Project Description

Holy Land Trust & Museum of the Palestinian People

are thrilled to bring people along to be immersed in the rich culture and heritage of the Holy Land.

 We will be visiting lots of holy sites, experiencing local Palestinian hospitality, and giving space for you all to see the vision of Palestinian resilience first hand – not to mention all of the delicious food you will be able to enjoy!

August 2nd – 12, 2020

Bethlehem * Jerusalem * Hebron * Nablus * Sea of Galilee * Nazareth * Golan Heights * Jericho * Dead Sea

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

No, but we will travel with and interact with people of multiple religions! We will have the chance to visit religious sites that are considered holy for Muslims, Christians, and Jews, and we will learn how people of each religion use their faith to bring both division and peace. The focus of this trip is not to visit holy sites, but to have a cultural immersion experience and to humbly learn from peacemakers in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan.

This trip will have you immersed in the culture of Israel, Palestine and Jordan on day ONE. You’ll have the chance to encounter peace and justice leaders from all faiths and see first-hand how the conflict in Israel and Palestine impacts daily life for locals. You will leave this trip having a better understanding of the conflict in the Middle East and the history that created the current conflict. You will interact with Muslims, Druze, Jews, and Christians, and be immersed in Arab culture. Many trips that travel to Israel skip Palestine and never stay in the West Bank. Instead, we’ve chosen to focus our attention on giving a voice to those who are often ignored. We will spend multiple days in the West Bank.

Absolutely! You will be paired with another solo traveler for your hotel stays. If you would like to have your own room, you’ll need to pay an additional $900 for the trip. If you or we cannot find another solo traveler for you to be paired with, you will need to pay the additional $900 for a single room.

Yes. The news that you hear about rockets and violence centers around Gaza. We will be staying far away from Gaza. It is more likely that you would be killed in a car accident (or shooting!) here in the United States. If, for some reason, violence spreads outside of Gaza to an area where we are scheduled to visit, we will adjust our trip accordingly.

We’ll travel to Tel Aviv by plane and then will travel by air conditioned bus for the rest of the sites. We will have a licensed tour guide with us for the entire trip, as well as an experienced bus driver.

You’ll experience a mix of Middle Eastern & Western food. Hotel breakfasts and dinners often serve a variety of food, including western selections. Lunches will be on the go and often will be Middle Eastern (think falafel, chicken kabob, pita bread and hummus). Some days you’ll have the opportunity to walk and find a lunch that suits you. On other days, we’ll all eat lunch together. (Lunches are not covered in price) You are NOT forced to eat the meals at the hotels (although they are very tasty!). Feel free to venture out into the cities to eat whatever you like and experience more of the local cuisine.

Quite a bit. You’ll need to be physically fit to attend this trip. The stones in the old cities are uneven and slippery, especially when wet and these old cities are unfortunately not handicap accessible. There will also be long hours of sitting on the bus to travel from city to city.

Please remember: this is a cultural immersion trip, not a luxury resort trip. Every hotel will be different. Some may feel like a vacation spot (e.g. Jericho) while others may feel like you’ve stepped back 1,000 years (e.g. Nazareth).

Sure! We can help them book a flight that meets us in our layover or in Tel Aviv. Alternatively, they can fly to San Diego to fly with us the whole way.

The trip will be cancelled and your money will be refunded if 20 people do not sign up. The more people that sign up, the less you pay, so invite your friends!

If they are junior high school age or older, absolutely! You must chaperone them on the trip though.

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due at registration. The next non-refundable payment of $1,500 is due by March 1st. Final non-refundable payment is due April 1st.

If you find someone to replace you, we can issue a refund of your payment. Alternatively, the person who is going on the trip can pay you directly and then take over your payment from there. However, after we send your information into the airlines and book your plane ticket, we can not issue a refund or transfer your ticket to another person. You are then required to utilize travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance!

This is a Salaam-sponsored trip in cooperation with Holy Land Trust. Salaam is a non-religious, non-partisan organization that creates mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims. You can learn more about Salaam here.  Holy Land Trust has a vision of  employing unconditional love to help change communities living in violence and fear.

Security in Israel is tight. Consequently, your passport information will need to be sent via e-mail to hotels. If you are uncomfortable with this, you should not go on the trip. Also, we will be spending many days in the West Bank (Jericho & Bethlehem) interacting with Palestinians. If you work for the military or government, please check with your supervisors to make sure you can travel with us. Also, there may be required reading prior to travel.

  • International Focus – Our group make up represents a diverse international community. During your time, you’ll be engaging with multiple world views to further unpack your experience.
  • Authentic Experiences – Salaam Cultural Awareness Travel: Israel, Palestine, and Jordan is a program that focuses on diversity and unity through shared experiences.
  • Focus On People – Developing relationships is our main focus, because with deep authentic relationships, we are able to talk about the difficult questions that shape this land.
  • Participant Dedication – With over 20 years of experience, we understand that this space can be difficult to navigate. Our staff and community network works hard to make sure you’re comfortable, yet challenged – but most of all feel supported.
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Our Daily Itinerary

Sunday, August 2nd, 2020

Depart USA to Tel Aviv Airport

Monday, August 3rd, 2020 Arrival

Arrive Tel Aviv airport

Meet your bus driver – transfer to Hotel in Bethlehem for dinner and overnight

Tuesday, August 4th, 2020 Bethlehem  

Breakfast at hotel

Orientation & Geo political tour of Bethlehem including Rachel Tomb – Walled Off

Visit Aida Refugee Camp – meeting with Rowwad Cultural Center

Visit the Shepherds Field where the angel gave the good news for the Shepherds

Visit the Church of Nativity where Jesus was born

Dinner & Overnight at Hotel in Bethlehem

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 Bethlehem  

Breakfast at hotel

Meeting with Holy Land Trust – future vision for Peace in the land

Visit the Palestinian Heritage Center

Visit Cremisan Valley including the monastery and the winery

Visit Tent of Nations – People building bridges

Cooking class and dinner with local families

Overnight at Hotel in Bethlehem

Thursday, August 6th, 2020 Jerusalem   

Breakfast at hotel

Guided tour in the Old City of Jerusalem (Walling Wall – Via Dolorosa – Holy Sepulcher Church) and Mount of Olives (Garden of Gethsemane)

Geo Political tour of East Jerusalem with the Israeli Committee Against Home Demolishing

Dinner & overnight at Hotel in Bethlehem

Friday, August 7th, 2020 Hebron  

Breakfast at hotel

Visit Old City of Hebron (Tomb of the Patriarchs)

Meeting with Christian Peacemaker Team

Lunch with local family in the old city (hear their daily challenges)

Visit the Keffiyeh factory

Visit the Glass & Ceramic factory

Dinner & overnight at hotel in Bethlehem

Saturday, August 8th, 2020 Jericho & Dead Sea  

Breakfast at hotel

Visit Qumran the place where dead sea scrolls were found

Free time floating at Dead Sea (lowest point on earth)

Visit Biblical Jericho and Mount of Temptation

Cultural dinner at Bedouin style restaurant with traditional Palestinian Folklore Dance performance

Overnight at hotel in Bethlehem

Sunday, August 9th, 2020 Taybeh & Nablus   

Breakfast at hotel – check out

Visit Taybeh village (Taybeh Beer Factory & St George Byzantine Church)

Visit Mt Gerzim and meet the Samaritan Community in Nablus

Visit Jacob’s Well and the Old City of Nablus

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Nazareth

Monday, August 10th, 2020 Nazareth & Haifa

Visit Church of Annunciation

Visit Cana of Galilee (First miracle Church)

Visit Haifa & Bahai Garden

Meeting with Arab Israeli

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Nazareth

Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 Sea of Galilee & Golan Heights

Visit Capernaum (Jesus Town)

Visit Mt of Beatitudes (Ceremony on the Mount)

Visit Tabgha Church of the loaves and fish

Boat Ride at Sea of Galilee

St Peter fish lunch

Visit the Druze Community at Golan Heights (Syrian village)

Dinner and overnight at hotel in Nazareth

Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 return home

Check out from hotel

Transfer to Tel Aviv airport for departure

Price per person based on double occupancy Half Board

Minimum 15 – 19 people: 2065 US$

Minimum 20 – 25 people: 1890 US$

Minimum 26 – 30 people: 1790 US$

Minimum 31 – 50 people: 1750 US$

Single Supplement is $800.00

THE PRICE OF THE ABOVE PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING SERVICES:

  • All necessary land transportation during the tour includes airport pick up and transfer.
  • Sightseeing in deluxe private air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Accommodations for 6 nights in Bethlehem – 3 nights in Nazareth specified in the itinerary in 4 Star Hotels
  • Breakfast and dinner at Hotel daily
  • Coffee, tea with breakfast daily.
  • Service charges, portage and taxes for accommodations.
  • 1 Lunch in Sea of Galilee
  • 1 Cultural dinner in a Bedouin style restaurant in the Shepherd’s Field
  • Services of a licensed English-speaking guide (daily)
  • All entrance fees as described in the itinerary
  • Honorarium fees for speakers and organizations
  • 45 minutes Boat ride at Sea of Galilee
  • Entry to Dead Sea
  • Tips for driver and tour guide
  • Admin fees

NOT INCLUDED:

Flight ticket, Travel insurance, daily lunches except for 1 lunch in Sea of Galilee, costs for items not on table d’hôte menus such as water or other beverages at dinner. Laundry, telephone calls, or services other than those specifically mentioned.

Deposit to book a seat when registration 300$ (refundable before Feb 1st 2020)

Second payment by February 2nd 2020

Final Payment by June 1st 2020

$1750 – $ 2065 (depending on the number of participants)

Email Encounter@holylandtrust.org

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Up To Date Curriculum

As the new historical evidence and research emerges, as the political dynamics on the ground and internationally shift, Holy Land Trust continues to update our curriculum to reflect these shifting relaties. We always push ourselves as an organization to shape the contours of the program make it both relevant, but progressive.

From Biblical times, this program outlines the different historical narratives from religious and secular contexts, exams the cross-sections and discrepancies. From there, we examine how these competing storylines manifest themselves into political realities on the ground for different groups of people and geographical areas.

The Holy Land is a land of diversity. While people oftentimes break this down into binary terms – Israeli/Palestinian – that couldn’t be further from the truth. On this land, we have Palestinian Arabs, which can have a multitude of religious identities – Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and all the rest. There is an Armenian diaspora community with their own unique culture and language they have preserved overtime. There are Bedouin communities, Druze communities which have a very complex relationship within the colonial settler system. Within this, we go further into the analysis of complexity of the Jewish communities that live here, who came to settle on the land from far off places like Iran, Ethiopia, different parts of Europe and the former Soviet Union and how that interplay between the groups lead to a very interesting dynamics during the formation of Israeli politics. Understanding the ways these groups of people have preserved their culture and heritage over time is crucial to how nonviolent resistance works and doesn’t work within systems of oppression.

With our strong network to the NGO community, we organize meetings with the most significant humanitarian and political organizations – international, Israeli, and Palestinian – to give you a broader understanding of the system of settler colonialism, the impact on the native communities. Then in return, we look at different implications of international, indigenous resistance movements, and tactics and strategies.

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