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Jericho

The tranquility, landscapes, and heritage of the Jericho Region offer a truly unique and rich walking experience. In this region, walkers traverse everything from the wide plains and steep cliffs of the Jordan Valley surrounding Auja to the rugged desert wadis that lead to the isolated shrine of Nebi Musa and the remote Mar Saba Monastery.  At the center of the route, visitors can relax and refresh themselves in one of the world’s oldest cities, where spacious streets and houses surrounded by lush gardens provide a soothing atmosphere and where the cool nights encourage locals to stay out late year round.

Inside the city of Jericho, visitors will enjoy the laidback pace of local life. Even in ancient times, the city was a popular site for relaxation and vacation: a number of Roman rulers built winter palaces in the city, and the remnants of those luxurious structures can still be visited today. Winter is, in fact, an excellent time to visit the Jericho Region; when it’s snowing in the mountaintop cities of Jerusalem and Bethlehem, the balmy heat of Jericho provides a welcome escape.

Jericho’s desertous environs, though, have also historically attracted people looking for something other than a refreshing getaway: monks during the early years of Christianity retreated to desert monasteries scattered throughout the region to find holiness in isolation, and Jesus’s forty days of trial and temptation were spent, according to tradition, on the sheer cliffs of the Mount of Temptations just above Jericho.


Stages

Stage 1: Auja to Jericho (12.0 km)
Stage 2: Jericho to Nebi Musa (16.8 km)
Stage 3: Nebi Musa to Mar Saba (19.5 km)

Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries:
Day Hike: Walk from Jericho to Nebi Musa (Stage 2) through the beautiful Wadi Qelt, associated with the “valley of the shadow of death” in the Psalms. Visit St. George’s monastery, follow an ancient aqueduct and end at the Islamic pilgrimage site of Nebi Musa. A beautiful and challenging day hike (16.8km moderate-difficult).

Three Days: Walk the whole Jericho section by starting in Auja and walking to Mar Saba, a delightful Jordan Valley walk which includes the refreshing Auja springs, the fascinating historical sites of Jericho, beautiful Wadi Qelt, and the remote monasteries of St George and Mar Saba.

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Accommodations

Accommodations

Stage Location Name Type Price # of beds Contact Info (+972) Amenities
1 Jericho Auberg-Inn Hs

Dm/S/D: 120/250/320 NIS

20 +972523500041

info@housepitality.net

restrooms; breakfast; wifi; garden with fresh produce; heating; A/C; meals available on request; washing machine; free bike rental; free soup
1 Jericho Sami Youth Hostel Hs dbl 150 NIS (0)22324220
1 Jericho Al Zaytouna Guesthouse G 7 rooms (0)22742016
1 Jericho Jericho Tower Apartments H 300-400NIS per apt 3 apts (0)22324896
1 Jericho Jerusalem Hotel H 21 rooms (0)22322444
1 Jericho Moon City H 30 rooms (0)22326844 pool
1 Jericho Jericho Resort Village H dbl $120-200 USD 58 rooms/48 cabins (0)22321255 pool, meals
1 Jericho Intercontinental Hotel H dbl $100-150 USD 181 rooms/14 suites (0)22311200 spa, gym, restaurant, swimming pools
1 Jericho Hisham Palace Hotel H dm/s/d/ 40/100/150 NIS (0)22322414
2 Nebi Musa none at this time
3 Mar Saba Ahmad Abu haniya C 0542054914 Meals, camping

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 simple rooms 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 Jericho 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 Jericho 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 Jericho 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 Jericho 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.

There is no direct bus from Jerusalem to Jericho. Travelers can choose to transfer either in Ramallah or in Bethlehem. To travel through Ramallah, take bus 18 from Jerusalem to Ramallah’s main bus station (~8 NIS). From Ramallah, you can take a shared taxi to Jericho (~20 NIS). To travel through Bethlehem, take bus 21 from Jerusalem to the center of Bethlehem (~8 NIS). From Bethlehem, take a shared taxi to Jericho (~25 NIS).

Note that Jericho is also serviced by shared taxis from Nablus (~40 NIS).

From Jericho, you can take buses and shared taxis to most of the villages along the Abraham Path’s route through the region. Shared taxis to Auja al-Tahta (7 NIS) leave from a station located about 250 meters from the Jericho Municipality next to the Cairo-Amman Bank. If travelers want to travel further to the Auja Spring, shared taxi drivers will take them for an additional 20 NIS.

The shrine of Nebi Musa and the entrance to Wadi Qelt are located along Highway 1 and are not directly serviced by public transportation. Shared taxis between Jericho and Bethlehem run close to these areas; travelers can ask drivers to let them out as close as possible to their desired starting point. Otherwise, private taxis are the only option.

To get to the village of Dyuk from Jericho, take a private taxi (~10-15 NIS).

Join a Walk

Join a Walk in the Jericho Region


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Sites in the Jericho Region:

Jericho City

The oldest city but without any of the urban pressures which one finds elsewhere. To all senses, Jericho is an oasis.

St. George’s Monastery

Hanging on the cliffs of Jericho’s most famous wadi route is an ancient monastery open to all.

Nebi Musa

The desert sanctuary of Nebi Musa is said to be the last resting place for the Prophet Moses. Its white domed roof has been witness to centuries of pilgrimage.

Mar Saba Monastery

Hidden in an uninhabitable valley, Mar Saba desert monastery has provided refuge and solitary isolation to thousands of ascetic monks who dedicate their lives to prayer, their lives and routines largely unchanged for over 1500 years.

Mount of Temptation

Trek up a steep path or take a ride on a cable car to reach the clifftop Monastery of Temptation. There, treat yourself to a breathtaking panoramic view of Jericho, the Jordan Valley, and the bluish waters of the Dead Sea.

Hyrcania

Hike through the alternating hills and valleys of the remote wilderness to reach the ruins of the strategically situated and mysterious fortress of Hyrcania, experiencing the solitude and quietness of the surrounding desert on your way.

Hisham’s Palace

When passing through Jericho, make sure to visit the impressive ruins of Hisham’s Palace, a truly beautiful example of early Islamic architecture and home to one of the most stunning mosaics in the world.