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Spring in the Jordan Valley: Sartaba, Soap Operas and Peppers!



Meeting Time:06:00

Completion Time: 20:00


After crossing the entire width of Israel, from the coastal plain to the Jordan Valley, we will start the day by climbing the area’s highest point – the illustrious Sartaba (Alexandrium) – winding our way through the quiet valleys that define the landscape. The site is named after the Hasmonean King, Alexander Janneaus and eventually became a strong hold for the megalomaniacal King Herod. Here, we will delve into the family drama and soap opera that surrounded these prominent historical figures.

The latter part of the afternoon will include a special visit to Tomer, a local moshav specializing in the production and export of peppers and dates. A number of surprises await those who decide to join us for this unique expedition!

This part of the Jordan Valley is located on Route 90 in Area C. Safety is not a concern; however, as usual, everyone should be aware that they will be beyond the ‘Green Line’. Part of the journey will include an introduction to the area’s complex political situation.

 See you all on the 12th of March 2016!


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. 

*** This trip is located in Area C and is beyond the Green Line.


*** 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 06:15 sharp from Tel Aviv Savidor Merkaz (Central Train Station/Arlozorov).  Return to the same point by 21:00. 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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