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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.
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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!
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! :-
Best tour you can get, worth the money and time. The experience itself is eye opening, so many activities and places, great lunch, desert stop and all the snacks the tour guide offered. The guide is a philosopher himself, so knowledgeable and friendly. This is a must tour if you are in the area
The tour was fantastic and informative. There was a good balance of religious sites and modern Palestinian locations. The end of the tour was the show-stopper, worth it just for that part.
Amazing and informative tour! the tour guide was very knowledgeable. The only opportunity to learn a little about Palestinian struggle.
Don Tamer Halaseh, tour guide, was excellent, he made our visit to the West Bank a unique, pleasant great experience, we would like to go back and explore more. Thanks!! A to the tour guide.
first, you start the day, passing by a few checkpoints along the 425 mile west bank barrier wall, then you will go to ramallah, then jericho and then the river jordan for a mini baptism. after a pit stop at the river, you will have an arab style lunch of muqluba a massive pot of rice, chicken and cauliflower in bethlehem. after lunch and a visit to the church of nativity across the street, you end the tour with the bethlehem checkpoint/barrier walls where you have a chance to test out your spray painting skills. this tour is definitely worth it: i learned so much about palestinian culture and history from our kickass knowledgable tour guide, tamer and i got to see pretty much all of the west bank within 10 short hours. the place is very volatile with someone getting stabbed/gunned down pretty much every day but not once did i feel like my life was in danger.
Fantastic. Saw what I would never have expected in a muslim state. Didn't know Palestinians are so friendly and modern. Never felt in danger. The tour guide was fabulous - even bought us some local snacks and bananas at his own cost, without any expectation of gratuity
Not sure why I'm the first to write this review. I visited the West Bank last Saturday October 17 2015, amidst growing violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Our guide, Tamer, was fantastic and not once in the tour did I feel unsafe or threatened because of all the media outbursts on how dangerous things are. Tamer periodically checked his iPad and phone to keep in touch with any new developments so that we were not close to anywhere unsafe. He was not only extremely well-balanced in his knowledge of both sides of the conflict, but also had a great sense of humor and entertained all sorts of questions. I loved Palestine!
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.
Without some random stops on the way which I don't see necessary, this trip is well informed and educated.
Very enjoyable day trip to Palestine. Ramalla, Bethlehem, Jericho and more. Guide was very informative and chatty. Enough time at each location. Well organised and scheduled. Definitely worth taking this tour instead of D.I.Y. tour. All the stress and hassle is eliminated.
Tour decided they would cut the day short. However what we did get to see was good but rushed.
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