West Bank Tour from Jerusalem: Full-Day Exploration of Biblical Sites and Palestinian Heritage
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Jerusalem
Embark on a full-day tour of the West Bank from Jerusalem. Discover Biblical sites, explore Palestinian heritage, and immerse yourself in the rich history of the region.
Duration: 10 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Ramallah Tourist Information Center - 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.

  • Jericho Tourist Information Center - 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.

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

  • Church of the Nativity - 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.

What's Included
  • Expert local guide
  • Lunch included
  • Air-conditioned minivan transport
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information

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.

  • Israeli Citizens: Please note that this tour is not available to Israeli passport holders (Even if you hold an additional passport).
  • Valid Passports (Original, not a copy), Hats, Sunscreen, Comfortable Shoes, Scarfs/Shawls and Drinking Water are required.
  • Included in this tour are visits to sacred sites. Please avoid wearing sleeveless shirts, shorts and short skirts.
Location
Abraham Jerusalem
Ha-Nevi'im Street
Upon arrival, please enter the lobby of Abraham Jerusalem (Abraham Hostel).
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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W7581plfilippod
Sep 18, 2023
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - We met Danilo as the guide of our pilgrimage to the Holy Land (10 days). Danilo stood out for his professional preparation, courtesy and ability to resolve the various problems that inevitably arise on a pilgrimage that ranged from Galilee to Jerusalem: a relationship of authentic friendship was established with him!
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Kate
Jul 21, 2023
Take the tour …… - This tour was made ‘great’ by Kamal, our guide. He is a very Intelligent, insightful man who shows great knowledge and passion for the country, it’s history and its people. I recommend taking this tour.
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John
Jun 24, 2023
The West Bank is a Must-See - No trip to Jerusalem would be complete without venturing to the West Bank. This tour is a fantastic appetizer to all that Palestine has to offer. Our guide, Kamal, was knowledgeable and open about the complicated history of this region. He made a great itinerary into a terrific experience. Bethlehem was the highlight of this tour - both the Walled Off Hotel and the Church of the Nativity were meaningful sights (for very different reason), and Kamal gave great context for both. I would highly recommend this tour
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Hcaroline17
Jun 15, 2023
Do it, you won't regret it. - Rocky start at the beginning leaving a little bit late, but our guide Kamal made up for it. He was incredibly knowledgeable and had a great way of telling the story of what is going on politically, historically, and religiously. We even had lunch in his home and were treated to wonderful stories from his mother who was visiting. I think we definitely got lucky with our guide, but it was also an incredible experience overall and would recommend. A few tips - don't forget your passport (just in case, we didn't actually need it but you never know), and wear pants/skirts below the knees (men & women) as well as cover your shoulders!
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Lovechicago
Jun 5, 2023
A view from the other side of the border - This was one of the 3 tours we took with Abraham, I was impressed with all three, I was a little nervous going into the West Bank but we had no trouble at any of the checkpoints that we went through. Our guide, Tamer, gave us a whole new perspective on life in Palestine. At first what struck me was how ordinary it was, people walking around, buying food, shopping. Tamer seemed to know everyone, he showed us some of the typical foods-bread, shawarma, and bought us some delicious croissants to try, We visited where Yasser Arafat was buried, then stopped at Jericho which itself was not that interesting but what was interesting was the Israeli military protecting a group of Jews from Israel. There might have been a grenade blown up nearby. But no one flinches. Just life in Palestine. He shows us some video of a gunfight. Says everyone is shooting in the air. In Bethlehem we stop at the Church of the Nativity. There's a huge line for the grotto, the local guide says go to the exit, maybe a few of you can sneak past the guards. I don't know what happens if I'm caught but I walk on by and go down into the grotto, careful not to get in the way of people who hav waited for hours. I'm the only one that makes it down. Lunch, included in the tour, is served in a lovely spot, a chicken and rice dish. Our final stop is the separation wall. We see the Banksy art and art from local artists. A young boy tries to hand me a card, I saw I have no money but he persists. More uncomfortable than the grenade going off. Fascinating.
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N10-6-2010
May 18, 2023
Fantastic tour and hugely enjoyable and informative. - Fantastic tour and hugely enjoyable and informative. Our guide, Kamal, was brilliant. We learnt so much is such a short time and got to visit places effortlessly - and this would not have been easy as an independent traveller. Highly recommended
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Gsn4377vq
Apr 26, 2023
Eye opening experience - Our tour guide Tamer was fantastic. He has a great sense of humor and gave us a very personal experience, getting to try our hand at making laffa in a Ramallah shop, and giving us the inside scoop on living in the West Bank along the way. We unfortunately weren’t able to go into Jericho due to Israeli military setting up a checkpoint that was taking hours to get through. It felt like we had plenty of time at each stop and enjoyed a really nice lunch in a Bethlehem restaurants as well. It’s really quite something to see life first hand, or as close as you can get as a tourist, in the West Bank compared to what we see in the media. Would definitely recommend!
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699nickh
Apr 3, 2023
Must do tour - Excellent tour. Very well organised and felt secure. Great guide whose name I am afrad I did not get (tour 1 April 2022) made sure everything went smoothly, knowedgeable about the sites we saw and explained the Palestinian perspective persuasively. Excellent lunch and not too long in the inevitable souvenir shop. Packed a lot into the day but it did not feel rushed: Ramallah, Jericho, River Jordan, Bethlehem, The Wall. The drive alone was fascinating. Highly recommended to anyone visiting Jerusalem or Tel Aviv,
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Bluebellelondon
Aug 30, 2023
Best of the West Bank Tour - Very interesting day with tour guide Ashraf and driver (Najeev)? Of course the commentary was slanted but take the time to do some research and reach your own conclusions. First stop to Ramallah where we had some background/history in the town centre before going on to one of the resting places of Yasser Arafat. On to Jericho where we were told that this city was not part of the biblical narrative and sat through a video to hear how this conclusion was reached following excavations. We had time afterwards to look at the excavated area. Final destination was Bethlehem where we would first have lunch. Due to the checkpoint being closed for a long time, we arrived there about an hour and a half later than scheduled. No-one really knew why the checkpoint was closed but both the guide and driver decided that it was because "they" (the soldiers) like to "have fun". Credit due, Ashraf said we would not miss anything out and he even arranged for transport to meet us at a certain point on the way back so that those who needed to get back to Tel Aviv could do so. We had a late but lovely and welcome lunch before going to the Church of the Nativity before being taken to see part of the security wall covered in art work.
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Dunksdog
Jun 22, 2023
Good info to West Bank. The Hebron tour may be better if you are after the politician / history angle. - This was a great trip. Kemel was our guide and I think he only works on Wednesday’s. We wanted to learn more about life in the west back. The politics behind it. The history. The people. This tour gave us an introduction to this. With some religion thrown in. Our stop in Jericho was to look at the excavation. And hear some old history. That was it for Jericho. Ramallah was only time at his friend ice cream shop. This was not needed. It would have been nicer to learn more about Ramallah and Palestine than eat ice cream. Or better yet. Buy ice cream and chat at same time. Bethlehem was at the end to his house. For lunch and visit of church. Whilst this was interesting to visit Nativity church. Bethlehem is in complete opposite direction of Ramallah. The route was poorly planned. Which meant in the middle of the day was just driving through checkpoints etc. was good. Gave it 3.5 from 5. For us to learn more about the history and politics. The Hebron dial narrative tour would have been better.
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