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Finjan New Year’s Resolution: Hike, Sunrise & Beer!

199 NIS
Per person
199 NIS
Per person


Meeting Time:1:00AM

Completion Time: 14:00

Difficulty Level: Advanced

Trip Type:Hiking & Sightseeing


Last year was not easy on some of us so let’s greet the new one by celebrating the things we love: waking up very early, hiking steep ascents, watching the sunrise, and drinking cold beer before noon!

After driving during the night to the Jordan Valley, we will start the hike before dawn, climbing the area’s highest point – the illustrious Sartaba (Alexandrium) – and winding our way through the quiet valleys that define the landscape.

Sartaba is the second location for the beacons that announced the beginning of the month, starting from the temple in Jerusalem, all the way to Babylon and is a wonderful symbol for greeting the new year.

The site is named after the Hasmonean King, Alexander Janneaus, and eventually became a stronghold for the megalomaniacal King Herod. Here, we will delve into the family drama and soap opera that surrounded these prominent historical figures.

Spoiler alert: this is a MAJOR ASCENT: a steep 30-45 minutes.

After sunrise we will descend back to the bus and drive to Ein el-Ouja – a rare oasis in the Jordan valley – for a refreshing morning dip.

Heading up to the mountains through a beautiful scenic road called “Tarek Abu George”, we will visit the famous Taybeh brewery – the first in the Palestinian territories – located in the ancient, Palestinian Christian village of Taybeh. The brewery produces a number of delicious beers and has a fascinating story to compliment the fine taste!

* Tickets are sold for 199 NIS (early sale tickets will be sold for 179 NIS.)

This hike is in Area B and Area C of the West Bank as designated by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Each traveler is responsible for his or her own safety

Whats Included

Full transport

Finjan tour guides


Whats Not Included

Food for the day


Anything not listed above

Whats Not Included

Food for the day


Anything not listed above


Pick ups:

01:00 Tel Aviv: Savidor central train station

01:30 Rehovot: Near Weitzman institute main gate

2:15 Jerusalem: road 1\ Yigal Yadin road


Drop off on the same locations at Friday noon

What To Bring

Sturdy shoes for hiking

Swimming gear



4 litres of water

Food for the day

Any medication you may need

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. Swimming gear is recommended for the springs.

*  Hikers should bring hiking sandals or water shoes if they don’t want their shoes to get wet at certain points

* 4 Litres of water per person + hat + sunscreen

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

* Swimming locations are without a lifeguard and are at the discretion of each individual participant. Finjan is not responsible for decisions made by participants regarding swimming areas without lifeguards.  

This hike is in Area B and Area C of the West Bank as designated by Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Each traveler is responsible for his or her own safety


*** 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 fulfill 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 1:00AM sharp from Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz (Central Train Station/Arlozorov).  Return to the same point by 14:00. 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.