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PALESTINE PEACE WALK
Day 1: Arrive in Jerusalem.
Welcoming and trip orientation by Hijazi Travel representative. Free afternoon and evening in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 2: Jerusalem
8: 00 – visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque
10:00 – Via Delarosa and the Holy Sepulchre Church
11:00 – Meeting with The Civic Coalition for Palestinian Rights in Jerusalem for an overview of the sociopolitical situation in Jerusalem.
After lunch, tour the Mount of Olives, Ras al-Amoud, view of the Shu’fat Refugee Camp, the colony of Pizgat Ze’ev (the largest one in Jerusalem).
15:00 – Transfer to Nablus for quiet evening.
18:30 – Dinner and overnight at Yafa Cultural Center Guesthouse in Balata Refugee Camp in Nablus.
Optional: Turkish Bath
Day 3: Nablus and ‘Awarta
9:00 – Meet with PR coordinator of Yafa Cultural Center and learn about the Palestinian refugees issue and daily life in the camp. Then walk in the camp’s narrow streets.
11:00 – Visit the Jacob’s Well Church where Jesus met the Samaritan woman.
12:00 – Visit the olive oil soap factory.
12:30 – Light lunch break.
13:30 – Walk through the old city markets with stops at Grand Mosque, kanafeh workshop (famous oriental dessert), Victory Square with clock tower and ancient coffee shop.
15:30 – Drive to ‘Awarta village. Received by the village council and women committee.
18:30 – Dinner and overnight with local families.
Day 4: Walking from ‘Awarta to Duma (6h)
7:30 – Walk to Mount Urma. Observe the archeological site and the beautiful landscape, enjoy traditional tea made on the fire.
11:30 – Arrive in Aqraba village for lunch break.
14:30 – Walk to Duma through the olive groves and village of Madgeal Bani Fadel.
17:30 – Arrive in Dum.
18:30 – Dinner & overnight with local families.
Optional: After dinner enjoy outdoor fire and henna.
Day 5: Walking from Duma to Kefer Melek (6h)
7:00 – Leave from Duma.
10:00 – Arrival at Al-Moughair village, northeast of Ramallah, which suffers from continuous settler attacks. Meet with the village council to learn about the situation in the village and the impact of the settler attacks on the daily life of the villagers. May help some families in olive picking.
12:30 – Lunch prepared by a family in the village.
14:00 – Walk to Ein Samia water station and visit the ruins of several ages, some of which go back to the Stone Age.
17:30 – Drive to Kefer Melek. Received by the local women association.
18:30 – Dinner and overnight with local families.
Day 6 : Walking from Kefer Melek to Taybeh (4h)
7:30 – Start our walk through lovely olive groves with a stop to help Palestinian families pick olives. After picnic lunch, walk to the ancient Christian village of Taybeh. Visiting the Byzantine Church, tour the old village, meet with Father Aziz (Latin Bishop) and learn about the Palestinian Christians. Mass is possible. Dinner and overnight in the guesthouse run by the local Catholic Church.
Day 7: Jericho and Dead Sea
8:30 – Leave the guesthouse by bus to Auja.
9:00 – Visit a Palestinian farm and learn about the daily life and challenges of the Jordan Valley farmers.
10:30 – Drive to Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited town on earth dating back 11,000 years. Jericho enjoys a tropical climate and has rich plantations which grow beautiful and lush tropical fruits and fresh vegetables. Visit Tel Jericho and Ain al-Sultan, which dates back to 9,000 BC and includes Jericho’s Tower.
12:00 – Lunch at al-Sultan restaurant and shopping center (the best place to get the Dead Sea products)
13:30 – Visit the sycamore tree associated with the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector and his encounter with Jesus. Wander through the city center and the vegetable market, then stop by the music restoration center.
14:30 – Arrive at the Dead Sea to enjoy a float and take advantage of its medicinal water and mud. The black mud, sold worldwide as a very effective cosmetic treatment, is available naturally and directly from the source. It is rich in minerals: calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, iron, sulfur and sulfites. Contact between the mud and your skin creates a unique sensory experience. In addition to just feeling wonderful, the mud absorbs toxins, invigorates circulation, and strengthens your hair.
16:00 – Drive to Tent of Nations in Bethlehem for a meeting with owner and director Daoud Nassar.
18:30 – Dinner and overnight in the tents.
Day 8: Al Ma’sara Demonstration
9:00 – Drive by bus to Ma’sara village for a meeting with Mahmoud Zawahara, Director of Al-Ma’sara Popular Committee, and a visit to the local women’s center, established in 2006 to provide the village women and children with training and education.
Al Ma’sara is a small Palestinian village located 6.2km (horizontal distance) southwest of Bethlehem. The name Al Ma’sara, which means “a press,” came from the Roman Byzantine olive press that still remains in the village. About 1,000 people live there, most work in agriculture. Al Ma’sara lands (973 dunums) are classified into areas B (37.3%) and C (62.7%).
13:00 – After the Friday prayer will join the Friday demonstration against the segregation/Apartheid wall.
Since October 2006, Al Ma’sara Popular Committee has been organizing weekly demonstrations against the Apartheid Wall, the illegal settlements, and the occupation as a whole, as a reaction to the soldiers’ destruction of the fields of grapes and olives.
Note: Women in the group can join the women of the village in their kitchens and learn how to prepare a Palestinian dish for the group lunch.
15:00 – Drive to the desert (Jerusalem wilderness) for a lovely evening, enjoying the silence of the desert around the camp fire.
18:30 – Dinner and Bedouin music. Overnight in the Bedouin tent.
Day 9 : Sunrise and desert walk (4h)
6:00 – Watch the sunrise over the Jordanian mountains.
6:30 – Breakfast
7:00 – Walk from the camp through the spectacular landscape of the Jerusalem wilderness (John the Baptist desert), ending at the cliffs overlooking of the Dead Sea (500m high).
12:30 – Picnic lunch and tea break
14:00 – Return to the Bedouin camp via 4-wheel drive vehicles.
15:30 – Leave for Shuyoukh village (near Hebron) for dinner and overnight with local families.
Day 10: Hebron
Hebron 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. Much of the charming, traditional pottery and elegant glass made in Hebron is sold in stores throughout Palestine.
9:00 – Visit Ibrahimi Mosque with its tombs of Patriarchs and Matriarchs (except Rachel).
10:00 – Visit and walk through the Shuhada (martyrs) Street, Hebron’s main street, which divides the city into two parts and is occupied by the Jewish settlers. Palestinians denied to access to this street.
11:00 – Meeting with Hebron Popular Committee Against Occupation.
12: 30 – Lunch break
13:30 – Visit the Old City and the Casbah (souq) and meet with the (Christian Peace Maker Team (CPT).
15:00 – Visit the glass and ceramic factory. Learn about and follow the process of glass and ceramic handcraft in Hebron. Watch the glass blowing, ceramic painting and you try yourself. Shop for your souvenirs and gifts.
Overnight in a Bethlehem hotel.
Day 11: Bethlehem, the Birthplace of Jesus:
9:00 – Tour the segregation wall with views of the graffiti and stop by the Banksy shop (the famous British artist). Tour Aida Refugee Camp.
11:00 – Visit Manger Square and the Nativity Church with its Grotto of the Nativity and Milk Grotto.
12:30 – Lunch
13:30 – Visit one of the olive wood workshops and shop in Bethlehem gift shops.
17:00 – Meet with Dr. Mazin Qumsiyeh, a Palestinian activist for human rights and peace maker.
19:00 – Dinner and traditional Palestinian music at Al Qal’ah restaurant next to Solomon’s Pools.
Overnight in a Bethlehem hotel.
Day 12: Departure
$1490 per person based on 10 participants.
Single supplements in Jerusalem and Bethlehem hotels only $135 additional.
- Accommodation: 11 nights with local families, hotels, BBs (as specified above)
- 9 dinners with local families
- 10 light lunches
- English-speaking licensed Palestinian guide
- Program transfer and bags to the next destination during the walk
- Round trip transportation from Tel Aviv airport or King Hussein Bridge
- Entrance fees for the program
- Meetings and assists
- Music in Bethlehem
- Dinner on days 1, 9, and last day
- Tips for the guide, driver, and hotel staff
- Anything not mentioned above (lunches, tickets, insurance, water, snacks, personal expenses, etc.)
What you need to bring
- Large travel bag or flexible, medium-sized suitcase
- Small backpack to carry personal belongings during the day
- Clothing and covering for protection from the sun and heat, loose natural fiber so as not to offend the sensibilities of the local people
- Warm clothes for the evenings
- Comfortable hiking shoes.
- Sleeping sheets
- A scarf is always useful, hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
- Your passport…and plenty of your good mood!