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Slow Tourism In Valley of Springs

What is Slow Tourism?

Slow Tourism is the concentration of tourist activities in a single area that offer visitors the chance to enjoy "in depth" experiences and to interact with the location, its character, culture and, most importantly, its residents.

In the Valley of Springs we offer our visitors a chance to experience the history, nature and agriculture that characterize our region, at a comfortable and relaxed pace. We introduce you to both the physical and the human landscape, by meeting and talking to residents of various occupations and crafts. By combining all this within the Slow Tourism framework, you can create personal itineraries tailored to your individual interests and preferences and take an active part in the cultural life of the Valley of Springs.

The Valley of Springs is at the forefront of bringing Slow Tourism to Israel. We have created diverse tours for you, interwoven with different aspects of life in the area. We have over 6 days of Slow Tourism, with a range of options covering heritage, art and agriculture.

Getting to know the local hosts, tourist operators and artists is all part of Slow Tourism in the Valley of Springs.

 

We wish our guests, visitors, residents, hosts and tourism operators
an enjoyable Slow Tourism experience in the Valley of Springs.


 

 
The Valley of Springs Trail

The new  trail in the eastern area of Israel is 120 km long and surrounds the mountains and valleys around the ancient city of Beit Shean.

The trail (signed by orange colored marks) begins on top of the Gilboa mountain, at an eastern view point, from which you can see on a bright day from the suburbs of Amman to the top of the Hermon mountain north to the Golan heights.

From that point, the trail goes down to the Valley of Springs down to the Harod stream. After visiting the water attractions, the trail heads north to the ancient crusaders fortress- Belvoir and it’s magnificent view 400 meters above the Jordan valley. Down from the well preserved fortress, the trail turns south and follows the border line between Israel and Jordan, and the old Ottoman railway to the pioneer kibuts- Tirat Tzvi, and turns to the north west- to complete the circle in the ancient city of Beit Shean. On the way. The trail takes you to visit the historical site mentioned in the bible- Rehov, for a last view of the valley, from the top of the hill.

  • How much time do I need to finish the trail?
  • How hard is it?

The trail takes up to 6 days and is mostly appropriate for easy walkers, Except for the mountains area that are for fit walkers.

  • what is the best season to come?

The ideal season begins at the middle of November when the weather cools drastically until  april when it goes too hot and too dry to walk it all.

  • Special things about the trail:

1. Walking the trail allows you to change several climate zones while  traveling. The vally of Beit Shean is unique for its location between the hot dry climate effects of the great arab deasert. Tirat Tzvi hold a world record for the highest temperature ever measured on earth: 54 c. this weather makes the vally ideal for some reptile, insects and plants to be found here at their northern area of appearance.

During the wet season, most of the area goes under the effection of the Mediterranean climate that brings about 200- 300 mm of rain and grows green layers that cover the area, changing it dramatically.

2. The Beit Shean valley is part of the Great Rift Valley. Its geological history of great forces that formed the landscape, also made this area rich with great springs that are spread across the valley and make great oases.

Also, the great rift valley is the main routh for Bird Migration between Europe and Africa. Therefore most of the year you can meet here a lot of bird species in great numbers.



The Park of Springs

The Park of Springs – Protecting Nature for the Future Generations

The Park of Springs features three of the region's most beautiful springs: Ein Shokek, Ein Moda and Hakibbutzim River. This well-kept park is open to the public free of charge. You can get around the park by foot or in environment-friendly vehicles.

The park combines springs, rivers, fields, fishponds, water and historic and archaeological sites in an area opposite Mount Gilboa, which majestically reigns over it. Paved roads enable visitors to enjoy the natural surroundings without harming the plants or local wildlife. Enter the park from Road 669. Turn at Gan Hashlosha (Sahne) and follow the signs.

Now the fun begins. You may choose to rent different types of bicycles  – for individuals or families –  or an electric vehicle for 4, 6 or 8 to take a long or short ride around the park. You can park the bikes or other vehicles next to the water and enjoy the springs or Hakibbutzim River. Stop for a picnic in the shady groves next to the spring or at the ancient flourmill. Observe the many birds that populate the fishponds and enjoy the marvelous natural surroundings.

A unique electric shuttle travels through the park, carrying visitors to and from the entrance. So if you plan a long picnic, you can always pick up the shuttle on your way in, spend all the time you like in the park and then take the shuttle back and make your way home, relaxed after your pleasurable visit.

Bar Ofan – A Special Treat for Groups: You have never been on a bicycle like this! 17 people pedal simultaneously with no special effort, moving a huge beer bar. And you don't just pedal – you pedal and drink cold beer straight from the barrel located at the front of the Bar Ofan. The music is just right, the drink is free and you drink, ride and enjoy every minute.

Bar Ofan is the only vehicle in the world where you can drink and drive – in fact the whole experience is based on doing so!