Grasp the Religions and Cultures of the Holy Land

Have you ever wondered about the culture and different religions of the Holy Land? We’ll be roaming the land to experience all it has to offer. We’ll travel to Hebron, Bethlehem, Battir Village, Nablus, Jerusalem, and the Dead Sea. Let’s not forget our stops to enjoy crisp, fresh falafel in Bethlehem, a homemade lunch in Hebron and Battir, dinner in Beit Sahour’s famous Tent Restaurant, and lunch with the Bedouins.

Day 1: Arrival - Bethlehem 1

Today we’ll arrive at Ben Gurion Airport, in Tel Aviv. We’ll be escorted to our hotel in Bethlehem. On our way, we’ll stop in Jerusalem for a panoramic view of the Old City of Jerusalem.

At the end of our day we have dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Hebron - Idna 2

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride to Hebron; a religious historical city.

Walking through Hebron, we’ll tour the Ibrahimi Mosque. It houses the Tomb of the Patriarchs and continue to the Old City.

We’ll proceed to a pottery factory to learn how local pottery is made.

We’ll then visit the women cooperation center in Idna, where we’ll enjoy a traditional lunch known as Makloubeh. 

After lunch we’ll tour a glass factory and learn how glass is made in Hebron.

At the end of our day we’ll travel back to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight at the hotel in.

Day 3: Old City of Bethlehem (UNESCO) - Shepherds Field 3

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll explore the Nativity Church; the birthplace of Jesus since the 2nd century. The church was first completed there in 339 AD, destroyed later and rebuilt in 530 AD. The site also includes Latin, Greek Orthodox, Franciscan and Armenian convents and churches, as well as bell towers, terraced gardens and a pilgrimage route.

We’ll walk through the Old City of Bethlehem. Visiting the Bethlehem Icon Center, located in Hosh Abu Jarour, and continuing on to the Syrian Quarter. We’ll admire the old building structures of the city and get an idea of how its people lived many years ago.

We’ll tour The Al Baad Museum for Olive Oil Production, also known as the Badd Giacaman Museum. It is located in the heart of the Old City of Bethlehem in a traditional building that dates back to the 18th–19th century. The museum houses a collection of ethnographic and archaeological artifacts depicting the process of olive oil production. The exhibits demonstrate the use of olive oil for lamps, medicine, food, soap, and cosmetics, among many other things.

We’ll then enjoy a traditional Falafel lunch at Afteem Restaurant and walk to Milk Grotto Street visiting a local olive wood factory to learn about the production of olive wood products.

We’ll continue by ride to Shepherds Field; this is the site where the angel of the Lord is said to have appeared before shepherds bringing them good tidings of the birth of Jesus.

At the end of our day we’ll head back for dinner and overnight at the Bethlehem hotel.

Day 4: Battir Village (UNESCO) - Solomon Pools 4

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll take a short drive in Bethlehem to see the Separation Wall that was built in 2002 by Israel. The wall separates the West Bank from Israel, separates the people from their land and people from their families.

We’ll then admire Herodiom; an artificial mountain that was built by Herod the Great in 25 BC.

We’ll travel to Battir Village, in the Central Highlands between Nablus and Hebron. The Battir cultural landscape encompasses ancient terraces, archaeological sites, rock-cut tombs, agricultural towers, and most importantly an intact water system, represented by a collection roman pool, channels, etc. The integrity of this traditional water system is guaranteed by the families of Battir, who depend on it and we will have a nice view of the railway that goes from Jaffa to Jerusalem.

For lunch we’ll enjoy a home-cooked meal in Battir.

In the afternoon we’ll proceed to Solomon Pools in the south of Bethlehem. They are great in size and importance. These pools are three stone water basins, cut in the rock, and built during the reign of King Herod in the times of the Romans. They are constructed in steps, each six meters above the next to enable water to be carried as far as Jerusalem by sheer force of gravity.

Near the pools are the remains of Qal’at al Burak (castle of the pools); also known as Qal’at Murad. The castle was built by the Turkish Sultan Murad in the 17th century to maintain and protect the water source. The castle and the pools are set in a beautiful grove of pine and cypress trees.

In the evening we’ll enjoy dinner at the Tent Restaurant in Beit Sahour.

At the end of our day we head back to the Bethlehem hotel for an overnight.

Day 5: Old City of Nablus - Samaritan Community – Sebastia - Jericho 5

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride to Nablus. There we’ll tour the traditional soap factory made from pure olive oil and learn how it’s made. We’ll continue to the Old City of Nablus and visit a Turkish Bath.

Then we’ll ride to Mount Gerizim where the Samaritan Community lives and meet the Samaritan priest who will explain about the their community.

We’ll continue to ride to Sebastia, where we’ll enjoy lunch.

After lunch, we’ll venture to the ancient site of Samaria-Sebastia. It is located just above the modern day village on the eastern slope of the hill. The ruins dominate the hillside and comprise remains from six successive cultures dating back 10,000 years: Canaanite, Israelite, Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine.

At the end of our day we’ll drive to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Jerusalem: Dome of the Rock - Wailing Wall - Holy Sepulchre 6

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel towards Jerusalem. Jerusalem as a holy city, for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, has always been of great symbolic importance.

Upon arrival we’ll visit the Dome of Rock. Among its 220 historic monuments is the Dome of the Rock. It was built in the 7th century and decorated with beautiful geometric and floral motifs. It is recognized by all three religions as the site of Abraham’s sacrifice.

We’ll stop at St. Stephane Gate where we’ll tour St. Anne’s Church and the nearby Pool of Bethesda.

We’ll continue to tour the Via Dolorosa (the “Way of Suffering”), starting with the first stations at the Ecce Homo and the Chapel of Flagellation, and ending with the last stations in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Afterwards, we’ll admire the Wailing Wall. It is an ancient limestone wall in the Old City of Jerusalem. The wall was originally erected as part of the expansion of the Second Jewish Temple begun by Herod the Great, which resulted in the encasement of the natural, steep hill known to Jews and Christians as the Temple Mount.

At the end of our day we’ll drive to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Jericho – Bediouns - Dead Sea 7

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll ride to the Sycamore Tree and view Mount Temptation.

We’ll continue to tour Hisham’s Palace; once served as a winter residence for one of the Umayyad Caliphs. Originally, it was believed to have been the home of Caliph Hisham bin Abdel el-Mailik (724-743). However, closer archaeological studies determined that the palace was built between the years 743 and 744 by his nephew, Walid II. Regardless of this discovery, the site kept its traditional title: Hisham’s Palace.

We’ll then travel to Sea Level and hike to meet the Bedouins; this hike is only 15 minutes. We’ll then interact with the Bedouin community and learn about their lifestyle.

We’ll enjoy lunch with the Bedouins following Bedouin coffee and tea in their tent. After refreshments, we’ll experience a camel ride in the desert.

Travelling then to the Dead Sea, we’ll get the chance to float in the sea and cover our bodies with the Dead Sea mud.

At the end of our day we’ll drive to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 8 – Departure 8

Following breakfast at the hotel, we’ll continue our last day by checking out of the hotel and proceeding to Ben Gurion Airport for departure.

End of services.

Inclusions

  • Meet & Assist service from/to
  • Accommodation at the above mentioned hotel(s)
  • Tour guide on duty
  • Sightseeing to the places as per program
  • Entrance fees to sites while touring
  • Portage at hotels
  • Free tour leader

Exclusions

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses (international calls and laundry)
  • Visa fees and border taxes
  • Extra entrance fees outside the program
  • Lunches and drinks not mentioned in the program
  • All kinds of tips
  • Anything not mentioned above

 


Hotels

  • Manager Square Hotel or similar – Bethlehem
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