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SALAAM CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAVEL:

ISRAEL, PALESTINE, & JORDAN

JUNE 15 - JUNE 29, 2020
 

ITINERARY

Monday, June 15

7pm Depart from San Diego (Flight BA 0272) 

Tuesday, June 16

 1:35pm Arrive in London Heathrow Airport

4:45pm Depart London (Flight BA 0167)

11:50pm Arrive in Tel Aviv 

 

Wednesday, June 17

Jaffa, Sufi Community 

Rabbis for Human Rights/Green Olive Tours 

Free time in Jaffa /Tel Aviv 

Overnight in Tel Aviv 

Thursday, June 18

Caesarea Maritima

Haifa Bahai Gardens

Acre Crusader Town

Ibillin, Fr. Chacour Visit 

Overnight in Nazareth 

 

Friday, June 19

Kibbutz Shaar Hagolan

Sea of Galilee Boat Ride

Capernaum

Tiberias (Lunch covered)

Overnight in Nazareth 

 

Saturday, June 20

Cross into Jordan

Refugee Camp in Jordan

Drive to Petra

Overnight in Petra

Sunday, June 21

Petra

Overnight in Petra

 

Monday, June 22

Mt. Nebo, Madaba

Cross back into Israel 

Jericho 

Dead Sea 

Overnight in Jericho 

 

Tuesday, June 23

Bethlehem

Church of Nativity & Shepherd's Field

Geo-Political Tour (Rachel's Tomb, checkpoint, wall)

Palestinian Refugee Camp

Overnight in Bethlehem

Wednesday, June 24

Holy Land Trust Meeting

Al Walajeh Village (Home Demolitions & Rebuilding Projects)

Roots Initiative 

Overnight in Bethlehem

Thursday, June 25
Settlement Tour & Meeting with Settler 

Tour of Hebron

Breaking the Silence 

Lunch with Palestinian Muslim Family 

Overnight in Bethlehem 

Friday, June 26

Jerusalem Holocaust Memorial

Geo-Political Tour of East Jerusalem

Overnight in Jerusalem 

Saturday, June 27

Free Day in Jerusalem

Sunday, June 28

Western Wall 

Al-Aqsa Mosque 

Temple Mount 

Lefta Village (Expelled Palestinian village from 1948) 

 

Monday, June 29

Depart Tel Aviv 7:40am (BA0166) 
Arrive in London 11:05am 
Depart London 1:40pm (BA0273) 
Arrive in San Diego 4:55pm 
 

TRIP COST

PRICE $4,300

 (for 40+ people):

 

PRICE $4,480                                PRICE $4,980

                 (for 30-39 people):                         (for 20-29 people):                 

 

INCLUDES:

• Round trip Economy class air flight ticket from San Diego to Tel Aviv with British airways
• All necessary land transportation during the tour includes airport pick up and transfer.
• Sightseeing in deluxe private air-conditioned motor coach.
• Accommodations for Hotels - double occupancy - 2 per room
• Breakfast and dinner at Hotel daily
• Coffee, tea with breakfast daily
• Service charges, portage and taxes for accommodations.
• 1 Lunch in Sea of Galilee
• 1 Cultural dinner in a Bedouin style restaurant in the Shepherd’s Field
• Services of a licensed English-speaking guide (daily)
• All entrance fees
• 45 minutes Boat ride at Sea of Galilee
• Entry to Dead Sea
• Entry to Petra & 700-meter horse ride in Petra
• Tips for driver and tour guide
• Admin fees

 

NOT INCLUDED: 
Travel insurance, daily lunches except for 1 lunch in Sea of Galilee, exit tax from Jordan to Israel (approximately 10 dinar), costs for items not on table, d’hôte menus such as water or other beverages at dinner, laundry, telephone calls, or services other
than those specifically mentioned.


For Single Supplement Room: Add $900 to price
Flight Seat Upgrades available for additional price​

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Is this a religious trip? 

No, but we will travel with and interact with people of multiple religions! We will have the chance to visit religious sites that are considered holy for Muslims, Christians, and Jews, and we will learn how people of each religion use their faith to bring both division and peace. The focus of this trip is not to visit holy sites, but to have a cultural immersion experience and to humbly learn from peacemakers in Israel, Palestine, and Jordan. 

 

2. Can I go if I am Muslim? Or, can I go if I am Jewish? Or if I'm Christian? or if I'm an atheist? Or agnostic? 

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes! ALL are welcome. This trip is for EVERYONE. 

3. What makes this trip unique?

This trip will have you immersed in the culture of Israel, Palestine and Jordan on day ONE. You'll have the chance to encounter peace and justice leaders from all faiths and see first-hand how the conflict in Israel and Palestine impacts daily life for locals. You will leave this trip having a better understanding of the conflict in the Middle East and the history that created the current conflict. You will interact with Muslims, Druze, Jews, and Christians, and be immersed in Arab culture. Many trips that travel to Israel skip Palestine and never stay in the West Bank. Instead, we've chosen to focus our attention on giving a voice to those who are often ignored. We will spend multiple days in the West Bank. 

4. Can I travel solo? 

Absolutely! You will be paired with another solo traveler for your hotel stays. If you would like to have your own room, you'll need to pay an additional $900 for the trip. If you or we cannot find another solo traveler for you to be paired with, you will need to pay the additional $900 for a single room. 

5. Is it safe? 

Yes. The news that you hear about rockets and violence centers around Gaza. We will be staying far away from Gaza. It is more likely that you would be killed in a car accident (or shooting!) here in the United States. If, for some reason, violence spreads outside of Gaza to an area where we are scheduled to visit, we will adjust our trip accordingly. 

6. How will we travel around? 

We'll travel to Tel Aviv by plane and then will travel by air conditioned bus for the rest of the sites. We will have a licensed tour guide with us for the entire trip, as well as an experienced bus driver. 

7. What will food be like?

You'll experience a mix of Middle Eastern & Western food. Hotel breakfasts and dinners often serve a variety of food, including western selections. Lunches will be on the go and often will be Middle Eastern (think falafel, chicken kabob, pita bread and hummus). Some days you'll have the opportunity to walk and find a lunch that suits you. On other days, we'll all eat lunch together. (Lunches are not covered in price) You are NOT forced to eat the meals at the hotels (although they are very tasty!). Feel free to venture out into the cities to eat whatever you like and experience more of the local cuisine. 

 

8. How much walking will there be?

 Quite a bit. You'll need to be physically fit to attend this trip. The stones in the old cities are uneven and slippery, especially when wet and these old cities are unfortunately not handicap accessible. There will also be long hours of sitting on the bus to travel from city to city. 


9. What are the accommodations like?

Please remember: this is a cultural immersion trip, not a luxury resort trip. Every hotel will be different. Some may feel like a vacation spot (e.g. Jericho) while others may feel like you've stepped back 1,000 years (e.g. Nazareth). 

10. Could I bring a relative from out-of-state?

 Sure! We can help them book a flight that meets us in our layover or in Tel Aviv. Alternatively, they can fly to San Diego to fly with us the whole way. 

11. What happens if we don't get enough people?

The trip will be cancelled and your money will be refunded if 20 people do not sign up. The more people that sign up, the less you pay, so invite your friends! 

12. Could I bring my children on this trip?

If they are junior high school age or older, absolutely! You must chaperone them on the trip though. 

13. What is the payment schedule? 

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due January 1st. The next non-refundable payment of $1,500 is due by March 1st. Final non-refundable payment is due April 1st. 

14. What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find someone to replace you, we can issue a refund of your payment. Alternatively, the person who is going on the trip can pay you directly and then take over your payment from there. However, after we send your information into the airlines and book your plane ticket, we can not issue a refund or transfer your ticket to another person. You are then required to utilize travel insurance. Please purchase travel insurance! 

 

15. What company are we traveling with?

This is a Salaam-sponsored trip in cooperation with Holy Land Trust. Salaam is a non-religious, non-partisan organization that creates mutual understanding between Muslims and non-Muslims. You can learn more about Salaam here: www.salaamusa.org 

Holy Land Trust has a vision of  employing unconditional love to help change communities living in violence and fear. You can learn more about Holy Land Trust here: www.holylandtrust.org

16. What else do I need to know? 

Security in Israel is tight. Consequently, your passport information will need to be sent via e-mail to hotels. If you are uncomfortable with this, you should not go on the trip. Also, we will be spending many days in the West Bank (Jericho & Bethlehem) interacting with Palestinians. If you work for the military or government, please check with your supervisors to make sure you can travel with us. Also, there may be required reading prior to travel. 

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