Bethlehem & West Bank

The area is fascinating to explore, whether for Christian Heritage, as part of a geo-political tour, or out of historical interest. 
Bethlehem

The West Bank & Christian Heritage

If Christian Heritage is a priority for you, then you will want to visit Bethlehem, Jesus’s traditional birth place. The site is marked by the Church of the Nativity, a site which is sacred for Christians, and monumental in significance for the history of the West. Jericho may also be of interest. This desert town is both the lowest and  the  most ancient city on earth.
Enjoyed by the ancients, its  mild winter temperatures has long made it an  ideal resort  away from the cold temperature of the hilly Jerusalem. This is where Herod the Great and later Muslim Caliphs built luxurious palaces. In the Old Testament, Jericho is of course the place where the children of Israel famously felled the city walls, and in the New Testament Jericho is mentioned as the town where Jesus would stop for the night during his journeys to Jerusalem.

The West Bank & Geo-political tours

For those interested in the geo-politics of Israel and the Middle East, a tour in the West Bank will be important and revealing. Following an overview briefing you will pass through security check points, crossing the “Green Line”, and entering the area controlled by the Palestinian Authority. You will cross the different “zones” of Israel/ joint/ Palestinian control, affording a first-hand understanding of the meaning of the complex, multi shaded maps of this part of the world. Among other sites, you will visit a Palestinian refugee camp, and the city of Ramallah including the new government offices and Arafat’s tomb. You will also visit Israeli settlements in various stages of development.

The West Bank & Historical tours

The West Bank is full of historical gems – one of our favourite sites is Herodian. Herodion is a treat of a Roman archaeological site buried deep inside the Judean desert, yet just twenty minutes east of Jerusalem. As your guide will explain, Herod was the great builder of the land of Israel in the time of antiquity, and Herodion was his self-designated crown jewel and final resting place. Herodion comprised a palace, a fortress and a lower city, all sustained by a series of huge water cisterns which now form an underground maze for the inquiring visitor.
he West Bank, or Palestinian Authority, lies to the East of Jerusalem, sandwiched between Israel and Jordan. The area is fascinating to explore, whether for Christian Heritage, as part of a geo-political tour, or out of historical interest.

The West Bank & Christian Heritage

If Christian Heritage is a priority for you, then you will want to visit Bethlehem, Jesus’s traditional birth place. The site is marked by the Church of the Nativity, a site which is sacred for Christians, and monumental in significance for the history of the West. Jericho may also be of interest. This desert town is both the lowest and  the  most ancient city on earth.

Church of the Nativity – Bethlehem

Enjoyed by the ancients, its  mild winter temperatures has long made it an  ideal resort  away from the cold temperature of the hilly Jerusalem. This is where Herod the Great and later Muslim Caliphs built luxurious palaces. In the Old Testament, Jericho is of course the place where the children of Israel famously felled the city walls, and in the New Testament Jericho is mentioned as the town where Jesus would stop for the night during his journeys to Jerusalem.

The West Bank & Geo-political tours

For those interested in the geo-politics of Israel and the Middle East, a tour in the West Bank will be important and revealing. Following an overview briefing you will pass through security check points, crossing the “Green Line”, and entering the area controlled by the Palestinian Authority. You will cross the different “zones” of Israel/ joint/ Palestinian control, affording a first-hand understanding of the meaning of the complex, multi shaded maps of this part of the world. Among other sites, you will visit a Palestinian refugee camp, and the city of Ramallah including the new government offices and Arafat’s tomb. You will also visit Israeli settlements in various stages of development.

The West Bank & Historical tours

The West Bank is full of historical gems – one of our favourite sites is Herodian. Herodion is a treat of a Roman archaeological site buried deep inside the Judean desert, yet just twenty minutes east of Jerusalem. As your guide will explain, Herod was the great builder of the land of Israel in the time of antiquity, and Herodion was his self-designated crown jewel and final resting place. Herodion comprised a palace, a fortress and a lower city, all sustained by a series of huge water cisterns which now form an underground maze for the inquiring visitor.

A great trip. We’re extremely grateful.

John F, New York

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