Israel and Palestinian tour
Description of Israel and Palestinian tour
This small group holiday to Israel and Palestine dunks you into one of the most spiritual places on the planet, beloved of everyone from Sephardi Jews and Palestinian Muslims to Ethiopian Copts and Armenian Christians.
You’ll spend four days based in Jerusalem, climbing the church-topped Mount of Olives and walking the walled ramparts. A walking tour of the Old City gives you the chance to duck into the Dome of the Rock and trace the Wailing Wall. It’s a short drive to Bethlehem, where the Church of the Nativity is said to stand where Jesus was born. Your guide will also explain the politics around the West Bank and sprawling refugee camps here.
Other highlights of this Israel and Palestine holiday include a swim (or float) in the Dead Sea and a trip to Israel’s highest city, Safad – a forest-circled artists’ retreat. You’ll finish off in Tel Aviv, which hands out trendy Old Jaffa and Bauhaus buildings.
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PlanetAs part of our responsible travel philosophy we use public transport wherever possible. However, when this isn’t an option we do our best to ensure that the private vehicles we travel in are suitable for our small group sizes. For instance, we wouldn’t use a 16-seater mini van if we only had five people on the trip with us. We also plan our travel routes so that we spend as little time as possible on the road, which helps to lower the impact of emissions on the local environment.
Given that Israel and Palestine are both very dry destinations, water is a precious commodity. To help our passengers to do their bit, our local tour leaders will always encourage them to take shorter showers. Reusing towels is also an easy way to preserve water, especially as we stay in the same hotel in Jerusalem for the first four nights of the trip making this a fairly effortless thing to do.
PeopleWe use a local operator that employs both Palestinian and Israeli tour leaders, who offer fair work practices in line with the local authorities. All employees have the opportunity to train further by making use of our online learning platform as well as annual face-to-face training sessions. Our local operator also supports local students by giving them the chance to join daily tours in order to broaden their experience.
Our philosophy is to act local and that means respecting the local traditions. It can be said that tourism encourages tolerance of cultures and this trip uses both a Palestinian and Israeli guides for the duration of the tour. This gives travellers the opportunity to talk to and mix with both Palestinians and Israelis, breaking down barriers and encouraging friendships between these two opposing cultures. By adopting this philosophy on our tours we’re working towards a more friendly and inclusive community.