Holy Land Hikes for the Discerning Traveler – When you think of hiking, you might think of the solo traveler with his backpack making his way from town to town – but you’d be missing out on an entire realm of luxury hiking in the Holy Land. There’s no compromising your high standards here. You can mix your desire for an outdoor adventure with all of the amenities you’ve come to expect from luxury travel.
For instance, Eliat is quite the stunning city. Located on the shores of the Red Sea, Eliat in the summertime can get really crowded – it’s Eliat in the wintertime that is just begging to be explored. The whole character of the town is altered. Crowds have gone home, leaving beaches of tranquility behind. Water temps never dip below 70 degrees. But something that most visitors are not aware of is that the surrounding mountains make for some of Israel’s best places to go hiking. The trails are impressive and have markers to guide the way. Just imagine a day of roughing it in the desert mountains, retiring to a bar on the beach, and then climbing into a luxurious bed at a seaside resort. Sound like heaven?
No mention of the Holy Land would be complete without a nod to its incredible city, Jerusalem. There’s something for everyone in this holy city. While hiking is never what initially draws visitors to Jerusalem, but this city is also an incredible hub for hikers around the globe. For nature lovers, adding a day-hike to your itinerary of holy sights is more than refreshing. Jerusalem’s hiking offerings are incredibly unique – the central ridge on which the city is located creates a unique shadow effect. The slopes of the western side are lush green forest, mountains, and small creeks and streams running throughout, while the eastern side is the delineation of the Judean Desert – deep, wild caverns and canyons in all directions. If you only have one day to dedicate to a hiking trip, consider the Wadi Qelt. This deep gorge’s rushing waters connect Jerusalem with Jericho. Aside from the abundance of natural beauty, some of the Judean Desert’s oldest monasteries are built into the cliffsides.
The best part of these Israeli hiking trips is that they get you out of the usual tourist traps and into the great wide open. These can make for your most treasured memories in a destination.