Over the course of six days, you will hike through the charming landscapes of Beit Rima and Aboud villages, eat the most delicious traditional food, and learn more about the Palestinian customs and traditions. You will see the fresh face of this country and dive deep into its diversity!Download Brochure
DESCRIPTION OF THE TRIP
TRANSFER TO JERUSALEM
Whether you arrive through Tel Aviv airport or Allenby Bridge, we will be waiting for you to welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Jerusalem where you can get some rest or explore the city on your own.
Day 2OVERNIGHT IN JERUSALEM
JERUSALEM CITY TOUR (FULL DAY)
It only makes sense to start your tour from the heart of Palestine, Jerusalem. This city is filled with architectural gems and holy sites that await to tell their stories. The alleyways of the Old City will take us to its four quarters: The Muslim, Christian, Armenian and Jewish. We will unravel the history of each quarter and stop by the most prominent holy sites in each one. These include the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Al Haram Al Shareef, and the Western Wall. Next, we will bless your taste buds with Jerusalemâ€™s famous Kaâ€™ak, falafel and hummus. You wonâ€™t be disappointed, we promise. We will spend the afternoon in the cityâ€™s old market. itâ€™s the perfect place to experience the genuine atmosphere and meet locals. Itâ€™s also a great place to shop. Ein Karem is our next stop. This hillside village will charm you with its breathtaking landscape views. A stroll through the old streets of this village will take us to over 100-year-old homes, art galleries, monasteries, churches and water springs. In the evening, you will return to the hotel for dinner and stay overnight.
Day 3OVERNIGHT IN ABOUD
JERUSALEM â€“ EIN ZARQA NATURE RESERVE TRAIL â€“ RAMALLAH â€“ TRADITIONAL DINNER AND OVERNIGHT IN ABOUD
After breakfast, we drive Beit Rima, a village in the outskirt of Ramallah. Upon arrival, we set off to hike Ein Zarqa Nature reserve trail which starts from the village of Beit Rima and reaches Aboud. We will walk through the beautiful landscape, learn about wild plants, and picnic by the natural spring which the trail is named after. Our hike ends near Aboud village where we will head next. In the afternoon, check in at your guesthouse in the village of Aboud and get ready for an exciting authentic night with the locals. Palestinians are famous for their food and tonight you will figure out why. Aboud Women Association will be hosting you for dinner and, believe us, nothing compares to a meal prepared by locals in the comfort of their homes. Youâ€™ll see how Palestinians put their hearts into the delicious dishes they make, and youâ€™ll learn all the secrets to making Maklouba, a traditional Palestinian dish. Your dinner will be followed with Arabic coffee and good conversations. Return to the guesthouse for overnight.
Day 4OVERNIGHT IN RAMALLAH
ABOUD â€“ BIRZEIT â€“ ABOUD VILLAGE
After breakfast we explore the hidden beauty of Aboud. You will see the village through the eyes of its people and listen to the stories hidden in each alley. We drive to Birzeit which is situated Just a few kilometers away from Ramallah. Birzeit is well known as â€śThe Capital of Heritageâ€ť and has become a leading town in cultural heritage protection and promotion, as it was the first town to advocate for the holistic protection of historic centers. Birzeit also continues to organize the leading iconic cultural heritage event, â€śBirzeit Heritage Week,â€ť which takes place every summer when most of Palestineâ€™s diaspora visitors come for vacations. Our tour starts from The Palestinian Museum, a tremendous treat for lovers of art! Within its wonderful structure, the Museum hosts exhibitions celebrating Palestinian landscape, culture and identity. Then we head to the old city of Birzeit which encompasses 108 historic buildings dating back to the Ottoman Era. We will go on a short tour and learn more about the revitalization process of this historic center. In the afternoon, youâ€™ll get to try a delicious Palestinian dish which will be made by the gifted hands of a Palestinian woman who owns a small restaurant in the old city. Afterwards, youâ€™ll get a taste of the delicious local beer at Birzeit Brewery. Return to Ramallah and enjoy a free evening. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 5OVERNIGHT AT A HOMESTAY IN ARRABA
RAMALLAH- JENIN â€“ BURQIN
Local breakfast at the hotel then off to Jenin. Along the way you will enjoy spectacular views of the diverse Palestinian landscape. In Jenin, you will get a truly authentic experience with the local farmers who are very well attached to their traditional roots, history and, most importantly, to their land. Next, we pay a visit to Canaan Fair Trade which empowers farmers and supports Palestinian agriculture by marketing organic Palestinian products internationally. During our tour in Canaan, we learn about organic agriculture and we get to taste a variety of products. Your appetite will love this experience! For lunch, we meet with a local woman and learn how to prepare a Maftoul dish, the same way it has been done for generations. Sahtein! In the afternoon, we drive to Burqin to visit one of the oldest churches in the world, Burqin Church, and Sheikh Sabeâ€™ Shrine. Dinner and overnight will be with your local host in the village of Arraba.
Day 6OVERNIGHT AT A HOMESTAY IN ARRABA
Itâ€™s a truly good morning when you wake up away from the traffic of the city and enjoy a humble breakfast with your local host. Arrabeh of Jenin has acquired the title â€śForgotten Palacesâ€ť in reference to the mostly abandoned palaces of the Abdel Hadi family in what once used to be one of the most prominent â€śthrone villagesâ€ť of Palestine. This town, as well as the nearby towns of Sanour and Burqin have much to offer and you will see it all today through the eyes of the local communities. A visit to the adjacent Canaanite Site of Tel Dothan is worthwhile your time. Do make the time to explore it. In the afternoon meet with your host and get a glimpse of the traditional life in Palestinian villages over a cup of fresh mint tea. You will have the opportunity to enjoy a great performance of one of the most popular Palestinian folklore groups with Dakah show. Dinner and overnight in Arrabeh..
After breakfast you say farewell to your local host and then transfer to the Airport or Allenby Bridge.
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