Here in the Holy Land on other business? Coming from Israel’s ports, Jordan or the Sinai for an extension, or have a day on your independent travel program that you want to fill with something special? Let Laila Tours organize a day tour for you!
Our day tours are designed for individuals, families and independent tour groups that are looking for quality personalized tours that will provide needed services at rates not available through independent bookings.
The Holy Land has much more to offer than the standard itinerary list of churches and historical sites. However, knowing how to get to these locations without a personal vehicle can be a difficult and expensive challenge. Laila Tours and Travel is able to provide the necessary arrangements, adding our own special expertise in how to make your time in Palestine special.
All day tours are by request only; our programs include transportation and pre-arranged lunches, with guided and self-guided tours structured at different prices. Prices vary depending on number of participants, starting and ending points, agreed-upon itineraries. All programs include a complimentary copy of our Visit Bethlehem poster.
Our Jerusalem tours include programs designed for the Old City along with West and East Jerusalem . In our Old City walking tour, visit the four quarters of the Old City, including the Holy Sepulchre, the Via Dolorosa, and the Dome of the Rock, led by a local Jerusalem guide. Extensions can include a ramparts walk along the Old City walls and a tour of David’s Tower with the option of booking the evening light show. Our extended Jerusalem tour includes visits to Mount of Olives, Gethsemane, the Garden Tomb and Mount Scopus. Archaeological and historical tours will include visits to the Rockefeller Museum, the Israeli National Museum and the Bible Lands Museum. Optional customized religious tours can be designed for different denominations and faith interests, including Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Non-denominational.
There’s so much more to see in Bethlehem! Besides a visit to Nativity Church, the Milk Grotto, and Shepherd’s Field, our program is designed to allow participants to get a better understanding of the “Little Town of Bethlehem” and its surroundings. Our tour includes visits to Herodium, Solomon’s Pools, Artas, Beit Jala and Beit Shour. Cultural, ecological, and current event elements can be added into the program based on interests.
Jericho and the Dead Sea
With the dual claim to being both the world’s oldest city and the city having the lowest elevation on Earth, Jericho has a unique claim to history. Visitors will visit both the Biblical ruins of Jericho and the modern city, having a chance to experience the many cultural, religious and historical sites in and around it, including the Baptismal Site, Qumran, the Tree of Zaccheus, the Russian Museum, Hisham’s Palace, Tell Es-Sultan, and the Mount of Temptation. An afternoon visit to the Dead Sea is one of our most popular programs, as visitors experience floating in the world’s most salinated body of water. Extensions to Ein Gedi Nature Reserve and Masada are also possible.
The city of Abraham, visitors have an opportunity to visit the Mosque of Abraham, the final resting place of the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob along with the Matriarchs Rebecca and Sarah. A tour through the Old City souq and surrounding handicraft factories offers some of the best opportunities to purchase handmade glass, ceramic and embroidered items, as well as sampling some of the local cuisine. Please note: Hebron is considered a high-intensity conflict zone due to the presence of an aggressive settler colony within the Old City. Programs may be cancelled or altered if violence occurs.
From its origins as the Roman colony of Neapolis to its modern existence as a commercial hub, the city of Nablus is considered a living history of the different eras of history in Palestine. Our tour will include visits to the ruins of Biblical Shechem, Jacob’s Well, Mount Gerazim, the Old City market of Nablus, and the archaeological park of neighboring Sebastia. Visits to the Christian community of Rafidia and the Samaritan Museum, where a priest of the surviving Samaritans acts as curator, are also possible, as are extensions to the historic Church of the 10 Lepers of Burqin.
To the north of Jerusalem and south of Nablus lies Ramallah district, the meeting point of the Judean and Samarian Hills, the coastal plain and the Jordan Valley. Ramallah, once little more than a sleepy Christian village best known for its missionary schools, is now the functioning capital of the Palestinian authority. Visitors interested in learning about the development of the Palestinian state can visit the Tomb of Arafat, meet with local non-governmental organizations and civil society leaders, and experience some of the urban coffee-shop culture. From Ramallah, tours to Taybeh, the last entirely Christian village of Palestine, will include a stop at the Taybeh Beer Factor, and Aboud, a peaceful Palestinian farming village with a heavy concentration of Roman and Byzantine ruins, is possible.
Ecological and Hiking Programs in Bethlehem
Bethlehem’s ecological landscape includes a surprising number of watercourses and valleys, making a unique micro-climate that borders the Judean Desert and the beginning of the coastal plain. Nature and hiking enthusiasts can now take part in a half-day or daylong tour of west Bethlehem’s natural beauty. All programs begin with the village of Battir, a UNESCO World Heritage candidate that still uses a Roman system of irrigated terrace farming. From there participants can journey on a set of trails with a local guide, with walks ranging from two hours to a half-day excursion.
Ecological and Hiking Programs in the Jordan Valley
The Jordan Valley of the West bank, best known as the place of solitude for Christ, John the Baptist and the Prophet Elijah, is a region of extreme contrasts; barren valleys and oasis of lush vegetation, the lifeless Dead Sea and running fresh water. While many tourists and pilgrims drive through this region en route to Jericho, Masada, Jerusalem or the Galilee, very few experience it. Learn more about:
Judean Desert Monastery ToursThe Judean Desert in the Jordan Valley is home to one of the richest monastic traditions in the world, nurtured and flourishing during the golden age of Byzantium, surviving its collapse and the subsequent eras of Islamic, Crusader and Ottoman rule. Today, this monastic tradition continues much as it has in ages past. Our day program can include visits to Mar Saba, Mar Theodosios, Saint Gerasimos, Saint George of Koziba and the Mount of Temptation, with an optional add-in to visit Herodium and/or Masada, which in later years were also places of desert monasticism. Learn more about this important part of faith in the Holy Land through this unique and inspiring program! Please note: Mar Saba monastery does not allow for inside access to women, and the accessibility of Mount of Temptation is determined on a daily basis. This program is not available on Wednesdays and Fridays.
“Living Stones of Bethlehem” Tours
The Palestinian Christian community has been in existence in the Holy Land almost since the birth of the Christian faith. A small but important segment of the Palestinian people, their role as the “living stones” of the Holy Land can now be better understood through our tour that will take participants beyond the places of pilgrimage. This program includes visits to the Christian communities of Bethlehem, Beit Jala and Beit Sahour to visit parish churches and schools, Christian charitable projects and local civic leaders who will help explain the role of the Christians in the Holy Land and challenges to maintaining their presence in the Holy Land. A mirrored program for the upper West Bank will include visits to Taybeh, Aboud and Nablus.
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