A while ago went on a day tour to West Bank,in the Palestinian Territory. The tour was arranged by Abraham Tours,and called Best of West Bank´tour. Living in Israel,I had always wanted to visit the Palestinian Terrritory,and finally had a chance to do so. We started very early in the morning ,travelling first to eastern Jerusalem with a mini bus. From there we changed into an another minibus ,and welcomed our guide,Tamer.
Our first stop was in Qasr el Yahud,by the Jordan river,just across Jordan. It is said to be the baptism site of Jesus. From there we drove to Jericho,one of the oldest cities in the world. Winters there are mild and warm,but summers extremely hot,so I recommend taking the West Ban tour when it is not too hot. Jericho has several attractions,like Spring of Elisha ,archeological sites,and the mount of Temptation. We took the cable car to the mountain,a 5 minute ride,and then walked up the stairs to the St. George’s Monastery,from where you have a breathtaking view of Jericho. We had a taste of tiny bananas grown in Jericho,seldom have I had such sweet bananas!
From Jericho we drove towards Ramallah.Ramallah proved to be vibrant town with lots of interesting places,like the Mahmoud Darwish museum (national poet of Palestine) ,lively shopping street and a cool cafe,where we stopped for some coffee.
From Ramallah we continued to Betlehem,our last stop. Betlehem ,with its numerous churches, is an important city for pilgrims. In Betlehem we stopped for lunch in a restaurant in the Manger square. My mujaddara (vegetarian dish) was quite tasty:) We had a chance to visit churches in Betlehem,like the church of Nativity,the Milk Grotto and a few more. Along the Manger square you can find very nice souvenir shops;I just wish they would have more clients… Our last stop in Betlehem was a walk along the West Bank wall.
From Betlehem we drove back to Tel Aviv. This tour is great,you get to see 3 cities,and get an understanding of what is going on in that area,and I highly recommed Abraham Tour’s Best of West Bank tour, it is a very interesting and informative tour.