Tours to Palestine

There is nothing like seeing for yourself daily life for Palestinians.

The Australia Palestine Advocacy Network is excited to announce plans for our 2020 study tour to Palestine!


APAN Study Tour to Palestine

26 January – 2 February 2020

“It doesn’t matter how much is read or seen on television, visiting Palestine and seeing the situation with one’s own eyes is without parallel.”

~ CLAUDIA, Study Tour participant

APAN’s unique study tours witness, share and learn about Palestine and the Palestinian people through interactions with Palestinian and Israeli communities and experts, Australian Ambassadors, United Nations officials, human rights organisations, visits to Australian-funded aid projects and much more.  If you want to learn about the myriad contemporary – and historical – issues of the modern Middle East, this Study Tour is for you.

“I’ve done a bit of travelling to different areas of the world in my life but nothing has been as rewarding as the APAN study tour. I couldn’t recommend the tour highly enough… a life-changing experience.”

~ PETER, Study Tour participant

WHAT TO EXPECT…

Chris Gunness, UNRWA

“The lack of a political solution is a direct cause of the increasing vulnerability of Palestinian refugees wherever they are.” —Chris Gunness, UNRWA Spokesperson, meets with the APAN Study Tour in Jerusalem.

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.

“I feel better equipped now to speak to people about what life is like for those who don’t share the freedoms that we enjoy.”

~ LIZ, Study Tour participant

TOUR DETAILS

DATES:25 January – 2 February 2020
DESTINATIONS:Amman (Jordan), Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Ramallah, Nazareth, Haifa, Tel Aviv.
DURATION:10 nights / 9 days
INCLUDED:– International economy-class airfare
– Accommodation (10 nights, single room with breakfast)
– Local transportation
– Most meals (when with guest speaker)
– Visas & taxes
– Pre-departure briefing booklet
COST:AUD$7,000
(includes $200 non-refundable deposit on registration)

NOTE ABOUT AIRFARES: We will book your international flights departing from your nearest capital city to Amman (Jordan); however, domestic Australian flights/transfers to/from your international flight are not included in the tour fee. We are happy to adjust your departure/return flight dates from the Middle East as per your needs if you wish to spend more time in the region.

NOTE ABOUT TOUR SCHEDULE: the tour schedule is focussed on the current affairs and politics of the Palestine-Israel situation through meetings with leading political analysts as well as ordinary people; there will be free time built into the schedule for you to do the local tourist sights if you wish. 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.

Registrations close on 1 December 2019, so get in quick!

For further information or to register your interest, please email:
Study Tour Coordinator, APAN

TOUR SCHEDULE…

TOUR SCHEDULE TO BE ADVISED SOON.

Friday 24 January: flights arrive Amman (Jordan), rest and overnight Amman.

Saturday 25 January: transfer to Jerusalem, half-day free in Jerusalem, overnight Jerusalem.

DAY 1, Sun. 26 January – DAY 8, Sun. 2 February
The tour will be based mostly out of Jerusalem, with 1-2 overnights in Nazareth and/or Bethlehem.

Monday 3 February: depart Jerusalem.

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS…

VISAS AND PASSPORTS

Travellers on an Australian passport will receive a visa-on-entry when entering Israel and Jordan; 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 Israel and Jordan. 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 travellers’ 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 and Jordan 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 and Jordan. Tour participants are responsible for their own personal health concerns during travel.

FURTHER INFORMATION

General information about what to wear, electrical plugs, packing, phones, currencies etc will be provided in the pre-departure information briefing.

Registrations close on 1 December 2019, so get in quick!

For further information or to register your interest, please email:
Study Tour Coordinator, APAN


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