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From Jerusalem: Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River

1. 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

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

3. 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

4. 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.

From Tel Aviv: Bethlehem Half-Day Historical Guided Tour

5. From Tel Aviv: Bethlehem Half-Day Historical Guided Tour

Travel to the heart of the biblical story of the nativity on this guided half-day excursion from Tel Aviv. Drive to Bethlehem to gain an insight into Shepherds' Field and visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. Located on the West Bank, the city is the birthplace of King David and means “City of Bread” as a result of the wheat crop that grew in the region. Pay a visit to the Church of the Nativity and the cave where, according to Christian tradition, Mary gave birth to Jesus. Continue to Manger Square, home to the Mosque of Omar, an important site for the many Muslims who live in the city. Explore Shepherds' Field by seeing the lesser-known Greek Orthodox monastery. Then, visit the Roman Catholic Shepherds' Field chapel where angels first announced the birth of Christ. After getting an overview of the pilgrimage center, conclude the tour in Jerusalem.

Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River from Tel Aviv

6. Bethlehem, Jericho and Jordan River from Tel Aviv

After your 6:30 AM pick-up from Tel Aviv, head to Bethlehem to explore the city before it becomes bustling with other groups. Discover the birthplace of Jesus and the Church of the Nativity. Descending through the Judean Desert, reach Jericho, the lowest city on Earth, and explore the Mount of Temptation.  Explore the Mount of Temptation, ascending by cable car. The cable car ticket is not included and costs approximatel $16. Stop at the Jordan River, Qasr al Yahud Baptismal Site, where according to tradition, Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.  Return to Tel Aviv at around 6:30 PM. Note that the order of sites is subject to change.

Jerusalem, Dead Sea, and Bethlehem Tour

7. Jerusalem, Dead Sea, and Bethlehem Tour

Journey through some of the most historical sites on Earth on a sightseeing tour of the Old City in Jerusalem. Walk along the Via Dolorosa, believed to be the path that Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. Marvel at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, home to the two holiest sites in Christianity. Stroll through the markets and along the Byzantine Cardo, and see the Western Wall, considered holy due to its connection to the Temple Mount. Then, take a tour of Bethlehem to see the Church of the Nativity where Jesus Christ was born. Alternatively, enjoy some free time in Jerusalem to explore on your own. Next, travel through the Judean Desert making your way to the lowest point on Earth at the Dead Sea. Experience the unique sensation of floating in the salt-rich waters before the drive back to Jerusalem.

From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

8. From Tel Aviv/Jerusalem: Jerusalem, Bethlehem & Dead Sea

Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is unique in the way it combines many highlights in one day . Start the day in Jerusalem, the holiest city, for to Jews, to Christians, and to Muslims. Our expert guide will take you through the four quarters and tell you about this fascinating city. Then, we will visit Bethlehem, the city where Jesus Christ was born. You will visit the Church of the Nativity. You will later continue to the Dead Sea for time to relax in the muds and float in these special waters which have baffled mankind for thousands of years. This tour from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem is available with guaranteed departures. Here you can see the Itinerary of this interesting tour:- 06:30 - Pick up from Tel Aviv (Textile Building 2 Kaufmann Street). 07:45 - Pick up from Jerusalem (David Citadel Hotel) 08:00 - A Guided tour in Jerusalem 11:30 - Depart to Bethlehem 12:00 - Tour in Bethlehem City & Church of Nativity 15:30 - Free time relaxing in the Dead Sea - (Please bring your sunscreen, hat, Walking shoes, Bathing suit and towel). 16:30 - Depart from the Dead Sea 18:00 - Drop off in Jerusalem 19:00 - Drop off in Tel Aviv NB - all timings on Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem Tour are approximate

From Jerusalem: Christmas Eve in Bethlehem & Jerusalem Tour

9. 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.

Jerusalem & Bethlehem Full Day Tour from Tel Aviv

10. Jerusalem & Bethlehem Full Day Tour from Tel Aviv

This full-day tour takes you to the holiest of holy cities, spiritual sanctuary to the 3 great religions of the Western world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Dating back over 4 millennia the Old City is so packed with sites that it draws visitors from around the world, whatever their spiritual leanings. You will be traveling with a government licensed tour guide in comfortable air-conditioned vehicles, although there will be some walking, so come prepared. You will stop at the Mount of Olives to take in a panoramic view of the dusty city below. Enter the Old City and tour the major attractions, such as the Wailing Wall, Temple Mount and Dome of the Rock. Walk through the Jewish and Armenian Quarters and the recently restored Roman road of The Cardo, visible on Jewish Quarter Street. Head through the bazaar towards the Western Wall, or Kotel, and proceed along the Via Dolorosa to visit the Church of Holy Sepulcher, also known as Church of the Resurrection and said to be the place where Jesus is buried and was resurrected. An essential place of pilgrimage for Christians since at least the 4th-Century, whatever your beliefs the atmosphere is mesmerizing. Leaving Jerusalem behind, you will drive to Bethlehem to get an overview of Shepherds' Field and to visit the Church of the Nativity, one of the oldest continuously operating churches in the world. Located on the West Bank in Palestine, the city is heavily dependent on tourism and thousands come every year to worship or just watch at Manger's Square where Jesus is said to have been born. Now pedestrianized, the square is surrounded by streets named after the Lord, including Star Street and Nativity Street. It is also home to the city’s only mosque and the Palestinian Peace Center. Take a moment to reflect or pop in to one of the handicraft shops, before the drive back to Tel Aviv, Netanya or Herzliy.

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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.

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 friendliness and qualification of the guides won me over. Best tour I've taken in the region!

Superrrrr nice tour guides. Delicious food and lovely atmosphere. I learned a lot :)