Pilots Hill (“Har Hatayassim”)​

Situated in the heart of the Jerusalem Hills, the Gordonia Hotel serves as a base for tours in the vicinity that are no more than a short drive away. Many of the routes are easy and comfortable, and they are fascinating. Routes can be covered by foot, car, bike, or by combining a short drive with a pleasant walk and the opportunity to enjoy nature and the excellent air.

Where? 
12 kilometers south of the Yearim Hotel.

How to get there? 
Exit the hotel and drive to Highway #1 in the direction of Jerusalem, until
Harel Junction. Turn right (southwest) and drive towards Kibbutz Tzuba, along Road #395.
Pass the kibbutz and continue towards Ramat Raziel. Pilots Hill (signposted) is situated
about 1 kilometer before Ramat Raziel.

What’s worthwhile? 
A monument containing fragments from the Norseman aircraft that crashed here in May 1948, during Israel’s War of Independence, in one of the battles for control of the road to Jerusalem, has been erected here. The road to the top of the hill is accessible to all vehicles, and the views of the coastal plain, Gush Etzion, Jerusalem and the Masrek plateaus, are terrific. A walking path well-signposted in black starts out at the monument and leads to Ein Tayassim. The 800m route, punctuated by a relatively sharp descent to the spring, is for serious hikers. One further option is to continue from there to the Sorek Valley Gorge, Refaim Valley and Katlev Valley, each about a five-kilometer walk along a comfortable path, in a different direction.

Tours by Car:

Gordonia – Private Hotel | Ma’ale Hahamisha, israel | Orders: +972-2-5331342 | Direct call: +972-2-5331381

Kerem hotel Group: Yearim Hotel / Gordonia Hotel

There are not many places that echo the story of Israel in a clear, distinct voice; there are only a few where the visitor can tune into the past while totally enjoying the present. The new Gordonia Hotel at Kibbutz Ma’ale Hahamisha is one of these rare places. Acquaint yourself with the green, tranquil setting – the enchantment and tremendous pull of the landscape of the Jerusalem Hills, along with the roots, struggles, the desire for a tranquil life, the bond with the land, the vineyards, forests and hills – and you will understand the story of Israel.

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