Guided tour

Half-Day Nativity Church and Bethlehem Tour

3.9 / 5

8 reviews

Activity provider: Eliaatours

Half-Day Nativity Church and Bethlehem Tour

Activity provider: Eliaatours

From US$ 76.34 per person

Spend a half day in Bethlehem exploring the holiest sites in the city, including the place where Jesus was born, and where his birth was announced. Spend most of your time exploring the Nativity Church in depth.

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  • Visit the Nativity Church, the 4th century church built over the place where Jesus was born
  • See the field and caves where "shepherd's kept their flocks" where the birth of Jesus was announced
  • Enjoy some local hospitality at an olive wood factory and see how the locals live
  • Stop at the Wall of Bethlehem to see where Banksy sprayed some works
Full description
Most travelers come away from Bethlehem saying that they did not get to spend enough time in the Nativity Church—this tour was created specifically with this in mind. This tour is an excellent choice for those staying in Tel Aviv who want to explore Bethlehem, but particularly want to explore the Nativity Church as much as possible, along with an expert guide.   The Nativity Church was built in the 4th century in the place where Jesus was born, and is the oldest complete church in the Christian religion. It was built over the cave venerated as Christ’s birthplace, and was spared by the Persians when they saw a mosaic on an interior wall depicting the Three Wise Men in Persian dress. Today’s Church of the Nativity is cool and dark, its interior bare, with no pews. It’s cloaked in wall mosaics from the 12th century depicting saints, angels and Church Councils, which have had their sheen restored. Restoration even uncovered a 2-meter mosaic of an angel that had been lost for centuries. Trapdoors in the floor also allow glimpses of the mosaic floor of Constantine’s basilica.   After an in-depth visit of the Nativity Church, your guide will explore with you the rest of Bethlehem, starting with the Church of the Shepherd’s field, where the angels announced the birth of Christ. Then, visit an olive wood factory, as well as Manger Square, and some of Banksy’s art on the Wall of Bethlehem.
  • Pickup from Tel Aviv (Tel Aviv City Center ) at 6:30 AM
  • Pickup from Jerusalem (Jerusalem City Center) at 7:45 AM
  • Air-conditioned vehicle with WiFi
  • Local tour guide in Bethlehem
  • Drinks and food
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3.9 /5

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A worthwhile tour

My ticket said eliiatours, but my guide didn’t show up, however, someone kind from Tour Elijah made the call and brought me on their bus. I found Boaz was a really amazing guide, with the best, non biased and fact based perspective on the complicated history and politics in the area. Our tour of Bethlehem was wonderful as well, seeing all the important sites I wanted to see. We also had the free falafels at the end of the tour which were a real treat and really delicious.

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September 25, 2019

Our main guide in Bethlehem was the local guy Elias Boaz. He was very entertaining and had a great knowledge about the cultural heritage (relogion, archiology, traditions). He was very open and willing to explain the life and political situation of west bank. We were a big group of around 30 people but he easily managed to keep us together and safe throughout the whole time. George was our guide in the Nativity Church. He was very friendly, calm and had as well an extensive knowlege about the historical background of the church and Bethlehem. The tour was amazing and in the end the group received Falafel and drinks for free.

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September 12, 2019

Very informative. Smooth operation and the two drivers Ahmad and Rocky were very attentive, helpful and explained a lot and well about the daily coexistence of the cultures. Unrestricted 5 stars especially for the two !!

October 3, 2019

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