Fifteen-Day Cultural Tour

Palestine & Israel

 

Day

Activity

 1 Arrival Day: The bus will bring the group from the airport or border crossing border to Bethlehem. Welcome and orientation by your Hijazi Travel Representative and Guide. Dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
 2 Bethlehem, the Birthplace of Jesus: Visit Manger Square and the Nativity Church with its Grotto of the Nativity. Tour Walajah Village to see the segregation wall including views of the graffiti. Visit the Ayidah refugee camp and attend a meeting in Al-Rowwad  Center. Free afternoon and evening for shopping in Bethlehem gift shops.  Overnight in Bethlehem.
 3 Jaffa: Drive to Jaffa and meet with the Zochrot organization, which means remember the NAKBA, and learn about the Palestinians who live in Israel and their daily life. City tour: the Clock Square with its distinctive clock tower; the Saraya (Ottoman governor’s palace), Jaffa Hill with its center for archaeological finds; St. Peter’s Church. Meet with the Reut Sadaka Association, an organization for young Palestinians and Jews. Learn Jaffa’s story–the exile of Palestinians and Jaffa now. Overnight in Nazareth.
 4 NazarethNazareth is the most important Palestinian city in Israel. Visit the Annunciation site, the town of Jesus’ childhood, the Annunciation Church, the International Mary’s Center, the Synagogue Church, traditional site of the synagogue of Jesus’ time. See the painted ceilings, Nazareth Market, the White Mosque, and Nazareth Ilit, the Jewish city beside the rabic city. Overnight in Nazareth.
 5 HaifaDrive to Haifa and visit the Stella Maris monastery at Mount Carmel, traditional site of Elijah’s cave. Enjoy the panoramic view of Haifa port and the Mediterranean Sea. See the lovely Bahai garden and the Wadi Nisnas. Experience a city of mixed Palestinian and Jewish population. Akko: old city and port. The main city for crusaders and their last fortress, the city that witnessed local Ottoman governors, the defeat of Napoleon, and a Palestinian city that became a Jewish city with an Arabic minority. Overnight in Nazareth.
 6 Tiberias (Sea of Galilee): Drive to the Sea of Galilee, which is really a lake, where Jesus performed many miracles. Visit Capernaum, the Mount of the Beatitudes, Tabgha and MountTabor. Overnight in Hadad Resort Village in Jenin.
 7 Jenin and Sebastia: In the morning we visit The Freedom Theater in Jenin refugee camp and the Women’s Cultural Cooperative for the Palestinian People’s Heritage in Jenin. Lunch at the cooperative. After lunch, drive to visit Roman Sebastia (Biblical Samaria). Drive to the beautiful little village of Duma for dinner and overnight with local families. Enjoy outdoor fire and an opportunity for application of henna.
 8 Nablus: Visit a traditional olive oil soap factory; visit and meet with the Samaritan community, the smallest ethnic and religious community on earth. Explore the old city of Nablus. Visit Jacob’s Well and Tel Balata, Abraham’s first point of arrival in Canaan. Tour the Balata refugee camp, including the Yafa Cultural Center and learn about the refugee issue. Overnight Yasmin Hotel.
 9 Hiking Day: Duma – Kufr Malek (6 hours walk): Walk from Duma towards Kufr Malek. Lunch in al Mughair village with local family. Afternoon walk to Ein Samia, natural water source and archaeological sites. Drive to Kufr Melek, meet with local women’s association of Kufr Melek: many of the village families have lived, or still live, in Latin America. Dinner and overnight with local families.
 10 Ramallah and Taybeh: Visit the ancient and modern Christian villageof Taybeh. Visit the Byzantine Church, and the only Palestinian brewery. Meet with the parish priest, Father Raed, and learn about Palestinian Christians. Then drive to Ramallah, the principal city for the Palestinian Authority, with its institutions and nightlife. Meet Dr. Adel Yahya, director of PACE, the Palestinian Association for Cultural Exchange, and learn about the cultural and political situation in Palestine. See Ramallah’s City Centre and Presidential Headquarters, and visit Arafat’s tomb. Free evening to explore or rest. Overnight in Ramallah.
 11 Jerusalem:Visit al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, where you will meet with Dr. Najeh Bkerat, head of the manuscript department for al-Aqsa Mosque. Stroll through the Old City markets to the Holy Sepulcher Church, traditional site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus. Tour the Silwan neighborhood and meet Mr. Fakhri Abu Diab, chief of  the local committee. Overnight in Bethlehem.
 12 Jericho and Dead Sea: Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited town on earth, dating back 10,000 years. Visit the Wadi Qelt view point, Jericho City center, the vegetable market, and the sycamore tree associated with the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector and his encounter with Jesus. Visit the ancient Tel Jericho and Ain al-Sultan: The site dates back to 9,000 BC and includes Jericho’s tower. Tour the ruin of Hisham’s Palace, built by the Umayyad Caliph — a complex of buildings, baths, mosques, and colonnaded courts. Afternoon: floating on the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea is over 423 metres (1,388 ft) below sea level, and is the lowest point on earth. The leading attraction of the Dead Sea is its warm, soothing, and highly salty water – ten times saltier than sea water. Slather yourself with the medicinal mud. Dinner and overnight in the Bedouin tent in the desert, with a lovely evening around the campfire to enjoy Bedouin music and tea, counting the stars in the clear sky and more…
 13 Sunrise and desert walk 3- 4 hours: Wake up early to see the sun rise over the Jordanian mountains and when possible, to attend the morning milking of the camels. We can try the milk. Then enjoy all day walking in the Jerusalem wilderness. Arrive at Masafer Bani Naim and meet some local families who live in Brazil,. Dinner and overnight with local families.
 14 HebronHebron is the main center for the southern West Bank. Home to 230,000 people, it is also the largest city in the West Bank after Jerusalem, as well as the region’s commercial and industrial center. The city is closely associated with Abraham, known in Arabic as Ibrahim el-Khalil, the friend of God. Hebron is also famous for its glass and pottery factories, which we will visit. Much of the charming, traditional pottery and elegant glass made in Hebron is sold in stores across the country. HRC (Hebron Rehabilitation Community), visit Ibrahimi mosque with its tombs of Patriarchs and Matriarchs (except Rachel). We visit the Old City and Casbah, or Souq. Meet the Christian Peacemaker Team, CPT. Overnight in Bethlehem.
 15 Good bye and Departure

 

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2 comments on “Fifteen-Day Cultural Tour

  1. Fatia says:

    hello when is the next group coming ?

    • Hijazi Eid says:

      Hello Fatia ,
      thanks for your concern . sorry for the late answer. actually i was so busy with different groups.
      are you in Palestine right now?
      all the best,
      Hijazi Eid

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