• Location: Jerusalem, Israel
  • Duration: 11 hours (approx.)
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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can Expect

West Bank Tour from Jerusalem

Discover the religious sites of Bethlehem and uncover their history with 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.

Customer Reviews

Patrick R I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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.

Neil B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 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!

Erik V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

I would recommend this tour to everyone. The tour guide was very good and the sights were all worth visiting. Dont miss this tour when you are in Jerusalem.

Allen B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This was great. The last time I was in Jerusalem ten years ago, I searched for a day trip to Palestine but the pickings were pretty slim. This was a well-planned trip that included visits to places surprisingly difficult to get to from Jerusalem. A morning street walk in downtown Ramallah was filled with many sites and tastes like fresh melon, expresso, and pastry. The stop at Yasser Arafat's tomb was a lot more elaborate than George Washington's but surely no less filled with warm feelings for the father of his country. The oldest city on earth with it's ancient springs and digs was thoroughly presented in Jericho. The border between Jordan and Palestine is probably pretty boring on most of it's length, but the spot we visited was full of activity with Christians in white robes from all over the planet joyfully striding to the spot where Jesus was baptized. Then we went deep into the Judean Hills and suddenly on the top of one of them was a vantage point into the rugged valleys all around that also served as a restaurant in a wooden sanctum where all sorts of Arab and Turkish delicacies were served for lunch. Then on to Bethlehem where our guide was able to jump the hour long queues into the Grotto where Jesus was born somehow breaking our larger group into small groups for a visit to the famous spot while the rest waited for their smaller group's turn in a cool ancient cloister in the Church of the Nativity. These maneuvers saved us from hours of standing in line for a brief moment of reverence. It also gave us time for a stop at The Wall erected between Palestine and Israel. The art on the Palestinian side of the wall inckude international famous graffiti art and faced an attraction called The Walled Off Hotel no Astoria Hotel built next door yet...!. It was a hoot in it's greatly detailed images cheerfully exposing the horror and irony and futility of the building of walls between countries. We were the only Americans on our day's tour, but the many Germans and Canadians on the trip made us feel right at home with a lot of lively discussion of the wall, Israel, Donald Trump, and North Korea that gave us perspectives we just could never acquire at home. Want to go back someday and maybe see the archeological remains of Shechem near Nabulus. Seems like it is still pretty difficult for tourists to get there but hope spring eternal.

luca.ferrara

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great tour. Guide Tamer gave us at no time that he was just doing a job. Such a passion, many details, background information, nice smalltalk during the tour! I absolutely recommend this tour and this guide!!!

haightenator

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

This was one of the best tours I did during my stay in Jerusalem. After boarding our van, our Palestinian guide met up with us just outside of Jerusalem. He was very knowledgeable and offered a different perspective about the West Bank that I don't get at home. The tour took us through the baptism site, Ramallah and down to Bethlehem. Though it's a full day, I would recommend this tour to everyone.

Gabrielle P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Tamer, the guide, was brilliant. He was knowledgeable, generous and funny. He showed us some excellent sites and I did no feel at any point concerned. Trip was different to what had been advertised though so check with the company whether all sections will be covered

sbutt9424

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

I highly recommend this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and open to questions. I learned so much about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The tour included an amazing lunch. Would do it again!

Tekisha A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2017

This tour was amazing!

Tabea Sophie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2017

YOU GOTTA DO THIS TOUR!
Pickup was on time, the vehicle was air conditioned and so we went to pick up our guide Tamer before going to Ramallah. On the way, we were provided with lots of information on what to see left and right as well as some infos about the conflict, something he continued to do through the whole trip so even the bus drives weren't getting boring. We got plenty of food during the tour and lunch was great as well, you're certainly not going home hungry!
My favorite stop was at The Walled Off Hotel- the museum is certainly worth a visit so if you get a chance to go in there, take it.
I was slightly disappointed by our visit to the Church of Nativity. It's the only place we were rushed through as there was a long line of visitors queuing up behind us. Furthermore, the church is under reconstruction or something so there are scaffolds basically everywhere which do not look too good on photos.
I recommend this tour to everyone interested in Palestinian history, street art or those who want to see the most in one day because you really get to see a lot. Thank you for this amazing day! :-

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