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Day 1: Arrival: Arrive at Tel Aviv airport. Transfer to Jenin. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Jenin, Zababdeh: Hike in the area of the Zababdeh, close to Jenin, along expansive plains. Head through the Al Balad valley to the hills of Raba village and the agricultural outskirts of the town. Then back to the city center of Zababde for a visit of the city. Overnight in Nablus. Distance: 12.1 km/7.5 miles. Difficulty: moderate. Time: 3 – 5 hours.

Day 3: Nablus, Tell Balata, Mount Jizreen, Wadi Albathan, Awarta: Today visit Nablus and the area around it, beginning with Tell Balata where the ruins of an ancient city lie. Then head over to Mt. Gizerim of the Samaritans, hike your way though Wadi Albathan, and on to Awarta for the last checkpoint. Overnight in Nablus. Distance: 10.2 km/6.3 miles. Difficulty: Easy. Time: 3 hours.

Day 4: Nebi Musa, Jericho, Mount of Temptation: Hike from the village of Jericho to the Nebi Mussa, the Mausoleum that was erected for Moses in the Middle Ages and a stand point where pilgrims looked across the Jordan Valley to catch a glimpse of Mt. Nebo in Jordan. Then back to Jericho where you will visit Old Jericho and the Mt. of Temptation. Jericho is known to be the oldest and lowest city in the world. Overnight Jericho. Distance: 18.0 km/11.1 miles. Difficulty: Moderate/Hard. Time: 4 – 6 hours.

Day 5: Wadi el Quelt: Today will be a long hike day as you make your way through the valley of Wadi el Quelt in the Judean Desert on the way to Jericho. Wadi el Quelt is a valley that stretches from east to west of the Judean desert. It starts near Jerusalem and ends at the outskirts of Jericho; also it is the home of unique flora and fauna. It is a historic path that leads to the Orthodox St. Georges Monastery, which began in the 4th century AD by monks who settled around the cave where they believed Elijah was fed by ravens. As to follow the path to Jerusalem and Bethlehem, we will hike this trail in reverse starting in Jericho and ending on the outskirts of Jerusalem. Overnight in Bethlehem. Distance: 13.5 km/8.3 miles. Difficulty: Hard. Time: 4 – 6 hours.

Day 6: Jerusalem: In the morning, view the old city of Jerusalem from the magnificent panorama a top the Mt. of Olives. Then head down and visit the main attractions of the Old City, such as the Holy Sepulchre, the Wailing Wall and the Dome of the Rock. Have the rest of the day free to walk around. Overnight Bethlehem.

Day 7: Battir, Bethlehem: Start the day off with a visit to Solomon’s Pools, which were part of an ancient waterway supplying water to Jerusalem. It was repaired and innovated a few times in history as it provided a lot of water for the area and Jerusalem, for the people and the forest. Proceed for a walk in the beautiful village of Battir. A UNESCO Heritage site in the area of Bethlehem that known for the unique type of ancient irrigation and manmade terraces, which have been in use since the Roman Empire. In the afternoon, visit Manger Square in Bethlehem and the historical/UNESCO Heritage site, the Church of the Nativity. Overnight Bethlehem. Distance: 13.5 km/8.5 miles. Difficulty: Moderate. Time: 2.5 – 3.5 hours.

Day 8: Beni Naim, Hebron, Old City, the Market, Tomb of the Patriarchs: In the morning visit Hebron, the most important city when relating to Abraham himself in the Bible. Visit the Old City, the Hebron market and then the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the landmark that gives Hebron its religious significance as most related to Abraham’s story. Walk back through the market finally concluding the tour and head back for overnight in Bethlehem. Farewell dinner. Distance: 7.0 km/4.3 miles. Difficulty: Easy. Time: 2 – 3 hours.

Day 9: Departure: Transfer to the airport for departure.

 

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