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Holy Desert: In the Footsteps of Monks and Prophets

189 NIS
Per person
189 NIS
Per person


Meeting Time:6:30

Completion Time: 18:00

Difficulty Level: Beginner

Trip Type:History


Join Finjan for a day off the beaten path, away from the main touristic sites, for a day in the wilderness of Jerusalem, where rich history and ancient traditions combine for unique sites sacred for the monotheistic religions.

St. George of Choziba: Visit an amazing monastery impossibly hanging between the steep cliffs of Wadi Qelt. The traditions here are deep, going back to the 5th century, with a small community of monks until today. The monks living here are revered by Orthodox Christians who come here on pilgrimages from all over the world.

An Nabi Musa: The Muslim traditional burial place of the prophet Moses. This huge 120 room Mammaluk compound is a drawing stone to Muslim mystics, Darvishes and Suphies throughout the history and a main site for pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

St. Gerasimus (Deir Hjla): An important monastery starting from the 5th century, now a renovated Crusader compound with a beautiful gardens with rich history of tales around the charismatic character of St. Gerasimus and the horrors of the Persian massacre of 614.

Qasr el Yahoud: The baptism site of Jesus, ascension to heaven of the prophet Elijah, and the Israelites crossing the Jordan to the promised land, this is an important pilgrimage site, with many abandoned monasteries, where pilgrims come from afar to get baptized in the waters of the Jordan river.

  • Early sale tickets will be sold for 169.5 NIS in limited quantity, regular priced tickets are 189 NIS
  • Depending on the water situation in Wadi Qelt, we may add a stop for swimming- we will update!
  • This trip is dependent on a minimum number of travelers


Whats Included

Full transport departing and returning to Tel Aviv

Licensed Israeli Tour Guide and Outdoor Specialist

Coffee and cookies

Tip to driver

Whats Not Included

Food for the day



Whats Not Included

Food for the day




Departure from Tel Aviv – Savidor Central Train Station 06:30

Rehovot pick point: Ramla south interchange at 6:45

Breakfast stop en route

Jerusalem pick up point: French hill at 8:00

Lunch break will be at the Almog junction

Return to Tel Aviv by 18:00 with stops in Jerusalem and Rehovot

What To Bring




Comfortable shoes for walking

Modest clothing for the holy sites (long pants, covered shoulders)

Food for the day

Good vibes

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. 

* 3 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 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 06:30 sharp from Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz (Central Train Station/Arlozorov).  Return to the same point by 18:00. 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.