Palestine: The Nativity Trail QV02

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Follow in the historic footsteps of Joseph and Mary and walk the Nativity trail from Nazareth to Bethlehem. This is a small group walking holiday with great scenery and a huge significance for Christians.

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Key Information

Travel Style: Small Group
Start Location: Nazareth, Palestine
End Location: Bethlehem, Palestine
Accommodation: Hotels and homestays and camping
Period: 06 Oct & 03 Nov 2011
Difficulty: Suitable for Most Travellers

About The Operator

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Years In Business: 16

From Nazareth, City of the Annunciation, to Bethlehem, City of the Nativity

Now, 2000 years after the historic journey of Joseph and Mary, the modern city of Bethlehem invites you to make a symbolic and historic journey by walking Palestine's Nativity Trail. This walking trail was originally inaugurated in 1999. However, the route has been recently researched again and modified to suit the new changes on the ground.

Meeting the people:
Walking the Nativity Trail will be an opportunity to meet a diverse range of people: Franciscan priests on Mount Tabor, Muslim clerics at village mosques, Greek Orthodox monks in desert monasteries, hillside farmers and their families, small-town shopkeepers and craftspeople, Bedouin shepherds watering their flocks at ancient cisterns, and many more interesting people.

The Nativity Trail is an opportunity to understand the geopolitical situation in the Holy Land by observing it while walking through the valleys and mountains of Palestine. It gives the participants the chance to have a first hand experience of the situation on the ground.

The Nativity Trail is not just a trip; it is a journey of dialogue, openness and interaction with new people.

Participants will be able to understand the flora and fauna of Palestine and the Bible, and will be able to embrace the culture that lasted in Palestine for thousands of years.

How long is the journey?
- The entire Nativity Trail is about 160 kilometers long; the journey will last 11 days.

Where will we stay?
- The Nativity Trail offers a unique opportunity to experience the legendary hospitality of Palestinians. Some nights, hikers will stay in villagers' homes. Other nights, accommodations will be in monasteries, local
bed-and-breakfasts, bedouin tents, or at campsites where hikers can pitch their own tents or sleep under the stars. In all cases, the welcome will be warm though living conditions are basic. Hikers will need to provide their own sleeping bags and air mattresses.

What kind of terrain does the Trail cover?
- Just like travelers in biblical times, hikers will be traversing beautiful but sometimes rough terrain, climbing up and down steep, rocky hillsides, crossing desert wadis (valleys) - and pausing to rest in olive groves!

Who can participate?
- This is an outdoor adventure for physically fit nature lovers with an interest in history, culture and religious tradition. Participants must be experienced hikers able to spend 6 to 9 hours a day on the trail.
- Most groups will consist of, at minimum 10 individuals.

Who are our guides?
- The journeys will be led by professional local guides.

What about health and safety?
- Basic first aid will be available, but hikers need to bein sound medical condition.
- Siraj Center and ATG work directly with local villagers, who are ready and eager to welcome hikers along this new/old trail.
- Detailed information about personal health and safety issues will be provided upon application.

Description

A full day by day itinerary will be provided by the tour operator when you make an enquiry about this holiday.

Includes
- All accommodation in hotels, local families and with Bedouins
- All food, breakfast, lunch and dinner
- Pick up from the airport and back to the airport (for groups only)
- Snacks along the way including tea, coffee and mineral water
- Local English speaking escorts
- Support vehicle along the way
- Turkish bath experience
- Entrance fees
- Palestine and Palestinians Guide Book and maps

Excludes
- Flights
- Personal expenses
- Pick up from the crossing border and airports to Nazareth in the first day. Transfer to the airport and crossing borders in the last day (unless with a group arrangement).
- Tips
- Any other services not included above

Prices per person - please submit an enquiry to receive a personalized itinerary and costs.

Itinerary
Day 01. Arrival Upon arrival to TLV airport or any crossing borders, participants will be picked up and transferred to Nazareth. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth
Day 02. Nazareth and Mount Tabor A tour of Nazareth including the Church of the Annunciation and the house of Mary, drive to the foot of the Mount Tabor. Ascend Tabor and visit the monastery of the Transfiguration. Dinner and overnight in Jinin, a city north of the West Bank.
Day 03. Faqu’a to Zababdeh. 20 km Early morning, drive to the village of Faqua. Start walking towards Zababdeh. Across the rolling Eastern hills of Palestine, through the village of Jalbun and Mughayir to Zababdeh, a Christian town on the ancient Roman trade route. Overnight accommodation in a community centre (modern facilities).
Day 04. Zababdeh to Fara'a 15 km Through olive groves and forests on the fertile hills of the West Bank, descending to the spring of Ain Fara’a. Walk through the vegetable basket of Palestine. Arrive to Faraa', visit the archeological sites of Jacob and his family. Dinner and overnight with local families.
Day 05. Fara's to Nablus: 15 km Walk through the orange groves to the broad sweep of Wadi Bidan, a picturesque valley system rich in mountain springs. While in Nablus, we will visit Jacob’s well and Tel Balata. After checking into our hotel in the old city of Nablus, we will tour the old city and enjoy bathing in the Turkish Bath. We will enjoy a traditional Palestinian meal at the Turkish bath in addition to traditional Palestinian music. Overnight: in the old city of Nablus.
Day 06. Nablus to Duma Walk through the Huwara checkpoint and continue from the village of Huwara to Awarta, enjoy the beautiful ancient old buildings in the village, visit the famous Maqams and continue to mount Awrma. Before arriving to Aqraba, rest at Mount Awrma and enjoy the scenes of Palestine and the ancient archeological site. Continue to Aqraba, Majdal Bani Fadil. The trail follows the escarpment separating the fertile highlands from the arid slopes of the Jordan valley, offering the first views of the desert and Jordan before reaching the agriculture hilltop town of Duma with it’s olive groves. Overnight : village accommodation with families
Day 07. Duma to Ain Auja. 18 km Hike across deep valleys and over high hills inhabited by shepherds before descending a rocky gorge to sea level at Auja Spring, one of the largest water sources in the Jordan valley. Overnight: camping with Bedouin shepherds near Al Auja.
Day 08. Auja to Jericho. 13 km Desert terrain gives way to orange groves as the journey continues to the Mount of Temptation with its orthodox monastery clinging to the cliffs, then to Jericho, the oldest city on earth. Drive to the dead sea and enjoy swimming in its salty water. Overnight: orange grove camping or hotel in Jericho,
Day 09. Jericho to Nabi Musa. 14 km Up the spectacular canyon of Wadi Qelt to St. George Koziba monastery, then over the arid mountains of the Bethlehem wilderness to the remote and dramatically situated Nabi Musa. Overnight: Nabi Musa guest house or camping.
Day 10. Nabi Musa to Mar Saba. 8 km The original Nativity trail from Nabi Musa involved walking along the road, then taking tracks directly through the desert to the legendary orthodox monastery of Mar Saba in its wild canyon setting. The preferred route is now to drive the road, then follow desert tracks via Hyrcania, one of Herod’s mountain-top fortresses. Much more interesting! Overnight: camping outside the monastery, or with local Bedouin.
Day 11. Mar Saba to Bethlehem. 9 km The trail’s final segment ascends the hills of the Bethlehem wilderness to the hilltop suburbs of Bethlehem. The way then descends on foot or by vehicle through Beit Sahour to Manager Square in Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity on the site where the original journey ended and the Christian faith has its beginning. Dinner and overnight with local families.
Day 12. Depart.