Palestine walking holiday
Description of Palestine walking holiday
A walking holiday in Palestine takes you through one of the most fascinating and historically significant landscapes in the Middle East, to places that are never far from global debate yet have many more stories to tell than those which hit the headlines.
You’ll begin in the city of Nablus, which reflects the ever-shifting situation of Middle Eastern politics, where you’ll visit the bustling souk, the ruins of Roman Sebastiya, and share tea in a refugee camp, an experience seldom forgotten. From Nablus you’ll travel on through aromatic olive groves and fields of wheat to the hilltop village of Duma, pausing for lunch with a local community.
From Duma to Al Auja, where you’ll overnight in a traditional Bedouin camp, the route takes you through what is widely considered to be the most beautiful part of this region. Here you’ll be transported by car to the clifftop Mar Saba, a 6th century Greek Orthodox monastery, before arriving in the legendary city of Jericho, where you can enjoy a memorable float in the salty Dead Sea.
As the trip winds to an end, you’ll continue on to Bethlehem, to visit the Church of the Nativity, before finally reaching Jerusalem, a place that needs no introduction but we’ll provide one anyway. In these winding streets you’ll discover some of the holiest places in Christianity, Islam and Judaism, including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock and Mount Zion.
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PlanetWe have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-system of the mountains is not damaged or spoilt in any way. On our short walk programmes, our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.
In each area we employ and develop close relationships with drivers and guides. We feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures.
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some remote sites that aren’t policed by tourist regulators.
PeopleIn Palestine we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and guides at the sites – our clients are taken to family run restaurants. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy.
We have incorporated village homestays into the itinerary which will offers the chance to see how locals live, what they eat, and to learn about their livelihoods and culture through first hand experience. Secondly and probably most importantly, you will be contributing directly the host family’s livelihoods.
In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can channel funds to both existing NGOs ( such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit) and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. Wherever possible we are happy for our clients to visit these projects to see for themselves where and how this money is being spent. This is a very exciting development for us and something we hope in time will become a major part of our organisation.
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