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Monks and Buried Treasures! Mar Saba and the Hyrcania Valley – SOLD OUT!

NIS 189.5
Per person
NIS 189.5
Per person


Meeting Time:06:00

Completion Time: 20:00

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Trip Type:Hiking


Join Finjan for a wilderness hiking adventure to the magnificent Mar Saba Monastery and Hyrcania Valley – hiking through the breathtaking hills and valleys of Jerusalem’s desert and the biblical breeding-ground of spirituality in the Holy Land.

Just outside of Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the Wilderness of Judea lies the magnificent Mar Saba Monastery – one of three active Greek Orthodox monasteries that have been active since since the early days of Christianity more than 1500 years ago.

One of these monasteries, Mar Saba, founded by Saint Sabbas in the 5th century, still houses a handful of abbots (monks) who have chosen to follow a life of solitude and isolation within the refuge provided by the Judean Desert and to build upon the traditions brought to the area as Christianity was taking shape more than 1500 years ago.

The hike will also take us to the Hyrcania Fortress deep in the Hyrcania Valley where legend has it that the Essenes have hid some of their treasures as well as some of the riches from the mighty Temple of Jerusalem!

This a is a full day of hiking (25KM in total) through classic desert terrain. This is a semi-challenging day due to the distance.

The total cost of the trip is 169.5 NIS for early bird tickets and 189.5 NIS for regular, fixed price tickets.

Departure is from Arlozorov (TLV Central Train Station) with return to the same location. There will be pickups at Ramla South Interchange and French Hill in Jerusalem.

* Please note: this hike is in Area C of the West Bank and is subject to security considerations and in accordance to local security procedure.

Whats Included

Licensed Israeli Tour Guide

Full transport from Tel Aviv (pickups in Jerusalem and Ramla)

Coordination with local security authorities

Entrance to monastery (men only)

Tip to driver

Whats Not Included

  • Food for the day
  • Gear
  • Water
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance

Whats Not Included

  • Food for the day
  • Gear
  • Water
  • Personal expenses
  • Personal insurance


  • Bus departs from the Tel Aviv Central Train Station (Savidor) at 06:00 sharp. See location point below
  • Pickup en route at Ramla South Junction (Route 431 and Route 40). Pickup upon coordination only!!!
  • Breakfast stop en route
  • Pickup at French Hill in Jerusalem
  • Full day hike including entrance to monastery
  • Return to Tel Aviv
  • Contact information: 0526733716 or 0542391610

What To Bring

  • Food for the day
  • Sturdy shoes for hiking
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Suitable clothing according to forecast
  • 4 litres of water
  • Modest clothing for men (no shorts or tank tops)

Terms And Conditions


* This trip requires sturdy shoes (no flip flops) suited for rocky terrain. Participants will remain off the trail should their footwear not be suited for the terrain.

* 4 Litres of water per person + hat + sunscreen

* Each participant is responsible for his or her own personal security and health.

***Please note: This trip is in Area C of the West Bank as designated by the Israeli and Palestinian authorities and is subject to change based on the security situation at the time of the trip.


*** Included in the price of the ticket is a non-refundable deposit fee. This fee is 50 NIS

*** Full refund including deposit fee will be issued upon request no later than 7 days prior to the scheduled start time.

*** Partial refunds will be issued no later than 3 days prior to the trip (50 NIS fee not refunded)

*** No refunds will be issued within 72 hours of the scheduled trip

*** Should a participant cancel his or her ticket, he or she can inquire about moving the ticket to another Finjan event at the same cost.

*** Should a participant request a refund within 72 hours of the scheduled departure time, a full refund can be specially issued if that ticket will be purchased by another participant or someone on the Finjan waiting list.

*** Full refund will be issued should the trip be cancelled or postponed for any reason at the discretion of the trek leader(s).

*** The trek leader(s) has the right to change the location of the trip prior to or throughout the trip based on weather conditions without issuing a refund to participants.

*** The trek leader(s) have full discretion in not allowing a participant to fulfil the trek based on certain health considerations and or lack of proper footwear/water.

*** Price includes two fully licensed guides and outdoor specialists, transportation to and from Tel Aviv and lots of coffee! Price does NOT include food and other beverages ***

Departure time is at 06:00 sharp from Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz (Central Train Station/Arlozorov). Return to the same point by 20:00. The bus will leave promptly and on time! Those who arrive early will have the chance to enjoy some cookies and coffee prior to departure.

This trip is part of the Hiking in Israel community.