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Camping Sites in Israel

In Israel there are camping sites of course. The only problem is how to find them. I give you one wonderful tip, and that’s Google Maps. In Google maps you can search for “Camping sites in Israel” or “Camping sites in Tel Aviv” and the like. Here, take a look and click here for an example. But here are some ideas of main camping sites and where possible, the price in Israeli Shekels.


The Masada Night Camp

Masada Mountain & Cable Car

For those astonished by the rich history of the Judean Desert, the Masada night camp is a must. The ancient fortification holds the tragic story of the demolition and exile of the Israelite people in the first century. The site, visited by hundreds of thousands each year, is considered a symbol of Jewish identity and is recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Make sure to arrive on a day where the local audio-visual show takes place. For a truly picture perfect moment, climb the mountain before dawn and enjoy the stunning sunrise from the top, an intense yet worthy hike.

Hurshat Tal

Mount Tabor

Nature lovers should not miss Hurshat Tal, located in northern Israel. The national park was declared a nature reserve mainly due to the centuries-old Mount Tabor oaks growing there. The campsite has a large pond of cool water from the Dan River; perfect for a summer swim. Guests can also enjoy the small springs spread out throughout the reserve. For those who prefer to sleep in closed areas, the site offers various bungalows and guest rooms.

The Dead Sea

Dead Sea

The famous Dead Sea, known for its extreme saltiness allowing you to float effortlessly in the water, and its healing effects. The water may not contain living organisms but definitely it’s full of life with hundreds of guests visiting daily. Many attractive campsites can be found near this national treasure. A recommended place to pitch a tent is the Ein Gedi Beach Campground. With a natural spa as your backyard, what can go wrong. Let yourself relax with a one of a kind landscape at the lowest point on earth.

Ein Gedi Beach Campground
This campground sits on the northern shores of the Dead Sea in Ein Gedi Beach. It is in a centralized location for travelers who want to explore the Masada, Dead Sea and Ein Gedi region. Because the campsite is attached to the Ein Gedi Beach, travelers can can take advantage of the beach’s picnic areas and snackbar. Kibbutz Ein Gedi is also across the street from the campsite. Staying overnight at the campsite is free, but there is a charge for the use of toilets and showers. There is no electricity. The campground is located off Route 90.

Ein Gedi Beach Campground is temporarily closed due to sink holes in the area

Kefar Hanokdim

Arad

Kefar Hanokdim campground is between the city of Arad and Masada, located in the Kana’im Valley in the Judean desert. The campground includes bedouin-style tents with colorful rugs and mattresses. The site is designed to be a peaceful, reflective place, shaded by palm trees and surrounded by gardens. Visitors have a great view of the Judean desert and are a short distance to Masada. There are also various activities visitors can do at the campground, like riding camels. Prices at this site vary depending on the type of accommodation.

Kesem Hamidbar Campsite

Dead Sea

This campground is located 20 minutes south of the Dead Sea coast in Moshav Neot Hakikar. Kesem Hamidbar offers large Bedouin tents. There are five tents that can accommodate 10 to 25 people, and mats, mattresses and pillows are included. There is a self-service barbeque and kitchen, where visitors can cook their food (charcoal not included). There are also hot showers. Kesem Hamidbar is located off of Route 90, 10 minutes north of the Arava junction.

Masada Campsite West

Dead Sea

Masada Campsite West is located inside the National Park near Mount Masada. Here, travelers can bring their own private tents and trailers or rent rent tents and mattresses. There are also six guest cabins on site. The campsite includes an outdoor barbeque area (charcoal not included), a gas cooking area, a kitchen and a refrigerator. The cost for camping overnight in a private tent starts at 53 NIS for adults. Other prices vary. The entrance to the campsite can be accessed only from the city of Arad.

Shkedi Camp Lodge
Shkedi’s Camp Lodge sits south of the Dead Sea in Neot Hakikar. The campground has several spacious and stylish bungalows. They include mats, mattresses, and cushion. Each bungalow can accommodate up to 15 people. There are also air-conditioned cabins available. The campground includes clean toilets, hot water showers, a barbeque and grill area, and a self-serve kitchen. Shkedi’s Camp Lodge is open September-June and is 20 minutes south of the Dead Sea shoreline.

Camping Neot 

Lot’s Wife pillar, Mount Sodom

The Camping Neot is located 20 minutes from the Southern Shore of the Dead Sea, in the Valley of Soddom. The Camping offers space for private tents and has 3 large communal tents with mattresses.In summer months you will be able to enjoy the swimming pool of the camping! Also, the camping facilities include hot showers, grocery store, BBQ space.Prices start from 50 ILS.

Kfar Blum Kayaks – Jordan Campground

Rafting the Jordan River

The Jordan campground located at Kfar Blum Kayaks (see also Rafting the Jordan River and Kayaking down the Jordan River) offers the ideal combination of excitement and serenity. The site is located on one of the most sacred rivers in history, the Jordan River. Enjoy it’s beauty by taking a kayak trip. There are various routes available depending on your preference and expertise. Other adrenaline activities include zip-lining and wall climbing. Explore the outdoors by day and absorb the peaceful environment by night.

Rafting the Jordan River

Sea of Galilee

Sea of Galilee

Israel’s largest freshwater lake, the Sea of Galilee, is also the lowest freshwater lake on earth. Much of the country’s water supply comes from these sweet waters. Besides swimming, there are many activities to do in the area. Visit Hamat Gader hot springs for a soothing experience or get in shape by biking around the shore (a 60-kilometer trail awaits). The Kinneret has a variety of campsites to choose including the Gofra Beach campground, which offers a thermo-mineral water spring. Leave your smartphone behind as you explore all that the natural environment has to offer.

 

This summer, instead of booking a five star hotel, why not try a five-billion star hotel and instead of the repetitive hotel experience, go camping and connect with mother nature. Israel’s constant warm weather makes it the ideal place for a camping retreat. Whether it’s by the beach, river, or lake, the country’s natural gems can satisfy any wanderlust. Read on to discover the must visit campsites in Israel.

Ha’Bonim Nature Reserve

Shipshape in Haifa

If you’re looking for an alternative to the popular Tel Avivian beaches, Ha’Bonim Beach is the answer. Located south of Haifa, this nature reserve has clear blue waters, outstanding sunsets, and nature trails. Fall asleep to the sound of the ocean as you spend the night at one of Israel’s most beautiful shores. In the morning take a walk along the coast and discover the area’s secret blue cave and colorful flowers. For lunch it is recommended to visit the small town of Zichron Yaakov, a short drive from the campground.

Yarok (Green) Campground, Beit Hillel

In the heavenly Upper Galilee, you will find the moshav Beit Hillel. The Green Campground is located on the Hasbani River, a stream which later connects to the Jordan River. Bring your family, friends or significant other and enjoy the fresh air and green scenery characterizing the area. Depending on your preference, you can either bring your own equipment to the site or reserve a Native American tipi tent. Start packing for a weekend full of bonfires, mores, and river-dipping.

Sodom Day Tour

By tradition, this area is the site of Sodom and Gomorrah, the biblical cities that were destroyed in a storm of fire and brimstone, punishment from God because of their people’s depravity (Genesis 18-19). These days, Sodom is much better known for its desert hiking and cycling trails than for sodomy. And for that we have this day tour. Normally, a day tour occupies about a half day, but I added several hiking opportunities to this day you and that means you will be busy the whole day. It’s breathtaking nature in action. Look also for the stories behind the cursed cities in Israel. See also the maps of the Dead Sea.



‘The Situation of Man’

The Situation of Man
The Situation of Man

Atop a bluff overlooking the Dead Sea Works stands this modern sculpture, a rusty steel column with old steel railway ties striving to climb it like desperate worms.
Next to the sculpture, a viewpoint looks out over a crazy juxtaposition of smoke-spewing heavy industry, electric-blue evaporation pools, green farm fields (over in Jordan) and the wild, tawny beauty of the desert.

Mountains of Moab
Mountains of Moab

Views are best in the late afternoon, when the setting sun turns the mountains of Moab a reddish gold.

Mountains of Moab
Mountains of Moab

The 600m-long access road intersects Rte 90 250m north of the main entrance to the Dead Sea Works. Turn off at the white-on-brown sign reading ‘Plant Viewing Point’ (ignore the yellow ‘no trespassing’ sign) and follow the green signs marked (in Hebrew) ‘LaMitzpeh’ (‘to the scenic lookout’). Beyond the sculpture, a 4WD road continues to the Amiaz Plateau.

Lot’s Wife

Lot's Wife pillar, Mount Sodom
Lot’s Wife pillar, Mount Sodom

About 11km south of the southern end of Ein Bokek, high above the west side of Rte 90, a column of salt-rich rock leans precariously away from the rest of the Mt Sodom cliff face. It is popularly known as Lot’s Wife because, according to the Bible, Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt as punishment for looking back to see Sodom as it burned (Genesis 19:17 and 19:26).

Dead Sea Works

Dead Sea Works
Dead Sea Works

Israel’s only major natural resource – other than sunlight and the gas fields off the Mediterranean coast – is the Dead Sea, from which products ranging from magnesium chloride and anhydrous aluminium chloride to table salt and cosmetics are extracted. Founded in the 1930s, the DSW is now the world’s fourth-largest producer of potash, an important component of agricultural fertiliser.
By day, the rusty (from the salt air) smokestacks, pipes and holding tanks of the DSW complex look like a mid-20th-century industrial dystopia, but by night, when the sprawling facilities are lit by thousands of yellowish lights, the site has a mysterious, otherworldly beauty.

Mount Sodom

Mount Sodom
Mount Sodom

Two trails head down the steep flanks of Mt Sodom from a lookout point, reachable by 4WD, whose views are at their best in the late afternoon.

Ma’aleh HaSulamot (Ladders Ascent; 1½ hours to walk down), named after its many stairs, connects with Rte 90 across the highway from the sun-blasted huts of the Dead Sea Works’ first workers’ camp, built in 1934.

Another descent to Rte 90 is Shvil HaDagim (Fishes Trail; 1½ hours down), so named because of the many fossilised fish you can see in the rocks.

Mt Sodom, 11km long and up to 2km wide, is one of the world’s stranger geological formations. Start with the fact that it’s made almost entirely of rock salt, a highly soluble material that in any other climate would have melted away. In fact, over the millennia the area’s rare rainfalls have dissolved some of the salt, creating deep in the bowels of the mountain a maze of caves (closed to the public) up to 5.5km long.

Many are connected to the surface by shafts that hikers need to make sure they don’t fall into, and some are filled with delicate, eerie salt stalactites. And then there’s the matter of Mt Sodom’s summit.

A respectable 250m above the surface of the Dead Sea – the views of Jordan’s Moab Mountains are gorgeous – it also happens to be 176m below sea level.

West of Mt Sodom, Wadi Sodom is ideal for mountain biking. If you start at the top (accessible by 4WD), it’s about two hours, mostly downhill, to the Neve Zohar area.

A round-trip circuit that connects with beautiful Wadi Pratzim (Wadi Perazim), whose upper reaches pass the famous Flour Cave (closed to the public), is another option.

Sleeping

The Mt Sodom area has several well-marked camping zones (chenyonei layla) without facilities, including one up on the Amiaz Plateau (Mishor Amiaz) and another further north at Wadi Tze’elim.

Mt Sodom International Bike Race: www.desertchallenge.co.il

Map of Dead Sea - Sodom Day Tour
Map of Dead Sea – Sodom Day Tour

The Arava, Hiking, Biking and Swimming in the Desert

Part of the Great Rift Valley that runs for some 5000km from northern Syria to central Mozambique, this austerely beautiful and sparsely populated desert stretches from the Dead Sea to the Red Sea and has as its backdrop the majestic multi-hued Jordanian mountain range known in Israel as the Edom (Red) Mountains. Map.

The desert scenery is most spectacular around the settlement of Tzukim (aka Zuqim, or Zukim)(map) on Hwy 90 between the Dead Sea and Zihor Junction.

Arava
Arava

The Arava is becoming known as a center for outdoor activities, especially cycling. A popular 33km bike trail runs along a wadi (dry river bed) between Zofar (map) and Paran (map), and the desert terrain is a favorite destination for 4WD enthusiasts. In rainy years, Eshet Lake near Paran (map) is a popular swimming spot.

Arava
Arava

Kibbutz Neot Semadar (054 979 8966 (gallery), 08-635 8170 (tours); http://www.neot-semadar.com; Shizafon Junction; gallery entrance 18NIS, two-hour guided tour 250NIS; tours & gallery entrance 11am-2pm Sun-Fri)(map)
A true oasis in the desert, this kibbutz has lush green surrounds and a bizarre pink tower in which residents have established an arts center and a gallery where artisan crafts are sold to the public. The community was established in 1989 and focuses on promoting cooperation, creativity and learning in daily life. It supports itself through agriculture (orchard and olive grove), a winery, a solar field and the workshops it runs on self-awareness and Eco-building. The kibbutz is located on Hwy 40, halfway between Mitzpe Ramon and Eilat (10km up Hwy 40 from Ketura Junction on Hwy 90).

Kibbutz Neot Semadar
Kibbutz Neot Semadar

Timna Park (08-631 6756; http://www.parktimna.co.il; day ticket adult/child 44/36NIS; 8am-4pm Sat-Thu, 8am-3pm Fri )(map)
The colorful sands and craggy mountains of the Timna Valley, 25km north of Eilat, are full of minerals including copper, iron and manganese. This park incorporates traces from one of the world’s first copper mines,

King Solomon's Mines
King Solomon’s Mines

and is home to thousands of ancient mining shafts, the remains of smelting furnaces dating back to ancient imperial Egypt, temple remnants and ancient rock drawings depicting ostriches, ibex and Egyptian battle chariots. Other attractions are geological phenomena including Solomon’s Pillars

Solon pillars
Solon pillars

(two huge columns of granite formed by rainwater some 540 million years ago) and the Mushroom, an eroded monolith in the shape of…you guessed it. You could easily spend a whole day hiking here, but the park is so spread out that you’ll also need a car. Information about walks is available at the visitor center, accessed off Hwy 90.

Timna National Park
Timna National Park

Hai-Bar Yotvata Nature Reserve (08-637 6018; http://www.parks.org.il; adult/student/child 29/25/15NIS; h8.30am-4pm Sun-Thu, 8.30am-3pm Fri & Sat) (map)
Wild animals that are mentioned in the Bible are bred at this nature reserve 35km north of Eilat, as are other endangered desert species. Divided into three areas – an area where herds of desert herbivores live in conditions similar to the wild; enclosures containing large predators, reptiles and small desert animals; and a ‘dark room’ to view nocturnal animals when they are active – it can be thoroughly explored in two hours if you have your own car. The reserve’s inhabitants include asses, oryx, addax and ostriches, and its flora includes acacia groves. You’ll find it on Hwy 90 about 42km north of Eilat, between Kibbutz Yotvata and Kibbutz Samar.

Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve
Yotvata Hai-Bar Nature Reserve

Kibbutz Ketura (www.ketura.org.il) (map)
One of the most interesting of Israel’s kibbutzim, Ketura has transformed itself from an agricultural kibbutz into a leader in innovative eco-technology. Founded in 1973, it is unusual in that it is a CABIN multinational, religiously pluralistic community. Home to the internationally renowned Arava Institute (http://arava.org), which researches and draws attention to ecological problems in the region, it runs businesses including a date plantation, a dairy farm, a photovoltaic solar field and an algae factory producing the powerful antioxidant Astaxanthin. The kibbutz is located on Hwy 90, 50km north of Eilat.

Kibbutz Ketura
Kibbutz Ketura

Kibbutz Lotan (08-635 6935; http://www.kibbutzlotan.com)(map)
Embracing an ecological vision known in Hebrew as tikun ‘olam (repairing the world), this kibbutz is known for its sincere and long-demonstrated commitment to sustainability and cooperative action. Visitors can take a guided daily tour at 9.30am (20NIS), spot wildlife in the kibbutz’s nature and bird reserve, discover the therapeutic delight of watsu (water shiatsu) in the kibbutz’s heated pool, or sign up for a one-week ‘eco-experience’, four- to seven-week ‘green apprenticeship’ or short permaculture workshop at the ecology education center. Regional bus 20 from Eilat stops at the kibbutz, and Egged buses to/from Tel Aviv stop on Hwy 90, nearby.

Kibbutz Lotan
Kibbutz Lotan

Samar Bike (052 551 8904, 052 304 0640; http://www.samarbike.com; Kibbutz Samar) (map)
Based at Kibbutz Samar, 34km north of Eilat, this outfit runs bike tours across a variety of trails in the Arava and can supply pick-up and drop-off services and logistics for those wanting to cycle part of the Israel National Trail. It operates a small guesthouse on the kibbutz that is tailored specifically towards bike tourism.

Samar Bike
Samar Bike

Sleeping & Eating

Desert Routes Inn (052 366 5927, 08-658 1829; Hatzeva; dm/d/tw/f US$27/208/208/285)(map)
The owners of this khan (desert inn) close to the Jordanian border in the Northern Arava are a mine of information about the area and can organize jeep, hiking and rappelling tours. They offer private and dorm rooms, and also operate a nearby camping ground. There’s a communal kitchen and hospitality tent, making it a great option for self-caterers.

Desert Routes Inn
Desert Routes Inn

Desert Days: Negev Eco Lodge (058 484 2357, 052 617 0028; http://www.negevecolodge.com; Tzukim; d weekday/weekend 450/525NIS, per child extra 50NIS)(map)
Nine cabins made of straw bales and mud provide a base for city dwellers seeking a tranquil desert escape. The surrounds are stony and stark, but there is an unusual string of desert pools to soften the overall effect. Each cabin can sleep up to six, and green features include self-composting toilets, recycled grey water and solar-generated power. Breakfast costs an extra 50/30NIS per adult/child. To reach the lodge, turn off Rte 90 at Tzukim and follow the ‘Desert Days’ sign.

Desert Days: Negev Eco Lodge
Desert Days: Negev Eco Lodge

Neot Semadar Guesthouse (054 979 8433; http://www.neot-semadar.com; d weekday/weekend 430/480NIS)(map)
A minimalist aesthetic is the hallmark of these sustainable built and attractive cabins, which are set in a garden on the edge of an olive grove. Each is equipped with a fridge and kettle, and the room charge includes a breakfast basket. Other meals can be taken at the nearby inn.

Neot Semadar Guesthouse
Neot Semadar Guesthouse

Kibbutz Ketura Country Lodge (057 941 9109; http://www.keren-kolot-israel.co.il;  weekdays/weekends NIS350/400, d 440/530)(map)
Ketura’s guesthouse is comfortable and extremely well maintained. Three types of room are on offer: the ‘Marulla’, which sleeps up to four and has a private terrace; the two-room ‘Pitaya’ family suite, which sleeps up to eight; and the four-room ‘Argania’, which can also sleep eight. All have kitchenette and cable TV, and there are communal BBQs. Facilities include a basketball court, football field, alternative health centre (treatments from 180NIS), bicycle hire, and on-site coffee shop (open 8am to 11pm every day except Shabbat). Guests receive a free tour of the kibbutz and are welcome to join members for a dairy dinner (adult/child 35/30NIS) in the communal dining hall. Egged buses traveling along Hwy 90 will drop passengers at Ketura (40 minutes from Eilat; be sure to specify Kibbutz Ketura, not Ketura Junction). From Eilat, Regional Council bus 20 also stops here.

Kibbutz Ketura Country Lodge
Kibbutz Ketura Country Lodge

Kibbutz Lotan Guesthouse (08-635 6935; http://www.kibbutzlotan.com;  weekday/weekend 300/370NIS, d 370/440NIS)(map)
There are two types of accommodation on offer at this kibbutz: simple but comfortable guesthouse cabins with kitchenette, bathroom, air-con and outdoor seating area; and hippy-ish mud eco-domes (some with private bathroom and some with shared facilities). Prices include breakfast in the kibbutz tea house, and other meals may be enjoyed with kibbutz residents in the communal dining room. Lotan is known as a ‘baby-butz’ because it is relatively small and many of its residents are  young (the average age is 40), so there’s a lively atmosphere. Facilities include shady gardens, a children’s playground, a basketball court and a soccer field. Meals make the most of home-grown vegetables and dates, as well as dairy products made on site, and both vegans and vegetarians are catered for. Egged buses travelling to/from Eilat will drop passengers on Hwy 90 near the 1.5km-long access road to the kibbutz (45 minutes from Eilat); Regional Council bus 20 comes to the kibbutz itself.

Kibbutz Lotan Guesthouse
Kibbutz Lotan Guesthouse

Midbara (052 701 0444; http://www.midbara.co.il; Tzukim; d weekdays/weekends 800/900NIS, q 1200/1500NIS)(map)
The settlement of Tzukim is becoming a tourism hotspot, with a boom in construction of desert lodges. Midbara is definitely the most attractive of these, offering 11 well-spaced, comfortable and stylish mud cabins scattered along a valley planted with fruit trees. All its cabins have kitchens, a few have indoor fireplaces and most have a private relaxation pool and hammock. Children love the free bike hire and on-site animals (chickens, a camel), so it’s a great spot for a family holiday. Note that prices drop for stays of multiple nights. Tzukim is 113km north of Eilat. To reach the lodge, turn off Rte 90 at Tzukim and follow the ‘Desert Days’ sign.

Midbara
Midbara

Nof Zuqim (08-658 4748; http://www.nofzuqim.co.il; Tzukim; standard weekdays/weekends 820/1130NIS, d with panoramic view 1040/1430NIS)(map)

Nof Zuqim
Nof Zuqim

A great deal of thought has gone into the design of these mud cabins overlooking a stony wadi in Tzukim. Each is extremely well equipped and tastefully decorated, and has an outdoor BBQ and private balcony with hot tub. It’s worth paying extra for a cabin with a panoramic view, as the mountain vistas are magnificent. A delicious breakfast can be delivered to your cabin for 54NIS per person.

Nof Zuqim
Nof Zuqim

Neot Semadar Inn (08-635 8180; http://www.neot-semadar.com; Shizzafon Junction; labneh 26NIS, cheese platter 50NIS, mains 40-45NIS; h7am-7pm Sun-Thu, 7am-3pm Fri)(map)
A lush rear garden gives this roadside inn its name (neot means ‘oasis’). Operated by the kibbutz of the same name, it serves home-made goats cheese and labneh, as well as a range of salads, egg dishes, dips, pasta and cakes made using organic produce. Be sure to try one of the home-made fruit nectars or juices.

Neot Semadar Inn
Neot Semadar Inn

Christian Guesthouses in Jerusalem

CHRIST CHURCH GUESTHOUSE

Upon entering Christ Church, guests are immediately taken aback by the quiet and private gardens and interior courtyard, offering guests solace and a peaceful refuge from the crowded and bustling walkways outside the premises. Guest rooms are small and plainly furnished but are clean and comfortable and provide private bathroom facilities. The guest rooms situated in the Nicolayson wing are modern and air-conditioned, while those in the historic Alexander Wing recall the Imperial glory of the Ottoman and British Empires.


LUTHERAN HOSPICE

This very popular guesthouse is situated inside the Old city off a narrow alleyway.  This well-run historic German Lutheran guest house occupies a series of lovely restored stone buildings and terraced gardens overlooking the main bazaar and is just a short walk from the Jaffa Gate.

Location

Situated close to the heart of the Old City, positioned between the Christian and Arab quarters, the guest house is proximate to many of the city’s most treasured sites. The guest house is situated within a secure enclave of stone buildings and offers a secluded setting with some of the best views of the Old City from its terraces. The Jerusalem stone architecture evokes an ambiance of historic magnitude and the simply furnishings are modern and clean.

Facilities

Most units do have showers and coffee and tea are available to guests. The site is shared by, but separated from, the Evangelical Lutheran Hostel. Some visitors may be uncomfortable walking to the guest house but the area is safe.


THE BRIDGITTINE SISTERS – MARY’S HOUSE

The Bridgettine Sisters opened this new guesthouse devoted to inter-religious dialogue on December 8th 2006. The guest house offers a tremendous view of the Old City of Jerusalem and is within a five minute walk to Gethsemane and several other shrines. The building now provides a safe guest house for pilgrims and other visitors as well as a conference center and meeting hall.

 

 

Background Information

 

The houses sits on two hectares and is located at the foot of Mount of Olives. The complex was originally built during the period of 1974-76 as a medical research centre, the Gedda Institut. Later, the property was donated to the Holy See and in 2004, Pope John Paul II entrusted it to the Bridgettine Order in order to establish a foundation devoted to Christian Unity and to Inter-Religious Dialogue.

 

 

Location

 

The Old City of Jerusalem is approximately a 20 minute walk however, the 75 bus offers frequent transportation to the Damascus Gate.

 

 

Facilities & Amenitites

 

14 Rooms (Sgl: 4, Dbl:7, Trp:3) with en suite bathroomFull Board available

Elevator

Heating and air conditioner

Telephones in Rooms

Dining RoomChapel

Internet Service

Garden

Lecture Hall for 60 Persons


Guesthouses can only be booked for groups of 7 or more rooms.


ECCE HOMO

The 31-room convent is owned and managed by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Sion. Central to this ministry is the study of the Word of God and its focus on reconciliation between peoples. Also housed in the convent is the Chemin Neuf Community which is a Roman Catholic community with an ecumenical vocation of Christians of different denominations. Accordingly the convent offers a renowned biblical school in English, French and Spanish. Room furnishings are modest, and common facilities include a beautiful, historic chapel, on site dining room, and lecture halls.

Location

 

Within the ancient walls of the city of Jerusalem situated between the Damascus Gate and the ‘Lion’s Gate and just steps away from the Arab Souk is a beautiful convent known as Ecce Homo.

Background

 

The terraces of the hospice afford guests some of the most spectacular views of the Temple area with the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall and the Holy Sepulcher as well as the surrounding hills. Beneath the convent, ancient years of history have been discovered including the Strouthian cisterns from the time of Heron as well as pavement (lithostrotos in Greek) fro the ruins of the Antonia Fortress (35 BCE).

Facilities and Amenities

 

31 Rooms (Sgl. 3, Dbl. 25, Trp. 1, Qdp. 2)

BB / Half board / Full board available

Elevator in some parts of the House

Telephones in Rooms / incoming calls only

Dining Room

Chapel

Lecture Hallas for 50/35/20 Persons


Guesthouses can only be booked for groups of 7 or more rooms.


SAINT THOMAS HOME

The Saint Thomas Home is owned by the Syrian Catholic Patriarchal Exparchate of Jerusalem and is primarily a guest house for pilgrims.

 

Background

 

The Syrian Catholic Church, a breakaway from the monophysite Syrian Orthodox church, has been in communion with Rome since 1663. The Syrian Catholics have their own patriarch (resident in Beirut), and since 1890, a patriarchal vicar in Jerusalem has served as spiritual leader of the small local community there and in Bethlehem, which totals about 350. In July 1985, the community consecrated the new patriarchal church in Jerusalem dedicated to St. Thomas, apostle to the peoples of Syria and India.

 

Location

 

Centrally located near to the Damascus Gate, and situated opposite the Ecole Biblique of Dominicans, the hospice is ideally situated for guests seeking to explore the old city, as well as meander through the outdoor markets found just outside the property. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a fifteen minute walk way.

 

Facilities & Amenities

 

28 Rooms (Sgl. 7, Dbl. 11, Trp. 10)Half Board Available

Parking

Elevator

Heating

Telephone in Rooms

Dining RoomSoft Drinks

Chapel

Garden

Lecture Hall for 50 Persons

TV Room


Catholic guesthouses can only be booked for groups of 7 or more rooms. 


FRANCISCAN DE MARIE – WHITE SISTERS

The Franciscan de Marie guest house is a charming little guesthouse situated across the  street from the Garden Tomb on Nablus Road in Jerusalem. The Catholic guesthouse opened in 1972 and provides simple accommodations that are quite plain, but very clean. Ample secure parking can be found on site, which is a very important advantage in this area. Additionally, there is a nice chapel on site as well as a spiritual leader affording both pilgrims and independent travelers an opportunity for prayer. Unlike most of the other guest houses in Jerusalem, Franciscan de Marie is air conditioned and telephones are available in the guest rooms. Other facilities include a bar, garden, lecture hall, and dining facilities.

 

Background

 

The guesthouse was established by the Franciscan de Marie for the purpose of assisting  pilgrims who visit the Holy Land and to offer them accommodation. The house became a place where the pilgrims can rest, pray and receive help during their stay in Jerusalem. The accommodation is known by pilgrims worldwide and is especially favored by French pilgrims.

 

Location

 

The Franciscan de Marie guest house is centrally located on Nablus Street one block away from the Damascus Gate and directly across the street from the Garden Tomb.

 

Facilities & Amenitites

 

29 Rooms (Sgl: 4, Dbl: 21, Trp:4)

Telephones in Rooms

Heating / Air Conditioner

Elevator

Service for Disabled

Internet Service

Parking

Payment in Cash or Cheques

Dining Room

Bar

Half/Full Board Available

Garden

Panoramic view of the Old City

Chapel

Lecture Hall for 58 Persons

Public Telephones


Christian guesthouses can only be booked for groups of 7 or more rooms. 


FOYER DE MAROUN

The Foyer de Maroun guesthouse, located in the Old City of Jerusalem, features 27 guest rooms equipped with private bathrooms. Guest rooms are plain, comfortable, and are very suitable for pilgrim groups and individual traveler seeking simple, but quiet accommodations away from the bustle of the nearby markets. The house is situated within a short walk of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other holy sites, ideal for travelers seeking proximity to many area attractions. The friendly and warm atmosphere of the guest house is enhanced by its on site chapel and spiritual directors.

Background on Foyer de Maroun

The Mar Maron guest house within the building of the Maronite Patriarchal Vicariate was founded in 1895. The Maronite Nuns from the congregation of St. Therese of the Child Jesus manage the guest house. The nuns are also responsible for other parochial activities concerning the Maronite Parish in Jerusalem.

 

Location of Foyer de Maroun

The Mar Maron guest house is located within the building of the Maronite Patriarchal Vicariate in Jerusalem, in the Old City of Jerusalem near Jaffa Gate.

Facilities and Amenities at Foyer de Maroun

27 Rooms (Sgl: 4, Dbl: 19, Trp: 2, Qdp: 2)

Telephones in Rooms

Heating

TV Room

 Dining Room – Soft Drinks

 Full Board available

 Chapel

Lecture Hall for 40 Persons


Christian guesthouses can only be booked for groups of 7 or more rooms


CASA NOVA JERUSALEM

Located between New Gate and Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City sits a historic and quaint Catholic guest house- the Casa Nova. The Franciscan run guest house represents one of the largest pilgrim-oriented lodging houses in the country and provides a range of room types as well as several dorms which combined provide accommodations for up to 200 persons. The Casa Nova is a quiet and spiritual property, combining Christian hospitality with a deeply spiritual atmosphere. Rooms are sparsely furnished and are most attractive to pilgrims seeking quiet, yet affordable accommodations. The guest house is ideally located for pilgrims wishing to explore the old city. Most sites are just a few blocks away from the Casa Nova such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Via Dolorosa, making it the perfect location for travelers that want to be close by the Old City and holy sites.

The majority of Casa Nova’s guests are Catholic pilgrims from Italy, Spain and Argentina. The Casa Nova is better equipped to house large groups and can only be booked for groups of 15 or more people.

 

Background and History

 

The Casa Nova Jerusalem guesthouse has a rich history. The original guest house was built in the 16th century to accommodate pilgrims visiting Jerusalem. With the increase of travelers to Jerusalem the guesthouse expanded- first in the 1780s, again in 1870 and finally in the 1980s the Casa Nova was renovated once again to better suit the needs of pilgrims. Its colorful history includes the accommodation of Polish soldiers from 1941 through 1946 on the premises.

 

Other Facilities and Amenities

There is no on site parking so most guests are dropped off at the New Gate. Portage for luggage can be arranged by request.

 87 Rooms (Sgl.3, Dbl. 67, Trp. 14, Qdp. 3)

Full board available for groups

Elevator

Garden

TV Room

On Site Chapel and spiritual Director

Private service available aupon request

Three dining rooms

Cafetieria

Two Lecture Hall (for 150 or 50 persons)


*Christian guesthouses can only be booked for groups of 15 or more persons.


NOTRE DAME

Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem represents the largest and most comprehensive Christian guest house in the Holy Land. The 145-guest rooms are in the process of being completely renovated and most offer twin-bedded accommodations and private washrooms. In 2004, Pope John Paul II entrusted the care and management of Notre Dame to the Legionaries of Christ. The Lady of Peace Chapel, located inside of Notre Dame, offers daily mass in English as well as adornation in the afternoons between 5:00pm and 6:15pm. Legionary priests are available for mass and confessions.

 

 

Location

 

The property is ideally situated across from the New Gate, considered one of the primary Old City Fathers in the early 1880’s which were seeking a French pilgrimage home.

 

Background

 

The first foundation stone was laid in 1885 and in 1886, Monseighneur Poyet of Lyons, the Vicar General of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem proposed the name “Notre Dame de France”.  Badly damaged during the war of 1948, it was eventually turned over to the Holy See on March 2, 1972. By special decree of Pope John Paul II on December 13, 1978, it was erected as a Pontifical Institute.

 

Facilities and Amenities

 

145 guest roomsOn-site chapel

On-site spiritual leader

RestaurantLarge Conference Hall for 500 persons

Secured Parking


YMCA-JERUSALEM

History of YMCA Jerusalem

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Established in 1878 and operated by YMCA of the USA since 1920, the Jerusalem International YMCA (JIY) is a safe haven for religious, cultural and intellectual freedom for the people of Jerusalem. Jewish, Muslim and Christian people of all ages come to JIY to enjoy the atmosphere of understanding and unity.  For its efforts in promoting the dignity of humankind and peace in the region, JIY was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.

The YMCA has a deep and colorful history. Numerous well known dignitaries have visited the property including Madaline Albright, Hillary Clinton, Warren Christopher. The kindergarten is world renown and unites Jewish, Christian and Moslem children together for daily school activities.

With its elegant arches, domes and 152-foot observation tower overlooking Jerusalem‘s Old City, JIY is a designated city landmark.  JIY is acknowledged as a center of cultural, athletic, social and intellectual life in Jerusalem and is visited by more than 500,000 people annually. In addition to offering amenities such as fitness, dining and hotel facilities, JIY’s auditorium often hosts the most socially and culturally significant events in the region.  JIY’s presence serves as a foundation of optimism and offers a message of hope and reconciliation for all in the Holy Land.

Like YMCAs in the United States, JIY serves the needs of its local community through programs focused on the holistic development of children and youth, health and well-being for all and family strengthening.  A key difference, however, is that JIY must face the daily challenges of serving a community where divisions between belief systems pose a threat to the well-being of children, youth and adults.

In an effort to end the cycle of prejudice and violence, JIY offers a variety of programs designed to stimulate positive connections among people of all faiths and backgrounds. From the integrated Peace Preschool to coexistence programs for young adults, JIY is helping to impact a generation of future leaders who will have the tools to advocate for and secure peace in the region.  Financial support from U.S. YMCAs and the international community has played an invaluable role in the continuation and success of JIY’s unique programs which foster harmony and the building of spirit, mind and body.
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Rates including breakfast.

 Facilities

  • 56 rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • Heat
  • On site Restaurant
  • Television
  • Outdoor pool

PAULUSHAUS – ARCHIDIOSES DE COLOGNE

Paulushaus was established in 1908. Because of the political situation it had been used for different purposes, although originally it was built as a pilgrims’ house. There is also a girls’ school attached to it which is called Schmidt’s Girls’ College. The whole property belongs to the German Association of the Holy Land and is run by this Institution.

Location

Paulushaus is located near the Damascus Gate.

Facilities & Amenities

 

32 Rooms (Sgl: 4, Dbl: 23, Trp: 3, Qdp:2)Full Board available

Parking

Internet Service for Guests

Elevator

Heating

Telephone in Rooms

Dining RoomSoft Drinks

Chapel

Garden

Lecture Hall for 35 Persons

TV Room

Laundry Service


Guesthouses can only be booked for groups of 7 or more rooms