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

1. 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 which is mentioned in the bible.

From Jerusalem: Half-Day Bethlehem Guided Tour

2. From Jerusalem: Half-Day Bethlehem Guided Tour

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.

From Jerusalem: Full-Day Bethlehem and Dead Sea Day Tour

3. From Jerusalem: Full-Day Bethlehem and Dead Sea Day Tour

Discover the famous old city of Bethlemen and the Dead Sea on a guided day trip from Jerusalem. Swim in the Dead Sea, visit an olive wood factory and see the famous Church of the Nativity. Following pickup in Jerusalem, ride to Bethlehem to meet your guide before heading to the Old City of Bethlehem. Begin with a guided visit to the Church of the Nativity. Next, if availability allows, visit the Nativity Star and the Cave of St. Jerome. From there, head to the Milk Grotto Church, where it is believed that the Holy Family found refuge from the Massacre of the Innocents before they could flee into Egypt. Next, drive to the City of the Shepherd's, Bayt Sahur. In Bayt Sahurt, enjoy a guided visit to the Chapel of The Shepherd's Field, the church where the angels first appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of Jesus Christ. Continue your trip with a visit to an olive wood factory and watch the artisans crafting wooden sculptures. Continue through the Judean Desert to reach the lowest point on Earth. Hop out and take pictures at sea-level in the desert . Continue to the Dead Sea to enjoy the rest of the day, either floating in the rich water or relaxing at the beach.

From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

4. From Ashdod Port: Jerusalem and Bethlehem Day Trip

Your guide will be waiting for you when you disembark from your cruise ship in Ashdod and the tour will begin with a pleasant drive to Jerusalem in a comfortable vehicle with A/C. At Mt. Scopus, the tour stops for a panoramic view across the city rooftops. Then drive towards the Old City passing biblical sites like the Garden of Gethsemane that stands on the Mount of Olives alongside the Church of All Nations. Also, spot the ancient Jewish tombs in Kidron Valley, and the Ophel Promenade as we drive parallel to the Old City walls. We enter the Old City on foot through one of the massive gates in the 16th-century walls and pass the Western Wall excavations as we walk towards the Western Wall. This sacred Jewish site is all that remains from the 2,000-year-old holy Jewish Temple that once stood on Temple Mount. In the Jewish Quarter, we see the Byzantine Cardo lined with columns, then we walk along a section of the Via Dolorosa, as Jesus did bearing his cross. The Via Dolorosa culminates at the Holy Sepulcher Church which was built in the 4th century to encompass Christ’s tomb and the site of the crucifixion at Golgotha (Calvary). The tour stops for a lunch break in the Old City and you have time to meander through one of the traditional markets. Leaving the Old City we can see Mount Zion as we drive towards the town where Christ was born. In Bethlehem, we tour the Nativity Church and see the Holy Grotto where the nativity took place. The tour ends with a drive back to Ashdod port where you can rejoin your cruise ship and continue to your next port of call.

Bethlehem Full Day Tour From Jerusalem

5. Bethlehem Full Day Tour From Jerusalem

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 as well as the Cave of St. Jerome. Continue your tour with a visit to the Milk Grotto Church before riding to the city of the shepherds, Bayt Sahur. In Bayt Sahur visit the Chapel of the Shepherds Field before getting to visit an olive wood factory where you will see artisans crafting wooden sculptures. Continue your tour with a visit to Herodion National Park before visiting the Monastery of Saint Saba to end your tour of Bethlehem. 

Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Bethlehem and Jerusalem Private Tour

6. Jerusalem/Tel Aviv: Bethlehem and Jerusalem Private Tour

Visit the most important Christian sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem accompanied by a private guide. After being picked up at your accommodation, travel back in time and discover the sites of Jesus’s birth, death, and resurrection. Learn from your expert guide, who will be there to answer your questions and give you local recommendations. Start your trip with a visit to Bethlehem and learn about its importance in Christianity. Walk through colorful Bethlehem and see the Nativity Church and St. Catherine Church. Marvel at the Nativity Grotto, the place where Jesus was born, and Manger Grotto. Continue to Jerusalem and enjoy panoramic views of the Old City and Mount of Olives on the way. Explore the Old City of Jerusalem and admire several sites of religious importance, such as the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Christian quarter. At the end of the day, get dropped off at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Chapel of the Milk Grotto

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 564 reviews

Tour guides were amazing. Elijah Tours taught us so much about things that happened in biblical times and tied it to the way they live in Bethlehem today. They were generous, kind and went out of their way to make sure we were happy. It may have been the best tour I’ve ever been on, and I’ve used Get your Guide in many countries. I was a little scared to go to the West Bank, but they were in constant communication with people before our next stop to make sure everything was safe. I don’t remember our 2 guides names, but it was on December 24th, and they were fabulous.

This was such an amazing day! I HIGHLY recommend them. They were punctual, professional and FUN! Comfortable ride, great lunch and no pressure shopping. Met great people and the value is wonderful! The best! 10 stars!

Interesting trip certainly Bethlehem and the basilica of the nativity are worth it despite the row. For the rest, the time spent in Bethlehem was long enough, perhaps too long.

Transportation was great, on time and safe driving. Tour guide knowledgeable w

Great tour - there is so much to see that it is a very busy day.