Encounter Palestine Tour

We offer two tours. The first, featured here, explores the West Bank, where you will see the wall and checkpoints, meet with Palestinian and Israeli politicians, discuss the realities with Palestinians whose lives are blighted by occupation, and learn about the impact of Israeli settlements.

Our programme for tours

We stay in Bethlehem, a wonderful historic town with a good choice of street food and restaurants. Other highlights include the museums and Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel. We enjoy a packed itinerary, including expert briefings, seeing the Israeli Wall, checkpoints, and visiting communities struggling under the pressure of occupation. We visit many of the important Palestinian cities: East Jerusalem, Nablus, Jericho and Hebron are all places we’ve visited as part of our tours.

Day 1: arrival and welcome

Flight to Tel Aviv, transfer to hotel
Welcome dinner in Bethlehem

Day 2: Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Walk through a checkpoint
Guided tour of Jerusalem’s Old City on foot
Expert briefing on Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza
Walk through West Jerusalem
See the Israeli Wall in Bethlehem
Relax at Banksy’s ‘Walled-Off’ Hotel

Day 3: Exploring Hebron

Guided tour of Church of the Nativity
Explore Hebron’s Old City with Palestinian guide
Briefing from former Israeli soldiers
Visit Abraham’s tomb

Day 4: Palestinian refugees and village at risk

Briefing on Palestinian children in Israeli prisons
Visit a refugee camp and Palestinian school
Explore Yasser Arafat museum and bunker
Meet Palestinians in village at risk
Dinner with Palestinian activists and politicians

Day 5: Tour of settlements and farewell

Tour of settlements around Jerusalem by bus
Farewell lunch
Wrap-up briefing and return flight

Update on travel arrangements

You still cannot travel to Israel as individuals or organise your own visit. You have to travel with an Israeli tour company and you all have to catch the same flight out and the same flight back at the end of the tour. There can’t be any ‘off-tour’ additional days.

Unfortunately this has meant we have had to postpone our tours due to start on Sunday October 31st 2021 and Sunday November 7th 2021.

We are working on arrangements to make this possible for our groups next year. However, we hope – in any case – these restrictions will soon be lifted and independent travel will be possible to Israel and Palestine again soon.

We have tours scheduled on Sunday 30th January and Sunday 29th of May and very much hope and expect they can continue as scheduled.

We will contact everyone on our mailing list as soon as restrictions are lifted – or alternatively we are able to put on a tour with an Israel-registered tour operator.

We appreciate that people need time to make arrangements and book time off and we will offer a choice of dates as soon as we are able to do so. We will return deposits if people are unable to find a suitable date.

Here is the advice from both the UK and Israel.

UK Travel advice: “The FCDO advises against all travel to Gaza and all but essential travel to the remainder of the Occupied Palestinian Territories (beyond East Jerusalem) based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.”  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/israel

Israeli travel restrictions: “As of September 19, 2021… tourists can now visit Israel as long as they are traveling in a group of 5 or more people, arriving and departing together, and are fully vaccinated….

Currently, tourists cannot enter Israel as individuals, unless they are coming to visit a first degree relative or have other special permission…

The re-opening of Israel for individual tourists not traveling in a group is currently not scheduled.” https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/israel

Dates of our forthcoming tours of Palestine

Departure dateTour Days Pricecheck availability
30 January 2022Encounter Palestine5£690+More details
29 May 2022Encounter Palestine5£690+More details
28 August 2022Encounter Palestine 5£690+More details
30 October 2022Encounter Palestine 5£690+More details

Welcome to our website - update on travel

Travel to Palestine and Israel is still severely restricted. In the meantime, we are hosting virtual events with our partners in Palestine and Israel. If you want to be the first to hear the news when we resume our tours, receive invites to our online events, or hear about the latest developments, then please sign up.

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