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jinaa

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Hello! Has anyone done the route to Jerusalem/Jerusalem to Santiago?

I'm planning on a trip starting in October & want to know if anyone has done this route (picture below)? I know that there's been a couple forums on Santiago to Rome (vice versa) but none mentioned to the middle east.

If anyone has done this, how long did it take?
And any options on doing the Camino Francis backwards?
Also- (as a concerned female) how safe was the journey towards Greece, Turkey, Israel, Syria & Jordan?

I really hope there is someone who has done this- or something similar... Being the first would be... terrifying..

Buen Camino!

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Karl Oz

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Syria is enduring a civil war, of which I feel you must be familiar.
 

Kathar1na

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Syria is enduring a civil war, of which I feel you must be familiar.
You wouldn't know that if you went by the information on the the website https://www.jerusalemway.org/en/route/syria/. Quote: "And naturally we use this sunny day of rest to visit the famous oasis city of Palmyra, a UNESCO Word Heritage Site ...". Yeah, right ...
Also- (as a concerned female) how safe was the journey towards Greece, Turkey, Israel, Syria & Jordan?
@jinaa, whether female or not, people on a vacation/pilgrimage haven't walked through Syria for years. They take a plane from Cyprus or Turkey.
 

jinaa

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Syria is enduring a civil war, of which I feel you must be familiar.
You wouldn't know that if you went by the information on the the website https://www.jerusalemway.org/en/route/syria/. Quote: "And naturally we use this sunny day of rest to visit the famous oasis city of Palmyra, a UNESCO Word Heritage Site ...". Yeah, right ...

@jinaa, whether female or not, people on a vacation/pilgrimage haven't walked through Syria for years. They take a plane from Cyprus or Turkey.

Yeah... i was wondering if anyone really walks through that area- esp syria, jordan, turkey & israel..
Im also thinking of joining a guided tour around that area & start the walk in europe.. also why im contemplating on the starting point.
 

Kathar1na

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Yeah... i was wondering if anyone really walks through that area- esp syria, jordan, turkey & israel..
People walk through Israel and Turkey, though not necessarily on pilgrimage, and some people have reported here or posted links to their blogs. Look for Sufi Trail and Lycian Way for Turkey for example. In Israel there is a Masar Ibrahim Al-Khalil Trail, a Jesus Trail, an Israel International Trail (I don't know where these are exactly and I can't tell in what way they would fit into your plans). For the regions from Italy to Turkey look for the Via Egnatia Trail for example.

As to Jordan, I visited it several years ago on an organised tour with some hiking thrown in. I see that these tours are currently on offer so I'd assume that it is possible to hike there but looking at the map I can't see that it is necessary to cross Jordan if you want to walk to Jerusalem from Europe.

The map posted in the first message shows a number of "other historic routes" (dotted lines) that involve sea crossings that one can do today on a plane and/or a ferry connection if available.

How important is it to you to follow "historic routes"? One of the most historic routes is probably walking to Venice and then make a journey by ship to the port of Jaffa near Tel Aviv (if one can find such a trip today).

I see from their website that the GPS trail as envisaged by the Jerusalem Way promotors is 7500 km, so if one assumes 25 km per day that would be 300 days. Ballpark figure, obviously. What is the longest distance you have walked in one go so far?
 
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Kathar1na

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@jinaa, if you haven't seen them yet here are two short descriptions from female forum members who walked to Jerusalem. Do contact them through the conversation option if they don't see this thread.

Lovingkindness: https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/one-week-on-st-jacobs-way-jacobsweg.49136/post-571785
domigee: https://www.caminodesantiago.me/community/threads/planning-for-rome-to-jerusalem.28245/post-584685

As you can see, both eventually had to get a flight to Tel Aviv and then walked from there to Jerusalem.
 

NorthernLight

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You could walk down the west coast of Turkey to Marmaris, catch a ferry to Rhodes. Or walk to Athens, and island hop to Rhodes. Catch another ferry from Rhodes to Cyprus, then fly to Tel Aviv. There used to be a ferry to Haifa from Cyprus but it was discontinued.

A ferry is very pilgrimesque - many medieval pilgrims sailed - and really, an aeroplane is just an aerial ferry.
 

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