Educational Tourism

Our staff conduct seminars, tours and talks at various fascinating sites throughout the Galilee. We believe that encountering people, sites and texts is the best way to clarify the complexity of the issues today, as they have developed in the context of history. The Galilee, our ''home territory'' is a microcosm of Jewish and Israeli society. Side by side with historical sites from the Biblical, Roman, medieval and early Zionist periods live varied communities in a multicultural society. Jews, Arabs, Druze, Circassian, Beduin, religious and secular, ''new agers'' and soldiers, new immigrants and old-timers - all are represented in the Galilee. The co-existence of old and new creates thrilling educational experiences which we enjoy exploring with our students.

As well as conducting tours for local groups, we have extensive experience working with groups from abroad, be they youth groups, educators or families.  We can organize and lead seminars of various lengths - from 1 hour to 2 weeks.   

You can see our current catalog here.   Please contact us for a price quote or to discuss your particular needs: we are always happy to customize to your requirements.

Photos of the activities

Our participants report

Sophie, a year course participant from England with Netzer, writes:

I was in 'The Human Mosaic of the Galilee' which involved visiting an Arab, Druze and Jewish village nearby. In the Arab village, Madj el Krum, we went to one of the schools there and spoke to a young 22 year-old woman who was an English teacher. Before the discussion started she amazed us all by telling us she was the youngest of seventeen children! Wow and I thought I had a big family. After telling us a little bit about the school she opened the discussion to questions from the group. We talked about the split loyalty of being stuck in the middle of Israel and being fired at by other Arabs, we talked about her desire for basically one secular state, the need for open dialogue between the communities, her claim that Hezbollah were by no means a terrorist organisation and many, many other topics. Although we found difficult a lot of what she said it was amazing to be able to have such an open and honest conversation even about some things we so vastly disagreed with. After the Arab village we went to a Druze village for some lunch and a discussion with some of the teenagers roughly our age. It was fascinating the contrasting nature of the two groups affiliation with Israel. The Druze teenagers happily and proudly called themselves Israeli whereas the woman in the Arab school said that if asked she would either say she was from Palestine or just a 1948 Arab. The Druze boys also happily served in the army. It was also interesting to observe how contained their lives are. They would never consider permanently moving away from the village and if they married a non-Druze person they themselves would still be accepted but their children wouldn't be considered Druze. I also found out things I didn't realise about the Druze religion, such as it being a secret religion that all over the world only the religious and practising Druze know the intricate beliefs and practices.

The Nesiya blog reports:

our Israel explorers traveled to the city of Acco, where they explored Jewish and Arab relations in this mixed city, including a visit to a mosque, independent exploration of the Old City of Acco in small groups, and a workshop with an Israeli-Arab artist. Both groups were also thrilled to spend time in the afternoon relaxing and cooling off in the pool at the Acco Beach Hotel. On Thursday, K1 traveled to Dir el Asad and K2 to Majd al Krum, Arab villages near the northern city of Karmiel, where they met with local high school students for workshops, games, conversations and meals during which they explored commonalities, differences, and questions of identity and community.