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“Depends on what you are looking for” 4 of 5 stars
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Murad Tours
Bethlehem
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Owner description: Murad Tours specializes in tours for individuals and groups throughout Bethlehem and the West Bank including Hebron, Ramallah, Jericho and the Dead Sea. Relgious and historical sites include Mar Saba, Herodion and the Church of the Navitiy. With other unique visits to the separation wall, refugee camps, grafitti of Banksy and others, plus much more.Tours are fully customizable, with professional guides that ensure a unforgettable experience in Palestine. Experience Bethlehem, Palestine with us!
Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
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“Depends on what you are looking for”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Had a good day on the tour but really depends on what you want to see. Spent most of the morning in the Aida camp then went on to do tour of city. Morning was very interesting to learn about issue from Palestinian point of view, and you could tell it was a subject the guides felt they truly wanted to share. However, this can be heavy going and if you just want the highlights or more religious sights this is not the tour for you.

The tour was well organized and all guides and drivers were excellent.

Visited June 2013
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Vienna, Virginia
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“Bethlehem tour”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

We took the tour of Bethlehem and Palestinian refugee area. It is a difficult review because the guide, Yamen, was one of the best we have ever had -- personable, friendly, accommodating, entertaining, etc. However, although we knew we would visit a refugee camp, the tour was, for us, top heavy, with politics. A different guide for the Church of the Nativity wanted to talk more about the recent Israeli siege of the church than the birth of Christ and attempted to rush us through the Church, suggesting we should not spend too much time in the nativity area. Thus, though we did hit the religious aspects of the area, more time was spent on politics. In short, if you're looking for a spiritual journey, this is not your tour. If you want a Palestinian perspective and a brief look at the Church of Nativity, this is a great tour.

Visited June 2013
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San Francisco, California, United States
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“Tour was spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Yamen the tour guide shows us exactly what it means to live as a Palestinian today. And he does it with sincerity, good humour and insight, that makes for an unforgettable experience. You never get this information from a tour book or pamphlet, and you will never get this view from the popular press or mainstream media in the US or UK. It is crazy that there is a travel advisory, probably because the US and Israel government does not want folks to see conditions of life in the West Bank under occupation. Take the tour, you will love it.

Visited May 2013
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St. Petersburg, Russia
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“Best tour in Palestine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Why? Because it shows not only touristy side of what it is West bank but the actual situation in the area. (Well, with a bit of pro-palestinian view but at the end of the day you decide because talking about the tour Yamen is telling also his personal story of living there and that is quite emotional). We did Hebron and Bethlehem. I suggest - do not miss Hebron, better book a whole day tour. As about safety - we felt completely safe - saying that the number of soldiers walking down outside of Bethlehem with guns is unbeatable so you choose, obviosly its not the safest place in the world but it's well worth visiting if you are into politics and understanding things a bit deeper (in fact I personally felt myself safer then in Jerusalem, for example). I wouldn't say it's religious tour though (if somebody looking for that) - we visited all the major places in Bethlehem and get good enough explanation but without too many religious details. We also got a chance to talk to people living, working or serving in Palestine which I think makes this tour unique. If you are not a spending 2 weeks on the beach kind of person, go for it! :-)

Visited May 2013
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Leiden, The Netherlands
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“Hebron Tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I went on the tour in 2010 with a friend. Our guide Yamen was very memorably upbeat. The tour had a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere, with everyone on the tour becoming instant friends. Even though visiting Hebron is a somber experience, it should really be done. If you have never traveled in Palestine before, or are a more novice traveler, I'd recommend this tour. It is not a boring cramped tour: you have the comfort of easy transportation, excellent insight and inspired company.

Visited May 2012
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