Palestine walking vacation
Walk the ‘Path of Abraham’, through some of the world’s most revered and contentious lands. This Palestine walking vacation offers a unique and compelling insight to a place at the center of world history for three millennia.
Path of Abraham Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil Nablus Roman Sebastiya Tea in Balata refugee camp Jabal Awrma Duma Ain Samia Al Auja Sleep in a Bedouin camp Wadi el-Qult Jericho Dead Sea swim Mar Saba Monastery Bethlehem Church of the Nativity Jerusalem
£1895 excluding flights
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the fragile eco-system of the mountains is not damaged or spoilt in any way. On our short walk programmes, our guides are trained to uphold this policy and all clients are fully briefed on appropriate/responsible behaviour whilst in wilderness areas. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to all trips in all regions, and as tour operators is something we are careful to promote.
In each area we employ and develop close relationships with drivers and guides. We feel the interaction between our friends and our clients offers both parties a valuable understanding between cultures.
By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites we visit – particularly important as this trip visits some remote sites that aren’t policed by tourist regulators.
PeopleIn Palestine we use local ground handlers who in turn book locally run hotels, providing employment for a number of members of staff and support families. The ground handlers also use local drivers and guides at the sites – our clients are taken to family run restaurants. This means that all the operational costs go directly into the local economy.
We have incorporated village homestays into the itinerary which will offers the chance to see how locals live, what they eat, and to learn about their livelihoods and culture through first hand experience. Secondly and probably most importantly, you will be contributing directly the host family’s livelihoods.
In order to facilitate an enduring support structure for the communities we visit, and to show a commitment to these values, in January 2009 we set up a charitable foundation through which we can channel funds to both existing NGOs ( such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit) and our own development projects. In addition to organising ethically sensitive tours, having our own charitable foundation allows us to raise money – through the cost of our tours, charity trips and fund raising events – which can then be used to fund various projects in education, sanitation, reforestations and a number of other important issues facing developing communities. Wherever possible we are happy for our clients to visit these projects to see for themselves where and how this money is being spent. This is a very exciting development for us and something we hope in time will become a major part of our organisation.
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