Israel National Trail - The Israel National Trail (INT; Hebrew - Shvil Yisarel, or just "HaShvil" - The Trail) traverses the length of Israel and was established in 1995. It is known as one of the most beautiful, challenging and diverse treks in the world, and was included in the National Geographic "20 best epic hiking trails" list. The trail stretches from Kibbutz Dan in the north of Israel, at the bottom of Mount Hermon - near the Israel-Lebanon boarder, to the town of Eilat and the Red Sea in the south - right by the boarder with Egypt.
HaShvil is approximately 683 miles long of changing sceneries: green valleys and mountains of the Galilee in the north, beautiful Mediterranean shores, the groves and springs of the Jerusalem Hills, the dramatic landscape of the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, and the vast expanse of the Negev Desert. The human variety of Israel also shines throughout the trail, as it encounters the different communities of the land - Jewish, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Bedouin and more... Add to that the historic archeological sights ranging from Biblical time to Roman era, from Byzantine Empire to the Crusaders and the Muslims, and you can understand what makes this such a unique trail. Arriving at the right season - hikers can also witness some unparalleled sights and scenes such as the blossoming of the desert and the migration of millions of birds across the Syrian-African rift valley. This is truly a profound and magical way to experience Israel.
What is the situation with regard to COVID-19 in Israel?v
- Health Insurance It is a condition of your booking through Via Sabra / Israel4All, as well as the State of Israel, that you obtain travel health insurance which includes coverage for COVID-19. Please note that you may be denied boarding of your flight to Israel if you cannot show proof of this when you check in for your flight.
- Travel Insurance In addition, we strongly recommend that you purchase full travel insurance which includes coverage for ‘cancellation under any circumstances and for any reason’. It is recommended to purchase insurance as soon as the booking is made, as this coverage is often dependent on purchasing as close to the time of booking. You can purchase travel insurance through our partner, Travel Insured, an experienced company and one of the largest in the industry, through this link.
What's the weather like in Israel?v
Spring (late March – May): Daytime temperatures are generally very pleasant - around 65-70°F, though it can still be hot in some areas (such as the Dead Sea and Eilat). There is a slight chance of rain, but it doesn't happen often. It can be cooler in the evenings in the North and Jerusalem - approximately 45°F.
Summer (late May - late September): Temperatures are usually in the high 80s-90s. At this time of year, humidity will be highest in Tel Aviv and Tiberias. Other areas such as Jerusalem are drier and cooler, particularly at night. The desert, Masada and Eilat are extremely hot, but dry. It will almost never rain in the summer in Israel!
Fall (late September – November): Same as Spring, but the rain can begin towards the end of the season.
Winter (December - early March): Winter can be mild and sunny, or severe and overcast. There's often heavy rain and, in January and February, even snow at times! Temperatures will be in the 50s-60s most places, but in the 40s in Jerusalem and the Galilee hills, and cold at night. Pack layers and be prepared for anything!
Can I use my cell phone in Israel?v
Alternatively, your carrier may offer international services for a daily or monthly fee. Please make sure to check the rates for international cellular usage before your trip so you don’t incur any unnecessary charges.
Terms of Payment
Deposit is due immediately to secure the booking.
Balance for the trip is due no later than 45 days prior to first day of trip.
Please refer to our full Terms and Conditions here.
Bookings can be cancelled within 48 hours, with a full refund.
Should it be necessary to cancel or postpone the tour due to force majeure circumstances, or Israeli government-imposed/air flight restrictions related to COVID-19, a full refund may be possible, minus a $200 per person service fee.
For cancellations made:
- Up to 45 days prior to departure, any payments made above the deposit towards the tour will be refunded. The deposit is non-refundable
- 45 to 30 days prior to departure, 50% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
- 29 to 8 days prior to departure, 25% of the total tour cost per person will be refunded
- 7 to 0 days prior to departure, the client will incur 100% of the cost of the tour
Should members of a group booking cancel their participation, their deposits cannot be applied to the balance payment of other group members.
All cancellation requests must be made in writing.