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

1. 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.

Best of the West Bank Full-Day Tour from Jerusalem

2. 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 Sharm El Sheikh: Dead Sea and Jerusalem Day Tour

3. From Sharm El Sheikh: Dead Sea and Jerusalem Day Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel in a fully air-conditioned bus to Taba, where you will cross the border into Israel. Make the first stop of the day at the Dead Sea, the lowest point of elevation on Earth. While here swim in the salty water which enables you to float. Next, discover Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity. Wander its numerous alleyways with small shops. Enjoy a delicious lunch in one of the on-site restaurants before making your way to Jerusalem. Once in the city, enjoy the view from the Mount of Olives. Visit notable local landmarks including the Wailing Wall and Temple Mount. After strolling across the Arab market on Via Dolorosa, you can visit the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Finally, be transferred back to your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh.

From Jerusalem: Christmas Eve in Bethlehem & Jerusalem Tour

4. From Jerusalem: Christmas Eve in Bethlehem & Jerusalem Tour

Spend an unforgettable Christmas Eve in Bethlehem on a guided tour. See all the key sites and attend Midnight Mass. Depart Jerusalem on December 24. Start with a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, winding through the curved alleyways. Explore the highlights, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Via Dolorosa. Then head to the historic town of Bethlehem, passing Bethlehem Road and the Valley of the Cross on the way. Once in Bethlehem, experience the magic of Christmas, with the city decorated for the festivities with lights and banners. Tuck into a festive holiday meal for dinner and enjoy a guided tour of Bethlehem with a local guide. Visit highlights like the Chapel of the Shepherds’ Field and the Chapel of the Milk Grotto. Finally, the holiday spirit will really come to life during the last part of the tour. Enjoy free time in Manger Square and attend Midnight Mass. Return to Jerusalem after the mass has concluded.

Tel Aviv: 2-Day Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Petra Tour

5. Tel Aviv: 2-Day Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Petra Tour

Day 1: Following pickup from your location in Tel Aviv, begin your day with a visit to Jerusalem. Starting with an overview of Mount Olive, move on to discover the Church of Holy Sepulcher, passing the Old City of Jerusalem and putting your wish note on the Western Wall. In Bethlehem, visit the Church of Nativity and the main square. Your tour later ends at around 6:00PM, after which you overnight in Tel Aviv at a 3-star bed and breakfast. Day 2: Your second day begins in the early morning at 4:30AM, at which point you are picked up and transferred to the Ben Gurion Airport for your flight to Ramon Airport. Following your arrival to the Ramon Airport at approximately 7:40AM, transfer to the Jordanian border, before crossing over to Jordan. Once over the border, drive to Petra to visit the amazing Rose City on Nabateans: Petra. Following your city exploration, savor lunch in a local restaurant before driving back to the Israeli border, transferring back to Ramon Airport for your return flight to Ben-Gurion. Once having landed, your tour concludes at the airport.

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What people are saying about Bethlehem

This visit is a must to more fully understand the Israeli-Palestine situation. It's so much richer than just seeing Bethlehem as a half-day from Jerusalem. Our tour guide was well-informed and candid. Seeing "the wall" is stunning (stop at the Banksy museum store while there). The biblical sites are fine and in my opinion pale in comparison to driving through the countryside, seeing the Bedouins and getting a sense of how different conditions on the ground are. I was concerned the tour would feel exploitative, like visiting the reservations of Native Americans in the US but it wasn't like that at all. I am so glad I did it. Side note, the temperature was much chillier than in Tel Aviv so check the forecast and plan accordingly.

Well organized tour Transportation was comfortable and punctual Tour guide Mr Tamar gave a lot of information History was well explained by other tour guide Mr Abood in Bethlehem Good value for money

Gripping and fantastically good experience that gives a deeper insight into Palestine and the situation there. Our guide was engaging and answered all our questions.

Excellent day. Very diverse explanations from the guide (history, religion, economy, culture, various anecdotes). Very good journey, meals, sites and visits.

Our guide George was excellent! He was very knowledgeable. I really liked visiting with a family in Bethlehem and having lunch in their home.