Dear Palestine Marathon Runners and Visitors,

So you are planning on participating in the upcoming Palestine Marathon…  let us help you plan your trip. We highly recommend that you extend your trip either before or after the Marathon to be able to explore the many sites, attractions, landscapes and experiences Palestine has to offer.

VisitPalestine.ps, the official Travel Partner of the Palestine Marathon, is ready to help you plan and make the best of your trip. Find below useful information and in case of any questions or assistance please contact info@visitpalestine.ps.

About Free Movement Palestine Marathon

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Free Movement Palestine Marathon aims at establishing running culture in Palestine. It is about allowing the Palestinians the chance to move in a new, fun way that connects them to people from around the world through a shared love of running, cultural exchange and building relationships. It is about showing the outside world a new side of Palestine and the Palestinian people. It is about creating awareness and building understanding across cultures.

Palestine Marathon is a collaborative effort between Palestine Olympic Committee and its partners. Palestine Marathon is about cultural exchange, cultural exploration, and understanding, and it is free of any political agenda. Nothing happens until something starts moving. So we want to move. Move with us.

For more information and to register for the Marathon, please visit  www.palestinemarathon.org

Some Practical Information on Traveling to Palestine

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For practical information about our destination (electricity, climate, currencies etc…) please check out the General Information section.

Do I need a visa to travel to Israel/Palestine?

That depends on where you are from. You do not need a visa for Palestine, but as you have to travel through Israel to get to Palestine you might need a visa for Israel. EU and US citizens automatically get a 3-month visa upon arrival to Israel, but see here for more information: http://www.doyouneedvisa.com/border/Israel. Carry your visa and passport at all times during your stay.

From Amman you can take a taxi or bus to the Allenby Border Crossing, which takes a good couple of hours to pass. From the Palestinian side – controlled by Israeli authorities – of the crossing you can take the Palestinian shuttles busses to Jericho and then collective taxi (orange van) to Bethlehem – the van will drive only when all the seats are reserved or if some passengers are willing to pay for the empty seats.

Taxi: You can of course take a taxi from the airport directly to Bethlehem. Be aware that only Palestinian drivers will take you into Bethlehem and that it will be more expensive. Agree on the price before you start driving. You can also take a taxi from Jerusalem. If you would like to arrange a private transport beforehand contact Visit Palestine Center at info@visitpalestine.ps for assistance.

How do I get from Jerusalem to Bethlehem?

Read also this post to learn about various alternatives for traveling between Jerusalem and Bethlehem: http://visitpalestine.ps/get-bethlehem-jerusalem/

What is the official language in Palestine? Do they speak English?

Many people speak English very well. In Palestine the official language is Arabic.

Is it expensive?

You can live cheap on the world’s best hummus and falafel and at hostels and homestays and travel by local, public transportation just as you can live very expensively on expensive dinners, at the most expensive hotels and hire a private driver. In Palestine you can live on all budgets.

Where should I stay?

For various accommodation options check: http://visitpalestine.ps/where-to-go/city/bethlehem/hotels-bethlehem/

Schedule of Tours between 24th of March and 2nd of April 2016

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Together with the organizers and our partners in the tourism industry, we have finalised a week of different tours and experiences to enjoy. Plnned activities will take place from 24th of March till 2nd of April.

To sign up for the tours contact info@visitpalestine.ps or book your tours by clicking its names below:

Date Tour / Destinations Regular Price Special Price Discount
March 25th Sea Level to Jericho Hike (full day)
Start: 7:30 AM, Beit Sahour Municipality
In cooperation with Siraj Center
$40 $30 25% off
March 26th Nablus & Sebastiya (full day)
Start: 7:45 AM, Visit Palestine Center (Bethlehem)
$90 $75 15% off
March 27th Bethlehem Old Quarters Tour (2 hours)
Start: 10:00 AM, Visit Palestine Center (Bethlehem)
$25 $20 20% off
March 28th Bethlehem & Hebron Tour (full day)
Start: 8:30 AM, YMCA, King David Str. (Jerusalem)
In cooperation with ATG
$80 $75 5% off
March 29th Jerusalem Old City Tour (half day)
Start: 9:00 AM, Jerusalem Hotel (Jerusalem)
$40 $35 15% off
March 30th Bethlehem Old Quarters Tour (2 hours)
Start: 10:00 AM, Visit Palestine Center (Bethlehem)
$25 $20 20% off
April 1st Ein Samia to Auja Hike (full day)
Start: 8 AM, Beit Sahour Municipality
In cooperation with Siraj Center
$40 $30 25% off
April 2nd Hiking in Battir (half day)
Start: 8:45 AM, Visit Palestine Center (Bethlehem)
$40 $32 20% off

If you prefer to have private tours, please check out these optional tours  and we will be happy to help customize any special tours if needed.