The Holy Land is just that; a place of primary significance to more than half the world’s population. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher and the Church of the Nativity, the tombs of Abraham and David, the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock are just some of the places that help unlock the mysteries of the world’s three great, monotheistic religions.
Over 4,000 years it has been settled by Phoenicians and Philistines, Hebrews and Greeks, Romans and Arabs, Crusaders and Turks who have all left their mark. Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, the rock city of Petra, and the ruins of Qumran all reveal glimpses of the wonders of ancient worlds.
Here east and west meet; Christians, Muslims and Jewish, secular and religious, and the remnants of ancient Christian communities in a world dominated by Arab culture. At times a tension that bursts out in violent conflict, it is also fertile ground to understand better the way to make peace. Whether it is interreligious dialogue, visiting the Israeli separation wall, cultural exchanges, and working alongside poor peasant farmers.
Access to religious sites is very easy, and entry to Israel for tour groups is hassle free. Palestinian communities are very peaceable and guarantee a sincere warm welcome. You will often find locals offering a free cup of coffee to passers by!
But how do you choose from so much? Laila Tours, a Christian tour operator based in Bethlehem, brings a depth of expert local knowledge as well as a commitment to the highest standards of a truly personal service. In such a context good advice is at a premium. Our main objective is to ensure that each group gets exactly what it wants. It is all about ‘taking you more personally’. So please come and let us enable you to bask in the culture of the Holy Land while glimpsing its past and renewing your faith.