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Friday in the Foothills: Hiking, Caves, Mythical Battles and Wine!



Meeting Time:06:00

Completion Time: 17:00


To kick off our exploration of the Judean Foothills, we will catch the morning views from Tel Azeka over the central valleys and Judean Mountains with views all the way to the coast. From the battle of David and Goliath to the Israeli-Arab War of 1948, these valleys have seen only conquest. Now its time to see for ourselves how this area has played such an important role in the history of the region.

We will hike our way towards Khirbet Midras, a fascinating complex of battle caves used by Bar Kochba and his fighters during the 4-year rebellion against the Romans during the 2nd century. Along the way, we will scale through lush valleys, pine forests and fields of beautiful flowers.

To finish the day, we will take in the breathtaking views of the Janaba Valley from the Hans Sternbach Winery, featuring some of the best wines in the region and exemplifying the rich wine-making traditions in the valleys of the Judean Foothills.

The hike itself is an easier intermediate hike.

Khirbet Midras: These caves can be very narrow. Claustrophobia may be an issue for some – only the most daring should enter the area! Definitely bring your flashlight unless you are looking for a complete blackout.

We will do our best to return by 17:00 so people can make it home for Shabbat.

Pricing: Early registration is 169.50 NIS which includes the winetasting and transport. Later registration after the early discounted tickets is 189.50 and includes the wine tasting and transport to and from Tel Aviv.


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.

* 4.5 Litres of water per person + hat + sunscreen

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


*** 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, coffee and wine tasting! 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 17:00. 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.


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