Hebron Dual Narrative Tour
Visit this special city, one of the four holy cities in Judaism and a sacred place in Islam. Our Hebron tour splits the day in two – you’ll spend the morning with Jewish ‘settlers’ in the city, and the afternoon in the Palestinian part of the city. By hearing from both sides, this tour will give you a balanced insight on life in Hebron, the city of Abraham, and the site of the burial place of the Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs.
Leaving Jerusalem, we’ll head south into the hills of Judea, arriving in ‘H2′, the Israeli controlled area of Hebron, the largest city in the West Bank in a bullet-proof public bus.
You’ll visit the divided Tomb of the Patriarchs, home to the symbolic tombs of Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebecca, Jacob and Leah – even Adam and Eve –, all said to be buried in the cave beneath, before touring the Jewish ‘settler’ neighborhoods of the city, visiting the Avraham Avinu Quarter and restored synagogue, the Beit Hadassah museum about Jewish life in Hebron before the riots of 1929, and the ‘Shavei Hevron Yeshiva’ in Beit Romano. We’ll also visit the hilltop Tel Rumeida, site of a Bronze Age archaeological site, army base, and the tomb of Ruth and Jesse from the Bible.
Crossing over into the Palestinian area, we’ll be met by a Palestinian guide and enter the bustling city center. Enjoying an optional home cooked lunch with a Palestinian family, you’ll have the chance to speak with a variety of locals. After lunch, we’ll climb on top of a family home for a rooftop view of the city, learn about the difficult conditions of Palestinian residents and shop owners living in close proximity to the nearby settlements, and visit the Muslim side of the Tomb of the Patriarchs, known as the Ibrahimi (Abraham’s) Mosque.
This tour of Hebron is a unique tour in that it presents two very different narratives of one ancient, contested city. This is the only tour where you’ll have two guides, one Israeli, one Palestinian, each showing a different half and a different perspective of this city. The tour is political but objective, with each participant free to form their own opinions.
- Get a unique perspective with a tour of both sides of this unique city
- Visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs as well as the major Jewish and Islamic sites in Hebron
- Speak with Palestinians and Israelis living in this divided city
- Better understand the complex political situation
Good to Know
- This tour is not available for Israeli passport holders due to restrictions
- This tour will take you into some religious neighborhoods. 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: Jerusalem - Abraham Hostel Lobby - Davidka Square
- Things to bring: Snacks & water, Hat, Camera, Sunscreen, Passport
- Guided tour of both sides of Hebron
- Transport to and back from Hebron (15.6 NIS each way for bus and tram)
- Lunch (30 NIS)
Do we need a visa for this tour?
No, as you will not be crossing international borders. You just need your passport to show at the checkpoints (it will not be stamped)
Can we join this tour from Hebron?
In theory, yes. It will have to be pre arranged with our Travel Center and will be at your responsibility to arrive at the appointed spot and time.