Around Palestine & Beyond | 11 Days / 10 Nights
Day 1: Airport - Jerusalem. (D)
Arrival and transfer from Ben Gurion Airport or Allenby Bridge to hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 2: Jerusalem. (B, D)
Jerusalem, a holy city for Islam, Christianity and Judaism is a must-visit destination.
- We start the day by visiting both the Islamic and Christian holy sites which include Al-Aqsa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher enjoying their unique art and architecture.
- You will get the opportunity to walk along the walls of the old city and through its ancient roads where you get a glimpse of the traditional food and local produce of Palestinians and familiarize yourself with the Armenian and Christian quarters in it.
- You can later visit the Mount of Olives where you‘ll marvel at a wonderful view of the new city and the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city.
- And of course, your trip in the old city cannot pass without trying their famous food, like Ka’ak and Falafel.
- Dinner and Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 3: Jerusalem - Nazareth – Tiberias- Jerusalem (B,D)
- The tour begins by traveling passed Herzliya and Natanya and continuing north along the coastal road parallel to the Mediterranean (146 KM).
- In Nazareth, you begin by visiting The Church of Annunciation, constructed on the spot where Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce that she would soon be with child.
- Nearby, you find the Church of Saint Joseph where Jesus’ father, Joseph, had his carpentry.
- We depart from Nazareth passing by Cana, the site where Jesus turned water into wine.
- We then visit Capernaum on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, believed to be the home of St. Peter and to the Church of the Multiplication.
- The Journey continues with a walk along the waterfront of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus performed many miracles and where you can see the Golan Heights forming a beautiful backdrop as you pass the city of Tiberias.
- Afterwards, we reach the southern region of the Kinneret where the Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee.
- As you head south towards Jerusalem, you can see Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration took place. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 4: Jerusalem - Haifa - Jerusalem. (B, L)
- We will journey to Haifa, a distance of around 150 KM, a city that welcomes sea worshipers and lovers of nature and history.
- We start with the Louis promenade, named the balcony of the country, which sits on top of the infamous Mount Carmel. There you can indulge your senses with the superb view and fresh air.
- The next stop would be the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery and Elijah’s Cave.
- Then you’ll continue to the wonderful the Baha’i Shrine and Gardens followed by the German Colony and Ben-Gurion Street which is home to Haifa’s best dining and shopping.
- And for some original Arabic character, you can visit Wadi Nisnas Market to explore its food and art.
- The tour ends with a visit to the Castra Arts Center after which you will be able to enjoy the Mediterranean beaches of Haifa.
- Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 5: Jerusalem- Acre- Jerusalem (B,D)
The legendary city that stopped Napoleon Bonaparte army with its fortifications offers a wide variety of attractions.
- You can start off by walking along these along these defensive barriers enjoying along the way the panoramic skyline of Acre.
- These walls wrap around the old city where you’ll find Ahmed el- Jazzar’s Citadel that houses the Museum of Underground Prisoners.
- Afterwards, you can move underneath to the Crusader City which is a historic site of fascinating series of gothic vaulted halls.
- We will make sure not miss the Crusader tunnel, a previous secret escape route connecting the harbor with a temple palace.
- We can proceed from there, to the beautiful Bahje Baha’i Center, Ahmed el-Jazzar’s Mosque and Hamam Al Pasha Musuem, a previous Turkish Bath.
- Then you can move on to the beautiful Juxtaposition of red and white in St. John’s Church and visit the Acre Harbour and maybe rent a boat for a tour in the Mediterranean.
- And what better way to end the day than to walk through the Old Town Market for some shopping and food. Overnight in Jerusalem.
Day 6: Jerusalem – Bethlehem (B,D)
- After a delicious Palestinian breakfast, we go into the city where Jesus Christ was born. Bethlehem has plenty to offer for those interested in theology and history.
- The Church of the Nativity, the exact location where Jesus was born, is the highlight of Bethlehem.
- But the city does not fall short of marvelous attractions, like Rachel’s Tomb and Solomon’s pools, a little gem of pine-hidden pools that never fail to amaze.
- The Mar Elias and the Mar Saba Monasteries would be next on our agenda. Mar Saba is considered one of the world’s oldest monasteries established by Saint Saba in the 5th Century in the middle of the Judean Desert.
- Afterwards, you get the opportunity to see the beautiful handcrafts in the markets of Bethlehem which make great souvenirs.
- And what better way to end your day other than with delicious traditional dinner and overnight in Bethlehem.
Day 7: Bethlehem – Ramallah (B, L)
Ramallah, the financial, cultural and political center of Palestine, houses a wonderful blend of the traditional and modern.
- A walk through the downtown and center of Ramallah, where you will get the chance to explore its traditional markets along with a wide array of shops.
- Visit the Dar Zahran Heritage building, to enjoy its photo gallery of ancient Ramallah and its souvenir shop.
- Visit the grave of Yasser Arafat, the late Palestinian president and founder of the Palestinian liberty organization
- Followed by the grave of the famous Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish and his museum.
- Afternoon tour in the beautiful village of Taybeh where you can be charmed by the old village and St. George's Church.
- The Peace Lantern factory and the beer factory, the only brewery in Palestine can also be visited in Taybeh.
- To end the day with more beautiful sceneries, we go on to explore the beautiful nature of Jefna Village and have traditional food.
- The day concludes with returning to Ramallah, where you can enjoy its busting nightlife.
Day 8: Ramallah- Nablus- Ramallah (B, L)
- Nablus city awaits its visitors with many delights including the old city, the Turkish bath, soap factories, impressive mosques, souqs, and Abd al-Hadi palace, Jacobs well and Joseph’s tomb.
- After the sunset you can go to the Samaritans neighborhood for lunch and taste the Nabulsi Knafeh, a Palestinian delicacy that the city is famous for.
- The journey of this day concludes with the return to Ramallah, and perhaps with a traditional Dabkeh show, a traditional dance performance. Dinner & overnight.
Day 9: Ramallah- Jenin- Sabastia – Ramallah
- The world’s largest old tree can be seen in the Village of Arrabeh on the way to Jenin.
- In Jenin, you can visit the Canaan Fair Trade for olive oil production and the Church of Burqin.
- Followed by the Freedom Theater and the refugee camps of Jenin.
- On the way to Sebastia, we will pass through the Jezreel Valley, one of the largest fertile plains in Palestine.
- In Sebastia, you can visit the ancient ruins of the Hellenic Watchtowers, ruined Samaritan palaces and Byzantine Churches of the village.
- Then, we will return to Ramallah for a relaxing night enjoying dinner and maybe some shisha.
Day 10: Ramallah- Jericho
- From Ramallah you will head to Jericho, most ancient city in the world, enjoying on the way views of the desert areas.
- Upon arrival in Jericho, you’ll visit the Monastery of Temptation, where Jesus spent 40 days and nights fasting and meditating, followed by views of hills and rivers from Wadi Qelt.
- The tour continues to Maqam Al-Nabi Musa "the Prophet Moses", a site where annual pilgrimage festivals are held and where you find a display of splendid architecture
- Next is Hisham's Palace for more ancient architecture and a view of the "tree of life" mosaic.
- The Jericho Tour concludes at the edge of the Dead Sea, Qumran, the site where the famous Dead Sea Scrolls were found, then continues into the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth. The Dead Sea is famous for the mud and minerals that are natural healers and skin exfoliators. Its waters contain a high content of salt making it inhabitable for any form of marine life.
- After experiencing the waters and mud of the Dead Sea, the journey ends returning to our hotel in Jericho.
Day 11: Jericho- Airport
After breakfast transfer to airport or Allenby Bridge.