This full day highlights tour of the West Bank and Palestinian Territories departs weekly from Tel Aviv. The tour will take you to all of the most visited sites in the area. With a highly experienced local guide, and specialist guides at a number of locations, along with a delicious Arabic style lunch and local dessert tasting, you will be well taken care of. Visiting Bethlehem the birth place of Jesus, the ruins of the ancient city of Jericho, Ramallah the administrative center of the Palestinian Authority, and the Jordan River baptismal site, this tour is packed with exciting and interesting destinations.
Starting from Tel Aviv in the morning, you will drive east through the Jerusalem Hills and past the checkpoint into the Palestinian Territories where your guide will greet you and take you to your first destination, the Jordan River Qasr el-Yahud Baptismal site, where historians and religious adherents alike claim that John the Baptist baptised Jesus.You will then travel the short distance past the modern day Palestinian city of Jericho to the ruins of the ancient city of Jericho, where you will tour the site, which sits beneath the Mount of Temptation, the site of the temptation of Jesus by Satan. The next destination is the modern administrative centre of the Palestinian Authority, Ramallah. Walk through the bustling streets of the city and visit the tomb of Yasser Arafat, the most prominent leader of the Palestinian nationalist movement from the 70’s until his death in the early 2000’s.The final destination of the day is Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus where modern day Palestinian culture is mixed with ancient sites of religious significance to billions of adherents worldwide. After visiting the Church of Nativity, visit the separation wall where graffiti has turned it into a prominent location of political expression for the Palestinian people, and ‘Banksy’ artwork draws thousands of visitors each year.As the evening approaches you will depart the West Bank and return to Tel Aviv.