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Rick Steves' The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today

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  • Rick Steves on Israel and Palestine Today

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    In the last month, I’ve traveled to both Denver and Palo Alto to share my experiences in the Holy Land and help raise money for Bright Stars of Bethlehem, a nonprofit that promotes peace and justice in Palestine through Bethlehem’s Dar al-Kalima University of Arts & Culture. Policymaking in the US and the Middle East has been impulsive and erratic lately, making it more important than ever for American citizens to reach out and gain a little context on the Holy Land — and that was the focus of my talk.

    I put this report together after traveling to the Holy Land to produce a public television special, which you can stream at — but I’d say it’s more important to watch this hour-long talk, recorded at Grace Lutheran Church in Palo Alto. While the production is simple, the content is both timely and important.

    We don’t need a one-sided narrative about the Holy Land told by someone dug-in on this complicated issue. To understand this situation, we need a “dual-narrative” approach that respects both sides. And that was what I shared in this talk: the lessons I learned by walking with caring people on both sides of the wall that divides this land.

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  • The Best of Israel

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    More info at We start in Jerusalem, alive with religious tradition and passion — Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. We then visit cosmopolitan Tel Aviv, with its in-love-with-life beaches; ponder the sad fortress of Masada; and join pilgrims at biblical sights around the Sea of Galilee. We'll also pay our respects at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial, drop into an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood, and savor the local cuisine. | © 2014 Rick Steves' Europe

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  • Palestine

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    More info at This time we're venturing beyond Europe to visit the West Bank of the Jordan River — a land its residents call Palestine. After visiting Jerusalem, we harvest olives near Ramallah, follow pilgrims to the site of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, approach Abraham's tomb — as both Jews and Muslims do — in Hebron, join friends for dinner, and bob in the Dead Sea. We'll also learn about walls, Israeli settlements, and the challenges facing this region. | © 2014 Rick Steves' Europe

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  • Rick Steves The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today

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    Airs on Tuesday, December 1st at 8 p.m. on PBS 6.

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  • Rick Steves Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today

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  • Israel Holy Sites Tour: Christian Sites, Bible Tour of Israel, Holy Land Travel, Tourist Attractions

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    See all the main tourist and biblical sites in Israel. Must see video for travel info and help in understanding Israel, the Holy Land. Walk where Jesus walked, take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, behold where Christ was crucified, buried, and rose again. See the following places in this video:
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    Jerusalem Sites Overview
    Antonia Fortress
    Chapel of the Ascension: Ascension and Return of Christ
    Church of the Holy Sepulchre
    City of David Overview
    Dominus Flevit: Triumphal Entry
    Eastern Gate
    Garden of Gethsemane & Church of All Nations
    Garden Tomb: Death, Burial, and Resurrection of Christ
    Gethsemane to Golgotha: Christ’s Path to the Cross
    Hezekiah’s Broad Wall
    Hinnom Valley
    House of Caiaphas
    Kidron Valley
    Mary’s Tomb
    Mount of Olives Overview
    Pater Noster Church
    Pool of Bethesda & St. Anne Church
    Pool of Siloam
    Temple Mount Overview
    Temple Mount Southern Stairs
    Tomb of the Prophets
    The Upper Room
    The Via Dolorosa
    Walls of Jerusalem History
    Western Wall and Tunnel
    Other Sites of Interest in Jerusalem

    Sea of Galilee
    Sea of Galilee Overview
    Bethsaida
    Calling of the Disciples
    Capernaum
    Chorazin
    Feeding the 5,000
    Jesus Walks on the Water, Calms the Storm and Sea
    Kursi
    Magdala: Mary Magdalene
    Mount Arbel
    Mount of Beatitudes
    Sower’s Cove: Parables of the Kingdom
    Tabgha
    Yardenit Baptismal Site
    Sites of Interest Around the Sea of Galilee

    All Other Biblical Sites
    Tel Ai: Khirbet el-Maqatir
    Tel Arad
    Tel Beersheba
    Bethel
    Bethlehem Overview
    Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity
    Bethlehem: Herodian Fortress
    Bethlehem: Shepherds’ Field
    Beth-Shean
    Beth-Shean Amphitheater/Hippodrome
    Beth-Shemesh
    Caesarea Maritime
    Caesarea Philippi
    Cana
    Dan
    Emmaus Nicopolis
    En Gedi
    Exodus, Red Sea, and Mount Sinai
    Gezer
    Gibeon
    Gideon’s Spring
    Gilgal
    Hazor
    Hebron
    Inn of the Good Samaritan
    Jericho
    Joppa (Jaffa, Yafo)
    Jordan River Overview
    Jordan River: Baptismal Site of Jesus
    Jordan River: Crossing into the Promised Land
    Judean Wilderness
    Kadesh Barnea
    Lachish
    Masada
    Megiddo: Valley of Armageddon
    Mount Carmel
    Mount Tabor
    Nazareth Overview
    Nazareth: Church (Basilica) of the Annunciation
    Qumran and the Dead Sea Scrolls
    Samaria
    Sepphoris (Tsipori, Zippori)
    Shechem
    Shiloh
    Sodom and Gomorrah
    St. George’s Monastery
    Timna Park: Tabernacle Replica
    Valley of Elah

    Israel Holy Sites Tour: Christian Sites, Bible Tour of Israel, Holy Land Travel, Tourist Attractions

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  • Rick Steves Preview: The Holy Land Special

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    Watch the full show at This hour-long special weaves together both the Israeli and the Palestinian narratives. In Israel, we go from the venerable ramparts of Jerusalem to the vibrant modern skyline of Tel Aviv. In Palestine, we harvest olives near Hebron, visit a home in Bethlehem, and pop into a university in Ramallah. We also learn about security walls, disputed settlements, and the persistent challenges facing the region.

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  • The Best of Israel

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    This time we're venturing beyond Europe to visit the fascinating range of sights in Israel.

  • Palestine

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    We venture beyond Europe to explore the rich and fascinating heritage of Palestinians.

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  • Bethlehem, Palestine: Church of the Nativity

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    More info about Rick's travels to Palestine: No longer just the little town of Christmas-carol fame, Bethlehem is a leading Palestinian city. Its skyline is a commotion of both crescents and crosses — a reminder that the town, while now mostly Muslim, still has many Christians.

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  • Rick Steves Iran

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    Rick Steves' Travel Guide | Join Rick as he explores the most surprising and fascinating land he's ever visited: Iran. In a one-hour, ground-breaking travel special on public television, you'll discover the splendid monuments of Iran's rich and glorious past, learn more about the 20th-century story of this perplexing nation, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and in a countryside village. Most important, you'll meet the people of this nation whose government so exasperates our own.

  • Galilee, Israel: Sacred Sites Along the Sea

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    More info about Rick's travels to Israel: Galilee is famous as the place where Jesus did his three years of ministry, and where so many Bible stories were set.

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  • Jerusalem, Israel: Jewish Quarter and New City

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    More info about travel to Jerusalem: In Jerusalem’s New City, we appreciate this culture’s fascinating mix of east and west, secular and sacred, modern and traditional. While it’s not convenient or economical to live in the medieval tangle of the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem, Israel, devout Jews find great joy in living and raising their families so close to the Western Wall.

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  • A Holy Land Miracle

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    Our work was made much easier by the car and driver provided to us by the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism. It was a long, hot hike down to the Monastery of St. George. Coming up, we were pleasantly surprised by our driver, who managed to drive his car down to a crevice in the mountain, cutting our hike by half. We worked for 14 long days to film our show. One great thing about the shoot: the weather was reliably sunny.

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  • An Evening with Rick Steves – The Holy Land | KCTS 9

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    Event date: Tuesday, September 23, at 6:30pm

    Join us for a preview screening of Rick Steves' newest one-hour public television special, The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today. Hear Rick's report on filming in Israel and Palestine, have the opportunity to ask him questions and see the full special before its broadcast on public television stations around the country.

    An Evening with Rick Steves
    The Holy Land Screening and Discussion

    Date: Tuesday, September 23
    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Location: University of Washington, Kane Hall, Rm 130
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  • Hebron, Palestine: Tomb of Abraham

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    More info about Rick's travels to Palestine: In this clip from Rick's Holy Land special, we visit Hebron's Tomb of Abraham to see how two communities struggle to be near this sacred site.

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  • Holy Land: Leading Rabbis

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    More Holy Land: In this travel lecture, Rick Steves shares his personal experience traveling through Israel and Palestine and filming his one-hour TV special Rick Steves' The Holy Land. From connecting with students at a Palestinian university and visiting with Zionist settlers whose claim to the land goes back to Biblical times to bobbing like a cork in the Dead Sea and roasting coffee with Bedouin nomads, Rick helps us understand the fascinating spectrum of people who call this region home and struggle to share it peacefully.

  • History of Israel Documentary

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  • Ethiopia: A Development Story

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    Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on Venturing beyond Europe, and with local experts as his guides, Rick uses Ethiopia as a classroom for understanding global hunger and extreme poverty — and how to beat it. Together, we witness the importance of water, education, empowering women, and nutrition during a child's first thousand days. And we see firsthand the impact of globalization and climate change. Our souvenir: A vivid appreciation of how ending hunger is possible — and how smart and modern development aid is the key.
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  • Rick Steves Luther and the Reformation

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    Five hundred years ago, Martin Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation, which contributed to the birth of our modern age. In this one-hour special — filmed on location in Europe — Rick Steves tells the story of a humble monk who lived a dramatic life. Rick visits key sites relating to the Reformation (including Erfurt, Wittenberg, and Rome) and explores the complicated political world of 16th-century Europe — from indulgences to iconoclasts, and from the printing press to the Counter-Reformation. It’s a story of power, rebellion, and faith that you’ll never forget.

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  • Jerusalem, Israel: Temple Mount and The Dome of the Rock

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    More info about Rick's travels to Israel: Jerusalem is alive with religious tradition and passion — Christian, Muslim, and Jewish. Within a 10-minute walk you can see the Church of the Holy Sepulchre — so sacred to Christians, the Dome of the Rock — treasured by Muslims, and at Temple Mount, the holiest place in Judaism: the Western Wall.

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  • Judea: The Mysterious Biblical Desert | Deserts And Life | TRACKS

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    Deserts are the most haunting of all the Earth’s landscapes. Sometimes we think of them as vast empty spaces that dwarf and test our human spirit. But that view is wrong in so many ways.
    Deserts are full of colour and contrast. There are mountains and lagoons among the dunes and plains. They often teem with life and are rich in resources. Their peoples have remarkable qualities of ingenuity and endurance, wisdom and humour – their festivals and gatherings full of colour and energy.

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  • Egypt’s Cairo

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    Check your local public television station for this Rick Steves’ Europe episode or watch it on Teeming Cairo, straddling the Nile, is the capital of Egypt and one of the leading cities of the Muslim world. With 20 million people, greater Cairo pulses with energy. We explore the back streets on a tuk-tuk, drop in on a mosque, haggle with a gauntlet of eager merchants, bake some pita bread, help chisel a tombstone, marvel at King Tut’s gold, greet the ancient Sphinx, and climb into the center of the greatest pyramid.

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  • Rick Steves Rome: Eternally Engaging

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    In this hour-long travel special, we explore the Eternal City of Rome, a grand and ancient metropolis rich with exquisite art, vibrant culture, and centuries of history. We trace the rise and fall of classical Rome, meander through the heart of Bernini's Baroque Rome, and make a pilgrimage to the Vatican. Then, we follow Rick as he uncovers the charms of hidden neighborhoods filled with character and energy, enjoys a Roman feast, and mixes and mingles with the locals during an early-evening stroll through the city's romantic nightspots.

  • Why I Love Travel: Wild

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    For my holiday season gift to you, I’m sharing three exciting glimpses of why I love traveling in Europe — and beyond. Over the last two days, we've covered remote and sacred slices of Europe. Today, we're focusing on a wild sort of travel, venturing into the Judean Desert of the West Bank, in Palestine.

    These images share the joy I get from my work. Along with my 100 workmates here at Rick Steves’ Europe, I’m working harder than ever. And knowing that because of our hard work, thousands of our travelers (whether taking our tours, watching our TV shows, listening to our radio programs, or reading our guidebooks) are inspired to get out of their comfort zones brings me great satisfaction. In a sense, our writers and guides here at Rick Steves’ Europe are all about helping travelers take home the very best souvenir: a broader perspective.

    Happy dreams of exciting travels...

    -Rick

    (By the way, for an hour of this kind of travel, be sure to watch our new special, Rick Steves’ The Holy Land: Israelis and Palestinians Today, on your local public television station.)

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  • Rick Steves Europe Preview: Palestine

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    Watch the full episode at
    Palestine is the Muslim and Arab half of the Holy Land. After visiting Jerusalem, we harvest olives near Ramallah, follow pilgrims to the place of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem, approach Abraham's tomb — as both Jews and Muslims do — in Hebron, drop in on friends for dinner, and bob in the Dead Sea. We'll also learn about walls, Israeli settlements, and the challenges facing this region.

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  • Rick Steves Andalucía: The Best of Southern Spain

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    Join Rick as he weaves Andalucía's rich mix of culture, cuisine, history, and natural wonders into a 60-minute special. The hour includes the major cities of Sevilla, Córdoba, and Granada; flamenco, sherry, and horses; dramatic white-washed hill towns; and fun in the Costa del Sol sun — plus a dash of Britain in Gibraltar.

    © 2010 Rick Steves' Europe

  • 11 Things NOT to do in Israel - MUST SEE BEFORE YOU GO!

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    Israel is one of the most fascinating countries in the world. The food, the culture, the history... it's an amazing place. That being said there are a few things to watch out for while you're there. Here are 11 things not to do in Israel.

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  • Lives of the Apostles Paul and Peter | Full Movie | Rick Steves

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    Public television host Rick Steves takes us on location to explore the life of the great apostle Paul.

    Travel with public television host Rick Steves to modern-day Turkey and Greece where he recalls what happened to Paul in places such as Ephesus, Philippi, Athens and Corinth. See the ruins of buildings where Paul spoke and places in which early Christians worshiped. The Life of Apostle Paul helps us appreciate the story of this man, Paul, whose personal experience of the Risen Christ turned his life around. From persecuting members of the Jesus movement, Paul becomes the movement's primary spokesperson and the one most responsible for spreading the Good News of God's amazing grace and our everlasting life in Jesus Christ. Today, Paul's written words continue to inspire both committed Christians and those who are looking for God's presence in their lives and the world.

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  • Rick Steves European Festivals

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | In this one-hour special, it's party time in Europe. In addition to all its epic history and high culture, Europe also knows how to celebrate — and it does so with amazing gusto. Joining Rick, we drop in on the Continent’s top 10 festivals, each one rich with tradition, great food, and fun with the locals. We run with the bulls at Pamplona, don a mask in Venice for Carnevale, dance with Spaniards at the April Fair, cheer on the horses at Siena's Palio, hoist a frothy stein at Munich's Oktoberfest, toss a caber at a Scottish Highland Games, and join European families for their traditional Easter and Christmas celebrations. No museums or galleries…just Europe at play. Filmed on location across Europe, this promises to be a very entertaining hour.

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  • A Taste of Israels Bounty

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    Sitting down to our first lunch while scouting our TV production in Israel, in the Crusader town of Akko, we were treated to a typical and colorful array of mezze-style plates: delightful dips, soups, and salads that are a daily edible reminder of how fertile Israel is. A few months later, we were at the same table with our crew and the camera rolling. Delicious.

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  • My Tasty First Hour in Palestine

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    Leaving Israel I took a cab to the Security Barrier, then walked through the lonely no man’s land, which reminded me of the US-Mexico border between San Diego and Tijuana. Once across, I hopped into one of the many Palestinian cabs waiting on the Arab side of the wall for the quick ride into downtown Bethlehem. Jerusalem and Bethlehem are just minutes apart…except for the nasty border.

    I checked into my Dar Annadwa guesthouse (run by the Lutheran Church and a great place to call home in Bethlehem) and within minutes met the two guides I’d hired for my week in Palestine (Hassam Jubran and Kamal Mukarker). Organizing my time in advance was tough because I couldn’t really know just how complicated getting around would be.

    Hassam and Kamal took me to a tourist-friendly restaurant called “The Tent.” It posted a “families only” sign so they could turn away rowdy young men. I guess we looked harmless enough as they let us right in.

    We sat down and an impressive array of Palestinian plates appeared. We enjoyed a great meal, and planned our itinerary. The Palestinian beer, Taybeh, was excellent. And I think I laughed more in my first two hours in the West Bank than I did in the entire past week. This was a great introduction to my Palestine filming adventure.

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  • Ramallah, Palestine: Cultural Capital

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    More info about Rick's travels to Palestine: Ramallah hosts the Palestinian government and international agencies, and is filled with positive energy from the students at nearby Birzeit University.

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  • Jerusalem, Israel: Via Dolorosa and Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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    More info about Rick's travels to Israel: A high point for Christians visiting Jerusalem, Israel, is the Via Dolorosa — the route it's believed Jesus walked as he carried the cross. The pilgrim's journey ends in the Church of the Holy Sepulcrhe, the most sacred site in Christendom.

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  • A Little Christian Fellowship in O Little Town of Bethlehem

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    Late on my first night in Palestine, after dinner with my guides, I came back to my hotel and met a dozen Lutheran pastors in the lobby. They were heading into a 2,000-year-old cave, upon which the hotel was built, for a devotion service and invited me along. I was really tired but followed my current travel ethic: If an opportunity presents itself, say “Yes.”

    The pastors were just finishing a multi-year Pastoral Leadership Institute program. Their theme (as taught by English church leader Mike Breen): up, in, and out (“up” is relationship with God, “in” is relationship with community, “out” is outreach beyond their immediate community). I climbed down into the cave with them and enjoyed a wonderful hour of singing, reading, and sharing.

    While our image of “no room at the inn” is brick and wood, the “inn” of Bible fame was very likely a series of caves. And “no room” meant a woman about to give birth would not be welcome in the main quarters, as it was an unclean thing. Mary was sent to the manger cave where the animals hung out to give birth to Jesus.

    The next day I told my guide about the wonderful evening. He said, “Yes, but if you hear it as much as me, it is annoying.” Nearly all the tourism in Palestine is religious tourism. While I would have enjoyed covering more of the Christian dimension to travel in the Holy Land, my main interest was in introducing Christians to the Muslim and Jewish heritage of the region.

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  • The Holy Land | First Look | KCTS 9

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    Air date: Sunday, October 5, at 7pm

    Learn about the Holy Land from the perspectives of Israelis and Palestinians. In his newest public television special, Rick Steves brings together what he learned during two weeks of travel in Gaza, the West Bank, Bethlehem, Ramallah and more.

    Rick Steves’ The Holy Land, Israelis and Palestinians Today premieres Sunday, October 5, at 7pm on KCTS 9, with an encore broadcast Wednesday, October 29, at 7pm.

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  • Watch with Rick Steves — Egypts Nile, Alexandria, and Luxor

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    Rick shares the newest season of public television's Rick Steves' Europe in this live Monday Night Travel party recorded on December 14, 2020. Exploring the Nile Valley from north to south, we see the highlights of Egypt. In the fabled city of Alexandria, we venture through a market wonderland, smoke a shisha, and stroll a Mediterranean promenade. In Luxor, we explore the pharaohs' tombs and temples before sailing on a timeless felucca. Then we kick back on a riverboat cruise, enjoying iconic views of palm trees, minarets, and rustic villages. Our finale: Ramses II's magnificent temple at Abu Simbel. Register at #ricksteves #ricksteveseurope #mondaynighttravel

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  • Jerusalem, Israel: Muslim Quarter

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    More info about Rick's travels to Israel: Jerusalem's Muslim Quarter is within the Old City — a labyrinth rich with sights, sounds, and experiences that reward the curious traveler.

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  • Tel Aviv, Israel: Beautiful Beaches and Tasty Cuisine

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    More info about Rick's travels to Israel: Tel Aviv is a young, modern city with gleaming new buildings, a beautiful beach scene, and delicious, locally-sourced cuisine.

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  • Iran: Historic Capitals

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    Rick Steves' Europe Travel Guide | Iran's rich history goes back millennia, to the days when Persepolis was home to the king of kings. In this episode, we explore three historic capitals of Iran: Persepolis, with its splendid monuments; Shiraz, with the tombs of Iran's most beloved poets; and Isfahan, with its extraordinary mosques and endearing people.

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  • Rick Steves Europe: A Symphonic Journey

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    Usually you'll find Rick Steves touring the great destinations of Europe. Now you can join him on a different journey: a Symphonic Journey. Just as travel broadens one's perspectives, so can music. In his hour-long concert special — Rick Steves' Europe: A Symphonic Journey — Rick teams up with the Cascade Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Michael Miropolsky, on a musical tour that begins in the USA, then touches down in seven different European countries.

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  • Masada, Israel: Ancient Fortress

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    More info about travel to Israel: The ancient fortress in Masada, Israel served as a refuge of last resort back when the Jews were the rebellious subjects of Roman occupation. Masada’s rebels methodically took their own lives, and today, that mass suicide is the symbol of Israel’s staunch “they’ll never take us alive” commitment to freedom.

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  • The Lonely Hebron Walk

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    Hebron is a thriving city in the West Bank or Palestine. With the Tomb of Abraham — so revered by both Jews and Muslims — it’s the place where I felt the most tension in the West Bank. Jews expect access, as do Muslims, and, with a history of massacres on both sides, trust is fragile here. Palestinians can do little but annoy the huge number of soldiers stationed here. Talking with soldiers who seemed to have little empathy for the people they were controlling, I thought of the troubling fact that in World War I, the French and Germans were so willing and able to slaughter each other on the Western Front because the vast majority of them had never broken bread with someone from the other side. The society here seems purposefully structured to prevent people from knowing each other. (I asked a Jew why, in a lifetime of living here, he had never shared a meal with a neighboring Muslim, and he blamed the dietary restrictions of their religions.) Seemingly likeable young soldiers were fun to chat with. Then, when it was time to go, one of them happily told me, “Time to bust down a door.”

    Here’s a little clip taken on the no-man’s land street....until a soldier tells me not to shoot here.

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    Rick shares the newest season of public television's Rick Steves' Europe in this live Monday Night Travel party recorded on December 7, 2020. Teeming Cairo, straddling the Nile, is the capital of Egypt and one of the leading cities of the Muslim world. With 20 million people, greater Cairo pulses with energy. We explore the back streets on a tuk-tuk, drop in on a mosque, haggle with a gauntlet of eager merchants, bake some pita bread, help chisel a tombstone, marvel at King Tut's gold, greet the ancient Sphinx, and climb into the center of the greatest pyramid. Register at #ricksteves #mondaynighttravel

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    Christians from around the world come to Jerusalem to follow the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief), and to follow the route Jesus walked when he carried his cross to Golgotha to be crucified. Today most of the Via Dolorosa feels like a touristy shopping mall through Muslim and Christian quarters of the old city, but the presence of devout pilgrims like this Eastern European congregation gives it a sacred feeling nevertheless. Subscribe to for regular updates as I travel through Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

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    More info about Rick's travels beyond Europe: Palestine's Battir Natural Park is famed for its hikes through olive groves and ancient terraces.

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