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Overview

Witness the world of the West Bank and explore its history and culture on this full-day guided tour from Jerusalem. See where Jesus was born in Bethlehem and where he was baptized in the Jordan River. Visit the town of Ramallah and see the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. Stop at Jericho to see the oldest city in the world.
  • Full-day tour of the West Bank, the region spread along the west of the Jordan River
  • See the ruins of ancient Jericho and the spot where Jesus is said to have been baptized
  • Explore vibrant Ramallah and view the tomb of Yasser Arafat
  • See the main religious sites of Bethlehem, including the Church of the Nativity
  • Enjoy a tasty Arabic-style lunch at a restaurant in Bethlehem
  • Learn about the rich history and culture of the West Bank from an expert guide
Make your own way to the prearranged meeting point in Jerusalem New City to join up with your guide and group. Then, hop inside an air-conditioned vehicle and travel through hills and desert landscape to the landlocked West Bank.

Stop first at Qasr-el-Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Explore some of the archaeological evidence that supports the historical accuracy of the Bible here.

Next is the Palestinian town of Ramallah, considered as the unofficial capital of the West Bank. Walk around the busy streets and visit the tomb of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

In Bethlehem, enjoy an Arabic-style lunch at a local eatery before exploring this holy city. Explore the Church of the Nativity and the Grotto, a holy place with a cave in which the birth of Jesus of Nazareth is said to have occurred. Manger Square is where the majority of religious activity in Bethlehem takes place, with the Church of the Nativity and the Mosque of Omar, the oldest and only mosque in the old city of Bethlehem and a site of great meaning for those Muslims who live there.

In Manger Square, see where Jesus was placed in a manger after his birth and visit the Milk Grotto, where the Holy Family (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) took refuge before they fled to Egypt following Jesus’ birth. Tradition has it that while Mary was nursing Jesus here, a drop of milk fell to the ground, turning it white.

On the way out of Bethlehem, visit the Aida Refugee Camp to learn about the activities it provides for the camp’s women and children before returning to Jerusalem.

Reviews

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, Jul 2018

While the locations were interesting there was not enough background on history. too much present day politics and not enough on the history of the locations. Also spent 1.5 hours at the Wall which, in my opinion, only merits 10-15 minutes. The restaurant for lunch was very good with excellent service.
Our family took a vote and we are saying 3 stars because we wanted more history. The time spent at the Wall was not a good end to the tour either.

D
, Jul 2018

I would say beyond a shadow of doubt this is a MUST do!!! Make sure you don't sell yourself short by only staying in Israel. The sights and sounds of the West Bank were phenomenal!!! Palestine was awesome! The food on this trip was fantastic as well! It is a long day but the sights you get to see are once in a lifetime!!! We had a FANTASTIC tour guide and driver!!!

M
, Apr 2018

This was a great experience. Border crossing was fast and the Palestinian tour guide had a great sense of humor in explaining the conflict between Israel and Palestine. I was happy to visit the tomb of the late Palestine leader and talk to the solders guarding the tomb.

A
, Mar 2018

The trip was good. The bus needs to ensure the microphone works properly. Was hard to hear tour guide at times. Tour guide needs to stand and face passengers when talking. He had great stories. Oh and please dont rush passengers when visiting nativity in Bethlehem. The guide our tour guide used to lead nativity scene tried to discourage us from waiting in line. Said it would be 3 hours. The wait was less than an hour. Many of us wanted to see thane actual spot so please dont rush us. Thx

G
, Mar 2018

This tour was excellent While the sites were great, we had an amazing tour guide that made the whole day much better. Highly recommend it

N
, Feb 2018

Very interesting sights and places, highly recommend Ashraf.

R
, Dec 2017

Overall good would have liked to have spent more time at wall and skip Ramallah area that was pointless to stand in middle of city and look at flag. Jericho was slightly disappointing not the archeological site I was expected so go without expecting much and you will be fine. Bethlehem was great church of nativity is crazy busy but worth it just be aware the many other tourists will push through you to get to where Jesus was born.

P
, Dec 2017

This was really a great tour! Tamer was friendly, informative, sassy, and balanced in his presentation. We saw a good mix of the political Ramallah, Arafat's tomb, separation wall, historical Jericho, and seasonal/religious Jordan River, Church of the Nativity. It was a small group, which made it easy to move around places and pleasant at lunch. Anyone who goes to Israel should try to see how the other half lives, and this tour is a good way to start.

c
, Dec 2017

At the end it was too long at the wall.

N
, Dec 2017

In addition to the comments made by others, what made it especially good was the attention to detail: the knowledge, passion and humour of our guide, the way we weren't flooded with information and the delicious Palestinian pastry at the end. Why wasn't I organised enough to buy some to take home!


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