Sunday, January 2, 2000

Alternative Tours in Bethlehem

Alternative Tours in Bethlehem offer an different view of this ancient city. While traditional tours offer visits to the Christian holy sites, there are other tours that probe into Palestinian culture and life under Israel's Occupation. Bethlehem today is almost surrounded by Israel's Separation Barrier with a major checkpoint leading to Jerusalem.

Most Palestinians are forbidden from entering Jerusalem from Bethlehem but visitors from abroad can come and go freely. Alternative tours are available by Green Olive Tours that pick up in Jerusalem and deliver visitors to Bethlehem in about 20 minutes where they meet the Palestinian guide.

Alternative Bethlehem Tour Highlights:

Alternative Tour to Bethlehem and Hebron

It is also possible to take an Alternative tour to Bethlehem and Hebron, and visit the two most important cities in the Southern West Bank in one day. This a once in a lifetime experience. Witness the impact of Israeli settlers living on top of Palestinians in Hebron's Old City. Visit the ancient site of Abraham's Tomb, where both a mosque and a synagog are surrounded by fortifications and hundreds of Israeli soldiers.
- More information about the Bethlehem and Hebron Tour.
Alternative Tour to Bethlehem and Ramallah

A day-trip covering the birthplace of Jesus and bustling metropolitan Ramallah is a study in contrasts which reflect much of the life in the Holy Land today. Drive along 'Arab only' roads with your guide in order to travel the only route available for Palestinians to go between the two cities. In Ramallah visit Arafat's tomb, The Christian Quarter, and walk the downtown streets around al Manara Square.
- More information about the Bethlehem and Ramallah Tour.
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