Saturday, 23 of March 2019 - Dura to As-Sura - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

In Dura, hikers can start their day by visiting Dura Cooperative Association for Agricultural Production, where they can stamp their Hiker Passports and support the women’s cooperative by purchasing some aromatic herbs or sweet raisins or malban (dried grape juice rollups) - a tasty snack for the way. An-Nabi Nuh Shrine (the Shrine of Prophet Noah), an Ottoman building with a small dome and small arched courtyard, is also worth a visit. According to the local tradition, the Turkish soldiers arrived on the spot holding a map showing the burial site of Noah. Old residences located in the proximity to the shrine demonstrate the importance of Dura during the Ottoman period, which became the administrative center of the area (throne village). Several of these traditional houses are being restored. After leaving Dura the trail passes through scenic valleys covered with the abundant pine trees. Along the way, there are some hills to climb. The final part of this section leads up the hill to As-Sura, a small agricultural village in the Hebron Governorate. Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Dura   Walking distance: 11.2 km Walking time: 3-5 hours Difficulty: Easy   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Route  Not Included: Transportations to the starting point and from the end point 

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Sunday, 24 of March 2019, As-Sura to Adh-Dhahriya - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

After passing through the rural areas surrounding As-Sur, the path to Adh-Dhahriya, leads through evergreen pine forests. It continues towards Khirbet Rabud, the only major Late Bronze Age archaeological site in the mountains around Hebron. At the end of the 19th century the area was inhabited again. The inhabitants made use of the caves for protection, at first temporary and then permanent residences. However, the Ottoman village of Rabud has been left to decay since 1970’s. Yet the ruins  are some of the best preserved examples of vernacular  architecture in the mountains around Hebron. The new village of Raboud is built nearby. Later, a long portion of the trail passes through the picturesque Wadi Nar to reach Ad-Dhahriya. According to local tradition, Ad-Dhahriya  was founded in thirteenth century by the Mamluk ruler Al-Malik al-Dhahir Baibars, after whom the village was named. However, archaeological findings confirm that the site was inhabited before this time.  A well-conserved fortress from the Hellenistic or early Roman period is can also be found in the village. Nevertheless, Dhahriya’s historic core, with its narrow streets and small domed stone houses, is a well-preserved example of an architectural complex that dates to Ottoman times in Palestine. Before the houses were constructed, probably during the sixteenth or seventeenth century, the villagers used to live in caves that currently can be found beneath the old town.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Adh-Dhahriya   Walking distance: 13.5 km Walking time: 5 - 7 hours Difficulty: Difficult   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Route  Not Included: Transportations to the starting point and from the end point  

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Monday, 25 March 2019 - ADH-DHAHRIYA TO BEIT MIRSIM - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

The final stage of Masar Ibrahim takes hikers on an interesting 19-kilometer hike between Adh-Dhahriya, located 23 kilometers southwest of Hebron, and Beit Mirsim, located 30 kilometers southwest of Hebron.   Six kilometers down the trail one can see the ruins of a Byzantine church, located about 300 meters east of the village of Anab al-Kabir (22 kilometers southwest of Hebron). The compound served as a main religious center for the neighboring locations and includes parts of mosaic floors and the remains of a wine press and an impressive grain mill.   The masar also passes through populated areas and just next to the primary school of Anab al-Kabir. If you hike on a workday, it is very possible that students on their way home from school will join you for some part of the trek.   After Anab al-Kabir, the trail turns back to the north, leading to the suburb area of Adh-Dhahriya, where small shops can be found – a great place to refill supplies of cold water for the rest of the day. The trek also passes next to an amusement park and garden where hikers can take a break and rest in a shady spot.   The final part of the trail leads through the picturesque Wadi Nufakh, a valley that becomes a river during the rainy season. The slopes of the valley are rich in various shrubs, including felty germander (Teucrium polium), in Arabic jedeh (الجعدة), which is widely used in popular medicine for treatment of stomach ailments. A small olive grove, ideal for taking rest in the shade, is located in the middle of the valley.   Before reaching the village of Al-Burj, famous for housing the remains of a Crusader-period fortified castle and a church, the trail passes just next to the Israeli separation barrier. The Wall is also later visible from Beit Mirsim, the final location on Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil. The village is rich in heritage and includes such historical sites as a Byzantine olive press and a shrine of the Prophet Handal (Maqam al-Nabi Handal). Close to the village lies Tell Beit Mirsim, an ancient archaeological site, dating approximately to the eighteenth century BC. The site is now located on the other side of the wall and is inaccessible from the West Bank. Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Beit Mirsin Village Council  Walking distance: 19.8 km Walking time: 5 - 7 hours Difficulty: Difficult Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera   Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Route  Not Included: Transportations to the starting point and from the end point  

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Monday, 18 March 2019 Bethlehem – Tequa’ Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

Our walk will start with a city walk from the Manger Square in Bethlehem towards Artas to visit the monastery and the spring.   Then leisurely continue walking on mainly flat terrain with only one ascent to enjoy stunning views from Khirbet Tequa.  The walk will then continue through the fertile valley until we reach Tequa’. Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location: Tequa’ Length: 12 km Duration: 4 - 5 hours Category: Moderate   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3-4 liters of water and snacks for the walk Sunscreen and a hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide lunch in route arranged by local families   Not included Transportations to the starting point and from the ending point 

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Tuesday, 19 of March 2019 -Tequ’ to Reshayda - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

This walk will take us from Tequ’ through Wadi Jihar to Reshayda village, located about 20 km east of Hebron.  This is a wonderful desert hike through the Jerusalem Wilderness, descending into the spectacular Wadi Jihar, a deep limestone canyon that winds down into the desert. The hike from Tequ’a through Wadi Jihar will take about 4 hours.  The terrain is rocky desert tracks, with a descent and few small climbs. We emerge from the valley reaching Rashayda village, then continue walking toward the Bedouin Tent in Rashadydeh Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Rashaydeh village  Length: 24.30 km Duration: 4 - 5 hours Category: Easy to Moderate   What to bring:              Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3- 4 liters of water and snacks/ Lunch for the walk Sunscreen and a hat Your camera What is included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Rashaydeh Village Transfer from Tequa Municipality to the starting point Not included Transportations to the starting point and from the end point Optional tour by Jeeps to visit ( AL Matalah )over the dead Sea wll cost (50 nis) per person 

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 - Reshayda to Bani Naim - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

The Day hike begins in the Jerusalem Desert, where you will walk from the Reshayda desert area to Beni Naim, which is a mountain area from which Abraham watched the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in the Jordan Valley below.  The terrain is rocky and uneven.  By the end of the day we will have a tour at  Bani Naim.   Reshayda to Beni Naim: Length:       22.3 Km Duration:   4 - 7 hours Category:   Difficult Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3 - 4 liters of water and snacks for each hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunches in Route Not included Transportations to the starting point and from the ending point Optional: Cooking class and dinner by the end of the day in Bani Naim (40NIS)

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Thursday, 21 of March 2019, Bani Naim to Hebron, Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

Join us on this day for a hike thats starts form Bani Naim  to Hebron, which is the largest city in the West Bank.  The terrain is rocky and uneven before reaching Hebron.  Then we will walk the narrow streets of the old quarters of the Old City of Hebron and admire its buildings, typical of traditional vernacular Mamluk and Ottoman architecture. We will have a chance to meet and chat with Hebron’s welcoming artisans and confectioners selling their goods along the Old City’s alleys. On our way, we will visit ancient olive and sesame presses, markets of the Old City, and al Haram al Ibrahimi (Ibrahimi Mosque).   Beni Naim to Hebron: Length:       7 km Duration:    2 hours Category:   Easy Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 3 - 4 liters of water and snacks for each hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunches in hebron Not included:  Transportation from/to the starting point and ending point

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Friday, 22 of March 2019 - Hebron to Dura - Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

The Hebron to Dura day stage takes hikers from the busy streets of Hebron through agricultural fields surrounding the city and picturesque valleys rich in natural beauty and archeological sites. It begins in front of the Ibrahimi Mosque (Al-Haram al-Ibrahimi), the most important landmark in Hebron, where Ibrahim (Abraham), revered by three religious traditions,  was buried alongside his wife, his son, grandson, and their wives. The path leads further through the souqs and alleys of Old City of Hebron, one of the only cities in the world today with a perfectly preserved twelfth century Mamluk infrastructure. It also passes next to the Russian monastery, located in the suburbs of Hebron, containing Ibrahim's Oak. The legend says that at the foot of the tree, the prophet welcomed three strangers. After he had prepared them a meal and washed their feet, the three men revealed themselves to be angels who told him that his wife would give birth to a son. A shepherds’ path leads out of the city toward agricultural fields and natural areas covered with flora characteristic for Palestine’s central highlands climate region:   trees like Terebinth (Pistacia palaestina) and Palestine Oak (Quercus calliprinos), the aromatic wild thyme (za’atar) and during the springtime various kinds of colorful flowers.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Hebron   Walking distance: 12.40 km Walking time: 3-5 hours Difficulty: Easy to Moderate   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch in Dura  Not Included: Transportations to the starting point and from the end point 

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Saturday, 16 March 2019 Tal al-Qamar to Bethlehem, Masar Ibrahim Thru Hike

The name Tal al-Qamar means “Hill of the Moon": removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, the site is a perfect spot to view the full moon or stars. Starting at Tal al-Qamar the trek will lead across the serene landscapes of the Jerusalem wilderness towards Bethlehem. On the way, hikers will climb some rocky hills but will also have some time to sit, close their eyes, and feel the relaxing atmosphere of the surrounding space. After leaving the Bedouin desert, the Masar will take walkers through the Palestinian countryside, where you will discover rural meadows and villages. A more urban environment can be found in Beit Sahour and Bethlehem, home to historical and sacred sites such as the Church of the Nativity, the Milk Grotto and the Shepherds Fields.   Masar Ibrahim Hikers stamp location : Tal al-Qamar   Walking distance: 14.60 KM Walking time: 4-5 hours Difficulty: Moderate   Recommendations: Lightweight walking boots Walking poles At least 4-5 liters of water and snacks for the hike Sunscreen and hat Your camera Included: An experienced local hiking guide Lunch Not Included: Transportations from/to the starting point and ending point

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30 March - 6 April 2019, Bike Palestine

In the last decade, Palestine has taken off as a destination for cycling enthusiasts of all ages both as a place to enjoy the sport, and as a means to explore the cultural and religious diversity and unique beauties of the Holy Land. A support vehicle and local guide accompany the cyclists at all times. Palestinians are friendly people, and cyclists can be assured of a warm welcome, particularly in the more remote villages, countryside and Bedouin areas, where the fast pace of modern life has yet to spoil their authentic traditional hospitality. For more information:  http://www.bikepalestine.ps  

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22 OCT.- 02 Nov. 2020, Nativity Trail.

The Nativity Trail is an eleven day walking journey of approximately 160 km from Nazareth, the City of the Annunciation to Bethlehem, the City of the Nativity, where the original journey ended, and the Christian faith had its beginning.  The carefully researched route is the first leg of the new Palestine Trail. More information: http://www.sirajcenter.org/index.php/component/k2/item/142-nativity-trail-2014  

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2- 25 November 2019, Full Program, Thru Hike Masar Ibrahim

Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil is a long distance cultural walking route in Palestine. The trail spans 330 kilometers, extending from the village of Rummana, northwest of Jenin, to Beit Mirsim, southwest of Hebron (al Khalil). The trail passes through 53 cities and villages where travelers can experience authentic Palestinian hospitality.   The Masar Ibrahim is more than just a hiking trail: it is a means of meeting and making connections with Palestinians and hikers from all over the world. You can explore Bedouin villages and experience the fundamental Palestinian tradition of hospitality. The Masar Ibrahim invites hikers not only to experience nature, but also to shape their perspectives of the area through the common values of tolerance, trust and peace. Join us on an unforgettable journey: discover Palestine's hidden treasures, explore the richness of its history and immerse yourself in the hospitality, heritage and culture of its people.

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2 November - 9 November 2019, Rummana to Kafr Malek, Autumn Thru-Hike 2019

On this first day we will be meeting with your guide in Jenin, a small debriefing about the program. Pass through the agriculture-based villages of the Jenin Governorate and enjoy the lively olive harvest season. The olive groves are perfect spots to rest with a cup of herbal tea brewed on a fire. Aside from a beautiful natural landscape that includes the gnarled, enchanting trunks of ancient olive trees, there are plenty of landmarks to encounter, such as Burqin Church. The trail passes through agricultural fields filled with cabbage and tobacco, as well as through beautifully preserved old villages like Arraba and Sanur, where you will be greeted with traditional Palestinian hospitality. On the fifth day of the journey, you will reach Nablus, a city sure to enthrall you with its history, culture and hospitality. Nablus is located between two mountains - Gerizim and Ebal - and reflects the mysteries that come with a thousand-year existence. After exploring the bustling markets of Nablus’ Old City you will again be greeted with the tranquility of the surrounding villages. Follow the Masar Ibrahim and enjoy the marvelous views over the Jordan Valley.

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10 November – 18 November 2019, Kafr Malek to Tuqua, Autumn Thru-Hike 2019

Start your journey on Masar Ibrahim in the midst of nature. Palestine’s central position at the crossroads between Africa, Asia and Europe makes it a pathway for the biannual migration of over half a billion birds - a true birdwatcher's paradise. On this hike, a demanding yet exciting path will take hikers through Al-’Auja Valley, home to an impressive array of plant and animal life - look carefully to spot a Mediterranean turtle. In Al-’Auja we will meet the Bedouin communities and learn about their habits and traditions. Later, visit Jericho - the lowest and one of the most ancient cities in the world - and taste the delicious Medjoul dates grown in the area. Walk through serene desert landscapes stretching from the Sea Level Community towards Bethlehem. Along the way we will have the unique chance to spend a night in a cave located in middle of a desert, a place where the stars seem to shine their brightest. Towards the end of the journey we will encounter a breathtaking view of the Mar Saba monastery, clinging to the edge of the Kidron Valley. Behind the valley is Bethlehem, where you will be greeted by local families with open arms and a warm meal.

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19 - 25 November 2019, Tuqua to Beit Mirsim, Autumn Thru-Hike 2019

Begin your journey from Tuqua and hike through the rough desert landscape to a beautiful overlook of the Dead Sea. After leaving the desert, head towards Bani Na’im, a tranquil village famous for its surrounding grape orchards. There, your hosts will treat you to freshly made grape molasses (dibis) for breakfast, or serve a platter of savory Palestinian grape leaves stuffed with a mixture of meat and spiced rice for lunch. The trail will lead hikers towards the Old City of Hebron, home of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, a place of conflict and spirituality and a symbol of struggle and hospitality. Follow the labyrinth of alleys, streets and courtyards through Hebron’s old quarters and mingle with the shopkeepers as you move towards the mosque. South of Hebron is the newest part of the Masar Ibrahim, particularly exciting to those interested in architecture and archaeological heritage. The new stages include impressive ruins of ancient monasteries, shrines, presses and cisterns. 

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18-21 March 2019, Masar Ibrahim, Spring- Southern Part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and culture of Palestine, breathtaking landscape and ancient historical sites. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a rare chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes, to share a homemade traditional meal and listen to stories of traditions and customs, and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take that first step to walk the Masar, and it is guaranteed that you will be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.  More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/  

19-22 March 2018, Masar Ibrahim, Spring- Southern Part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers the rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and compelling historical sites of Palestine. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes; to share traditional homemade meals and listen to stories of traditions and customs; and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take the first step to walk the Masar, and you are guaranteed to be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.    More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/  

24- 27 April 2017, Masar Ibrahim, Spring- Southern Part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers the rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and compelling historical sites of Palestine. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes; to share traditional homemade meals and listen to stories of traditions and customs; and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take the first step to walk the Masar, and you are guaranteed to be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.    More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/  

29 Oct - 03 Nov 2018, Samaritan Walk

The Samaritan Walk offers travelers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, ancient historical sites and hospitable people and culture of Palestine. Take the first step to walk the trail, and you are guaranteed to be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.    The Samaritan Walk begins in the northern city of Nablus and ends in Bethlehem.        

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02- 05 Sep 2019, Masar Ibrahim, Autumn- Northern part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and culture of Palestine, breathtaking landscape and ancient historical sites. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a rare chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes, to share a homemade traditional meal and listen to stories of traditions and customs, and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take that first step to walk the Masar, and it is guaranteed that you will be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.  The northern trail starts in Nablus and ends in Taybeh, and is based on four days of walking with mini bus transfers to and from the trail.  More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/

11- 14 Sep 2017, Masar Ibrahim - Autumn, Northern part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and culture of Palestine, breathtaking landscape and ancient historical sites. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a rare chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes, to share a homemade traditional meal and listen to stories of traditions and customs, and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take that first step to walk the Masar, and it is guaranteed that you will be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.  The northern trail starts in Nablus and ends in Taybeh, and is based on four days of walking with mini bus transfers to and from the trail.  More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/

18- 21 September 2017, Masar Ibrahim - Autumn, Northern part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil (www.masaribrahim.ps) offers travellers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, people and culture of Palestine, breathtaking landscape, ancient historical sites, friendly, hospitable, and spirited people. Traversing across the country is not very well known to the outside world. The Masar (‘Path’) provides a rare chance for travellers to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes, to share a homemade traditional meal and listen to stories of traditions and customs, and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take that first step to walk the Masar Ibrahim al Khalil, and it is guaranteed that you will be rewarded with this life-enhancing experience.  The northern trail starts in Nablus and ends in Taybeh, and is based on four days of walking. This journey covers the basic four-day hike, with mini bus transfers to and from the trail. 

22- 25 May 2017, Masar Ibrahim - Spring Northern Part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers the rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and compelling historical sites of Palestine. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes; to share traditional homemade meals and listen to stories of traditions and customs; and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take the first step to walk the Masar, and you are guaranteed to be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.    The northern trail starts in Nablus and ends in Taybeh, and is based on four days of walking with mini bus transfers to and from the trail.    More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/

19- 30 March 2020, Nativity Trail

The Nativity Trail is an eleven day walking journey of approximately 160 km from Nazareth, the City of the Annunciation to Bethlehem, the City of the Nativity, where the original journey ended, and the Christian faith had its beginning.  The carefully researched route is the first leg of the new Palestine Trail. More information: http://www.sirajcenter.org/index.php/component/k2/item/142-nativity-trail-2014  

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Jerusalem Wilderness Walk, 2-4 October 2018

Walk through the Jerusalem Wilderness, experiencing serene landscapes and being welcomed by Bedouins living in the desert of Reshayda.  Walk through the desert reaching Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank.  In Hebron, visit the Ibrahim Mosque, which is the final resting place of Abraham.  

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18- 21 Sep 2017, Masar Ibrahim, Autumn - Southern Part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and culture of Palestine, breathtaking landscape and ancient historical sites. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a rare chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes, to share a homemade traditional meal and listen to stories of traditions and customs, and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take that first step to walk the Masar, and it is guaranteed that you will be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.  More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/  

16- 19 Sep. 2019, Masar Ibrahim, Autumn - Southern Part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers the rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and compelling historical sites of Palestine. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes; to share traditional homemade meals and listen to stories of traditions and customs; and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take the first step to walk the Masar, and you are guaranteed to be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.    More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/  

15 -26 March 2018, Nativity Trail

The Nativity Trail is an eleven day walking journey of approximately 160 km from Nazareth, the City of the Annunciation, to Bethlehem, the City of the Nativity, where the Christian faith had its beginning.  The carefully researched route is the first leg of the new Palestine Trail.  

20-27 April 2020, Bike Palestine

From Jenin to Jerusalem A day-by-day breakdown Day 1: Arrival On the first day of the cycle tour, we will meet you at 12:00 noon at the Jerusalem Hotel located in Nablus Street, close to Jerusalem's Damascus Gate, opposite the Garden Tomb. From there a service bus will take you to the El Beit Guesthouse in Beit Sahour for a brief orientation. After that, our driver will transfer you to Jenin where you will get acquainted with our local guide, discuss any special needs, expectations and any other relevant information before the tour begins. Dinner and overnight in Hadad Resort. Day 2: Jenin to Nablus Cycle from Jenin towards Sabastya, the ancient Canaanite, Hellenistic and Roman city. Starting at Haddad Resort, cycle towards the village of Zebabdeh, towards the village of Missilieh. Continuing to the village of Sanour and its beautiful plains. Onwards towards the villages of Yassid and Beit Imrin by hilly roads. Arrive at the hilltop village of Sabastyah. Sabastya is believed to be the place where John the Baptist was beheaded. Lunch in Sabastya, then tour the ancient city and meet the local community. After lunch, cycle to Nablus, tour the old city and enjoy a Turkish bath - optional – at participant’s own expense. Dinner and overnight in the Al- Yasmin Hotel, in the old city of Nablus. Day 3: Nablus to Taybeh Start cycling in the old city of Nablus towards the south passing the villages of Huwarah and Beita. Continue towards the village of Aqraba – beautiful views of the Jordan Valley. Continue towards Majdal Bani Fadil, and rest in the village of Duma. Afterwards, cycle towards Mughayyar and Khirbet Abu Fallah villages. Next, push the bikes up the highest hill in the Ramallah area. With the support vehicle in attendance, we head towards the village of Kufur Malik, and then Dier Jarir. Arrive in Taybeh in the late afternoon. Tour the old village center and visit the ruins of the 4th century Byzantine church of St. George. Visit the Peace Lantern Factory, the Taybeh beer factory, and enjoy dinner with local families. Overnight in the Church Guest House in Taybeh. Day 4: Taybeh to Jericho and the Dead Sea Cycle to Jericho. The easiest day in the entire tour, mostly down hill. Visit Hisham's Palace and the Mount of Temptation. Cycle through the Jerusalem Wilderness to the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in the Jericho Resort Village. Day 5: Jericho to Mar Saba Cycle part of the way to Bethlehem. Visit Nabi Musa, and then walk the dirt road to the Greek Orthodox Mar Saba Monastery. Enjoy the wilderness and experience the dramatic landscape. After visiting Mar Saba Monastery, cycle to Bethlehem. Dinner in Bethlehem, and overnight in the El Biet Guesthouse in Beit Sahour.   Day 6: Bethlehem to Hebron Cycle around Bethlehem. Visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherd's Field. In the afternoon, cycle to Hebron and visit the old city. Transfer by mini-bus back to Bethlehem. Farewell dinner party in a local restaurant in the Bethlehem area. Overnight in El Beit Guesthouse, Beit Sahour. Day 7: Bethlehem to Jerusalem An easy ride from delightful Bethlehem to the divided city of Jerusalem. Visit Jerusalem’s Old City. Enjoy an alternative political and cultural tour in the late afternoon. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.  Day 8: Departure

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25 Oct- 5 Nov. 2018, Nativity Trail

The Nativity Trail is an eleven day walking journey of approximately 160 km from Nazareth, the City of the Annunciation to Bethlehem, the City of the Nativity, where the original journey ended, and the Christian faith had its beginning.  The carefully researched route is the first leg of the new Palestine Trail. More information: http://www.sirajcenter.org/index.php/component/k2/item/142-nativity-trail-2014  

23 March - 3 April 2017, Nativity Trail

The Nativity Trail is an eleven day walking journey of approximately 160 km from Nazareth, the City of the Annunciation, to Bethlehem, the City of the Nativity, where the Christian faith had its beginning. The carefully researched route is the first leg of the new Palestine Trail.  

26 Oct- 06 Nov. 2017, Nativity Trail

The Nativity Trail is an eleven day walking journey of approximately 160 km from Nazareth, the City of the Annunciation, to Bethlehem, the City of the Nativity, where the Christian faith had its beginning.    The carefully researched route is the first leg of the new Palestine Trail.  

30 September- 7 October 2019, Bike Palestine

In the last decade, Palestine has taken off as a destination for cycling enthusiasts of all ages both as a place to enjoy the sport, and as a means to explore the cultural and religious diversity and unique beauties of the Holy Land. A support vehicle and local guide accompany the cyclists at all times. Palestinians are friendly people, and cyclists can be assured of a warm welcome, particularly in the more remote villages, countryside and Bedouin areas, where the fast pace of modern life has yet to spoil their authentic traditional hospitality. For more information:  http://www.bikepalestine.ps  

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5-8 March 2018, Masar Ibrahim - Spring Northern part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and ancient historical sites of Palestine. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a rare chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes; to share a homemade traditional meal and listen to stories of traditions and customs; and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take the first step to walk the Masar, and you are guaranteed to be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.    The northern trail starts in Nablus and ends in Taybeh, and is based on four days of walking with mini bus transfers to and from the trail.    More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/

4-7 March 2019, Masar Ibrahim - Spring Northern part

The Masar Ibrahim al Khalil offers travelers a rare opportunity to go beyond the headlines and the stereotypes, to get away from the ordinary Holy Land tours, and to explore for themselves the remarkable landscape, hospitable people and culture of Palestine, breathtaking landscape and ancient historical sites. The Masar (‘The Path’) provides a rare chance for visitors to be welcomed into ordinary Palestinian homes, to share a homemade traditional meal and listen to stories of traditions and customs, and to learn about the daily lives, concerns, and hopes of the people. Palestine is an extraordinary land. Take that first step to walk the Masar, and it is guaranteed that you will be rewarded with a life-enhancing experience.  The northern trail starts in Nablus and ends in Taybeh, and is based on four days of walking with mini bus transfers to and from the trail.  More information: http://masaribrahim.ps/en/