Holy Land Trust: Fact-Finding Tour

Bethlehem, Israel

Holy Land Trust: Fact-Finding Tour
Bethlehem, Israel


$2900
Deposit: $500

About this trip

This tour invites you to see firsthand what is going on in Palestine and Israel.  You will wake up to the smell of freshly brewed Arabic Coffee being prepared daily by your host family before visiting religious and historical sites in the Holy Land. As you travel through the region, you will hear stories from the people who live here and taste the incredible food and cuisine of Palestine. You will meet politicians, clergy, and community leaders, as well as members of peace organizations and activists representing the different sides in this unique Holy Land experience.

Trip Details

Up To Date Curriculum 


Holy Land Trust continues to update its curriculum to reflect the shifting realities on-the-ground. The political situation continues to change, and new research continues to shed light on the culture and history of the region. As an organization, we push ourselves to keep the program relevant to the realities of the present-day.


History

Starting from Biblical times, the Encounter & Study Program charts out the historical moments that have shaped current realities on the ground. We will explore the rise of anti-Semitism, how those acts of violence spurred the Zionist movement, and the resulting development of a program of settler colonialism that displaced some 750,000 Palestinians in 1948. From there, we will examine different resistance movements, examining both violent trajectories and various forms of nonviolent resistance, and how that has led to the current political stalemate.


Cultural

The Holy Land is a land of diversity. While people oftentimes break this down into binary terms – Israeli/Palestinian – nothing could be further from the truth. On this land, we have Palestinian Arabs who belong to a multitude of religious identities – Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and others. There is an Armenian diaspora community with their own unique culture and language they have preserved overtime. There are Bedouin communities and Druze communities that have a very complex relationship within the settler colonial system. We also explore the complexity of the Jewish communities that 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 these groups leads to interesting dynamics within the Israeli political system. Understanding the ways these groups of people have preserved their culture and heritage over time is crucial to how nonviolent resistance works within systems of oppression.


Political

We organize meetings with the most significant humanitarian and political organizations in the region, including international, Israeli, and Palestinian NGOs. By doing so, we offer participants a broader understanding of the system of settler colonialism and its impact on the native communities. We also analyze the histories and tactics of both international and indigenous resistance movements seeking a just peace.


Cancelation Policy

In the event of cancellation of travel services due to any reason, Holy Land 360 must be notified in writing. Cancellation refunds are determined based on the date of notification in writing. Refunds are as follows:

  • 45 days prior to arrival: 90% of the Tour/service cost
  • 30 days prior to arrival: 80% of the Tour/service cost
  • 15 days prior to arrival: 70% of the Tour/service cost
  • 07 days prior to arrival: 50% of the Tour/service cost
  • Less than 72 hours or No Show: No Refund

Some cancellation and refund policies are out of our control:

  • Refund for hotel payment will follow the hotel's cancellation policy
  • Transportation cancellations will follow the transportation company policy 
  • Flight tickets cancellations will follow the airline's company policy

In case Group/Individual cancels the trip after commencement, the refund will be limited to the amount that we would recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.


Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Day & Welcome Activity

Day 2: Nazareth & Haifa

Day 3: Golan Heights & Galilee Region

Day 4: Geo-Political tour of Bethlehem ( Wall & Refugee Camp)

Day 5: Bethlehem

Day 6: Jerusalem

Day 7: Jerusalem

Day 8: Hebron

Day 9: Ramallah

Day 10: Jordan Valley, Dead Sea & Jericho

Day 11: Departure

What’s included

  • Land Transportation
    private air-conditioned motor coach
  • Accommodations
    All accommodations during tour
  • Meals
    Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Rooms
    Shared double room (Private room available upon request at additional cost)
  • Guides
    Licensed English speaking guide
  • Fees
    All entrance fees to historical sites, parks and museums
  • Speaker Fees
    Honorarium fees for speakers & organizations
  • Air Fare
  • Travel Insurance
  • Health Insurance
  • Meals
    Lunch on Arrival & Departure Day

Your Organizer


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Holy Land 360 Tours
Holy Land 360 offers immersive and experiential tours, providing spiritual, historical, and cultural context often overlooked by other Holy Land tours. Learn from locals, sample the food, and experience the sites and sounds of a land immersed in cultural and religious diversity.