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Palestine at the World Travel Market - London (5-7 Nov 2018)

Oct. 17, 2018, midnight

Palestine will be present at the international tourism trade show in London next month.

The event, known as World Travel Market, will host tour operators and representatives of the thriving Palestinian tourism sector in a bid to inform UK tourism and travel agencies about a unique offering.

Palestine is and ancient and holy land. It is situated at the geographical and cultural crossroads of three continents and its people are incredibly welcoming and hospitable. Palestine offers you an unforgettable choice of must do experiences.

For more information, please visit Palestine stand at WTM 2018 number ME 360.

Below is a list of 10 places to visit in Palestine:

Walk through the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine. It is a city that cannot be rivalled for its claim to spiritual importance and symbolic status for believers across the world. It is a centre of sanctity for the three monotheistic religions of Christianity, Islam and Judaism. See the sights and listen to the sounds of religious diversity when you visit the many holy places, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which marks the site of Christ’s crucifixion and the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam. Listen to the muezzin’s call to prayer at daybreak followed by the peel of church bells.

Take a tour of many more holy sites and architectural wonders in and around the town of Bethlehem. See for yourself the Church of the Nativity which marks the place where Christ was born and nearby are the Shepherds’ Fields where an angel announced his birth. Trek by the marvel of engineering, King Solomon’s Pools dating back to the first century BC which supplied Jerusalem and Bethlehem with drinking water. Witness for yourself the wonder of the fifth century Greek Orthodox Monastery at Mar Saba perched on a canyon wall , high above the Kidron Valley in the wilderness of al-Baryiah extending between Jerusalem and Hebron. Take a walk around the village of Battir with its terraced hills and natural springs.

Take a ride on a cable car over Jericho which is the lowest city on earth as well as being the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. As you glide above the town ascending to the Mount of Temptation you will see excavations revealing the architectural fortification walls of the ancient citadel known as Tel es-Sultan. Drink your fill from the natural spring of Ain es-Sultan which bears the name of the prophet Elisha. Visit the ruins of Hisham’s Palace built in the eighth century with its intricately designed mosaics and bathhouse.

North of Jericho lies the city of Nablus where you can tour the ancient olive soap factories. Steam away your troubles in the nearby Turkish Baths then refreshed and reinvigorated wander among the bustling marketplace and meet the friendly people of Nablus. Northwest of the city is Sebastia, a village where Roman ruins extend across the hillside. Further north still is the ‘garden city’ of Jenin with its encircling groves of fig, carob and almond trees. Trace the miracles of Christ in the nearby village of Burgin, where Jesus healed the ten lepers, Then continue your journey on to Tulkarem and Salfit to enjoy the breath-taking views of hill after hill of olive groves.

Watch in wonder the skills of the artisan glassblowers of Hebron and take away a souvenir from their beautifully handcrafted products proudly displayed in shops next to their workshops. Explore the old city with its traditional markets and finally pay a visit to al-Haram al-Ibrahimi which houses the tombs of the Prophets Abraham, Issac, Jacob and their wives. Take care not to miss the Oak of Abraham and the Russian Orthodox Church which commemorates the place where the Prophet Abraham received the three angels.

Visit the city of Ramallah and see the grave of the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat and brush up your modern history on a tour of the Yasser Arafat Museum. Then for a cultural interlude visit the Museum of Palestine’s national poet, Mahmoud Darwish and finish off your day dining at one of Ramallah’s fine restaurants which serve a delicious array of authentic local and international cuisine. Head off the next morning to the nearby village of al-Taybeh with its ancient church winery and local brewery.

Be sure to experience true Palestinian culture and spend some quality time with local people. Take a visit to the olive groves where you can get hands-on experience helping local farmers in the harvesting process. Be welcomed into a Palestinian home and learn the secrets of preparing delicious Palestinian dishes. Try out your dancing skills and learn the traditional Palestinian dabke dance or if you are good on guitar why not try and play the oud. Then take a lesson or two Arabic.

If you want to get a true sense of the vast natural beauty Palestine has to offer, take a hiking trip through the wilderness of al-Baryiah between Jerusalem and Hebron. From the eastern slopes of the central mountains down to the Great Rift Valley and along the western shores of the Dead sea, Bedouin families have made a home for several thousand years. The semi desert climate is pristine and the deep wadis (valleys) offer spectacular sites. Explore Wadi Qilt and visit the Monastery of St George that magically clings to the canyon walls. Then follow Masar Ibrahim al-Khalil path (The Path of Abraham) and trace the footsteps of the first Prophet across a vast landscape.

Work and live alongside the people of Palestine through unique experiences such as home stays, volunteer placements, home rebuilding camps and even customized projects designed especially for you.

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