Meet your guide in central Jerusalem and travel by air-conditioned minivan through the desert landscapes and hills to the landlocked West Bank beside the western shores of the Jordan River.
Head for Qasr-el-Yahud, a site on the riverbanks where it’s believed that Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Listen intently as your guide explains more about the Biblical importance of this holy place, and then continue to the site of ancient Jericho, believed to be one of the world’s oldest cities. Explore some of the haunting ruins that have been unearthed by archaeologists, some dating as far back as 9,000 BC.Ride the Cable car to Mount of Temptation and enjoy fantastic views from the top of the mount.
Travel onward to the Palestinian town of Ramallah, considered as the unofficial capital of the West Bank. Walk through the bustling streets and visit the tomb of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, who was buried in a mausoleum here in 2007.
When you reach Bethlehem, enjoy an Arabic-style lunch (own-expense) at a local restaurant before exploring this holy city. See the Church of the Nativity, believed to stand where Jesus was born, and visit the Milk Grotto, whose walls are cited to have turned white from a drop of the Virgin Mary’s milk as she fed baby Jesus. Stroll through the Old City and colorful market and see the Separation Wall that divides the city from Israel.
As you leave, stop at Aida Refugee Camp, established in the 1950s. Visit its vibrant youth center to learn about the activities it provides for the camp’s women and children before returning to Jerusalem. Your tour finishes with a drop-off at the original starting point.