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From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

1. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Guided Day Trip

On this full-day tour of the Holy Land, enjoy pick-up from your hotel in Tel Aviv in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and travel along highway no' 1 to Jerusalem. You’ll be accompanied throughout the day by a knowledgeable, professional guide. You’ll enjoy a panoramic overview from Mount Scopus, overlooking the new city of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount Esplanade of the old city. As you travel along the Kidron Valley, you’ll be able to take in views the Garden of Gethsemane as well as the walls of the city. On reaching the Armenian Quarter you'll enter the Western or Wailing Wall square via the local bazaar. See the Christian Quarter and the Stations of the Cross, also known as the Via Dolorosa. Visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which is considered to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus. You'll also walk along the 1700-year-old Byzantine Cardo, the main street, and see the renovated Jewish Quarter. Transfer to Bethlehem (Palestinian guide and vehicle). Bethlehem, meaning “City of Bread”, was the birthplace of Jesus according to Christian tradition. Your drive to Bethlehem takes you by way of Nativity Circle. Visit the Church of Nativity, and also the cave where Jesus was born. You’ll see Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Before completing the tour, visit St' Catharine - a Roman Catholic Church. You’ll enjoy an overview of the Shepherd's Fields on the return drive to Tel Aviv.

From Jerusalem: Tour to Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River

2. From Jerusalem: Tour to Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River

After being picked up from Jerusalem, travel to Bethlehem where you will meet your guide before heading into the old city of Bethlehem. Enjoy a guided visit to the Church of the Nativity. Continue your tour with a visit to the Milk Grotto Church before riding to the city of the shepherds, Bayt Sahur where you will visit the Chapel of the Shepherds Field before getting to visit an olive wood factory where you will see artisans crafting wooden sculptures.  Then journey through the wonderful Judean Desert to the lowest point on earth. Have chances to stop and take pictures at the sea level point in the desert overlooking the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Jericho. Stop and have lunch then pass the Mount of Temptation and drive into Jericho where you will see some of the famed sights in the city including Zaccheus's Tree that is mentioned in the bible.

From Tel Aviv: Best of the West Bank Full-Day Tour

3. From Tel Aviv: Best of the West Bank Full-Day Tour

Embark on a comprehensive full-day tour of the West Bank of the Jordan River to discover the rich history behind the region. Depart Tel Aviv at 6:30 AM and then arrive on the West Bank after one hour and meet your guide. Beginning with the ancient baptism site of Qasr el Yahud on the banks of the Jordan River at around 8:00 AM, you'll be able to visit the marble steps leading into the river, said to be the very place where Jesus was baptized. At 8:45, move onto the city of Jericho itself, the oldest city in the world, where you will visit the ruins of ancient Jericho and view the nearby Mount of Temptation in the adjacent hills. Then continue to Ramallah at 10:15 and walk the streets of this modern city and see life in the big city on the West Bank. The tour will head to Manara Square, the thriving commercial district, and visit Yasser Arafat's tomb. Stop for lunch at around 1:00 PM before continuing onto a tour of Bethlehem at around 2:30 PM. In Bethlehem visit to the Nativity Church, and end with a visit to the Separation Wall. Return to your hotel in Tel Aviv at around 6 PM.

From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River

4. From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River

Explore Bethlehem, Jericho, and the Jordan River in one comprehensive day tour that visits each historic location with a guide. Starting in Bethlehem, visit the Church of Nativity, which houses the grotto (the birthplace of Jesus). While in Bethlehem, stop in front of the famous Banksy hotel for a quick photo op. Purchase souvenirs from a local artisan shop before enjoying a short presentation about craftsmanship and arts in the area. During the presentation, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee or tea. Depart from Bethlehem and travel down towards the city of Jericho, located in the Jordan Valley. In Jericho, enjoy breathtaking views overlooking the valley from a cable car as well as a guided tour of the Mount of Temptation. While in the area, you’ll take a quick stop at the Gallery of Temptations, with the chance to sample halva, local dates, and other sweets before heading east towards the Jordan River. Stop at Qasr el Yahud baptismal site overlooking the Jordan River, the site where it is believed Jesus was baptized.  

From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & Qasr al-Yahud

5. From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho & Qasr al-Yahud

Descend to the Judean desert, and see the Inn of the Good Samaritan on route. Look out over the remarkable moonscape of the breathtaking Judean desert. Continue on to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Stop at Zacchaeus' Sycamore to see one of the oldest Sycamore trees, which Zacchaeus climbed in order to spot Jesus. Visit the Mound of Ancient Jericho, where 25 ancient cities were uncovered. Enter Jericho, which was founded in 8,000 BC, and is the oldest Jewish settlement, captured by Joshua and Israel in 1,200 BC. Stop for an overview of Mt. Temptation, where Satan endeavored to tempt Jesus, and see of the oasis of Jericho and Elisha's Spring. Depart Jericho to travel to the Judean mountains and the city of Bethlehem. Visit Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David, whose name literally translates as “City of Bread,” due to the wheat crop that grew in the region, the city where according to Christian tradition, it is the birthplace of Jesus, and undoubtedly one of the most biblical sites on earth. Discover the Church of the Nativity, and the cave where Jesus was born. See Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Explore the Greek and the Catholic Church before continuing with an overview of Shepherd's Fields.  Enjoy round-trip transfers from Jerusalem and the services of an English-speaking guide, on this essential tour of biblical sites and fantastic panoramic views.

From Jerusalem: Half-Day Bethlehem Guided Tour Small Group

6. From Jerusalem: Half-Day Bethlehem Guided Tour Small Group

After meeting at the David Citadel Hotel, you will begin your 4 to 5-hour tour, depending on the season. You will explore some of the religious highlights of Bethlehem, including the Church of the Nativity, St. Catherine, and the Shepherds' Fields. You will begin with the chance to visit the 1,500-year-old Church of Nativity where Jesus was born. From there you will enjoy beautiful views of the Old City of Bethlehem complete with the Manger Square. You will then take a ride through the city of Bethlehem and Beit Sahour passing by the main sites. A special visit to the Milk Grotto is also available, as well as a tour to the Shepherd’s Field where the Angels first announced the birth of Jesus Christ.

Best of the West Bank Full-Day Tour from Jerusalem

7. Best of the West Bank Full-Day Tour from Jerusalem

Embark on a comprehensive full-day tour of the West Bank of the Jordan river to discover the rich history behind this region. Beginning with the ancient baptism site of Qasr el Yahud on the banks of the Jordan river, you'll be able to visit the marble steps leading into the river, said to be the very place where Jesus was baptized. Move on to the the city of Jericho itself, the oldest city in the world, where you will visit the ruins of ancient Jericho and view the nearby Mount of Temptation in the adjacent hills.  Continue to Ramallah and walk the streets of this modern city and see life in the big city in the West Bank. The tour will head to Manara Square, the thriving commercial district, and visit Yasser Arafat's tomb.  The final stop of the day is the holy sites of Bethlehem, with a visit to the Nativity Church and ending with a visit to the Separation Wall.

From Tel Aviv: Bethlehem, Jericho and Qasr al-Yahud Tour

8. From Tel Aviv: Bethlehem, Jericho and Qasr al-Yahud Tour

Decent to the Judean desert, you will see the Inn of the Good Samaritan on route. Look out over the remarkable moonscape of the breathtaking Judean desert. Then continue to Jericho, the oldest city in the world. Stop at Zacheus Sycamore to see the oldest Sycamore tree, which Zacheus climbed in order to spot Jesus. Visit the Mound of Ancient Jericho, where 25 ancient cities were uncovered. Founded in 8,000 BC, Jericho is also the oldest Jewish settlement and was captured by Joshua and Israel in 1,200 BC. Stop for overview of Mt. Temptation, where Satan endeavored to tempt Jesus and get an overview of the oasis of Jericho and Elisha's Spring. Next, get back to the Judean mountains and the city of Bethlehem, the birthplace of King David, and literally translates as “City of Bread,” due to the wheat crop that grew in the region. According to Christian tradition, it is the birthplace of Jesus, and undoubtedly one of the world's important most biblical sites. Visit the Church of the Nativity and the cave where Jesus was born. Also see Manger Square, where Jesus was placed after his birth. Explore the Greek and the Catholic Church. Continue with an overview of Shepherd's Fields.  With round-trip transfers from Tel Aviv and the services of an English-speaking guide, this is an essential tour of the biblical sites and offers fantastic panoramas as you drive.

From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

9. From Tel Aviv: Jerusalem, Dead Sea & Bethlehem Full-Day Tour

Explore the holiest cities on earth on a guided tour from Tel Aviv. Travel to three of Israel's highlights, including Bethlehem, Jerusalem's Old City, and the Dead sea. Enjoy plenty of free time to shop and swim. Start your guided tour in the "City of Gold." Visit Jerusalem's Old City, including the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Sepulchre. Explore local Markets, Byzantine Cardo, and the Western Wall.  Next, embark on a tour of Bethlehem and witness the Church of the Nativity, the city where Jesus Christ was born. Those who are not interested in Bethlehem can instead opt to enjoy free time in Jerusalem. In the afternoon, journey east through the Judean Desert and head to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth. Bathe in the therapeutic waters before your return to Tel Aviv in the late evening.

From Jerusalem: 8-Hour Private Customized Full-Day Tour

10. From Jerusalem: 8-Hour Private Customized Full-Day Tour

Even the most independent travelers can benefit from some help when it comes to fully exploring Jerusalem and beyond. This private custom tour will help you to see the best of this region as you go at your own pace and choose what most interests you. Travel in comfort in a private air-conditioned vehicle and get off the beaten path in search of authentic experiences. You're sure to find the best hidden spots as well as the must-see attractions thanks to the knowledge of your guide. Where can you go on your full-day tour? That's up to you. Some suggested itineraries to consider: • Masada, Ein Gedi, and the Dead Sea If you want to take in the views from atop Masada, bathe under waterfalls at Ein Gedi, and float in the buoyant waters of the Dead Sea, this itinerary is for you. • Jerusalem full-day tour Spend an entire day immersed in this holy city. Explore the ancient highlights, including the Old City, the Western Wall, and Mount Zion. Also discover newer attractions such as the First Train Station, the Israeli Parliament, the Jerusalem Rose Garden, and the bustling Machane Yehuda Market. • Jerusalem, Dead Sea, and Bethlehem One of the most popular itineraries, discover two of the world’s holiest cities, then head to the lowest point on earth to paint yourself with mineral-rich mud and bob in the restorative waters of the Dead Sea. • Bethlehem, Jericho, and Jordan River Journey to Bethlehem and visit the Church of the Nativity. Drive to Jericho and ascend via cable car to the Mount of Temptations and tour the monastery. Then visit the sacred Qasr Al Yahud Jordan River baptism site to experience it for yourself. • Galilee, Nazareth, and more Visit the ancient city of Nazareth and its breathtaking Basilica of the Annunciation. Discover the exquisite Mosaics of Madonna and Child that adorn the basilica, then visit the Wedding Church of Cana, the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, and the Yardenit Baptism Site.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 921 reviews

I just have no words to describe how wonderful our tour was. Our guides were fantastic. George with wonderful and detailed explanations about all of the sites, and also always very kind and attentive. Zian (I’m not sure whether it was spelled correctly) took us to the Dead Sea and, as an extra, took us to the Jordan river as well. Apart from that, absolutely unexpectedly, he stopped by a sweets shop and got us some really tasty Palestinian sweets. What a kind and genuine man. And there were more extras, all wonderful local surprises. Well, I just can’t thank you enough. Thank you and I definitely recommend the tour. Janice and Giuliano Forcinetti.

These places are the most interesting places base on the story & the background of the New Testament. I’m happy to see the beautiful places of the native land of our Lord Jesus Christ when he was in humanity incarnation. I’m happy to see the birth place of our Lord Jesus Christ. And I’m happy to see the beautiful city of Jerusalem.

Amazing tour! Our guide Nataly and our driver were simply the best! Nice hospitable people, they made us feel comfortable throughout the journey and gave us nice treats. They were very polite and respectful with all the passengers. The car was a brand new mercedes’ coach. I highly recommend this tour! You won’t regret!

Es war wirklich spannend, Itamar war ein sehr guter Reiseführer, ich kann es nur empfehlen falls man ein bisschen mehr von Israel entdecken will, alleine wäre ich nicht nach Bethlehem oder Jericho gegangen.

The excursion was very interesting and rewarding. Visit the must-see sites. Thanks to our two guides: Robert (for the visit to Jerusalem) and Nabil (for the visit to Betlehem). The transfer went very well.