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Palestinian 8 day walking adventure
€1345.00

Price:  €1345

 

Departure Dates 2020 :   October 4th - October 12th

 

Duration:  8 Days / 7 Nights

 

Departure Location:  Dublin Airport

 

 

 

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What's Included ?

  • Accommodation with Dinner and Breakfast for two nights in Nablus, one night with local families in duma, one night with the bedouins in auja, one night at a hotel in Jericho , one night with the Bedouins in Rashaydeh, one night in Jerusalem 
  • Transportation include one transfer in arrival , one transfer on departure, bags transfer, and any transfer during the tour  for the 8 days
  • English speaking guide for 6 Days
  • overnight for guide during the program
  • light lunches from for 5 days
  • one free tour leader
  • Meet and assist
  • Mineral Water
 

 

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What’s Not Included ?

•  Travel insurance
•  Flights
•  Drinks and selected meals
 
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Day 1: Arrival

 

Transfer from the airport to Nablus

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Nablus

 

Day 2: Awarta to duma

 

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:  From Awarta the trail leads out of the village following a ridge with expansive of views of the surrounding hilly countryside. Halfway between Awarta and Aqraba sits Mt. Arma or Orma, whose name means pile of wheat. At the mountain’s are the remains of an ancient – likely Roman – watchtower and spacious cisterns cut into the mountain’s face.

A few kilometers ahead, the trail passes through Aqraba, a village whose name (scorpion in Arabic), according to oral tradition, came from Canaanites who compared Aqraba’s inhabitants’ strength to that of scorpions. From Arqaba, the route takes hikers along the rim of the Jordan Valley with incredible views of Jordan and Al-Qarn (or Sartaba), an ancient mountain-top fortress. Continuing through the village of Majdal Bani Fadil, the trail ends in Duma, a Palestinian village whose name comes from the Canaanite word for quietness or rest.

 

Day 3: Duma to Auja

 

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

Dinner and overnight with the Bedouins in auja

Walk description: Following a small road from Kufr Malek, the trail zig-zags down a hillside riddled with the remains of Roman cisterns and graves on its way to the Ein Samia Valley. After reaching the valley, the trail crosses a larger paved road and continues past fields of zatar before before following a path out of the valley bottom past the remains of an old Byzantine era church.

After crossing a ridge the path drops down into Wadi al-’Auja, a deep, rugged wadi that runs from Ein Samia (Samia Spring) down to Ein al-’Auja (Al-’Auja Spring) in the Jordan Valley. Wadi Al-’Auja is home to an impressive array of plant life as it descends from the higher elevations of the Palestinian highlands to a point around 50m below sea level at Ein al-’Auja, a popular, local picnic spot.

From Ein Al-’Auja, the trail follows the wadi and ancient Roman aqueducts, used divert water from Ein al-’Auja to Jericho, past the ruins of a Byzantine church and onto the Al-’Auja Bedouin community.

 

Day 4: Auja to Jericho

 

From our camp at Auja we get a transfer to St George Monastery, visit the Monastery, 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: Following a small road from Kufr Malek, the trail zig-zags down a hillside riddled with the remains of Roman cisterns and graves on its way to the Ein Samia Valley. After reaching the valley, the trail crosses a larger paved road and continues past fields of zatar before before following a path out of the valley bottom past the remains of an old Byzantine era church.

After crossing a ridge the path drops down into Wadi al-’Auja, a deep, rugged wadi that runs from Ein Samia (Samia Spring) down to Ein al-’Auja (Al-’Auja Spring) in the Jordan Valley. Wadi Al-’Auja is home to an impressive array of plant life as it descends from the higher elevations of the Palestinian highlands to a point around 50m below sea level at Ein al-’Auja, a popular, local picnic spot.

From Ein Al-’Auja, the trail follows the wadi and ancient Roman aqueducts, used divert water from Ein al-’Auja to Jericho, past the ruins of a Byzantine church and onto the Al-’Auja Bedouin community.

 

Day 5: Nebi Musa to Mar Saba

 

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

Dinner and overnight at a hotel in Bethlehem

 

Day 6: Wadi Jihar to Rashaydeh

 

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 from Tequa through Wadi Jihar will take about 4 hours, primarily on a rocky desert path, with a descent and few small climbs. We will emerge from the valley and reach the village of Rashaydeh.

Dinner and overnight with the Bedouins in Rashaydeh

Walk description: This hike will take you from Tuqu’ through Wadi el-Jihar to ‘Arab ar-Rashayida village. Here in Bedouin lands you will see their camels and livestock in pastures. The path descends into the spectacular Wadi el-Jihar, a deep limestone canyon in the desert. The caves there have been used for homes for a long time.

The hike from Tuqu’ to Wadi el-Jihar will take about 4 hours; the terrain is rocky, with a few small climbs. Once you emerge from the valley and come to ‘Arab ar-Rashayida village, you will have the opportunity to try a traditional Palestinian meal at one of the homestays there.

 

Day 7: Rashaydeh to Bani Naim – Jerusalem

 

We will hike from the Rashaydeh desert area to Bani Naim, 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 we reach to bani naim and enjoy the lunch there , 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

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