APAN Study Tours

What to expect from an APAN tour

A different kind of travel – An APAN study tour gets you beyond the headlines. Meeting extraordinary people in extraordinary places, you get to ask your own questions, debate and make up your own mind. 

Our groups are small, averaging 8-12 people, allowing you the time and space to engage with the people and the issues, providing a more enriching travel experience.

You don’t need to be an expert in politics or foreign affairs to join us.  APAN study tours are working tours designed for people with an active interest in Palestine, the Palestinian people and peace in the region.  We provide pre-tour briefings and useful reading lists to help you get the most out of your experience.

We plan and operate all our tours – We don’t rely on destination tourist companies to do our work.  We explore, research and set up all our own tour activities, and our expert consultants can help you get to wherever you wish to go in the region.

Value for money – APAN study tours are run at cost and come at one low fee. The tour fee includes your international economy-class airfare, in-country accommodation in your own single room (4 star bed & breakfast hotels), in-country transport, most meals, pre-departure briefing and information booklet, and access to the experts and experiences other tours don’t visit.

DATES:  2021 and 2022 tour dates to be advised

DESTINATIONS: Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nazareth, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Amman (Jordan), Beirut (Lebanon)

DURATION: Tours range from 7-14 days

INCLUDED:

  • International economy-class airfare
  • Accommodation (single room with breakfast)
  • Local transportation
  • Most meals (when with guest speaker)
  • Visas & departure taxes
  • Pre-departure briefing booklet

COST: Approx AUD$7,000 (includes $200 non-refundable deposit on registration)

For further information or to register your interest, please contact APAN’s study tour coordinator – lisa@apan.org.au

TOUR SCHEDULE:

APAN study tours are focused on the contemporary situation for Palestinian communities in the Middle East. APAN offers a selection of study tour schedules, which can include visits to Palestinian refugees camps in Lebanon, as well as Palestinian communities in the occupied West Bank and inside Israel proper. Unfortunately it is not possible to visit the Gaza Strip at this time.

The study tour schedule is focused on the current affairs and politics of the Palestine-Israel situation through meetings and field trips with leading political analysts as well as local communities and people on-the-ground. The study tour does not include any general touristic sight-seeing, such as historical or religious sights, which are often of significant interest to delegates.  If you wish to do some general tourism, we’d recommend arriving earlier before the study tour or staying on later after the study tour. Please note that the dynamic nature of the local situation at the time of travel may require the tour schedule to be adjusted with minimal notice.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS:

VISAS AND PASSPORTS

Travelers on an Australian passport will receive a visa-on-entry when entering Israel, Jordan and Lebanon; advice will be sought for other passport holders. Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into each country. Evidence of a previous visit to another country in the region like an entry/exit stamp in your passport does not normally prevent entry into Israel, although it may lead to additional questioning at the border. It is for the Israeli authorities to determine the right of entry into Israel.

Does Israel stamp my passport?
Israel no longer stamps travelers’ passports. Your visa will be issued on an entry ticket at immigration which you need to keep with your passport until you leave the country.

Australian Government SMARTRAVELLER ADVICE
Tour participants are advised to review the Smartraveller advisories issued by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, Jordan and Lebanon to inform their travel decisions. At times, DFAT may advise against all travel or all but essential travel to particular countries or parts of particular countries; similarly, DFAT may withdraw any such previously given advice. Where the DFAT issues such advice, we may as a result cancel your tour or make changes so as to avoid the area concerned. Alternatively, we may ask you to sign a form prior to departure confirming that you wish to proceed with the tour notwithstanding the DFAT advice.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Participants are responsible for arranging their own travel insurance at their own cost.  At the very least, we recommend that you are covered for flight changes or cancellations, damage/loss/theft of luggage and personal belongings, damage/loss/theft of electrical goods and mobile phones, and health/medical emergencies. There will be no organised participation in “extreme sports” or motorbike riding on the tour, if that question arises (it sometimes does!).  The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) does not take responsibility for your personal belongings or health concerns while on the Study Tour.  Please see your travel agent for advice on a travel insurance policy suitable to your needs.

MEDICAL ADVISORIES

Advice on health requirements may be obtained from your GP, or alternatively from the Travel Doctor-TMVC – see their advisories for Israel, Jordan and Lebanon. Tour participants are responsible for their own personal health concerns during travel.

Tour leader looking over Jerusalem with group behind
Tour leader looking over Jerusalem with group behind
People walking around demolished village
Woman listening to two children with Down Syndrome sharing their work
Group of people in front of a demolished house
People eating strawberries in a hydroponics shed
ALP parliamentarians by Israel's separation wall

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