Fact Finding Tour - February 2019

ENCOUNTER AND STUDY PROGRAM TO THE HOLY LAND

6 – 16 FEBRUARY 2019

Program Highlights:

  • This tour invites you to see firsthand what is going on in Palestine and Israel. You will hear stories of the people who live here (living Stones) and taste the incredible food and cuisine of Palestine. In the morning you will wake to the smell the freshly brewed Arabic Coffee being prepared daily by your host family before visiting religious and historical sites in the Holy Land. You will meet politicians, clergy, and community leaders, as well as members of peace organizations and activists representing both sides in this unique Holy Land experience.
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Travel Arrangements by Holy Land Trust (Travel & Encounter Program)
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 Our Daily Itinerary

6 February: Arrival

When you arrive at the Tel Aviv Airport you will meet our local guide and driver where we will board our motor coaches and drive to the hotel in Nazareth. Once checked in, we will have dinner and stay in the hotel for the evening.

7 February: Nazareth and Haifa

We will start our day by visiting the Church of Annunciation in Nazareth. After that, we will travel to Haifa to meet a representative of a legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel as well as a peace organization (Arab-Israeli). Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

8 February: Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee 

From Nazareth we will drive to Golan Heights to meet the Druze Community and visit the Syrian border. We will have lunch in the Syrian Village of Majdal Shams followed by an unforgettable boat ride across the Sea of Galilee. From there we will drive to Bethlehem where we will have dinner and spend the night in a hotel.

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9 February: Bethlehem

We will start our day with a presentation at Holy Land Trust that will share the vision and purpose of the organization. Then we will visit the Grotto of the Nativity where we will have the opportunity to kneel at the birthplace of Jesus. After lunch, we will spend time learning about the local Christian and Islamic faiths practiced in Bethlehem by meeting with members of the Christian Community as well as a local Muslim Sheikh. In the evening we will join local host families for dinner and spend the night in Bethlehem.

10 February: Bethlehem

Today will be spent in Bethlehem and focused around the current geo-political situation. We will visit one of the Palestinian Refugee Camps in the city and learn about the refugee issue. From there we will take a tour around the separation wall and visit a Checkpoint followed by a visit to the Tent of Nations. Here you will experience a Christian Family’s Vineyard and organic farm where people from many different countries come together to build bridges of understanding and hope. Afterwards, we will join Meet Roots Initiative to talk to local Palestinians and Israelis who have come to see each other as partners in making changes to end the conflict. In the evening we will return to our host families house for dinner and spend the night with them in Bethlehem.

11 February: Jerusalem

Traveling a short distance from Bethlehem to its sister city of Jerusalem, we will start the day with a visit to the Temple Mount. After visiting the Temple Mount, we will venture into the Old City of Jerusalem and walk the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on his way to the crucifixion. The walk will end at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher which houses the last five stops on the Via Dolorosa including the crucifixion and burial sites of Jesus. In the afternoon we will engage in a geo-political tour of East Jerusalem and visit Arab and Jewish neighborhoods before returning to Bethlehem for dinner and to spend the night with our host families.

12 February: Jerusalem

Today will be a day of gaining a frame of reference on the Jewish and Palestinian perspectives of this land. To do this, we will visit the Yad Vashim Holocaust Museum to hear the history passed down from generation after generation to the Jewish people. We will stop for lunch in Jerusalem and after, visit Lifta, one of the expelled Palestinian villages in West Jerusalem and see how Palestinian history was changed in 1948. The evening will be spent in Bethlehem with the host families we have grown close to where we will once again share dinner and spend the night.

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Program Price

$1899.00

(Sharing Double Room)

Single Room Supplement

$500.00

13 February: Hebron

From Bethlehem, we will drive to Hebron where we will start our day by visiting the Abraham Mosque and Synagogue which, separated internally by a bullet proof wall, houses prayer for both Muslims and Jews. After our visit we will tour the old city of Hebron to learn about the current situation in H1/H2 areas and meet the Christian Peace Maker team. We will share lunch with a local family in Hebron, after which, we will move to the Jewish side of Hebron and meet the spokesperson of the Jewish community there. Before returning to Bethlehem for dinner and to stay with our host families we will visit the glass factory where we will get to see how beautiful Hebron glass is blow in a tradition that has been passed down over generations.

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14 February: Ramallah

In the morning we will drive north to Ramallah where we will speak with students from the Right to Education Campaign at Bir Zeit University and meet with members of the Palestinian Quaker community at the Ramallah Friends Meetinghouse. After some time for lunch, we will visit the Palestinian human rights organization, Al Haq and afterwards, meet with representatives from the Palestinian Negotiations Support Project. We will spend the night again with our host families and share in a special farewell dinner this evening.

15 February: Jordon Valley, Dead Sea, and Jericho

After breakfast, we will spend the morning doing a tour of the Jordan Valley where we will learn about Israeli military control in the area, settlements, the water and environmental issues, and the Bedouin communities in the area. After lunch, we will spend some time relaxing at the Dead Sea, where we enjoy floating at the lowest place on earth. After some fun and relaxation, we will drive to Jericho to visit the Sycamore Tree and the Mount of Temptation. We will have dinner and spend our last evening with our host families in Bethlehem.

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16 February: Departure

We will wrap up the trip with an evaluation session before checking out of the hotel and heading to the airport for our flight home.

YOUR TRIP INCLUDES 

  • Accommodation in Bethlehem for 8 nights
  • Accommodation in Nazareth for 2 nights
  • 3 meals per day (breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
  • Daily transportations including airport pick up and transfer.
  • Entry fees to all historical and religious sites
  • English Speaking Guide.
  • Boat Ride in Sea of Galilee
  • Honorarium fees for all lectures - speakers
  • Cultural performance
  • All applicable tax

DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Passports and Visas.
  • Optional Travel Insurance.
  • Tips for Drivers / Guides / Hotels
  • Beverages during meals.
  • Lunches on arrival and departure day.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Any other services unspecified in tour program.

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