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Jerusalem: Dual Narrative Tour

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    Stop At: Jaffa Gate, Jaffa Road Omar Ibn Katab, Jerusalem Israel

    Introduction to Jerusalem and geography of Israel and Palestine. What does the sign at the entrance to the Old City tell us about how ruling powers assert their claims over space?

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Armenian Quarter, David Street Armenian Patriarchate Road, Jerusalem Israel

    Notice signage commemorating the Armenian genocide and discuss. Learn about Armenian history and identity in Jerusalem, and where this community fits on such a diverse religious and political landscape.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem Israel

    Visit the Roman Cardo and understand the Israeli narrative linking Jewish life today to Jerusalem during previous historical epochs. What lies beneath the surface of this excavation, and which layers were removed to reach the current configuration?

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: St Mark's Syriac Church, Ararat Street, Jerusalem Israel

    Stop above the church at a rooftop looking towards East Jerusalem - review Jerusalem's borders and major landmarks

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre, Christian Quarter, Jerusalem Israel

    Understand significance of this site in Christian tradition, and in Israeli and Palestinian narratives. Visit major sites within church itself.

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Muslim Quarter, Jerusalem Israel

    Walk through Muslim Quarter and learn about various communities in the Old City, links to Muslim world, and current tensions.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Western Wall Plaza Jewish Quarter, Jerusalem 97500 Israel

    After passing through Wadi Road, enter Western Wall/Al Buraq square. Learn about the Second Temple in Jerusalem and the millennia-old tradition of Jewish pilgrimage to stand beside its remains. Hear also about "Al Buraq," and the Islamic story of Muhammed's flight to Jerusalem. What did this open complex look like before and after it was captured by Israel more than 50 years ago?

    Duration: 25 minutes

    Stop At: Al Masjid Al Aqsa, Temple Mount, Jerusalem Israel

    Ascend to the Temple Mount/Noble Sanctuary complex and understand the historic importance of this site for three religions. View the magnificently tiled Dome of the Rock shrine and Al Aqsa mosque. Why is this platform such flash point in the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians?

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: The Way of the Cross - Via Dolorosa, Via Dolorosa Old Town, Jerusalem Israel

    Conclude near the 5th Station of the Cross and Austrian Hospice. Final guide reflections and time for Q&A.

    Duration: 20 minutes
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Jaffa Gate, Omar Ibn Katab, ירושלים

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Zion Square in downtown Jerusalem. Must notify tour organizer at least 24 hours before tour date/time if you would like pick up.
    Departure Time
    9:30 AM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    Austrian Hospice, Via Dolorosa St 37, Jerusalem
    Inclusions
    • 2 Professional guides
    • Tour escort/host
    Exclusions
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Gratuities
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women.
    • DO NOT bring large electronics
    • Bring hat to block sun and plenty of water
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    This tour is different from any other. It is intense and very informative mainly about the historical and political events of the Middle East, especially Israel and Palestine. The tour is conducted by an Israeli and a Palestine guide and they both narrate the stories...More

    Thank michag
    Reviewed 4 weeks ago

    This four hour tour goes through the Armenian Quarter, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Jewish Quarter and Western Wall, and the Dome of the Rock area. We had about 20 minutes for lunch at a street cafe (on our own). We had time to...More

    Date of experience: September 2019
    1  Thank TravelsAlot1
    Reviewed August 31, 2019

    I'm so glad we found and were able to partake in this tour. It offered such a unique view of the city, and it felt important to hear from multiple viewpoints about the city and the conflict. Our tour guides Shai and Nur were great...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    2  Thank tunisiagurl09
    MEJDIDayTours, Director of Sales at MEJDI Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2019

    Thanks so much for your review. We are always working to strike this fine balance between covering sites and history, and getting to a deeper conversation about the current reality. We appreciate that you joined us for this tour and took time to leave this...More

    Reviewed July 10, 2019

    This was fantastic and unique. It's rare to find a space where two informed, eloquent speakers from opposite sides of the Israeli/Palestinian experience can engage in good-faith debate, and that's exactly what this tour provided. We had Shai and Malcon as our guides, and they...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    1  Thank Dan147904376
    Reviewed July 2, 2019

    My 15 year old son and I took this tour in April. I highly recommend it! We are already politically aware but that doesn't mean we actually know any details about life in Jerusalem nor the the history that the presented! This tour was fantastic...More

    Date of experience: April 2019
    Thank tarah93
    MEJDIDayTours, Guest Relations Manager at MEJDI Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2019

    Thanks for this kind review. As you suggest, we hope this tour models a responsible approach to visiting new places - both in Palestine and Israel - and elsewhere in the world. Come visit us again!

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