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Hiking and Cultural Programs

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This program is for travelers who want a unique and intimate encounter with the geographic landscapes and authentic culture of the Holy Land. From village to village, home to home, desert to desert, shore to boat, you will pass through olive orchards and sheep pastures, ancient ruins and Biblical cities, stopping for lunch in locals’ homes and witnessing traditions that have lasted for thousands of years.

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Day 1 : Arrival
Upon arrival at Tel Aviv Airport, Siraj driver will pick you up and take you to your hotel in Bethlehem.  Orientation, dinner, and overnight in Bethlehem.

Day 2 : Duma
We will start our day by driving from Bethlehem to Duma, continuing our orientation on bus.  We will meet with Duma villagers, explore the village and encounter a way of living that has not changed for hundreds of years.  Dinner and overnight in Duma.

Day 3: Duma to Al Auja  - 25 Kms. 
On Day Three we will foot a hilly trail, followed by a dramatic drop across desert terrain that is only inhabited by shepherds. The steep and rocky trail descends below sea level to the Al Auja Spring, one of the largest water sources in the Jordan Valley. Overnight at hotel in Jericho.

Day 4- Al Auja to Jericho – 15 Kms.
Desert terrain gives way to orange groves as we journey on to Jericho, “the oldest city on Earth.” Along the way, a steep climb (or optional cable car ascent) leads to the Mount of Temptation, with its Orthodox Monastery clinging to the crags. Overnight camping in orange grove, or optional hotel.

Day 5 – Jericho to Nabi Mousa- 15 Kms. 
On Day Five we will move west, through the winding canyon of Wadi Kelt, to St. George Khoziba Monastery, crossing arid valleys, passing by ancient hermitages and caves, and arriving at Nabi Mousa (a Muslim pilgrim site associated with Moses). Overnight hotel in Jericho.

Day 6 - Nabi Mousa to Bethlehem  - 25 Kms.
Our sixth day will find us tracing the shepher route from Nabi Mousa to Mar Saba, a legendary Orthodox Monastery nestled in a canyon. We will ascend to the monastery of Theodosius where, legend has it, the wise men hid from Herod, and to Shepherd’s Field in Beit Sahour, the field where the birth of Jesus was first announced. On to Bethlehem’s famous Manger Square, for a visit to the Church of the Nativity. Overnight in Bethlehem hotel. 

Day 7 - Hebron
We will drive to Hebron, visit the old city and the Tombs of Patriarchs, and meet with the Christian Peacemaker Teams and the Old City  Rehabilitation  Committee for a power point lecture.  We will tour a traditional glass factory, and return to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 - Jerusalem
After visiting all the Holy Sites on the Mount of Olives, including the Church of the Gethsemane, we will continue to the Old City to see Via Dolorosa, Dome of the Rock, Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Western Wall. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.

Day 9 - Galilee
On the way to Nazareth, we will visit Haifa and Akko. While in Nazareth, we will tour the Church of the Annunciation and the Nazareth village. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 10 - Sea of Galilee
We will drive to the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus performed his miracles, to visit many key sites, including the Mount of Beatitudes, St. Peter Primacy, the River Jordan, and enjoy a liesurely boat ride across the Galilee. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 11- Departure
Drive to Ben Gurion airport or to the border for departure.

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