Jerusalem Hotel Cafe

Jerusalem Hotel Cafe is only 7 minutes walking from Damascus gate.

Directions:

  1. Arrive to Damascus gate.
  2. Head north on Nablus Road.
  3. After 5 minutes, you'll arrive to the first left turn on Nablus road, take left & the Jerusalem Hotel Cafe would be on your right.

Map of Jerusalem Hotel Cafe from Damascus gate
Map of Jerusalem Hotel Cafe from Damascus gate

Jerusalem Hotel Cafe
Jerusalem Hotel Cafe

Parking close to the meeting point:

Name: Mutran Parking lot.
Parking fee: 20NIS(~6$)/a day.
Address : Nablus Rd. (Derech Shchem) right in front of YMCA (East Jerusalem).
Walking time: 3 minutes.
Walking distance: ~250m (820ft).

*Please note that Nablus Rd. is a one way road.
Parking near Jerusalem Hotel
Parking near Jerusalem Hotel


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These tours illuminate the relationships between the ancient and the modern layers of the city, the sacred and the profane, and the impact of the conquests and developments in the modern age. You'll visit religious sites, and also learn about the cultural and political dynamics in the holy city.
Expect to be moved, shocked, and surprised by the discourse of our guides. In addition to their guiding, all of them are involved as volunteers in the complex task of building a just society, a country we hope our children will be proud of, and a land where all men and women will one day hold their heads up as free people. Come and share our world.

RECOMMENDED READING

Art and culture:

Arts and Identity - Betsey Coleman

A website examining Palestinian and Israeli identity through the lenses of art, artists, and art organizations.


Politics:

Apartheid Israel: Possibilities for the Struggle Within - Dr. Uri Davis

A website examining Palestinian and Israeli identity through the lenses of art, artists, and art organizations.

Battleground - Samuel Katz

A Revisionist Zionist account of the conflict.

Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History - Norman Finklelstein

Blood and Religion: The Unmasking of the Jewish and Democratic State - Jonathan Cook

Israeli Exceptionalism - M. Shahid Alam

Palestine in Pieces - Kathleen and Bill Christison

Palestine and Israel: A Challenge to Justice - John B. Quigley

The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy - John Mearsheimer & Stephen Walt

The Iron Wall - Avi Shlaim

The Jewish National Fund - Walter Lehn & Dr. Uri Davis

This Time We Went Too Far - Norman Finkelstein

Save Israel! - (From an extremist right wing perspective) - Barry Chamish



Online:

Israeli Occupation Archive - Documenting the Military Occupation of Palestinian Lands



Novels:

Damascus Gate - Robert Stone

The Source - James Michener

Old New Land (Altneuland) - Theodor Hertzl

The Utopian novel of the Zionist state. In Hertzl's vision, the Jewish state is an island of European modernity in the middle east, and the native Arabs are grateful for being brought 'progress'


Autobiorgraphies and personal stories:

Homeland - Oral Histories of Palestine and Palestinians - Staughton Lynd, Sam Bahour & Alice Lynd

A Tale of Love and Darkness - Amos Oz

Israel, A Personal History - David Ben Gurion

Palestinian Walks - Raja Shehadeh

Impressive first hand account of the geographical changes brought on by the Occupation in the West Bank.

The Other Side of Israel: My Journey Across the Jewish/Arab Divide. - Susan Nathen



Education:

Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education - Nurit Peled-Elhanan



History:

Israel: A History - Martin Gilbert

Jerusalem: The Biography - Simon Sebag Montefiore

O Jerusalem! - Larry Collins Dominique Lapierre

A pro-Zionist account of the birth of the state of Israel.


Academic papers & misc. articles:

As the Arabs see the Jews - His Majesty King Abdullah, The American Magazine - November, 1947

The Origin of the Palestine-Israel Conflict - Jews for Justice in the Middle East

Selected Esseys - Ahad Ha'am

A more humanist and realist view of the Zionist project.

The law:

Database of Israel's Discriminatory Laws - ADALA

A project of Israel's premier civil rights organisation


Religion:

The Dignity of Difference - Rabbi Jonathan Sachs

Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel - Israel Shahak & Norton Mezvinsky

Letters to Auntie Fori: The 5,000-year History of the Jewish People. - Martin Gilbert



Zionism & Palestinian nationalism:

The Iron Cage - Rashid Khalidi

Nativity Trail Walking Tour Reservations

11-day walk
From Nazareth to Bethlehem
$1370 - per person - double occupancy

Includes the following:
1- All Accommodation in hotels, local families and with Bedouins
2- All Food, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
3- Pick up for groups only from the airport and back to the airport.
4- Snacks along the way including tea, coffee and mineral water
5- Local English speaking escorts
6- Support Vehicle along the way
7- Turkish Bath experience
8- Entrance Fees
9- Palestine and Palestinians Guide Book and maps

The price does not include the following:
1- Air fare
2- Personal expenses
3- Pick up for individuals from the crossing border and airports to Nazareth in the first day.  Transfer for individuals to the airport and crossing borders in the last day
4- Tips
5- Any other services not included above.


Introduction to Israel & Palestine - 8 days


from $1,760 (per person)
includes accommodations, daily tours, breakfast & dinner
Begins every Monday

Hosted by Green Olive Tours Partners and Israeli and Palestinian families, this tour will give you a thorough and intense overview of the country, exploring the social, cultural, and political dynamics in addition to some classic touring of historical and religious sites.

green olive tours group
Green Olive Partners, plus select Israeli and Palestinian guides will show you the country through their eyes - authentic and varied perspectives on history, human rights, and the Occupation.

Your overnight stays will be in Palestinian and Israeli family homes in Beit Sahour (a suburb of Bethlehem), Jerusalem and Jaffa (Tel Aviv).  Through staying with these families you'll be able to gain an understanding of the complexities of life on both sides of the Green Line.

Day 1 - Monday - Greater Jerusalem and The Old City

Jerusalem Old City Rooftop09.45am. A representative of Green Olive will meet you at the Jerusalem Hotel Cafe. There will be a briefing with maps and an intensive 3-hour walking tour of Jerusalem's Old city, taking a look at the Western Wall, passing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and seeing the Israeli settler homes that have been sprouting in the Muslim  Quarter.

Separation Wall in JerusalemAfter lunch you will go on the road for a tour of some of the suburban Jerusalem settlements, Palestinian neighborhoods, the Separation Barrier, and segregated roads. These will include Pizgat Ze'ev, Har Homa, Beit Hanina, and Anata.

You'll drive through Ma'ale Adumim, one of the largest settlements in the West bank (pop. 35,000).

Then off to Beit Sahour (a Bethlehem suburb) to meet your host family after a busy and intense first day.

Dinner & overnight with a Palestinian family in Beit Sahour (Bethlehem)

Day 2 - Tuesday - Bethlehem

The Nativity Church RooftopToday you'll be with a Palestinian guide for an overview of Bethlehem. You'll see the settlement of Har Homa that you saw from the Jerusalem side of the Barrier yesterday. Today the view will be from the Palestinian side.

You'll visit the Aida Refugee Camp, and have a discussion with a representative of an organisation there. You'll see the Separation Barrier up close, and the famous Bansky Graffiti. You'll also meet Palestinians, and visit the Church of the Nativity.

In the evening you'll visit the Alternative Information Center (AIC) for their weekly discussion session about aspects of Palestinian life and the Occupation. There is a featured speaker from an Israeli or Palestinian organization then lots of round table discussion. The AIC promotes the rights of the Palestinian people, and is the only peace and justice organization that has a mixed staff and board of Palestinians and Israelis.

Dinner & overnight with a Palestinian family in Beit Sahour (Bethlehem)

Day 3 - Wednesday -  Nablus

Nablus from Gerizim MountainYou'll be picked up early in the morning and travel up the spine of the West Bank on route 60 seeing many small radical settlements and Palestinian villages.

The first stop will be the Balata Refugee Camp where you'll see the crowded conditions and hear some stories about life there. You'll also visit one of the camp organizations that helps make life a little better for the residents.

The tour will include the Old City with its beautiful labyrinth of buildings dating back to the Ottoman period. You'll visit the ancient Turkish baths and an olive oil soap factory. You will also visit sites of historical and religious interest such as Jacob’s Well; a deep well dug by Jacob and where Jesus once asked a Samaritan woman for a drink.

A highlight of the day is the Samaritans' hilltop village on Mount Grizim to see the site of their ancient temple and their modern-day village. Sometimes a local Samaritan priest is available to have a discussion at the museum.

Dinner & overnight with a Palestinian family in Beit Sahour (Bethlehem)

Day 4 - Thursday - Hebron and Ramallah


Settler Houses in Hebron
From Bethlehem you'll drive around the east of Jerusalem through the Judean Desert to Ramallah. You'll see many Jewish settlements en-route and enter the city through a checkpoint into the neighborhood of Kufr Akab. The Separation WALL divides the neighborhood from Jerusalem although it is part of the municipality and the residents pay city taxes. You’ll visit Arafat's Tomb and walk the streets of this bustling city, now the de-facto Capital for Palestinians in the West Bank

After lunch you'll drive to Hebron and visit Abraham's Tomb and the Old City where Israeli settlers live in close proximity to the local Palestinians. You'll visit a local family and a glass blowing workshop that recycles glass from the city, crafting beautiful objects.

Dinner & overnight with a Palestinian family in Beit Sahour (Bethlehem)

Day 5 - Friday - Meet the Settlers


Settlement Behind A Wire Fence
For the past few days you have been immersed in the Palestinian Ethos. Today you'll 'Cross the Veil' and meet the other side. Who are these people with full Israeli citizenship rights who live next to disenfranchised Palestinian communities? Why have they chosen to live in Occupied Territory outside the internationally recognized borders of the State of Israel? Today you'll hear answers to these questions from the settlers themselves.

You'll be hosted by a settler for half a day, and tour the settlement of Kfar Eldad, just a few kilometres from where you are staying. He'll introduce you to his world and meet some other settlers too.

In the afternoon you'll return to West Jerusalem and meet your host family and in the evening you'll enjoy a traditional Shabbat dinner and learn a little about Jewish ritual and practice.

Dinner and overnight at a West Jerusalem home.

Day 6 - Saturday - Shabbat in Jerusalem

Shabbat CandlesThis day of walking and talking will vary from week to week. You’ll learn how Jewish Jerusalem spends the day of rest and visit some of the places that local families go on the Sabbath.

These could include the partially destroyed Palestinian village of Lifta, or the ancient community of En Karem with its many churches and Monasteries. Another option is to take a walk in the hills of Jerusalem.

In wet weather the Israel Museum or an art gallery are possibilities.

Dinner and overnight at a West Jerusalem home.

Day 7 - Sunday - Walking West Jerusalem

Mahane Yehuda Market
You’ll begin the day at Mea Sharim, bastion of many ultra orthodox Jewish sects. By walking the alleyways and narrow streets of this nineteenth century neighbourhood you’ll gain an understanding of this very religious yet rapidly growing aspect of Israeli society.

Then off to Mahane Yehuda market with the hustle and bustle of fruit and vegetable vendors, and a wide variety of other stalls and small shops. You’ll have lunch in one of it’s many bistros or restaurants.

You’ll take Jerusalem’s new tram to the south of the city and visit the Holocaust Museum, learning about the genocide and subsequent trauma that fast tracked the establishment of the state of Israel.

At the end of the day you’ll transfer to Jaffa at the southern edge of Tel Aviv and meet your second host.

Dinner and overnight at a Jaffa home.

Day 8 - Monday - Walking Tel Aviv/Jaffa

Jaffa Old City The Old City of Jaffa is one of the most ancient communities in the country and lays claim to be the oldest continuously inhabited port in the world. Tel Aviv is one of the world’s most recently built cities being barely 100 years old.

These two urban areas are joined at the hip and today form a single municipality.

You’ll explore the Jaffa Old City learning of it’s ancient history, more recent ethnic cleansing in 1948, and todays gentrification.

The Jaffa street market is visited and you can earmark shops for later browsing. After lunch you’ll walk part of the shore promenade into Tel Aviv and walk down Rothschild Boulevard and visit Rabin Square where the former Prime Minister was murdered.

Touring cosmopolitan Tel Aviv will be a good opportunity to discuss the development of modern Israeli (Jewish) society, it’s largely secular population, and recent demographic and economic trends.

Dinner and overnight at a Jaffa home.

Day 9 - Tuesday - Departure

Tour ends after breakfast. Your host will assist you to get to the airport or to the next stage of your trip.

Nativity Trail Walking Tour

11-day walk
From Nazareth, City of the Annunciation, to Bethlehem, City of the Nativity.

$1370 - per person - double occupancy

2017
  • 23 March – 3 April 2017
  • 26 October – 6 November 2017
The carefully researched route, an 11-day journey, is the first leg of the Palestine Trail. Walking the Nativity Trail offers opportunities to meet a diverse range of people:
Central West Bank - Jordan in Background
Franciscan priests on Mount Tabor, Muslim clerics at village mosques, Greek Orthodox monks in desert monasteries, hillside farmers, small-town shopkeepers and craftspeople, Bedouin shepherds watering their flocks at ancient cisterns, and many more interesting people.

In this predominantly agricultural area, you will encounter men, women and children engaged in plowing fields, winnowing wheat, and picking olives according to the season. Everywhere you will be greeted with "Ahalan Wasahalan" a warm welcome, and traditional gestures of hospitality. You may be treated to a cup of sweet tea, some freshly baked "taboun" bread, or even a friendly game of billiards in the village "club", and in all settings, delicious Palestinian cuisine!

Where will you stay?
Arriving at Habib's home in the village of Duma
• The Nativity Trail offers a unique opportunity to experience the legendary hospitality of Palestinians. Some nights, hikers will stay in villagers' homes.   Other nights, accommodations will be in monasteries, local Bed-and-Breakfasts, Bedouin tents, or at campsites where hikers can pitch their own tents or sleep under the stars." In all cases, the welcome will be warm but conditions are basic. Hikers will need to provide their own sleeping bags and air mattresses.

What kind of terrain does the Trail cover?
• Just like travelers in biblical times, hikers will be traversing beautiful but sometimes rough terrain, climbing up and down steep, rocky hillsides, crossing desert "wadis" (valleys) - and pausing to rest in olive groves!

Who can participate?
Group Leader George Rishmawi (center)
• This is an outdoor adventure for physically fit nature lovers with an interest in history, culture and religious tradition. Participants must be physically fit and able to spend 6 to 9 hours a day on the trail.
• Most groups will consist of approximately  10 minimum individuals.

Who are our guides?
• The journeys will be fully guided by professional local  guides.

What about health and safety?
• Basic first aid will be available, but hikers need to be in sound medical condition.
• Siraj Center and ATG work directly with local villagers, who are ready and eager to welcome hikers along this "new/old" trail.
• Detailed information about personal health and safety issues will be provided upon application.

Please Note: Journey segments and distances are approximate. ATG and Siraj reserves the right to amend the programme.

Day one: Arrival
Upon arrival to Tel Aviv airport or any crossing borders, participants will be picked up and transferred to Nazareth.  Dinner and overnight in Nazareth

Day two: Nazareth and Mount Tabor

After a tour of Nazareth including the church of the Annunciation and the house of Mary, drive to the foot of the mount tabor. Ascend tabor and visit the monastery of the Transfiguration..  Dinner overnight in Jinin city north of the West Bank.

Day three: Faqu’a to Zababdeh 20km
Early morning, drive to the village of Faqua.  Start walking towards Zababdeh.  Across the rolling Eastern hills of Palestine, through the village of jalbun and Mughayir to Zababdeh, a Christian town on the ancient Roman trade route. Overnight accommodation in community centre (modern facilities).

Day four: Zababdeh to Fara'a 15 Km
Through olive groves and forests on the fertile hills of the west bank, descending to the spring of Ain Fara’a.  Walk through the vegetable basket of Palestine.   Arrive to Fara'a, visit the archeological sites of Jacob and his family.  Dinner and overnight with local families.

Day five: Fara'a to Nablus:
15 Km   
Walk through the orange groves to the broad sweep of Wadi Bidan, a picturesque valley system rich in mountain springs. While in Nablus, we will  visit Jacob’s well and Tel Balata.  After checking in our hotel in the old city of Nablus, we will tour the old city and enjoy bathing in the Turkish Bath.  We will enjoy a Palestinian traditional meal in the Turkish bath in addition for a traditional Palestinian music.  Overnight: in the old city of Nablus.

Day six: Nablus to Duma 20 km
Walk through the Huwara checkpoint and continue from the village of Huwara to Awarta, enjoy the beautiful ancient old buildings in the village, visit the famous Maqams and continue to mount Awrma.  Before arriving to Aqraba, rest at Mount Awrma and enjoy the scenes of Palestine and the ancient archeological site.  Continue to Aqraba, Majdal Bani fadil. The trail follows the escarpment separating the fertile highlands from the arid slopes of the Jordan valley, offering the first views of the desert and Jordan before reaching the agriculture hilltop town of Duma with it’s olive groves. Overnight : village accommodation with families

Day seven: Duma to Ain Auja 18 km   
Across deep valleys and over high hills inhabited by shepherd’s before descending a rocky gorge to sea level at Auja Spring, one of the largest water sources in the Jordan valley. Overnight: camping with Bedouin shepherd’s near Al Auja.

Day eight: Auja to Jericho
13 km
Desert terrain gives way to orange groves as the journey continues to the mount of temptation with its orthodox monastery clinging to the cliffs, then to Jericho, the oldest city on earth. Drive to the dead sea and enjoy swimming in its salty water.  Overnight: orange grove camping or hotel in Jericho,

Day nine: Jericho to Nabi Musa 14 km
Up the spectacular canyon of Wadi Qelt to St. George Koziba monastery, then over the arid mountains of the Bethlehem wilderness to the remote and dramatically situated Nabi Musa. Overnight: Nabi Musa guest house or camping.

Day ten: Nabi Musa to Mar Saba
8 km
The original Nativity trail from Nabi Musa involved walking along the road, then taking tracks directly through the desert to the legendary orthodox monastery of Mar Saba in its wild canyon setting. The preferred route is now to drive the road, then follow desert tracks via Hyrcania, one of Herod’s mountain-top fortresses. Much more interesting! Overnight: camping outside the monastery, or with local Bedouin.

Day eleven: Mar Saba to Bethlehem 9 km
The trail’s final segment ascends the hills of the Bethlehem wilderness to the hilltop suburbs of Bethlehem. The way then descends on foot or by vehicle through Beit Sahour to Manager Square in Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity on the site where the original journey ended-and the Christian faith has its beginning. Dinner and overnight with local families.

Day twelve: Departure 

What to bring with you:
1- Flash light
2- Hat
3- Sun screen
4- Back bag
5- Walking or hiking shoes
6- Modest clothes
7- An Open mind and heart

Accommodation:
Accommodation will vary between, guesthouses, family stay and camping with Bedouins.

Support vehicle will be available for the duration of the Walk.  The support vehicle will transport your bags to every location you will be staying overnight at.
 
Health and Medication
No vaccine mandatory
Ensure that you update your routine vaccinations. The vaccine against Hepatitis A is also recommended.
Beware of the sun. Make sure you cover it with clothes but fuller length, wear a hat and drink water steadily through the walk.

You can find pharmacies in the West Bank but nonetheless we recommend you bring the following basic medications:
* intestinal antiseptic.
* Band aids (plasters)
* Antibiotics broad spectrum.
* Sunscreen high protection
* Aspirin or other pain reliever
* disinfectant.
* Antihistamine (allergies, bites)

$1370 - per person - double occupancy

Price includes the following:
1- All Accommodation in hotels, local families and with Bedouins
2- All Food, Breakfast, Lunch and dinner
3- Pick up for groups only from the airport and back to the airport.
4- Snacks along the way including tea, coffee and mineral water
5- Local English speaking escorts
6- Support Vehicle along the way
7- Turkish Bath experience
8- Entrance Fees
9- Palestine and Palestinians Guide Book and maps

The price does not include the following:
1- Air fare
2- Personal expenses
3- Pick up for individuals from the crossing border and airports to Nazareth in the first day.  Transfer for individuals to the airport and crossing borders in the last day
4- Tips
5- Any other services not included above.

This tour is organized by the Siraj Center and the Alternative Tourism Group (ATG). ATG and Siraj have the right to cancel or postpone the trip if the number of participants is not enough to run the trip

Beit Ummar Palestinian Village - 3 Days

3 Days & 3 Nights
$695 per person
(2 or more people)
Single supplement $100
Includes accommodations, all meals & program.
Begins every Friday
  • Be embedded in a village
  • Tour the Southern West Bank
  • Learn about life under Occupation
  • Palestinian culture
  • Meet local people
Beit Ummar is a Palestinian Muslim village between Bethlehem and Hebron in the middle of Israel's Gush Etzion settlement bloc.  In addition to the formal program of activities, you are encouraged to wander the village, meet people, and soak up the atmosphere. There are also adjacent country areas where you can stroll through the olive groves.

You'll stay in dormitory accommodations in a family home that has comfortable lounge areas, a balcony and outdoor space - and wireless internet throughout - so you can sit under an olive tree while getting your email, or use the computer in the lounge.

Day 1 - Friday. Pickup in Jerusalem. You'll travel west of Bethlehem on a settler road with a guide who will discuss the situation in the area, and the impact of the settlements on the local Palestinian villagers. Bethlehem is surrounded on three sides by the Separation Barrier and settlements

On arrival at Beit Ummar you'll meet your host Mousa, a leader of the village non-violent resistance committee, and after settling in, there will be a briefing with maps to give you an overview of the area. In the afternoon you'll visit local families and learn about their life and issues with land confiscation and settlers.

Day 2 - Saturday In the morning you'll visit farmers in their fields and homes around the village and see firsthand the situation with the settlements which have been built on confiscated land. You'll also be learning about the Palestine Solidarity Project. The villagers have developed a strategy of non-violent resistance to the Occupation and organize a variety of activities.

These include accompanying farmers to their land when there is a danger of settler violence, replanting destroyed trees, and resisting home demolitions. They also have established a women's embroidery cooperative. You will have an opportunity to learn about these activities, and meet activists in the village so you'll have the opportunity to learn firsthand about their work.

Day 3 - Sunday You'll take a field trip with Mousa to the South Hebron Hills and visit villagers in areas under threat by settlers who have lost much of their land and are constantly harassed when they attempt to cultivate their land close to a settlement.

En-route you'll see the Kiriyat Arba settlement, a city being built at the edge of Hebron. Some of the South Hebron residents live shacks, tents and caves. You'll have an opportunity to meet them and learn about their lives.

Day 4 - Monday You'll depart for Jerusalem after breakfast, either with public transportation or by private car if you prefer.

Please remember that this a conservative community. Both men and women should be fully covered at all times. This includes a high neckline on a shirt and dress, shoulders and upper arms covered, and dresses or skirts below the knees. Trousers (pants) are common for both men and women. No shorts. Respecting the local mores will enable you to blend in and communicate comfortably with local people.

This is an experiential program. The itinerary is subject to change depending on the situation on the ground, and other activities that may be planned by the village committee.

Any questions? Contact us for more information.

2010 Beit Ummar Summer Camp Reservations

19th July - 1st August
$1,450 per person

Includes:

• Pickup 10.00am at the Gate Cafe Alternative Travel Center, Damascus Gate, Old City of Jerusalem
• 14 days, 13 nights shared tent accommodations in Beit Ummar village
• All meals
• All transportation
• Daily program and tours as per itinerary
• One piece luggage per person

Not including:
• Airfare
• Travel insurance
• Private transportation to the pickup point.
• Private transportation at the end of the tour.


To register for the tour please fill out all fields in the reservation form. When you click the submit button you will be taken to a secure PayPal webpage to make your deposit of $200 with your credit card. You can also pay by bank transfer or check drawn on a US bank - contact the Administrator for details. The balance of the tour fee will be due 30 days before the tour.



Beit Ummar Village Reservations

3 Days & 3 Nights
$695 per person
(2 or more people)
Single supplement $100

Includes

• Pickup 08.00am every Friday the Gate Cafe, Damascus Gate, Old City of Jerusalem
• 3 nights dormitory accommodations in Beit Ummar Village
• Breakfast, lunch & dinners
• All transportation from pickup point
• Daily guiding
• One piece luggage per person

Not including:
• Airfare
• Travel insurance
• Private transportation to the pickup point.
• Private transportation at the end of the tour.

• lunches

Optional extras:
• Extra nights in the village after the tour - $40/night B&B
• Private transportation to the pickup point.
• Private transportation at the end of the tour.  

To register for the tour please fill out all fields in the reservation form. When you click the submit button a new form will appear for you to make your deposit of $150 with your credit card. You can also pay by bank transfer or check drawn on a US bank - contact the Administrator for details. The balance of the tour fee will be due 30 days before the tour.

A receipt from PayPal, and a confirmation email from Green Olive Tours will be sent to you including the itinerary and details about arriving at the pickup point.


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Introduction to Palestine • A four-day adventure


from $765 (per person)
includes accommodations, daily tours, breakfast & dinner
Begins every Monday

Hosted by Green Olive Tours staff, guides and Palestinian families, this tour is designed to provide an overview of the West Bank, Palestinian culture, and  life under Occupation. It is an excellent way to begin your visit, and sets the stage for further independent travel.

green olive tours group
Select Israeli and Palestinian guides will give you an intense and rich experience packed into four days. You'll see five Palestinian cities, meet dozens of Palestinians, and be provided with a huge amount of information about Palestinian history, culture and the Occupation.

Your overnight stays will be at a family home in Beit Sahour, a suburb of Bethlehem. Unless you come with a friend you will share a room with another person who is taking the tour. If it is a small tour then single rooms may be an option. If you would prefer a little more privacy then you have the option to stay at a hotel in Beit Sahour for a small additional fee.

Day 1 - Monday - Greater Jerusalem and The Old City

Jerusalem Old City Rooftop
09.45am. A representative of Green Olive will meet you at the Jerusalem Hotel Cafe. There will be a briefing with maps and an intensive 3-hour walking tour of Jerusalem's Old city, taking a look at the Western Wall, passing the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and seeing the Israeli settler homes that have been sprouting in the Muslim  Quarter.

Separation Wall in JerusalemAfter lunch you will go on the road for a tour of some of the suburban Jerusalem settlements, Palestinian neighborhoods, the Separation Barrier, and segregated roads. These will include Pizgat Ze'ev, Har Homa, Beit Hanina, and Anata.

You'll drive through Ma'ale Adumim, one of the largest settlements in the West bank (pop. 35,000).

Then off to Beit Sahour to meet your host family after a busy and intense first day.

Day 2 - Tuesday - Bethlehem

The Nativity Church Rooftop
Today you'll be with a Palestinian guide for an overview of Bethlehem. You'll see the settlement of Har Homa that you saw from the Jerusalem side of the Barrier yesterday. Today the view will be from the Palestinian side.

You'll visit the Aida Refugee Camp, and have a discussion with a representative of an organisation there. You'll see the Separation Barrier up close, and the famous Bansky Graffiti. You'll also meet Palestinians, and visit the Church of the Nativity.

In the evening you'll visit the Alternative Information Center (AIC) for their weekly discussion session about aspects of Palestinian life and the Occupation. There is a featured speaker from an Israeli or Palestinian organization then lots of round table discussion. The AIC promotes the rights of the Palestinian people, and is the only peace and justice organization that has a mixed staff and board of Palestinians and Israelis.

Day 3 - Wednesday -  Nablus

Nablus from Gerizim MountainYou'll be picked up early in the morning and travel up the spine of the West Bank on route 60 seeing many small radical settlements and Palestinian villages.

The first stop will be the Balata Refugee Camp where you'll see the crowded conditions and hear some stories about life there. You'll also visit one of the camp organizations that helps make life a little better for the residents.

The tour will include the Old City with its beautiful labyrinth of buildings dating back to the Ottoman period. You'll visit the ancient Turkish baths and an olive oil soap factory. You will also visit sites of historical and religious interest such as Jacob’s Well; a deep well dug by Jacob and where Jesus once asked a Samaritan woman for a drink.

You will also visit the Samaritan's hilltop village on Mount Grizim as see the site of their ancient temple. Sometimes a local Samaritan priest is available to have a discussion at the museum.

Day 4 - Thursday - Hebron and Ramallah

Qalandia Checkpoint - The Only Way Between north & south West Bank
From Bethlehem you'll drive around the east of Jerusalem through the Judean Desert to Ramallah. You'll see many Jewish settlements en-route and enter the city through a checkpoint into the neighborhood of Kufr Akab. The Separation WALL divides the neighborhood from Jerusalem although it is part of the municipality and the residents pay city taxes. You’ll visit Arafat's Tomb and walk the streets of this bustling city, now the de-facto Capital for Palestinians in the West Bank

After lunch you'll drive to Hebron and visit Abraham's Tomb and the Old City where Israeli settlers live in close proximity to the local Palestinians. You'll visit a local family and a glass blowing workshop that recycles glass from the city, crafting beautiful objects.

Day 5 - Friday - Departure

group walking
Morning - Depart by bus to Jerusalem. Taking a Palestinian bus to Jerusalem is an interesting experience and will give you a chance to see what local people experience at the checkpoints.

Your host family will see you on to the bus which will bring you to the bus station at Damascus Gate in Central Jerusalem. Private transportation can also be available if you prefer.





2010 Beit Ummar Summer Camp

19th July - 1st August
$1,450 per person

Planting Olive Trees
This two-week camp experience is situated in the Palestinian village of Beit Ummar and is a partnership project between the Palestine Solidarity Project (PSP) and Green Olive Tours (GOT).

The Camp is hosted by Mousa Abu-Maria, his wife Bekka, founders of PSP, and Fred Schlomka from GOT.

Beit Ummar is home to the PSP, a movement that conducts non-violent resistance activities against the settlements and the Occupation.

Green Olive Tours is a tour agency that specializes in political and cultural tours in Palestine and Israel, visiting historic sights, providing people-to-people contacts, and critical analysis based on democratic values and human rights.

Village of Beit Ummar
The community of Beit Ummar is nestled in the hills south of Bethlehem and surrounded by a pastoral environment of olive groves and fields.

The villagers have lost a great deal of land to the surrounding Israeli settlements, and the local economy is devastated due to the restrictions of the Occupation. 

The camp is designed to enable international visitors to express solidarity with the villagers, and provide tangible assistance through a variety of activities within the community.  

In addition there will be briefings, meeting with families, tours of the West Bank, and opportunities to participate in non-violent civic actions against the Occupation. Many of the evenings will include featured Palestinian and Israeli speakers and discussion. Wireless internet is available at the PSP office.

Community work will include building a greenhouse, repairing olive grove terraces, fruit picking, activities with youth, and tutoring in English. There is also a woman's embroidery project which is available for participation by women only.

Day 1 - Monday July 19th - 09.00am meet Fred at the Pickup point in Jerusalem and transfer to Beit Ummar. Meet Mousa and your local hosts and settle into the camp. There will be a briefing with maps of the area and the schedule for the two weeks will be reviewed. Walking tour of the village.

Day 2 - Tuesday July 20th - Community work

Day 3 - Wednesday July 21st - Community work

Day 4 - Thursday July 22nd - Tour of the Southern West Bank with your host Mousa, visiting villagers under siege by settlers. Hebron, see the settlers living on top of Palestinian residents, the Ibrihimi Mosque, and the Old City. Visit a local family. The situation in the south is particularly acute since the settlers in that area act with impunity against the local Palestinians.

Day 5 - Friday July 23rd - Community work

Day 6 - Saturday July 24th -  Non-violent action against the Occupation (optional), led by the PSP and the villagers of Beit Ummar, with participation of Israeli activists.. Typical actions include a sit down blockade of settlement access roads, or cultivation of lands adjacent to a settlement which have been declared off-limits by the Israeli authorities. These actions are conducted in the best traditions of Ghandi and Martin Luther King. However on occasion the Israeli police and military break up the demonstration and tear gas may be used.  Campers not wishing to participate in the civic action will be offered alternative activities in the village.

Day 7 - Sunday July 25th - Free Day. Spend a day of reflection at the camp,  in the olive groves or strolling the village. A shuttle will be available for campers wishing to spend the day in Bethlehem.

Day 8 - Monday July 26th - Tour to Jerusalem with Fred who will provide critical analysis of the situation in and around Jerusalem. Briefing with maps. Walking Tour of the Old City. See the settler homes and develop an understanding of the strategies of the settler organizations that are trying to thwart any possibility of sharing Jerusalem with a Palestinian State. Then back on the bus for a tour of Greater Jerusalem. Visit Palestinian neighborhoods and Jewish settlements. See sections of the Separation Wall, checkpoints, and the segregated roads being built by Israel.  

Day 9 - Tuesday July 27th - Community work

Day 10 - Wednesday July 28th - Tour to Nablus and the Northern West Bank. Visit the Samaritan village on Mount Grizim, Balata Refugee Camp, Jacob's Well, and the Old City of Nablus. Visit a traditional olive oil soap factory, and a Turkish bath.

Day 11 - Thursday July 29th - Community work

Day 12 - Friday July 30th - Community work

Day 13 - Saturday July 31st - Community work (half day). Help wrap up the camp and visit the people with whom you have established relationships. Gala farewell dinner with all the people you have met during the camp.

Day 14 - Sunday August 1st - Transfer to Jerusalem.

Campers will be in large tents with a field kitchen. Everyone will be expected to participate in food preparation and maintaining the camp. Sleeping arrangements will be separate for men and women out of respect for the local culture. No alcohol is allowed in the village. Campers are requested to maintain modest dress at all times. The weather will be hot so loose fitting shirts, dresses or pants (trousers) are best. Shirts and tops should cover the shoulders and upper arms, and fit close to the neck.  and no shorts for men or women. Respecting local dress codes will enable you to better develop relationships with villagers.

Jesus Trail Galilee

6 days / 5 nights -
• Self Guided Hiking Tour
Self Guided Group Hiking Tour

• Guided Hiking Tour, March 13-18
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The Jesus Trail™ follows the life of Jesus by taking you on a journey to visit some of the important sites from his life. Galilee is a treasure trove of rugged beauty, and the 65-kilometer Jesus Trail™offers an authentic experience, full of adventure and genuine people-to-people contact throughout the trip.

The Jesus Trail Vision is to develop cross-cultural understanding between the diverse cultural and religious communities of the Galilee and beyond. Supporting the livelihoods of the local communities, and developing responsible tourism practices that help protect the beauty and unique ecology of the region.

    Beginning in Nazareth at the Fauzi Azar Inn, the hiking trail passes through Zippori National Park, Cana, Ilaniya, Kibbutz Lavi, the Horns of Hattin, Nebi Shu’eib, Arbel National Park, Migdal, the Jesus Boat at Kibbutz Ginosar, Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes, and Capernaum. Full itinerary below

    For those with more time, there are optional extensions to allow you to explore trails in many parts of the Galilee

    The Jesus Trail™ team includes permanent staff and international volunteers. the project is a great example of an entrepreneurial enterprise that has been built with passion and expertise by a dedicated group of people.



    Day 1: Nazareth to Cana – 13.5 km
        Highlights: Nazareth, Zippori National Park, forest scenery, village life, churches of Cana

    Day 2: Cana to Ilaniya (or Lavi) – 11.4 km (15.4 km)

        Highlights: Forest scenery, Yarok Az goat farm, diverse trees and flowers, (Roman road)

    Day 3: Ilaniya (or Lavi) to Moshav Arbel – 19.0 km (15 km)

        Highlights: Roman road, views from Horns of Hattin, Nebi Shu’eib, ancient olive trees, Jesus scenery in Arbel valley, ancient Arbel synagogue

    Day 4: Moshav Arbel to Capernaum – 16.8 km

        Highlights: Views from Arbel cliffs, exploring cliff caves, Sea of Galilee, Migdal, Tabgha, Mount of Beatitudes, St. Peter’s Church, Capernaum

    Total Distance - 61 kilometers (38 miles)
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    6 days / 5 nights -
    • Self Guided Hiking Tour
    Self Guided Group Hiking Tour

    • Guided Hiking Tour, March 13-18
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    10-Day Palestine Immersion - Reservations

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    3 days Jerusalem and West Bank

    $725 per person - 2 or more people
    Single Room - $130 extra
    includes accommodations, daily tours, breakfast & dinner.
    Begins every Monday
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    This tour is designed to provide an overview of Jerusalem and the West Bank, You'll learn about Palestinian & Israeli culture, and life under Occupation. It is an excellent way to begin your visit, and sets the stage for further independent travel.

    You'll be hosted by a Palestinian family in East Jerusalem, learn about life in the 'Arab' side of town, and partake of some delicious local foods at family dinners.

    You'll spend time with Green Olive Tours Director Fred Schlomka, and Israeli and Palestinian guides who will give you an intense and rich experience packed into three days. You'll see Jerusalem through different eyes, visit two Palestinian cities, meet dozens of Palestinians, and be provided with a huge amount of information about Palestinian history, culture and the Occupation.


    Day 1 - Monday - Greater Jerusalem and The Old City


    Jerusalem Old City Rooftop10.00am. You will meet your guide at Jerusalem Hotel Cafe. Your trip will start with a briefing on the history and current status of the Israeli Occupation of the West Bank, illustrated with maps. Then you'll go on an alternative tour of Jerusalem's Old city, taking in the West
    ern Wall and the Church of the Holy Selpucher in addition to seeing the Israeli settler homes that have been sprouting in the Muslim Quarter.

    You'll learn about the implications of Israeli encroachment into Muslim areas of the Old City and surrounding neighbourhoods.

    After lunch you will go on the road for a tour of some of the suburban Jerusalem settlements, Palestinian neighborhoods, the Separation Barrier, and segregated roads. These will include Ma'ale Adumim, Pizgat Ze'ev, Beit Hanina, and Anata.

    You'll drive through Ma'ale Adumim, one of the largest settlements in the West Bank (pop. 35,000).

    Then you will go to meet your host family.


    Day 2 - Tuesday - Bethlehem
    The Separation wall in Bethlehem Today you'll be with a Palestinian guide for an overview of Bethlehem. The guide will provide a window into Palestinian society. Throughout the day you'll be visiting sites and meeting people.

    You'll visit the Church of Nativity, the Old City, Aida Refugee Camp, the Palestine Heritage Center,  and see the Separatio
    n Barrier up close. You'll see the famous Bansky grafitti, and have a discussion with a leader of a Palestinian self-help organization.

    Best of all your guide will be able to give you some great insights into life in Bethlehem.


    Day 3 - Wednesday -  Nablus
    Fred will pick you up early in the morning. You'll travel up the spine of the West Bank on route 60 seeing many small radical settlements and Palestinian villages. After arriving at the Huwara Checkpoint you'll transfer from Fred to a Palestinian guide for the tour through Nablus.

    View over Nablus from Mount Gerizim
    The first stop will be the Balata Refugee Camp where you'll see the crowded conditions and hear some stories about life there. You'll also visit one of the camp organizations that helps make life a little better for the residents.

    The tour will include the Old City with its beautiful labyrinth of buildings dating back to the Ottoman period. You'll visit the ancient Turkish baths and an olive oil soap factory. You will also visit sites of historical and religious interest such as Jacob’s Well; a deep well dug by Jacob and where Jesus once asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. If the Israeli army permits, the tour will pass the checkpoint to the Samaritan's hilltop village on Mount Grizim as see the site of their ancient temple.

    Day 4 - Thursday -  Departure - In the morning you'll say goodbye to your host family and be off to the next part of your Israel/Palestine adventure. You have the option of booking an extra night or more with the family.

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    10-Day Palestine Immersion


    From $1,690 per person
    includes accommodations, daily tours, most meals
    Begins every Monday 

    • Visit 5 cities
    • Be embedded in a village
    • 3 days of volunteering
    • Tour the Southern West Bank
    • Learn about life under Occupation
    • Palestinian culture
    • Meet local people
    Hosted by Green Olive Tours Director Fred Schlomka and Palestinian families, this tour is the same as our 7-day tour, with the addition of 3 days of volunteer work in the village of Beit Ummar. Your experience will include day tours, interpersonal contact, and discussion of the issues. which will enable you to enjoy the country and the people, while deepening your understanding of the critical issues in the Holy Land today.

    You'll see five Palestinian cities, meet dozens of Palestinians, be immersed in the life of a village under Occupation, and be provided with a huge amount of information about Palestinian history, culture and the Occupation.

    You'll stay with families in Beit Sahour (Bethlehem) and Beit Ummar village, forming relationships with your hosts and learning about their daily lives.

    Day 1 - Monday - Greater Jerusalem and The Old City
    10.00am. You will meet the group at the Gate Cafe, Damascus Gate, at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. Your trip will start with a briefing with maps and an alternative tour of Jerusalem's Old city, taking in the Western Wall and the Church of the Holy Selpuchre in addition to seeing the Israeli settler homes that have been sprouting in the Muslim Quarter.

    You'll learn about the implications of Israeli encroachment into Muslim areas of the Old City and surrounding neighbourhoods.

    After lunch you will go on the road for a tour of some of the suburban Jerusalem settlements, Palestinian neighborhoods, the Separation Barrier, and segregated roads. These will include Pizgat Ze'ev, Har Homa, Beit Hanina, and Anata.


    Then off to Beit Sahour to meet your host family after a busy and intense first day.



    Day 2 - Tuesday - Bethlehem
    Today you'll be with a Palestinian guide for an overview of Bethlehem. You'll see the settlement of Har Homa that you saw from the Jerusalem side of the Barrier yesterday. Today the view will be from the Palestinian side.

    You'll visit the Aida Refugee Camp, the Palestine Heritage Center, visit a Palestinian NGO, and see the Separation Barrier up close. You'll also visit Solomon's Pools, and the Church of the Nativity.

    In the evening you'll visit the Alternative Information Center (AIC) for their weekly discussion session about aspects of Palestinian life and the Occupation. There is a featured speaker from an Israeli or Palestinian organization then lots of round table discussion. The AIC promotes the rights of the Palestinian people, and is the only peace and justice organization that has a mixed staff and board of Palestinians and Israelis.

    Day 3 - Wednesday -  Nablus
    Fred will pick you up early in the morning. You'll travel up the spine of the West Bank on route 60 seeing many small radical settlements and Palestinian villages. You will visit to the Samaritan village on Mount Grizim, and learn about tis ancient people who have survived despite the odds against them. After descending the mountain, you'll transfer from Fred to a Palestinian guide for the tour through Nablus.

    The next stop will be the Balata Refugee Camp where you'll see the crowded conditions and hear some stories about life there. You'll also visit one of the camp organizations that helps make life a little better for the residents.

    The tour will include the Old City with its beautiful labyrinth of buildings dating back to the Ottoman period. You'll visit the ancient Turkish baths and an olive oil soap factory. You will also visit sites of historical and religious interest such as Jacob’s Well; a deep well dug by Jacob and where Jesus once asked a Samaritan woman for a drink.

    Day 4 - Thursday - Hebron and Ramallah
    From Bethlehem you'll drive around the east of Jerusalem through the Judean Desert to Ramallah. You'll see many Jewish settlements en-route and enter the city through a checkpoint into the neighborhood of Kufr Akab.

    The Separation WALL divides the neighborhood from Jerusalem although it is part of the municipality and the residents pay city taxes. You’ll visit Arafat's Tomb and walk the streets of this bustling city, now the de-facto Capital for Palestinians in the West Bank

    After lunch you'll drive to Hebron and visit Abraham's Tomb and the Old City where Israeli settlers live in close proximity to the local Palestinians. You'll visit a local family and a glass blowing workshop that recycles glass from the city, crafting beautiful objects.

    Day 5 - Friday - Beit Ummar Village
    You'll travel from Bethlehem south to the village. On arrival at Beit Ummar you'll meet your hosts Mousa & Bekka, and settle in to your room.  You'll stay in dormitory accommodations in their family home with comfortable lounge areas, a balcony and outdoor space.

    There is wireless internet throughout - so you can sit under an olive tree while getting your email, or use the computer in the lounge.



    You'll spend the day walking the village with Mousa, meeting local families to learn about their life and issues with land confiscation and settlers.

    Beit Ummar is a Palestinian Muslim village between Bethlehem and Hebron in the middle of Israel's Gush Etzion settlement bloc. 

    In addition to the formal program of activities, you are encouraged to wander the village, meet people, and soak up the atmosphere. There are also adjacent country areas where you can stroll through the olive groves.

    Day 6 - Saturday  - Beit Ummar
    In the morning you'll visit farmers in their fields and homes around the village and see firsthand the situation with the settlements which have been built on confiscated land. You'll also be learning about the Palestine Solidarity Project. The villagers have developed a strategy of non-violent resistance to the Occupation and organize a variety of activities.

    These include accompanying farmers to their land when there is a danger of settler violence, replanting destroyed trees, and resisting home demolitions. They also have established a women's embroidery cooperative. You will have an opportunity to learn about these activities, and meet activists in the village to learn firsthand about their work.

    Day 7 - Sunday - South Hebron Hills
    You'll take a field trip with Mousa to the South Hebron Hills and visit villagers in areas under threat by settlers who have lost much of their land and are constantly harassed when they attempt to cultivate their land close to a settlement.

    En-route you'll pass the Kiriyat Arba settlement, a city being built at the edge of Hebron. Some of the South Hebron residents live shacks, tents and caves. You'll have an opportunity to meet them and learn about their lives.


    Day 8, 9, 10 - (Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)
    During your final 3 days you'll work in the village, teaching English, working in the fields, or participating in a youth or womens project. On the registration form you can detail your skills and preferences.

    The volunteer work not only helps the villagers in a materiel way, but also helps keep hope alive by for local people in the knowledge that you care enough to come to learn and help out.



    Day 11 - Thursday

    You'll depart for Jerusalem after breakfast, either with public transportation or by private car if you prefer.

    Please remember that you'll be visiting conservative communities. Both men and women should be fully covered at all times. This includes a high neckline on a shirt and dress, shoulders and upper arms covered, and dresses or skirts below the knees. Trousers (pants) are common for both men and women. No shorts. Respecting the local mores will enable you to blend in and communicate comfortably with local people.

    Any questions? Contact us for more information.


    Itinerary subject to change