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

10.00am. You will meet your host, Fred Schlomka at the Gate Cafe, Damascus Gate, at the entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem. 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 Western 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
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 Separation 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.

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.

Your Hosts

Mashni Family
The Mashni family lives in the Shuafat neighborhood of East Jerusalem. You'll enjoy their warm family atmosphere and great cooking. The Mashnis are an educated Muslim family and live a modern lifestyle. Through staying with them you'll learn firsthand the Palestinian challenges in East Jerusalem.

The Mashni home is about a 25-minute walk from the Old City, and is conveniently located on city bus lines and the street tram. The area is safe to walk at night, has a variety of shops and is situated next to the settlement neighborhood of French Hill.

Fred Schlomka
Fred Schlomka Has been involved professionally with Israeli/Palestinian issues for ten years. He is Director of Green Olive Tours, and active in the Israeli peace & justice movement. In 2003 Fred was awarded a Social Entrepreneur Fellowship from the Echoing Green Foundation in New York for his work in advancing relationships between Jewish and Arab citizens of Israel. He has lectured on Israeli/Palestinian issues in Europe and the USA, and his articles have been published widely. more

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