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Visit Palestine

COME TO PALESTINE AND MEET OUR FARMERS

It’s easy to fall in love with Palestine. There are the holy shrines, the historical treasures, the beautiful landscapes, the rich culture, the delicious cuisine, and the legendary hospitality! Many tourism companies in Palestine offer programs to experience all this, but through Canaan Fair Trade, we will show you another side of Palestine, a truly unique & authentic experience to learn about the unbreakable bond Palestinian farmers have with their land and their thousands-of-years old olive trees.

Learn about the purity of long historical traditions that have been proven over thousands of years to be sustainable, productive and healthy. Learn about Fair Trade & organic farming in Palestine, and how the best quality olive oil, almonds, and other delicacies from Palestine are produced. Tour Canaan’s state-of-the-art olive oil and food processing facilities, visit farming communities, meet farmers & women cooperatives, work on their land, and stay overnight with farming families & experience their simple life-style, delicious food, and amazing hospitality!

What we offer

Tour our state-of-the-art facilities

We offer very informative facility tours on daily basis that include an informal presentation about Canaan’s work on the ground, an overview on the importance of the olive harvest season in Palestine, the ancient historical and sustainable organic farming practices, and the organizational structuring of farming cooperatives. Learn about Fair Trade & organic farming in Palestine, and how the best quality of olive oil, almonds, and other delicacies from Palestine are produced. Tour includes a visit to Canaan’s olive press, olive oil storage bank, production lines, and showroom, tasting of the products and a cup of hot mint tea under the shades of ancient olive trees in Canaan's orchard in Burqin - Jenin. Tour time: 45 minutes - 1 hour. More details here.

Price: 20 ILS per person, includes the full tour, tasting of the Canaan products + cup of mint tea in Canaan’s olive orchard. 


A home-stay like no other!

Spend a whole day with our farming communities - their hospitality is ٍunforgettable! Meet the farmers, visit their lands, see their ancient trees, enjoy their delicious food, learn about their simple life-style, culture, and traditions, and stay overnight in their warm homes. Welcome to village life! Meet the men, women, and the children, and hear their stories, every farmer has a story to tell and they love sharing it with the world!

Accommodation stipend is 150 ILS per person per night; includes dinner & breakfast. This amount would be provided to the Palestine Fair Trade Association who will compensate farmers for hospitality expenses.


Hike the beautiful landscapes of Jenin!
Spend a half-day hike in Jenin-area mountains, with spectacular views of the region and anthropological guide to the landscapes! Discover the sociology of the land, and the intimate experience local inhabitants have with their land. Picnic Lunch and discussion on top of the mountain (Jabal Al Aqra' – very beautiful!). Plant species identified with an overview of the area's geography and history. (Minimum 5 people)

Price: 150 ILS per person, includes hallf-a-day-hike in the spectacular landscapes of Jenin, & picnic lunch on the mountains.

 

Learn how to cook Palestinian!
 

Enjoy learning how to cook & prepare traditional Palestininian dishes suitable for everyone - professional chefs, food lovers, and Middle East tourists! Pick dish ingredients with the women chefs from the market, then bring it to Canaan's cafeteria to cook & enjoy eating it afterwards. Each cooking class will be coordinated according to participants’ preferences, interests & needs. Activity time: around 3 hours. (Minimum: 5 people).

You can also arrange for your group to enjoy a traditional Palestinian meal prepared by the women cooperatives without the cooking class. (Minimum: 5 people) 

 

Price: traditional cooking clas is 150 ILS per person, includes a walk in the vegetable market, cooking class, and full meal.

Price for meals without the cooking class:
Light meal includes salads, cheeses, cold meals, drinks: 50 ILS per person
Full meal includes hot traditional Palestinian dish, salads, drink: 100 ILS per person.

Join the CANAAN FEST - Annual Olive Harvest Festival! 

Under the sounds of beautiful Palestinian folkloric music, and under the shades of ancient olive trees, join our farmers, women cooperatives, international customers & visitors in celebrating the most important and the most joyful season in Palestine - the olive harvest! The Canaan Fest is a traditional end of harvest celebration giving gratitude for another year of abundance, and takes place on the first Friday of every November on the Canaan fest grounds in Burqin - Jenin.

Enjoy a delicious traditional home-made Musakhan meal prepared by our Palestinian women cooperatives, taste the whole range of Canaan's delicacies in our state-of-the-art showroom & tour the Canaan facilities to learn about the whole process of producing olive oil & other products from start to end! Get your supply of fresh olive oil coming out of the press, enjoy dabkeh & other folkloric performances and be part of the exciting festival activities with us. Fresh hot Taboon bread, hot mint tea made made on bonfires, Palestinian deserts, dancing, mingling and lots of fun till after dark! Experience the joy of the olive harvest with the farmers sharing their intimacy with land and the trees they serve.

Write to tours@canaanfairtrade.com or call +972 (0)4 2431991/2 for more info on the festival this year!  See festival flyer for more details.


LIVE THE SEASONS WITH OUR FARMERS!

No matter which month you visit Palestine during the year, we have something for you! Every season has its plantings and its harvests; our farmers are busy all year! Whether you’d like to experience the olive harvest, or the almond harvest, whether you’d like to learn how to roll Maftoul, flame-roast Freekeh, or make Za’atar, whether you’d like to plant trees, or just enjoy the gorgeous spring, hikes, mountain lunches, and beautiful blossoms, we can arrange it! 

We have farmers from Ramallah to Jenin. Stay in different villages with farm family hosts, and live the seasons with them. Experience the culture, heritage, history, cuisine and the amazing hospitality of the Palestinian people. Welcome to village life! Choose your favourite time of the year to visit and email us about your plans: tours@canaanfairtrade.com.

Note for your consideration: The following dates are estimate times of the seasons, and it can vary from year to year depending on many factors.

 
 

January

February

         

March

April 

  • Za’atar harvesting by women cooperatives continues.
  • Mid-April: Sesame seeds planting starts.
  • Near end of April: Freekeh harvest starts! See & learn about the whole process of producing the hottest grain of the year, Freekeh!
  • Basil Planting for Canaan’s Basil Infused olive oils & pestos.
  • End of April: Olive blossoms.

           

May 

  • Freekeh season continues. See & learn about how freekeh is produced [harvesting, flame-roasting, sundrying, cracking]

June 

  • Harvesting ‘mature’ wheat for Maftoul.
  • Mid/End of June: Maftoul rolling by women cooperatives start. Experience rolling Maftoul with your farm family!
  • Basil Harvesting Season.
  • Sundried Tomato Season.

         

July

  • Almond harvest season starts! Spend a few days with almond farmers, and pick those delicious nuts with farming families. See & learn about the whole process of producing, finishing, and packing almonds by Canaan.
  • Women cooperatives are still busy rolling Maftoul. Experience your own Maftoul workshop!
  • Sundried tomato Season continues.
  • Basil Harvesting Season.
  • Wild caper Collection by our wild collectors for Canaan’s Tapenades. 

August 

  • Beginning – mid August: Almond Harvest Season continues. Spend a few days with almond farmers, and pick those delicious nuts with farming families.
  • Za’atar picking & processing by women cooperatives.
  • Sesame harvest season starts.
  • Sundried tomato Season continues.
  • Basil Collection for Canaan’s pestos & basil infused olive oil

     

      

September 

  • Green olives picking – for table green olives.
  • Sesame Harvest season continues.

 

October 

  • The big season is here: The olive harvest! Stay for up to two weeks with farming families, pick olives, enjoy healthy picnic lunch in the fields under the olive trees, take olives to the press, watch & learn about the process of producing olive oil; welcome to village life! 

       

November 

  • JARU’A is here! Share the joy and celebration of the harvest with Canaan team, farmers and international visitors at the Canaan headquarters in Burqin. Taste fresh olive oil straight from the press and enjoy the traditional harvest meal served in the olive orchards. Folk dancing, singing and bonfires till after dark. Join our annual olive harvest festival!
  • Beginning/Mid November: Olive Harvest Season continues. Pick those olives with our farmers, and stay for up to two weeks!
  • Wheat planting season.
 

December

  • Wheat planting season

                                   

 


BOOK YOUR TOUR

Tell us you’re coming, and we will arrange your homestay or program! Fill out Application Formand send it to us at tours@canaanfairtrade.com. For more information, please call: +972 (0) 4 234-1991/2 or contact tours@canaanfairtrade.com.

 

Canaan always welcomes visitors to Palestine:                

Canaan welcomes Interfaith Peace-Builders to Jenin this November 2015, as part of the Olive Harvest Delegation.  Every year, the IFPB Olive Harvest Delegation visits Jenin for an uplifting farm stay and to share in the Jaru'a festivities with Canaan's empowered fair trade farmers and workers. 

 

Many tours stop at Canaan and the PFTA throughout the year.  Ask if your trip will.  Questions?  Contact us.  A comprehensive list of tours of Palestine can be found on the Friends of Sabeel - North America website under Alternative Travel Listing.


Run Across Palestine was February 2012.  On The Ground and the PFTA celebrate the Run Across Palestine. This ultra marathon is still raising funds and awareness for the fair trade olive farmers of Palestine, planting trees and providing scholarships for children of olive farmers.  The purpose of the Run was to help re-establish sustainable olive growing practices in Palestine, whose history, economy, culture and identity is rooted in the ancient olive tree.  See the videos from this amazing adventure here in HD.