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Hebron

From the ancient village of Tequa, walkers to Hebron make their way into the desert and can spend a night sleeping under the stars before turning east to climb past a series of crumbling monasteries along an ancient ascent into the mountains. In the high country overlooking the Rift Valley to the east is Beni Na’im, home to a grave and shrine dedicated to the prophet Lot, nephew of Abraham.

The region continues to echo with the memory of Abraham, from the pastoral setting of the country hills on the edge of the desert to the route’s climax: a huge shrine in the center of Hebron which houses the symbolic tombs of Abraham and his family, built atop the cave where tradition says they were all laid to rest.


Stages

Stage 1: Tequa to Reshayda (23.0 km)
Stage 2: Reshayda to Beni Na’im (18.6 km)
Stage 3: Beni Na’im to Hebron City (7.0 km)

Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries:
Day Hike: From Tequa to Reshayda (Stage 1), wind down a deep wadi to a village overlooking the rolling desert, passing Biblical ruins and Bedouin villages along the way.

Three Days: The Hebron Region makes a fitting end to a longer-distance trip on the Abraham Path, or a great journey by itself; you’ll hike over diverse terrain in and out of the desert and end by following the final footsteps of Abraham into Hebron, the city in which he and his family were buried.

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Accommodations

Accommodations

 Stage Location Name Type Price # of beds Contact Info (+972) Amenities
1 Rashayda Abu Ishmael (Muhammad) T $40 p/p 20 (0)597430969 Meals, Jeep tours, no showers
2 Bani Naim Alia Manasra F $40 p/p (0)597454335 Meals
3 Hebron Hebron Hotel H hebron_hotel@hotmail.com, +972 (0)22254240 +972(0)22229385
3 Hebron Hebron Homestays F  Siraj Center  Meals

Accommodations key

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)

Transportation

Getting to the Abraham Path in the Hebron Region

The airports nearest to the Hebron Region are Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) near Tel Aviv and Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) in Amman. No direct transportation is available from these airports to the Hebron Region; the easiest travel route is through Jerusalem.

Once you have reached Jerusalem, there is a system of buses and shared taxi vans (called servees taxis) that run between the cities and towns of the West Bank.

Transportation from Ben Gurion Airport to Jerusalem

There are a number of ways to reach Jerusalem from the Ben Gurion Airport.

  • Bus: Shuttles run regularly from the airport’s public transportation depot to nearby Airport City. There, passengers can switch to Egged bus line 947 running to Jerusalem’s Central Bus Station. These buses run roughly every half hour and cost about 25 NIS.
  • Train: Trains depart every hour from the airport to Jerusalem’s Malha train station. From the train station, travelers can take bus lines to various other parts of the city.
  • Shared Taxi (Sherut): Shared taxis depart constantly throughout the day from the airport and will take passengers to any address in Jerusalem for roughly 70 NIS.
  • Private Taxi: Private taxis are available at the airport and operate with fixed prices to all major cities.
  • 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; if you plan on using your car to travel to the Hebron Region, be sure to check on the policies of the rental company you select.

Transportation from Queen Alia Airport to Jerusalem

From Queen Alia Airport, the easiest way to reach Jerusalem is through the border crossing at Allenby Bridge (also known as King Hussein Bridge). For more information about the logistics of the border crossing itself, see visa information on our Getting There and Away page.

From the airport, take a private taxi to the crossing (~35 JD). Once you have completed the exit/entry processes, you can take either another private taxi to Jerusalem (negotiable, ~300 NIS) or a shared taxi bus to a depot near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate (~40 NIS).

Transportation in the Hebron Region

From Jerusalem, there is a network of Palestinian public buses and shared taxis (servees taxis) that generally run from sunrise to sunset. There is no formal schedule for these buses and taxis; they usually leave when they are full. These buses depart from two bus stations near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate.

The easiest way to reach Hebron from Jerusalem is through Bethlehem: take bus 21 from Jerusalem to the center of Bethlehem (~8 NIS), then take either bus 23 or a shared taxi to Hebron (~9 NIS for either option).

Note that Hebron can also be reached by shared taxi from Ramallah (~27 NIS) and from Jericho (~52 NIS) as well as by a Shaheen company bus from Jericho (~25 NIS).

Shared taxis run from Hebron’s central bus station to Beni Naim.

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Sites in the Hebron Region:

Hebron Old City

In Hebron (al-Khalil), the city named “friend,” locals extend hospitality in the twists and turns of the Mamluk Old City, and artisans continue their ancient crafts of glass blowing and yogurt making.

Mamre

The legend of this once magnificent oak tree is one inspiration for the profound culture of hospitality that is found all over the Middle East.

Nebi Yaqin

Nebi Yaqin mosque holds indentations said to be where Abraham knelt down to pray that God would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, near the historic city of Ban Na’im.

Tomb of the Patriarchs

Grand architecture and exquisite artwork surround the burial place of Abraham, a site holy to the monotheistic religions and much fought over throughout history.