Nablus and Jenin Tour
Our Nablus and Jenin tour departs in the morning from Jerusalem. We’ll start off with the Samaritan village on Mt. Gerizim, overlooking Nablus. Near the Samaritan temple, you will hear about the long history of the Samaritan people dating back from the Roman era with over a million strong community, to the few hundred who remain today.
From Mt. Gerizim, we will head to Jacob’s well, located within an Orthodox Christian monastery, and a place used for Christian baptisms for thousands of years. We’ll also stop for a brief look at nearby Tel Balata, an ancient city and UNESCO listed heritage site.
Moving on to Nablus, we will explore its ancient Old City, rich with history stretching from the Roman era through to the Crusader, Mamluk and Ottoman empires. You will taste the ‘kanafeh’ for which Nablus is world-renowned, as well as visiting the spice shops, a soap factory and the Turkish Hamam (bath) dating from the 13th century.
Our next stop on the way out of Nablus is the ancient holy site of Joseph’s Tomb, believed by Jews, Christians, and Muslims to be the burial site of the biblical patriarch and son of Jacob.
A local restaurant in the small Palestinian village of Zababdeh will then host us for a delicious Arabic style lunch allowing you to enjoy a well-earned meal.
After lunch, we will travel north to Jenin Refugee camp, a place offering a glimpse into the hardships and struggle of the less fortunate Palestinian people. Before departing you will have free time to walk through the bustling Jenin markets, a genuine local marketplace untouched by commercial tourism.
We head back to Jerusalem, and arrive at approximately 5:45pm.
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- Visit the Samaritan village on Mount Gerizim
- Explore the Old City of Nablus including the Hamam, Soap Factory and Spice Shop
- Taste delicious local kanafeh in a traditional kanafeh shop in Nablus
- Learn about the complex Palestinian refugee problem at the Jenin Refugee Camp
- Enter the tomb of Joseph, a holy site of three religions
- Walk through the bustling Jenin markets
- Day Tour
07:30 – Pickup from Abraham Hostel – Davidka Square
07:45 – (Upon Request Only) – Pickup from Carta Parking Lot (Jaffa Gate)
09:00 – Arrive at Mount Gerizim
09:40 – Visit the Church of Jacob’s Well
10:00 – Tel Balata
10:20 – Tour of the Old City of Nablus
12:00 – Joseph’s Tomb (subject to site being open for tourists)
13:10 – Lunch (45 ILS)
14:30 – Walk around in Jenin Refugee Camp
15:00 – Free time in the Market in Jenin
15:40 – Depart from Jenin & head back to Jerusalem.
17:45 – Arrive back at Abraham Hostel
NB: All times are approximate and the ordering of sites on the tour is subject to change and alteration during the tour.
Good to Know
- Passports are required, and it is unlawful for Israeli passport holders to join.
- This tour will take you into some religious sites. In order to respect those who live there we ask that you dress modestly for this tour. Men should wear long trousers and avoid wearing shorts or tank tops, women should wear pants or skirts below the knees. Shirts or shawls which are see through or do not cover the shoulders and elbows fully are problematic and should be avoided as well.
- Pickup points: Carta Parking Lot (near Jaffa Gate ), Abraham Hostel Jerusalem Lobby (Davidka Square)
- Things to bring: money for lunch (45 ILS), passport, hat and sunscreen, water and snacks
- Transport to all sites
- Lunch (Arabic Style for 45 ILS)
- Entrance fees to Tel Balata (10 ILS)
- Knafe Dessert (optional)
Is this tour safe?
This tour is guided by an experienced local of the area, and we are always up to date on current affairs and will of course not run the tour if it is unsafe at a given tim
Do I need my passport for these tours and will it get stamped?
You do need your passport, and it does not get stamped because you are not crossing an international border