Upcoming Trips


Palestine Portal has posted the upcoming trips that we know about, but there may be others. If you know of trips that we do not have here, please let us know: info@palestineportal.org

On this page:

(scroll down the page or click a link to go to that tour):

In 2017:
• Olive Harvest Delegation; Interfaith Peace-builders (IFPB): Oct. 28 – Nov. 10, 2017
• Sabeel’s Fall Witness Trip 2017: Nov. 1 – 9, 2017
• Sumud Freedom Tour; Holy Land Trust & Nonviolence International: Dec. 21, 2017 – Jan 3, 2018

In 2018:
The Right of Return: 70 Years of Refugees in Palestine, Israel, and Beyond; Tree of Life: Jan.2-14 or 18, 2018
• Sabeel’s Spring Witness Trip 2018: February 28 – March 8, 2018
• Come, See, and Listen Tour; First UMC of Des Moines, IA: April 16 – 27, 2018
• Footsteps of Jesus Tour; UCC/Disciples Global Ministries: April 27 – May 8, 2018
• Pilgrimage of Discovery; Janet Lahr Lewis, UMC Missionary: April 30 – May 9, 2018
• Israel, Palestine, and Christ at the Checkpoint; CMEP: May 23 – June 1, 2018
• Abrahams’ Children Searching for Justice in Israel and Palestine; FOSNA: July 14 – 27, 2018
• “No Bans, No Walls” Delegation; Interfaith Peace-builderes (IFPB): July 21 – Aug. 3, 2018
• Olive Harvest Delegation; Interfaith Peace-builders (IFPB): Oct. 27 – Nov. 9, 2018


IFPB Olive Harvest Delegation

Interfaith Peace-builders
October 28 – November 10, 2017

Visit Palestine during the olive harvest season — a culturally rich and important time. Delegation led by experienced activists Rae Abileah and Raed Jarrar, as well as local guides and hosts. Hear from farmers and learn of the importance of agriculture to the economy and culture. Learn about threats to the environment, the exploitation of natural resources, and the struggle of Palestinian communities to maintain access to land and water.
You will also meet additional Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice and visit many important historical sites.
Learn about partial scholarships that are available
Only a few spots still open! Learn more about this trip

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Sabeel’s Fall Witness Trip 2017

Christian Zionism and Colonialism – A Response from Palestinian Christians

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem
November 1 – 9, 2017
Led by Rev. Naim Ateek, co-founder of Sabeel

Sabeel invites you to experience the reality of life in today’s Holy Land:
•    Worship with Palestinian Christians
•    Meet and reflect with Palestinian Christians and Muslims as well as with Jewish Israelis and internationals who partner with Sabeel in non-violent resistance against the violation of international and humanitarian law
•    Experience the realities of the Palestinian community living under Israeli Occupation: the Wall, settlements, checkpoints, confiscated land and demolished homes, refugee camps, and environmental degradation
•    Learn about the loss of civil and property rights of Arab Israeli citizens Learn more

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Sumud Freedom Tour, Winter Session

Organized by Holy Land Trust and Nonviolence International
December 21, 2017 – January 3, 2018

This tour unpacks the broad range of nonviolent resistance methods employed by Palestinians and their co-resisters throughout the region and internationally. Meet with leaders of grassroots organizations, NGO’s, and agents of change in the community who are actively engaged in challenging the systems underpinning Israel’s prolonged military occupation. Designed for social activists who are committed to deepening their analysis of global oppression. Whether you are engaged in the movement for black liberation, entrenched in the battle for immigrant rights, or fighting for women’s equality, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can serve as an important theoretical and practical framework for nonviolent resistance. The program is designed to promote an exchange of ideas between movements. Those who have little or no background in the history of the Palestinian struggle are encouraged to join, as the intersections between our movements will allow us to relate to and better understand one another and to lay the foundation for broad, diverse coalitions of change. Learn more

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The Right of Return: 70 Years of Refugees in Palestine, Israel, and Beyond

Sponsored by The First Congregational Church of Old Lyme and 
The Islamic Association of Greater Hartford
January 2-14, 2018; Extension to Jordan through January 18

This Tree of Life journey in January 2018 will highlight the ongoing refugee crisis in Palestine and beyond by examining the tragic aftershocks of 1948. We’ll visit refugee camps in the West Bank, and we’ll visit communities threatened with erasure in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. But we’ll also explore other manifestations of the aftershock of settler colonialism in Palestine, visiting occupied Syria (the Golan Heights) and other sites throughout Palestine and Israel where those aftershocks are especially visible.

Throughout, we’ll be hearing from voices of conscience speaking from various social locations (Israeli, Palestinian, Bedouin, Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Druze), all of whom are committed to building a future inhabitable by all, and not only a privileged few. The journey is conceived as a way of reckoning with a painful legacy, even as we imagine a hopeful future. Learn more

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Sabeel’s Spring Witness Trip 2018

The Forgotten Faithful – A Window into the Life and Witness of Christians in The Land of The Holy One

Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center, Jerusalem
February 28 – March 8, 2018
Led by Rev. Naim Ateek, co-founder of Sabeel

Sabeel invites you to experience the reality of life in today’s Holy Land:
•    Worship with Palestinian Christians
•    Meet and reflect with Palestinian Christians and Muslims as well as with Jewish Israelis and internationals who partner with Sabeel in non-violent resistance against the violation of international and humanitarian law
•    Experience the realities of the Palestinian community living under Israeli Occupation: the Wall, settlements, checkpoints, confiscated land and demolished homes, refugee camps, and environmental degradation
•    Learn about the loss of civil and property rights of Arab Israeli citizens Learn more

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Come, See, and Listen Tour

Tour Leader: Christine Anders, Minister of Discipleship, First United Methodist Church, Des Moines, Iowa  Tour Company: Grace Tours of Bethlehem.
April 16 – 27, 2018

Palestinian Christians are asking us to come and see.
We will come in April 2018.
We will see.
We will visit many of Christianity’s holy sites. We will sail on the Sea of Galilee, renew our baptism in the Jordan River, visit the ruins of Capernaum, tour the Separation Wall, visit Qumran the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls, view the ancient city of Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives, walk the Via Dolorosa and much more.
But more importantly…We will listen.
Our Christian brothers and sisters are asking us to do more than come and see. They are asking us to listen to their stories. We will hear from Archbishop Elias Chacour as he talks about the plight of Palestinian Christians. We will learn of the impact of Israeli settlements as we visit with residents of the village of Wadi Foquin. We will hear from the staff of Wi’am, a conflict resolution center. Other stories will come from the staff at Sabeel, the staff of the Aida refugee camp, members of Kairos Palestine, a rabbi working with human rights and Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb, pastor of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. Download brochure   For detailed itinerary and other info: christine@dmfirstchurch.org.

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Footsteps of Jesus Tour

A Global Ministries People-to-People Alternative Tour
April 27 – May 8, 2018

Disciples/UCC Global Ministries Mission Co-Workers Jeff and Janet Wright will host their tenth annual pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Participants will: explore the holy sites of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and the Galilee; visit the Abrahamic mosque and divided city of Hebron; tour Jericho, the Sea of Galilee, the Jordan River and more; learn from Global Ministries mission partners; meet and discuss differing perspectives on the current political situation with Muslim, Christian and Jewish NGOs.  Learn More

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Pilgrimage of Discovery

Organized and led by Janet Lahr Lewis (UMC Missionary, resident of Israel/Palestine for 20 years)
April 30 – May 9, 2018

Visit the Holy Land on a ten day life-changing “Pilgrimage of Discovery.” Sail on the Sea of Galilee, visit holy sites in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth and other regions, worship with Palestinian Christians, meet with people of different faiths to hear their stories, experience the rich culture of this land, and learn about current events from both Palestinians and Israelis.

This unique tour experience has been designed and will be led by a knowledgeable United Methodist missionary who served in the Holy Land for twenty years. The planned itinerary includes opportunities for group discussion, devotions and reflection, and free time for personal exploration. Learn more

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Israel, Palestine, & Christ at the Checkpoint

Churches for Middle East Peace (CMEP)
May 23 – June 1, 2018

Rooted in Christian pilgrimage, this multiple perspective trip offers travelers the opportunity to meet with Palestinian and Israeli peacemakers, artists, and activists; learn about contrasting national narratives; and explore future prospects for justice, security, and peace in the Holy Land.

You’ll worship with a local congregation, experience the sacred sites in Jerusalem, and have the opportunity to participate the Christ at the Checkpoint Conference hosted by Bethlehem Bible College.

With a unique approach that accesses contemporary issues through personal storytelling, relationship-building, and facilitated discussion, this travel experience features a diverse array of guides and speakers – Israeli and Palestinian, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim, conservative, moderate and progressive. With time for spiritual reflection, discussion and fun, join us for this unique journey that celebrates the hospitality and vibrant cultures of the Holy Land while exploring the complex issues facing Palestinians and Israelis. Learn more

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Abraham’s Children Searching for Justice in Israel and Palestine

Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA)
July 14 July 27, 2018

Travel to Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Nazareth to meet Palestinian and Israeli Jews, Muslims, Christians, and secularists working for a just peace through international law. Gain skills to work work nonviolently for peace, justice, equality, human rights, and international law—at home, in Israel and Palestine, and throughout the world. The tour will include visits to holy sites, museums, refugee camps, a hospital, and more. Learn more

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“No Bans, No Walls” Delegation

Interfaith Peace-builders
July 21 – August 3, 2018

Communities in Palestine/Israel and North America have each mobilized to protest travel bans inflicted on specific populations while working to oppose the construction of walls meant to segregate and divide. The call of “No Ban, No Wall” popularized by popular movements in North America is echoed in Palestinian communities.

This delegation is your opportunity to explore the realities of life in Palestine/Israel. Join us to investigate the travel and access restrictions, understand the Wall and its associated regime of physical and legal barriers, and connect with Palestinians and Israelis working for peace with justice. As with all IFPB delegations, you will travel with expert guides, spend time in Palestinian homes, and visit important historical and religious sites. Learn more

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IFPB Olive Harvest Delegation

Interfaith Peace-builders
October 27 – November 9, 2018

This delegation is your opportunity to visit Palestine during the olive harvest season — a culturally rich and important time. Hear from farmers and learn of the importance of agriculture to the economy and culture. Learn about threats to the environment, the exploitation of natural resources, and the struggle of Palestinian communities to maintain access to land and water.

As with all IFPB delegations, you will also meet additional Israelis and Palestinians working for peace and justice as well as visit many impotant historical sites. Learn more

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