Going to Galilee

Accomodation: Pastorale Hotel | Kfar Blum

We wake up early to set out for the Galilee and up to the Golan Heights.  We will hug traverse the country on the new Route 6 and make it to our first stop at “Mearat HaKeshet” (the arched cave), in the hills of the Western Galilee in Kibbutz Adamit.  The arch is an extraordinary miracle of nature, and for the particularly rugged, rappelling is an option at this stop. Next, we continue to the overlook at the Montfort Crusader fortress.  A hardy hike to the fortress, going down into the Kziv Wadi and climbing to the peak is the way we will spend the afternoon.  There are two different routes to the crest, the challenging and the mega-challenging; we’ll take whichever you prefer.  After this workout we will rest a bit during the ride north of the country to with an overlook at the Sea of Galilee at the Arbel overlook before reaching our overnight destination Pastoral, Kfar Blum, so that we can have an early night before another early wake-up call.  The hotel is in uniquely designed and a real countrified experience.

Day 3: White-waters, Wine and Wonders

Accomodation: Pastorale Hotel | Kfar Blum

After a hardy breakfast, we will do some kayaking  on the Jordan River, weather permitting.  This day is spent on sea, on foot and on wheels.  After riding the white waters we will head up to the Golan Heights by jeep, stopping first at the spectacular Banias and it’s “hanging trail” and at Tel Dan one of Israel’s most renowned nature reserves.  See the cave dwelling and ruins left since the time of the Greeks, while on this hike and climb.  A short plunge in cool waters is optional for the hardy if arriving in winter and delightful for summer visitors.  After leaving Banias we will head to the Golan destination for some wine-tasting and lunch at the Golan Wineries before heading to another hike, this time to a Roman fortress at Gamla, also known as the “Masada of north”, once inhabited by a Jewish community before the Roman occupation in the beginning of the last millennium.

Day 4: Desert & Dead Sea

Accomodation: Bedouin Camp | Kfar HaNokdim

We will leave the Golan Heights by jeep, following the Syria-African Rift through the Judean Desert until reaching towards the lowest spot on earth, the Dead Sea area.  Depending on the season, we will either begin or end the day with a climb up to the heights of Masada.  In the summer, the heat will demand a morning climb.  We will watch the sun go down either from the heights of the fortress or from the depths of the salty Dead Sea.   As the last stronghold against the Romans, Masada has been deemed a World Heritage site by UNESCO.  A cable car is available, but for the more rugged among us, the hike is invigorating.  At mid-day we will hike through the Ein Gedi nature reserve.  The option of getting muddy with the world famous Dead Sea mud treatment is totally up to you.   At the end of the day we will steer our jeeps towards a Bedouin encampment for an overnight under the stars and enjoying the unique Bedouin hospitality.

Day 5: Craters and Care

Accomodation: Beresheet Hotel | Mitspe Ramon

Day Five will begin with a discovery of the wonders of the Ramon Crater.  Descending down into the crater after watching the sunrise from its rim, be awed when Lifetime Discovery experts leading the way, by foot or bicycle, share the desert’s mysticism.  The Ramon Crater is  another UNESCO World Heritage site  which has some of the most unique rock formations and colors found anywhere in the world.  There is also an option to rappel in the crater. Climbing out of the crater, we will head for the home of David Ben Gurion and to see the tomb of Israel’s first prime minister, where you may also have lunch.    After this workout, you will be treated to the pleasures of the super-luxurious Mitspe Ramon  Berehseet Hotel. 

 

Day 6: Horseback, Pools and Airports

Accomodation: Beresheet Hotel | Mitspe Ramon

Day Six includes the possibility of riding a trail on horseback and other activities provided by Bedouin in the nearby villages, or just relaxing by poolside or enjoying the numerous treatments in the hotel’s spa.  It is all, again, up to you.  Enjoy these last moments before being transferred back to Ben Gurion National Airport.

Come back soon!