The tour begins in Jerusalem and passes through the Bethlehem Checkpoint where the Palestinian guide will meet the group, due to the restrictions prohibiting most Palestinians from entering Jerusalem. This Checkpoint is the main entry point into Bethlehem. After the short 20-minute drive to Bethlehem, you will meet the Palestinian guide and see the wall up close, including some of the graffiti done by the famous artist Banksy.
The first stop is Aida Refugee Camp. At the camp there will be a walking tour and a discussion about the situation with a camp official. From the Camp you will see sections of the Separation Barrier, which surrounds Bethlehem on three sides making entry into Israel more difficult for the Palestinians. The tour continues with a brief visit to the Nativity Church and Manger Square.
From Bethlehem the tour will travel south to Hebron, one of the oldest towns in Palestine and holy to Christians, Muslims and Jews, seeing the quickly expanding Israeli settlements and learning about home demolitions and travel restrictions that the Israeli authorities place on Palestinians living in the area. Inside Hebron the group will walk through the old market or "Souk", to explore the varieties of shops and stalls within the arched roofs and mazes of alleys and the surrounding settlements where Israeli settlers have taken the life out of the formerly thriving area. Then head towards the Mosque of Abraham to see Al-Haram, an impressive ancient monument. The tour of Hebron continues to the glass factory to enjoy the amazing production of blown glass products, a common industry in Hebron.
The tour will leave Hebron and travel to Ramallah to experience the reality of Palestinian transportation issues caused by the Israeli restrictions on Palestinian movement. The people of Bethlehem and the southern West Bank are forced to travel this lengthy detour route to Ramallah along 'Palestinian Only' roads for most of the trip. The tour will pass through Abu Dis and see the Wall which divides the neighborhood, learning about its impact on the life of the community. From Adu Dis the tour continues past Ma'ale Adumim, the largest settlement in the West Bank, traveling on a shared Israeli/Palestinian road.
Upon arrival in Ramallah, the tour will visit Arafat's Tomb and walk the streets of this bustling city. Then return to Bethlehem