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Jenin & Nablus Tour is a great opportunity to explore the land of Palestine and it’s history.
During the tour we will depart to the land of Samaria and visit it’s most famous sites.
Highlights of the tour
- Drive up to Mt Gerizim and visit the Samatrian village of Kiryat Luza located atop.
- Pay a visit to Jacob’s well and the Orthodox Monastery.
- Explore the ancient city of Nabulus.
- Visit Jacob’s Tomb
- Learn about the Palestinian independence struggle during a tour in the famous Jenin refugee camp.
Nablus tour – The Land of Samaria and Mt. Gerizim
We begin the morning with a drive from Jerusalem towards the Israeli-Palestinian border.
Your passports will be required during the checkpoint crossing so make sure you bring them with you during this day.
Our first station will be in the land of Samaria.
Samaria is the historical and biblical name of the central region of ancient Palestine.
The name of the Region is derived from the ancient city of Samaria.
It was the second capital of the northern Kingdom of Israel.
We’ll start off with the Samaritan village on Mt. Gerizim.
The mountain is sacred to the Samaritans who regard it as the location chosen by the lord for a holy temple, rather than Jerusalem’s Temple Mount.
The village is overlooking the ancient city of Nablus, the first capital of the northern Kingdom.
In addition, we will visit a Samaritan temple and learn about it’s history.
The Samaritan people are an ethnic group originated from the twelfth Hebrew tribe.
Although their religion shares similarities with Judaism, we can find many differs between the religions.
We will learn about the long history of the Samaritan people and discover their culture and traditions.
Their history dates back to the Roman era with over a million strong community, to the few hundred who remain today.
The village, Jacob’s well and Tel Balata
We’ll continue our tour to the village itself, meet the local population, and visit the local museum.
From Mt. Gerizim, we will head to Jacob’s well, which is associated with Jacob son of Isaac.
We’ll also stop for a brief visit at nearby Tel Balata.
According to the belief, this ancient city is the site of biblical Shechem.
Nablus and Jenin refugee camp
Later, we continue our tour to the ancient city of Nablus.
The city has a large history stretching from the Roman era through to the Crusader, Mamluk and Ottoman empires.
We will enjoy the local cuisine, specifically the ‘kanafeh’ – delicious tradional dessert made with cheese pastry soaked in sweet, sugar-based syrup.
Nablus is famous for it’s Kanafeh, so make sure you taste it!
We will also visit the spice shops, soap factory and the Turkish Hamam (bath).
In addition, we will stop on the way out of Nablus is the ancient holy site of Joseph’s Tomb.
Both Jews, Muslims and Christians believes the site the burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph son of Jacob.
Finally, after enjoying lunch, we will travel north to Jenin Refugee camp, our last stop in our Jenin and Nablus tour.
Jenin is a place offering a glimpse into the struggle of the Palestinian people towards independence.
Before departing, you will have free time to walk through the bustling Jenin markets, a genuine local marketplace with local products.
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