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Hebron Day Trip from Jerusalem: Israeli-Palestinian Sites provided by Abraham Tours

Hebron Day Trip from Jerusalem: Israeli-Palestinian Sites

Hebron Day Trip from Jerusalem: Israeli-Palestinian Sites
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This unique dual-narrative tour takes you to the heart of one of the most complex cities in the world for an in-depth look at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. From Jerusalem, head to the holy city of Hebron in the West Bank for a tour of both the Israeli and Palestinian sectors, known as H1 and H2, first with an Israeli Jewish guide and then with a Palestinian guide. Hear both sides of the struggle for a balanced insight into life in this volatile Middle Eastern city. Visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs, explore Jewish neighborhoods, and enjoy an (optional) home-cooked lunch at a local Palestinian family’s home.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
  • Jewish and Arabic national movements have struggled to gain authority for their people in this region of the Middle East for many years. Hebron's population is split between Palestinians and Israelis that live in two separate sectors: H1, which is controlled by the Palestine National Authority and H2, by Israel. Your tour into this region begins with meeting your guide, who takes you on public transport for about two hours to the city of Hebron, located in the heart of the Judean mountains. Start on the Israeli side of Hebron with an Israeli-Jewish guide who will speak of the variety of tensions that exist from his people’s perspective. Take a bulletproof bus to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the world's most ancient Jewish site and the second holiest place for the Jewish people, after Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Explore Jewish settlements and visit landmarks like Tel Rumeida, an agricultural and residential area believed to be the location of biblical Hebron and others. Then, travel into the H1 sector to meet with a Palestinian guide for the second half of the tour. Enjoy an optional lunch at a Palestinian family’s home followed by a tour of the main part of the city. Talk with local residents about the difficulties of living in this volatile region and visit the Muslim side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque. Your full-day (11 hour) tour concludes here with transportation back to Jerusalem.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 11h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
  • Jewish and Arabic national movements have struggled to gain authority for their people in this region of the Middle East for many years. Hebron's population is split between Palestinians and Israelis that live in two separate sectors: H1, which is controlled by the Palestine National Authority and H2, by Israel. Your tour into this region begins with meeting your guide, who takes you on public transport for about two hours to the city of Hebron, located in the heart of the Judean mountains. Start on the Israeli side of Hebron with an Israeli-Jewish guide who will speak of the variety of tensions that exist from his people’s perspective. Take a bulletproof bus to the Tomb of the Patriarchs, the world's most ancient Jewish site and the second holiest place for the Jewish people, after Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Explore Jewish settlements and visit landmarks like Tel Rumeida, an agricultural and residential area believed to be the location of biblical Hebron and others. Then, travel into the H1 sector to meet with a Palestinian guide for the second half of the tour. Enjoy an optional lunch at a Palestinian family’s home followed by a tour of the main part of the city. Talk with local residents about the difficulties of living in this volatile region and visit the Muslim side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, also known as the Ibrahimi Mosque. Your full-day (11 hour) tour concludes here with transportation back to Jerusalem.
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Call the number below and use the product code: 6540HEBRON
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Transport to/from Jerusalem (16 NIS each way)
  • Optional lunch in local family's home (30 NIS)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Duration
11h
Departure details
  • אברהם בר HOSTEL ירושלים, הנביאים 67, כיכר דוידקה קומה ראשונה, Jerusalem, 9470211, Israel Meet inside the Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, in the lobby floor.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required for this tour. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • The tour visits an area which is subject to political unrest and the itinerary may change or cancelled at last minute
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Please note: Israeli & Palestinian Passport holders are unable to join this tour due to local restrictions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Inclusions
  • Local guide
Exclusions
  • Transport to/from Jerusalem (16 NIS each way)
  • Optional lunch in local family's home (30 NIS)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
Departure details
  • אברהם בר HOSTEL ירושלים, הנביאים 67, כיכר דוידקה קומה ראשונה, Jerusalem, 9470211, Israel Meet inside the Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, in the lobby floor.
Duration
11h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A dress code is required for this tour. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • The tour visits an area which is subject to political unrest and the itinerary may change or cancelled at last minute
  • Minimum age is 12 years
  • Please note: Israeli & Palestinian Passport holders are unable to join this tour due to local restrictions
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    אברהם בר HOSTEL ירושלים
    הנביאים 67, כיכר דוידקה קומה ראשונה, Jerusalem, 9470211, Israel
    Meet inside the Abraham Hostel Jerusalem, in the lobby floor.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Cave of the Patriarchs
    Stop: 45 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Tel Rumeida
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Hebron
    Stop: 8 hours
    See details
  • 4
    West Bank
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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happytraveler988
1 contribution
Fascinating and Insightful Tour
Mar 2020
Our guide, Eliyahu, made the entire experience memorable! His level of knowledge was impressive, yet he was able to share this expertise in a conversational manner that resulted in better comprehension of the material. His tour is an absolute MUST to further understand the history and complexity of issues in this area of the world.
Written 29 March 2020
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Dulwich27 contributions
Excellent tour of Hebron
This was a great tour and I really recommend it. We took public transport (tram and bus) to Hebron which was easy and comfortable. Our Israeli guide accompanied us and gave explanations on the journey to Hebron and delivered us to our Palestinian guide, then collected us again to guide us in the afternoon. Both guides gave reasonably balanced explanations and introduced us to people who live and work in Hebron. It was fascinating to see the differences in the various areas in the city.
Lunch was tasty and plentiful, provided by a Palestinian family.
Written 9 March 2020
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KhanKluay
DUS1,285 contributions
One of my Top 5 tours in Israel, must do.
Mar 2019
Many articles in news papers worldwide have been written about this Dual Narrative tour, organized by the jewish Rodesh Shalom (Peace Seaker) Eliyahu McLean, and his Palestinian counterpart Mohammed al-Mohtaseb. So I was so glad it finally happened to us participation as part of a 3 day Westbank package by Abraham Tours.

I was so glad I did this trip, which belongs to the most remarkable and among the top five of Israel tours so far during many years of visiting Israel. We started the trip from Jerusalem to the Israeli side of Hebron using public transport in an armored bus - and it added to the experience to learn how it feels for Israeli people who - in their own country - still need protection just for doing a bus ride. After a briefing in the public bus while tranferring to Hebron, and outside next to Machpela Visitors Center, we were given into the hands of Mohammed, and visited the Palestinian side of Hebron (al-Khalil) first, including Ibrahimi Mosque, shouk and parts of the modern shopping streets of a-Khalil. Mohammed invited the group then (for a small fee) into his house for lunch - even vegetarian options were provided.
After lunch we said farewell to Mohammed, crossed the check point back to the Israeli part of Hebron, where Eliyahu was waiting for us. He took us not only to the Israeli side of Tomb of the Patriarchs, but later also on an extensive walk through the Israeli side of the town, passing several hundred years old olive trees, and the tombs of Yishai (Jesse, father of the later King David), and the tomb of Ruth (the woman from the biblical book of Ruth), passing an ancient synagogue as well.
I would like to mention this, because of course we've learned a lot about both the Jewish as well as the Palestinian narrative of the entire conflict, (and as promised by Eliyahu before, more questions than answers left after the trip). But the tour was not only about politics, but also about significant evidence of thousands-of-years old Jewish presence and heritage in Hebron, which cannot be denied.

Because this tour was so full of impressions and informations, we will try to re-do this tour on a future Israel trip once more - and meanwhile recommend it to others.
Written 27 February 2020
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Luke Scully - A
Thank you for your kind words! This dual narrative tour allows for incredible insight into Hebron - one of the most conflicted cities in Israel!
Written 1 March 2020
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Benzion W
3 contributions
Highly Informative
Feb 2020
I found Eliyahu's tour very informative and inspiring. It really out the situation into perspective and gave me a sense of both sides of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. A very valuable experience, I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to understand the complexity and the confusion of this Middle East conflict.
Written 24 February 2020
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cynic
1 contribution
Duel narrative
Jan 2020
This was supposed to be a dual narrative tor of Hebron.
The Israeli guide was an apologist, so convinced that peace could be reached that he never mentioned any Arab terrorism against jews that had happened in the area- not even the 1929 massacre.
The Palestinian guide was not convinced that anybody was buried in the Tomb of The Forefathers because he had never seen the bodies. For him, the Tomb was only there so that he could tell us about murder Goldstiin and how the Israeli soldiers went into the hospitals to kill those injured after him. He also produced a very convincing 17 year old boy, who spoke in English, to tell how the soldiers had kicked his mother to death in the curfew imposed (the Goldstiin incident was in the 1990s but the boy who gave graphic details was only 17 and could not have been born at the time) The guide was contemptuous of the authorities. He can't trust the "BLO" or Hamas and the Israeli "sittlers" throw molatov cocktails at the shook traders. His tribe, the Hussaini's, are the only ones who can protect him.
(I discovered the Palestinians can even pronounce the word and call themselves "Balastinians".- yet he says they are the authentic owners of the land since biblical times of the Philistines)
But the tour was great to hear both sides. The Palestinian guide was totally ignorant on anything historical or cultural, and only gave a political narrative. He blamed the Israelis for the shook (in the old city) having lots of empty stalls, although the newer part of the shook was fully occupied. We never went into Hebron proper, which seems to be big, with lot of tall buildings and quite prosperous. We just had to accept that Hebron was poor and being oppressed because of the soldiers and the sittlers. All the Palestinian guide did was to give a vicious, but entertaining, diatribe against the Israelis and the sittlers.
The Israeli guide was laid back and informative. He wanted to give explanations unlike his counterpart who threw short, sharp, catchy anti sittler allegations without back-up
Having been on the tour I now have an better idea why the Palestinians will never make peace with the Israelis. Duel on! Tribalism rules!
Take the tour, its great - but be skeptical of what appears to be informative and convincing views and "facts"
Written 9 January 2020
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Craig A
Clarksville, MD1 contribution
Just the right tour of Hebron
Jan 2020
I have toured extensively in Israel over several decades, but had never visited Hebron. In part, this is because many (most) tours to Hebron go with a very specific and usually extreme (right or left) bias. I had no interest in either of those approaches. I feel so fortunate to have found the Dual Narrative tour that Abraham Hostel offers. Eliyahu Mclean, who conceived of the tour, was a truly excellent guide from Jerusalem and through the Jewish sites and into the Jewish area of the Cave of Machpelah. He approached all questions with a level of honesty and humor that made this very complicated topic understood by our varied group. The sites and people that we met with gave their own perspectives and were generally honest in acknowledging that there are other points of view. Our guide on the Palestinian side, Mohammed, was excellent as well. Sharing lunch in his home was a special added touch. Again - I can't say enough good about this tour. If you are someone who wants to learn, or someone who passionately loves one community or the other but still wants to learn about the alternative narrative on the opposing side, this is for you as well. Be prepared, though, it is an emotionally exhausting day as well!
Written 7 January 2020
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Kaleb
California153 contributions
Keep you mind open..
Tour Date: Jan. 1st 2020. Tour guides: Eliyahu and Mohammed.
Overall the tour is great, and Eliyahu went above and beyond to make the experience enjoyable.
The first half of the tour, however (the Palestinian side) was a bit boring, predictable, narrow-seeing, and way too biased. All you hear for the four hours is whining and complaining, and telling about bad Israelites, cruel soldiers, violence against peaceful Palestinians, etc. everybody you meet will be telling same story how they are being victims of occupation, how they are being shot, thrown from their homes (can’t occupy 2nd floors and above), how military closed their shops, roads, etc. and half of the time you will be taken to local shops and ‘offered’ to buy anything.
Don’t expect to hear their ‘side of the story of the conflict’ - all you hear is complains and blaming soldiers and Jews for all their misfortunes.
One thing though, i was impressed upon is that they hate PLO and PA, and they do realize that the authorities are against the people. However, they blame israel for putting PLO there in the first place.
I assume we were supposed to see ‘Old city’ however because so much time was wasted visiting friends shops all we saw is one market street with most shops closed (again due to bad Israelites). The lunch was ok, just a place with rice and piece of chicken, however due to some organizational hiccup we sat and waited for almost 40 min, while listening to our guides telling about himself, how he’s been shot multiple times by bad soldiers, thrown in Israeli’s and Palestinian prisons, etc.

Second half of the tour is a true gem, visiting many holy places, Synagogues, etc. Eliyahu, the guide is a true fountain of information, will show you both sides and positions of the conflicting parts.

My advice: keep your mind open, and read about history of Hebron before you embark on this tour, read about Oslo accord that directly impacted Hebron people.
Written 2 January 2020
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webmys
6 contributions
Take this unique tour! You will learn a lot.
Dec 2019
It was a long day, but worth the time. You spend half the day with an Israeli guide in the Jewish parts of Hebron, and the other half with a Palestinian guide in the Muslim portions which are off-limits to Jewish Israelis. You hear how differently each side perceives the same incidents. The sad part is that, based on what I saw and heard, there is no likely solution any time soon. Both sides have legitimate fears and grievances. But it is still important for outsiders to understand why each side feels the way they do.
Written 13 December 2019
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nomadicniko
Pereira, Colombia75 contributions
Eye-opening experience
From start to finish, an incredible inside look at the most hotly contested city between Israelis and Palestinians. Both guides, Eliyahu and Mohammed, provided in-depth analysis of life on both sides of the checkpoints. As advertised, we learned more about the situation in one day than we could in an entire college course. Also, as a tour operator myself, I really appreciated the effort put into coordinating this tour, especially due to extra obstacles with the tour taking place on an important Jewish holiday. Both guides made things run very smoothly. We’ll definitely book more tours on our next trip to Israel.
Written 18 October 2019
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R0hanL
Amman Governorate, Jordan707 contributions
Very worthwhile opportunity to hear from actual people about the situation in these disputed territories
Oct 2019
Firstly, I will make some comment about Abraham Tours and then the tour we went on itself - the Hebron Dual Narrative Tour.

Abraham Tours:
* Excellent website with clear descriptions of what each tour involves and costs.
* Great communication when I had some questions.
* Easy to find just near Davidka Square, Jerusalem (Abraham Hostel)
* Great value tour considering we were on the go all day, and had transfers to and from Hebron.

Tour:
* This tour has two guides, roughly half a day each. We had Eliyahu in the morning and Mohammad in the afternoon.
* Each guide tells you about the various histories of their people (Jews and Muslims) related to this ancient city (Hebron) and also a lot about the current conflict between peoples in this region.
* The tour visits significant sites, especially the Cave of the Patriarchs where the tomb of Abraham is located. On the day we were there (two days before Yom Kippur) only Jews were allowed in to the holy site, which meant we witnessed Orthodox Jews praying in the Muslim mosque - surreal and incredible to say the least. Muslims have a similar monopoly over the site for ten days during Ramadan.
* We walked the streets of the old city to visit Jewish settlements and also the old markets where mainly Muslims live.
* We ate a hearty lunch in the home of Mohammad's parents and got to interact with their family.
* We had plenty of opportunity to listen, learn, reflect and question the situation (both historical and contemporary) in Israel and the disputed territories.

At not time did I feel unsafe or out of place on this tour. If education and information is what you're after, then this is the kind of tour for you. You will certainly come away with more questions than answers, especially after hearing both sides of the argument from an Orthodox Jew and a Muslim. This is really the point of difference of this tour perhaps compared to other tours that might claim to do similar things. For that reason, I could not recommend Abraham Tours and the Dual Narrative Hebron tour highly enough.
Written 10 October 2019
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