Arava Valley Trip Itinerary

Our hike committee is currently at work planning a powerful experience for you in the magnificent Arava Valley. Below is a preliminary itinerary for the week. Closer to the hike date, we will post a more comprehensive itinerary with more detailed descriptions of the hiking and daily programming, pre- and post-hike options, and any special excursions that may be available.

Travel dates

Please plan on being in Tel Aviv no later than Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018. Our opening dinner will be that evening at sundown. The hike officially ends after a special closing lunch on Thursday, October 18, 2018, and we will have you back in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem that evening. This year, if there is sufficient demand, our travel partner, Routes Travel (see info below), will be putting together a post-hike excursion to Jordan and the spectacular ancient city of Petra on Friday, October 19, 2018 (more details to come).

The hike will be starting in Tel Aviv, and the hike headquarters will be at the Royal Beach Hotel (19 Ha-Yarkon Street). We have a group rate through Routes Travel, which will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis until July 30, 2018. Depending on demand, we may have other options available as a backup. For those who have other personal hotel preferences, Routes Travel can assist you as required.

Travel agency

Routes Travel is the official travel agency of the OneFamily Cross Israel Hike. To book your hotel reservations (including upgrades), please contact Anna Kuperberg at Routes Travel at, tel: 0119722-63 2006.

Registration Desk

The Hike registration booth will be set up in the lobby at the Royal Beach Hotel and will be open on Friday October 12, 2018 from 2.30 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Please drop by and pick up your registration kits. If you can’t be there at these times, please come to the buses on Sunday morning and identify yourselves to the Routes staff who will give you your kits.

Friday October 13, 2018 - Tel Aviv

2.30 to 5 p.m. Registration desk open (Royal Beach Hotel)

Saturday October 13, 2018 - Tel Aviv

4.30 to 7 p.m (just before the Havdalah begins) Registration desk open (Royal Beach Hotel)
Sundown/approx. 7.15 p.m. Meet in the lobby of the Royal Beach Hotel for a special Havdallah ceremony on the beach. After the ceremony, we will enjoy a wonderful dinner at a nearby restaurant (included in the cost of the hike).

Sunday October 14, 2018 (First day of hiking)

7:30 am:

7.30 to 11 a.m. - 4 p.m:
7:00 pm:

Be at the bus with your luggage and dressed to hike. Bring everything you need for that day. Water, water bladders and your selected lunch will be provided. You will travel with your guide and your hiking group to the trails for that day. Your luggage and personal belongings (purses etc.) can stay on the bus when you hike. Buses stay locked and guarded by the driver.
Hiking Day 1
Dinner and evening program

Monday October 15 to Wednesday October 17, 2018

7:00 - 7:30 am:
8:00 am:
2:30 - 4:30 pm:
7:00 pm:

A typical hiking day is as follows:
Breakfast and prepare lunches
Meet your hiking group at bus to depart for trails – all levels
Return from hike (return time depends on hiking level)
Dinner and evening program

Thursday October 18, 2018 (Closing day)

7:00 am:
7:30 am:
8:00 am:
1:00 pm:
3:00 pm:

Take luggage to bus
Morning hike as a group
Farewell Brunch and Closing Ceremonies
Board your bus to either Tel Aviv or Jerusalem

One Step. One Life. One Family.