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O: Israel Adventure - Natural and Historical Highlights

Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014 to Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Presented by: Angeles Chapter, Orange County Sierra Singles
Level: Easy
Location: Israel

November 5-18, 2014 Angeles Chapter


O: Israel Adventure - Natural and Historical Highlights

Join an active and comprehensive adventure to Israel led by an Israeli and a veteran Sierra Club leader. In addition to visiting the classic religious and historical sites, our trip will venture off the beaten path along the breadth and depth of this fascinating country. Soak up the historical and religious ambiance, and learn about the natural history that makes Israel a critical respite in wildlife migration. Our trip will focus on the unique intertwining of natural and human history of Israel. We will explore the rich bio-diversity of this small country, at the intersection of Europe, Asia and Africa. This comprehensive, active adventure far surpasses the typical tourist package trip to Israel with an emphasis on activity, education, conservation, and personal attention.

Our trip will include places along the Mediterranean Sea, like Tel Aviv, the vibrant culture center of Israel and Jaffa, the oldest port town in the world. We will visit the north of Israel which is verdant green, including the sources of the Jordan River, the Sea of Galilee and Hula Nature reserve which in November is on the migration path of millions of birds. By contrast, our travel to the south will encounter a desert landscape with unique and colorful geological structures like Ramon Crater. Our trek includes snorkeling at the coral reefs of the Red Sea to see amazing colorful sea life and a swim (float!) in the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth. We will hike up Masada, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where people elected death over slavery. In Jerusalem we will walk and learn about the places that are sacred to all three major religions, but we will also learn about other unique people in Israel, like the Bedouin, the Druzes and the Bahais. This is not a packaged tour!

This active adventure includes hiking in several, very different, nature and wildlife reserves as well as walking tours of places like the Old City of Jerusalem, Caesarea and Jaffa. Expect to walk or hike 3-5 miles a day. We will stay in very comfortable hotels, including several nights in a Kibbutz with beautiful outdoor areas for relaxation. This is a trip to Israel like no other.

"NEW-We have an optional all day trip to Petra, a wonder of the world, in Jordan."

Sierra Club Member cost $3970 (Non member add $100) includes tours, guides, A/C bus, lodging, all meals, gratuities, and entrance fees.

Airfare not included; group airfare may be available.

For itinerary, application, cancellation policy contact Leaders:

Shlomo Waser, 408-483-7716,,

or Kath Giel, 415-720-4430,


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