Jerusalem YMCA, King David Street

Opposite the King David Hotel in West Jerusalem. Please wait outside the gate. If you arrive early the YMCA hotel serves coffee and a nice breakfast. 
Learn more about the Historic YMCA at this link.
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Desert Hike Adventure

3-­Day Desert Experience 10 km Hike Daily

Begins every Thursday
Length of Tour: 3 Days/2 Nights
Jerusalem Departure:YMCA, King David Street - (map)
Bethlehem Departure:Manger Square, Bethlehem - (map)
Tel Aviv Departure:Hayarkon 48 Hostel - (map)
Return: Bethlehem/Jerusalem
Cost: $575 per person​­ - requires a minimum of 4 people to run.
includes accommodations, daily tours/hikes, all meals.

Day 1 - ­Thursday­ - Bethlehem to Tal Al­Qamar:

Pick up from Jerusalem for transfer to meet the Palestinian Guide in Bethlehem where the tour will begin. Start with a viewing the Separation Wall, then walk to Aida Refugee Camp for a visit with the locals and at the Center. Walk through Bethlehem to Manger Square, ­visit the Nativity Church, have a light snack and brief visit of the Old City to see the shops and market before the hiking begins to Tal Al­Qamar.

This 10km hike will take approximately 3­ hours viewing the towns of Beit Sahour, Shawarwa village, and Bedouin Camps.

Upon arrival in Tal Al ­Qamar ­ you’ll have time to rest. In the evening, enjoy musical entertainment,
dinner and the great outdoors.
Overnight on the Camp Site.

Day 2­ - Friday - Tal Al ­Qamar to Mar Saba:

Wake up to the morning sunrise and enjoy breakfast. Today starts with a 10km hike to Mar Saba ­ view the site of Mar Saba Monastery, chance for candid photo taking. This hike takes the full morning with stops en route to rest and view the beautiful scenery. Transportation will pick up the group from Mar Saba for return back to Tel Al Qamar. 

Lunch on site. After lunch an adventurous Jeep ride through the Jerusalem Desert to the cliff of the Dead Sea. View the Dead Sea before return to the Camp Site.

In the evening, experience the outdoors with Star Gazing ­ through a telescope, then dinner under the stars with a bonfire.

Overnight at the Camp Site.

Day 3 -­ Saturday - Mar Saba to Nabi Musa to Jericho & Dead Sea:

The final day you will depart from Tal Al Qamar. Pack up your luggage in the vehicle and off to Mar Saba to continue the hike through the desert. Today’s 10km hike will travel from Mar Saba to Maqam Al Nabi Musa. Stop to get a view of the exquisite Mosque. The vehicle will pick up the group for a ride to Jericho. Take the Cable Cars for an overview of all of Jericho. Have lunch on the Mount of Temptation. Spend the end of the tour with a float in the healing waters of the Dead Sea The tour ends returning back to Jerusalem or Bethlehem.

  • Pick up and drop off from departure point in Jerusalem or Bethlehem
  • 2­ Nights Accommodations in a Tent or Chalet
  • Private Bathrooms
  • All meals ­breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Transportation
  • Jeep ride
  • Welcome Pack
  • Professional English Speaking tour guides
  • Certified First Aid Attendee
  • Entrance fees to all sites
  • Tours/Hikes as per itinerary

Not included:
  • Travel Insurance
  • Airfare
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips

This tour was created by Yamen Elabed and is organized by the Wishes4Tomorrow Organization. We
reserve the right to cancel the trip due to insufficient number of participants and may modify the
itinerary at any time, if necessary, due to factors beyond our control.

A portion of the fees goes to the Wishes4Tomorrow Organization for programs designed to help support the people of Palestine.

Jerusalem to Jericho Hiking Tour

via Wadi Qelt

Tour Highlights

    Ein Fawwar ( Ein Prat)
  • Scenery: Walk through one of the most scenic valleys in the world.
  • Spiritual: Visit the spiritual hide-outs of monks through the centuries.
  • Social: Learn about the social realities of the land.
  • Swimming: Swim in clean, flowing waters.
  • History: Connect to the land's incredible history and beauty.

Tour Details

Every Wednesday
Length of Tour: 8.5 Hours
Jerusalem Departure:  8:00am - Jerusalem Hotel (map)
Tel Aviv Departure:  6:30am - Hayarkon 48 Hostel (map)
Return: 4:30pm to Jerusalem - 6:30pm to Tel Aviv
Cost: $95 including transportation & a picnic lunch
Passports needed 

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Detailed Description

Ein Fawwar ( Ein Prat)
Ein Fawwar (Ein Prat)
This Eco-tour will take you through the majestic Wadi Qlt (Ein Prat), a water-filled, green, desert oasis valley running through the heart of the Judean Desert, from Jerusalem to Jericho. The valley houses many natural caves, a variety of wildlife, as well as several aqueducts that run along the stream, the oldest dating to the Hasmonean period (2nd century BC). The valley and its surroundings were declared as Ein Prat Nature Reserve, by the Israeli Parks authority following the 1967' war and is nowadays a popular destination for Palestinian and Israeli hikers, as well as local Bedouin shepherds.

Our tour will begin with a short meeting and briefing at the Jerusalem hotel. A few minutes walk from Damascus gate. From there we will travel down the Jerusalem-Jericho highway to the entrance to the ancient town of Bethany (modern day Azaria). We will visit the lookout over the Judean desert and discuss the impact of its development on the local political, social and ecological realities.

We will buy ourselves some food for a picnic and then continue to Ein Fawar (Mabua spring) where our walking tour will begin. Here we will hear of the special “bubbling” pool  and have a chance to swim in its refreshing waters. Then we will start our descent down the valley walking along the fresh water stream, past the many caves, reeds, birds and wildlife.

Saint George Monastary
Saint George Monastary
Halfway down we will stop for lunch by the water as we continue walking down to the monastery of St. George which was founded by John of Thebes around 480 AD, and became an important spiritual center in the sixth century under Saint George of Choziba. Hermits living in caves in nearby cliffs still meet in the monastery for a weekly mass and communal meals, as well as hosting the many pilgrims who frequent the site.

We will then visit the Eco-community of EcoME on the outskirts of ancient Jericho. This ecological meeting place has been a source of inspiration for many Israelis, Palestinians and foreign visitors. You will have the option of going back to Jerusalem or staying for a vegetarian dinner.