The Abraham Path route includes a variety of accommodation options; often, the selection of accommodation styles available depends on the region and community.

Throughout this online guidebook, accommodations are listed on each region page and noted in individual day stage details. In general, we classify each of these accommodation options as one of the following types:

25x25Test-13Family Homestay (F): Walkers are hosted in the home of a local family

25x25Test-13 Guesthouse (G): Small, locally-owned establishment with private rooms

25x25Test-13 Hotel (H)

25x25Test-13Hostel (Hs): Accommodation offering dormitory options

25x25Test-11 Bedouin Tent (T): Usually dormitory-style sleeping on mats on the floor of a large tent

25x25Test-13 Shelter (S): A few areas offer free hiker shelters, which are usually just a simple room with cots

25x25Test-10 Camping (C): a paid or free place to put down a tent, may or may not have facilities

Many of the accommodations listed on this site can be booked directly using the contact information provided.  For assistance in making reservations and in contacting family homestays, contact a local tour provider in the region you plan to visit.

*Note that prices listed on this website are for orientation only and are subject to change.

What is a family homestay?

Family homestays are a style of accommodation in which guests stay in the home of a local family, eating meals with them and participating in the daily life of the host community.

Homestays are an important part of the Abraham Path’s community-based approach to trekking tourism, serving as both a tool for economic development and a valuable window into local culture.

What should I expect from a homestay?

Expect to experience the local lifestyle in an entirely new way! When participating in a family homestay, walkers sleep in a local home, eat local food, and participate in local events and community activities.

Host families vary in their income: while some houses may be quite comfortable, others may seem simple and basic by western standards. Some homestay hosts can offer guests their own room to sleep in; others provide mats or mattresses on the floor of the living room.

In all homestays, you can expect to be treated like family and cared for very intentionally. Hospitality is a prominent characteristic of all cultures across the Middle East and an important value in each community along the path. Your hosts will take great care to ensure that you are comfortable and well fed, and the coffee and tea will flow freely!

Homestays offer travelers an incredibly authentic experience, but they may be intimidating to some. For suggestions on navigating homestays and other interpersonal interactions in the region, see our guide to cultural considerations.