A place called Palestine!
There is a place where one can go on a profound spiritual experience and move between numerous holy and ancient sites of remarkable history. This is where one can delve into nature, wildlife, mountains, and valleys and experience traditional communities’ simple life. One can also witness a flourishing urban scene in a uniquely challenging context. It is a place where people welcome their guests with warm smiles, delicious food, and unyielding hospitality, a place that can surprise you and open your eyes to new revelations at every turn. This place is called PALESTINE!.
Plan your trip to this extraordinary destination that you won’t regret.
You can’t understand the meaning of Jerusalem until you stand within it, penetrated and transported in time, before landing with a blow to the life of its modern-day culture and serenity. It is one of the world’s oldest and holiest cities; Jerusalem possesses enormous spiritual importance in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The city’s history, architecture, markets, and religious sites are some of the most popular places to unravel. The Old City is distributed into four quarters and includes several sacred sites, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Temple Mount, and the golden-domed Al-Aqsa Mosque. You will also find the Mount of Olives, a binding site for Christian pilgrims to its east. It also offers spectacular views of Jerusalem. A tour in this ancient Biblical city will disengage pages of timeless history and culture seldom seen elsewhere in the world.
You will be able to explore the city of the birthplace of Jesus to the fullest. Bethlehem holds considerable historical and religious importance and is filled with various holy sites that we will be more than happy to visit. It is located around nine kilometers from Jerusalem. The city is easily accessible, safe, and charming and will infinitely enrich any traveler’s itinerary. Beyond the important religious sites, Bethlehem is home to a rich and exciting social and cultural scene and carrying symbolic political significance, lying just beyond the imposing Israeli separation wall.
The city is the industrial powerhouse of Palestine and hosts the burial sites of Prophets Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, making it of utmost religious significance. Besides, Hebron’s old market is an antiquated gallery of alleys displaying numerous shops and stalls. Colorful and warm vendors would parade their wares for visitors to choose from. If vibrant culture is what you’re looking for, we will make sure you experience it in Hebron. There you’ll find a variety of local goods ranging from elegant pottery, blown glass, finely carved olivewood figures, and aromatic spices to locally manufactured leather shoes. Their delicious dibs, a molasses-like syrup made from Hebron’s signature grapes, is not to miss.
Described as the most “westernized” city in the West Bank, Ramallah is a charming juxtaposition of that old Middle Eastern charm and the liveliness of modern life. It is the perfect place to visit for tourists looking to experience an incredible wealth of knowledge and heritage. Ramallah is the city that will never let you get bored. It keeps its visitors busy with coffee shops, restaurants, bars, art galleries, museums, theaters, and festivals. Ramallah today is the most prominent financial center and a cultural powerhouse blending tradition with modernity. Nowhere can be seen modern skyscrapers, parks, and residential blocks burgeoning alongside charming old homes and quaint promenades, which render the city an attractive place for visitors from all over Palestine and abroad.
Touring the streets of the old city of Nablus, you’ll find it filled with the aroma of their infamous soup and their handcrafts that would make great souvenirs for your friends and family back home. Nablus hosts its version of Jerusalem’s Old City. It is replete with quaint little shops offering visitors an endless array of wares, from food and textiles to traditional creations and local cosmetics. Culture is what makes this city a delightful destination for visitors. Its unique folkloric costumes, succulent high cuisine with the queen of all Middle Eastern desserts—the legendary Kunafeh—make Nablus an irresistible ‘sweet journey’ on any Holy Land tour.
You will be charmed by Jenin’s green scenery, surrounded by endless carob and fig groves, palm trees, and many more. Jenin’s evergreen beauty is further complemented by overlooking the Biblical Jordan and Jezreel Valleys. Maintained by countless springs, the city’s countryside is famous for its agriculture, producing an abundance of fruits and vegetables—sort of Palestine’s ‘food basket.’ Besides, just 5km west of Jenin, you will find the village of Burqin, in which is the Byzantine-era church that claims to be the third oldest in the world.
Explore to the oldest continuously inhabited city globally, which is also considered the lowest city on earth, making it a significant tourist attraction for anyone interested in history. The road between Jerusalem and Jericho has been the main highway through the times. The area here is disseminated with exciting sightseeing stops from the Jewish, Byzantine, and Muslim eras. Because of its many springs and wells, Jericho and its surroundings have become an agricultural area renowned for its citrus fruits, dates, and bananas.
Top Things to Do
Unravel Pages of Timeless History in Jerusalem
The Cradle of Abrahamic religions is filled with architectural gems and holy sites that await to tell their stories. The alleyways of the old city of Jerusalem take you to Al Aqsa Mosque, Dome of Rock, and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, some of the most important sites in Islam and Christianity. You can walk Via Dolorosa’s route, reach Mount of Olives, visit the Church of all Nations, and end with The Kidron Valley and the Tomb of Virgin Mary. Jerusalem’s renowned Old City is surrounded by an emblematic defensive wall built by the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent during the 16th century. The fortified wall has seven gates that have made the city famous throughout its History: Jaffa Gate, known in Arabic as Bab Al Khalil; Herod’s Gate (Bab Assahera), the New Gate (Bab Al Jadeed), Zion Gate (Bab Harat Al Yahud), the Dung Gate (Bab Al Magharba), the Lion’s Gate (Bab Al Asbat) with its notable carved lions, and the most impressive of all, Damascus Gate or Bab Al Amood, with its staircases and colorful street vendors. The Old City is divided into four quarters: the Armenian, the Christian, the Jewish, and the Muslim Quarters. Today, Jerusalem extends beyond the Old City’s boundaries and is divided into East and West Jerusalem. A single visit doesn’t warrant enough time to grasp its beauty and mystery thoroughly.
Head o the Birthplace of Jesus
The Church of the Nativity, the exact location where Jesus was born, is the highlight of Bethlehem. You will also find the cave where Mary, Joseph, and the shepherds were thought to have gathered at the nativity. This city host even several religious sites like the Church of St. Catherine and the Chapel of the Milk Grotto that is worth visiting.
Venture the Museums
As you might expect, Palestine has plenty of Museums with necessary information about Palestinian culture, history, and the current political situation. In Ramallah, you can visit the Yaser Arafat Museum, in which you will learn about the Palestinian conflict history. Dar Zahran Heritage Building that steps back in time to Palestine life and its political status. Furthermore, the Mahmoud Darwish Museum represents a lovely whimsical and peaceful museum for the famous poet Mahmoud Darwish. Closed to Ramallah, in the village of Birzeit is The Palestinian Museum. It is a modern LEED building that blends ideally with the terraced hillsides. In Jerusalem, you will find the Rockefeller Museum, previously the Palestine Archaeological Museum, an archaeology museum located in East Jerusalem that houses an extensive collection of artifacts found in the excavations conducted by Mandatory Palestine 1920s and 1930s. Those interested in the Samaritan history and faith recommend visiting the Samaritan museum on Mount Gerizim in Nablus. But if you are in Bethlehem, you can see the Palestinian Heritage Center, section museum, and another shop to buy authentic Palestinian goods. And the Banksy fans can head to the Walled Off Hotel, which offers an art gallery and a treasure aggregation of a gift shop.
Meander Around the Old Markets
You will find an old Market to visit almost in all Palestinian cities. The markets are full of colors, fresh produce, handicrafts, and traditional vibes. There are small, crowded alleyways packed with bazaars between the many holy sites in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. The old market of Nablus city will not disappoint you as you stroll through it. It is filled with local vendors selling local food, handiworks, and the famous local olive soap. In Hebron, the stores and stalls market from pottery, olivewood, and glass to fresh and dried fruits. You will also love the molasses-like syrup made from Hebron’s famous grapes. The old market of Bethlehem is another example of the town’s daily life, where you will smell the spices’ fantastic aroma. Strolling and shopping inside the old markets is a tremendous experience, that you can spend a half or full-day doing that at any craved city.
Taste Authentic Palestinian Food
If you’re looking for a quality of traditional, community-sourced healthy dishes and produce, Palestine is your go-to destination. The Palestinian food is diverse and brings a unique range of flavors and techniques. Here you will have the best food experience ever with a truly authentic taste. There are several places for street food lovers: Ramallah Tehta, the old city of Jerusalem, Bethlehem are the city’s deep havens for Shawarma, Hummus, Kaek, Falafel, Palestinian barbecue, Salads, and Mana’esh. Nablus is considered the food capital of Palestine. It gave rise to vibrant food culture, incredible and dynamic selection of seasonal, fresh produce. Here you will find the Nabulsi cheese, the incredible Kunafeh, and a comprehensive collection of other sweet treats. If you want to be treated with delicious meals, including Fasoulya, Mansaf, Maqluba, Kousa, then you can taste them at home-stay with local Palestinian families. Ramallah is well known for its exceptional food opportunities, offering many class restaurants and bars. Hebron is famous for its unique dish of Kidra. Wherever you go, you will realize that you need to try many plates and need multiple lifetimes to test all the best Palestine food.
Deserts, mountains, rivers, forests, and rocky valleys await you in Palestine. Home to rolling, creeper-covered hills and green valleys, as well as the expansive Desert and the natural Dead Sea, make for a wide variety of nature and wildlife and a remarkable range of hiking routes. Hiking with a local during spring or autumn-time offers the best walking options that suit everyone, from half-day hikes to several camping weeks.
Catch a Breath by the Dead Sea
This impressive body of water boasts the record for being the lowest point on earth, it is the deepest salt lake in the world, and it is the saltiest body of water on earth with a salinity that is almost ten times higher than that of the ocean! The Dead Sea’s mineral-rich mud is renowned for having medicinal attributes that range from healing skin illnesses to chronic ailments such as arthritis. You can enjoy an excellent soothing mud massage on its beaches, or you might as well bask under the sun while gently floating on the surface of the highly-dense water. With all the restorative powers of its waters, the Dead Sea is a real life-giver!
Enjoy the Palestinian Dabka folk.
One of the best things you can do while visiting Palestine is to dance or assist in a cultural shown. Several local dance troupes in Palestine preserve traditional culture and reflect contemporary life. Crashing feet, happy hearts, and bright eyes, all of which can describe the scene when the famous Dabka dance played. The dabka is an Arab folk dance from the Levant (a historical area of the Eastern Mediterranean equivalent to the greater Syrian region). This dancing is now generally conducted at community gatherings, festivals, and blithe celebrations.
Tour the Archaeological Site of Hisham Palace.
Hisham’s Palace is an early Islamic archaeological site of the Umayyad dynasty from the first half of the 8th century. It is located five km north of Jericho. Visitors will enjoy a rich collection of magnificent well-preserved mosaics and decorative motifs, like the infamous ‘tree of life mosaic.’
Sample some Local Farms Flavors
In Palestine, you will reach several family farms that use sustainable resources that are locally available. Touring these farms to learn about their culture and lifestyle, indeed, is an exceptional experience. Besides, you will meet with locals and learn how to prepare traditional dishes, watch pickers at work, and select fresh vegetables and fruits. Notable places in Jenin, Jericho, and Hebron have excellent options to spend a memorable day supporting its community.
Witness the Walls and Checkpoints
There are numerous possibilities for the politically and socially mindful traveler to understand what the occupation means to many Palestinians. You will find a wide range of political tours that includes visits to settlements, the separation wall, refugee camps, checkpoints through different cities intending to give a glimpse of life under occupation. You will also have the opportunity to meet and have discussions with locals, taste delicious home-cooked food and see important historical sites.
Go Trekking in Sebastia
Sebastia is a tremendous treat for lovers of the old! It is located around 12 kilometers northwest of Nablus’s city. The city had been the site of successive conquerors, starting with the Canaanites, Israelites, Assyrians, Hellenes, Romans, Byzantines, and ending with the early Islamic conquests of the 7th century. Visiting the ruins is truly a unique experience, where the tall ruins of pillars, houses, and temples will have you slipping into another era entirely.
Marvel at the Mount of Temptation & Saint George Monastery.
The Mount of Temptation Monastery marks out over panoramic views of the Jordan Valley, Dead Sea, and exciting surrounding mountains. The top of the Mount is about 360 meters above sea level. You can access the summit by a little trek up or a 5-minute cable car ride from Jericho. The monastery’s picturesque setting is in a deep and narrow canyon called Wadi Qelt, in a rock face pocked with caves and recesses that have given habitation to monks and hermits for many centuries. Wadi Qelt is one of Palestine’s most famous hiking trails that grants spectacular natural landscape. It is a must-visit site for history and nature lovers.
Experince a Bedouin Village
Experience the authentic life of Bedouins and learn about this community’s daily customs and traditions. The Palestinian Bedouin are a people that have historically traversed with livestock and other domesticated animals in the regions that approximately correspond with areas to the west of the Jordan River. The Bedouin claim to note is extraordinary hospitality, so whatever adventure you prefer is sure to be a cultural highlight of your Palestinian journey. Here you will enjoy home cooking, stories of Bedouin traditions, camel rides and, Bedouin coffee, which is particularly famous.
Bike Through Palestine
‘Cyclists see considerably more of this beautiful world than any other class of citizens.’ – Dr. K.K. Doty. Biking is a great way to slow down and experience Palestine’s attraction: quaint villages, fantastic cuisine and wines, charming landscapes, rich culture, and warm, hospitable people. You will be enchanted by Palestine’s value and enriched by its culture and history by passing through its beautiful cities.