Through the Jenin Region’s almond groves, Ottoman-era palaces, Byzantine churches, Mediterranean landscapes, windy mountain peaks, and hidden Roman ruins, the stories of the landscape become clear. Ancient tales abound in the region: a holy man who, when scorned by a local village, built a mystical dwelling on a hilltop that looked over every town but the one that had spurned him. A French traveler who, though expecting to be hosted in a Bedouin sheikh’s tent, instead discovered a luxurious palace guarded by lions. The collection of folklore embedded in the Jenin Region’s countryside is vast and perhaps as enticing as the region’s stunning views.
The bucolic setting of the region gives way to city noise as the trail approaches Nablus, sitting between two looming mountains. The city, famed for products such as olive oil soap and the sweet, cheesy knaffeh, contains a beautiful old city that can be explored through a network of labyrinthine streets where one will find old spice mills, Turkish bathhouses, and splendid manors. Atop neighboring Mt. Gerizim, the Samaritans, a tiny group once nearly extinct, preserve their religion and priesthood on their holy mountain. Just outside Nablus, a once-great Roman city lies buried under the earth, with only a few of its temples and palaces yet visible.
Day Hike: Sanur to Sebastia – On one of the West Bank’s best days of hiking, scale two prominent mountain peaks that were once used as holy men’s retreats and as sites for regional signal fires.
Day Hike: Rumana to Burqin – Get a feel for the quiet, green countryside of the Jenin Region. Wind across the hills above the local villages to an ancient church commemorating the site of one of Jesus’s miracles.
Three Days: Araba to Nablus – Hike from town to town, spending each night surrounded by an Ottoman citadel or a Roman city. End your hike by exploring the busy markets of Nablus’s Old City and paying a visit to the tiny Samaritan community’s cultural museum.
Five Days: Hike the full Jenin Region route to discover the rich stories and landscapes of this northern end of the hill country as you amble through its beautiful natural and historical heritage.
|Stage||Location||Name||Type||Price||# of beds||Contact Information (+###) [country code]||Amenities|
|1||Burqin||Family stay TBA||F||Contact Siraj Center|
|2||Araba||Al Mardawi Guest House||G||+970 (0)59 820 3635
Or via facebook
|meals, restrooms, showers, wifi|
|2||Araba||Family stay TBA||F||Contact Siraj Center|
|3||Sanur||Family stay TBA||F||Contact Siraj Center|
|4||Sebastia||Al-Kayed Palace Guesthouse||G||100 NIS for dorms, 120 NIS/person for twin rooms, 155 NIS for single rooms||17||+972 (0)59 947 3646
|meals, restrooms, showers, tours|
|4||Sebastia||Mosaic Guesthouse||G||150 NIS for a single room, 250 NIS for a double room, 350 NIS for a triple room||+970 (0)9 233 2715
+970 (0)59 595 2187
|meals, restrooms, showers|
|5||Nablus||Beit al Sham Guesthouse||G||$84-139||10 rooms||+970 (0)59 787 4555
|meals, restrooms, showers, kitchen, laundry, wifi|
|5||Nablus||International Friends Guesthouse||G||85 NIS for dorm, 200 NIS for single||+970 (0)9 238 1064
+970 (0)59 904 8840
|kitchen, wifi, workshops and tours, meals, restrooms, showers|
|5||Nablus||Al Yasmeen Hotel||H||$70-160||+972 (0)9 233 3555
|restaurant, restrooms, showers, wifi, air conditioning|
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 Jenin Region
The airports nearest to the Jenin 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 Jenin 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 Jenin 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 Jenin 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.
From Jerusalem, take bus 18 to Ramallah’s main bus station (~8 NIS). From Ramallah, you can take another bus to Jenin (~35 NIS) or to Nablus (~17 NIS).
From Jenin, you can take buses and shared taxis to most of the villages along the Abraham Path’s route through the region: Rumana, Burqin, Araba, and Sanur. Shared taxis from Jenin to each of these villages should range in cost from 5-10 NIS.
Sebastia can be reached by shared taxi from Nablus.
Join a Walk
Join a Walk in the Jenin Region
Sites in the Jenin Region:
While walking through the agriculturally and historically rich fields of the Dothan Valley, take a short detour to explore the archaeological findings of the nearby Tel Dothan excavations. As you go, peer into the depths of a few gaping stone wells that hark back to the story of Joseph – a narrative that unfolded in the very fields in which you are standing.
Climb the grassy hill outside the village of Ta’anek and poke around in the layers of archaeological history on top. Among the tall grasses and the shady olive groves, discover the remnants of ancient caves, burial sites, stone courtyards, and thick city walls – all against a background of sweeping views of the surrounding Jezreel Valley.