West Bank Tour from Jerusalem

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West Bank Tour from Jerusalem
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Delve into the fascinating West Bank on this enlightening full-day trip from Jerusalem. Traveling with a guide, see the fabled Biblical sites of Bethlehem and the spot where Jesus is said to have been baptized on the Jordan River. Explore the vibrant town of Ramallah, and see the tomb of the Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. A visit to the crumbled ruins of one of the world's oldest cities, Jericho, plus a tasty lunch and a stop at Aida Refugee Camp all add further memorable touches to this compelling tour.
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In Brief

Location:
ירושלים, Israel
Country:
Israel
Duration:
11 hours
Operates:
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Highlights:
Day trip (destination A to B)
Family friendly
Ideal choice for families
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Stop At: Ramallah Tourist Information Center, 5 Issa Ziadeh St, Ramallah Palestinian Territories

We explore Ramallah, the modern, vibrant, cultural capital of the West Bank, where we’ll walk through the city and visit Arafat’s Tomb, before moving on to the city of Jesus’s birth, Bethlehem.


Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Jericho Tourist Information Center, Town Square City Center, Jericho Palestinian Territories

The tour visits Jericho, the oldest city in the world and beginning of civilization. As well as the historical sites, we will have the opportunity to view the Mount of Temptation from below, where the biblical story of the defeat of the Devil took place.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Qasr al-Yahud Baptismal Site, Jordan Valley Region, Jerusalem Israel

The tour heads to Qasr-el-Yahud, the ancient baptism site of Jesus on the banks of the Jordan River.

Duration: 45 minutes

Stop At: Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

The final stop is Bethlehem, where we will visit holy sites of the city, including the Church of Nativity; walk through the Old City with its colorful market; and walk alongside the separation barrier that cuts through the city and see the colourful contributions made by famous graffiti artist, Banksy. Finally, we head back to Jerusalem with a day of memories that will not be soon forgotten.

Duration: 3 hours

Inclusions

  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Local guide
  • Lunch

Exclusions

  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Departure Point

Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, Davidka Sq 67, ירושלים, 9470211, Israel

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please make a note of any specific dietary requests in the 'Special Requirements' field when booking
  • This tour itinerary may be subject to last-minute changes due to security considerations as well as religious holidays
  • Please note: The Mosque of Omar is not visited on this tour
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Modest clothing: Due to modesty requirements when entering the holy sites on this tour, you will need to wear clothes covering knees and arms (men and women).
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

This was our first visit to Israel. We wanted to learn as much as possible about the country and history and about significant biblical sites. Our visit would not have accomplished this without our visit to the West Bank. The tour was incredible. Our guide, Kamal, was funny and extremely informative. He is highly interactive (and we were grateful for the other guests’ knowledge of the Bible so they could more intelligently guess answers to his questions - it got us off the hook :). Our guide was Palestinian and his insights and perspective regarding his and his family’s lives as Palestinians living in Palestine (West Bank) will open your eyes, as will the tour itself. I highly recommend this tour for anyone interested in better understanding the very complex situation between the Israelis and Palestinians and for anyone interested in seeing first hand what life is like in Palestine. Among other things, you’ll see the oldest city in the world (Jericho), dip your feet in the Jordan river, see the birthplace of Jesus, and see, first hand, Israeli settlements in Palestine as you drive through the West Bank. An amazing experience that I will never forget. Brush up on your biblical knowledge of significant places in the Bible and a bit of the history of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict before you go if you want to deepen your experience....or just show up (like we did) and you will learn a great deal. We had about 18 people on the tour in total and we were in a brand new vehicle, which was really nice, and our guide spoke excellent English. Thanks for the incredible tour.
• Submitted 19 Jul 2019
We travelled on 8/1/19. We were made to feel safe, we were educated and looked after. The destinations were well selected, we enjoyed Ramallah and Arafat’s tomb. Our guide was very informative and the personal stories added to our learning. The guide made the tour! Thank you!
• Submitted 10 Jan 2019
Great experience. Food was great. The lunch was in the tour guide’s home and his mom made awesome local food. Awesome tour guides. I highly recommend this tour!
• Submitted 03 Jan 2019
I would say beyond a shadow of doubt this is a MUST do!!! Make sure you don't sell yourself short by only staying in Israel. The sights and sounds of the West Bank were phenomenal!!! Palestine was awesome! The food on this trip was fantastic as well! It is a long day but the sights you get to see are once in a lifetime!!! We had a FANTASTIC tour guide and driver!!!
• Submitted 10 Jul 2018
This was a great experience. Border crossing was fast and the Palestinian tour guide had a great sense of humor in explaining the conflict between Israel and Palestine. I was happy to visit the tomb of the late Palestine leader and talk to the solders guarding the tomb.
• Submitted 05 Apr 2018
This tour was excellent While the sites were great, we had an amazing tour guide that made the whole day much better. Highly recommend it
• Submitted 11 Mar 2018
Very interesting sights and places, highly recommend Ashraf.
• Submitted 25 Feb 2018
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.
• Submitted 22 Dec 2017
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!
• Submitted 03 Dec 2017
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.
• Submitted 22 Oct 2017
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.
• Submitted 02 Oct 2017
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!!!
• Submitted 28 Sep 2017
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.
• Submitted 13 Aug 2017
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
• Submitted 09 Aug 2017
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!
• Submitted 18 Jul 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 25 May 2017
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! :-
• Submitted 22 Mar 2017
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
• Submitted 05 Dec 2016
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.
• Submitted 03 Oct 2016
Amazing and informative tour! the tour guide was very knowledgeable. The only opportunity to learn a little about Palestinian struggle.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
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.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2016
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.
• Submitted 04 Feb 2016
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
• Submitted 21 Dec 2015
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!
• Submitted 02 Nov 2015

In Brief

Location:
ירושלים, Israel
Country:
Israel
Duration:
11 hours
Operates:
Tuesday, Friday and Saturday
Highlights:
Day trip (destination A to B)
Family friendly
Ideal choice for families
Instant Confirmation