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explore Palestine & Jordan
 

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JERUSALEM          BETHLEHEM         HEBRON         Jericho        Amman       petra

Join Bayan President Jihad Turk on a
journey through the Holy Land. 

With a $500 Deposit

February 6-18, 2023       11 nights

Jerusalem is a world heritage city sacred to followers of the three faiths that view Abraham and his descendants as chosen messengers of God to the diverse inhabitants of the region over millennia. Our travels will enable us to explore historical and contemporary religious sites of importance to Muslims, Jews and Christians, explore the dynamics of Palestinian efforts for independence and self-determination vis a vis the founding of modern Israel, appreciate historical epochs of the early Muslim empire, the Crusades, Ottoman times, and more. We will also engage local Palestinian enterprises, before continuing on to Jordan, with a culminating highlight of a visit to Petra, the ancient Nabatean city.

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President Jihad Turk

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Bayan’s President Jihad Turk will lead the tour as the primary faculty escort. As a Palestinian-American who has visited his ancestral homeland numerous times and led various interfaith groups on tours there, he is well-acquainted with the political and cultural dynamics of Palestine and Israel. As a U.S. interfaith leader who is fully-versed on the viewpoints held by various Muslims, Jews and Christians regarding the Holy Land, he facilitates meaningful and thought-provoking conversations to increase understanding, commitment to justice, and common ground. Given his experience in the region, he incorporates unique cultural experiences and opportunities to connect with local Palestinian families and leaders, enhancing the uniqueness of this tour.

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Itinerary in the holy land

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With a $500 Deposit

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Bayan has been offering faculty-led tours to world heritage destinations since 2017, with previous tours to Southern Spain, Malaysia & Singapore, Uzbekistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina. 

 

WHY JOIN A BAYAN TOUR?

Tours offered by Bayan cater to the diverse interests and needs of families, while offering an exceptional educational and cultural program. Each tour is led by one or more faculty members who provide daily background lectures and insights about the historical and contemporary contexts. Local guides are utilized as well at various points in time. The itinerary is crafted by experienced personnel to maximize your enjoyment and satisfaction. While the scheduled program is robust, ample time is provided to explore on your own, shop for local handicrafts and souvenirs, and enjoy some leisure activities. Bayan’s tour group size is generally kept to 20-30 participants.

Tour Pricing 

All pricing is double-occupancy.

 

Inclusions

  • Round Trip International Airfare from US gateways on Turkish Airlines*

  • Airport transfers*

  • 11 nights hotel (4*)

  • Ground transportation by private coach

  • Daily breakfast + 2 lunches

  • 2 water bottles/day

  • English speaking guide throughout the trip

  • Local licensed professional guides (7 days)

  • All entrance fees for sites

  • Gratuities for group transport, meals, activities

 

* Land & Airfare Package only

exclusions

  • Airfare (Unless Land & Airfare Package has been purchased)

  • All meals except those specified above

  • Personal items

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Exit tax

  • Tourist visa (may or may not be required based on nationality)

  • Travel insurance

  • Covid test costs (if required for entry or return to country of origin)

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With a $500 Deposit

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tour highlights

tour highlights

Click on an image to see where we will visit.

Along with visiting these sites, we will encounter the people and make friendships, sample various cuisines, appreciate cultural programs, and enjoy the natural landscapes that we pass through.

With a $500 Deposit

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  • Who is leading the tour?
    Bayan’s vice president and professor Munir Shaikh will be the faculty escort for the tour. He holds an M.A. in Islamic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a specialization in the history of Islamic Iberia (Al-Andalus), and certificates from academic programs in Morocco, Egypt and Spain. He has lived for periods of time in Spain (and Morocco), and is conversant in Spanish. He has taught academic courses on Islamic Spain, Middle Eastern history, Islam, and world history, and led world heritage tours in various countries, including seven previous excursions in Southern Spain.
  • What is the expected group size?
    Bayan’s tours are focused on providing a well-rounded experience featuring scholarly knowledge, cultural exposure, recreational activities, and free time. Most tour groups are multi-generational and diverse in nature. In addition to historical and contemporary sites of interest, the itinerary includes visits to mosques and other places of worship to accommodate the religious needs of group members. Our group size tends to be in the range of 30-40 participants from North America and beyond. Participants are able to get to know one another and develop bonds of friendship and camaraderie that can last a lifetime. By participating in a tour, you are helping sustain and advance Bayan’s mission as a non-profit educational institution.
  • When is the registration deadline?
    We are accepting registrations for the tour until March 31, in order to reserve seats on a train, book sufficient hotel rooms, procure entrance tickets to monuments, and ensure other details. You must pay a refundable deposit of $500 per traveler. Deposits are partially refundable through February 15, 2024, however, a cancellation charge of $ 100 per traveler will apply for any cancellation requested 24 hours after time of booking. For other important terms and conditions, please click here. After payment of your deposit, you will receive an invoice for the remaining balance for your party, reflecting any applicable discounts. The balance payment is due no later than April 15, 2024.
  • Is a visa required for U.S. citizens to enter Spain?
    Bayan’s tours are open to participants who wish to join from anywhere in the world. However, the majority of participants tend to be from the United States. US passport holders do not need to obtain a visa to enter Spain for tourism. This is true for nationals of many other countries as well. However, non-US passport holders are encouraged to check requirements for their nationality and obtain a visa if required.
  • How physically demanding is the tour?
    Our group will be transported from city to city in a luxury air-conditioned tourist bus. However, in each city, since we will be in the historical centers where buses can't go, we will use the metro or other local public transportation, and occasional taxis, to get around. Even so, there will be a significant amount of walking on most days, on slight inclines and steps. The streets at times will have cobblestones. The walking distances involved at any given time can range from 1/4 to 1/2 mile between rest points. The guides will take into account the differing abilities and health conditions of group members and regulate the pace and intensity of the tour accordingly. Nonetheless, participants should expect to walk roughly 12,000 steps each day (about 6 miles in aggregate) during the first few days of the program, and perhaps 8,000 steps per day during the latter portion of the itinerary. This tour may not be suitable for those with knee, hip or foot pain that could be aggravated by the amount of walking involved. Ideally, all participants should prepare for the tour by walking at least 5,000 steps per day in the weeks leading up to the tour.
  • What type of food will we have on the tour?
    Spain’s food is a mix of Mediterranean and local traditions. Some dishes, such as paella, reveal their roots in Arab/Muslim cuisines. While the types of vegetarian options have grown in recent years in Spain, most local meat dishes feature pork (we will be sure to avoid any foods prepared with pork or alcohol). During the tour, we will dine at restaurants that serve zabiha halal foods, or at places that offer seafood and vegetarian options. You can expect meals to include Middle Eastern, Turkish and Moroccan dishes at restaurants run by local Muslims, and Italian and other types of dishes more generally. You’ll have the option of sampling various suitable tapas (small dishes) that are routinely consumed in neighborhood establishments..
  • Will you provide more information about the daily schedule and other details?
    Yes, all participants who have completed their full payment will receive a detailed information packet that includes descriptions of the cities and sites to be visited, the daily schedule, currency exchange, local prayer times, electrical adapters, weather, what to pack, and more.
  • What precautions are you taking with regard to COVID-19?
    We encourage participants to be fully vaccinated with at least one booster shot for all who are eligible to receive these shots. Travelers may visit Spain for tourism, but must provide either a certificate proving full vaccination, a negative test (PCR or rapid antigen), or a certificate of recovery. Travelers can enter using the EU Digital Covid Certificate or its equivalents. We do not expect to mandate masking during the tour, but we encourage masking whenever possible and according to each individual’s comfort level. For example, when shopping in crowded areas, it would be best to wear a mask. General sanitary practices should be maintained at all times, such as washing hands with soap, using sanitizing gels and wipes, and maintaining a reasonable distance between individuals.
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