27 May 2017, Saturday. Sebastia to Nablus

From USD 50

This walk begins from Sebastia which is 12 kms 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 comprise remains from six successive cultures dating back 10,000 years: Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Herodian, Roman and Byzantine.

Reaching to Nablus, which is located 49 kilometers north of Jerusalem, you will have the chance to try the famous Nabulsi Kenafeh, as well as its olive oil soap.  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:               2 - 3 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 the Jerusalem Hotel and back

From USD 50

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  • 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
  • Beit Sahour meeting point : in front of Beit Sahour Municipality
  • Meeting time:    08:00
  • Approximate returning time:  17:00
  • Visit the Old City of Nablus
  • Taste Nablus' well-known delicious sweet, kanafeh
  • Take the chance to visit the olive oil soap factory

More information:

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

 

Route

  1. East Jerusalem