Uncover Palestine this summer with our acclaimed travel program, the Summer Encounter. Immerse yourself in an extraordinary experience and explore faith, culture and justice through guided journeys of discovery. Join us for a month-long voyage that will broaden your understanding of the region's past and present realities.
During your stay in the Holy Land, you will live with a local host family, creating a space where authentic and long-lasting relationships can be formed. In our experience, these relationships help foster within participants a lifelong commitment to pursuing justice more than any other component of the program. The homestays create an intimate environment where stories that might not otherwise be shared are given voice. Reading about Palestinian life or hearing lectures can be helpful, but living with a local family offers unparalleled insight into how ordinary Palestinians navigate the complexities and contradictions of life under Occupation.
Starting with Biblical times, the Summer Encounter explores different historical narratives from both religious and secular contexts, examining overlaps and discrepancies. From there, we examine how those narratives manifest in political realities on-the-ground for different groups.
We organize meetings with the most significant humanitarian and political organizations in the region, including international, Israeli, and Palestinian NGOs. By doing so, we offer participants a broader understanding of the system of settler colonialism and its impact on the native communities. We also analyze the histories and tactics of both international and indigenous resistance movements seeking a just peace.
The Holy Land is a land of diversity. While people oftentimes break this down into binary terms – Israeli/Palestinian – nothing could be further from the truth. On this land, we have Palestinian Arabs who belong to a multitude of religious identities – Muslim, Christian, Jewish, and others. There is an Armenian diaspora community with their own unique culture and language they have preserved overtime. There are Bedouin communities and Druze communities that have a very complex relationship within the settler colonial system. We also explore the complexity of the Jewish communities that came to settle on the land from far off places like Iran, Ethiopia, different parts of Europe and the former Soviet Union and how that interplay between these groups leads to interesting dynamics within the Israeli political system. Understanding the ways these groups of people have preserved their culture and heritage over time is crucial to how nonviolent resistance works within systems of oppression.
As new historical discoveries emerge in the Holy Land, as the social landscape changes in your own communities back home, our partner Holy Land Trust ensures that each tour is updated to reflect the most pressing issues of your group. We spend as much time as it takes to ensure our holy land tours are built just to meet your needs and requirements.
Arrival Day & Welcome Activity
Orientation Day & Tour of Bethlehem
Lecture (Palestinian – Israeli Conflict), Geo-Political tour of Bethlehem ( Wall & Refugee Camp)
Guided tour of the Holocaust Museum & Tour of the expelled village of Lifta
Lecture about Judaism by local Rabbi & Geopolitical tour of Jerusalem
Lecture about Islam at the Omar Mosque
Lecture about Christian Zionism & Palestinian film screening
Worship with Local Palestinian Christian (Optional) & Lecture about the Christians of Palestine
Nonviolence Workshop & Lecture on the history of the Intifadas
Lessons on Palestinian Liberation Theology
NGO meetings in Ramallah & Meet with PLO
Hebron Old City Tour & International Observers
Visit Bedouin Community in Negev Desert & Gaza Borders
Tel Aviv NGO’s & Meetings with the Arab Israeli Minority
Galilee Religious Sites & Visit Occupied Golan Heights
Jordan Valley & Jericho Day Tour
Non-Linear Leadership Workshop
Evaluation and debriefing day
In the event of cancellation of travel services due to any reason including COVID-19 travel restrictions, Holy Land 360 must be notified in writing. Cancellation refunds are determined based on the date of notification in writing. Refunds are as follows:
Some cancellation and refund policies are out of our control including:
In case Group/Individual cancels the trip after commencement, the refund will be limited to the amount that we would recover from the hoteliers/ contractors we patronize. For unused hotel accommodation, chartered transportation & missed meals etc. we do not bear any responsibility to refund.