Dual Perspective Tour of Hebron & West Bank from Jerusalem

4.6 / 5

21 reviews

Dual Perspective Tour of Hebron & West Bank from Jerusalem

From $98 per person

Join an unforgettable tour to the ancient city of Hebron, south of Jerusalem in the southern West Bank. This contested city is the burial site of the Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs, and is one of the four holy cities in both Judaism and Islam.

About this activity

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Duration 1 day
Starting time 8:00 AM
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore both the Palestinian and Israeli sides of Hebron, one of the four holy cities for both Judaism and Islam
  • Visit the divided Tomb of the Patriarchs
  • Understand two very different narratives of this ancient and very contested city
Full description
Take a full-day tour to explore Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank, and the most contested. See the sites and meet people from both sides of the Old City, Israeli and Palestinian, both within "H2", the Israeli controlled side of Hebron. Starts with a guided tour of the Jewish "settler" neighborhoods of Hebron, beginning at the hilltop Tel Rumeida, with a Bronze Age archeological site, army base, and tomb of the Biblical Ruth and Jesse. From there we will visit the Beit Hadassah museum about Jewish life in Hebron until the riots of 1929, the "Shavei Hevron Yeshiva" in Beit Romano and the Avraham Avinu quarter and restored synagogue. Visit the Israeli/Jewish side of the divided Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as Maarat (the Cave of) HaMachpela with the symbolic tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Jacob and Leah, all said to be buried in the cave beneath. Crossing over into the Palestinian side, start at the Muslim side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as Ibrahimi (Abraham's) mosque, led by a Palestinian guide. Inside, discover the Mameluke era mosque and minbar- raised wood platform, and tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca. Then, walk through the colorful Old City "Casbah" market and have a home-cooked lunch with a Palestinian family. Climbing on top of a family home for a rooftop view, learn about the difficult conditions of Palestinian residents and shop owners living in close proximity to the nearby settlements. Going through the busy city center, cross a checkpoint and end the tour back at the top of the closed "Shuhada" street. This is a unique tour: it will present two very different narratives of one ancient, very contested city, Hebron. This is the only tour with two guides, Israeli and Palestinian, each showing half of the divided old city. The tour is political but objective, with each participant free to form their own opinions.
Includes
  • Guides
  • Transportation costs
  • Lunch

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Meeting point

Our meeting point will be at the Abraham Hostel, at Davidka Square, Jerusalem

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What to bring

  • Passport

Not allowed

  • Shorts
  • Sleeveless shirts

Know before you go

  • Things to bring: passport, hat, water, modest clothes.
  • Please note: You will need to enter your passport number. After clicking on the "Book Now" button a booking form will show up. After you filled-in all the necessary information enter your passport number in the field "remarks for the local operator".
  • NB: This tour is not available for Israeli passport holders
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 21 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5.0/5
  • Value for money
    3.9/5
  • Service
    4.3/5
  • Organization
    4.1/5
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It was a very interesting, educational but also emotional tour. Both guides reported on their side of their lives, their experiences and feelings of course with empathy for each of their country but without the other side to demonize. Facts were reported, many questions answered and there was ample room to get a unique picture. Thanks to our two guides, who did the excellent job

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October 25, 2019

This was a fantastic day - full of education and thought-provoking discussion. It's a long day (eleven hours from departure to return), but full of content. There is a good amount of walking. Looking back on the day, I think this tour does an excellent job of helping to understand a very historic and very complex city.

October 21, 2019

The guides have been great, presenting between them two an affordable overview for "tourists", it emerges from this day full of reflection on the subject, it is a tour that does not leave insensitive. The only two points of improvement in my eyes are: - the little time granted in the tomb of the patriarchs, there is the narrative time where everyone explains the legitimacy on the spot, but in the end, little time is left to collect , which in view of the place would be welcome I think. - The meal is not included, for the price of the tour I found damage. Despite this the tour remains impacting, interesting, full of surprises for a city that we often hear about but we do not know, everything is to discover and this tour can apprehend a part! I highly recommend !

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August 2, 2019

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