Fact finder

Travel & Encounter fact-finding programs are designed to provide pilgrims, educational groups and delegations with firsthand knowledge about current issues in the Holy Land.

Travel & Encounter fact-finding programs are designed to provide pilgrims, educational groups and delegations with firsthand knowledge about current issues in the Holy Land through unfiltered encounters with field visits, organizational representatives and specialized lectures.  

Fact-finding programs are designed to meet the needs of each group based on their interests and objectives to then return to their nations and communities to inform their peers, constituents and institutional partners as they see fit. Emphasis on active listening and empowerment through giving a voice to the oppressed are essential components of each tour.  Programs can be organized across the Holy Land with existing or requested contacts, and efforts can be made to locate specific individuals, organizations and communities to complete the desired experience.

Our fact-finding programs are all in keeping with the values of community development and nonviolence; we are firmly opposed to “conflict tourism” in all its forms without avoiding exposure to the challenges of peacemaking in the Holy Land.

Fact Finding Program

Program Highlights:

  • See firsthand what is going on in Palestine and Israel
  • Hear stories of the people who live here (living Stones)
  • Taste the incredible food and cuisine of Palestine
  • Smell the freshly brewed Arabic Coffee being prepared daily by your host family
  • Visiting religious and historical sites in Israel and Palestine.
  • Meet politicians, clergy, and community leaders, as well as peace organizations and activists representing both sides of the conflict.
  • Serve and volunteer in a community project


This program takes the Middle East from being a news item in your local paper and makes it an experience you can soak up with all your senses. You will be introduced to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in a way no book, journal, documentary or even lecture can describe.

Sample Schedule:

Day 1: Arrival Day

Check in Hotel in Nazareth for overnight

Day 2: Nazareth – Haifa

  • Arab- Israeli citizen pre and after 1948
  • Self-identification (Arabs in the state of Israel)
  • Sectarian and religious groupings

Day 3: Sea of Galilee & Golan Heights

  • Syrian Druze Community in Golan Heights
  • Sea of Galilee historical and religious sites (Israel National Parks)
  • Overnight in Bethlehem

Day 4: Bethlehem

  • Historical background 1967 to present
  • Palestinian Refugee issue ( Refugee Camps)
  • Geo Political facts on the ground

Day 5: Bethlehem

  • Palestinian Nonviolence action
  • NGO role in the Israeli Palestinian conflict
  • Israeli & Palestinian Peace activists

Day 6: Jerusalem

  • Arab & Jewish neighborhood
  • Geo political facts ( East & West Jerusalem)
  • Old City of Jerusalem ( Jews – Christian – Muslim)

Day 7: Jerusalem

  • Yad Vashim Holocaust Museum
  • Palestinian Expelled village in West Jerusalem

Day 8: Hebron

  • Division of the Religious sites (Abraham Tomb)
  • H1/H2 area (Jewish & Arab)
  • International role in the city of Hebron

Day 9: Ramallah

  • Women Role
  • Human Rights organizations
  • Palestinian Negotiation Unit and Peace agreements

Day 10: Jordan valley & Dead Sea

  • Jordan Valley Control ( Area C)
  • Environmental & water issue
  • Israeli Settlements
  • Border and Security

Day 11: Departure

Check out of Hotel and Transfer to Airport for departure.


  • For me, as the staff advisor on the student delegation studying grassroots peace movements in Israeli and Palestinian societies, I experienced the trip on two different levels: one was my own personal experience visiting the region after much time away and much disillusionment with the peace movement and secondly, observing the students going through their own learning and transformation process. After going on the trip with Holy Land Trust, I was more determined than ever to carry on the struggle for peace and justice.  After spending time with our fabulous Holy Land Trust tour coordinator I was happy to learn that despite everything, there is joy in resistance, that there is love in cross-cultural exchange and that we continue- one thread at a time- to weave a tapestry of understanding.

Shoshanna Sumka / American University’s Alternative Break – Washington DC

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