Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour

Israel
Trekking
Self-Guided
Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour

Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour

Prices

From $515USD

Difficulty

Self-guided

Condos, Cabins, B&Bs

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Highlights

Explore the mountains, springs, and caves of the Judean Desert on foot

Discover the natural beauty of Beit Guvrin National park, exploring its caves and fascinating archeology.

Stand on the world-famous site of Tel Azekah, the site of the famous biblical battle between David and Goliath.

Hike the Wadi Hameara, uncovering a thrilling cave and mystical ruins.

Explore the delights of the Spring Trail as you follow its paths to the vibrant city of Jerusalem.

Hike some of the world’s most noteworthy historical sites on the 4-day Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour! This tour will take you across the Judean plains, leading you to the highly exalted city of Jerusalem in Israel. This pleasant 60 km hike is the perfect way to experience this region on foot.

Ancient biblical sites are interwoven with archeological wonders on this exciting hiking trail that takes you from Beit Guvrin National Park northbound to Jerusalem. Spend your days immersed in the picturesque scenery of the Judean mountains, and your evenings unwinding in the attractive breweries and wineries found along this route.

Embrace a sense of pilgrimage as you reach your final destination of Jerusalem, having experienced the wonders of the Judean mountains on foot. Don’t miss out on the Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour!

Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive at Beit Shemesh Train Station

Arrive at the Beit Shemesh train station where you’ll be met for a brief one-on-one meeting. Here, you’ll be provided with your route maps and will have the opportunity to ask any questions.

A short transfer will then take you to Beit Guvrin National Park where your hiking adventure begins! Your first day will have you crossing the gentle hills of the Judean plains as you hike south to north along the Israel National Trail. Climbing a hilltop along the trail, you’ll find the archeological site of Tel Goded, with spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea to the west and Hebron Mountains to the east.

Finally, you’ll walk directly to tonight’s accommodations in Moshav Srigim, where you can finish up your day with a well-deserved cold beer at a local brewery.

Overnight Location
B&B in Srigim
Distance
13 km, 5-6 hours, 250m of ascent
Meals
None

Day 2 David and Goliath

Your hike begins today directly from your accommodations, where you’ll make your way to the world-famous site of Tel Azekah, the battleground of David and Goliath.

Continuing the trail, you’ll climb a hilltop overlooking the Elah Valley, where you’ll find ancient fortress ruins dating back to the 10th century BCE. Following a pleasant climb of Turmis Hill, the third and last hill of today’s hike, you’ll reach tonight’s accommodations at Kibbutz Netiv Halamed Heh.

You’ll have the evening to explore the local memorial site of a war that occurred here in 1948, or kick back and relax at the local boutique winery.

Overnight Location
B&B in Netiv Halamed Heh
Distance
16 km, 6-8 hours, 400m ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 3 Judean Mountains

A short transfer will take you to the eastern outskirts of Beit Shamesh, where Wadi Hameara begins.

A short hike up the wadi will lead you to Twins Cave. The cave gets its name from an ancient legend that tells of a barren woman who drank from the cave’s spring and then gave birth to twins.

Continuing up the wadi, you’ll encounter picturesque springs and climb to a small summit where the ruins of Beit Itab are located. From this point of the hike, there are two options for your final stretch.

Continue the route straight to your accommodations in Nes Harim.

Option 2: 5 km hike
Continue your hike to the old Muslim grave of Dir a Sheich. Contrasting white ruins and green forest make this a truly magical spot! Returning to Nes Harim, be sure to check out the best Kubbah (local cuisine) in Israel at Sima’s Cuba restaurant.
Option 2: 15 km, 4-6 hours, 800m of ascent

Overnight Location
B&B in Nes Harim
Distance
Option 1: 10 km, 3-4 hours, 600m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Day 4 Welcome to Jerusalem!

Today’s hike offers two options for you to choose from.

Begin your hike today directly from your accommodation, descending into the exciting Ktalav Wadi. Making your way to the Springs Trail, you’ll uncover the Seadim Ruins, where you’ll spot an ancient Byzantine farmhouse. The ruins are a perfect place to take a short break among the pines.

The next stretch of trail will take you past 5 uniquely attractive streams (hence the trail’s name). Finally, joining the Hadasah Trail, you’ll make your triumphant arrival at the center of the picturesque Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ein Karem.

There is no shortage of things to do now that you’ve reached Jerusalem! Enjoy an exceptional local meal at one of the many cafes and restaurants, and perhaps check out one of the area’s many colourful galleries.

Option 2: 18 km hike
This route starts the same as option 1, but it ends a little earlier, right after visiting the five springs.
Option 2: 18 km, 8-10 hours, 400m of ascent

Overnight Location
None
Distance
Option 1: 23 km, 10-11 hours, 400m of ascent
Meals
Breakfast

Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour Price and Dates

This self-guided hiking tour in the Judean Mountains is always run as a custom tour for your group only ant the price depends on the number of people in your group.
Prices below are per person sharing a double or a triple room.

Departures on Monday, Saturday, Sunday:

  • Solo Traveller: $1,250USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $695USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: $595USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4-5: $535USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 6+: $515USD per person

Departures on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday:

  • Solo Traveller: $1,475USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 2: $795USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 3: $695USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 4-5: $650USD per person
  • Self-Guided Groups of 6+: $615USD per person
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Accommodation on the Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour

This tour is based in a combination of apartments, cabins and B&Bs that have either modern or basic amenities and lots of local charm!

All accommodations offer private rooms and breakfast onsite. Rooms are double occupancy and single travellers will pay a supplement.

In some cases, the accommodation listed below may need to be substituted for other, comparable accommodations.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers
You can pay a supplement ($225USD-$300USD, depending on your departure day) to have a private room in a hotel. Contact us and we can try and match single travellers up where possible.

Green Heart in Srigim

This charming eco-touristic accommodation is surrounded by a beautiful natural habitat where you’ll have no trouble unwinding after a day of hiking. Equipped with modern amenities, this unique stay is one you won’t soon forget.

Night 2

Netiva’le Lodge in Netiv Halamed Heh

This comfortable B&B is equipped with basic amenities and includes breakfast.

Night 3

Kasem Bahar Cabins

Splendid cabins in a beautiful setting with modern amenities make this the perfect unique stay in Jerusalem. A swimming pool, free wifi, and a spa are available for your use.

Hotels on Standard Tour

What’s Included in the Judean Mountain Hiking Tour?

Meals

3 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Accommodations

Accommodations for 3 nights are included. Accommodations before the tour in Beit Shemesh and after the tour in Jerusalem are not included.

Transportation during the Tour

Ground transportation for you and your luggage are included throughout the tour. Airport transfers are not included but can be added for an additional fee.

Also Included

  • Detailed one-on-one briefing meeting at your accommodation on Day 1
  • GPS mobile app
  • Hiking maps
  • Hiking guidebook
  • 24/7 phone support

Not included

  • Flights to and from Ben Gurion Airport near Jerusalem
  • Breakfast on Day 1, lunch and dinners on all days
  • Guide

Optional Extras

Frequenty Asked Questions about Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour

How hard is the Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour?

We rate this tour as a 3/5. Hikers should be comfortable hiking up to 10 hours, however, there are options to shorten hike times on certain days to lower the difficulty.

Do I need a visa to travel to Israel?

Check with your local country about visa requirements. You could also try this website, though you should verify with your government.

What should I expect when hiking in the desert?

The spring season (March and April) is the best time for this tour, as the weather is generally not too hot and makes for comfortable hiking. Proper hydration at all times and is important when hiking on this tour. If hot temperatures are forecasted, consider avoiding hiking during the hottest part of the day. The winter season (December-March) is the best time for this tour, as the weather is generally not too hot and makes for comfortable hiking. While the tour is possible in November and April, there is a higher risk of hot weather during these months. Proper hydration at all times and avoiding peak heat hours (generally late afternoon) is important when hiking on this tour.

Are meals included on the Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour?

3 breakfasts are included on this tour.

Do I need insurance?

Yes, it is mandatory to have health and medical insurance to join this trip, and your insurance should cover hiking. Get your Travel Insurance.

How do I get to Beit Shemesh Train Station to start this tour?

Ben Gurion Airport (TLV) is the closest airport to your start point at Beit Shemesh. The best way to get there from Ben Gurion Airport is by bus from Ben Gurion Airport Station to Beit Shemesh Station, which takes approximately 2 hours. Alternatively, you can arrange your own transportation from the airport or book airport transfers as part of your tour for an additional fee. A vehicle transfer takes approximately 30 minutes.

Where does the Inn to Inn through the Judean Mountains Tour end?

The tour ends in the capital city of Jerusalem, where you can take a bus directly to Ben Gurion Airport (TLV). Alternatively, you can arrange your own transportation from Jerusalem to the airport, which should take you under one hour in a vehicle. You can also book an airport transfer for an additional fee.

Do I need special vaccines to travel to Israel?

Check with your family doctor.

Are there any travel restrictions for Israel?

Please check with your local government about travel restrictions before you book your tour. This map from the US Department of State provides an overview of the current status in countries around the globe. The UK‘s Foreign Office and Government of Canada also provide advice on foreign travel. Note that the travel advice may change depending on your nationality.

When is the best time to travel to Israel for this tour?

The best time to travel to the Judean Mountains for this trek during the early spring (March/April) when the area is full of flowers.

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Tour Difficulty

We rate this tour as a 3/5. Hikers should be comfortable hiking up to 10 hours, however, there are options to shorten hike times on certain days to lower the difficulty.


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