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Around Jerusalem

Several full- or half-day excursions can be made from Jerusalem. Destinations to the west are in Israeli territory; those to the north and east are in the West Bank. Travel between the two is relatively simple. Remote monastic communities located in stunning settings in the southern Judaean Hills are worth a visit, while the northern hills are speckled with pale stone walls and olive orchards. Here, Nablus exudes charm while Ramallah is a lively city for nightlife. Near Bethlehem, Herodion offers one of Israel’s most impressive vistas, and the oasis city of Jericho has a sultry vibe all its own.

1. Ein Kerem

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