Nature Tours December 2017- January 2018


Diving Deep into the Crater – Friday, December 1

Makhtesh Ramon. Photo Dov GreenblatHiking along a colorful path, we will reach Ein Saharonim, a beautiful spring in the heart of the desert where we will splash in the cool water, study the tracks of desert animals, look for fossils, get to know the desert vegetation, and explore an ancient Nabatean fort. Later in the day, we will make our way to the famed "Rock, Wind, Water" site to create sand art in bottles.

Guided by the HarHanegev Field School

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High above the Dead Sea (For fit walkers) – Saturday, December 2
Though the climb up Ma’ale Mezin in the northern Judean Desert is intense, the breathtaking panoramic view of the stunning blue lake and lush green beach make it all worthwhile. We will hike the cliffs and descend via the Rosh Tzukim lookout to the green landscape of the Einot Tzukim Nature Reserve.

Guided by Omer Shapira

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Palm trees Arava region. Photo Dov GreenblatWinter Stars: Geminids in the Arava Skies – Friday-Saturday, December 13-14
Every December, the earth passes through the cosmic dust trail left by the 3200 Phaethon asteroid. The dust particles form a shower of "shooting stars” that are a wonder to behold. We will enjoy an astronomical evening of solar and laser-guided sky-dome observations, lectures, observations of celestial bodies using state-of-the-art telescopes, and a bonfire. The next day, two tours will be offered: a challenging desert hike in the Tzafit Stream and an easier route in Givat Hatzeva.

Guided by the Hatzeva and Har HaNegev Field Schools

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Foraging and cooking tour

Cooking in Nature: Workshop at Alona Springs – Saturday, December 16
After enjoying the spectacular views, gurgling springs, and the remains of an ancient village at the Ein Nili Spring, we will hike the trails to gather edible wild plants. Throughout the hike, we will hear fascinating stories about our ancestors’ culinary habits, and then use the wild plants gathered to cook a nutritious lunch based on the same ancient menu. The tour begins in the vineyards near Givat Nili.

Guided by Yatir Sade

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Christmas Spirit Hits Jaffa – Saturday, December 23
While you may already be familiar with the galleries and hidden alleyways of Old Jaffa, you have never experience the special Christmas atmosphere at the local churches and monasteries. On the outskirts of the Ajami neighborhood, we will speak with monks and take part in their special seasonal ceremonies. We will also learn about the Anglican, Greek-Orthodox, Armenian, and Christian residents of Old Jaffa, and visit several area landmarks, including the Churches of St. Michael and St. George.

Guided by Oded Amitai

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The Desert Awakens: Babblers and other Birds – Friday-Saturday, December 29-30
This special birding weekend will focus on learning about the magical ecosystem of the Arava desert. We will travel along the Path of Peace and visit the reservoirs to watch the water birds take flight against the backdrop of the desert sunset. After dinner, we will watch the movie "Why Help? The Story of the Babblers," which presents a strong case for volunteering in the Arava. In the morning, we will go on a sunrise tour of the Sheizaf reserve to observe the curious babblers and other local and migrating birds.

Guided by the Hatzeva Field School

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Israel National Trail. Photo Dov GreenblatThe Israel National Trail (For fit walkers) – Saturday, January 6
On this hike, we will tackle one of the most beautiful trails in the Land of Craters. Known as "The Big Fin," the trail begins with a fairly steep uphill slope dotted with inclined rock layers, a wonderful panorama of the Oron region, the Hatira spring and the Great Crater. After walking on the ridge line above the crater, we will descend into a hidden canyon. The tour will conclude with a short walk along the Mamshit stream, where the Israel National Trail used to pass.

Guided by Tsachi Globin

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In Time for Olive Harvest
On this trip to the Netofa ridge, we will visit the ancient Yodfat Hill and learn about the Great Revolt in the Galilee. We will then take a tour of the olive groves near the Hararit settlement and continue on to the village of Arabeh, where we will receive a tutorial in cold pressing at a modern olive oil production plant.

Guided by Naomi Goshen – Galilee Field School

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Please Note the tours are guided in Hebrew
For further information and to register for any of the above tours,
please call +972-3-6388688, or e-mail teleteva@spni.org.il