Welcome to Hebron

Sadly, the common thread of belief has done little to improve relations between Muslims and Jews in Hebron (Al Khalil in Arabic), and the city has frequently been marred by religious violence.

Today, Hebron is unique in the West Bank in that Israeli settlers live in the very heart of the city, rather than on its outskirts, metres away from Palestinian homes and behind blast walls, barbed wire and thousands of heavily armed Israeli soldiers.

Hebron has been famous since antiquity for the leather, blown glass and hand-painted pottery made by its craftsmen.

Most visitors come to Hebron on a guided tour, but travellers wanting to explore on their own will find it an easy day trip from Bethlehem.

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$82 Day Trips & Excursions

Hebron Day Trip from Jerusalem with Israeli-Palestinian Sites

From the Abraham Hostel in central Jerusalem, take public transport two hours southwest to the city of Hebron, the second-largest Palestinian city after Gaza, nestled in the Judaean mountains. Since the early 20th century, Jewish and Arabic national movements have struggled to attain sovereignty for their people in this region of the Middle East. Hebron's population is split between Palestinians and Israelis living in two divided sectors: H1, controlled by Palestine, and the much smaller H2, administered by Israel. Your visit begins on the Israeli side of Hebron, onboard a bullet-proof bus, with your expert guide — an Israeli Jew — who provides a narrative of the cultural, religious and political tension from his people’s perspective. Arrive at the Jewish side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, home to the symbolic tombs of Abraham and other biblical figures, all said to be buried in the cave beneath. Then tour Jewish settlements of the city to see important landmarks such as the Avraham Avinu synagogue, the hilltop Tel Rumeida archaeological site, the Shavei Hevron Yeshiva community center, and the Beit Hadassah museum. After you part with your Israeli guide, cross over into H1 to meet your Palestinian guide for the second portion of your tour. Opt for lunch on your own, or in a friendly Palestinian family’s house. Enjoy rooftop views of the city as the home-cooked meal is prepared. Reconvene to tour the bustling city center. With the help of your guide, speak with locals to learn about the difficult conditions of Palestinians living near Jewish settlements. You'll also visit the Muslim side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as the Ibrahimi Mosque (Abraham Mosque). Relax on the drive back to Jerusalem in the evening.

$3000 Private & Custom Tours

Hebron and Bethlehem private tour

Meet in Bethlehem and drive to Hebron. Walk through the Old City of Hebron. Visit the Abraham Mosque, now divided by the Israeli military into two sections, one serving as a mosque and the other as a synagogue.Back to Bethlehem and enjoy a traditional humus and falafel lunch. Visit the Old City of Bethlehem walking down Star Street towards the Nativity Church. Visit the Nativity Cave, St. Catherine Church and St. Jerome Cave. Opportunity to view the magnificent panorama view of city of Bethlehem from the top of one of the old houses, now an olive wood factory. Here you can watch locals craft souvenirs from native olive trees. Visit Milk Grotto, the cave where tradition has it Mary fed Jesus on their way to Egypt.See the separation wall and the graffiti. Witness how the wall affects the lives of the locals. Visit The Walled Off Hotel Museum and Aida Refugee Camp and hear from the residents about their experiences being born and growing up as refugees. Visit Bethlehem Cultural Museum.