24 September 2017, Sunday. Sebastia to Nablus

This walk begins from Sebastia, twelve kilometers northwest of Nablus. Sebastia is home to a number of important archaeological sites. The ancient site of Samaria-Sebastia is located just above the built up area of the modern day village, on the eastern slope of the hill. The ruins dominate the hillside and are comprised of remains from six successive cultures dating back 10,000 years: the Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine.

 

Reaching Nablus, located 49 kilometers north of Jerusalem, you will have the chance to try the famous Nabulsi kanafeh and to purchase the olive oil soap for which Nablus is well known.  Nabulsi, meaning "from Nablus", is used to describe items such as handicrafts (e.g. Nabulsi soap) and food products (e.g. Nabulsi cheese) that are made in Nablus or in the traditional Nablus style.

Nablus lies in a strategic position at a junction between two ancient commercial roads: one linking the Sharon coastal plain to the Jordan valley, the other linking Nablus to the Galilee in the north, and the biblical Judea to the south through the mountains. The city stands at an elevation of around 550 meters above sea level, in a narrow valley running roughly east-west between two mountains: Mount Ebal, the northern mountain, and Mount Gerizim, the southern mountain.

  • Walking distance: 10.1 km
  • Walking time: 3 - 4 hours
  • Difficulty: Easy

What to bring:

  • Lightweight walking boots
  • Walking poles
  • At least 2-3 liters of water and snacks/ Lunch for the hike
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Your camera

What is included:

  • An experienced local hiking guide
  • Transportation from Jerusalem or Beit Sahour and back
  • Jerusalem Meeting point: in front of the Jerusalem Hotel, 4 Anatara Ben Shaddad St., East Jerusalem, near the Damascus Gate
  • Direction: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Jerusalem+Hotel/@31.7843026,35.2258947,677m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x150329c458973183:0x496b59518afd3fa1!6m1!1e1
  • Jerusalem meeting time: 08:00 
  • Beit Sahour meeting point : in front of Beit Sahour Municipality
  • Beit Sahour Meeting time:    07:30
  • Approximate returning time:  17:00

Prices will be as follows:

  • From Jerusalem 70 USD per person 
  • From Beit Sahour 55 USD per person 

Highlights

 

Explore the ruins of Sebastia


Visit the Old City of Nablus


Taste Nablus' well-known and extremely delicious dessert, kanafeh


Visit the olive oil soap factory

 

More information:

http://masaribrahim.ps/en/masar-the-path/nablus/sebastia-to-nablus

 

Route

  1. East Jerusalem