Walking Holiday in Palestine
Walking Holiday in Palestine.
Walking along the Path of Abraham
“Discover the ancient wonders of this part of the middle east, the birthplace of many religions and the locations from many Biblical stories from Jericho to Bethlehem. You will be passing through thousands of years of history that is etched in every small town to old cliff side monasteries and monuments. Palestine is a real place of discovery from the dead sea to the River Jordan to vast deserts and deep mountain Gorges.”
Abraham’s Path travels north to south through the West Bank of Palestine. We start our journey from the Old town of Nablus. This was once once a thriving market place for many travelers passing through the middle east from the Persians to Romans and the Ottoman. Thee are still many markets here and Turkish Baths from the Ottoman empire.
From Neblus we make our way south through small towns, mountains, open plains and deserts as we follow in the footsteps of Abraham towards his final resting place in Hebron.
Along our way we visit many locations of great historical and religious importance such as the Dead sea, the River Jordan and Bethlehem to name a few.
Path of Abraham | Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil | Nablus | Roman Sebastiya | Auja Bedouins camp | Jabal Awrma | Duma | Ain Samia | Sleep in a Bedouin camp | Wadi el-Qult | Jericho | Dead Sea swim | Mar Saba Monastery | Nebi musa | Rashaydeh desert |Bethlehem | Church of the Nativity|Banksy Hotel | Jerusalem |
Day 1: Fly into Tel Aviv and Transfer from the airport to Nablus
Dinner and overnight at hotel in Nablus. Depending on time of arrival there may be time to visit some of this old town and it’s famous market area.
Day 2: Awarta to Duma
Walk Details: Distance: 15.14Km, Elevation Gain: 374m
Transfer to Awarta village and begin our walk along the Masar Ibrahim al Khalil (Abrahams Path) at the village of Awarta, from where well head south through Palestine’s northern highlands a cultivated Mediterranean landscape of olive groves, wheat fields and limestone villages. There is an interesting exploration of herbal lore and traditional plant medicine to be done along the way. Reach to duma, visit the burned house
Dinner and overnight with local families in Duma
Walk description: https://masaribrahim.ps/trail/nablus/3-awarta-to-duma/
Day 3: Duma to Auja
Walk Details: Distance: 11.06Km, Elevation Gain: 79m (from Kufr Malek)
We leave the village of Duma on foot and head south, walking most of the day towards the Auja Valley which brings us out in the Jordan River valley just north of Jericho. Here we will spend the night with the Bedouin, whose way of life has remained unchanged for millennia but who now find themselves forced to the very margins of society. Reach to the Bedouin tent in Auja, The Bedouin people are very friendly and social, they are mainly shepherds and have been in this area for hundreds of years.
Dinner and overnight with the Bedouins in Auja
Walk description: https://masaribrahim.ps/trail/nablus/5-kafr-malek-to-al-auja/
Day 4: Auja to Jericho
Walk Details: Distance: 4.56Km, Elevation Gain: 50m (from St George’s monastery)
From our camp at Auja we get a transfer to St George Monastery. The monastery of St George sits built into the cliff face of large gorge and it was originally founded when the early christians were chased out of this area by the Persians. After our visit here we then walk toward Jericho City, until we reach the Herod Palace. Transfer to the dead sea to swim and then back to Jerihco
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Jericho
Walk description: https://masaribrahim.ps/trail/jericho/1-al-auja-to-jericho/
Day 5: Nebi Musa to Mar Saba – Bethlehem
Walk Details: Distance: 6.70Km, Elevation Gain: 305m (from Kidron Valley)
Transfer to Nebi musa and we walk south from the shrine of Nebi Musa, through the desert landscape that rises to the west of the Dead Sea. The path brings us to the edge of the Kidron Valley or Wadi alJoz, a deep limestone canyon, from where we can see the even more remote and spectacular desert monastery of Mar Saba built into the cliff face on the opposite side of the ravine. Then transfer to Bethlehem, visit the old city of Bethlehem including the wall and Banksy Hotel *The Walled Off Hotel“.
Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Bethlehem
Day 6: Wadi Jihar to Rashaydeh
Walk Details: Distance: 13.28Km, Elevation Gain: 300m (from Wadi Jihar)
Transfer to wadi el jihar, the hike begins in the Jerusalem wilderness and descends into the spectacular Wadi Jihar, a deep limestone canyon. The hike will be from the beginning of wadi Jihar to the entrance of Rashaydeh village. There will be a choose to continue to walk extra to Beduoin Camp if you choose (+ 7Km)
Dinner and overnight with the Bedouins in Rashaydeh
Walk description: https://masaribrahim.ps/trail/bethlehem/4-tuqu-to-arab-ar-rashayida/
Day 7: Rashaydeh to Bani Naim – Jerusalem
Walk Details: Distance: 13.31Km, Elevation Gain: 420m
We will hike from the Rashaydeh desert area to Bani Naim half the way for 13 km , a mountain area from which Abraham watch the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Jordan Valley below. The terrain is rocky and uneven. Then transfer to Hebron and tour the old city then transfer to Jerusalem
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem
Day 8: Departure
Tour the old city of Jerusalem in the morning if possible
Transfer from Jerusalem to the airport
Here is a short list of extras you will need to bring along for this walking holiday.
- Hill walking Boots.
- Walking Trousers ( Not Jeans)
- Walking Shorts
- Sun Glasses
- Waterproofs (Just in Case)
- Socks Leggings
- Thermal top / T-shirt (Not Cotton)
- Sun Cream
- Insect Repellent
Travel Insurance is recommend for everyone for walking in Palestine.
We will be using a mix of 3 star hotels, local families homes and bedouin camps on this tour.
The food in Palestine is very good and fresh produce. They enjoy a lot of rice and chicken as well as fresh vegetables. The food is generally seasoned with local herbs such as thyme. They also really like their humus and eggplant. They can also cater for vegetarians and gluten free, once we know beforehand.
Breakfasts are included and can range from size depending on accommodation.
Packed lunches are provided for the walks
Evening Meals : Evening meals are included on this tour