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Samaritan Experience (Traditions, History and Food) provided by Samaritan Experience

Samaritan Experience (Traditions, History and Food)

Samaritan Experience (Traditions, History and Food)
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About
The Samaritans are a small, ancient tribe living on Mount Gerizim in the middle of the Holy Land, many people know the expression “Good Samaritan” that comes from the Bible story, but most people don't know that the Samaritans were actually once a nation, they trace back themselves to ancient Israelites over 3650 years ago. Thousands of tourists from all over the world come to meet the Samaritans and learn about their history, and traditions on Mount Gerizim. We offer you an experience you will never forget, this is the closest you can get to touch the heart of the holy land, not many people know about the Samaritan culture, and we want to change that, because we believe it is a unique story here in the middle east, since the Samaritans are the only holders of both Israeli and Palestinian Nationalities, Our tour guide Abdallah Cohen is one of the Samaritans who live on the sacred mountain he is very passionate about his work and will happily share the Samaritan traditions with you.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Arabic, English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Arabic, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 177053P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Tour guide is also the driver.
  • Entry/Admission - The Samaritan Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Gerizim Site (Mount of Blessing)
  • Entry/Admission - Jacob's Well
Exclusions
  • Pick up and return from/to any hotel in Tel Aviv-Yafo/Jerusalem/Betlehem (40$ fee for one group)
Duration
6–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We can pick up and return from/to any hotel in Tel Aviv-Yafo/Jerusalem/Betlehem (40$ fee for one group)
  • Jabal at Tur, Har Brakha You can search in Waze or Moovit apps: Samaritan Museum, Mount Gerizim
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Tour guide is also the driver.
  • Entry/Admission - The Samaritan Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Gerizim Site (Mount of Blessing)
  • Entry/Admission - Jacob's Well
Exclusions
  • Pick up and return from/to any hotel in Tel Aviv-Yafo/Jerusalem/Betlehem (40$ fee for one group)
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We can pick up and return from/to any hotel in Tel Aviv-Yafo/Jerusalem/Betlehem (40$ fee for one group)
  • Jabal at Tur, Har Brakha You can search in Waze or Moovit apps: Samaritan Museum, Mount Gerizim
Duration
6–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Jabal at Tur
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Mount Gerizim Site (Mount of Blessing)
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Albader Soap Factory
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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David Ha'ivri 🇮🇱
Israel242 contributions
This is a Must Do Experience
I have brought many guests to visit with the Samaritans on Mount Gerizim. Their story, history and culture is fascinating. Abood Cohen is a great host. He is very knowledgeable and has an excellent command of the English language. The special standing of the Samaritan people in the complex political reality here allows this company to provide a unique service and programs on in Israeli and Palestinian surroundings.

I highly recommend these tours.
Written January 27, 2020
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aboodcohens
Thank you very much for the review, David! we are always happy to see you here :)
Written January 28, 2020
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Brian K
NYC3 contributions
The most fascinating place in Israel/Palestine
Dec 2019
The Samaritans are both Palestinians and Israelis, an ancient people that transcend the categories of the conflict. They were once one of the most populous nations in the region, now there less than a thousand people.

Anyone interested in the history of Judaism, Christianity, Palestine or ethno-religious groups or ancient languages has to come to Mt. Gerizim.

There is a small town on top of the mountain which represents half the Samaritans in the world (the other half lives near Tel Aviv), a museum with priceless artifacts, and an archeological site on the top of the mountain with the ruins of the Samaritan Temples and the Byzantine Church that was built on top of it after the Samaritan Revolts.

Abood Cohen is young Samaritan tour guide who knows everything about the museum and Samaritan culture and he will show you everything. He's the friendliest guy and very generous with his time. Many Samaritans are trilingual: Arabic, Hebrew, English and you can talk to Abood and one of the Samaritan priests in those languages.

I can't recommend this place enough. Just when you think you understand the complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, the Samaritan story exposes even deeper expressions of humanity, solidarity, and the possibilities for reconciliation.
Written December 31, 2019
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aboodcohens
Thank you so much for your time to review the tour, it inspires us to continue to work harder to make it even better! had the pleasure to show you guys around <3
Written January 25, 2020
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Joseph A
Chicago, IL1 contribution
a "Must Do"
Nov 2019
The day in Samaria (Mt. Gerizim and Nablus (West Bank) was the high point of our Israeli trip. We were able to encounter OT Biblical times through the ongoing traditions practiced even today by the Samaritan community. We saw a very nice museum and worship center on top of Mt. Gerizim, and an excellent historical multimedia presentation produced by the government on Samaritan history (these often are dry and sub-par, but please trust me, this was very well done!). All this was followed by a visit to Jacob’s Well in Nablus, which was where Jesus met the Samaritan woman at the well. (John 4). What I like best about the Samaritan Experience was the personal interaction with the guide, Abood Cohen. He is developing his tour business and a passion for customer service. While some of these big bus tours treat you like a herd of cattle (you know, following a raised umbrella), Abood has a mission... to give the history of his Samaritan people. That is what makes the Samaritan Experience a “must do” when traveling to Israel.
Written November 21, 2019
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aboodcohens
Thank you for your positive review! we had the joy to show you guys around! hope to meet you in future tours :)
Written January 25, 2020
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Lynn Walker
2 contributions
Highlight of my trip to Israel
Sep 2019
I’ve been to Israel on six different occasions, and didn’t realize until this last visit, that there’s one area that I totally missed out on by not visiting. On my recent visit, I went on the “Samarian Experience”, and was totally amazed by what I learned and felt. Like most people I’ve heard the name Samaritan, but my knowledge was very superficial and in many ways incorrect. Being there on Mount Gerizim was one of the highlights of my trip. They have a small museum, but more interesting was when the brother of the High Priest spoke with us and shared some valuable information and highlights regarding their culture, traditions and history. Abood and his friend, were also amazing. They went out of their way to share their history, culture, and visit archeological sites. What I learned was transforming in helping me to have a better understanding and appreciation for the Samaritans. Let me summarize my experience this way, although I will forget many things from my visit, but my experience in Samaria will be something that I’ll always remember. This last trip I spent a month traveling and visiting site all over Israel, this was tops!
Written October 26, 2019
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aboodcohens
Thank you for joining our tours! we are very glad you enjoyed the experience, hope to see you in future tours :)
Written December 21, 2019
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Mrs Ma
1 contribution
Great and unique experience
Sep 2019
I had a great time with Abood and his friend Breeto who took us to Jacob's well, the Holy Mount Gerizim and met with his grandpa who is the High priest and enjoyed delicious Samaritan snack prepared by grandma. They made us feel at home. The view from the top of Mount Gerizim looking down to the Palestinian settlement villages and also the biblical site such as Issac's altar is amazing. The Samaritan museum is very educational too. This is a very unique experience to visit this long forgotten community of people with long history who is fighting for survival in modern days as they have less than 1000 people in this generation. Abood is a very friendly and knowledgeable guide on his own land and people and I definitely would go back there again with my family to see how their community will grow in the future years. My best wishes for them for prosperity and safety in their native land.
Written September 16, 2019
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aboodcohens
Thank you for coming we surely had a pleasure showing you around, thanks for the wishes <3
Written September 17, 2019
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Rike
20 contributions
Inspiring insight into Samaritan Life
It was very inspiring to meet Abud Cohen who shared about the rich Samaritan History & Traditions showing us around in the little museum. Later he accompanied us to Mount Gerizim the holy site for the Samaritan Community & sharedwit us May more stories & his personal perspectives on the unique lifestyle of that ancient community. He s an interesting guide to the Samaritan Conext with the talent to draw lines tracing back into ancient history connecting it to the here & now. If you are near Nablus try to meet Abud & spend some time! A truely unique Samaritan Experience!
Written September 4, 2019
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aboodcohens
Thanks for the review! We are very glad you found the tour inspiring, it was an absolute pleasure to show you around, don't forget to come by if you're around :)
Written September 5, 2019
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karlo a
Calgary, Canada126 contributions
Great way to know about a little known community.
I had a great day with Abood, I was promptly picked up at my accommodation in Tel Aviv and drove off to the Samaritan village at Qiryat Luza. Our first stop was the community museum where he explained about the culture and history of his people, the main differences between Jews and Samaritans. He tells it all with passion. Our next stop was the archaeological site up Mt. Gerizim the holiest site for the Samaritans (their equivalent to the Temple Mount) where you can find Isaac's altar, and remains of some Byzantine era buildings, we then went down to the old quarter of Nablus (Shechem) to visit a soap factory, the market, a mosque and a spice shop, we also did a quick stop at Jacob's well one of the holiest sites in Christianity. Highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in learning more about a little known community and also of Nablus.
Written August 29, 2019
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aboodcohens
Hello Karlo, it was a pleasure to show you around! Thank you for giving us a positive and honest review, hope we see you on future tours! :)
Written August 30, 2019
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maurerch
Vienna, Austria7 contributions
Great visit
We had a great day with Abdullah. He showed us the mount of blessing, gave us lots of information about the Samaritan community and we had interesting discussions about the live within community, social life etc...

We also had the luck to meet the High Priest and enjoy great homemade tahini😊

A must do if you’re in Nablus area.
Written August 16, 2019
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aboodcohens
Thank you! We had a lot of fun showing you guys around too, hope we meet again in future tours, new stories and food :)
Written August 27, 2019
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eggersro
Gleisdorf, Austria5 contributions
Samaritans Tour ❤️
Breeto and Abood are really nice people who doing a great thing for the future and the presence to show a other side of Israel. They showing us around at Mount Gerizim and helped us to understand the Samaritans. They both can tell you everything about the Samaritan Culture. This is a really special Culture, lovely people and interesting culture. It’s total save to visit it, also with kids you can feel free there and enjoy the whole village the view and the friendly open minded people. I recommend everybody to go there feel and see that different and special place in contrast to Israel and Palestine. Thank you so much for everything you did for us. I wish you all the best for your dreams and hope you will get it.
Written August 11, 2019
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aboodcohens
Thank you for the postive review, me and Breeto had the pleasure to show you around share our traditions with you, as well as hear from you too :) hope we see you again!
Written August 27, 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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Vibrant and moving between the two mountains this is a fun town. Don’t miss the market. It’s incredible.
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