Israel has one of the best trail marking systems in the world. The Committee of Israel’s Trails employs several teams of professionals to maintain and mark all of Israel’s trails. These trails can take you anywhere in the country, from deserts to forests, from the Mediterranean Sea to the Sea of Galilee, from bustling urban centers to Israel’s most peaceful corners. In our little country of about 5,500 acres, there are thousands of miles of marked trails. The Israel Trail is the pinnacle of all trails. Inspired by the North American Appalachian Trail, this 585-mile trail was inaugurated in 1995 and crosses Israel from North to South, taking the hiker through all types of scenery, vegetation and many historical sites. You can hike it all in about 40 days, soaking in Israel’s beauty, yet never too far from civilization for supplies or even a warm bed. If you wish to experience Israel by foot you are promised a unique experience. Keep in mind that most trails can be divided into segments and you can vary your entry and exit points. There are several things you might want to keep in mind when planning such a trip: • What is your primary interest? Do you want to walk in the footsteps of the ancient pilgrims who came to Jerusalem and visit the major holy sites on the way? • Do you want to start walking from Akko, Israel’s main port and point of entry in ancient times, and see the sights visitors saw hundreds of years ago? • Are you interested mostly in nature and want to experience as much of Israel’s diverse scenery as possible? We will have access to a vehicle every day, so we could drive to different parts of Israel in order to diversify your experience. • How much do you want to walk every day and how fast can you walk? We will have to plan our daily routes accordingly. • What is the time of year? You probably don’t want to hike to Eliat through the Negev in the summer time, but the winter may offer stunning floods and excellent weather. • Do you want to camp out or end each day with a warm shower and a comfortable bed? Some of Israel’s best B&B’s are close to beautiful hiking trails. As with any other tour, please ask any questions you might have and let me know if there’s any way I can help you plan your next trip to Israel!