Hebron Dual Narrative Tour from Tel Aviv: Explore Judaism and Islam in the City of Abraham
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Tel Aviv-Yafo
Experience the dual narrative of Hebron on a guided tour from Tel Aviv. Explore the religious significance of this holy city as you delve into Judaism and Islam, gaining a balanced insight into life in Hebron.
Duration: 12 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Ibrahimi Mosque - The divided Tomb of the Patriarchs, home to the symbolic tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah
  • even Adam and Eve
  • all said to be buried in the caves beneath the building.
What's Included
  • Entrance Fees
  • Guided Tour
  • In-vehicle air conditioning
What's Not Included
  • Lunch
Additional Information

Explore this unique metropolis, regarded as one of the quartet of sacred Jewish cities, and a hallowed location for Muslims. Our Hebron expedition divides your experience into two segments – the forenoon will be with the Jewish inhabitants in the urban area, and post-noon in the Palestinian sector. Engaging with narratives from both communities, our tour offers a comprehensive perspective on existence in Hebron, the town of Abraham, and the resting site of the illustrious Biblical Ancestors.

  • 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 Tel Aviv
Levontin Street
Upon arrival, please enter the lobby of Abraham Tel Aviv (Abraham Hostel).
Cancellation Policy

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

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Shane_p
Jun 15, 2023
Amazing Tour. Bring your passport! - This tour is exactly what I hoped it would be. Highly recommend to anyone wanting to learn about the political conflict in the region as well as Jewish and Islamic religions and customs. My only complaint is that Viator offers very little information on what to bring. Make sure you have your passport!! Also this is a very long day. , we got back to Tel Aviv about 9pm.
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Vadimidav
May 30, 2023
A MUST SEE IN ISRAEL - What a great tour! In a small group of seven (favourite Biblical number) we went in a minibus with an extremely informed and motivated guide Eli to the undeniably most exciting place not only in Israel, but the whole Earth - cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Eli gave us an extensive overview of the historical, religious, cultural and political perspective on the city of Hebron and the cave of the Patriarchs. We had a chance to see the both Palestinians and Israeli parts of the cave. Palestinian part was presented by the local guide highlighting Palestinian interests and perspectives - this was very informative and unbiased. We also visited Jewish settlements and some historical places. My favourite of those was graves of Ruth and Jesse - grandmother and father of King David, how exciting. Visiting graves of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and Leah - an unforgettable trip! Many thanks to our guide Eli, he was both informing and entertaining, so the time passed very fast
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Rabidstoat
Mar 18, 2023
Expensive but totally worth it, the best tour of my trip - I'm very glad I went on this tour because it was an awesome experience and I truly felt like I was getting two different viewpoints. First off, I could swear I read that we would be taking a public bus to Hebron but instead, we were on a private bus which I liked better as it meant our Israeli Jewish guide could talk to us during the ride there, giving us context for what we would see. I learned a lot during the bus ride there! And on arrival, we had two tour guides for the two different areas, one where Jews weren't allowed to go and one where the Jewish settlers lived. We saw the mostly Muslim side first. It's kind of funny that one of the first things we saw was the decided modern and large mall, but our guide really did seem very proud that something so modern and Westernized was in his city. We walked through a fair bit of the old city area afterward, hearing about what life was like from a Palestinian Muslim perspective. The Tomb of the Patriarchs was especially interesting, talk about a contentiously shared space! I did prefer our Jewish guide more as he was a bit easier to understand (having been born in the US and having that accent) and he conveyed a lot more information about the context of the city and its people. He also was trying very hard to present his perspective of things while also pointing out countering views in a neutral manner. As he was an Orthodox Jew who took his faith very seriously I was impressed with how he was able to give us not just his view but also some neutral context on other views. Visiting the Israeli settlement area was at the end of the day when I was pretty exhausted but one of the highlights. We talked with a woman whose father had been murdered a few decades ago and got her personal view on why the Israeli settlers were there. The emotion on all sides was clearly evident. All in all this was my favorite tour of my trip through the Middle East and I feel like I learned a lot from it, and that I truly got to hear from different perspectives. It's an incredibly complex region with a lot going on and I really hope they can find a better way to live in peace some day soon. I have no idea how to 'solve' the problems, and I do believe it's a small minority actively stoking these conflicts, but really you have a single land where multiple groups have strong ties and with stoked nationalism that is making it very difficult to find a way for all groups to live together in peace.
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571mercyw
Aug 5, 2022
Hebron Dual Narrative Tour - Excellent, thought-provoking tour of a very divided city. Eli took us on public transport from Abraham Hostel in Jerusalem and gave us a tour of the Jewish settlement, explaining the history of Jewish involvement in Hebron, including a meeting with a settler and a tour of the Jewish side of the tomb of the Patriarchs. We had lunch with a local family (very tasty rice with chicken and yoghurt) followed by a tour of the Muslim side of the tomb of the Patriarchs with Tariq who then took us on a further tour of the local market and surrounding area, pointing out the impact of the division on local families. Very worthwhile, very thought-provoking and highlights the impact of deep division on everyday life. A chance to explore the nuances and real-world impact of the conflict for those who are politically minded. Modest dress, sturdy shoes and lots of water recommended.
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202maayanl
Aug 4, 2022
Best tour ever! - This tour was fantastic! Eli and Tarik were both excellent guides, and I learned so much! I really appreciate that this tour has no political agenda other than to let the group members decide for themselves based on what they see. It felt very genuine, not manufactured. Note: Not for those who have difficulty walking long distances, or uphill. Pack lots of water, especially in the summer!
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Alexandra-jottpunkt
Jun 25, 2022
Hebron dual narrative tour - intense and interesting - The dual narrative tour of Hebron was a very interesting and emotional experience. I cannot recomend it enough for getting at least a brief insight into a complex struggle. Both guides did their best to explain the situation as neutral as possible while showing the major sights of Hebron. First I tought about getting by ourselves to Hebron in order to avoid the pricy tour.  Acctually you can easily reach the tombs of the patriachs by bus by yourself, but you really need a tour, where you learn about their meanings to jewish and muslime culture. Also we saw so many other important places for both cultures. Still it is so much more than just sightseeing. We could never have made this on our own! Regarding the intensity of this tour, the price is really more than ok. Just please keep one thing in mind: You have to walk a lot. This was totally ok for us. Just be prepared.
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Bstoep
Jun 19, 2022
An absolute must - This trip is an absolute MUST for anyone interested in a nuanced conversation about the Israeli Palestinian Conflict. Eli and Mohammed do a terrific job at showing both their sides of the story while maintaining an authentic atmosphere of mutual respect and compassion for each other. They also do a fantastic job at maintaining safety on the trip. This trip involves a lot of walking over unstable surfaces in the hot sun so walking shoes and water is advised. You’ll see sites holy to Jews and Muslims. You’ll meet strongly opinionated speakers. You will walk out of this tour with more compassion for these two important narratives than ever before. I left with more questions and I’m excited to see more tours like this occur. PSA: modest dress meaning covering shoulders, knees, and arms is advised. Women/non male identifying people should bring a scarf as this will be very important. Men should bring a hat for the Jewish side.
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Grumps1950
Mar 7, 2022
Long walking Arab/Jewish tour of Hebrow - First, we did the tour from Jerusalem but that is not in the list. Second, this is a very long walking and standing tour. with lots of steep hills and one unpaved rocky trail. I'm 71 in excellent health and very active and I made it. The other couple our age had difficulty too. My wife however has had both knees replaced and the tour was really too much for her. We left our room at 7 am and didn't get home until 8 pm. If you have the stamina, the go for it. It is well worth your time. I loged 5.3 miles for the day. Both the Jewish and Arab guides give there very frank viewpoints on the historical sights and their viewpoints on the Arab/Israeli conflict in this town. To me, both sides slant the narrative to fit their paradigms. Though slanted, both give you a very good history and understanding of things as they see it. They do not try to convince you to their way of thinking and allow you to decide. Each guide is good to give frank answers to hard questions. Having lived in Israel in the early 70's seeing the divided Hebron was saddening and disappointing! It is not the bustling welcoming city of the past. You will get a very detailed history of Hebron on the tour. An afterthought...the time frame for the tour can be uncertain. The Israeli's closed off access and we were stuck for about 30 minutes. It was for construction, not unrest, but they can close access at any time without notice. I did feel totally safe while there.
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