Palestinian and Israeli Realities

In this tour you will have an in depth look at modern life in Palestine and Israel, commonly referred to as the “Holy Land”. You will view its cultural avenues and its people and being one of the most important, diverse and controversial locations in the world, you will have the chance to experience its various characters, walk through its history and taste its wonders.

Day 1
Arrival Day

Arrive at Tel Aviv airport and after formalities you will meet your guide, board your coach and head to the ancient ruins of Caesarea Maritima, which was given the name by Herod the great in honor of Caesar Augustus, before continuing to your hotel in Tiberias for your dinner and overnight.

Day 2
The North

After breakfast depart from your hotel and head to the city of Nazareth with a Christian majority population and the largest Arab city in Israel. Until the beginning of the British Mandate in Palestine, the population was predominantly Arabic speaking Christian, with an Arab Muslim minority. You will visit the shrines holy to Christianity in this predominantly Christian city.

After lunch you will continue North to Ras Al Naqura, the area bordering Lebanon, where you will see families separated by the border communicate through yelling. Your guide will explain the realities of the Northern borders with Lebanon from a historical and modern perspective. You will continue to Hafia, another thriving city with a mixed population of Christian, Muslim and Jewish population. Return to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Day 3
Nazareth, the War of 1948 and Nablus

In the morning have a meeting with the Nazareth branch of the Sabeel Ecumenical Foundation, then continue with your guide to visit some Palestinian villages destroyed in the war of 1948. During your tour, you will also have a speaker with you explaining what happened during those times and their repercussions on the people today.

Continue to the city of Nablus which was established by the Roman Emperor Vespasian in 72 CE and visit the archeological sites spanning from 1st to 15th century. Also, enjoy the traditional Knafeh Desert and other delicious sweets as well as have a visit to a traditional factory that makes soap from olive oil. Continue to Jerusalem for dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 4
Jerusalem, Biblical Sites and the Separation Wall

Today you will have a free morning to explore the city, meander in its avenues and watch its people. In the afternoon you will head to the Mt. of Olives for a panoramic view of the city, visit the Church of Ascension and the mosque build on the site, continue down to visit the Pater Noster Church and the Garden of the Gethsemane.

Afterwards, board your bus and head to the city of Abu Dis and Bethany to view the separation wall and receive some information about how people are affected by it. Then return to your hotel where you will have a guest speaker discuss realities of Palestinians and Israelis over dinner.

Day 5
Bethlehem, Refugee Camps, Hebron and Bedouin Communities

Start the day with a visit to Herodium as it is one of the largest architectural project of Herod the Great, then continue to Bethlehem for a visit of the holy sites and one of the two Refugee camps in the city. Have a discussion with the locals and head for Lunch.

After lunch continue to visit the old city in Hebron, with a predominantly Muslim population of approximately 165.000, and an Israeli settlement with 500 settlers. Have a discussion on the realities faced by the inhabitants.

In the late afternoon, continue to visit some Bedouin communities to have a cup of tea or coffee and discuss the realities of Bedouins in Israel before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6
Suffering on Both Sides

In the morning you will head to Yad Vashem to visit the Haulocaust Museum to witness the suffering of the Jewish people.

After your visit you will head to East Jerusalem to witness the suffering of Palestinians under occupation. Meet with Israeli and Palestinian peace groups to listen to the work done on a grassroot and international level. Return to you hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7
Departure Day

In the morning, depart your hotel for a short visit to the metropolitan city of Tel Aviv and the historical city of Jaffa, at the Mediterranean Sea, before heading to the airport for your flight home.

Tour Details

Including

All our tours are private tours including private transportation and private guiding.

  • Meet & Assist at Tel Aviv Airport.
  • 6 nights stay in mentioned places in good middle class hotels, church guesthouses and private homes (please tell us about your preferences), all overnight stays incl. breakfast.
  • All mentioned sightseeing tours, including transportation by private modern & tourism-licensed a/c vehicles (according to group size).
  • Professional guiding by a qualified & tourism-licensed guide.
  • Numerous encounters with the local population and political activists.
  • Chances to meet local congregations and attend local services (please let us know about your interests at the time of booking).
  • Half board (breakfast + dinner, excl. beverages).
  • Recommended gratuities.
  • Travel Security Consultation prior to and throughout your tour.
  • Special services for church groups and study groups.

Meetings & Discussions

If you have any specific meetings in mind you would like us to organize for you or if you want to receive suggestions whom to meet with respect to a certain topic, please get in touch with us.

Prices

All prices are inclusive of all mentioned services and valid throughout the year except major holidays during the high season. Please inquire for details.

  • Private tour, 1 to 9 people: Please inquire for individual pricing.
  • Private tour, 10 to 14 people: 990 €
  • Private tour, 15 to 20 people: 950 €
  • Private tour, 21 to 30 people: 890 €
  • Private tour, 31 to 39 people: 750 €
  • Private tour, 40 and more: Please inquire for individual pricing.

Customize Your Tour

Please feel free to provide us with your own ideas and preferences about your tour. Our travel professionals will be happy to tailor your personalized tour exactly as you want it to be!

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