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Palestine Revealed: 2-Day Private Tour from Jerusalem
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Palestine Revealed: 2-Day Private Tour from Jerusalem

By Green Olive Tours
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€586.65
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Ages 16-99
Duration: 2 days
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  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Pick up and drop-off at your hotel in Jerusalem or Tel Aviv
  • Personal English-speaking guide
  • Air conditioned transport
  • One night accommodation - (double or triple occupancy except single person)
  • Coffee and/or Tea
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Alcoholic drinks with meals
  • Single room except as specified
  • Any personal expenses
  • Admission fee to The Walled Off Hotel (20 NIS)
  • 3/4 * Hotel Upgrade, if needed
  • Entry/Admission - Bethlehem

Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 47363P9

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Travel Document: A current valid passport is required on the day of travel.
  • Dress Code: Hebron and Bethlehem are religious cities with socially conservative residents, and we ask you to respect this by dressing appropriately. The rule of thumb is that the only skin that should be showing is the face, lower arms, and hands. Basically no shorts for men or women - trousers (pants) are best for men and women - shirts closed to the neck and over the shoulders. If the weather is hot wear light loose clothing.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

  • If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 47363P9

Itinerary
Overview
Full Map
10 stops
Day 1
Hebron
Day 2
Bethlehem
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

Matthew H
Matthew H
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Excellent, informative, incredible tour
We did the 'Introduction to Palestine: 4 Day Adventure' with Green Olive Tours. Highly recommend this company and
64altheac
64altheac
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Amazing tour with a knowledgeable & engaging guide
My husband and I went on the Jerusalem Old City Tour - we highly recommend the experience. Our guide, Malkon was s
376yasmink
376yasmink
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I wish eveyone joined a Green Olive Tour!
I did the Ramallah & Bethlehem tour from Tel Aviv with Yamen, and I' am so glad I did! In one day, we saw so many t
Aussieinabudhabi72
Aussieinabudhabi72
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Eye opening. An experience I will never forget.
What an amazing experience and a wonderful team. The guides are knowledgeable and understanding. They provide a per
456klg
456klg
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Wonderful half day private tour
We arranged a half day private tour of Hebron for our family of five, which was amazing. Our guide was patient and
teliask
teliask
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Ramallah & Bethlehem Tour
We did the Ramallah & Bethlehem tour from Jerusalem with Yamen. We’re so grateful to have done this tour. It was a
fefranci
fefranci
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Day tour Ramallah and Bethlehem
I don’t use to book touristic tours but to visit and understand in depth the West Bank I think it’s necessary. I sp
JKBZE
JKBZE
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Truly Memorable Tour
Mohammad gave us a 5 hour tour of Bethlehem, and the occupied areas of Palestine surrounding Jerusalem. It was a wo
HopeHarrison271
HopeHarrison271
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Super fun time, got to experience many different foods and places
We had Yamen as our tour guide for the Bethlehem and Ramallah tour. He was really nice and had a fun, very friendly
lindsayz209
lindsayz209
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Introduction to Palestine - 4 Day Tour
I found Green Olive Tours via Google search on account of positive reviews, and I can say that Green Olive Tours li
gteofilov
gteofilov
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Highly recommended
I did the Bethlehem tour in a group of 6. We visited Banksy's Walled Off Hotel, Bethlehem, the Aida refugee camp, s
Heather A
Heather A
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Life changing tour
We took both the 4 hour Greater Jerusalem tour and the 3 hour Old City Jerusalem tour (some people take them on the
LuLu81London
LuLu81London
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Exceptional and unforgettable
We went on the day trip: Bethlehem & Hebron tour. We were picked up in Jerusalem and spent the day with Mohammed,
FlorisBijlsma
FlorisBijlsma
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Gaza border tour highly recommended
We had a great and interesting full-day trip from Jerusalem to the Gaza border and the direct area around. We visit
lucynic87
lucynic87
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Amazing tour of Bethlehem and Jericho
Don’t usually join organised groups tours but decided to join this one to enter Palestinian territories with someon
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Katie W
Boston, MA5 contributions
Feb 2020
WE did the Bethlehem/West Bank day tour from Jerusalem. Green Olive was really easy to work with as far as booking, communication before the tour, etc. We'd booked a tour for 4 people and ended up being just the 4 of us, so got our own private tour! Driver picked us up in Jerusalem, drove us to West Bank where we met our guide and new driver. Stopped at a beautiful monastery in the hills and got to walk around and take in the gorgeous scenery. Then it was off to Bethlehem where we started with a self-guided tour of a museum about the Palestinian experience in the Banksy hotel. Got to see what a hotel room looks like as well - such a cool hotel! Then walked through a refugee camp, had lunch, then toured the Church of the Nativity. Great mix of sights, walking, etc. Our guide, Mohammed, had lots of stories and gave us the Palestinian perspective. I see some reviews that claim that it's one-sided, but on our tours in Israel, you definitely get the Israeli perspective, so I think it is extremely important to get both sides. Overall a wonderful tour and wonderful day!
Written 10 March 2020
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Kathryn
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
Sep 2019 • Friends
Our driver showed up with a luxury bus(leather seats and comfort). He picked up our group from our respective BNB's. Our Guide explained professionally everything as we went along. He braved all our questions even as we excitedly peppered him with question after question.
I lamented on not getting a chance to go into Palestine and soon enough we were headed there.
Once in Palestine we walked around and were surprised by offers of tea and cookies. The people had very little but willingly shared what they had.
We were forever changed at hearing their stories. How they only get water turned on ONCE A MONTH. The wired prison walls. The refusal of food or safe passage.
The Palestine is full of rich history being denied and destroyed by those who were once abused but have now become the abusers.

Thank you Green Olive Tours
Written 1 April 2020
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Sara M
48 contributions
Mar 2016 • Solo
I visited Israel back in March on a Birthright trip - half of my family is Jewish and I had never been. While that trip had plenty of activities planned throughout Israel, there was no mention of Palestine. I was concerned that it would be irresponsible of me to only hear one voice in a two sided conflict and to visit only one of the two countries. I chose Green Olive Tours because they offered many options, they seemed well-organized, and they had a mission statement and values centered around peace, equality, and human rights.

I chose the Bethlehem and Hebron day trip, and I was so glad I chose to end my trip with this tour! First of all, Green Olive did a great job. Everything ran as planned - the van was there in Jerusalem to meet us and take us over to pick up our guide. The guide was fantastic - a man who grew up in Palestine and knew the area well. While he was fair and open-minded (and even cracked a few jokes), he was also not shy about answering questions as to how he felt, and it was clear that he was concerned for his country and his people. I thought he did a fantastic job balancing honesty and professionalism. Seeing the Jesus's birth place in Bethlehem was somewhat anticlimactic (it's just a pretty church), but it was definitely good to say that I've been and seen it. We also visited the separation wall with all it's graffiti. The visit to Hebron made the biggest impact on me. We walked through what used to be a fully functioning town and were allowed to walk through the Jewish settlement as well (though they had to check our passports). We also visited the tombs of Sarah and Abraham which are located in an interesting building that is half mosque, half synagog. In Hebron, we had the lunch with the local family. Really, you don't get to interact with the family - it's more a chance to patronize a local business for a private lunch (and the food was quite good). Lastly, we visited the UN refugee camp (which now is a permanent housing structure). All in all, the tour was quite sobering, informative, important, and lots of food for thought. I had been worried that being half Jewish and American would make me an unpopular tourist, but the people we ran into were some of the most friendly, open, and welcoming. They were happy to see foreign tourists.

I realize that this is more of an essay than a review, but this was an important experience for me and I hope that by writing this, I can share my experience in hopes that other people, maybe going to see Israel or on a Birthright trip, might feel that they too want to see both sides of this ongoing conflict. Green Olive does a great job of showing you a personal view of Palestine in a way that felt safe and left me with a searing impression of life there in 2016. I highly recommend.
Written 22 August 2016
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canayenforever
vancouver BC270 contributions
Mar 2012 • Solo
The services that Green Olive Tours (GO Tours) offers had a significance influence on my decision to visit Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. I understood that it was safe to visit, but what I was looking for was help in understanding the complexities of the conflict in the area as well as some insights into the various Palestinian perspectives. GO Tours seemed to offer these services, advertising itself as “a social enterprise tour agency providing tours that are informative and analytical, covering the history, culture, and political geography of Palestine (West Bank) and Israel.” They aim to, among other things, provide their guests with “an experience of the political facts on the ground” accompanied by “analysis and commentary.” The fact that on Tripadvisor they were rated the No. 1 tour operator in the West Bank, with dozens of glowing reviews, made it easy for me to go with them and start selecting tours.

Over the next several months I spent hours perusing their informative and well-organised website, planning and choosing tours and occasionally sending emails to Fred, whose prompt replies were most helpful. I finally settled on six day tours and one home stay. These tours formed the backbone of my visit.

(Tip: The website has all sorts of resources that are invaluable in preparing for a trip. The more you prepare and read up beforehand, the more meaning you will draw from the tours)

Two days after arriving, I set out on the Bethlehem –Ramallah day tour. We were about ten – a great crowd from all over. After passing through the Gilo checkpoint near Bethlehem, we were met by our guide, Yamen. We walked along the highly illustrated Separation Wall for a kilometer or so — an excellent introduction to the realities of occupation — until we got to the Aida Refugee Camp, where the director of the “Beautiful Resistance” arts program for youth gave a short talk and showed a documentary. I came away thinking that I had already gotten full value for the tour fee. Then a short minibus ride to Manger Square for a conventional guided visit to the Church of the Nativity, followed by a walk through Bethlehem for lunch at a local restaurant (price not included).

Fortified, we set out for Ramallah, with stops along the way where Yamen offered more “analysis and commentary.” In Ramallah we visited Arafat’s tomb, strolled through centre town and the busy market, and then said goodbye to Yamen and boarded the #18 bus for Jerusalem. Part of the tour is to experience entering Israel on foot through the Qalandia checkpoint, just as Palestinians have to. That we did, a dehumanizing experience. Overall, an amazing day with plenty to absorb.

Two days later I took two tours. The first was the three hour Old City (OC) walking tour, hosted by Yahav Zohar, who holds the illustrious and presumably much coveted title of “Senior Guide.” I soon discovered that he deserves it. He sat us down in a coffee shop and succinctly gave us a one-hour overview, complete with maps, of the historical background to the present-day conflict. Incredibly well done, and I only wished that I had had an audio recorder to record it. He really really knows his stuff and doesn’t waste a word. Then we walked through the Muslim Quarter past the Western Wall and into the Jewish Quarter. I had visited these spots two days earlier on Sandeman’s free OC tour (a good thing to do to give you a basic overview of things before taking a GO tour), but Yahav’s insight and analysis made for a completely different experience. Excellent value.

After lunch with Yahav and a few other GO guides, I set out with him and other guests in a minivan on the Greater Jerusalem Tour. We continued to learn about the Judiasation (sp) of East Jerusalem and the obstacles that face Palestinian residents there. (They are denied Israeli citizenship, even though most of the families have lived there for generations.) Again, Yahav wasted not a word, masterfully deconstructing the political dynamics at work. All in all, another five star tour.

The next day I was up early for the all-day Hebron tour. We travelled in a minivan to Bethlehem where we picked up our guide, M, whose name escapes me. He works with Alternative Tourism Group in Beit Sahour, which often partners with GO – one of their many strengths. Off we went to Hebron and we were soon walking down the eerily deserted Shuhada Street, where all the Palestinian shops have been forcibly closed by the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) due to the presence of illegal Israeli settlers. After a visit to a local Palestinian elementary school and lunch in the home of a local activist, we walked down to the Tombs of the Patriarchs and visited the synagogue and mosque. This was followed by a walk through the souq and a visit to a textile factory and ceramics factory, where some of us bought souvenirs. Then the bus ride back to Jerusalem, most of us sobered by the grim realities of what we had witnessed. You want to learn about the realities of the conflict? Take the Hebron tour.

A few days later I took the half day “Meet the Settlers” Tour. This was hosted by Bruce Brill, a longtime resident of an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. The idea is to give travellers an opportunity to meet settlers and hear their points of view. Bruce was a cordial host, introducing us to other settlers and initiating civil conversations. Again, a morning well-spent and an experience I could never have arranged on my own.

My last tour was the day tour to Nablus. By this time I was staying in a guest house near Ramallah and so I arranged with Fred to be picked up en route. Mohamed, our guide, was a great companion. During the day he took us to Jacob’s Well, the Balata Refugee Camp for a presentation, and a soap factory. He walked with us through the souq and found us a great place for lunch, all the while offering informative “analysis and commentary,” in this case on the causes and outcomes of the second intifada — Nablus was a centre of resistance. Our last stop was the Samaritan community just outside Nablus, where a priest of the religious order gave us a presentation. Nablus is quite different from Ramallah and Bethlehem and I’m glad I visited.

In the midst of all this, I stayed in Beit Sahour for three days in a homestay arranged by GO Tours. Another priceless, rewarding experience. By this point I was so exhausted from my week of tours that apart from walking around Bethlehem and the neighbourhood, I didn’t do much, just hanging out with the family and watching “Arab Idol.” A highlight of my visit.

Before my trip, I was told that once I had visited Palestine, I would not remain indifferent. How right they were! (You have been warned!) Much of the credit for that can go to GO Tours. So I highly recommend them, especially for first timers to the region, like me, who want to gain some insights. The strength of the outfit is its overall integrity, its organisation, and the partnerships it has forged with other like-minded agencies and individuals. They act as facilitators. Not only do you benefit from the expertise of the guides and their informed “analysis and commentary,” but also from the people and agencies they put you in touch with. Another significant benefit is the eclectic crowd you meet on the tours — the other guests — who like you, are seeking to make sense of the situation.

Of course the tours are not perfect. However, many of the glitches — I didn’t experience any serious ones — are due to the difficulties inherent in operating in a conflict zone that is under military occupation. I never felt unsafe. Stay flexible, expect the unexpected, bring your questions and an inquiring mind, and you’ll have a great time.

All in all, the almost litany-like praise GO Tours has received on Tripadvisor and other forums is authentic and in my view, well-deserved. Thanks Fred, and everyone else who contributed to making my trip the success that it was. Gambatte kudasai!
Written 14 April 2012
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Sidney_Ruff_Diamond
Brussels155 contributions
I recently returned from a 5-day trip to the West Bank called an Introduction to Palestine organised by the Jerusalem-based Green Olive Tours. All details of the various day tours and extended trips that they offer can be found on their website at www.toursinenglish.com

The tour is coordinated by Fred Schlomka (a Jewish Israeli) in conjunction with a number of guides of Arab Israeli and Palestinian origin who over the course of your stay give you an incisive and interesting insight into the daily issues which confront those living on both sides of the Separation Barrier. The tour has the added advantage of placing you with a Palestinian family in a suburb of Bethlehem called Beit Sahour and some of the excursions on the itinerary are also offered by the Alternative Tourism Group Study Center which is located there. The Operation Manager is Samer Kokaly, who is himself an excellent tour guide and the tours they offer can be seen at www.atg.ps

The entire tour itself was extremely thought-provoking and very rewarding for a whole number of reasons. By the end of my stay, I had the feeling that I had been in the West Bank for considerably longer than the 4 days I had actually spent there, such was the intensity of what I experienced every day.

I gained a much clearer understanding of how the West Bank is divided up by the Israeli government into different administrative areas labeled A, B and C and how the Separation Barrier has impacted on the daily lives of many Palestinians.

I got to see for myself the vast number of Israeli settlements which are continuing to spring up and grow all over the West Bank on land simply confiscated from the Palestinians, despite the reported freeze supposedly agreed by the Israeli government to placate growing international criticism. As a foreigner, it was a very strange feeling indeed to pass unchallenged in an Israeli car through the checkpoints at such settlements, knowing that Palestinians are forcibly prevented from doing the same, thereby rendering them unable to drive across their own land in their own cars.

The sight of the countless irrigation pipes sprinkling unlimited freshwater supplies onto the numerous flowerbeds adjoining the roads right across the 35,000 strong settlement of Ma’aleh Adumim was poignant when considering the fact that all Palestinian homes in the nearby area of Bethlehem had been without water of any kind for the previous 2 weeks due to a so-called shortage which had led the Israeli authorities to cut off the supply there.

Travelling across the West Bank will enable you to see with your own eyes what is happening there. For me personally, it revealed in detail how the entire infrastructure is being layered to ensure that the Palestinians are treated as vastly inferior in every sense of the word, be it through the fostering of apartheid-style roads, living conditions or erosion of basic rights.

I regret to say that it evoked memories of past visits to West Belfast in darker days, as well as my first trip to East and West Berlin in 1986. However, it is significant that the Separation Barrier in the West Bank is twice as high as the Berlin Wall ever was. Likewise its effects are far more subtle. It does considerably more than just offer a protective barrier against terrorists as the Israeli authorities claim, by effectively enabling the Israeli government to dictate where different categories of people can live, work and travel. It became apparent to me on this trip that the Palestinians are severely disadvantaged in every case.

One house and gift shop that we visited on the tour near Bethlehem belongs to Claire Anastas. The building, which was formerly on the main road from Jerusalem to Bethlehem, is now directly enclosed on 3 sides by the 8 metre-high Separation Barrier which has naturally had a hugely detrimental effect on her business, by cutting her off from any potential customers. You can see this for yourself by visiting her website at www.anastas-bethlehem.com

During a walk through the market stalls at Hebron, I was confronted by the site of an overhead wire mesh running the entire length and breadth of the bazaar. This is there to protect the Palestinian retailers and shoppers beneath it from being hit by debris of all kind regularly thrown by the Israeli settlers living in the upper floors of the buildings right above them. Items too big to pass through the mesh such as large rocks, shoes, bottles, chairs, etc. hang eerily on top of the wire in full view of the Israeli soldiers who do nothing to prevent them being thrown. In addition, the soldiers are not averse to openly abusing Palestinians at checkpoints in full view of visiting tourists.

A drive through East Jerusalem makes it evident how this Arabic city officially on the Palestinian side of the 1967 Green Line is now nevertheless effectively divided from the West Bank by the Separation Barrier. It has thus been unofficially ‘annexed’ by Israel.

The tour also incorporates a whole host of additional highlights, including a visit to three different refugee camps and a chance to get an in-depth look at some of the graffiti along the Separation Barrier, including the much-publicized images by Banksy. If the checkpoint allows it, you are also able to visit one of the last remaining communities of Samaritans living on the sacred spot of Mount Gerizim overlooking Nablus, where you are greeted personally by the High Priest Husney Cohen.

During the course of my 5 days, I met countless people who like me were interested in finding out more about the current situation than is possible by taking a traditional Israeli tour of the Holy Land, irrespective of how rewarding that may be. Visiting countless religious sites in Israel during the 8 days prior to this trip was extremely enjoyable, but it was no substitute for learning about the reality of life on the ground for the large number of citizens deemed aliens in their own country by Israeli government policy.

As someone who has researched the Holocaust in depth as part of a wider programme of study incorporating German political history, I feel very strongly indeed about the question of a Jewish homeland with a stable future. I was deeply sickened by what I saw when I visited the concentration camps of Dachau, Sachsenhausen, Buchenwald and Ausschwitz, and probably the most moving moment of the time I spent in Israel was my visit to the Holocaust museum just outside Jerusalem at Yad Vashem. Its documentation of this nation’s suffering is unrivalled and incredibly touching.

Indeed, it is because of this wish for the stability of a Jewish homeland, that I found this tour so thought-provoking. Having read countless books about the twisted ideology of the Nazis who inflicted such horrendous cruelty upon the Jews of Europe on the basis of a demented theory of racial superiority, it is clear that history tells us of the catastrophic result of their demand for ‘Lebensraum’ to enable Germany to expand its borders at the expense of people it considered inferior to its own. Whilst I in no way wish to draw comparisons, signing up for this tour will nevertheless enable you to begin to make up your own mind as to whether or not the policies currently being legitimized by the Israeli government will indeed enable the country’s citizens to enjoy the long-term stable and prosperous future they have a right to.

I found it sad that many Israelis I spoke to apparently see the West Bank as either an area to be colonized by the Jewish race, or an area to be avoided at all costs. Despite participating in the trip as a foreigner, I found that the tour at least presents an opportunity to begin to narrow the divide presented by the physical obstacle that has recently appeared in the shape of the Separation Barrier. Without any meaningful form of dialogue, as is now seemingly the case, the prophesy of the final battle of Armageddon being fought at Meggido is quite possibly much closer than some people imagine. As such, I can honestly say it is one of the most informative and productive trips I have ever been on and I would thoroughly recommend it without any hesitation.
Written 11 October 2010
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Walker V
North Carolina129 contributions
Nov 2014 • Solo
This tour was the one I had been waiting for. I wanted to experience an alternative tour that would be enlightening and I wasn't disappointed. The day started with crossing the border and meeting Yamen, our guide for the day. Yamen was absolutely the best tour guide while I was in the West Bank. We saw the wall that boxes in Jerusalem from Palestine. We walked to a refugee camp where a lot of Palestinians have been displaced from them homes. He knows everyone in Bethlehem practically, so we were able to zip through the Church of Nativity instead of waiting in long lines. We had lunch in Manger's Square which was delicious then proceeded to walk around beyond the Square. Yamen treated us to tea, which was the best I've ever had thanks to Sami who supplies tea and coffee to the other shopkeepers. We continued on through the Judaean desert to the Mar Saba monastery. We also got a chance to see Bedouins herding sheep along the road. This trip was the most enlightening and educational trip I experienced out of all the tours taken while in Israel/Palestine. Thanks again to Yamen who is simply the best!!!! He has a great sense of humor and is very patient with tourists.
Written 1 December 2014
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nitrox11
London, UK140 contributions
Feb 2014 • Solo
When I go on holiday I always use Tripadvisor to research tours I want to book. I am rarely disappointed with the choices and my three tours with Green Olive were no exception. Their services are worth a detailed description.

On my first day I had booked the Jerusalem Old City tour and the guide Yakhav spent around an hour, while we sat in the sun outside a cafe drinking fresh orange juice, explaining to use the history of the region and its politics. This was SO useful and did more to increase my knowledge of the region that years spent watching TV news and reading the odd newspaper article. It made the rest of what I saw and heard that day (and the next two) fall into place. We walked through the old city and got a great view from the roof of an Austrian Convent/hotel where we could see all the key landmarks. Yakhav didn’t shy away from discussing the politics of the region and this was very helpful. We then went to the Western Wall and strolled through the Jewish Quarter, which has a very different feel from the Arabic Quarter. All the while Yakhav kept the discussion going and filled it with interesting and relevant facts. A great start to my trip and well recommended for soon after you arrive in Jerusalem.

My second day was a trip to the Dead Sea and Masada. I had been contacted by Green Olive a couple of days before to tell me no one else was booked on that trip that day, so if I wanted it to go ahead i would need to pay three times the price. This was clearly stated on their website and in the booking notes, so wasn’t a surprise out of the blue. I thought for a few minutes and decided I may never be back in the region and ‘what the hell’, just do it. I am so glad I did. Mohammed picked me up from my apartment and we had the most fantastic day. So much ‘over and above’ was added to the tour I really got value for money. I will probably not remember everything here, but:

Ma’ale Adumim – a trip to a Jewish Settlement near Jerusalem, to get an understanding of the ‘settlement issue’. The town was very much in the news at the time with the Scarlett Johansson/Oxfam/Sodastream story - the factory is there.
Jericho – a trip through the oldest town on earth where Mohammed bought delicious pastries for us which served as lunch as far as I was concerned.
Mount of Temptation – a view across at this historic sight and a good view of the fertile valleys full of crops tom learn the importance of the area to Palestinians
River Jordan baptismal site – a brief stop at the border with Jordan, surrounded by landmines! Some people choose to be baptised there!? Facsinating.
Qumran – a very brief stop at this sight for photos only of the surrounding area
Masada – a great trip up to the plateau for some stunning views
Dead Sea – an hour here for a quick dip
Desert Wadi – some stunning views in the desert on the way home

The whole time Mohammed was telling me the history of the place, both ancient and modern and I learned so much. As it was the sabbath he agreed to swing past a supermarket in East Jerusalem so i could pick up some supplies on the way back as all the shops where I was staying would be shut after the long day trip. A great day, a great guide and totally worth the extra expense.

The third day I had booked the Bethlehem and Ramallah tour. For some reason I was put on the wrong minibus and only found this out after we’d left. No matter. A quick phone call and my guide, Yamen, met us and I was transferred. On this day there were only two of us and the guide said if we were willing to pay the price for the ‘3 person minimum’ he’d be more than happy to extend the day and cover everything we could want. He outlined what this would be, over and above the planned tour and knowing the quality of the guides from the previous two days I was happy to accept and so was the other guy on the our. Again, we had a fantsastic day with so many extra’s thrown in it was amazing. We went to Hebron – if you have any interest in the Israeli/Palestinian situation you MUST go there, it is brutally obvious what is going on. We visited the old town, which is partitioned and dying, passed through checkpoints, went into the Losque, which now contains a synagogue. We went on the shared Palestinain/israeli street, past the armoured cars and sentires into the settled/occupied part of the town and back. We learnt about the ‘water’ issue – surely something on which future conflict will be based. We then went to Bethlehem for a quick tour of the Church of the Nativity and lunch. The most fascinating part of the day was the visit to the Aida refugee camp and the seperation wall. The gravity of the plight of the Palestinian refugees is all too obvious, but everyone we met was so friendly and welcoming. This may or may not be because Yamen knew EVERYONE, from the old guys with their worry beads sitting in the shade, to the people who were working and delivering to shops down to the little kids playing in the street! This applied to everywhere we went that day, in every town people came up to chat and say hi.

Yamen is very knowledgeable about all aspects of Palestine, but particularly so about the fantsatic grafitti, having worked with Banksy’s crew when they were in Palestine. We saw all the Banksy works and the other stunning pieces too. We stopped off at the Banksy shop right by the wall and I picked up an amazing mosaic of the ‘Flower Bomber’ and he promptly took me to the post office to mail it to myself at no added charge on the retail price. (It arrived in perfect condition 5 days later!)

From there we quickly nipped to his home!(!) said hi to his family and met a friend of his who drove us over to Ramallah. After the obligatory visit to Aarafat’s Tomb he said he wanted to see if we could visit the not-yet-opened Palestine Trade Tower. Weel, not only did we visit and manage to get up to the revolving restaurant and roof garden, which was hoding a ‘test’ event. We had some beers and hookah and got introduced to the millionnair owner and developer who talked to us about the problems with construction and how the politcs of the region had affected both him and the wider economy. All this surrounded by fantastic views, all the Mediterranean, from the 25th floor of the highest building in the country. (Buildings in TLV are taller, but Ramallah is on much higher ground, so effectively you are as high as you can get on any building!). from there we had a stroll through the chaotic streets and markets of downtown Ramallah on a Saturday evening. Bustling, colourful and exciting. Again, the number of people Yamen said hi to was impressive. His mate also seemed to know most of the Palestinian Policemen due to family connections! The last part of the day involved going through the Qalandia Checkpoint. A massively sobering experience that pushes home the inequalities and indiginities that many Palestinians have to suffer. I recommend it to anyone who is interested in this subject. An amazing day, packed full of learning and laughing which highlighted all the facets of life in Palestine.

I went to Israel and Palestine partly to learn more about the situation there. I have seen it on the news but did not feel I ‘understood it’ Having used Green Olive tours I came away much better informed. I thoroughly recommend them. The cost of the tours may be a little more than other operators, but they offer much, much more that you won’t get anywhere else. Out of season you should remember that tours need a three person minimum to operate, but like me, you'll probably be given the option to turn the tour into a private tour by paying the extra. If you can afford it, do it - you won't be disappointed.
Written 17 February 2014
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W M
Montreal, Canada2 contributions
Jun 2013 • Friends
We booked a 13-day travel tour with Green Olives in June 2013 to Palestine/Israel. We did Jaffa/Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Nablus, Jenin, Hebron, Jericho and the Dead Sea with Green Olives (we also went to Akka and Haifa by ourselves on a road trip). Green Olives did an excellent job! They exceeded our expectations. We travel a lot around the world and this tour group is by far the best we've dealt with.

The guides were great! They were knowledgeable, professional and flexible to go where our interests were. They gave us an alternative perspective to the conflict. They took us to meet local Palestinians who were being harassed by settlers, whose land was going to be seized by the Israeli authorities by a court order, and so much more. We learned so much during this trip. We are still talking about it a month later...and probably will for a long time.

We stayed with a Palestinian family in Jerusalem for 7 days through Green Olives. What a great idea it was. The family was absolutely wonderful and we lived the local Palestinian life. We HIGHLY recommend you ask for this option if you visit the area.

Green Olives made our trip to Palestine memorable! Thank you so much to Fred, Yahav, Yaniv, Ronny, Yamen, Mohammad, Jonathan and his wife Sally!

By Montreal Girls
Written 3 August 2013
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FCD
Sydney, Australia2 contributions
Jul 2019
My partner and I participated in a day tour to Hebron and Bethlehem where we were promised a balanced insight into the difficulties faced by Palestinians living in the area. The background material we were given to read before the tour was balanced and informative, which set my expectations for the day. What we were presented with was Palestinian propaganda, unfounded claims, arguments that were unable to be supported and utter hysteria from our tour guide Yamin, who has supposedly been a tour guide for 10 years with Green Olive Tours.

He provoked the Israeli soldiers in Hebron to get a reaction in front of our group, he encouraged us to buy his products at the Banksy shop next to the hotel, he said numerous times that there is no chance for peace in the area as long as Israel is a nation, he wouldn’t enter into any conversations about Hamas/Hezbollah. There was no balance to the day and no ability for meaningful conversation and dialogue. Early in the day he told us about a French Jewish participant who he threw off the tour and left in Hebron to find his own way back to Jerusalem because he was ‘provoking’ the group. Ridiculous statements such as the Jews and Zionists run the American media were thrown around all day.

Yamin didn’t seem to care about the Bethlehem part of the tour, he was very dismissive about this important Christian city. We were rushed through the Church of the Nativity with a different guide. We nearly lost some people on our tour. The Bethlehem part seemed to be thrown in at the end and treated with utter disrespect.

We were told we would have an Israeli AND a Palestinian guide. If this had happened, perhaps there would have been the ability for a more balanced conversation/debate/discussion throughout the day.

We were told we would see some Jewish Settlements, which led me to believe that the Israeli guide (who didn’t turn up) would take us through the settlements and we would have an opportunity to talk to those who live there.

In terms of logistics, some additional feedback to Green Olive Tours, and for future participants to note.
1. Nowhere do you mention that participants must bring their passports for the day.
2. You do not tell women to wear particularly modest clothing (I was in modest clothes, but my skirt didn’t cover my knees). I was asked to change. Luckily I had my suitcase with me so could change.
3. You do not tell us to bring EXTRA cash to pay for lunch that was provided in Hebron in somebody’s home.
4. After dropping most of the group in Jerusalem, the Tel Aviv group were transferred onto another mini bus that was broken, run down and revoltingly smelly. It took over 2 hours to get to Tel Aviv because we continued to pick other people up, drive into town. We paid a lot more to go back to Tel Aviv, but it would have been much quicker/easier/more pleasant to get off in Jerusalem and make our own way to Tel Aviv.
5. We paid a deposit online, and then had to pay the rest in cash. I did not feel comfortable paying the remaining amount (very expensive might I add) in cash and would like to know why we were requested to pay cash.

We’d been recommended this tour by a number of people (both Jewish and non-Jewish), so I can only assume that it was our guide who failed miserably and made for an utterly disappointing upsetting day.
Written 6 August 2019
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First let me say that i am very sorry that you did not have a fulfilling day. Your points 1, 2, and 3 are incorrect. It is very clear on our tour description page, the booking form, and in the confirmation email you receive, that you must bring your passport, that cash is needed for lunch. I am sorry you did not read it. Regarding modest dress. Most people travelling in socially conservative areas, and entering religious sites, are well aware of needing to dress modestly. On our website we have a section on this matter to help people prepare for their tour. I am sorry you did not read it. The other person who took the shuttle to tel aviv noted that the van was clean, the driver polite, and no extra stops were made. Thank you for taking our tour. Sorry you were unhappy _____ Fred Schlomka, Managing Partner
Written 19 October 2019
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Barbara B
Montreal, Canada13 contributions
Apr 2018 • Solo
The one-day tour to Bethlehem is a good way to get a peak into the West Bank and into the mentality of Palestinian men. The tour guide, Yaman, is a jovial guy who, despite his thin knowledge of history, does not hold back his opinions. This is useful for those who are trying to understand the culture. Over the course of the day, little comments betrayed the anti-Semitism behind a lot of his bravado. For example, while explaining the settlements, the tour guide stated "They are stealing our land because stealing is in their blood." This greatly offended an American Jewish member of our group and made myself (a non-Jew) very uncomfortable. When asked what Palestinians learn about the Holocaust in school, the tour guide replied immediately that they, the Palestinians, are the real victims of the Holocaust. Evidently, the guide is not a very self-aware guy. For example, he seems oblivious to the fact that his repeated insistence that he has lots of Jewish friends only serves to raise the anti-Semitism flag loud and clear. Perhaps for a Palestinian tour guide of the West Bank, a lack of guile is inadvertently useful. But one suspects that the man is a product of his culture, and that if his self-centered interpretation to the Holocaust is any indication of the mentality of men in Palestine, then it's no wonder that this conflict is so protracted. I would still give a qualified recommendation to this tour. Note that as a non-Jew, I have not been personally subjected to anti-Semitism and therefore, I may not be as sensitive to it. Someone from a Jewish background may be so offended by the tour guide's clear hatred for Jews that it could ruin the whole experience for them. For others like me who are revolted but not personally insulted by anti-Semitism, I would advise you to go on the tour, but be prepared for unsavoury comments. I would also recommend informing yourselves of the history of the region beforehand and not relying on the information received during the tour. Finally, I would highly recommend visiting the neighbourhood of Jaffa in Tel Aviv before going on this tour. The tour will take you to the refugee camp where the Palestinians who were expelled from Jaffa in 1948 have been living for 70 years. The contrast between the beauty of Jaffa and the misery of the refugee camp is truly heartbreaking. For the tour guide operators, I would recommend offering your tour guides cultural sensitivity training, keeping in mind that your clients come from all over the world and that certain comments detract from their enjoyment of an otherwise interesting experience.
Written 14 April 2018
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Barbara - Thanks for this feedback. Please note that none of the other reviews of this guide's tour have accused him of anti-semitism. The vast majority of reviews are quite complementary of this guide. However I will certainly have a word with the guide. Our organisation, the Green Olive Collective, is mixed, Palestinian and Israeli, Muslims and Jews. We do not tolerate any kind of racism or anti-semitism. I'm glad you mentioned the contrast between Jaffa and the refugee camp where much of the expelled population now reside, and their descendants. It may interest you to know that your guide and his wife are also from a refugee family. --- Fred Schlomka, CEO
Written 19 April 2018
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