A Tailor-Made Palestine Tour
Note: this is a tailor-made Palestine tour that we crafted for a group of our guests. It can be fully customised – or overhauled – according to your spirit of adventure.
Join us for twelve-days of nurturing hikes on a Palestine tour. The Rocky Mountains of this country are food for soul.
Expect desert gorges, dead seas, surprising oases and the oldest inhabited cities on earth. You won’t just be viewing these landmarks; you will foster a deep connection with the landscape on this Palestine Tour.
This is a rare opportunity to truly experience people’s lives in Palestine: to stay in their homes, eat their delicious food and hear their remarkable stories.
Hike the Abraham Path
This Palestine tour will take you along the Abraham Path – known locally as the Masar Ibrahim al Khalil – through the beautiful and varied landscapes of this most historic of regions. We’ll stay with local families in their homes, meet Bedouins, partake of generous hospitality and gain a deep understanding of the local culture.
This is a two-week Palestine from the north to south of the West Bank, starting in the village of Rummaneh near Jenin and ending in Jerusalem, one of the oldest cities in the world.
Along the way, you will visit Jericho – described as the ‘city of palm trees’ in the Hebrew Bible. Here, you will see the city’s relics from a cable-car perspective, and have time to unwind at your hotel’s swimming pool.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport, Israel|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please ensure you arrive in good time for our scheduled departure from Tel Aviv|
- Airport transfers in Israel.
- All food and accommodation. Accommodation will range from good hotels in Bethlehem and Jerusalem to homestays and nights in Bedouin encampments.
- Drinking water.
- Luggage transfers each day – leaving you with only a day pack to carry.
- A superb local guide who intimately knows the route and the people who live along it.
- Fresh filtered water + a Water 2 Go water filtration bottle, in order to reduce plastic waste
- Professional route planning and logistics, backed by risk assessments, emergency procedures, satellite communications (where necessary) and medical support. We don’t take risks lightly and we plan for all eventualities, believing it is better to have prepared and not require a procedure than not to plan at all.
- International Flights to/from Tel Aviv – we can organise these for you as part of the package – please advise us if you need this.
- Your Israeli visa if required (UK/EU citizens do not require a tourist visa. Other nationalities may).
- Extras such as souvenirs and alcohol.
- Your personal travel insurance
Flexible Dates: April – November
On this Palestine tour, you can expect a good walk every day with stupendous views. There is also the potential to see local wildlife and plenty of opportunities to see the layers of ancient history that modern Palestine stands upon.
You won’t find this the Abraham Path in many tour brochures – and that’s what we’re here for.
With images courtesy of Merryn Conaway, Daniel Gerber, Carla Ribeiro and Frits Meyst of Meystphoto.com
Where will we be staying?
On this expedition our accommodation will range from good hotels, to homestays and shared space in Bedouin settlements. As it is a tailor made trip, you can pitch up or down the accommodation to suit your own taste and budget.
What will the weather be like?
Spring is generally warm time of year to travel – around 20-25 degrees during the day. But bare in mind that some sharp showers can be expected, that it will be colder as we gain altitude and that nights could feasibly be between 10 and 15 degrees in some places.
What kit do I need to bring?
We will provide you with an information pack after signing up to this trip, and this will detail any particular equipment we think either necessary or useful. For this walking expedition, comfortable clothes, good boots and a day pack are the key ingredients to a happy time!
Is there a back-up vehicle?
Sometimes our expeditions require a back-up vehicle. For our Masar trip, we don’t use a vehicle because daily distances are small, and proximity to medical care is relatively good. We do however employ the services of local drivers to take luggage from our morning departure point to our evening accommodation. This will mean all you need to carry with you in a day pack is your camera, any extra clothes, waterproofs, snacks and water bottle.
How much are flights?
This is a moving feast! It depends on where you are travelling from and how you want to get there. From London, the cheapest flights to Tel Aviv can be via EasyJet or similar carriers. Several major carriers fly direct to Tel Aviv from all over the world. Expect to pay around £300 from London on average.
What will the food be like?
The food in this part of the world can be spectacularly good – full of flavour, spice, fruit and seasonings. In the main, local people eat a lot of maqluba. This is a dish made of rice, vegetables and often chicken, inverted at the point of serving hence the name, which translates literally as ‘upside-down’. This is often served with yoghurt and salads. Breakfasts are often pitta or other flat breads, served with fruits, cheese and other accompaniments. You’ll eat a lot of tasty hummus, babaganoush and olive oil on this trip.
Will I have to share a room?
This is your trip, so you should not need to share a room. If you bring a group of more than 10 people, it might be that you need to share rooms simply due to the size of the places we are staying en route.
How fit do I need to be?
You need to be fit enough to be able to walk on rough and hilly terrain for an average of 12/13 miles per day. If you have any doubts or worries over whether you might not be able, perhaps a trial walk somewhere local to you would be a good idea to gauge your fitness levels before signing up? We have kept daily distances relatively low so as to be able to enjoy the scenery and culture and not feel rushed along.
Do you perform proper risk management on your expeditions?
Yes. We are members of TRIP – the Travel Risk and Incident Prevention Group – and perform detailed country risk assessments prior to departure, in line with the ISO 31000 international standard for risk assessment. We also maintain close contact with the relevant Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice for countries we plan to visit, in addition to making use of the Australian Smart Traveller assessment tool, and the US State Department’s OSAC service. Beyond this, we have a full set of risk management and disaster contingency plans for each expedition and are expedition first aid trained by Crux Medical. For final back up we also use the services of Remote Medical Support that allows us to have a UK expedition doctor on the end of a telephone line wherever we may be. And we always carry a satellite phone if there is any danger of being out of signal in the places we travel through. We really don’t mess around when it comes to safety.
Is this for me?
Although this is an extremely enlivening way to spend two weeks of your life, it’s also potentially tough.
Walking across rough terrain can be dangerous in your own back yard, so being fit enough to walk an average of twelve miles per day on boulder strewn mountain tracks is a prerequisite of this trip.
As you are travelling under your own steam, on most days we can find a place to have you collected if you feel the distance is just too much.
This is a beautiful, enchanting and ancient place to travel through but in many of the areas we will pass through, tourism is in its infancy. This of course, is what draws us – and hopefully you – to travel there in this experiential way.
There’ll be very little Wi-Fi or mobile reception for most of the hike. Shared rooms, local hospitality and simple amenities will be the norm, so if your idea of heaven is starting each day with a full English breakfast and having a swimming pool and a private suite, then we’d suggest this isn’t for you!