|Stage||Location||Name||Type||Price||# of beds||Contact Information (+###) [country code]||Amenities|
|1||Lakiya||Family stay TBA||F|
|3||Yatir Forest||Forester’s House||S||Free||4 cots||Cannot be reserved; just show up||Sink, fridge, shower, kettle, picnic tables, no bedding, bring your own food|
|3||Har Amasa||Har Amasa Tent||T||73 NIS/$20||10||via airbnb||Meals, outdoor showers and bathroom|
|3||Har Amasa||Hiker shelter||S||Free||4 cots||Cannot be reserved; just show up||Sink, shower, often not particularly clean|
|3||Derijat||Gaber Abu-Ahmad||T||60 NIS/$17||30+||+972(0)547969576, firstname.lastname@example.org||Meals, tour of village, homestays in village|
|4||Tel Arad National Park||Campsite/Lodging||G/C||Camping 50-60 NIS/$15-$19, Rm for up to 5 people 450 NIS/$130||+972(0)577762170, often fully booked by large groups, must call in advance to ensure availability||Price includes park admission, bathrooms and water available, snack shop open 8am-5pm|
F – Family Stay
G – Guesthouse (small, locally-owned establishment with private rooms)
H – Hotel
Hs – Hostel (accommodation offering dormitory options)
T – Bedouin Tent (usually dormitory-style sleeping on mats on the floor of a large tent)
S – Shelter (a few areas have free hiker shelters, which are a simple room with cots that hikers can use)
C – Camping (a paid or free place to put down a tent, may or may not have facilities)
Getting to the Abraham Path in the Beersheva Region
The main airport in Israel is Ben Gurion International airport, located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel has a well-developed and affordable system of public transport that includes buses, shared taxis (known as sheruts) and trains. For bus schedules and prices, see www.bus.co.il. Train connections service the coastal cities as well as Beersheva; see rail.co.il for schedules and prices. Both buses and trains do not run on Shabbat (from Friday evening to Saturday night), while shared taxis run seven days a week.
Beersheva, Lakiya, Meitar, Derijat, and Tel Arad are all served by public buses (except Friday evening through Saturday evening). Local buses run throughout the area between Beersheva and Arad. Beersheva is the most major hub in the region, with service to Jerusalem, Eilat, Tel Aviv,
Har Amasa is served by less-frequent buses (timetables at egged.co.il/Eng/); and within the Yatir Forest, public transit is nonexistent.
Airport Transport to Beersheva:
Beersheva is the most accessible public transportation hub in the region. From Beersheva, travelers can easily reach any of the sites in the region that are serviced by bus. There are a number of ways to reach Beersheva from Ben Gurion International airport.
- Train: Trains depart every half hour from the airport to the Beersheva city center (must change trains at Tel Aviv HaHagana station, 1.5-2 hr, 31.5 NIS).
- Private taxi: Airport taxis have set prices. A journey to Beersheva costs ___NIS with higher costs on nights and weekends
- Car rental: Several rental car companies are available 24/7 at the airport. Costs range from $30-60/€22-44 per day with gas/petrol costing about $8/gallon or €1.6/liter. Note that most car rental insurance offered by credit cards is void in Israel. Insurance from most Israeli rental cars is void in Palestinian Territory areas A and B.
Entering by land:
From Jordan there are three crossings into Israel: King Hussein/Allenby in the center, Sheikh Hussein/Beit Shean in the north and Aqaba/Eilat in the south. The closest border to Jerusalem is King Hussein/Allenby, and shared taxis provide transport from the border into Jerusalem city center. From Jerusalem, direct buses to Beersheva are available.
From Egypt, there is one crossing into Israel at Taba. Take a taxi to Eilat from the border, then a bus from Eilat to Beersheva, which can be booked ahead via Egged bus company (www.egged.com).
Citizens of the US, EU, Russia, Japan and most western countries are issued a free 3-month B/2 tourist visa upon arrival which may be extended by applying at a Ministry of Interior office. Visitors from most other countries require a visa in advance. Citizens of most Arab and predominantly Muslim countries can individually apply for a visa but it is difficult to obtain one in practice. The most commonly issued visas for these travelers is through organized tour groups, and the application is often handled by Palestinian tour operators based in East Jerusalem. For specific visa guidelines, check the information provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As of 2013, Israeli visas at the border are being issued on a separate piece of paper and not stamped directly in passports. Israel charges an exit fee of 108 NIS when exiting via a land border (no separate exit fee when leaving via the airport), and 173 NIS when exiting via the Allenby Bridge crossing (known as King Hussein Bridge in Jordan).
On rare occasions, visas are denied or 2-week only visas are supplied to visitors suspected of being involved in political activism. Travellers mentioning they plan to visit Palestinian Territory or friendships/connections with Palestinians, Muslims or Arab people are often subject to additional questioning and delays when entering and leaving Israel/Palestine. In rare cases, visa personnel may request to see a copy of your itinerary, proof of funds, and/or other documents verifying the purpose of your visit.