Abraham Path

 

Abraham Path

Walk a Path of History

Palestine

8 days – 7 nights

Day 1: Tel-Aviv – Bethlehem

Arrival at Tel Aviv airport, welcome by our representative, transfer to the hotel in Bethlehem, dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Bethlehem – Jericho – Dead Sea

After breakfast, depart for a green oasis near the Dead Sea- Jericho, you will cross the canyon of Wadi Qelt to the beautiful St. George Monastery built against the ocher cliffs of the mountain. a stunning rocky valley with many ancient cave dwellings.  Continue walking through the desert mountains until the city of Jericho. Picnic in route. Transfer to the Quarantine Mountain and have the opportunity to climb up to the summit overlooking of the city, visit the monastery and admire the panorama that extends from Jericho to the Jordan Valley and the mountains of Moab. In the afternoon, transfer to the Dead Sea which is one of the greatest wonders of the world, 400 meters below the level of the Mediterranean Sea, making it the lowest point on earth, This Sea is the richest deposit of global natural. Diner and overnight at Aqbat Jaber Guest House

Distance : 10 KM. total walking time: 3h Difficulty : Moderate. Terrain: Rocky desert paths and canyon trails, some climbing.

 

Day 3: Ain Auja – Jericho

Transfer to Ain Auja,, the most important source of water for the Jordan Valley. A hikethrough the wide agricultural plane to reach Tel Al Sultan. Visit the remains of the oldest city in the world and millennia wall of Jericho. Continue to visit the ruins of Qasr Hisham, the Umayyads built this palace that houses beautiful mosaic floors .Crossing the city of Jericho to the Aqbat Jaber camp. Visit the cooperative of women. Discovering local products. In the evening have a meeting with local people to better understand the life and the situation in the country. Diner and overnight at Aqbat Jaber Guest House.

Distance 15 km. About 5-6 hrs. Difficulty: Easy.

 

Day 4: Nabi Moussa – Mar Saba – Tal al Qmar

After breakfast, transfer to Nabi Mousa, The walk begins at Nebi Musa in the eastern Desert, exactly from Khirbet Al-Mird site, which is also called Hyrcania in Greek, and ends up at Mar Saba, the Greek Orthodox desert monastery. Continue hiking towards Mar Saba monastery. Mar Saba is among the most ancient and wondrous desert monasteries in the Holy Land. Women have not been allowed into Mar Saba for 15 centuries, and will have to admire the monastery from afar – over its exterior walls.You descend down the valley and then up to the monastery after resting for some time in the top, enjoying the views and atmosphere. Continue through the canyons up to Tal al Qmar, where the path was mostly mountains and canyons. Reaching the end of the hike, you will rest up the mountain in a local tent where you will try the delicious lunch and desserts with the local family of the tent over there and have the overnight there.

Distance 20km (6h-7h) Difficulty: Medium – Hard

 

Day 5: Tuqu – Rashaida 

Transfer to the village of Tuqu, which is located 12 kilometers to the south of Bethlehem, It stands on the top of a hill that is covered with olive trees, always looking green and beautiful and forming a fantastic landscape for visitors, start hiking to the village of Rashaida, crossing the spectacular Wadi Jihar, a deep limestone canyon in the desert. Arrival at Bedouin encampment village Rashayda, which is located in the desert region between Bethlehem and the Dead Sea. Have a 4×4 Bedouin ride to watch a beautiful sunset view of the Dead Sea. Evening and night in Bedouin camp.

14km. 4-5 hrs. Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

 

Day 6: Rashaida – Bethlehem. urban walking day

Transfer to Bethlehem, this pretty little town in the heart of the hills is home to the Cave of the Nativity where Jesus was born, as well as it being a city which dates back more than three thousand years with many architectural and historical treasures. A stroll through its old streets with its numerous churches and mosques and ancient relics allows you to experience the charm of a small sized town, where we find the typical Palestinian culture. The walk continues for a tour of the Wall that separates Bethlehem from Jerusalem and the refugee camp of Aida, have a meeting with a local association. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Bethlehem.

 

Day 7: Bethlehem – Jerusalem: urban walking day

After breakfast, transfer to Jerusalem. The day will be spent visiting Jerusalem, a city holy to three monotheistic religions. This ancient city has experienced centuries of bloodshed, twenty times destroyed yet still standing. Continue to visit some important historical and religious sites In the old city: the Dome of the Rock, the Via Dolorosa, the Holy Sepulcher, the Wailing Wall and The Cardo: the ancient Roman city and Mt Zion. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem.

Day 8:  Jerusalem – Tel Aviv

After breakfast, free time in Jerusalem, according to the time of the flight, transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv for the return flight

Our prices are on request and depend on number of participants and request services.

 

The price includes:

Reception and transfer: Airport / Hotel / Airport.
All transfers and excursions as mentioned in the program. And the transport of luggage to another place
half-board accommodation includes breakfast and dinner
The inputs of the sites mentioned in the program
A local guide
light meal at noon and water A local guide
Recommendations:
* Physical level: good physical condition to perform recommended hiking 5 to 7 am daily.
Equipment needed:
* Allow 2 Luggage: 1 large travel bag that will be transported by the vehicle, and 1 medium size back pack for carrying business of the day.
* Type of walking shoes or light trekking shoes kind.
* Long sleeved shirts instead of t-shirts.
* In winter, warm clothes
* Hiking sticks
* At least 3-4 liters of water running
* Sunscreen and a hat, sunglasses, toiletries case and small individual pharmacy. Your camera

important, programs are indicative. They are subject to change depending on climatic or political conditions in the country.
Additional information:
Flexibility and adaptation to your wishes
Promoted contacts with the locals and discovering local culture
local guide for the days of cultural visits. In cases where it is not possible to provide a Francophone hiking guide because there are very limited number, we provide  an English speaking guide

 

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