Dual Narrative Tour - Jerusalem Old City - 1/2 Day - October 29

Jerusalem, Jaffa Gate

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16 reviews
Oct 29 - 29, 2018
Group size: 1 - 25
Dual Narrative Tour - Jerusalem Old City - 1/2 Day - October 29
Jerusalem, Jaffa Gate

16 reviews

$59
Oct 29 - 29, 2018
Group size: 1 - 25

About this trip

MONDAYS ONLY


NEXT TOUR: October 29, 2018

GUIDES: Aziz Abu Sarah (MEJDI Co-founder & CEO) and Karen Ben Yehuda


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Featured by National Geographic and TED, the Dual Narrative Tour (TM) is now open to the public! In this multi-narrative experience, see Jerusalem presented by one Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian guide in tandem. Visit the “Noble Sanctuary” or “Temple Mount,” the complex ascribed special meaning in biblical tradition, and holy for both Judaism and Islam. Move to a viewpoint overlooking Old City rooftops and the valleys beyond its walls – which points are emphasized in each guides’ narrative? Do the two relate differently to the city’s thousands of years of history? Visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre, a window into the diversity of Christian faith and living example of a tenuous truce. Pass through the Old City’s main arteries and small pathways. Who lived here hundreds of years ago? In 1929? 1967? How is it changing today? Understand deep religious and national ties to Jerusalem, consider recent tensions, and ponder the city’s future.

Half Day Tour - EVERY MONDAY

9:00 - 14:00


Meet at Jaffa Gate, conclude near Western Wall/Al Buraq inside Old City.

What’s included

  • Licensed Tour Guides
    One Jewish Israeli and one Palestinian tour guide
  • Entrances
    To Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary, Church of Holy Sepulchre area, all 4 quarters
  • Food & Drink

Available options

"Food on the Seam" Mini-Tour
$0

Itinerary

Dual Narrative Tour
Jerusalem - Half Day (9:00 - 14:00)

- Meet your two MEJDI tour guides at the Jaffa Gate  before beginning your tour beside the Tower of David 

- Discuss the Armenian quarter, and then walk down into the Roman Cardo en route to the Christian Quarter

- Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and stops along the Via Dolorosa

- Continue into the Muslim Quarter, passing spice, meat, candy, clothing markets

- Enjoy an introduction to Islamic heritage in Jerusalem and relate to current tensions t between Jerusalem's East and West

- Walk back in the direction of the Jewish quarter, passing various landmarks along the way

- Learn about about challenges of residence in the Old City

- Visit the Cotton Market

- Enter the Western Wall complex and learn about Jewish connection to Jerusalem

- See the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary complex (time permitting)

- Conclude with discussion in the shade about Jerusalem's future

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MEJDI
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MEJDI Tours differentiates itself by providing exclusive access, authentic traveler experiences, and itineraries that inclusively capture a diversity of narratives animating complex terrain. Founded on the belief that tourism should be a vehicle for a more positive and interconnected world, MEJDI’s socially responsible business model honors both clients and host communities.

Reviews

Loved hearing both perspectives on the same sites and issues. The guides were friendly, informative and insightful. They seemed to get along well and were respectful of each other. It was a good morning. The only thing is that it would have been nice to be able to sit somewhere and have a coffee or snack instead of sitting in the empty marketplace, which was dark and dirty. It was also a shame that we could not access the Dome of the Rock site because of the holiday.
thank you for this highly thought provoking and beautiful tour of jerusalem! there really is no better tour to learn about the old city's complexity than through a dual+ narrative. the unexpected visit onto the actual temple mount was breathtaking. our tour guide who provided the jewish-israeli narrative was a convincing devil's advocate and provocateur and our palestinian guest really held his own. both had an impressive depth of knowledge about the historical, archeological, religious and political aspects of the city. my boys and i continue to talk about the tour days later.
Tour was great. Learned enough to know I know nothing and enough to k ow another three or 30 days wouldn't have helped much. From the opening encouragement to ask all questions with a direct message to "offend us as much as possible" to the polite yet direct debates between the guides to the "I go home after these tours depressed for the rest of the day", we felt we got honesty and a unique perspective -- or should I say a unique duel perspective. We brought our 13 and 10 year old sons on the tour. There was a lot for them to take in. The discussion after proved they got lots out of it too. Another neat touch:. I believe the guides said they didn't know each other before that day. Thus, the discussion was more real and not staged.
I highly recommend Medji’s Dual Narrative Tour of Jerusalem. Unlike any tour of Jerusalem I’m aware of, it provided us with a unique opportunity to experience Jerusalem through the eyes of two very knowledgeable guides, “Noor” (Palestinian from Bethlehem) and “Moshe” (Israeli who grew up just 3 miles away from “Noor”). As we walked and viewed key sites throughout the city, each shared a different perspective on the history and religious / cultural claims to sovereignty, along with the various political machinations that gave rise to the issues that frame the conflict. Their commentary was an insightful combination of the historical and cultural perspectives that fuel current political discourse. Neither guide had an agenda. Both stories were compelling. Questions and discussion were encouraged. Medji's approach is about nuance, providing tour participants a historical, political and cultural context and appreciation for the complex web of issues and claims underlying the conflict. The Dual Narrative Tour offers a unique opportunity that will leave you with a deeper, more nuanced appreciation for the challenges facing this region. I can’t recommend it enough.
This was an incredibly informative tour with two guides sharing their alternative perspectives. The back and forth was respectful and they easily bounced concepts off or each other. They took us to some great vantage points throughout the Old City and included wonderful windows into the complex dynamics of this land. Would definitely do other tours with Medji and their guides.
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